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Initial weight loss too good to be true? Healthy ways to boost calorie intake? Advice to keep up the progress.

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 09, 2012 at 10:25 PM

This is my first question so I apologize in advance if I don't use the proper "format." :) This site has answered many of my questions but I need a more specific answer.

I've been doing Paleo extremely hardcore since November 1 with a 3 day cheat during thanksgiving. I'm a female, 22, and my start weight was 138 lbs.

Currently, I am 125.6. So that's like 13 pounds in a month. Woah, too much? I am not very active, I practice handstands every night for about 15 minutes and that is the extent of my "workout". This is the longest time I've gone straight paleo.

At around 7 a.m. I drink a mug of green tea and eat a teaspoon of coconut oil - just straight out of the jar - for breakfast. I'll sip on the tea and water throughout the day. Then at 3 p.m. ish I'll eat a big ol' paleo meal and I'll continue eating/snacking (if I want) until 7 p.m.

I don't eat any fruit, nuts, dairy, or potatoes of any kind. I supplement with Barlean's fish oil, a probiotic and vitamin D.

I've just recently started tracking my meals and realized I have only been eating 700-900 calories a day. I know that is not enough! But even before I stared paleo I only ate one or two meals a day so I do not get hungry but once a day. I'm just now starting to feel slightly foggy throughout the day, but never hungry really. I know it will get worse so I have to change my diet.

I know my initial weight loss is water and possibly some fat but I can just feel the plateau coming due to my unhealthy diet! What specifically can I add to my diet/eating schedule that will help me maintain the weight-loss and increase fat loss in the healthiest way possible? Any advice is seriously welcome! Thanks guys :)

*I'm completely aware my calorie intake is too low. I'm asking for ways to maintain the weight loss but in a healthy way and foods to add to increase my cal intake.

366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

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on December 10, 2012
at 08:24 PM

It's impossible to know, you'll have to experiment.

Ed4d68a3f527a19131d1d3c36e435d05

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on December 10, 2012
at 08:24 PM

Now, 1200 I can see myself eating! After doing a little more research from the answers on here, I think I'll add more eggs - until I get tired of them, Ha. And avocados. Any more suggestions?

Ed4d68a3f527a19131d1d3c36e435d05

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on December 10, 2012
at 08:21 PM

Britt. Thank you so much. I'm 5 ft. My BMR is 1383. I have the My Plate app and was playing around entering the foods I eat most to see exactly how much would make up 1600 calories. I don't think I could eat that much in a day!! I think I'll have to gradually build up my calorie intake and add high calorie foods - the highest I can find in the foods I eat. I've been looking into recipes with avocados, I don't eat them much. I do make an effort to eat a lot of good fats. I just can't seem to eat enough.

Ed4d68a3f527a19131d1d3c36e435d05

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on December 10, 2012
at 08:15 PM

Really? My BMR is 1383. So should I shoot for 1400 or 1500?

Ed4d68a3f527a19131d1d3c36e435d05

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on December 10, 2012
at 07:39 PM

*condescension.

366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

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on December 10, 2012
at 03:30 PM

If you are not active, 1700 may be too many calories to lose weight. You'll just have to experiment. The "standard" diet advice for women is usually 1500 calories, and I know some women here eat less than that.

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

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on December 10, 2012
at 01:04 PM

Don't mistake "condascension" with "slapping you with some common sense".

Ed4d68a3f527a19131d1d3c36e435d05

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on December 10, 2012
at 04:06 AM

Since I'm not very active I choose to keep my fruit and starches low (which is why I'm so strict) but at this point, after reading more, I'm not sure it would hurt. I think my goal will be to reach at least 1700 a day. The low amount wasn't by choice, I just decided to track them yesterday and was shocked that I wasn't even reaching 1000!! Thank your for your help!

366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

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on December 10, 2012
at 03:48 AM

I do not eat strict paleo, but more paleo/primal/WAPF, so I eat a wide variety of foods, LC but not VLC. So if you want to eat strict paleo, I'm probably the wrong person to ask. But I just typed up my usual daily food here: http://paleohacks.com/questions/166509/i-feel-disgusted-by-protein/166514#166514 I eat about 1800 calories a day, and lost all the weight I needed to on something more like 1700 calories a day. I stay very active, since that lets me eat more and I do like to eat. If you have to go below 1500 calories a day, be very careful about eating nutritionally dense foods.

