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Can you eat too much? What does your "day" look like?

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Created May 31, 2012 at 2:28 AM

I'm new, started on Monday (today is Thursday) and I'm waiting for a Paleo book I got off of Amazon so I'm doing this all by internet research.

My goal is to lose 10 pounds or so but mostly drop body fat and gain some muscle. I'm flabbier now since I had my daughter (1 year ago) and most of all, I want to be comfortable in a bikini.

Generally speaking, I ate "healthy" and very clean but lots of grains/legumes/etc and red wine 5 times a week or so. So this is all a BIG change for me.

My question is, I think I might be eating too much to lose weight but I find myself "needing something," more out of habit, so I'm choosing nuts and fruits.

What does a typical day look like for you? Any suggestions?

Thank you!

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on July 18, 2013
at 07:22 PM

Sounds military but it works

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on July 18, 2013
at 07:20 PM

The body readapts to the macronutrients it is presented. Fat could help satiation on the initial change, but not long term. Eating in excess of metabolism is the long-term problem.

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at 07:13 PM

Why oh why don't people start with studies like this? http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/11943743/ Paleo sops up urban myths about insulin resistance in the forlorn hope that their lives will improve by going against conventional wisdom. Insulin resistance and metabolic derangements are primarily concerns for obese persons, not healthy ones.

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on May 31, 2012
at 11:30 PM

@mrmagee - I recently switched to a kitavan style diet based on starch with moderate fat and protein. I'm eating more calories than my previous high fat paleo diet (I count everything) yet I've maintained my lean composition. I really just don't think macronutrients matter anymore as long as you've eliminated neolithic agents.

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on May 31, 2012
at 04:57 PM

CRON-o-meter is the app

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on May 31, 2012
at 04:23 PM

It's important to note, too, that a calorie is not the most accurate measure of food energy, how our bodies utilize that energy, etc. Think of them as a rough approximation of how much you're eating, and don't worry about being exact.

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on May 31, 2012
at 03:23 PM

What software is that?

85382cd84288ed28c92cbfe7bfcaf226

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on May 31, 2012
at 03:18 PM

@Amy - absolutely.

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at 03:12 PM

@mrmagee -- Agreed. And if they *did* follow the second diet (HFLC), they would probably feel much more satisfied. They could consume the same number of calories on a higher carb & low fat diet but still feel ravenous because of the hormonal effects of different macronutrients.

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I see both sides here -if you are eating LOTS of veggies and lean-ish meats, it is hard to overeat. If you are eating lots of nuts, paleo baked goodies, fatty meats, and fruits, it is very easy to overeat.

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at 01:29 PM

I'm going to go in the middle of this -- if you eat 10,000 paleo calories, you'll obviously gain weight. If you eat 0 calories on any diet, you'll obviously lose weight. I would hypothesize that if one were to eat determine their maintenance caloric requirement of a higher-carb, low fat diet, and then eat the same amount of calories with a high-fat, vlc diet, they would likely lose weight on the second diet. This, to me, disproves that it's *only* calories in versus calories out - the way we process those calories has an effect as well. That's not to say that calories don't matter.

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at 12:25 PM

@little rain - yeah I was so excited about being able to eat fresh/healthy food in abundance without weighing/measuring...but I guess it just isn't so :'( the lure of the easy weigh out ;) hahaha (like what I did there?)

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Not true @Sol. I did VLC with tons of fat and protein all the time. Gained like 10kg in 2.5months...ketosis/low-carb does not necessarily mean instant weight loss. Your body can still store fat as fat if you are eating more calories than you need. The low-carb is more a way of fixing hormonal derangement

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on May 31, 2012
at 07:06 AM

That is what I've found, that it's so much easier working out my weeks menu after going 95% paleo. I'm still checking calories and macro's after almost 8 months because I have a little fat to lose. I have recently found that cutting out milk, cheese and yoghurt seems to be helping the scale move in the right direction. Once I'm where I want to be, I'll bring back yoghurt and a little cheese.

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on May 31, 2012
at 06:51 AM

I find it very easy to overeat on Paleo. That's why I never have nuts, nut butter or fruit in the house. And, I've fallen in love with healthy fats which I easily overeat. But, the honeymoon is ending and I'm getting ready to rein in all those lovely fat calories!

