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Hungry all the time...help!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 04, 2013 at 6:45 AM

I went Paleo about 6 weeks ago. I've been hungry pretty much all the time since. I was gluten free before paleo and ate no sugar and just ate a well rounded diet.

My question is, if I eat more food, I gain weight. To be clear, I can only eat 1200 calories without gaining weight.

I have a lot of medical issues and my Drs want me to stay at the weight I'm at now. I'm 5'6" and weigh 122.

I guess my question is why was I not hungry all the time eating grains but the same number of calories? Anyone have any ideas? And what I can do to not be so hungry all the time?

Also, I had a lot of energy right when I went paleo but now I'm so tired I've been sleeping 16 hours a day. I don't know if the two are related.

20dd8cc740ed21154457ff23ed949c83

on January 04, 2013
at 06:32 PM

I don't weight train as I'm still recovering from back surgery...it was done in May 2012. I will once I'm totally done with physical therapy. As for the calorie counting, I started quite a few years ago and it's not at all stressful for me. It actually helps me because I've struggled with nausea and if I don't count calories it was easy for me to only get a tiny amount of food. It helped me to know where I am and ultimately maintain my weight.

4303a65967884e68bfae59817c227351

(1881)

on January 04, 2013
at 11:42 AM

Eat more fat and protein! It's going to make you full fastest and longest. The days I eat the least and feel the fullest are when I start out my morning with a whole avocado and 2-3 eggs. I don't touch a carb until lunch time. And 1200 calories is going to cause your body to imagine it being in a state of scarcity. Your body will retain fat and water and I'd even suspect coritsol is pretty high. Your body wants more food because it needs more. And also if you are or are not, but try some more variety. Lots of colors. Maybe you're missing some micronutrient in your current mealplans.

4303a65967884e68bfae59817c227351

(1881)

on January 04, 2013
at 11:38 AM

The notion that calories (really) matter that much is only relevant in a grain based scenario. You're paleo now, the calorie is a calorie thing is a pretty bunk idea you should put off to the side for a while. If you're eating a lot and gaining weight and everythign is paleo. . . Then look at calories. But seriously, I eat 1200 calories probably in breakfast alone, and I'm LOSING weight still.

20dd8cc740ed21154457ff23ed949c83

on January 04, 2013
at 07:37 AM

It sounds like it would be a deficit, but I am merely maintaining my weight st 1200 a day. .

20dd8cc740ed21154457ff23ed949c83

on January 04, 2013
at 07:36 AM

I gained 20lbs in a couple months last year while eating 1500 calories a day. I went to an endocrinologist and he said my thyroid was fine. I should add that I have increased my calorie intake the past week or so to about 1400-1500 and I haven't noticed much change in my hunger.

20dd8cc740ed21154457ff23ed949c83

on January 04, 2013
at 07:02 AM

I am probably eating too much fruit. B: 3 poached eggs and 1/2T butter L: 6oz meatloaf and green beans in 1T olive oil S:1 apple D: 6oz salmon and 1T butter with steamed spinach Days like today however, I ate 2 apples, some blackberries and dried apples. Is the fruit possibly causing my hunger and/or weight gain?

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C657d176db6f11f98aeb2a89071e3281

on January 04, 2013
at 07:20 AM

I would add soups, gelatinous bone marrow soups, chicken stock soups. I shred kale and put the hot broth over the kale. What about sweet potatoes? You may find that if you keep eating like htis, you will be able to eat more calories. I personally cannot see how you are properly feeding yourself being 5'6" and only eating 1200 calories. That seems like a calorie deficit. Fruit is sugar, veggies are healthier carbs. Cutting down on the fruit, making soups, and eating more veggies and fats should fill you up. From your sample menu, you don't get a lot of fat either.

20dd8cc740ed21154457ff23ed949c83

on January 04, 2013
at 07:37 AM

It sounds like it would be a deficit, but I am merely maintaining my weight st 1200 a day. .

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D9f56875cbb032659b3b3aa3c00ebe15

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on January 04, 2013
at 11:10 AM

Cut the fruit and replace with veg.nFruit has always made me more hungry, and I recently read something that suggested that it was a reaction to fructose in the fruit that caused the hunger. Leafy greens in particular are very filling and low in calories. Stack a pile on your plate with every meal- kale, spinach, also broccoli and cauliflower. 2 cups of them!

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194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on January 04, 2013
at 07:33 AM

I suggest going low or very low carb (no more fruit), and upping your fat and protein intake.

When hungry, eat fat and protein, not carbs.

