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What's all this about a paleo VLC?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 15, 2012 at 4:15 PM

It's my understanding that to be truly paleo (or practically) - the calories do not so much matter, but I've been reading a lot of people posting about being on a VLC - paleo plan. I was doing 1200/calories a day and my function nutritionist said I wasn't eating ENOUGH to even lose weight. So, what's the deal?

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:-) Glad to contribute!

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Blossom, great answer! Thanks. :)

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1296f5fecd084f101d7c5fbe013f07eb

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on March 15, 2012
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"VLC" refers to "Very Low Carb," not "Very Low Calorie," as far as I have ever seen them used. 1200 kcals per day may not be enough for you by any stretch depending on your height, weight, body fat, activity level, etc.

P.S. Some people also refer to "LC" for "Low Carb" and "ZC" for "Zero Carb" diets. :-)

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on March 15, 2012
at 04:26 PM

Blossom, great answer! Thanks. :)

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on March 16, 2012
at 04:37 AM

:-) Glad to contribute!

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on March 15, 2012
at 04:52 PM

I was eating 1200 calories too, though it was only after a kept a food journal that I found that out. I was not functioning, I was bloated, and had no energy. I bumped it up to 1800-2000 calories and not only am I able to tear through a workout, but my body is able to recover and I'm finally leaning out the way I want. Just from experience, I do not recommend the VLC diet because if you are active, you'll find it very difficult to compete.

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