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320 lb. female - started Paleo 3 days ago. Doing it correctly?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 02, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Hi there everyone. I'm looking for support as I just started eating Paleo a few days ago. I'm here for weight loss and to feel better, as I believe grains/dairy cause me not to be at my best half the time. Also, I have struggled with compulsive eating and the best way for me to stop, was to give up completely on the foods I binged on (which were grains/dairy).... so here I am.

I am 29, 320 lbs. and 5'8. BMI = 40. I'm wondering if this is the right place for me to be.

I have fallen into the eating quite quickly with no slip ups so far (granted...its only been three days, but with my compulsive eating - that's fantastic!).

Breakfast = 2 eggs, turkey sausage + fruit (banana or strawberries) Lunch = chicken/steak + carrots + almonds Dinner = chicken/steak/pork + spinach/lettuce/broccoli salad Snacks (only if I get hungry) = beef jerky, nuts, coconut milk

This all accounts to about 1500-1700 calories per day, 45% from fat, 20% carb & 35% protein.

Am I doing okay so far and am I on the right path to success? I know there is a 1-4 week adjustment period, but I feel great so far.

I just want to make sure I'm doing this okay, or if there is something different I could be doing? Any advice would be great! Thanks for listening!

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on May 03, 2013
at 04:18 PM

My method for curbing cravings is from the Jaminets' PerfectHealthDiet. I eat 1 cup of white rice with lunch and dinner (I usually skip breakfast) and my intense cravings are no more. I was amazed that it would work but it does work really well.

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I'll add mine... just take out the spaces p a s o l i m a n [at] g m a i l . c o m As soon as you send one off to me I'll come back here and remove it.

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on May 03, 2013
at 01:54 AM

That contains several forms of "sugar" Cane Syrup, Stevia, Monkfruit. Stay away from anything sweetened, whether "naturally" or with artificial sweeteners, even stevia. Give your body time to get rid of its "sweet tooth". Then if you go back to it later, you'll find that very little sweet is more than enough. And food will start to taste better when you can taste the real flavors instead of only sweet.

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on May 03, 2013
at 01:53 AM

Ingredients for your chocolate coconut milk: ORGANIC COCONUT MILK (WATER, ORGANIC COCONUT CREAM), ORGANIC DRIED CANE SYRUP, COCOA (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), NATURAL FLAVORS, CALCIUM PHOSPHATE, MAGNESIUM PHOSHPATE, KOSHER SEA SALT, CARRAGEENAN, GUAR GUM, REB A (STEVIA EXTRACT), MONK FRUIT, VITAMIN A PALMI

90bcfafd2ef73fea5398c483c593349e

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on May 02, 2013
at 11:58 PM

Amanda, I have to disagree with the recommendation to swap out almond milk for coconut milk. It's a hard mental hurdle to get over, but don't be afraid of fat! Fat calories are what will keep you from experiencing cravings. Do avoid the coconut milk that is sold in the dairy case, especially if it has sugar in it.

90bcfafd2ef73fea5398c483c593349e

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on May 02, 2013
at 11:54 PM

As I said in response to an earlier answer, don't worry about fruit at this point, Amanda. So long as you're keeping it to 1-2 pieces a day, you're just fine for now. I ate a banana a day for months when I switched to Paleo and lost plenty of weight and felt great. Please do not rush the intermittent fasting. My first IF happened by accident 4 months in, so please don't feel you're failing if you don't do it right away (or ever).

90bcfafd2ef73fea5398c483c593349e

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on May 02, 2013
at 11:50 PM

Great advice, Juju! I couldn't have said it better myself.

90bcfafd2ef73fea5398c483c593349e

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on May 02, 2013
at 11:49 PM

Amanda, you're doing fine. No need to fuss about bananas or almonds at this point. If you're feeling good and weight is coming off at a rate you're comfortable with, just stick with what you're doing. Well down the road if you want to experiment with a ketogenic diet, go for it. Welcome to Paleo! I'm so excited for you!

Ace367c118c58c06443eff765c36dc97

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on May 02, 2013
at 10:57 PM

I think its 8g sugar, 9g carb. They use all natural product in the drink (it appears). I have noticed that I drink 2 a day...which brings me back to my binging tendencies...so maybe I should mean off.

Ace367c118c58c06443eff765c36dc97

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on May 02, 2013
at 10:56 PM

I normally go about 30-60 minutes a few times a week...when I am doing well that is. I am just starting out on Paleo so I haven't exercised yet. I have had a few moments of dizzy spell while sitting....is that normal? Anything to worry about?

