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HELP!!!! Portion size advice

Commented on December 14, 2013
Created December 11, 2013 at 7:54 PM

So I am new to the Paleo life, I am a 30 year old male. I played football for 12 years and am used to working out a lot. Currently I am 6'2 and weigh about 315 pounds with a good amount of lean mass. However, I have gained about 40 pounds in the past few years. As I am done playing football I don't need to be this big anymore, my goal weight is about 270-280. My girlfriend in convinced my problem is portion size. Currently I eat a salad with a 1T of olive oil for breakfast, 2-3 hrs later I have about 4 eggs a handful of almonds, 2-3 hours later I have lunch, afternoon snack is fruit and almonds, then I workout after work, then dinner. I also try to drink a gallon of water a day. the question I have is, should I be eating more or eating less to lose?

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on December 14, 2013
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I agree that low-carb can be excellent for weight loss. However, this notion that our carb needs can be met with a minimal amount of the nutrient is a highly contentious issue. For instance, the healthiest and longest lived populations on Earth do not eat low-carb diets.

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at 12:48 PM

Ditch the salad breakfast and eat something high in protein, with fat. This will help tell your body that resources are available (protein is the first and most important nutrient that it seeks). This can lower your appetite throughout the rest of the day.

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on December 13, 2013
at 02:26 PM

Also you are eating far too much avian meat. I'm not anti chicken meat (like some here are), but ground turkey for breakfast, 4 chicken eggs, ground meat (turkey again?) for lunch, two chicken breasts for dinner? Damn dude.

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on December 13, 2013
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it's not a bad thing to be hungry. I honestly think people should go hungry more often. Hunger is nature's seasoning. When you are hungry real food tastes amazing. When you eat but are not hungry, you succumb to that hyper-palatable crap.

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yes, your caloric intake is hurting your weight loss goals...

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Be803dcde63e3cf5e21cc121097b8158

on December 14, 2013
at 12:48 PM

Ditch the salad breakfast and eat something high in protein, with fat. This will help tell your body that resources are available (protein is the first and most important nutrient that it seeks). This can lower your appetite throughout the rest of the day.

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on December 14, 2013
at 12:42 AM

looks pretty good to me. Some will say lay off the fruit and nuts and maybe you should if you are trying to lose weight. If you truly train hard (i.e., same level you did playing football) you may need more carbs but I would get them from sweet potatoes and maybe some white rice and lay off the fruit all together. Although many of us lie to ourselves about our carb needs and eat like we are competitive athletes when we really aren't and most of us can probably get by with 50-100 gram carbs per day at the most.

But one of the main guidelines of paleo as far as I'm concerned is eat however much you want when you want until you are satiated but just stick to "paleo approved" foods

Be803dcde63e3cf5e21cc121097b8158

(529)

on December 14, 2013
at 01:07 PM

I agree that low-carb can be excellent for weight loss. However, this notion that our carb needs can be met with a minimal amount of the nutrient is a highly contentious issue. For instance, the healthiest and longest lived populations on Earth do not eat low-carb diets.

Be803dcde63e3cf5e21cc121097b8158

(529)

on December 14, 2013
at 12:48 PM

Ditch the salad breakfast and eat something high in protein, with fat. This will help tell your body that resources are available (protein is the first and most important nutrient that it seeks). This can lower your appetite throughout the rest of the day.

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on December 12, 2013
at 08:05 PM

First off I suggest you answer with a comment to the other answer, it is too confusing otherwise.

Second, skip some meals - you can afford to go without food. Look into Intermittent Fasting. Finish dinner 4 hours before bed, no snacks get your fill at dinner with satisfying protein and good fats. 16-18 hours after that last meal have brunch, fat & protein with some veggies or salad. NO SNACKS big guy! Have dinner, repeat daily. I predict if you follow that you will start dropping weight pretty quick. I'd also say your target weight is ok as a 30 year old, but trust me that when you get into your 50's the knees and hips will appreciate it if you were 200lbs with muscle. Nothing worse than seeing a former athlete limping around as an older guy.

Did I mention the snack thing, totally skippable after getting used to IF.

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on December 12, 2013
at 06:01 PM

Ok, for example: this morning for breakfast I had a salad with 1T olive oil, abut 6oz groud turkey and tomato. for a snack I just had 3 eggs, 1 egg white, a handful of blackberries and a handful of almonds. For lunch later I am going to have half an eggplant stuffed with ground meat/eggplant/tomato hash. Also, I have some spaghetti squash. Before the gym I will have an apple and a few almonds. For dinner I am making 2 tomato/basil stuffed chicken breasts with sauteed brussel sprouts in coconut oil with cranberries and almonds.

also, what is a good night snack? last night I was hungry around 10:30pm but I didn't eat anything. In the future, what are good late night snacks?

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on December 13, 2013
at 02:24 PM

it's not a bad thing to be hungry. I honestly think people should go hungry more often. Hunger is nature's seasoning. When you are hungry real food tastes amazing. When you eat but are not hungry, you succumb to that hyper-palatable crap.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on December 13, 2013
at 02:21 PM

yes, your caloric intake is hurting your weight loss goals...

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on December 13, 2013
at 02:26 PM

Also you are eating far too much avian meat. I'm not anti chicken meat (like some here are), but ground turkey for breakfast, 4 chicken eggs, ground meat (turkey again?) for lunch, two chicken breasts for dinner? Damn dude.

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on December 12, 2013
at 03:07 AM

it would help if you would gave us portion sizes for your meals and not just your snacks.

In general, I don't think portion sizes are as big an issue as total calories.

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