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Limiting protein & carbohydrates when starting Paleo

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created August 11, 2012 at 4:08 AM

I recently started eating Paleo 2 days ago and am continually reading more up on it to help my transition.

The past two days, I haven't had enough food to eat because I've cut out all grains (Asian here, and that's a lot of rice to cut out lol) and haven't been able to replace it with good fats.

From some searching, I know where to get good fats now (coconuts, avocados, nuts, butter, heavy cream, & good animal fat).

I'm guessing that the most substantial parts of my meal will come from meats. If that's the case, is there a possibility that I'll eat too much protein by switching to Paleo, to the point that it's detrimental to my health?

I've read that since protein is so satiating that there's not much risk in overeating.

1) From your experience, has it been hard limiting protein intake or do you just stop when you feel you've had enough?

2) Also, is it easy to go over your carb goal, without knowing, by eating too much veggies and fruit?

I'd appreciate any advice. Thank you so much for reading this short novel!

Also, I'd love it if anyone had suggestions on a macronutrient calorie calculating site. FitDay has one and so does the MyFitnessPal app, but I can't use apps.

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at 08:01 AM

hmm, it makes me think I should stay away from lots of store-made smoothies as they sometimes contain whey in them. I actually did go over my protein limit lol. need to get more fats :/ thanks for your input!

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at 07:59 AM

Thanks for the tip on the cronometer. It's a pretty nifty tool! I think I went a bit over my protein goals through trying to up my fats, but the meat wasn't high enough in fats. and if I reduce the amount of fruit I'm eating, I don't think I'll have to worry about going over the carb limit. thanks for your advice!

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on August 11, 2012
at 04:46 AM

Cronometer is great for macros and micros. I like it, anyway.

Protein: if you eat fattier cuts of meat, you dont end up with excessive protein to fat ratios IMO. Its only fish and chicken that tends to be more protein than fat, and if you dont eat that all the time and aim for fatty fish like salmon, and chicken with the skin (and you do eat some fatty cuts) your ratios end up about right. Its good to eat a variety of meats IMO though.

As for carb ratio, well dont obsess about it, I reckon (unless for some reason your aiming for a short term ketogenic diet). You dont get alot from non-starchy veges, and as long as your either eating lower sugar fruit, or having reasonable portions, you dont tend to get that high with fruit either. IMO of course. My small-ish serves of fruit (1/2 cup - cup and 1/2 depending on the sweetness of the fruit), and no matter how many veg I eat, never bumps me over my carb goals.

I guess if one was snacking on lots of higher sugar fruit, you might go over your goal.

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on August 13, 2012
at 07:59 AM

Thanks for the tip on the cronometer. It's a pretty nifty tool! I think I went a bit over my protein goals through trying to up my fats, but the meat wasn't high enough in fats. and if I reduce the amount of fruit I'm eating, I don't think I'll have to worry about going over the carb limit. thanks for your advice!

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on August 11, 2012
at 02:09 PM

Whole9 has some good into info on what to eat and how you'll feel. I also like the way this guy (http://www.paleobulkingcutting.com/site/category/macros/) talks about macros - easy to understand.

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on August 11, 2012
at 05:25 AM

I honestly wouldn't even worry about consuming too much protein, unless you're supplementing with whey or some type of protein powder. Protein is by far the most filling macro and it's pretty difficult to overdo protein in food form.

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on August 13, 2012
at 08:01 AM

hmm, it makes me think I should stay away from lots of store-made smoothies as they sometimes contain whey in them. I actually did go over my protein limit lol. need to get more fats :/ thanks for your input!

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