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Hungry all the time, not losing weight like I thought

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 03, 2013 at 5:31 PM

I'm almost finished with week one of Paleo and I thought I'd feel way better than I actually do. I'm planning on giving it 30 days to really judge, but I feel like I'm hungry ALL THE TIME.

For breakfasts I've had. -strawberry, banana, blueberry smoothie, with almond and coconut milk -walnuts and almonds with berries with coconut milk, almond milk, and cinnamon, -green smoothie with lots of spinach, and an apple and banana

Lunches Chicken breast with brussels sprouts Turkey burgers with green salad big green salad with some form of protien and avocado etc.

Dinners Stuffed peppers with ground beef and veggies sausage, peppers and onions meatloaf etc.

My husband is doing this with me as well and has said he feels like he's in a constant state of hunger as well. If I'm hungry, I'll snack on an apple, or sliced turkey, or leftovers...but nothing seems to make me feel satisfied...like a good sandwich :) Am I just going through some sort of carb withdrawl? And, to top it off...I'm not losing any weight! I'm drinking 4 liters of water a day too.

So frustrating! I feel like I'm doing everything "right" but the hunger + scale not moving are hard. This is going to be a long painful 30 days if this continues.

Advice?

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on March 03, 2013
at 09:02 PM

Hahaha, the most important thing is to keep protein and carbs in a 1 to 1 ratio. The amount of fat is variable depending on your goals.

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on March 03, 2013
at 08:05 PM

That's a big meal if it exceeds 100%.

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on March 03, 2013
at 07:01 PM

You will start to find that you tweak things as you go. I started out eating a lot of fruit too. You do what you can to make this livable for you!You'll start to figure out what makes you feel good. Don't be afraid to eat left-overs from dinner as your breakfast. It might not sound great at first, but it's a really easy way to eat a filling breakfast when you don't have a ton of time.

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on March 03, 2013
at 06:57 PM

This helped me a lot when I started paleo. My breakfasts were very heavy on fruit and it was making me crash. Higher fat and protein lasts so much longer (don't fear the fat!).

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on March 03, 2013
at 05:51 PM

I would suggest switching your fruit-heavy breakfast for something more like bacon, eggs & veg, or meat and veg. Just a suggestion that I see on here often - fruit's pretty high in sugar. You need more fat and protein to keep you full.

Ae3b7ea9f3755af32287825db8d98796

(2022)

on March 03, 2013
at 06:57 PM

This helped me a lot when I started paleo. My breakfasts were very heavy on fruit and it was making me crash. Higher fat and protein lasts so much longer (don't fear the fat!).

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on March 03, 2013
at 06:13 PM

Just posted an answer to a similar question:
Why am I so hungry? Day 2 of Paleo

But I will second the previous comments by Renee and David Moss: for the initial phase, cut back on the fruit, "don't go nuts on nuts", and the large amounts of water is nothing more than urban legend.

Breakfasts should be more protein heavy (eggs and bacon, eggs and sausage, eggs and ham, eggs and steak -- yes, there's a trend there :p )

Lunches sound good, just make sure you're getting a good olive oil dressing on those salads (our bodies absorb more nutrients out of salads when oil is present than without).

Dinners also sound good, again, just make sure you're getting your fat with that meal (cooking with coconut oil, clarified butter, olive oil, choosing fatty cuts of meat, etc.)

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on March 03, 2013
at 05:57 PM

I would go with a paleo diet more centred on meat, animal fat, vegetables and, if you like, starch, in place of processed white meat products, nuts and fruit. In particular fruit smoothies are unlikely to be satiating. Nuts too are mentioned on here with great regularity as something that doesn't satiate and which people like binging on. If you're not hungry eat more of a whole animal product (i.e. not just the lean bit) until you are satiated on protein and fat, rather than eating a modicum of lean meat and then snacking on apples.

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0c875e97044bf838a074470caa5d630d

on March 03, 2013
at 07:14 PM

Try to stick to Zone proportions for all of your meals: 35% protein, 35% carb, 30% fat. I know it's hard to cut the sweets (fruit) right away, but the lower GI foods will also keep you feeling satiated for longer.

