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Always hungry after eating carbs

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 08, 2013 at 1:56 AM

I was craving carbs this afternoon (long university teaching day, lots of mental energy required), so I had a sweet potato with plenty of fats and some green onions. I'm still hugely hungry and craving all the usual SAD crap I used to crave.

This isn't the first time this has happened, either, and it frankly pisses me off, because one of the things I normally like about eating paleo is the cravings control.

What's going on here? Should I simply not eat carbs to avoid these triggers?

Some basic information: I'm moderately obese (5'4", 240, very muscular), and usually eat about 60%fat, 20%carbs, 20%protein. I don't work out, but I don't live sedentarily.

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on September 05, 2013
at 05:15 PM

I find that protein is far more satisfying than carbs or fat. This may be due to the fact that it is harder to digest than the other 2 macros. It keeps you fuller longer.

76026e8ef496039d5075440ff731aa0d

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on August 08, 2013
at 05:17 AM

I mention protein because you ate mostly carbs, fat and carbs to be more specific, but at least from what you've mentioned, that combination seems to not work for you. Fat does takes longer to digest making you feel satiated, but fat AND protein hammers home that sentiments more so, and helps to avoid any spikes trigger by tubers, or rice. Also, do you have an end goal here, what I mean is, are you using Paleo for fat loss? general health? just testing the waters?

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on August 08, 2013
at 02:44 AM

Why do you say more protein? And what do you think is causing the kneejerk cravings to the sweet potato? Please answer my question. The 60/20/20 is my best guess based on a day's input to fitday, which doesn't have complete information. Activity: Like I said, I don't work out, but I use my body regularly. When I'm chained to my computer, I move a lot, I don't sit at a desk but instead work on the floor and focus on keeping my body active and moving my legs around, etc.

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76026e8ef496039d5075440ff731aa0d

on August 08, 2013
at 02:14 AM

Sounds like you needed to add a bit more protein.

Are you active besides the mental Olympics??

Truth.

B5bcaa69f3848029d572fac619b8e143

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on August 08, 2013
at 02:44 AM

Why do you say more protein? And what do you think is causing the kneejerk cravings to the sweet potato? Please answer my question. The 60/20/20 is my best guess based on a day's input to fitday, which doesn't have complete information. Activity: Like I said, I don't work out, but I use my body regularly. When I'm chained to my computer, I move a lot, I don't sit at a desk but instead work on the floor and focus on keeping my body active and moving my legs around, etc.

76026e8ef496039d5075440ff731aa0d

(5386)

on August 08, 2013
at 05:17 AM

I mention protein because you ate mostly carbs, fat and carbs to be more specific, but at least from what you've mentioned, that combination seems to not work for you. Fat does takes longer to digest making you feel satiated, but fat AND protein hammers home that sentiments more so, and helps to avoid any spikes trigger by tubers, or rice. Also, do you have an end goal here, what I mean is, are you using Paleo for fat loss? general health? just testing the waters?

Bfd70bb38267fcc2d762063d691fa226

(723)

on September 05, 2013
at 05:15 PM

I find that protein is far more satisfying than carbs or fat. This may be due to the fact that it is harder to digest than the other 2 macros. It keeps you fuller longer.

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on August 08, 2013
at 11:55 AM

How long have you been eating Paleo? It can take awhile for cravings to subside. It could also be that the macronutrient ratio you are eating (carbs, fat, protein) isn't working for you. You may need more carbs or more protein and less fat. Also, if the sweet potato served as a meal for you, it wasn't balanced. You need some protein with it to help balance the blood sugar effect of the sweet potato.

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on August 08, 2013
at 10:03 AM

Try and increase the variety of foods you eat over the week, and also try and include three egg yolks every day. You can mix them into whatever you like, I normally mix them into my rice or butter sauce. My point is, that I believe hunger is an indication of nutrition and not always just a mental vice or a physically empty stomach. Aim to be really well nourished and egg yolks really pack a punch. Quality meat, and a variety of colourful vegetables including those starchy ones should make things easier.

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on August 08, 2013
at 04:06 AM

How long have you been dieting paleo? Are you strict or do you cheat a lot? Someone at your size it doesn't seem may have been doing paleo for an extended amount of time, or have been cheating too often.

Paleo doesn't work like an instant miracle. It took me a few weeks before I stopped having intense cravings. Many do it for a variety of reasons besides to curb cravings, and lose weight. A lot of it has to do with feeling good and healthy all the time. Doing paleo and Qigong has changed my life dramatically.

I think when TruthinessInc recommended more protein it is because even though we might not think you would need to do a full on PSMF, it would help to do less fat and a bit more protein. I personally would say less carbs as well, 5-10% but under 50g max per day until you figure out your body. Now this might be hard because many here believe that eating good fats help make you feel full and not have as much/frequent hunger, but you have to compromise.

Also people of your build/size might not be easily able to just stop hunger cravings as easy. Your body has become accustomed to the way you were living before, it will take some work and willpower to retrain it how to diet in a different manner.

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