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Eating around 1200 calories and I feel FULL

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 27, 2013 at 12:42 AM

Hi,

Info: I'm 21 years old female, 5"4, 129 pounds (looking to get down to 120) I workout 6-7 days a week between 30-60 minutes (mainly strength training & running), I've been primal for six months, started whole30 a week ago.

I've been eating around 1200 calories per day (average of 70g carbs, 90g protein, 30g fat) and I usually feel full by the end of the day... As far as I can remember counting calories, it has always been like this.I am aware that 1200 calories is the bare minimum, but I feel overstuff if I eat more than that!

I want to lose weight, but I feel like lowering my calories even more would seriousl compromise my nutrition...

Any idea/help/comment/input? Thank you!

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32566)

on March 03, 2013
at 12:10 PM

That's great!!!

Bb346e42eccd9be54672eb3a6621bc14

on March 03, 2013
at 12:59 AM

Hi ! I just wanted to say that I switch my usual runs for long bouts of walking... My shin splints are thankful and so am I ! So thank you for the motivation :)

Bb346e42eccd9be54672eb3a6621bc14

on March 02, 2013
at 09:57 PM

A lot of brussel sprouts, string beans (paleo?), cauliflower, sweet potato, fennel, onions, mushroom and sometimes beets (all cooked)

4bd4e2fe6a095663f80c69656936e487

(744)

on March 02, 2013
at 01:15 AM

Which vegetables? Some raw vegetables, such as cabbage, reduce thyroid function.

39311794c054f89a226f33e1afd08721

on February 27, 2013
at 01:48 PM

Now I'm just impressed this site has short hand for "bowel wise". What you added about eating nuts upsetting your stomach adds to my suspicion your stomach empties slowly. I'll get intermittent bouts of this from organ-shifting, which resolves on its own, but it may be that you have a more consistent case of it.

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on February 27, 2013
at 12:46 PM

Another good option (if you get sick of avocados) is to cook your veggies in fat; you can vary the fat and easily tweak your fat intake. Here are some ideas we discussed on another thread: http://paleohacks.com/questions/181944/high-fat-paleos-list-of-food-you-eat-in-a-day-plz/181966#181966

Bb346e42eccd9be54672eb3a6621bc14

on February 27, 2013
at 12:36 PM

Thank you very much !! I will go buy avocados buy the bulk.. :)

Bb346e42eccd9be54672eb3a6621bc14

on February 27, 2013
at 12:34 PM

When I removed dairy, it took me a few days to adapt but right now I'm back to a normal BW !

Bb346e42eccd9be54672eb3a6621bc14

on February 27, 2013
at 12:33 PM

Eggs, Meat, vegetables & Fruits, nuts occasionally but they upset my stomach!

4bd4e2fe6a095663f80c69656936e487

(744)

on February 27, 2013
at 01:16 AM

What do you eat?

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32566)

on February 27, 2013
at 01:42 AM

If you focus on highly nutrient-dense foods, you don't need to worry about the calorie count so much.

I maintain at 1500 calories these days, so to drop my last 5 pounds, I eat 2 meals a day, totaling around 1000 calories. I have a "refeed" once a week or so, up may carbs and eat 3 meals to satiety.

Liver, eggs, hard cheese, oysters, red meat, salmon, bone broth are great nutrient-dense foods.

Drop some of the running and do more gentle movement/walking instead. 1 to 1.5 hours daily--and it doesn't need to be all at once.

Bb346e42eccd9be54672eb3a6621bc14

on March 03, 2013
at 12:59 AM

Hi ! I just wanted to say that I switch my usual runs for long bouts of walking... My shin splints are thankful and so am I ! So thank you for the motivation :)

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32566)

on March 03, 2013
at 12:10 PM

That's great!!!

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39311794c054f89a226f33e1afd08721

on February 27, 2013
at 03:55 AM

You can stretch your stomach by chugging water.

Is your gut sluggish?

39311794c054f89a226f33e1afd08721

on February 27, 2013
at 01:48 PM

Now I'm just impressed this site has short hand for "bowel wise". What you added about eating nuts upsetting your stomach adds to my suspicion your stomach empties slowly. I'll get intermittent bouts of this from organ-shifting, which resolves on its own, but it may be that you have a more consistent case of it.

Bb346e42eccd9be54672eb3a6621bc14

on February 27, 2013
at 12:34 PM

When I removed dairy, it took me a few days to adapt but right now I'm back to a normal BW !

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32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on February 27, 2013
at 12:32 PM

Try more fat, less protein. For 1200 cal, you have aim for 70-70-70 grams of carbs, protein, fat. I am 5'4" and I can happily exist on 1200 cal or less if the fat is high. Just make sure EVERYTHING you are eating is good quality.

Bb346e42eccd9be54672eb3a6621bc14

on February 27, 2013
at 12:36 PM

Thank you very much !! I will go buy avocados buy the bulk.. :)

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on February 27, 2013
at 12:46 PM

Another good option (if you get sick of avocados) is to cook your veggies in fat; you can vary the fat and easily tweak your fat intake. Here are some ideas we discussed on another thread: http://paleohacks.com/questions/181944/high-fat-paleos-list-of-food-you-eat-in-a-day-plz/181966#181966

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F299706618ad5d2c014130cb35d07dcf

on February 27, 2013
at 04:34 PM

Hey I'm 5'4 and 120lbs. I eat more calories than you, but fewer carbs. I eat around ~50g of carbs a day and around 1800 calories. I seem to be maintaining my weight at this amount. Just though I would let you know. I'm usually not hungry are rarely do i get too full.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on February 27, 2013
at 02:23 PM

1200 calories? Your BMR is over 1400, and you're working out daily? A multiplier of 1.3-1.4 for a TDEE of 1800-2000 calories. I'd say you're probably starving yourself unnecessarily. I'm not a huge fan of BMR, but chronic exercise coupled with starvation doesn't mean good things.

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877f4b8257fdf8d7f9658915f6c2c227

on February 27, 2013
at 01:13 AM

Ahem. Why do you want to lose weight? That sounds like a perfectly healthy weight to me. What might be compromising your health is the exercise that you have been doing.

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on February 27, 2013
at 02:40 PM

It seems like you aren't eating enough for your activity level. If your body feels it isn't getting the calories it needs, this can actually stall weight loss. I would focus on eating healthy foods and not worry about restricting carbohydrates or macronutrients and ratios.

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on February 27, 2013
at 01:20 AM

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on February 27, 2013
at 11:50 AM

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