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How to get calories on a very strict paleo diet?

Answered on June 04, 2014
Created June 02, 2014 at 5:38 PM

I am currently doing a very strict paleo because I am broke but I am having real trouble getting in calories.

I am eating around 300g of stewing steak a day, onions, peppers and olive oil in a stew with different spices and herbs depending on what I fancy. I have a big salad for a late dinner too.

I have to be at around ??2.00 pounds a day because thats my food budget.

I feel full and not hungry I am a pretty overweight 207 pound dude. I have a lot of fat on me. I have no satiety issues eating this way at all. I have good skin doing it but the problem is I just realised I am only taking in about 600 calories a day.

Should I just add more fat in the form of olive oil or coconut oil?

Nuts

Nut butters

More meat

all that kinda stuff is out of the question because I can not afford it.

I have bad reactions to eggs and dairy which sucks for me because they would be ideal.

I am getting a bit fed up because there is zero realistic advice for people living in poverty who have real gluten and other intolerances. For ??2.00 a day I am having trouble finding the calories.

Db4e631885aae32262381e5bc1b76351

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on June 03, 2014
at 05:45 PM

beef stewing steak

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on June 03, 2014
at 12:56 AM

Dude listen to cdone. He knows his shit. You are eating significantly more than you think you are.

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on June 02, 2014
at 07:58 PM

calories do not help you recover. There is science to suggest that eating within a specific window can help muscle synthesis -- but there is nothing that says eat more to recover from a workout. If you want to lose 20lbs, food+exercise must be at a 70000 calorie deficit.

Db4e631885aae32262381e5bc1b76351

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on June 02, 2014
at 07:36 PM

Yes but I need to be fit to get in. I need to therefore work out a lot. I therefore need to eat enough calories to recover.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on June 02, 2014
at 06:32 PM

is it cow or something else?

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on June 02, 2014
at 06:28 PM

"I want to loose [sic] weight but only 20-25 pounds. This requires calories to recover from training" -- I disagree with this statement. weight loss is about caloric deficit.

As I said before -- throw a couple of potatoes into your stew.

Db4e631885aae32262381e5bc1b76351

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on June 02, 2014
at 06:27 PM

it says 115kcal per 100g raw on the label.

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on June 02, 2014
at 06:26 PM

I don't know what cut of the cow "stewing steak" is. Typically legs are used for stews, and legs are between 250-325 calories per 100g. That would make 300g between 750-975.

There is no muscle on the cow that would be that low. 100g of chicken breast is ~180 calories. That would be 540 calories for 300g -- still significantly higher than you are suggesting.

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on June 04, 2014
at 01:03 PM

I prefer vegetable sources of Paleo carbs Beets, carrots, Butternut squash, Cassava, Yam, Plantains etc

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on June 03, 2014
at 02:37 AM

I don't understand your frustration as indicated by your responses. @CDone said to include some potatoes. Potatoes are super cheap here in the states (and gluten free), if they cost too much in England then how much is rice? If you can't afford rice and beans (two of the cheapest staples in the world) then what advice do you realistically expect to get here?

Are you trying to lose weight or gain weight? If you want to lose weight then being on a calorie deficit is fine, especially if you feel okay. If you're trying to gain weight include some more of the carbs such as potatoes rice or carrots. Paleo is not some high and mighty esoteric diet made only for the few and rich. Take the advise of @CDone and @Matt 11, it's fine/good advice.

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on June 03, 2014
at 01:58 AM

Not sure if your strict paleo includes limiting carbs, but if you don't want to eat potatoes or rice/oats then yes, you are pretty much limited to things like oils/butters for your cheap/calorie dense foods.

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Db4e631885aae32262381e5bc1b76351

on June 02, 2014
at 06:23 PM

By the way the reason I need calories is because I am joining the armed forces and for a 207lb man running 3 times a week and doing resistance training the other 3, I need 2500 calories to maintain the weight or in that area.

I want to loose weight but only 20-25 pounds. This requires calories to recover from training and at £2.00 a day to spend its not as easy as just eating more, I have very limited resources and am a full-time carer for a relative.

I understand most people here are financially ok but some of us are struggling and still want to live healthily.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on June 02, 2014
at 06:28 PM

"I want to loose [sic] weight but only 20-25 pounds. This requires calories to recover from training" -- I disagree with this statement. weight loss is about caloric deficit.

As I said before -- throw a couple of potatoes into your stew.

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Db4e631885aae32262381e5bc1b76351

on June 02, 2014
at 06:15 PM

@CDone 300g of stewing steak is 345 calories. It is the only steak I can fit in my diet and still hit £2.00 a day.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on June 02, 2014
at 06:26 PM

I don't know what cut of the cow "stewing steak" is. Typically legs are used for stews, and legs are between 250-325 calories per 100g. That would make 300g between 750-975.

There is no muscle on the cow that would be that low. 100g of chicken breast is ~180 calories. That would be 540 calories for 300g -- still significantly higher than you are suggesting.

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on June 02, 2014
at 06:14 PM

300g of random steak bits is about 800 calories. 4 tbsp of olive oil is about 500 calories.

That's 1300 calories not counting any of the additional veggies or dressings. My guess is that you are closer to 2000 total calories

I'd say do what you are doing and don't worry unless you become hungry/ lethargic/ etc.

If you want more calories, throw a couple of potatoes into your stew.

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