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Sudden urge to snack?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 07, 2011 at 12:41 PM

Ok so this is the middle of week three on paleo eating, and on Monday I started the Whole30, so I've cut out dairy (well.. with the exception of ghee).

Yesterday, I had this overwhelming urge to snack, which I hadn't had since the first week. I've been skipping breakfast and eating lunch around 1-2pm, but yesterday at 4 I really wanted a snack. Wasn't hungry but it was that annoying mind feeling "eat something..." so I had a slice of bacon and a hard boiled egg.

After dinner (lamb chops and asparagus) I was STILL HUNGRY. So I had some berries and coconut milk and an entire avocado in an attempt to just shut the menace down.

Today, I feel the same way, and its only 8am.

I've noticed, also that my weight loss has stalled after losing 8 pounds first week and then 2 last week. :(

Any ideas what is going on? You can see details of what I've been eating here: http://fatsecret.com/Diary.aspx?pa=mdcs&id=677318 just click on each day and you can see what it is I've been eating.

Averaging about 60/25/15% fat/prot/carb these 3 weeks, daily about 1800 calories, carbs under 50-75g always, and I sit on my ass all day in a cubicle. Gym once a week for Body Pump.

Suggestions?

EDIT: Does your body crave more calories when you're coming up on "that time"? That may be it, but I don't want to just go hog wild eating stuff, still have 30 pounds to lose, minimum.

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on April 08, 2011
at 03:20 AM

becker... thanks... I've been denying myself berries today (trying to do VLC). That explains why I'm craving them! So I'm going to have some now...

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on April 07, 2011
at 03:13 PM

I'm thinking this might also be an o3/o6 imbalance. I do eat a lot of chicken thighs :(

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on April 07, 2011
at 03:09 PM

Hey thanks for the resource! The good thing is that I'm still eating high fat / low carb foods when I get snackish, but its still annoying.

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on April 07, 2011
at 01:04 PM

Crimson tide made me LOL :)

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on April 07, 2011
at 12:50 PM

Your metabolism may still be adjusting to your new macronutrient profile. It takes time, often a month for most people it seems, for most of the facets of your metabolism to reach a stable equilibrium at which you no longer feel the wonky effects of adjustment. Likely, you're hungry because you're still a bit insulin insensitive, so low-carbing is leading to low blood sugar as your baseline insulin level is more tailored to that of a high-carber. That low blood sugar is a potent signal for starvation. Give it some time (and maybe a few more carbs for now) until you no longer feel cravings. Once you hit a low body fat %, your leptin secretion will be low enough that you'll need to add some more carbs into your diet to feel totally satiated and craving free. Since you still have 30 lbs. to lose, I'm assuming your craving issue is simply related to adjustment, though.

And yes, your body will crave more food when you approach the crimson tide. Don't deny your cravings in that case, be sure to listen to your body, but be reasonable. Don't go eat a pizza, but feel free to gnosh on a sweet potato.

B4ec9ce369e43ea83f06ee645169cee0

on April 08, 2011
at 03:20 AM

becker... thanks... I've been denying myself berries today (trying to do VLC). That explains why I'm craving them! So I'm going to have some now...

9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

(1702)

on April 07, 2011
at 01:04 PM

Crimson tide made me LOL :)

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on April 07, 2011
at 02:18 PM

Hey Oranges, this definitely happened (notice the past tense!) to me. Much better now! Read this:

http://paleohacks.com/questions/23019/14th-day-sugar-cravings-symptom-of-a-lack-of-keto-adaptation#axzz1IgKQU9FQ

keep getting back on the horse, and eventually you won't fall all of the way off, just get a little crooked ;)

9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

(1702)

on April 07, 2011
at 03:09 PM

Hey thanks for the resource! The good thing is that I'm still eating high fat / low carb foods when I get snackish, but its still annoying.

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