Restarting Paleo, very over weight, craving carbs....

Answered on August 30, 2013
Created August 15, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Hello All, I am re-starting my Paleo lifestyle after getting too loose with it recently. I am currently working out a lot with a physical therapist (starting due to a knee injury but now she is kind enough to allow me to stay on a while and get my body back into shape). I am currently over 300lbs (gained all my weight because it took 15 yrs to get diagnosed with Celiac disease. Yes, some of us gain weight from Celiac disease). Because of all of the heavy working out I am doing I come home craving carbs like crazy. But, I know that in order to lose the weight Paleo tells me to just stick to less starchy veg to get the weight off. And, I am desperate to get the weight off.
Can anyone offer some advice on how to handle this situation? I feel a little like I am losing my mind from the cravings.


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on August 30, 2013
at 02:37 PM

Something that helped me was supplementing with Omega-3 fish oil each day. It supposedly increases seratonin in the brain so that you will be less likely to eat once you are satisfied and less likely to have cravings.

Also, this second point is from personal experience. It is true that you should rely on fats for a significant portion of your calories. HOWEVER, during my own weight loss journey, I found that I had to reduce my fat intake (not entirely! however, I did not add extra fats to the foods I was eating. I just ate the fats that were naturally in the foods like egg yolks and bacon. I didn't add butter or coconut oil to stuff). By relying mostly on protein, I lost fat very rapidly. THEN, after I had nearly reached my weight loss goal, I upped the fat again. I did not gain any body fat back. So, from personal experience, I found that while you have a lot of fat to lose, you should rely mostly on protein and non-starchy veggies. For some reason, it kept me much fuller for longer that a fat-based diet.

Keep in mind that this strategy apparently is not the best fit for everyone. Some have lost weight on mostly fat-based diets. I am just telling you what personally worked for me.


on August 29, 2013
at 09:59 PM

I actually do think that you should eat some carbs after your workouts. Unless you are in ketosis, post workout is actually the one time where consuming carbs can really make sense. Obviously, you should go crazy, but eating a sweet potato or two might actually be a good idea.

If you notice that you don't lose weight, you can always skip the potatoes later or maybe even try nutritional ketosis if nothing else helps. But first, I wouldn't be too restrictive. Just try not to do overdo it with carbs most of the time and eat your carbs mostly in the post workout window.

The problem is this: If you eat enough carbs to not go into ketosis, but you don't really eat enough to fuel your brain and your muscles, you could run into problems later, because you might get a significant stress response.

You should be able to lose a good amount of weight with just a plain paleo diet and maybe some minor modifications along the way. Just give it a few months of a clean paleo diet and then reevaluate. And don't get too frustrated if you hit a plateau. Weight loss stall, even for several months, are not uncommon and it doesn't mean it's time to do "cold intermittent nutritional bulletproof interval fasting" or whathever is en vogue this week.

If it took your 15 years to gain the, you can't expect to lose it in 15 days or even weeks.

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on August 29, 2013
at 08:38 PM

I have read on this website that L-Glutamine helps with those cravings too....type it in the search tool to see the thread on it. Good Luck! You got this!


on August 15, 2013
at 08:00 PM

Thank you everyone for all of your feed back. It all has really helped a lot!!!!


on August 15, 2013
at 06:54 PM

When I started Paleo I also had terrible cravings for carbs and junk foods every afternoon. Here's what helped:

1) Instead of snacking on chips or GF cookies, I ate fried pork skin (chicharron) bought fresh made from a Mexican butcher shop. So I agree with the other posts that adding fat helps.

2) I ate 1/2 c of white rice with lunch and dinner, per the suggestion of the Perfect Health Diet. The Jaminets say that the craving is just your body screaming for glycogen. Be sure to limit yourself to 1/2 c per meal, or 1 c if you are very active and no more than 2 c total per day.

3) This last tip isn't necessarily to reduce cravings but I do IF where I skip breakfast most days. I feel that it really helped to lose the fat around my stomach. Instead of breakfast, I drink a cup of coffee or green tea with a tablespoon of coconut cream.

Good luck on your journey to health!



on August 15, 2013
at 04:39 PM

I also didn't kick the carb cravings until increasing my fats. Have you been tracking macro rations at all? I do well on 40/30/30 which gives me enough fat to feel full but enough carbs to not be low carb.



on August 15, 2013
at 03:54 PM

Are you getting any fats in? I know butter is more of a primal thing than a paleo, but fats help satiate us.

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