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Do I Need to Worry About a Daily Caloric Minimum?

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Created April 16, 2013 at 12:15 AM

I'm a 24 year old female, 5'8'', 242 pounds. I was recently diagnosed with insulin resistance and probable PCOS (I'm waiting on a follow-up appointment to confirm the latter). I'm now taking metformin, and it really is a wonder drug. The pounds are falling off, and I feel better than I have in years!

Anyway, I dove into a pretty strict paleo diet - I'm not eating the evil gluten, dairy, fruit, or nuts. Here's what I've eaten today, and I don't feel a bit hungry:

Breakfast: 1 hardboiled egg, 1 raw red bell pepper

Lunch: 6 ounces steak 1 cup beef bone broth 1/2 cup broccoli

Dinner: 4 strips bacon, 2 eggs

I am tracking calories because I feel that after a lifetime of disordered eating, I've lost track of appropriate portion size. The app says I'm hovering a little below 1000 calories for the day - do I need to worry about getting 1200 every day at a minimum in order to avoid metabolic damage?

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Thanks, yo! I'm doing 1.5 hours of cycling a week and trying to fit in more where I can - my Doc actually recommended as much HIIT as I could get. FWIW, Dr. Davidson here in Nashville is super paleo-friendly.

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Probably not, but don't be overly concerned about going over that amount. It might have worked today, but you are going to get hungry. And if you push too far you will have to binge which makes staying on the plan hard.

Eat for health, not for weight loss. The weight loss will come. But do not force yourself to be hungry. Low carb is beneficial for initial weight loss, but after a few months you will need to add back some carbs. Look to starchy tubers, glucose dominate fruits, and roots.

Given your situation. I would also suggest that you start some anaerobic exercise. You need to start slow, but do some body weight exercises (http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-fitness/#axzz2QaNm1ThE) two times a week, and sprinting (http://www.rosstraining.com/articles/tabataintervals.html) on an exercise bike or elliptical once a week. After a month try to add another body weight workout and another sprint session (maybe a tempo workout -- http://greatist.com/fitness/workout-tempo-interval-training-cycling)

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on April 16, 2013
at 02:48 AM

Thanks, yo! I'm doing 1.5 hours of cycling a week and trying to fit in more where I can - my Doc actually recommended as much HIIT as I could get. FWIW, Dr. Davidson here in Nashville is super paleo-friendly.

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on April 16, 2013
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definitely try to get at least 1200 per day, you are doing well by sticking to proteins and fats and a mostly ketogenic(low carb) diet, keep it up! its the best way to improve your insulin sensitivity and I have read much anecdotal evidence that its great for women with PCOS. try having two eggs scrambled with butter and a bit of cream for breakfast, or an egg and a few slices of bacon, hardboiled are so much harder to eat then scrambled, I think its because they are so well cooked. make sure you are eating fatty cuts of meat and if not just add a pat of butter, with chicken be sure to eat the skin or buy thighs. try some sausages if you can find some good quality ones with out a ton of sugar or ingredients besides spices. just be sure you are having plenty of fat in relation to proteins and you should continue to feel full, have lots of energy and grow healthier.

with the addition of exercise my advise is to drink plenty of water with broth or electrolytes, have and make sure you have had a good meal before and after you work out.

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