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F7bdceec18565b68908181ac1e7a0d14

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on January 04, 2013
at 07:29 AM

You're only eating 1200 calories?!!? That doesn't sound like paleo that sounds like starvation. You are doing damage to your hormones including leptin which is responsible for satiety. Our ancestors did not starve themselves! They just ate right!

20dd8cc740ed21154457ff23ed949c83

on January 04, 2013
at 07:36 AM

I gained 20lbs in a couple months last year while eating 1500 calories a day. I went to an endocrinologist and he said my thyroid was fine. I should add that I have increased my calorie intake the past week or so to about 1400-1500 and I haven't noticed much change in my hunger.

4303a65967884e68bfae59817c227351

(1881)

on January 04, 2013
at 11:38 AM

The notion that calories (really) matter that much is only relevant in a grain based scenario. You're paleo now, the calorie is a calorie thing is a pretty bunk idea you should put off to the side for a while. If you're eating a lot and gaining weight and everythign is paleo. . . Then look at calories. But seriously, I eat 1200 calories probably in breakfast alone, and I'm LOSING weight still.

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72255508a5308c26eeb04e909967ef06

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on January 04, 2013
at 06:57 AM

Hi! I'm studying nutritional therapy and one thing what i have learned is there is no one diet for everyone when it comes to medical issues. I'm on Paleo myself and must say that i feel great. What is your sample daily menu? Maybe you are having too much fruit?

20dd8cc740ed21154457ff23ed949c83

on January 04, 2013
at 07:02 AM

I am probably eating too much fruit. B: 3 poached eggs and 1/2T butter L: 6oz meatloaf and green beans in 1T olive oil S:1 apple D: 6oz salmon and 1T butter with steamed spinach Days like today however, I ate 2 apples, some blackberries and dried apples. Is the fruit possibly causing my hunger and/or weight gain?

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20dd8cc740ed21154457ff23ed949c83

on January 07, 2013
at 12:24 AM

I wanted to say I've upped my fat and veggies. I also have figured out that fruit or sweet potato makes me hungry rather than satisfied. Finally, I've upped my water intake and it has helped a lot.

Thanks for the feedback!

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79850813c5cfc0a089e1060ef9b6ed27

on January 05, 2013
at 12:53 AM

Fat is what keeps me full the longest. 3 hardboiled eggs with 2-3 tablespoons of butter at 7:30 in the morning keeps me full until 1 pm when I go for lunch. A couple cups of coffee in the morning as well... try more fat.

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35deaf0f101526bb113ea69f79934f2b

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on January 04, 2013
at 02:08 PM

You could incorporate some more exercise so that you can eat more? If you start burning a few hundred calories a day then you will burn more from the exercise and also increase metabolism. Do you weight train at all? That will help a lot with increasing muscle mass, burning more calories, and getting rid of fat. I am 5'8, 125 lbs, and I maintain my weight on about 1700 calories a day + what I burn through exercise so 1200 does seem shockingly low.

20dd8cc740ed21154457ff23ed949c83

on January 04, 2013
at 06:32 PM

I don't weight train as I'm still recovering from back surgery...it was done in May 2012. I will once I'm totally done with physical therapy. As for the calorie counting, I started quite a few years ago and it's not at all stressful for me. It actually helps me because I've struggled with nausea and if I don't count calories it was easy for me to only get a tiny amount of food. It helped me to know where I am and ultimately maintain my weight.

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41a45fcae1dbac66f760962bed160d0e

on January 04, 2013
at 01:21 PM

Quit counting calories. That alone is stressful enough. Eat more protein and fat from Grass fed sources. My Breakfast is about 1000 calories or better.

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00cd3b6f51530a6832fcda1712edbec3

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on January 04, 2013
at 09:29 AM

I went to an endocrinologist and he said my thyroid was fine.

What tests did the endo do to arrive at this conclusion — just a TSH or this battery of tests?

  • Free T3
  • Free T4
  • Reverse T3
  • TPO AB
  • TG AB
  • 4-collection cortisol collection test (for assessing adrenal status)

These tests will help ferret out the 3 most common hormonal problems in women:

  • Poor T4 --> T3 conversion
  • Hashimoto's Thyroiditis
  • Adrenal insufficiency

Unfortunately, most MDs and endocrinologists won't do these tests. You can order them yourself, but it's best to work with a supportive, knowledgeable medical professional to help you interpret the tests. A naturopath (ND) is probably your best bet.

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7c6efb5dd748384c6e9384ce98a14429

on January 04, 2013
at 07:40 AM

i would be adding a whole lot more veg, at least 5-6 serves a day each serve being 75g- this will fill you up more and added lots of fibre, antioxidents and phytochemicals. Do you have any hypothyriod symptoms? The tests the dr do dont always give you the answer you are looking for.

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