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losing too much weight

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Created April 13, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Since I stopped eating bread and other grains, like one month ago, i'm losing too much weight. I was a vegetarian my whole life, but start eating meat (chicken and fish) when I noticed that it was going to fast.

I don't need to lose weight, I just want to eat healthy. My BMI is around 18 (so too low). I'm not used eating a lot in one time, I eat 3 'big' meals a day and in between 'snacks' so I eat every 2-3 hours something. I tried eating more in the big meals, but I get really nauseous.

So what kind of food can help me gaining a bit more weight again, or at least stop losing it. And I'm not talking about quantity.

Thanks a lot!

3ab5e1b9eba22a071f653330b7fc9579

(2262)

on April 16, 2012
at 08:14 PM

oh jeez, 10% fat greek yogurt tastes like cream cheese to me, you are one brave person...I just can't handle to stuff. It sounds like you are consuming fair amounts of fatty foods, you could always add a little truffle oil or grass-fed butter to your dishes at the end. My only other advice is to lift heavy weights if you are not doing it already, it is making me grow in all the right places.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 15, 2012
at 03:27 PM

Did you grill it or fry it?

5af4a091360823d02c3ea2ffe4a71593

(85)

on April 15, 2012
at 02:47 PM

Thanks! yesterday I made a beefburger. First time. It was kind a strange, I had the feeling I didn't taste the meat itself, I only tasted the union and garlic. This morning I woke up with a strange taste, maybe that was the meat, now i'm feeling nauseous thinking about having to eat it again. But will give it another try :)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 14, 2012
at 03:05 PM

I'm a hopeless cook but even I can cook the fatty cuts. Yarah if you can cook chicken and fish you will soon get the hang of cooking other meats.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on April 14, 2012
at 01:39 PM

^^Sorry, should have read "FOR use in baking recipes."

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on April 14, 2012
at 01:39 PM

Yarah, the only way to become proficient in cooking is to practice! Trial and error! Start with cheaper, fattier cuts of meat. Fattier cuts are more forgiving when they're overcooked. Lean meats dry out easily. Are you using pre-grated coconut? Often times, that has been dehydrated and has lost much of its fat. They also tend to add preservatives and sugar to it for baking recipes. For best results, make your coconut milk from a whole coconut.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on April 14, 2012
at 01:21 PM

Does your grated coconut have much fat? It's the fat that is going to help.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on April 14, 2012
at 01:19 PM

Grated coconut doesnt have enough fat in it. You really need to up your fat intake.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on April 14, 2012
at 01:18 PM

If you want simple recipes, start a thread about it here or use the "recipes" search tag. http://paleohacks.com/questions/tagged/recipes#axzz1s1KL0Y1o

5af4a091360823d02c3ea2ffe4a71593

(85)

on April 14, 2012
at 10:35 AM

Thanks, but I find it a bit hard to try different kind of meat, because I never ate it before. I've got no idea what good recipes are and how I should cook it. and I make my own coconut milk, from grated coconut :)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on April 14, 2012
at 09:11 AM

*Canned coconut milk nearly always (perhaps always?) contains thickeners that some people don't cope well with. You can't just go by the ingredients list on the can because in some countries, like the USA, the manufacturer does not need to list certain ingredients if they are below certain levels. In short, if your coconut milk is thick, it almost certainly has a thickener in it. Experiment with various brands or make your own from a whole coconut or by straining coconut cream.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 14, 2012
at 08:57 AM

Manja, if you don't get on well with rice, forget it. It will work for some people but not for all.

0bc04a2ee661857e8458df34646e70ef

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on April 13, 2012
at 07:35 PM

About how many calories are you eating a day? You could plug what you typically eat into SelfNutritionData/FitDay/Cron-O-Meter and see what you come up with. I suspect it is low for your frame. I also echo adding in some safe starches especially if you are having symptoms of hypothyroid.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on April 13, 2012
at 07:11 PM

What the heck? Having some abdominal fat on a woman is normal, even when underweight. I know people who were in treatment with very low body weight and had "flab" because of stress, natural anatomy, bloating, etc....ugh.