Ed4d68a3f527a19131d1d3c36e435d05

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on December 10, 2012
at 03:21 AM

I do not have "unrealistic body image expectations". By mentioning my handstands, I was only suggesting that, at this point in my life, I do not have a steady work out schedule. I'm not taking supplements to "save" myself. Damn. I'm asking for help and your condescension is jumping from my computer screen. Obviously, if I thought my diet was healthy I would not have made a post about it! However, lift 3 times a week and eat at least 1600. Got it, Wisperrr.

Ed4d68a3f527a19131d1d3c36e435d05

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on December 10, 2012
at 03:17 AM

I'm trying to eat more fatty foods to bring on the calories! It was yesterday when I discovered how low my calorie intake was. What specifically do you think I should add to my diet?

Ed4d68a3f527a19131d1d3c36e435d05

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on December 10, 2012
at 03:14 AM

Thanks, Robin. Do you have any suggestions for specific foods to eat? I want to continue weight loss in a healthy way but I know that right now I'm inadvertently, as Wisper so kindly suggested, starving myself.

Ed4d68a3f527a19131d1d3c36e435d05

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on December 10, 2012
at 03:12 AM

I'm not making excuses to starve myself. If I was content with starvation, I wouldn't be asking for advice to change it. I was just sharing that, though I thought I was eating fine, I recently calculated my intake and it was only about 700-900 calories. I realized that that amount is not healthy. Hence, my question asking for help. I don't know how you got that I have "unrealistic" body images from my question. I'm not trying to argue but damn. I'm asking for help and your tone of condescension is jumping from my computer screen. However, I'll shoot for 1600. Thanks!

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366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

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on December 10, 2012
at 12:22 AM

I am guessing you already know you are not eating enough to maintain health, whether you lose weight or not. That plateau you feel coming on is probably your body going into starvation mode.

Eat more, and once you build your energy back up, move more.

366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

(2988)

on December 10, 2012
at 03:30 PM

If you are not active, 1700 may be too many calories to lose weight. You'll just have to experiment. The "standard" diet advice for women is usually 1500 calories, and I know some women here eat less than that.

Ed4d68a3f527a19131d1d3c36e435d05

(5)

on December 10, 2012
at 08:15 PM

Really? My BMR is 1383. So should I shoot for 1400 or 1500?

366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

(2988)

on December 10, 2012
at 08:24 PM

It's impossible to know, you'll have to experiment.

366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

(2988)

on December 10, 2012
at 03:48 AM

I do not eat strict paleo, but more paleo/primal/WAPF, so I eat a wide variety of foods, LC but not VLC. So if you want to eat strict paleo, I'm probably the wrong person to ask. But I just typed up my usual daily food here: http://paleohacks.com/questions/166509/i-feel-disgusted-by-protein/166514#166514 I eat about 1800 calories a day, and lost all the weight I needed to on something more like 1700 calories a day. I stay very active, since that lets me eat more and I do like to eat. If you have to go below 1500 calories a day, be very careful about eating nutritionally dense foods.

Ed4d68a3f527a19131d1d3c36e435d05

(5)

on December 10, 2012
at 04:06 AM

Since I'm not very active I choose to keep my fruit and starches low (which is why I'm so strict) but at this point, after reading more, I'm not sure it would hurt. I think my goal will be to reach at least 1700 a day. The low amount wasn't by choice, I just decided to track them yesterday and was shocked that I wasn't even reaching 1000!! Thank your for your help!

Ed4d68a3f527a19131d1d3c36e435d05

(5)

on December 10, 2012
at 03:14 AM

Thanks, Robin. Do you have any suggestions for specific foods to eat? I want to continue weight loss in a healthy way but I know that right now I'm inadvertently, as Wisper so kindly suggested, starving myself.

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on December 10, 2012
at 12:57 AM

700-800 calories isn't even enough if you are just laying in bed all day. your basal metabolic rate is higher (not sure of your height) but it's at least 1000 calories a day. that is just for your organs to function right. i'd add on calories because you are just slowing down your body and starving it.

Ed4d68a3f527a19131d1d3c36e435d05

(5)

on December 10, 2012
at 03:17 AM

I'm trying to eat more fatty foods to bring on the calories! It was yesterday when I discovered how low my calorie intake was. What specifically do you think I should add to my diet?

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on December 10, 2012
at 05:24 PM

How tall are you?

That is definitely a lot of weight to lose and I agree that you have starved yourself (even if not intentionally). I don't think you need to add specific foods... Just eat more of the healthy foods you like already. I eat a lot of eggs and avocados and fruit but that's just because those are my favorites. You may have to force more food in since you're not used to eating that much but you will feel better once you do ad you will adjust to eating that much.

