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Eating safely, and losing weight on paleo?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 05, 2013 at 4:26 AM

I'll start by saying I don't own a scale, but it seems I'm consistent. When I end up at a doctors, I tend to be hovering around 250-260 pounds and I am 6-6'1. I'm trying to learn everything I can about nutrition and fitness as I go on my journey to better health. What confuses me the most is I've never needed anything over a large shirt, anything bigger is kind of billowy. So people who know me are often taken aback when I say I'm nearly 300 pounds... I know my weight is unhealthy and I don't like what I see, so I decided to change that.

it all started from a traumatic event that left me not eating at all or very much for a few days, and as a result I did not have a desire to over eat. I started this diet, and it kept me full so I still don't eat anywhere near as much (and If I do I feel compelled to exercise right away). It's been about 3+ weeks now with maybe 4 cheats. In addition I walk between 4-8 miles a day every day, and try to do dumb bell based workouts and reverse crunches etc in my apartment, (I have a gym at my school, but they keep weird hours, and I keep even weirder hours).

I have noticed a difference in the mirror, but how do I know when I've reached a healthy point? Also I try and eat when I'm hungry, which like yesterday I ate an entire slow roasted pork shoulder over the course of the day with lime juice. Then didn't eat again until today around 5pm and haven't since, so it was like 17 hours... is that healthy, or considered IF or just my new normal? Note, this occurs constantly, not as a plan but how I feel.

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Yea I do a lot of research, but you're right pros and cons and conflicting ideas galore, especially when it comes to health. I'll keep eating they way I feel I should, I just don't want to trigger a starvation response or something. I did try a NorCal Margarita, and it was actually one of the better drinks I've had. Then again I like tequila, lime and club soda. Eliminated beer from my diet, actually gave it away to a very happy friend. I guess the good thing is I am so determined and wanting to change, I have very little craving for anything much "unpaleo".

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on May 05, 2013
at 09:51 AM

Hello askrere,

if I learned one thing over the last four years of ongoing weight loss journey (-35 kg by now) it's that YOU need to find out for yourself whether something works for you.

I usually go through cycles of doing something new - noticing some change - looking around in the Internet whether someone else uses that particular strategy - read what they do and note what I do/don't - maybe adjust a little - look for the changes - go on more research.... etc.etc.

As an example, what you do is basically intermittent fasting. There are many discussions in the net how it works best for some, if there are gender differences, how long the window should be. For a long time, I thought I couldn't do it, but lately I almost accidentally changed my eating pattern (low carb all day, normal dinner including carbs, a little like Carboaddict Diet) and woah, suddenly I don't need as much food in the morning. Your traumatic event opened the door to another lifestyle, and made it much easier for you to embrace something completely new.

I like Internet information and experiences of other people to back up my choices ;) but so often you can find pros AND cons for everything - it must work for YOU. And only if it doesn't work anymore, change it around to find something better fitting. Only change is constant.

So, yeah - from my point of view, carry on for now! :)

Good luck and best wishes from this lurker-until-today, itssunny

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on May 06, 2013
at 12:02 AM

Yea I do a lot of research, but you're right pros and cons and conflicting ideas galore, especially when it comes to health. I'll keep eating they way I feel I should, I just don't want to trigger a starvation response or something. I did try a NorCal Margarita, and it was actually one of the better drinks I've had. Then again I like tequila, lime and club soda. Eliminated beer from my diet, actually gave it away to a very happy friend. I guess the good thing is I am so determined and wanting to change, I have very little craving for anything much "unpaleo".

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on May 27, 2013
at 06:56 PM

For the most part, I think as long as you're eating an adequate amount of nutrient dense foods, your body isn't going to "lose too much weight". It should settle down right where it belongs.

That said, there are always exceptions. I'm low carb/paleo, and when my husband cuts out too many carbs to accommodate me he loses more weight than he should. He's already thin and fit, works out plenty, eats more Mediterranean style than paleo (he eats dairy and grains and seems to tolerate them fine). Poor guy makes it up by eating ice cream (not fair!). I keep saying if he does too much low carbing with me, he's going to disappear entirely!

But you'll know when you're approaching that point, and probably adding fruits and starchy carbs will help stabilize your weight.

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on May 05, 2013
at 06:22 PM

Its Healthy to only eat when youre hungry. Unless Im working out, I generally eat once a day. We would have never survived in this world if evolution required us to eat constantly, we'd be like the grazing animals, slow, energy conserving and dumb. bah!

as for whats healthy, or if youre healthy, you'll know it. Youll wake up feeling like Superman all day. Youll move not because you have to, but because you want to. Youll want to get up and do things.

Glad youre hear and putting your life together! I went from 285 to 180, and am now 220(but muscle this time). You CAN do it. It WILL be worth it. Keep up the good work!

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