Ace367c118c58c06443eff765c36dc97

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on May 02, 2013
at 10:55 PM

I haven't felt hungry since starting Paleo - I've had a piece of fruit each of the days (some lower carb than others - blueberries, banana, apple, etc.) Today I had an orange and I do feel hungry, so I get what you mean.

Ace367c118c58c06443eff765c36dc97

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on May 02, 2013
at 10:53 PM

Definitely great advice! I appreciate it!

75d65450b6ff0be7b969fb321f1200ac

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on May 02, 2013
at 09:34 PM

Wean yourself off it. Too many junk carbs.

Dc6407193ba441d1438f6f0c06af872b

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on May 02, 2013
at 09:22 PM

Yes! A lot of great advice in one post. If you fall off the wagon, get back on without beating yourself up. Don't worry much about exactly which foods are optimal. If you're cutting out sugar and grains and not binging on anything else, you'll do great. There may be months, especially at first, of good weight loss, and there may be months were you keep doing the same thing yet weight loss is stalled. Just stay the course, keep eating well, and after many bumps in the road, you'll get where you want to be, or at least most of the way there!

Dc6407193ba441d1438f6f0c06af872b

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on May 02, 2013
at 09:15 PM

If they add any sugar, don't do it! You want to establish good habits and kick cravings. I've never tried mixing in 100% chocolate with coconut milk, but it sounds pretty yummy! However, calories do count, and you can really pack them in that way. I guess if you've decided to up your calories a bit after reading this thread, you could find worse ways than coconut milk + 100% chocolate. However, I personally would probably find that to be a binge food.

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on May 02, 2013
at 09:11 PM

Many sources say that 80% of weight loss is diet, only 20% exercise. You don't need to exercise. Not that you shouldn't -- it's good for you in other ways -- but don't stress about it either way. Add exercise in only when it feels right to you, and of course ramp up gently.

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on May 02, 2013
at 08:54 PM

Coconut cream in coffee or tea can really help to curb a sweet tooth. Squeeze some lemon juice on your salads and vegetables for vitamin c - there are vegetables like bell peppers that can give you vitamin c as well. Fruit makes me want to eat more sweets, rather than curbing any cravings. But of course you might be different...

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on May 02, 2013
at 08:27 PM

The adjustment period ("low-carb flu") mostly applies to people who are trying to go on a very low carb (ketogenic) diet. At 20% calories from carbohydrates, you probably won't go into ketosis, though you might. If you do start feeling emotionally unstable, weak, or lightheaded, I'd actually recommend either cutting more carbs until you're sure you're going to start up ketosis, or increasing healthy carbohydrates until you're more functional.

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on May 02, 2013
at 08:25 PM

Let your body guide you on that. Walking is great exercise, especially if you're not doing much now. In any case, don't do anything that makes your joints hurt or leaves you feeling like you can't breathe. Increase duration or intensity slowly, even if you feel impatient. Most importantly, don't fall for the "no pain, no gain" line. You need to push yourself very very gradually until you're extremely confident you can tell the difference between stretching your limits and injuring yourself.

Ace367c118c58c06443eff765c36dc97

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on May 02, 2013
at 08:18 PM

Due to the adjustment period and some people talk of getting light headed - should I exercise? How long is too long for someone starting?

Ace367c118c58c06443eff765c36dc97

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on May 02, 2013
at 08:17 PM

Great tip. Will do!

Ace367c118c58c06443eff765c36dc97

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at 08:13 PM

I would love to keep in contact and would love any info. you or anyone can provide! Am I allowed to leave my personal email on here, or is that not allowed?

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on May 02, 2013
at 08:11 PM

Way to go! You are on the right track!

Ace367c118c58c06443eff765c36dc97

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on May 02, 2013
at 08:02 PM

All of my numbers are in healthy ranges (thankfully)...but my main goal is definitely health. Weight loss is also up there, but not #1. I overall just want to feel better - not so bloated, etc. Also, I have gallbladder issues in my family, which causes pain when I eat a lot of junk, so I am taking a diff. route and eating better to help with this.

Ace367c118c58c06443eff765c36dc97

(20)

on May 02, 2013
at 08:01 PM

I found this "So Delicious Chocolate Coconut Milk" which I love...but am not sure if its healthy. What do you think about it?

Ace367c118c58c06443eff765c36dc97

(20)

on May 02, 2013
at 07:59 PM

Axial Gentleman - I am currently in the 50-100g of carbs. Not ketogenic at this point.

