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Hungry girl - sarah

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Created February 28, 2013 at 9:08 PM

I'm eating paleo but I'm a hungry girl I eat all day. I know it's to about calorie counting but surely it still matters how much food we put in and I'm putting in a lot for someone who needs to lose about 3kg. I've always had a big appetite and I hate feeling hungry. I train for about 30-45 mins 5 times a week. If I stay consistent will the weight come off regardless of the amount of food I'm putting in or is it time to start counting calories too ..as much as I so don't want to. Sarah

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I second this. IF has changed everything for me. On top of that I practice keto-cycling (under 40g carbs, plus watching protein... you'd need to find your own ideal protein number). Every third-to-fifth day I carbload.

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What do you actually eat?

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on February 28, 2013
at 09:57 PM

If you're relatively new to eating Paleo, you will be very hungry for the first couple of weeks. You should just eat, but make it fat, meat, and veg, not nuts and dairy. Your body will adjust and you can adjust the amounts then.

I do believe calories matter, some do, some don't. I can't tell you what you should be eating. Try various different things, more foods, less foods, IF, restricted eating windows, etc., and see what works for you.

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on February 28, 2013
at 10:26 PM

I'm also curious how long you've been Paleo. What attracted me to Paleo was NOT having to calorie count and follow the "eat when you're hungry" philosophy. If your hunger is normalized, then I'd say eat more.

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on February 28, 2013
at 09:57 PM

Try intermittent fasting (I suggest an eating window from 5 pm to 10 pm) and your fat will melt away.

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on February 28, 2013
at 10:47 PM

I second this. IF has changed everything for me. On top of that I practice keto-cycling (under 40g carbs, plus watching protein... you'd need to find your own ideal protein number). Every third-to-fifth day I carbload.

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on February 28, 2013
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It is very, very difficult to losing only 3kg when you are that close to ideal weight. Don't expect it to come off quickly, or possibly at all. Someone with 30 kg to lose will drop the first 3 kg in nothing flat, but the last 3kg not so much. It's usually a lot more worthwhile to work on building muscle rather than trying to lose a few kg.

For hunger, protein is the most satiating macronutrient, with fat a close second. Because there are problems with excess protein consumption (@30% of calories is generally considered max) you may want to rely on fat.

Start the day with a good meal of eggs or steak or whatever and low carbs. For many people, carbs will drive up blood sugar, resulting in insulin rise, and if that happens to excess, blood sugar drops rapidly and you wind up ravenous a couple hours after your meal.

If that rebound quickly to hunger sounds familiar, definitely cut the carbs per meal back and increase the protein (if you have space in your ratio) and the fat. You should be able to go at least 4 to 5 hours between meals without a that kind of hunger.

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