Calorie Counting

Calorie Counting

Calorie Counting Questions

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by 1683 · 8 minutes ago

I know most people say "don't count calories" and I've posted a question on calories before, but here I go. Sorry, it's a bit long :D Any of you every find calorie restriction to NOT work?! I'm still in the process of trying to find out my... (more)

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Matt_1 0 · January 11, 2012 at 11:09 PM

Firstly, why do you want to lose weight? Unless you are carrying a lot of abdominal fat, I'd say that you are a healthy weight. You have a BMI of 25 and 20-30% fat is a healthy level for a young woman. For an active young woman doing cross-fit 5... (more)

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by 24523 · 17 minutes ago

There are many paleos who either Lost a bunch of weight and are no longer losing weight Are gaining weight Why not cut the fat, and even count calories for a while? I understand that fat is good. But let's do the math, which is really just me... (more)

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Evan_1 0 · September 30, 2011 at 9:00 PM

This answer somewhat inconveniently addresses both of your recent inconvenient questions: I've been following following the recent debate as well, and can't help but think that its looking more and more like cyclical diets/eating habits will be... (more)

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by 863 · 17 minutes ago

Fellow hackers???I year ago I was fat, sick, and lazy. I spent a few months counting calories to the point of driving myself and my family crazy. Once my wife and I found Robb Wolf's book, our lives and our health changed for ever. Since then,... (more)

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Riveted 0 · September 30, 2011 at 5:29 PM

Same. A month before my 40th birthday last year I decided that my 40's self would kick my 30's self's ass. It's been a year of Paleohacks, Wolf, Cordain, Masterjohn, Davis, Harris, et al...and my old self wouldn't stand a chance.

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by 606 · 25 minutes ago

A study showed some people with type 2 diabetes were cured of the disease after going on a 600-calorie-a-day diet for 8 weeks. So I'm thinking maybe semi-fasting like this for a long period each year could be a good re-set for your metabolism. It... (more)

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paleohacks 0 · June 24, 2011 at 2:08 AM

My brother, who is a self-starving anorexic/body dismorphic/obsessive compulsive neurotic has: been on a diet approximating this(at the upper bound) caloric level for many YEARS. He may not be that functional, may be very anxious and... (more)

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by 25 · 29 minutes ago

My first question is: Since i started losing weight, i made the choice to focus on natural foods because it seemed like common sense that nutrition and weight loss would go hand in hand. Only im not quite paleo because i do eat beans and whole... (more)

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Paul_1 0 · April 27, 2011 at 3:06 PM

Here we go again. First, the link to a good thread on this. Also various answers by pfw are helpful, e.g., here, here, and here. So we could close this as a duplicate thread, but we have a good discussion going already -- so why not continue. I... (more)

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by 1702 · 31 minutes ago

I'm 26, female, I currently weigh 198 and I want to lose about 40 pounds. On standard american "diet" I was eating anywhere from 1500 - 1800 calories daily (or trying to, but mostly overeating it) and losing weight (if at all) only because I was... (more)

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Dana_1 0 · March 23, 2011 at 4:16 PM

My experience, really simplified: I could eat at 1500-1800 calories a day, eat mostly carbs and yep, I'd gain weight. I could eat up to 2500-2900 calories of fat, meat, and vegetables, though, and lose weight. Not my exact experience because I... (more)

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by 440 · 32 minutes ago

I recently started a food log just out of pure curiosity. I usually have an idea of what I eat and try to keep my non-paleo meals to a max of 3 per week. I am keeping a food log for a month and wanted to know if you ever kept a log and what format... (more)

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sherpamelissa 0 · March 16, 2011 at 1:17 PM

I am the food logging queen, self declared title, of course. ;) In order to get enough detail on carb, fat and protein, you are probably better off using a computer program or app, rather than trying to write it all down on paper. If you aren't... (more)

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by 3509 · 33 minutes ago

Over a four months period, after starting Paleo I lost some twenty pounds, and got to optimal weight that I have effortless kept since then. Last week I was talking to a friend of mine, who is a doctor and eats decently well (though not paleo) and... (more)

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pfw 0 · February 21, 2011 at 8:30 PM