5af4a091360823d02c3ea2ffe4a71593

(85)

on April 13, 2012
at 06:26 PM

I eat lots's of nuts and coconut and cook with it as well. I eat Greek yogurt with 10% fat, I'm not afraid of it. Can you give me some examples what to eat?

5af4a091360823d02c3ea2ffe4a71593

(85)

on April 13, 2012
at 06:10 PM

Never thought of that, I just thought it had to do with my stomach was not 'big' enough. I just ate and I'm nauseous again :( But ate pineapple with chicken. I will eat some more, maybe it helps, thanks!

5af4a091360823d02c3ea2ffe4a71593

(85)

on April 13, 2012
at 05:44 PM

no problem, I don't mind being corrected in my English, I like to learn ;)

5af4a091360823d02c3ea2ffe4a71593

(85)

on April 13, 2012
at 05:12 PM

you can count my ribs, does that count? I never had cold feet before but now... I need socks in my bed. My energy level at the end of the day is the same and that can be a lot better!

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on April 13, 2012
at 04:58 PM

since when are abs the benchmark of underweight/health? What about: are you still menstruating, are you cold all the time, do you have fine downy body hair, low energy, etc.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on April 13, 2012
at 04:55 PM

Sorry, this particular mistake has been made quite frequently. It's fine if you can't spell, especially if English is not your native language. You'll have to excuse me when I do a few laps around my office screaming from time to time (it's VERY paleo, I assure you).

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on April 13, 2012
at 04:55 PM

Sorry, this particular mistake has been made quit frequently. It's fine if you can't spell, especially if English is not your native language. You'll have to excuse me when I do a few laps around my office screaming from time to time (it's VERY paleo, I assure you).

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on April 13, 2012
at 04:54 PM

The Jaminets are proponents of white rice - http://perfecthealthdiet.com/?page_id=8

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on April 13, 2012
at 04:28 PM

Rice is probably categorized as Primal, but not strict Paleo. But with white rice having no anti-nutrients it's considered a "safe" starch. I have to eat starch in order to maintain my weight. Going strict/orthodox Paleo caused too much weight loss as I was only doing it for the health, not to drop any pounds.

5af4a091360823d02c3ea2ffe4a71593

(85)

on April 13, 2012
at 04:28 PM

uhm, English is not my native language, so please tell me in a normal way ok?

531b053b68e92ac509fc1544f88dc103

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on April 13, 2012
at 04:18 PM

I want to know this too. I've been on Paleohacks for a couple weeks now and I keep seeing people mentioning that they eat rice.

5af4a091360823d02c3ea2ffe4a71593

(85)

on April 13, 2012
at 03:55 PM

Thanks for the advice. I thought eating rice is not paleo? I stopped eating it because of my glucose fluctuations.

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on April 13, 2012
at 03:51 PM

However, Nemesis, your advice is bang on. I was losing weight on Paleo when I started, now I eat more white rice (which also helps my IBS) and I'm actually up a few pounds.

5af4a091360823d02c3ea2ffe4a71593

(85)

on April 13, 2012
at 03:51 PM

Thanks, but I thought rice was not paleo? And I know 18 is not too low, but it will go much lower if I keep on eating like this :)

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on April 13, 2012
at 03:50 PM

Nemesis, how do you know it's not too low for her? Lower than 18.5 is technically considered underweight.

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at 03:35 PM

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1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on April 13, 2012
at 03:42 PM

Include starchy foods in your diet. White rice (plain), potatoes, yams, squashes, and the like. Eat more fats. Diversify your animal proteins. And an 18 BMI isn't "too low", IMO, you just don't need to go any lower.

EDIT: I asked a similar question last year Hack my "Over" weight loss, you may find some helpful suggestions!

5af4a091360823d02c3ea2ffe4a71593

(85)

on April 13, 2012
at 03:55 PM

Thanks for the advice. I thought eating rice is not paleo? I stopped eating it because of my glucose fluctuations.

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on April 13, 2012
at 03:50 PM

Nemesis, how do you know it's not too low for her? Lower than 18.5 is technically considered underweight.