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at 06:49 AM

@Little rain - What I believe to be true is that you won't gain weight if you eat Paleo AND watch your carbs. What was your carb intake like? I can eat tons of fat, low carbs, a good amount of protein and my weight doesn't go up. But, to lose fat I have to create a deficit.

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at 04:11 AM

Going paleo, I ate a lot of calories from all the healthy paleo foods and GAINED WEIGHT. I'm now fatter. So I've started counting calories again (though of course this time eating the healthy paleo foods). I'm actually kind of mad at the people who told me I could eat all the healthy fats and meats/proteins that I wanted and not gain (and perhaps still lose) NOT TRUE!! Atleast not for me, at this time :(

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on May 31, 2012
at 03:41 AM

That is true but science will always be there has to be a deficit. I know from experience. You have to have a calorie deficit. But going Paleo can either cause your body's hormones to change and naturally have you eating less so it can use it's own fat stores, or if you are like me and can actually eat a ton of food on any diet than you Paleo means you might still have to watch calories but at least you are getting the most nutrition possible out of those calories.

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on May 31, 2012
at 03:26 AM

I guess I'm trying to say, when you eat the right TYPE of calories, counting become less of an issue, because you're body is designed to use certain foods better than other.

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at 03:03 AM

By whom? You can't lose weight if you are consuming enough calories to maintain your current weight, or worse, more.

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at 03:02 AM

I have a food blog with lots of recipes, too... http://tummyrumblr.com Some recipes include dairy, fyi.

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Calories in / Calories out has been debunked, no?

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85382cd84288ed28c92cbfe7bfcaf226

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on May 31, 2012
at 10:53 AM

I think there's probably never going to be a consensus on the answer to the question "can you eat too much" as there are far too many variables in it. I'm going to take the cowardly approach here and fall somewhere in the middle ground between "count that last pea you ate" and "eat whatever the hell you want". I'll also preface this by saying I'm not a scientist -- I've done a lot of research and reading, but there may be errors in what follows, so others can feel free to correct me.

I think most of us would agree at this point that insulin is the hormone we can point as as the primary driver of fat storage. So as you eat carbohydrates, your blood glucose rises, your pancreas says "wtf" and secretes insulin. This insulin uses what it needs to fuel your cells and restore intramuscular glycogen, and whatever is left over gets stored as adipose tissue - fat. If you routinely have very high glucose spikes, your body may eventually get to a point of insulin resistance - the same amount of insulin will not work to adequately utilize the glucose in your blood. So your body pumps out more insulin to compensate. Given that insulin is the primary driver of fat storage, having a lot of it floating around in your system is probably not a great idea. Eventually your pancreas says "the hell with this" and takes the rest of your life off, and you now have diabetes.

So, if you accept that insulin is the primary driver of fat storage, the question becomes "how do we limit insulin response"? As we know insulin is the body's response to glucose, two things cause your body's glucose to rise - the breakdown of carbohydrates and the breakdown of protein via gluconeogenesis. The three types of food we eat are fats, carbs, and protein. If we're saying that limiting carbs and protein intake are necessary to reduce insulin, and reducing insulin is necessary to lose fat, that leaves us with the notion of a high fat diet being the best for weight loss.

Now to the "calories in/calories out" part. A lot of this will depend on your current weight, adiposity, and individual genetics. I'm going to use a hypothetical macronutrient breakdown of about 65% fat, 30% protein, and 5% carbohydrates. Is it possible to not lose fat, or to gain weight at this ratio? Probably. 35% of your diet is still comprised of stuff that will cause an insulin response, and if your total food intake is high, that'll be enough to gain fat. But if you're eating at a ratio like that, and are at least showing some moderation -- for instance, I am currently 270 (have lost thirty pounds) and eating approximately 3500 calories a day, and losing 3.5 lb/week still, something that would never have been possible with the standard AHA/ACS type diets -- I think it's unlikely.

At the end of the day, let your body be the guide -- I think food logging is less necessary on paleo for weight loss than other methods, but in the beginning it might make sense to do it so you are able to fine tune the diet that "works" for you the best. Maybe you do best at 70% fat, maybe 55% -- once you find that out, you'll be able to spend a little less time on it. I personally find that nuts do bad things for me with regard to weight loss -- so I cut them out for the most part. Dairy doesn't bother me, though it does others. Just find the foods that don't work for you, and cut them out.