Ace367c118c58c06443eff765c36dc97

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on May 02, 2013
at 07:56 PM

Yes I do plan on it. I think its a must! Any ideas for success? (How often, what type, etc?)

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on May 02, 2013
at 07:42 PM

If your not hungry don't eat more. Paleocurious is incorrect. Just make sure to up it if you do get hungry. So there isn't any binging.

2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

(3043)

on May 02, 2013
at 07:41 PM

Nuts do affect weight loss due to the omega 6 (pro-inflammatory). Especially fat loss.

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on May 02, 2013
at 07:03 PM

Do nuts actually affect weight loss? The claim I usually hear people make is that they tend to overeat on nuts and find it hard to limit consumption. If the poster's energy intake is appropriate, what's wrong with nuts as part of it? Similarly, I think bananas are okay, as part of an overally appropriate-sized diet, unless you're trying to go ketogenic, which she hasn't said.

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on May 02, 2013
at 07:00 PM

Um what does being fat have to do with having to get more calories?

Ace367c118c58c06443eff765c36dc97

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at 06:32 PM

Awesome! I just want to make sure that someone my weight can't go wrong with meat/fat

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on May 02, 2013
at 06:31 PM

Check the turkey sausage package for neolithic stuff. Turkey sausage/bacon/anything-that-should-be-pork is a frankenfood. Get the real stuff.

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at 05:51 PM

Just make sure you're getting enough veggies in! Try some new varieties. Wash and chop a bunch ahead of time so you can easier throw them into your meals (like your eggs in the morning). Eat your greens :) Otherwise I think you're on the right track. Just remember to listen to your body!

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at 05:49 PM

I'm not sure I understand the question. You definitely need to lose weight, and this is definitely a healthy way to go about doing that.

Ace367c118c58c06443eff765c36dc97

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on May 02, 2013
at 05:26 PM

I only eat fruit now as a way to get some nutrients (vitamin C, etc) and to curb my sweet tooth (having fruit instead of junk). If I give up fruit, is there something else better to curb this?

Ace367c118c58c06443eff765c36dc97

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at 05:25 PM

So being 320 lbs. with no real health issues (other than being overweight)....do you think this lifestyle is a healthy option?

Ace367c118c58c06443eff765c36dc97

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at 04:56 PM

This is the amount of calories I've found where I don't feel hungry - how many more should I eat?

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at 04:55 PM

almonds, sunflower seeds or pumpkins seeds. 2 servings a day (2 oz.)

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A3a4696c919e916ec971691559e9c942

(2043)

on May 02, 2013
at 08:45 PM

Hey Amanda, good for you! My advice would be to keep it all very simple as you start. Eat whole, real foods until you are satisfied, not stuffed. Make sure to eat enough so you are not starving and looking to tackle the pizza delivery guy. It is a lot easier to say no to foods you should stay away from if you are not ravenous. Also, be realistic as you start it may take a while for all of the cravings to go away and DO NOT throw in the towel if you have a dietary indiscretion. They happen, learn from them and move on. Also, try to take note of any foods that cause you to keep eating beyond satiety and avoid those as much as possible. I think from where you are starting from you will see some great changes with just improving the quality of your diet. Try not to get too caught up in calories and macros etc...there will plenty of time to obsess about that later :) For now, focus on real, whole clean food and starting with whatever exercise you can handle. Walking is a great exercise and there is absolutely nothing wrong with walking being your chosen form of exercise. As you progress (or now if you are up to it) add in some resistance training.
Remember, this is about your long term success not about massive instant weight loss. Make sure your approach is sutainable. Best of luck!

Dc6407193ba441d1438f6f0c06af872b

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on May 02, 2013
at 09:22 PM

Yes! A lot of great advice in one post. If you fall off the wagon, get back on without beating yourself up. Don't worry much about exactly which foods are optimal. If you're cutting out sugar and grains and not binging on anything else, you'll do great. There may be months, especially at first, of good weight loss, and there may be months were you keep doing the same thing yet weight loss is stalled. Just stay the course, keep eating well, and after many bumps in the road, you'll get where you want to be, or at least most of the way there!

Ace367c118c58c06443eff765c36dc97

(20)

on May 02, 2013
at 10:53 PM

Definitely great advice! I appreciate it!

90bcfafd2ef73fea5398c483c593349e

(872)

on May 02, 2013
at 11:50 PM

Great advice, Juju! I couldn't have said it better myself.