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on April 13, 2012
at 03:51 PM

However, Nemesis, your advice is bang on. I was losing weight on Paleo when I started, now I eat more white rice (which also helps my IBS) and I'm actually up a few pounds.

5af4a091360823d02c3ea2ffe4a71593

(85)

on April 13, 2012
at 03:51 PM

Thanks, but I thought rice was not paleo? And I know 18 is not too low, but it will go much lower if I keep on eating like this :)

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on April 13, 2012
at 04:28 PM

Rice is probably categorized as Primal, but not strict Paleo. But with white rice having no anti-nutrients it's considered a "safe" starch. I have to eat starch in order to maintain my weight. Going strict/orthodox Paleo caused too much weight loss as I was only doing it for the health, not to drop any pounds.

531b053b68e92ac509fc1544f88dc103

(1205)

on April 13, 2012
at 04:18 PM

I want to know this too. I've been on Paleohacks for a couple weeks now and I keep seeing people mentioning that they eat rice.

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on April 13, 2012
at 04:54 PM

The Jaminets are proponents of white rice - http://perfecthealthdiet.com/?page_id=8

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on April 14, 2012
at 08:57 AM

Manja, if you don't get on well with rice, forget it. It will work for some people but not for all.

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531b053b68e92ac509fc1544f88dc103

(1205)

on April 13, 2012
at 03:44 PM

I have the exact same problem. After having a jelly belly for almost 20 years since I was a teenager, I started eating Paleo in early Janurary and I've gone from 183 to 161.5 lbs this morning. It's too much now - although I enjoy the size 30 jeans. I started adding in sweet potatoes 3 days ago and more fruits. It's too early to tell if it's working yet, but even in the last 3 days I've lost another 2.5 pounds. Basically, you need to eat more of everything and/or you can add some slow digesting starches and carbs to put the brakes on.

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4da62ef85c16abfd574b22e8c9107b9f

on April 13, 2012
at 06:04 PM

About the nausea, are you sure you have enough stomach acid and/or enzymes. I'd consider supplementing and/or eating pineapple or papaya when you eat meat.

5af4a091360823d02c3ea2ffe4a71593

(85)

on April 13, 2012
at 06:10 PM

Never thought of that, I just thought it had to do with my stomach was not 'big' enough. I just ate and I'm nauseous again :( But ate pineapple with chicken. I will eat some more, maybe it helps, thanks!

0
77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on April 14, 2012
at 09:09 AM

If you are having problems with glucose fluctuations when you eat starchy food, it may be a good idea to carry on keeping clear of it.
It seems that chicken and fish just aint doing it for you though. Probably not enough fat. Start eating beef, lamb and pork. Pick fatty cuts of meat (they tend to be cheaper).
Coconut milk* (if you can handle it) is about the only thing that will put weight on me. Drink some, late in the evening. Have a couple of raw eggs with it if you can.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on April 14, 2012
at 03:05 PM

I'm a hopeless cook but even I can cook the fatty cuts. Yarah if you can cook chicken and fish you will soon get the hang of cooking other meats.

5af4a091360823d02c3ea2ffe4a71593

(85)

on April 14, 2012
at 10:35 AM

Thanks, but I find it a bit hard to try different kind of meat, because I never ate it before. I've got no idea what good recipes are and how I should cook it. and I make my own coconut milk, from grated coconut :)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on April 14, 2012
at 09:11 AM

*Canned coconut milk nearly always (perhaps always?) contains thickeners that some people don't cope well with. You can't just go by the ingredients list on the can because in some countries, like the USA, the manufacturer does not need to list certain ingredients if they are below certain levels. In short, if your coconut milk is thick, it almost certainly has a thickener in it. Experiment with various brands or make your own from a whole coconut or by straining coconut cream.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on April 14, 2012
at 01:18 PM

If you want simple recipes, start a thread about it here or use the "recipes" search tag. http://paleohacks.com/questions/tagged/recipes#axzz1s1KL0Y1o

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on April 14, 2012
at 01:39 PM

^^Sorry, should have read "FOR use in baking recipes."