It was both. If you had weight to lose, and Paleo "worked", your body decided that you needed to lose weight, made you less hungry, and so you ate less. The entire point of Paleo is to present your body with foods it knows how to handle, and so... (more)

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by 18701 · 33 minutes ago

I know a lot of proponents of Paleo believe it can be done unweighed/unmeasured if you stick to the Paleo food guidelines and you will maintain your weight and possibly even lose weight. People suggest listening to your body or eating to satiety.... (more)

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Paul_1 0 · February 21, 2011 at 11:14 PM

I have an idea that might seem a little crazy, but I think there could be something to it. Is it possible that if you (the general "you," not Melissa in particular) eat ad libitum, i.e., as much as you want, then you might eat an insane number of... (more)

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by 141 · 39 minutes ago

Since I have always counted calories (and now trying to move away from that), I???m having a hard time figuring out how much to eat. People seem to say eat until satisfied not stuffed. I think being off sugar and processed carbs has helped me... (more)

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pfw 0 · June 03, 2010 at 1:40 PM

It's a lot more complicated than anyone has told you and nobody really understands the physiology of weight loss completely. So don't feel bad at being confused, and remember to take everything anyone says with a grain of salt! That said, here's... (more)

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by 20 · about 23 hours ago

Religious calorie counting bears much resemblance to the ritualistic and obsessive eating patterns of Eating Disorders. But can calorie counting (whether for weight gain or weight loss) be a trigger for people to slip into an eating disorder?

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TheGastronomer 0 · September 29, 2014 at 3:00 PM

If you have a predisposition based on your personality (like an obsessive compulsive disorder for example), calorie counting could trigger some of the conditions you mentioned. Let's face it some people are over-achievers and might try going lower... (more)

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by 5 · about 24 hours ago

I'm not one to say I do "Paleo", but I do eat fairly healthy. Chicken, Beef, Eggs, Dairy, Avocados, Veggies, Oatmeal, Brown Rice, Almonds. It's all very clean and I buy conventional, I can't afford organic. I eat very healthy. I'm getting a lot... (more)

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Albert83BCN 0 · August 19, 2013 at 6:43 AM

It can get very complex so I'd just put it in a few words and you can dig more into the topic: do whatever you can to optimize your hormonal status, that's what you need to get a decent body composition over time. With good hormonal balance you... (more)

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by 1974 · about 24 hours ago

For everyone on here trying to lose weight, I thought it might be helpful to see some stories of people who managed to lose weight with a paleo diet. Every time I see a weight loss question asked, the responses are completely varied with some... (more)

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Bertusflow 0 · July 17, 2013 at 6:00 PM

I lost 35lbs since February. I went from 245 to 210. My body composition at my current weight of 210 is worlds better than when I weighed 190 a few years ago. That is in part due to Crossfit 4-5 times a week. I am far from the model Paleo... (more)

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by 10490 · about 24 hours ago

I know this is probably a pretty basic question, but unsurprisingly I'm not finding a lot of hard evidence on this. I know it probably varies a lot so I'm not wondering about the actual scientific testable answer, but about how you estimate it for... (more)

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Nvor 0 · May 31, 2013 at 9:24 PM

If it's something like an egg, or a sautee, where a good majority of the fat does go with the food onto the plate then I just accept the left over pan residue/puddle as part of the error bar. This is PROBABLY partially counteracted by the fact I... (more)

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by 413 · about 24 hours ago

Do you mainly log your stats from your desktop computer or using a mobile/tablet app? If mobile, are you doing so from an Apple product? Apologies for the seemingly irrelevant question. It is Paleo related, and will help all interested parties in... (more)

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Desmond 0 · April 12, 2013 at 9:16 PM

I use my iPhone and desktop computer. Probably equal amounts

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by 638 · about 24 hours ago

I have seen heaps of times, on this site in particular, where people say the online calorie calculators over estimate your calorie needs. I was using one for the past 4 weeks and I had it set at lose 1lb/500g per week. It tells me that at 5'4 and... (more)

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EnglishRose 0 · April 03, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Mine give my age and lack of exercise (BMR) is tiny - I think it was something like 1300 or 1500 just to stay the same weight and I eat much more than that. I don't think counting calories helps most women.It is not very natural. It is better to... (more)

