I'm 49, female and obese. I've been on a primal diet since the beginning of last year, this year I started with drastically reduced carbs (15-25g per day) on 1 January. When I first started on low carb, I had a drastically reduced appetite (I used to eat like I was 10 foot tall athlete), but after 2 weeks it went away. This year, on the reduced carbs, my appetite got bigger and bigger and bigger. Then suddenly at the beginning of June it got drastically reduced. I eat maybe half of what I bring to work for breakfast or lunch. I few bites in, I'm full. I'm sure this is a good sign. My problem is, though, I'm not losing weight. I lost 7kgs (+- 14 pounds) in the first month of this year, but nothing since. I don't stress too much about it as I can feel my clothing is getting looser (but very slowly) and my body is definitely tightening up (I'm doing HIIT 5 days a week).
I was advised to try eating both more carbs and more calories earlier this year, to try and kick-start weight loss. I've been eating around 2000 calories a day, with an average of 74% fat, 5% carb, 21% protein. Most of my calories are now coming from cream that I have in my coffee. I'm not sure if I should try and keep my calories up, or let them drop due to my lack of appetite.
I keep track of everything I eat and all my exercise on FatSecret, and I'm coming in a good 20,000 calories down for a month (input vs output). I know this doesn't really matter on low carb, but due to my lack of weight loss, I'm tracking every possible thing I can.
Should I keep my calories up, is that something I should worry about? Especially with the HIIT that I'm doing, I don't want to stress my body too much.
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on June 28, 2013
at 06:39 PM
It is okay to just follow your appetite, for a while anyway. The key issue is whether or not you start to feel run down with no energy. If you start reading questions about hypothyroidism and begin to think it may describe you, then you probably need to up your calories- and you can do this with fat if you want to stay away from carbs.
But since you mention you are still looking to lose weight, then you are probably getting plenty of energy from your fat stores. The trouble, for me, came at the end, when I had lost all the weight, but had habituated myself to eating around 1500 calories a day. So even when I was thinking I was eating a lot, I often wouldn't really make maintenance, and since I was mostly low carb, I didn't have hunger driving me to eat more.
In your case it sounds like you are just following your appetite, rather than trying to maintain and artificial deficit, so you a probably in a process of re-calibration rather than doing anything dangerous.
on June 12, 2013
at 04:12 PM
Hi first day on the site... so I am NOT qualified but I read Nourishing Traditions followed the advise and do daily ferments Kimchi Saurkraut buttermilk and NO Processed foods other than alchohol. I painlessly lost 25 pounds 19% in 3 months and truely feel fabulous. Cholesteral BP and weght all down! I am buying the book for my kids who have children. Good luck!
on June 12, 2013
at 11:29 AM
A few things jumped out at me when reading that I'll respond to, amidst the current silence in the PH library.
If you can do 5 days of HIIT then I think it's likely that a) you are needlessly stressing your body b) you aren't really doing 'HIIT' (or more likely c) both). HIIT done properly should have you in recovery for a lot longer than an average of less than half a day (by the way, do you sleep well?). Regardless, I think you are probably exhausting youself and that this is contirbuting in tandem with the way you're eating to stymie weight loss.
Perhaps you haven't lost weight since January (if you need to lose more?) because you aren't noursihing yourself with nutritious food while exercising sensibly. Especially if you are training hard, eating 5% carbs is madness IMHO. One can lose weight while eating carbs, and you may not be helping things by restricting them (Note I don't know your status re glucose metabolism). Perhpas eating more food around workout periods would be helpful, and some carbs - there is nourishment to be gained there. Getting most calories from cream doesn't exactly provide much in way of nutrition...
If people have advised you to up calories and carbs, what has stopped you and or made you doubtful about the salience of that advice? I think it sounds like a good thing to eat well while being. If not, you risk burnout and may well want to contact the doctor...