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(10611)

on July 18, 2013
at 07:13 PM

Why oh why don't people start with studies like this? http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/11943743/ Paleo sops up urban myths about insulin resistance in the forlorn hope that their lives will improve by going against conventional wisdom. Insulin resistance and metabolic derangements are primarily concerns for obese persons, not healthy ones.

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on May 31, 2012
at 02:53 AM

Weight loss occurs when you have a calorie deficit. If you are replacing the calories you used to consume while eating grains and legumes with calories from fruit and nuts, you aren't going to see much fat loss. Nuts and dried fruit are very easy to gorge on and overeat.

Stress eating is one of my major weaknesses and I have to remind myself when I am foraging that I am not actually hungry and force myself to find something else to do.

Da2c728c093488e4f2ea87b81619682f

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on May 31, 2012
at 04:11 AM

Going paleo, I ate a lot of calories from all the healthy paleo foods and GAINED WEIGHT. I'm now fatter. So I've started counting calories again (though of course this time eating the healthy paleo foods). I'm actually kind of mad at the people who told me I could eat all the healthy fats and meats/proteins that I wanted and not gain (and perhaps still lose) NOT TRUE!! Atleast not for me, at this time :(

3b3a449b6705e9ec8b141d0bd07c1a64

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on May 31, 2012
at 03:41 AM

That is true but science will always be there has to be a deficit. I know from experience. You have to have a calorie deficit. But going Paleo can either cause your body's hormones to change and naturally have you eating less so it can use it's own fat stores, or if you are like me and can actually eat a ton of food on any diet than you Paleo means you might still have to watch calories but at least you are getting the most nutrition possible out of those calories.

276a5e631b62f8e0793987c0496364bb

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on May 31, 2012
at 04:23 PM

It's important to note, too, that a calorie is not the most accurate measure of food energy, how our bodies utilize that energy, etc. Think of them as a rough approximation of how much you're eating, and don't worry about being exact.

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on May 31, 2012
at 03:18 PM

@Amy - absolutely.

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on May 31, 2012
at 03:03 AM

By whom? You can't lose weight if you are consuming enough calories to maintain your current weight, or worse, more.

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on May 31, 2012
at 01:29 PM

I'm going to go in the middle of this -- if you eat 10,000 paleo calories, you'll obviously gain weight. If you eat 0 calories on any diet, you'll obviously lose weight. I would hypothesize that if one were to eat determine their maintenance caloric requirement of a higher-carb, low fat diet, and then eat the same amount of calories with a high-fat, vlc diet, they would likely lose weight on the second diet. This, to me, disproves that it's *only* calories in versus calories out - the way we process those calories has an effect as well. That's not to say that calories don't matter.

5249df0c1098a8ea4607cc305f0cbdcf

(864)

on May 31, 2012
at 03:26 AM

I guess I'm trying to say, when you eat the right TYPE of calories, counting become less of an issue, because you're body is designed to use certain foods better than other.

35b2cb4d450e5288895c255dfdfff35d

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on May 31, 2012
at 06:49 AM

@Little rain - What I believe to be true is that you won't gain weight if you eat Paleo AND watch your carbs. What was your carb intake like? I can eat tons of fat, low carbs, a good amount of protein and my weight doesn't go up. But, to lose fat I have to create a deficit.

5249df0c1098a8ea4607cc305f0cbdcf

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on May 31, 2012
at 02:59 AM

Calories in / Calories out has been debunked, no?

3b3a449b6705e9ec8b141d0bd07c1a64

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on May 31, 2012
at 12:23 PM

Not true @Sol. I did VLC with tons of fat and protein all the time. Gained like 10kg in 2.5months...ketosis/low-carb does not necessarily mean instant weight loss. Your body can still store fat as fat if you are eating more calories than you need. The low-carb is more a way of fixing hormonal derangement

3b3a449b6705e9ec8b141d0bd07c1a64

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on May 31, 2012
at 12:25 PM

@little rain - yeah I was so excited about being able to eat fresh/healthy food in abundance without weighing/measuring...but I guess it just isn't so :'( the lure of the easy weigh out ;) hahaha (like what I did there?)

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on May 31, 2012
at 03:12 PM

@mrmagee -- Agreed. And if they *did* follow the second diet (HFLC), they would probably feel much more satisfied. They could consume the same number of calories on a higher carb & low fat diet but still feel ravenous because of the hormonal effects of different macronutrients.