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by 421 · about 24 hours ago

I suppose I should provide stats first.. Female, 17 yrs old, 5'3, 135 lbs, 34-28-36 I have two hours of softball practice 6x/ week, do relaxing yoga 2x/week, run 4-5 10 min miles 1-2x/week, and take a 45 min spin class at least once a week. I also... (more)

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BobK 0 · March 20, 2013 at 7:24 AM

Sydney- Of course your desire & decision to lose weight is yours..but based on your numbers it doesn't seem like you need to lose much fat. People talk about "losing weight" but the real objective should be to lose body fat & maintain or... (more)

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by 5 · about 24 hours ago

Do green and non starchy vegetables count towards daily Calorie intake? Including leafy veggies, broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, etc. Not carrots and roots or starches. I am wondering because i count calories and i always... (more)

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MathGirl72 0 · March 06, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Non-starchy veggies are actually very low in calories. Why are you counting calories? Are you wanting more veggies because you are hungry or bored? Do you binge on veggies? All of the questions need to be answered for you to determine which... (more)

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by 118 · about 24 hours ago

I didnt count today and ate plenty of healthy paleo foods, and felt great, less stress, and had an even better workout. I for once had ENERGY and ran faster longer and could lift more. I didnt feel like death after my workout, i had energy for the... (more)

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twochickadeez 0 · February 19, 2013 at 4:01 AM

Zombers, you will be just fine if you eat carbs and stop counting calories and macros. Eat healthy, don't restrict, and don't over-exercise and you will be fine. I think it's probably more important to figure out why you have been restricting... (more)

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by 694 · about 24 hours ago

New opinion article from the New York Times about how inaccurate the calorie counts on nutrition labels can be. In one item he tested, it measured almost twice the calories that was listed on the label. While this was not exactly scientific it... (more)

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juju 0 · February 14, 2013 at 9:08 AM

I am not surprised by the inaccuracy of anything the government regulates.

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by 25 · about 24 hours ago

Hello, I started the Paleo diet roughly 30 days ago. I am doing it to lose weight to try improve my PCOS symptoms. I am aiming to eat 1200-1300 Cals a day - which is 200/300 less than my calorie intake to stay the same weight. I am finding... (more)

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Pecan 0 · August 09, 2013 at 8:31 PM

On the days I don't eat chocolate or other raw deserts, I average about 1200 calories (coming mainly from meat, veg and berries). I feel good, I have plenty of energy and mental clarity and I'm not hungry. I reckon that's a pretty good metric for... (more)

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by 60 · about 24 hours ago

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... (more)

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Crowbar_1 0 · January 12, 2013 at 5:29 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... (more)

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by 1031 · about 24 hours ago

The Calories In / Calories Out (CICO) model is a frequent topic of discussion and disagreement here on PH and more widely. There are probably as many opponents as advocates of the model, and more heat than light generated by the discussions. The... (more)

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borofergie 0 · January 11, 2013 at 10:31 AM

The CICO is absolutely true, it has to be, the First Law of Thermodynamics says it must be true. That's why it's called a "Law". Nobody sensible disputes this, not even Gary Taubes. It's also almost entirely irrelevant: it tells you HOW people get... (more)

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by 121 · about 24 hours ago

EDIT: So I've tried to increase calories this past week, but I really feel full on my current amount of food. I've also been tracking nutrients, and according to Cron-O-Meter I'm hitting about 80% of my requirements, with mild deficits in... (more)

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Sunny_Beaches 0 · December 08, 2012 at 11:30 PM

Your metabolism is probably low right now to be on that number of calories and maintaining (or are you losing?). I'm sure you'll be getting comments about how your weight is "fine" but it is not just about the numbers. You're feeling run down,... (more)

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by 1974 · about 24 hours ago

I kept counting calories when I started paleo but a month into it, I realize that I lose weight while eating paleo, even when I eat way too many calories. I can eat oats and rice too with the same effect. If I cheat and eat wheat though, I weigh a... (more)

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Canis_Minor 0 · November 07, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Calories do matter, but there are several other considerations: effects of inflammation, water retention after carbohydrates and the individual effects of certain foods on your individual metabolism. Most people do experience a sudden drop in... (more)

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