I feel like I eat way too much on paleo. I don't know if it's just in my mind or what, but I need help! I seem to end up eating about 3lbs of meat a day, plus about 10 eggs. I am also running about 60 miles a week though, so that could be a factor. I am a 21-year-old woman, 5'8", 145lbs and would like to lose some weight. I try to eat a fist-size of protein and wait 15 minutes before eating more if I am still hungry. Is there anything else I should do? I also find it very easy to eat a TON of vegetables.
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on September 18, 2012
at 01:14 AM
5'8" and 145 is not overweight. obviously BMI is not the best measure, but you are on the lower end of normal. You said your body fat is at 13%, that's into the essential fat area which is not healthy (for most people).
But you asked about proper portion size, so here's my answer, courtesy of Paleolithic MD.
on September 14, 2012
at 02:35 PM
I experienced something very similar when I started eating low carb. My food intake went way up, especially in the meat department. Sometimes id have 2lbs of steak for dinner.
My personal hypothesis is that its carb cravings. When your body detects is missing a nutrient you get that ravenous hunger, and if your super committed to cutting the carbs, you turn to something else.
The effect only lasted for about 10 days for me. It will subside. At that time I was logging all my food, and after the munchies went away, i was eating less than before the carb restriction.
on September 18, 2012
at 01:20 AM
I'm 6'5, 275lbs and though still fat am very, very strong with lots of muscle. (I know thanks for sharing right?)
You eat more meat and eggs than I do. For runners I see no reason to avoid carbs in favour of gluconeogenisis. Slowly up your carbs a little bit, week by week and see if your desire for meat doesn't drop a bit. I suspect it will. Keep the fat at no less than 20% of calories and let the others sort themselves out.
on September 17, 2012
at 10:11 PM
Eating a lot on the Paleo Diet is fine. I find myself eating non-stop through the day. Keep in mind that the foods in the Paleo Diet are not usually high in calories. Eating a ton of veggies may only get you a few hundred calories (if that), so you'll be eating more food to compensate. Since you are extremely active you'll need food to create more energy. I CrossFit every morning and I too find myself eating massive amounts of meat. I started adding a bit more fat into my diet and that has helped quell some of the hunger. How long have you been on Paleo?