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75d65450b6ff0be7b969fb321f1200ac

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on May 02, 2013
at 07:18 PM

Your diet looks fine but I fear it might be too challenging (low calorie) for someone of your weight. If you feel hungry I suggest you eat just a little bit, preferably something that isn't sweet (..so as not to add carbs to your low carb Paleo diet). And here are a couple of random tips:

1) I don't like having fruit with a meal since it often leads to digestion issues. Consider eating fruit standalone or with a few nuts/seeds.

2) A mid-morning green smoothie is a great pick-me-up. Just dump in carrots, kale, spinach and a very modest amount of fruit (berries are good), or be creative. Very nutritious, few calories.

3) I prefer almond milk to coconut milk, which tastes too rich (sweet?). Give almond milk a try, especially the lower calorie offerings. I like coconut in the form of coconut flakes (for baking) and coconut oil for cooking.

4) If you find yourself DYING for some sort of cake/pastry I can suggest you look at recipes on the web that use coconut flour/flakes and almond flour. Giving yourself a treat, especially after working out, is always nice.

My diet is not unlike yours, and I've been at it for over a year. It's something I can sustain indefinitely (, and I must in order to control my psoriasis and IBS). However I weigh 50% less than you do. This is why I fear you might be going a bit too rough on yourself.

Lastly, I do suggest you read Perfect Health Diet (Jaminet). Other than the strong suggestion of consuming starchy veggies the book offers great insight on diet/nutrition. Certainly in your case having a diet that is moderate in protein, moderate-high in fat, and low-ish in carbs fits the model in what this book suggests.

..oh, and one more thing: get some blood work done, especially your blood lipid values. Get these tests every 90-120 days. As with any radical dietary change, you need to ensure something doesn't go haywire.

_Lazza

Ace367c118c58c06443eff765c36dc97

(20)

on May 02, 2013
at 08:01 PM

I found this "So Delicious Chocolate Coconut Milk" which I love...but am not sure if its healthy. What do you think about it?

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

(8395)

on May 03, 2013
at 01:53 AM

Ingredients for your chocolate coconut milk: ORGANIC COCONUT MILK (WATER, ORGANIC COCONUT CREAM), ORGANIC DRIED CANE SYRUP, COCOA (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), NATURAL FLAVORS, CALCIUM PHOSPHATE, MAGNESIUM PHOSHPATE, KOSHER SEA SALT, CARRAGEENAN, GUAR GUM, REB A (STEVIA EXTRACT), MONK FRUIT, VITAMIN A PALMI

Dc6407193ba441d1438f6f0c06af872b

(4400)

on May 02, 2013
at 09:15 PM

If they add any sugar, don't do it! You want to establish good habits and kick cravings. I've never tried mixing in 100% chocolate with coconut milk, but it sounds pretty yummy! However, calories do count, and you can really pack them in that way. I guess if you've decided to up your calories a bit after reading this thread, you could find worse ways than coconut milk + 100% chocolate. However, I personally would probably find that to be a binge food.

75d65450b6ff0be7b969fb321f1200ac

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on May 02, 2013
at 09:34 PM

Wean yourself off it. Too many junk carbs.

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on May 03, 2013
at 01:54 AM

That contains several forms of "sugar" Cane Syrup, Stevia, Monkfruit. Stay away from anything sweetened, whether "naturally" or with artificial sweeteners, even stevia. Give your body time to get rid of its "sweet tooth". Then if you go back to it later, you'll find that very little sweet is more than enough. And food will start to taste better when you can taste the real flavors instead of only sweet.

Ace367c118c58c06443eff765c36dc97

(20)

on May 02, 2013
at 10:57 PM

I think its 8g sugar, 9g carb. They use all natural product in the drink (it appears). I have noticed that I drink 2 a day...which brings me back to my binging tendencies...so maybe I should mean off.

90bcfafd2ef73fea5398c483c593349e

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on May 02, 2013
at 11:58 PM

Amanda, I have to disagree with the recommendation to swap out almond milk for coconut milk. It's a hard mental hurdle to get over, but don't be afraid of fat! Fat calories are what will keep you from experiencing cravings. Do avoid the coconut milk that is sold in the dairy case, especially if it has sugar in it.

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on May 02, 2013
at 04:44 PM

If weight loss is desired I would not eat bananas and keep nut consumption at a minimum... What nuts are you eating?

