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What happens to excess calories on the paleo/ low carb diet?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 12, 2013 at 4:55 AM

I come from a calorie-counting background and am still trying to get past the calories-in calories-out paradigm. I have lost 10 lbs and only have about 5 left. If I eat more calories than I burn on a given day, are the rest stored? I am a generally light eater and listen to my body when eating. But not immune to the occasional honey-sweetened paleo cookie! I eat around 75 grams of carbs a day.

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on May 12, 2013
at 05:55 AM

This is incorrect.

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on January 12, 2013
at 04:29 PM

Totally agree with this comment. I eat tons some days and very little other days. I try to listen to my tummy and when it growls, I feed it :)

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on January 12, 2013
at 04:17 PM

I'll try too...It's good to think of things that are constantly active, and in opposition (glycolysis/gluconeogenesis, anabolic/catabolic, fatty acid synthesis/degradation). Your body is always doing something with regard to these relationships. For example, it's either burning fat or storing it, but it doesn't ever do neither. Think of it as a light switch, either on or off. Now it just so happens that the switch for most of this is your blood glucose level. If your blood glucose is low, your body is burning it's fat, even in the presence of excess dietary calories.

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on January 12, 2013
at 09:34 AM

Dietary fat has an extremely efficient storage percentage. It's hard to believe people are still in denial about this.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on January 12, 2013
at 08:19 AM

maybe the down vote was because james left out bum...?

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on January 12, 2013
at 08:17 AM

maybe the down vote was because james left out bum...? bum bum bum (sorry k/b stuck)

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on January 12, 2013
at 08:16 AM

maybe the down vote was because james left out bum...?

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on January 12, 2013
at 07:07 AM

Upvoted. Don't know why someone would downvote this.

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on January 12, 2013
at 06:48 AM

Thanks! Just finishing up the chapter in Primal Solution that covers this topic. It's all making more sense now.

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on January 12, 2013
at 05:29 AM

If you chronically overeat, then you will stall, or possibly gain. I still think calories count, but I think it's very hard to overeat regularly on paleo. One day I'm hungry, eat quite a bit, the next day I am not so hungry and eat less, so it balances out. Even if the calories get stored, they are easy to access later, as long as you are overall eating well. There are some on here that say they eat a massive amount of calories on paleo. I don't know if they're fighting weight or not, or how they do that, so I just take it as to each their own. I just focus on my stuff.

79850813c5cfc0a089e1060ef9b6ed27

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on January 12, 2013
at 04:29 PM

Totally agree with this comment. I eat tons some days and very little other days. I try to listen to my tummy and when it growls, I feed it :)

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on January 12, 2013
at 05:07 AM

They go straight onto your hips or thighs just like any other diet.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on January 12, 2013
at 08:19 AM

maybe the down vote was because james left out bum...?

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on January 12, 2013
at 08:17 AM

maybe the down vote was because james left out bum...? bum bum bum (sorry k/b stuck)

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on January 12, 2013
at 08:16 AM

maybe the down vote was because james left out bum...?

5dd50f78f47b8848d93724d6eb38d4c1

(907)

on January 12, 2013
at 09:34 AM

Dietary fat has an extremely efficient storage percentage. It's hard to believe people are still in denial about this.

6d64cd6dc98d6ab763bd03678a317964

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on January 12, 2013
at 07:07 AM

Upvoted. Don't know why someone would downvote this.

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on January 12, 2013
at 08:08 AM

There is some increase in energy expenditure on low carb, see for example http://eatingacademy.com/nutrition/ketosis-advantaged-or-misunderstood-state-part-ii

Personally, on higher-carb paleo, I have stable weight at around 2000-2200kcal. Right now, I'm pretty low-carb (50g net carbs on average) and I'm stable at 2600kcal (both at the same level of activity).

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on January 12, 2013
at 06:45 AM

It's calories absorbed that matter. In order for a calorie to be stored as either fat or muscle, you need an insulin spike. If you're only eating 75 grams of carbs a day, it's very hard to gain fat, especially if you also workout. Calories in/ out is bullshit. Fat doesn't spike insulin so if you're not eating more carbs then you need, you won't get fatter. Simple as that. Chronically spiked insulin equals obesity not excess calorie. A calorie is just a unit of energy.

2f992ba31f9b8fe3438aca2928cf3fe9

on January 12, 2013
at 06:48 AM

Thanks! Just finishing up the chapter in Primal Solution that covers this topic. It's all making more sense now.

7e6644836cdbcbe2b06307ff7db92d31

(693)

on January 12, 2013
at 04:17 PM

I'll try too...It's good to think of things that are constantly active, and in opposition (glycolysis/gluconeogenesis, anabolic/catabolic, fatty acid synthesis/degradation). Your body is always doing something with regard to these relationships. For example, it's either burning fat or storing it, but it doesn't ever do neither. Think of it as a light switch, either on or off. Now it just so happens that the switch for most of this is your blood glucose level. If your blood glucose is low, your body is burning it's fat, even in the presence of excess dietary calories.

091423a30c0188fbff51e39397e7e056

(384)

on May 12, 2013
at 05:55 AM

This is incorrect.

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