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on May 31, 2012
at 11:30 PM

@mrmagee - I recently switched to a kitavan style diet based on starch with moderate fat and protein. I'm eating more calories than my previous high fat paleo diet (I count everything) yet I've maintained my lean composition. I really just don't think macronutrients matter anymore as long as you've eliminated neolithic agents.

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on May 31, 2012
at 04:44 AM

From my experience, I've found that calories DO matter. I had an initial "honeymoon" period with going low-carb Paleo (less than 50g carbs/day, no grains, etc.) where I basically ate whatever and however much I wanted and watched myself get trimmer and my waist get smaller...but then I started to bloat up again, and the weight came back on.

Maybe it was because I ate too many macadamia nuts, or dark chocolate, or pork chops. As soon as I started watching my calories again (I'm setting it at 1500-1600 calories and <20g carbs/day with one no-count, non-Paleo "cheat" day a week), my weight has gone down slightly, and has now stabilised. It could be the "cheat" day preventing further progress, but at least I'm not GAINING weight like I was when I stopped counting calories.

However, I do believe that WHERE you get your calories from matters too. The notion of low-carb affording a "metabolic advantage" does hold true to a certain extent, but not to the point where one can gorge on steak and butter and still lose weight.

Oh well. At least I no longer feel like I'm starving to death all the time.

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on July 18, 2013
at 07:00 PM

Week one of Paleo. I never cut up so many veggies in my life. I always ate whatever I wanted. Not a lot. I would eat every 3 hours or so 3 meals 2 snacks. I always included protein. My family decided to go Paleo for my husband and 16 yr old daughter.. I have a totally different metabolism. I was raised on processed food. I was a half starved teen. I learned to exercise after the freshmen 10. So most of my life I have been out running the fork. It is so hard to watch your kid gain weight yr after yr eating better then you do. She is an athlete and absolutely gorgeous. She eats so good and has milk allergy so no cheese no ice cream. I really hope our efforts pay off. Meanwhile I am going through withdrawal from sugar. Unbelievable. Whenever I needed to lose a couple lbs b4 I would stop the snacks. Poof. Lost 5 lbs in a week or so. I think I am going to gain weight eating this way. My husband already lost 3 lbs. Took my 16 yr old to weigh at the grocery store. We don't own a scale. No weight loss this week. She cried. I felt like a terrible Mom. I told her she is getting balanced on the inside first. She is not a number on a scale. I will never weigh her again. I told her she could try on her tight pair of pants in 21 days. Thanks for the hormone info very helpful. I need to omit the daily nuts. Also helpful. Back to cut up some more veggies.

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on May 31, 2012
at 01:13 PM

I would spend the first 6 months replenishing your nutrient stores by eating liver, eggs, salmon, hard cheese (if you do dairy), oysters along with some good grass-fed beef & lamb and organic veggies.

Once you give your gut a chance to rebalance its flora by being 100% gluten-free (avoiding nuts/high phytic acid for awhile might be a good idea, too) and providing plenty of nutrients, your hormones will balance & it will be easier to drop those last few pounds.

I've found that by doing this, my body naturally started needing less food and I have been able to drop the habit of eating too much.

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on May 31, 2012
at 06:43 AM

4am Wake and black coffee. 5am jog for 1hour 6.30am work 10am pilchard salad 3pm beef mince and veg 7pm finish work 8pm stirfry chkn 9pm bed

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on July 18, 2013
at 07:22 PM

Sounds military but it works

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on May 31, 2012
at 04:58 AM

On an average day, I get up, have coffee, get the kid off to school, and then walk the dogs a mile or two. If I'm going to the gym, I try not to eat until after that, but on not gym days, I have breakfast after I walk the dogs.

I do work, or stuff for my daughter (she has a lot of health issues) walk the dog more in the afternoon. Sometimes I eat lunch, sometimes I don't eat again until dinner. If I'm not hungry, I fast. I tend to not plan fasting, just go with how I am feeling.

In the evenings I walk the dogs again. I aim for 5 miles a day. Some days I do less, some times way more. On Saturdays, I ride a bike for 5 hours. Sundays I tend to rest a bit more (although I still walk the dogs). Everyday, I map my walking and biking routes on gmap pedometers.