2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

(3043)

on May 02, 2013
at 07:41 PM

Nuts do affect weight loss due to the omega 6 (pro-inflammatory). Especially fat loss.

Ace367c118c58c06443eff765c36dc97

(20)

on May 02, 2013
at 07:59 PM

Axial Gentleman - I am currently in the 50-100g of carbs. Not ketogenic at this point.

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on May 02, 2013
at 07:03 PM

Do nuts actually affect weight loss? The claim I usually hear people make is that they tend to overeat on nuts and find it hard to limit consumption. If the poster's energy intake is appropriate, what's wrong with nuts as part of it? Similarly, I think bananas are okay, as part of an overally appropriate-sized diet, unless you're trying to go ketogenic, which she hasn't said.

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on May 02, 2013
at 11:49 PM

Amanda, you're doing fine. No need to fuss about bananas or almonds at this point. If you're feeling good and weight is coming off at a rate you're comfortable with, just stick with what you're doing. Well down the road if you want to experiment with a ketogenic diet, go for it. Welcome to Paleo! I'm so excited for you!

Ace367c118c58c06443eff765c36dc97

(20)

on May 02, 2013
at 04:55 PM

almonds, sunflower seeds or pumpkins seeds. 2 servings a day (2 oz.)

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on May 02, 2013
at 05:10 PM

If you're not hungry, I don't see any reason why you should eat more. Its hard to give you advice as you've only been eating this way for three days and your body is still adapting. All I can say is keep track of your weight loss (body fat measurements also) and if it begins to stall, start cutting down on the nuts and fruit. Other than that, everything looks fine.

Ace367c118c58c06443eff765c36dc97

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on May 02, 2013
at 06:32 PM

Awesome! I just want to make sure that someone my weight can't go wrong with meat/fat

Ede98d8569d42885d70e07c92d3df34e

(623)

on May 02, 2013
at 05:49 PM

I'm not sure I understand the question. You definitely need to lose weight, and this is definitely a healthy way to go about doing that.

Ace367c118c58c06443eff765c36dc97

(20)

on May 02, 2013
at 05:25 PM

So being 320 lbs. with no real health issues (other than being overweight)....do you think this lifestyle is a healthy option?

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on May 02, 2013
at 04:47 PM

The calories are way too low. It seems like you've aimed your calories at your goal weight, not your actual weight. If you were much closer to your goal weight, it wouldn't make much difference, but you have to account for where you actually are or you're going to starve yourself and trash your metabolism.

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on May 02, 2013
at 07:00 PM

Um what does being fat have to do with having to get more calories?

2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

(3043)

on May 02, 2013
at 07:42 PM

If your not hungry don't eat more. Paleocurious is incorrect. Just make sure to up it if you do get hungry. So there isn't any binging.

Ace367c118c58c06443eff765c36dc97

(20)

on May 02, 2013
at 04:56 PM

This is the amount of calories I've found where I don't feel hungry - how many more should I eat?

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on May 02, 2013
at 08:05 PM

I'm coming from the same place you are. I started at over 330lbs and definitely hit the ground running. My advice... cut out all sugars for a month... I mean ALL sugars (well enjoy some veggies with carbos but don't go overboard). Stick to protein, fat, and dark veggies. One thing that I found is that the first month is the most important. It's also the hardest month. Cutting the sugars down will allow your body to clean house and really start getting down to fat burning.

I don't know if this site has a PM message but I'd love to keep up with you in one way or another. Let me know if you're interested in chatting.

Sidenote: Not sure if you're feverishly looking for new info like I was when I started but a few great resources are "It Starts with Food" by dallas an melissa hartwig. "The Skinny on Obesity" (found on youtube as a 7 part series by Dr. Ludwig), and "Fathead" available on Canadian netflix but oddly enough not on US netflix.

Goodluck amanda!

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at 08:13 PM

I would love to keep in contact and would love any info. you or anyone can provide! Am I allowed to leave my personal email on here, or is that not allowed?

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I'll add mine... just take out the spaces p a s o l i m a n [at] g m a i l . c o m As soon as you send one off to me I'll come back here and remove it.

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at 07:33 PM

I would ditch fruits and nuts just as paint (ans others) suggested. It is not about calories. It is about the immune response.

Also, remember - the goal of Paleo is not weight loss. The goal is to get healthier and to get your gut flora balanced as well. Once you are eating healthier and your gut flora is in balance, the weight will melt away.

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on May 02, 2013
at 08:11 PM

Way to go! You are on the right track!

