Losing more weight and having more energy on mostly high fruit/veg diet?

Answered on January 09, 2015
Created January 08, 2015 at 5:43 PM

Maybe I shouldn't be on this site anymore :P But seriously, I'd been a paleo enthusiast for around a year (I was already gluten free as I'm allergic to it -as well as corn-), and while I noticed many health benefits (decrease in bipolar symptoms and migraines, decent weight maintenance), it still didn't solve everything (still too much binge eating, not acheiving the weight I desired, etc). Anyways, in September, in honor of it being my best friend's birthday week (she died in a car crash 2 years ago), I went vegetarian for a week since she was a vegetarian (while still staying paleo as well, so more like grain-free raw vegan). I was surprised to see I was immediately feeling even better and able to fill myself up on much less food. I've always had a major sweet tooth, and when first following paleo I returned to the carb guilt-trip of my middle school atkins days and made myself afraid of fruit. As a result, I was never satisfied and gorged on other things. Now I've decided to experiment further, incorperated a LOT of fruit into my diet, cut my meat intake down to twice a week at most (when I do eat meat, it's usually sea food, and I save red meat consumptions for special occasions when it's a very high quality red meat -such as the Yule feast I attended last month where there was elk that one of the girls had hunted herself). I also realized that my over consumption of nuts was causing me gut problems but I do fine with legumes, so have added garbanzo beans back into my diet (usually in the form of hummus). Anyways, whereas I was constantly going from 126 lbs-135 lbs on my paleo diet, now I've effortlessly gone down to 119, and I feel more full on 1700-1900 calories worth of mostly fruit/veggies/hummus than I did on 2400 calories of mostly meat and fat. Am I weird, or is there any explaination for this? I guess everyone's body works differently and maybe I just need more fruit than most people do, I don't know...

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on January 09, 2015
at 07:24 PM

I lost about 20 pounds after going from low-carb-paleo to moderate-carb paleo. That was after doing low-carb and a lot of meat for a little over a year.

It's not a paleo requirement to eat a lot of meat, despite popular belief. The paleo philosophy is to eat nutrient-rich foods and to stay away from nutrient-vacuums like wheat and beans. If you're eating all real food, you're doing it right.



on January 08, 2015
at 06:06 PM

Certain fruits are ok on Atkins/Low-carb. I eat strawberries, raspberries and blackberries all the time. Those kinds of fruits are mostly water and some fiber (very low carb). And tomatoes, lemons, peppers, cucumbers are great low-carb fruits too. Most women have a sweet tooth and can't get over their sugar cravings, I don't think you're alone in that sense. 

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