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by 0 · December 23, 2013 at 3:51 AM

We are recommended to take slow release carbohydrates for a steady supply of energy e.g. greens, brocolly and so on. However I notice that these foods have very small carbohydrates and calorie counts e.g. 100 grams kale = 9 grams carbohydrate... (more)

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AxialGentleman 0 · December 23, 2013 at 3:51 AM

You're right, those vegetables aren't an effective source of energy. On the slow-carb diet, most of the carbohydrate calories come from beans and lentils. Vegetables are consumed for their other health benefits. Most people who eat paleo don't... (more)

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by 5 · September 16, 2014 at 8:12 PM

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 · September 16, 2014 at 8:11 PM

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 10480 · September 16, 2014 at 8:09 PM

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 140 · September 16, 2014 at 8:08 PM

Using an online calculator that I was directed to via a link on here, I worked out my base metabolic rate to be around 2300 calories daily. I do heavy resistance training around 4 times a week and on those days I consume around 2600 calories. On... (more)

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SUSTAINEDfitness 0 · August 11, 2013 at 3:58 AM

Online calculators say I should eat about 2600 kcal per day. Instead, I eat between 3500-4500 per day (I don't count on a daily basis, but when I do, that is what it always comes out to) and I am weight constant.

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by 0 · September 16, 2014 at 8:08 PM

I want to lose weight (5'5, 190lbs, F) for the last week that I've started I've purposely only had quite a small calorie deficit so I lose weight very slowly I know that sadly I'll have saggy boobs, more stretch marks all over the shop and skin... (more)

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Whitney_2 0 · May 08, 2013 at 9:37 PM

There's nothing inherently wrong with counting calories. The big difference I've experienced on Paleo is that I get to eat more of them because they are coming from quality sources. For reference: I am 5'7 and went from 215 lbs to 155-ish pounds... (more)

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by 413 · September 16, 2014 at 8:07 PM

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 · September 16, 2014 at 8:06 PM

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 · September 16, 2014 at 8:05 PM

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 · September 16, 2014 at 8:04 PM

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 0 · September 16, 2014 at 8:04 PM

I've been following a low carb paleo diet for about 3 and a half months now. But lately I've been restricting carbs a lot more and also tracking my caloric intake. I keep bingeing on junk food though, about once a week and it's a little out of... (more)

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Christina_13 0 · March 02, 2013 at 5:42 PM

I am in the same boat with you! I am doing the same thing (Low carb/Calorie restriction), and I feel those same cravings. I find it best to eat more often, just small meals of course, and then at night allow myself a very small banana (about 20g... (more)

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by 118 · September 16, 2014 at 8:03 PM

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 · September 16, 2014 at 8:03 PM

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 · September 16, 2014 at 8:02 PM

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 5 · September 16, 2014 at 8:02 PM

I wasn't counting any calories for a while until one day I was thinking about the amount of food I eat (low starch veggies mainly, meats and eggs with limited berries) and I thought I was pretty low. I did count calories for a usual meal an for... (more)

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UncleLongHair 0 · January 24, 2013 at 2:13 AM

When I was 6' 230# and first went paleo, my appetite decreased (due I think to the combination of low carb and burning some fat) and I was eating about 1100-1300 calories per day. I was counting them religiously on fitday.com for a few weeks. In... (more)

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by 60 · September 16, 2014 at 8:01 PM

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 · September 16, 2014 at 8:01 PM

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 5 · September 16, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Hi! My name's Amanda. I'm 22 years old, 5'5 and weight 144 currently. Halfway through November I did the 30 day Paleo challenge and had great results! I lost 10lbs and got down to 140lbs. But after the 30 days ended, almost instantly I plateaued... (more)

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borofergie 0 · December 31, 2012 at 10:33 AM

"Am I not giving everything enough time to start working? Should I just be patient?" Yup, that's more or less it. I think you're making the following mistakes: Using the wrong metrics The only real measure of weight loss is how your clothes... (more)

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by 121 · September 16, 2014 at 7:59 PM

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 325 · September 16, 2014 at 7:59 PM

Hi everyone, I've been paleo/primal now for almost a month (took a break around Thanksgiving) and have gone through the initial blah phase. For the most part I'm feeling really good and not missing the starches and empty calories I used to... (more)

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Michael_1 0 · December 05, 2012 at 1:46 AM

I was never 300lbs, so take my answer with a grain of salt. But I do know that there were times were I was "in the groove" and not hungry at low calorie levels. I had success riding that wave. However, I have a few caveats. (1) I'd suggest to... (more)

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by 1974 · September 16, 2014 at 7:57 PM

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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by 157 · September 16, 2014 at 7:56 PM

Hi to all! I would like your help in order to create a diet consiting of meals worth 800 calories!I workout 3 days a week and rest 4!When I rest I am strict,VLC paleo and when I workout I consume about 150gr of carbs,mainly rice or potatoes,in my... (more)

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SlimIcy 0 · October 24, 2012 at 1:41 PM

4 eggs and 6 strips of bacon @ 70 calories each = 700 calories. Throw in 100 calories of veggies sauteed in the bacon grease and you're all set.

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by 3280 · September 16, 2014 at 7:56 PM

I believe that protein & carbs is 4 calories / gram (28g/ounce X 4 = 112 calories/ounce). I believe that fat is 9 calories / gram (28g/ounce X 9 = 252 calories/ounce). I purchased 10 ounces of bacon & eggs & some tator-tots at the... (more)

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Matt_11 0 · October 18, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Water has no calories and food is mostly water, so yes, you have to take into account water content. If you want to count calories, use a calorie counting website like: cronometer.com, paleotrack.com, loseit.com, etc...

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by 129 · September 16, 2014 at 7:55 PM

Hi everyone, I'm breaking a handful of rules here, but anyway. I am considering counting and tracking my intake. As a 6ft male, could I eat a mainly paleo diet on around 1400kcal daily NET (so I would eat more if I worked out that day). Does... (more)

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Varelse 0 · October 06, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Calorie restriction AND IF? And you are a six foot tall male and considering 1400kcal a day? That does sound a bit mad. You need more calories.

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by 748 · September 16, 2014 at 7:52 PM

Okay I am curious to what fellow Paleo's out there think about the idea of negative calorie foods? When counting calories, can I count everything EXCEPT live raw foods such as baby carrots, grape tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, jicama, etc? I'm... (more)

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arugula 0 · August 23, 2012 at 6:23 PM

This doesn't answer your question but calorie counting is just so maddening for me. I had hit a weight plateau last year and my usual paleo practices (keto, pushing more weights) weren't budging the inches off my waist and other parts. Then I... (more)