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Am I overeating?!

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Created August 09, 2012 at 3:13 PM

I feel like I've been eating all morning. Even last night it took me two hours to feel full. I begin my meal with lots of steamed vegetables then get on to the protein and fat. This morning felt ridiculous. I finished off the second half of the 1.2-lb lamb leg steak I cooked up last night along with 2 eggs and 100 calories of broccoli. I took a break for about 1/2 hour and then I ate 7 eggs and about 500 calories of steamed broccoli.

I am a female college distance runner, 5'9", 145lbs and I'd like to lose a little weight (my racing weight is about 130-135lbs). But I feel like I overeat! I feel guilty even eating that many VEGETABLES. I just can't believe I can eat so many of them! I mean 600 calories worth?! Yikes! And eggs are so addicting...

091423a30c0188fbff51e39397e7e056

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on September 02, 2012
at 03:59 AM

You are eating 4-5lbs of steamed broccoli? Because that is how much 600 calories of broccoli would be.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on August 10, 2012
at 07:52 AM

Premenstrual? I've always gotten the bottomless appetite and sleepiness in the last week of my cycle.

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on August 09, 2012
at 10:30 PM

Its more protein than fat. By over consuming protein your body increases insulin just like carbs. Hence, you get blood sugar highs/lows and get hungry.

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on August 09, 2012
at 07:46 PM

Yes that's what I was trying to say: skinny does not imply lean.

B62ff15477b5fd539709a5014db51e4b

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on August 09, 2012
at 06:07 PM

Thanks for your advice! I think part of the problem was that I was very tired. About an hour or so after the meal I went to go take a nap and fell asleep INSTANTLY. I remember waking up this morning still feeling quite tired. So many variables!

B62ff15477b5fd539709a5014db51e4b

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on August 09, 2012
at 06:05 PM

@Diane: I agree, I seem to have periods where I eat more than other times. I figured the 7 eggs and .7-lb lamb with my vegetables added enough fat.... I've been off of bread and most sugars for about 6 months now.

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on August 09, 2012
at 04:53 PM

Vegetables have calories?

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on August 09, 2012
at 04:42 PM

Sometimes I go through periods where I can't get enough to eat. These periods eventually pass and then I go through a period of barely wanting to eat at all. It's hard to trust eating so much won't blow me up like a balloon but so far it hasn't. Anyway, it may be that you are missing some nutrients. Perhaps try some liver or make sure your vegetables have fat added so that the vitamins are more easily used. Sometimes I think getting off the bread and sugar, which seem to mess up the normal signaling of hunger and satiety, that your body now gets really demanding about nutrients.

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on August 09, 2012
at 04:04 PM

I figured the SEVEN eggs and lamb would have been enough fat in this meal... :/

B62ff15477b5fd539709a5014db51e4b

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on August 09, 2012
at 04:04 PM

I've been doing Paleo for almost a month now, although there have been adjustments throughout the month as I learn more and more. Thanks for the help!

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on August 09, 2012
at 04:01 PM

One of the beauties of this lifestyle is how much you are allowed to eat, that being said, it's easy to over do it if you don't live an active life, which doesn't apply to you. I would keep doing what you're doing, but i will add sweet potatoes, Plantains and more clean fats to your meals. And, when it comes to vegetables, nutrition lies on variety.

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on August 09, 2012
at 03:59 PM

Good advice about adding some starches. Sweet potatoes would be a good place to start.

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on August 09, 2012
at 03:58 PM

@Rachael - I'm with miked, in that sprinters are less lean than distance runners. I think what you're thinking of as lean is being skinny as a result of the muscle wasting that would occur after a distance runner would burn through their glycogen stores and begin to burn muscle. "...any elite distance runner they are like twigs." Exactly, because they burn muscle at the distance. Doesn't make them lean or healthy and has nothing to do with how much fat they have, which is what miked is referencing.

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on August 09, 2012
at 03:44 PM

I don't know about your theory that distance runners will have more fat than sprinters. Consider a gold metal winning 10,000m runner: http://www.ethiosports.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Tirunesh-Defends-10000.jpg Versus a gold metal winning 100m sprinter: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20120805/lead/images/ShellyAnnFraserPryceGoldN20120804RM.jpg

B62ff15477b5fd539709a5014db51e4b

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on August 09, 2012
at 03:43 PM

Thank you for your help! Unfortunately I do need to lose a little bit of fat as a distance runner (I'm currently at 13% and was at 9% when I performed my best). And I'd have to disagree that sprinters have less fat. If you look at any elite distance runner they are like twigs haha. Less weight to carry for the long distance; makes things a heck of a lot easier. I'm trying to just stick to low-calorie veggies in order to not take in as many calories. I do sweet potatoes post-workout. I guess I'm just wondering if I have a problem...I feel like I eat way more than the average runner. :(

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510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

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on August 09, 2012
at 03:24 PM

A calorie is not a calorie unlike you've been told your whole life. It depends on where the food comes from. As long as you're not completely metabolically deranged (and you're not as a 145lb runner), you can actually trust your body's satiety signals and quit counting or even thinking about calories.

One thing to also keep in mind is that distance running will raise your cortisol and you will retain a bit more fat just as a result of your training style. All other things being equal a distance runner will always be less lean than a sprinter. That's just biology. Note, I'm not saying that being less lean is bad, but that you're fighting biology if you want to lean out while being a distance runner.