Ed4d68a3f527a19131d1d3c36e435d05

(5)

on December 10, 2012
at 08:21 PM

Britt. Thank you so much. I'm 5 ft. My BMR is 1383. I have the My Plate app and was playing around entering the foods I eat most to see exactly how much would make up 1600 calories. I don't think I could eat that much in a day!! I think I'll have to gradually build up my calorie intake and add high calorie foods - the highest I can find in the foods I eat. I've been looking into recipes with avocados, I don't eat them much. I do make an effort to eat a lot of good fats. I just can't seem to eat enough.

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9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

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on December 09, 2012
at 11:05 PM

Paleo is not an excuse to starve yourself. You yourself admit that 700-900 is not enough, yet you are building up an excuse to continue with it or go lower. Meal frequency has very little to do with calorie intake, so that's another bad excuse: I take in twice your daily calories on my post-workout meal.

Such low calorie intake is already very likely low enough to put you in starvation mode. And by starvation I mean starvation. That means your metabolism will slow down, your mental capacity will be diminished, and you will have all kinds of other negative health effects. Supplements will not save you. When you start eating normally again (to, you know, survive), your body will store the extra calories (read: you'll gain fat weight).

I don't know what kind of workout regimen 15 mins of handstands is supposed to be, but that's not enough, either. Go on a sensible workout routine, such as Starting Stregth (30 mins 3 times a week). No, you won't look like a bodybuilder although you're lifting "like a guy."

And most importantly, change to a reasonable deficit (10-30%). I've had great success with LeanGains for fat loss. I eat 2-3 meals a day, 1600 on off days, 2500 on training days.

Be sensible, and don't mess up your life with unrealistic body image expecations. Take pictures to track your progress, and post them online for others to see, for example on Fitocracy - that way you can be more objective of your progress and whether you have a reasonable, healthy body composition.

Ed4d68a3f527a19131d1d3c36e435d05

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on December 10, 2012
at 03:12 AM

I'm not making excuses to starve myself. If I was content with starvation, I wouldn't be asking for advice to change it. I was just sharing that, though I thought I was eating fine, I recently calculated my intake and it was only about 700-900 calories. I realized that that amount is not healthy. Hence, my question asking for help. I don't know how you got that I have "unrealistic" body images from my question. I'm not trying to argue but damn. I'm asking for help and your tone of condescension is jumping from my computer screen. However, I'll shoot for 1600. Thanks!

Ed4d68a3f527a19131d1d3c36e435d05

(5)

on December 10, 2012
at 03:21 AM

I do not have "unrealistic body image expectations". By mentioning my handstands, I was only suggesting that, at this point in my life, I do not have a steady work out schedule. I'm not taking supplements to "save" myself. Damn. I'm asking for help and your condescension is jumping from my computer screen. Obviously, if I thought my diet was healthy I would not have made a post about it! However, lift 3 times a week and eat at least 1600. Got it, Wisperrr.

Ed4d68a3f527a19131d1d3c36e435d05

(5)

on December 10, 2012
at 07:39 PM

*condescension.

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

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on December 10, 2012
at 01:04 PM

Don't mistake "condascension" with "slapping you with some common sense".

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on December 10, 2012
at 11:48 AM

As many have already said, you're not taking in enough calories. Someone asked about Paleo recipes to me before, and I'm going to make the same Paleo cookbook suggestion to you.

There's a review with a link to the book. http://RockefellerReviews.com/paleo-cookbooks

Also do some searching for some good Paleo recipes so that you can continue to eat healthy (following the Paleo Diet) and keep track of your calorie intake. You'll be able to eat more often - allowing you to maintain proper energy levels - at the same time while allowing you to maintain a sensible diet.

I also speak from experience, btw. So get the recipe book - do some searches - get creative and just make sure you are eating the PROPER things with the proper calorie intake.

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on December 10, 2012
at 05:58 AM

I agree with joanna, 700-800 calories isn't enough.You are 22 then you must eat 1200 calories each day to lose weight safely and don't eat fatty foods try to eat healthy fat, protein and fiber rich foods, its give you energy. Visit: http://www.ziggs.com/Blog/Nicol_Miller_513328

Ed4d68a3f527a19131d1d3c36e435d05

(5)

on December 10, 2012
at 08:24 PM

Now, 1200 I can see myself eating! After doing a little more research from the answers on here, I think I'll add more eggs - until I get tired of them, Ha. And avocados. Any more suggestions?

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