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on April 14, 2012
at 01:39 PM

Yarah, the only way to become proficient in cooking is to practice! Trial and error! Start with cheaper, fattier cuts of meat. Fattier cuts are more forgiving when they're overcooked. Lean meats dry out easily. Are you using pre-grated coconut? Often times, that has been dehydrated and has lost much of its fat. They also tend to add preservatives and sugar to it for baking recipes. For best results, make your coconut milk from a whole coconut.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on April 15, 2012
at 03:27 PM

Did you grill it or fry it?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on April 14, 2012
at 01:19 PM

Grated coconut doesnt have enough fat in it. You really need to up your fat intake.

5af4a091360823d02c3ea2ffe4a71593

(85)

on April 15, 2012
at 02:47 PM

Thanks! yesterday I made a beefburger. First time. It was kind a strange, I had the feeling I didn't taste the meat itself, I only tasted the union and garlic. This morning I woke up with a strange taste, maybe that was the meat, now i'm feeling nauseous thinking about having to eat it again. But will give it another try :)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on April 14, 2012
at 01:21 PM

Does your grated coconut have much fat? It's the fat that is going to help.

0
E12ead3bf63c94b5b619b03722ef554f

on April 14, 2012
at 08:07 AM

Eat more fat! Use plenty of coconut oil, ghee, butter or add olive oil or macadamia oil to your meals! Avocado, guacamole and olives are also good ways to add more fat to your diet. You can also make a homemade mayonnaise with healthy oils.

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3ab5e1b9eba22a071f653330b7fc9579

on April 13, 2012
at 06:10 PM

Also, make sure to up your fat intake. My husband had a problem with losing too much weight on a low carb diet before because he was not consuming adequate quantities of fat. Many people switch over and still retain a bit of the "low-fat" mentality.

5af4a091360823d02c3ea2ffe4a71593

(85)

on April 13, 2012
at 06:26 PM

I eat lots's of nuts and coconut and cook with it as well. I eat Greek yogurt with 10% fat, I'm not afraid of it. Can you give me some examples what to eat?

3ab5e1b9eba22a071f653330b7fc9579

(2262)

on April 16, 2012
at 08:14 PM

oh jeez, 10% fat greek yogurt tastes like cream cheese to me, you are one brave person...I just can't handle to stuff. It sounds like you are consuming fair amounts of fatty foods, you could always add a little truffle oil or grass-fed butter to your dishes at the end. My only other advice is to lift heavy weights if you are not doing it already, it is making me grow in all the right places.

0
324bf94d3d6f9322d6e4dba4becfaab1

on April 13, 2012
at 04:27 PM

If you're not showing abs then you're not losing too much fat, though you might be low on lean body mass. If you want to put on more lean body mass you will need to lift weights. If you are showing abs, and for some reason don't want to, then you just have to eat more.

5af4a091360823d02c3ea2ffe4a71593

(85)

on April 13, 2012
at 05:12 PM

you can count my ribs, does that count? I never had cold feet before but now... I need socks in my bed. My energy level at the end of the day is the same and that can be a lot better!

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on April 13, 2012
at 07:11 PM

What the heck? Having some abdominal fat on a woman is normal, even when underweight. I know people who were in treatment with very low body weight and had "flab" because of stress, natural anatomy, bloating, etc....ugh.

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on April 13, 2012
at 04:58 PM

since when are abs the benchmark of underweight/health? What about: are you still menstruating, are you cold all the time, do you have fine downy body hair, low energy, etc.

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A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on April 13, 2012
at 03:43 PM

Adding fat could help. Cook in coconut oil, add butter to veggies, eat fattier meats, chicken with the skin (dark meat instead of white).

Either that or back some of the carbs you lost by giving up grains, try a sweet potato, white potato or white rice.

Better yet, do both! Butter on rice or sweet potato, etc. Best thing to do is eat more high calorie density food.

The other idea is to reverse engineer the weight loss advice. For example, people are told to cut back on fruit, nuts or cheese. So, go ahead and eat those.

Obviously, if you don't do dairy or rice or white potato (never know how orthodox anyone is) then ignore those aspects.

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