0c875e97044bf838a074470caa5d630d

on March 03, 2013
at 09:02 PM

Hahaha, the most important thing is to keep protein and carbs in a 1 to 1 ratio. The amount of fat is variable depending on your goals.

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(39821)

on March 03, 2013
at 08:05 PM

That's a big meal if it exceeds 100%.

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7780fc401002e6d458c4e776c258700d

on March 03, 2013
at 06:55 PM

Thanks everyone. I think most of the reason I've been doing the fruit thing in the morning is because I can't eat eggs. They give me major digestive issues. I'll try eating more meat and fats and see how that goes. I have sorta gone nuts on nuts... And fruit, but it was all just in attempt to get through the first week with out breaking down and binging on something non paleo, like cookies:)

Ae3b7ea9f3755af32287825db8d98796

(2022)

on March 03, 2013
at 07:01 PM

You will start to find that you tweak things as you go. I started out eating a lot of fruit too. You do what you can to make this livable for you!You'll start to figure out what makes you feel good. Don't be afraid to eat left-overs from dinner as your breakfast. It might not sound great at first, but it's a really easy way to eat a filling breakfast when you don't have a ton of time.

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on March 03, 2013
at 06:40 PM

"For breakfasts I've had. - strawberry, banana, blueberry smoothie, with almond and coconut milk -walnuts and almonds with berries with coconut milk, almond milk, and cinnamon, -green smoothie with lots of spinach, and an apple and banana"

Like the others have said (in a nicer way): Sugar, sugar, sugar, sugar, sugar, sugar, nuts, sugar, sugar... And you're wondering why you're hungry? I've been out of it a while, but is this some new variant called Fructo-Paleo or something? Lady, unless you and your hubby are allergic or something, ditch the smoothies and get your eggs and sausage and bacon on. Fruit and nuts are the LAST way to start off. The spinach is good, but to be honest, I hate the stuff, tastes disgusting.

Your Lunches and dinners are ok, but I bet they're too small as well. The size is less important if you cut out the sugars. Doesn't mean you can eat till you explode for every meal, but does mean you've got more leeway.

What I did is start off with a 2-3 whole egg omelette, sausage/ground beef (I use taco meat)/shredded chicken/etc, cooked in coconut oil/ghee/etc, and peppers. Still hungry in the morning? Bump it up an egg or two. If you don't eat lunch till 2-3pm because you're still full? Don't worry about it (you don't really need to eat exactly at noon). Just snack on chunks of your lunch when you're peckish. Remember, satiety = protein + fats.

In re. seeing the weight loss, a "secret" that you may not have heard of before. In the beginning, a lot of the rapid weight loss in diets is solely due to sugars(carbs) and water weight (in glycogen). A lot of people can lose 8-10 pounds in the first week or two simply by cutting the sugars. Then, obviously, it slows from there because you've used your stores of glycogen. If you don't realize it, it'll totally throw you off your game because you think you're doing great, then bam, little to no improvement. I think you didn't see any weight loss to start off with because you're loading down with carbs in the morning.

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on March 03, 2013
at 06:04 PM

I think you should lower the carbs and eat more fat. Fat will make you feel a lot more satisfied for longer. It feels like you're eating to much fruit. fruit contains important vitamins but are also very high in fructose (sugar) which isn't very good for you if you're trying to lose weight.

Also, 4 litres of water a day seems like a bit of an overkill, especially since you're having smoothies. Remember that the food contains quite a lot of water. Around 1-2 litres besides what you're eating is enough.

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on March 04, 2013
at 07:17 AM

http://undergroundwellness.com/how-to-make-beef-bone-broth/

perfecthealthdiet.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDoPwIp71_I

The bone broth, coconut oil and butter became my best friends eating paleo.

Nothing wrong with eating a steak for breakfast. You can do your spinach as a side :)

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on March 03, 2013
at 07:31 PM

As everyone has said, you are eating way too much fruit. Fat and protein should be your breakfast choice. However, even then you will be hungry for the first couple of weeks until your body switches from glucose to fat. Eat as much as you want for that time, but make it fat, protein, and low carb vegetables.

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