There are days that I FEEL like I ate too much, but when I track my food, Im always running a deficit. Its very hard to over eat when you eat like this. Protein and fat and veggies are filling. My main problems overeating come from overindulging in nuts and seeds, and that`s just through being a slackass who keeps reaching in the bag without being hungry, out of habit. I deal with that by just keeping very small amounts around.

Eat more veggies and protein if you need more, and make them as you want them, because its time consuming, and it will mean you *really* want them, youre not just grazing out of habit or boredom. Good luck!

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on May 31, 2012
at 02:58 AM

My advice is to write down what you eat and how you feel each day, at least for 1 month (I find I am more accountable if I do this all the time). I counted cals for the first month to see where I was at and adjusted from there. I ate similarly to you before, and I found I had room to add back some cals, which was nice (I chose to add wine :).

Listen to your body and make adjustments as necessary. Check your macros on Chron-o-meter or elsewhere to see where you're at, and if you're missing anything that you need. Do your best to be true to it for the first month or so before experimenting with any non-paleo foods, and if and when you do, take note of how you feel (bloated? want to overeat? did overeat?).

I found I had to do some adjusting for the first 2 months to find my happy place, but now I know what works (ie, I need more protein in my coconut milk smoothies, I feel best on 50-60% fat, etc...)

I think within a month or two you'll find the meals and snacks that satisfy you and it will become quite simple. I personally find it simpler that cooking on SAD, because it limits my choices. Breakfast = eggs and veggies, maybe a little bacon OR a coconut milk smoothie, lunch and dinner = fatty meat or seafood + vegetables + safe starch.

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on May 31, 2012
at 07:06 AM

That is what I've found, that it's so much easier working out my weeks menu after going 95% paleo. I'm still checking calories and macro's after almost 8 months because I have a little fat to lose. I have recently found that cutting out milk, cheese and yoghurt seems to be helping the scale move in the right direction. Once I'm where I want to be, I'll bring back yoghurt and a little cheese.

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at 03:02 AM

I have a food blog with lots of recipes, too... http://tummyrumblr.com Some recipes include dairy, fyi.

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on November 06, 2013
at 05:15 PM

If your goal is to get lean, and stay lean, drop the added fats and high fat foods and replace them with lots of fruit. Contrary to popular paleo talk , insulin is NOT the primary variable in fat storage, insulin sensitivity/resistance is. That being said, as far as macronutrients go, in a nutshell, fats raise insulin resistance, and carbs create insulin sensitivity. From a "natural human diet" standpoint, the leanest indiginous people generally had the highest (50-80%) carb intakes. Id stick with sucrose over starch simply because starch can be inflammatory for many people, and the fructose helps with insulin sensitivity, dietary thermogenesis, and supports metabolism. If you're a man eating less than 2000 kcal so day, and you aren't losing weight, your metabolism is trashed. Carbs in the form of sucrose and mixed glucose/fructose will help reverse that, as long as you keep the fats in check.

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on May 31, 2012
at 04:16 PM

I'm still working down the 20lbs and some inches I gained from going crazy with a HFLC diet -- granted there were a few factors that added to my gain. My goal is to at least get back into the jeans I was wearing in December, and of course lose more weight/fat past that.

I'm seeing better results now that I'm watching calories, adding carbs back in and exercising, and my mood is improving as well. I'm jealous of those that seem to eat whatever (paleo) and fat falls off of them, but I'm just not one of those people unfortunately. I've tried cutting both fruit and starches, and currently adding them back in to see how it goes now that I'm exercising more.

Breakfast (when I have it): Eggs/other protein, or coffee and cream. Lunch: Salad, optional chicken or ground beef. Dinner: Chicken and sweet potato with butter, or tilapia and brussel sprouts, homemade tartar sauce. Snack/dessert optional: Berries with cream or coconut milk

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at 02:53 PM

Generally I keep my calories around 2000-2300 a day. Lately I simply haven't been as hungry so that number is going down to around 1800 calories a day. My deficit comes in the form of my standing desk and the additional stretching/swimming I do in a day with some weightlifting on the weekends.

Here is a day "in the life" for me:
(As you can see, I still take a multivitamin, Zinc/magnesium/b6 at night, and I cook pretty much every meal at home (the little mortar+pestle-like icons represent prepared recipes).