Ace367c118c58c06443eff765c36dc97

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on May 02, 2013
at 08:02 PM

All of my numbers are in healthy ranges (thankfully)...but my main goal is definitely health. Weight loss is also up there, but not #1. I overall just want to feel better - not so bloated, etc. Also, I have gallbladder issues in my family, which causes pain when I eat a lot of junk, so I am taking a diff. route and eating better to help with this.

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Af679502f1e31c0c59c79bd08f324b35

on May 02, 2013
at 06:43 PM

Are you planning on exercising?

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on May 02, 2013
at 08:27 PM

The adjustment period ("low-carb flu") mostly applies to people who are trying to go on a very low carb (ketogenic) diet. At 20% calories from carbohydrates, you probably won't go into ketosis, though you might. If you do start feeling emotionally unstable, weak, or lightheaded, I'd actually recommend either cutting more carbs until you're sure you're going to start up ketosis, or increasing healthy carbohydrates until you're more functional.

Ace367c118c58c06443eff765c36dc97

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on May 02, 2013
at 07:56 PM

Yes I do plan on it. I think its a must! Any ideas for success? (How often, what type, etc?)

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on May 02, 2013
at 08:25 PM

Let your body guide you on that. Walking is great exercise, especially if you're not doing much now. In any case, don't do anything that makes your joints hurt or leaves you feeling like you can't breathe. Increase duration or intensity slowly, even if you feel impatient. Most importantly, don't fall for the "no pain, no gain" line. You need to push yourself very very gradually until you're extremely confident you can tell the difference between stretching your limits and injuring yourself.

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on May 02, 2013
at 10:56 PM

I normally go about 30-60 minutes a few times a week...when I am doing well that is. I am just starting out on Paleo so I haven't exercised yet. I have had a few moments of dizzy spell while sitting....is that normal? Anything to worry about?

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on May 02, 2013
at 08:18 PM

Due to the adjustment period and some people talk of getting light headed - should I exercise? How long is too long for someone starting?

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on May 02, 2013
at 09:11 PM

Many sources say that 80% of weight loss is diet, only 20% exercise. You don't need to exercise. Not that you shouldn't -- it's good for you in other ways -- but don't stress about it either way. Add exercise in only when it feels right to you, and of course ramp up gently.

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on May 02, 2013
at 05:00 PM

First of all, welcome aboard! Congrats on beginning a new chapter in your life. I hope you find the community as helpful and inspiring as I have!

I would recommend focusing on 3 good quality meals and to avoid snacking. I would also cut out nuts, fruit and dairy and really keep your carbs lower for the first while. If you're hungry my bet is that you're not eating enough protein/fats.

I personally find that fruit/high carb foods trigger fakey 'hunger' pangs later in the day, even if I'm full. When that happens I'll usually take a big spoonful of coconut butter and it sorts me right out.

Many also have great success with intermittent fasting (more info here and here). It can really help getting constant snacking under control and begin to regulate your insulin levels - which is key to maintaining on a healthy diet.

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on May 02, 2013
at 11:54 PM

As I said in response to an earlier answer, don't worry about fruit at this point, Amanda. So long as you're keeping it to 1-2 pieces a day, you're just fine for now. I ate a banana a day for months when I switched to Paleo and lost plenty of weight and felt great. Please do not rush the intermittent fasting. My first IF happened by accident 4 months in, so please don't feel you're failing if you don't do it right away (or ever).

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on May 02, 2013
at 08:54 PM

Coconut cream in coffee or tea can really help to curb a sweet tooth. Squeeze some lemon juice on your salads and vegetables for vitamin c - there are vegetables like bell peppers that can give you vitamin c as well. Fruit makes me want to eat more sweets, rather than curbing any cravings. But of course you might be different...

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on May 02, 2013
at 05:26 PM

I only eat fruit now as a way to get some nutrients (vitamin C, etc) and to curb my sweet tooth (having fruit instead of junk). If I give up fruit, is there something else better to curb this?

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on May 02, 2013
at 10:55 PM

I haven't felt hungry since starting Paleo - I've had a piece of fruit each of the days (some lower carb than others - blueberries, banana, apple, etc.) Today I had an orange and I do feel hungry, so I get what you mean.

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on May 03, 2013
at 04:18 PM

My method for curbing cravings is from the Jaminets' PerfectHealthDiet. I eat 1 cup of white rice with lunch and dinner (I usually skip breakfast) and my intense cravings are no more. I was amazed that it would work but it does work really well.

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