Where to go from here? Feel free to eat protein and fat without worrying about quantity, you'll get full. Instead of eating tons of veggies maybe just add a post workout sweet potato (or two depending on your activity level). It's not that veggies are bad, but sweet potatoes are much better at repleating your muscle glycogen and you'll recover from workouts better.

Don't monitor calories, don't monitor your body weight. Watch how you look, feel, and perform, and then make tweaks to diet and training based on that.

B62ff15477b5fd539709a5014db51e4b

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on August 09, 2012
at 03:43 PM

Thank you for your help! Unfortunately I do need to lose a little bit of fat as a distance runner (I'm currently at 13% and was at 9% when I performed my best). And I'd have to disagree that sprinters have less fat. If you look at any elite distance runner they are like twigs haha. Less weight to carry for the long distance; makes things a heck of a lot easier. I'm trying to just stick to low-calorie veggies in order to not take in as many calories. I do sweet potatoes post-workout. I guess I'm just wondering if I have a problem...I feel like I eat way more than the average runner. :(

193f00d53ebcb13940c7a55afc78ad17

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on August 09, 2012
at 03:44 PM

I don't know about your theory that distance runners will have more fat than sprinters. Consider a gold metal winning 10,000m runner: http://www.ethiosports.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Tirunesh-Defends-10000.jpg Versus a gold metal winning 100m sprinter: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20120805/lead/images/ShellyAnnFraserPryceGoldN20120804RM.jpg

5e5ff249c9161b8cd96d7eff6043bc3a

(4713)

on August 09, 2012
at 03:58 PM

@Rachael - I'm with miked, in that sprinters are less lean than distance runners. I think what you're thinking of as lean is being skinny as a result of the muscle wasting that would occur after a distance runner would burn through their glycogen stores and begin to burn muscle. "...any elite distance runner they are like twigs." Exactly, because they burn muscle at the distance. Doesn't make them lean or healthy and has nothing to do with how much fat they have, which is what miked is referencing.

510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

(20888)

on August 09, 2012
at 07:46 PM

Yes that's what I was trying to say: skinny does not imply lean.

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on August 09, 2012
at 06:37 PM

I too am a distance runner so I can relate. For me there is no amount of protein and fat that will satiate me. I need carbs. And I am thinking you do too. Try eating some starches and see where that takes you.

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193f00d53ebcb13940c7a55afc78ad17

on August 09, 2012
at 03:43 PM

I think you may want to try adding more starches into your diet, especially post workout, and see how you do. Also, how long have you been paleo? If you are just getting started, your body will need a little while to get used to it.

If you are gaining weight after 30 days, then worry about adjusting things. I'd not worry much about it for now.

5e5ff249c9161b8cd96d7eff6043bc3a

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on August 09, 2012
at 03:59 PM

Good advice about adding some starches. Sweet potatoes would be a good place to start.

B62ff15477b5fd539709a5014db51e4b

(185)

on August 09, 2012
at 04:04 PM

I've been doing Paleo for almost a month now, although there have been adjustments throughout the month as I learn more and more. Thanks for the help!

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on August 09, 2012
at 04:20 PM

Rachael, I totally feel you on this issue, and I only lift heavy weights (about to start a CrossFit hybrid though)! There are times where I find I don't ever fill up, which I attribute to previous stomach stretching when bulking in the past :/

I just completed a whole30 and would now like to lean out some more, as well - my advice (and what I've been trying to stick to) is to eat somewhat slowly, truly appreciate the meal for its bomb'ness/deliciousness, and stop eating once your hunger has been sated. Another tip that might help is to drink 2-3 glasses of water before eating said meal.

I feel as though it I simply added more sweet potatoes Id just be a happy glutton, 3 swee potatoes in, haha.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on August 10, 2012
at 07:52 AM

Premenstrual? I've always gotten the bottomless appetite and sleepiness in the last week of my cycle.

B62ff15477b5fd539709a5014db51e4b

(185)

on August 09, 2012
at 06:07 PM

Thanks for your advice! I think part of the problem was that I was very tired. About an hour or so after the meal I went to go take a nap and fell asleep INSTANTLY. I remember waking up this morning still feeling quite tired. So many variables!

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on August 10, 2012
at 04:49 AM

I've done similar as well, but a couple of days later I found I could barley choke supper down and (it was a delicious meal of chicken along with the so very rare chicken skin from a whole chicken mom bought, my entire family will not eat the skin due to the fat so I had it all to myslef, but yet felt so full that day, even before I touched the chicken) was a couple of hundred calories short by the end of the day.

Or your body felt like it just needed to load up on fuel, for some reason. I believe it's natural, you should be fine.

A couple of days ago I binged on Chicken, cheese, butter, some carrots, and lots of salt. It totaled over 1000 calories worth and it was only 3:00PM, afterwards my stomach felt overfull and didn't feel well that evening but I slept like a baby.

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on August 09, 2012
at 03:44 PM

Try adding more fat to your meals, ghee, grass-fed butter, lard and coconut oil are excellent places to start. They also allow you to eat a lot less protein (avoiding overeating) and satisfy your appetite like nothing else!

2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

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on August 09, 2012
at 10:30 PM

Its more protein than fat. By over consuming protein your body increases insulin just like carbs. Hence, you get blood sugar highs/lows and get hungry.

B62ff15477b5fd539709a5014db51e4b

(185)

on August 09, 2012
at 04:04 PM

I figured the SEVEN eggs and lamb would have been enough fat in this meal... :/

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