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85382cd84288ed28c92cbfe7bfcaf226

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on May 31, 2012
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What software is that?

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on May 31, 2012
at 04:57 PM

CRON-o-meter is the app

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at 07:33 AM

It seems to me that when people with a lot of weight to lose and who were eating a standard American diet with lots grains and processed foods switch to paleo they see a much more dramatic change than those with cleaner diets. These people seem to be able to 'get away' with more, and track less. As your diet becomes dialed in and you get close to your goal, you must pay more attention to calories. If you are eating low carb you can get away with more fat/protein than perhaps you were eating before, but you can't go totally crazy.

I am working on losing 5lbs of body fat (aka leaning out more) because I want to see if I can expose my abs. I've been gluten free for over 8 years, and when I switched to paleo a couple years back I noticed skin improvements, mood improvements and loss the inflammation and bloat in my body. Did weight drop off? No. Not until I ensured I was in a calorie deficit, which for me means averaging 1500-1750 cals per day. I'm 5"2 and eating very low carb for reference, and workout with weights 3x a week, walk 1 hr daily to/from work and do yoga.

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at 05:11 AM

I started out with a stubborn last 5 kg to lose. I just could not move it ... till I went on Paleo. Nuts are calorie laden and will have to be counted and portioned. I find it helps to space your meals out ... say 5 or 6 smaller snacks rather than 3 large meals for the day. Also try not to eat much later than 7pm, several hours before bed. A typical day for me consists of the foods that you would find on the periphery of the supermarket ... the meat/chicken/fish, vegies (no potoato or corn),fruit for dessert ... berries are good. Works for me : )

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on May 31, 2012
at 04:32 AM

Me? If its meat alone, no.

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on May 31, 2012
at 02:37 AM

It's pretty hard to overeat on a Paleo/Paleo-ish diet. Don't sweat it :-) When I started, I dropped weight like no one's business and counted NOTHING. Paleo foods just don't work like SAD foods when it comes to your body retaining them.

I bet you will see results fast.

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on May 31, 2012
at 03:05 PM

I see both sides here -if you are eating LOTS of veggies and lean-ish meats, it is hard to overeat. If you are eating lots of nuts, paleo baked goodies, fatty meats, and fruits, it is very easy to overeat.

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on May 31, 2012
at 06:51 AM

I find it very easy to overeat on Paleo. That's why I never have nuts, nut butter or fruit in the house. And, I've fallen in love with healthy fats which I easily overeat. But, the honeymoon is ending and I'm getting ready to rein in all those lovely fat calories!

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on July 18, 2013
at 07:20 PM

The body readapts to the macronutrients it is presented. Fat could help satiation on the initial change, but not long term. Eating in excess of metabolism is the long-term problem.

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on July 18, 2013
at 07:52 PM

I used to subscribe to the 5 to 6 small meals per day idea but now that I am Paleo (11 weeks) I find that I am eating when I am hungry. Sometimes (although rarely) that may mean 4, 5 or even 6 meals. But it also means that sometimes I only eat 2, breakfast being the most important meal of the day, you have to have breakfast.

But what I do find is that not eating before bedtime, several hours before, really helps me with my weight. I have even moved my workouts to later in the evening and may only consume some fruits like a few pieces of melon or some berries but mostly I will not eat anything only water to replenish my body and it seems as though I continue to burn calories through the night. I have no scientific proof for this and I may be competely wrong, but I have been losing more weight in the 3 weeks that I have been doing this than I did before with the more traditional workout times and eating later on in the evening.

Just FYI, I'm working out at around 8 pm and hitting the sack between 10 and 11 pm. I know that may not be feasable for everyone but it works for me since I put my baby girl to bed around 7 pm.

I think you should consider cutting back on your nut and fruit intake, I think they are good and a great way to curb your carb cravings, but the way that you mentioned them in your post I think you may be over doing it. Try cutting your intake by about 1/2 your normal consumption and see how that helps.

If you feel like you still need something eat some fresh spinach or Kale or whatever vegetable you really like. Or, eat some meat... a nice fatty piece of meat which is far more satisfying than any fruit or nut. Despite common belief, animal fat does not make you fat. Carbohydrates make you fat. Try dehydrating some meats so you can have jerky available to munch on, that is extremely satisfying and it forces you to chew more which is satisfying in itself. Good Luck!!

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