So I'm trying to lose weight since ages, doing paleo and some HIIT from time to time. It doesn't seem to really work for me (1,58m, 71kg).
So I tracked my macros and calories just to have an overview - but when on a keto paleo diet, I mostly eat between 800 and 1300 calories. I saw everyone here is eating about 2000-2500, so I'm wondering, is this too little? Could my metabolism be in a kind of starvation mode (I actually feel quite okay with these caloric intake tho)? I just can't get much higher because usually, my protein gets too high then and, well, it's damn expensive buying all these steaks, organic oils and stuff.
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on January 01, 2014
at 09:00 PM
I would second what others said and try to increase your calories intake, and see how it goes. Your body could have responded to your current low calories intake by reducing your BMR, or as you say, going into starvation mode. Eating more might also help you build more muscle (as you do IIHT), which will burn more calories.
I sympathise with your difficulties in finding cheap meat. When I was a f/t student, I survived on bread and sometimes pasta, and did not even eat every day. I had no self catering facilities where I lived! I used to get really angry with people telling me I looked anorexic, and was too pale etc. The mother of a boy I was tutoring kept insisting that meat was cheap and that I could buy a good sirloin steak for 5 euros (in today's money) and that it would make me a good evening meal! Unfortunately, it was the fee she was paying me for 1 hour of tutoring her son, and paying the rent (about 600 euros each month) was (and still is) really my top priority! My other big source of anger with her (and other employers) was that she would not declare me as she 'knew' I was working to pay for my holidays! Whenever I mentioned the rent (for example when they told me they would pay me 'next week'), employers would roll their eyes and ask 'Aren't your parents paying it for you?'
In Germany, are food products marked down when they reach their best before date? I live in the UK and try to pop in the supermarket 1 or 2 evenings a week to get such deals: e.g. a gurnard or a sole for £0.50, 4 chicken breasts (not organic) for £2.60, a bag of rocket salad for £0.10 etc. The fruit and vegs shop in my town also sell decent bags of marked down fruit and vegs (e.g. 2 pineapples, 4 avocadoes) for £0.60. I do live alone though, and have a big fridge/freezer all to myself. If I was still living as I did until my mid 20's (Heaven forbid!), or in houseshares, I couldn't do that.
I hadn't realised it was that difficult to find grass-fed meat in Germany. My grandmother's second man was German, and ran a farm in Normandy. He was 100% opposed to feeding his animals 'junk food'. His business was not making any profits though, and he had difficulties finding customers who could afford his prices!
Best of luck with the studies.
on December 31, 2013
at 08:17 PM
your body will naturally to "Save" as much as it can if you are not eating enough nutriens.
on December 31, 2013
at 08:01 PM
Here's a couple of questions to consider, as that does sound like starvation-level caloric intake. Are you constantly hungry? Do you find yourself being hungry for long periods of time and forcing yourself not to eat? If so, then you're probably intaking too little.
Meat (beef) is pretty cheap unless you're specifically looking for grass-fed "organic" hippy stuff and fish is usually even cheaper, though expect inexpensive fish to be at least once-frozen (big deal). It all depends where you buy from. Costco is actually a fantastic place to find good quality meat in bulk, and a commercial Costco is even better! You can buy EVOO at Costco, which is actually pretty good stuff and cheap. You can also get avocado oil there for good prices.
on December 31, 2013
at 03:09 PM
I think the only way for you to find out is to try eating a bit more. I'm a 32 YO female, 5 ft 6 in and weigh between 118-120 (except after the holidays it's 122!)
I have found that for me cycling my calories works best, especially when stuck. So I'll add maybe 200 calories of protein for two days, then go back to my regular calories and it seems to bust the plateau. I also will pull out a 24 hour fast when I need to by eating a big (1000 cal+ meal) and then not eating for 24 hours but instead sipping dandelion tea and lemon water.
After that I seem to deflate and jump start the weight loss.