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by 2302 · about 14 hours ago

To start, I am about 5'11", 190 lbs, maybe 10%-12% bf. Wondering if calorie restriction on rest days might effect muscle building? My schedule has been going something like this: - Sunday: heavy weights, ~3000 calories - Monday: morning... (more)

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manley0702 0 · March 04, 2014 at 11:07 PM

I would think it would be extremely difficult to gain much muscle if you're only eating 1,000 kcals on days where your muscles are healing and looking to grow. I don't think kcals play as big of a role as keeping protein to 1g per bodyweight (or... (more)

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by 0 · September 29, 2014 at 4:06 AM

I'm trying to figure out if counting vegetable calories are even worth it. I eat about 1500 cal a day and I'd like to cut it down to about 1350. But I look back at my food and it is all SO incredibly healthy, and almost completely paleo, as... (more)

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RonBurgundy 0 · February 17, 2014 at 7:43 AM

Try it and see.

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by 25 · about 14 hours ago

Hi, I am just coming back to a more strict paleo diet after about 4 months off. On these months off I had rice, potato, bread etc maybe 4 times a week. I also upped my dairy intake, drank diet sodas and wine. I gained 4 or so pounds... (more)

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Janknitz 0 · October 08, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Don't forget the other things that help target "low carb flu"--make sure you're getting good levels of sodium (bone broth with salt is a great way) and potassium (avocados have plenty), and drink plenty of fluids. The bone broth is great for... (more)

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by 1353 · about 14 hours ago

Firstly, I am not restricting calories either on purpose nor very much. However I have found it difficult to eat enough calories since I've been on paleo. I under-eat by around 500-1000 calories a day typically given my activity level. Lately I... (more)

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Matt_11 0 · October 05, 2013 at 2:06 PM

You say you're not "overtraining" but your injuries suggest otherwise.

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by 0 · about 14 hours ago

Hey everyone! I need some advice. I keep reading differing answers to the questions I have. Here are my goals: -lose 20 lbs -tone -gain strength -not go crazy being rigid -shorten time spent in gym -I want to have this be a lifestyle, not a... (more)

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Allison_14 0 · August 25, 2013 at 1:29 AM

Your seem to be working out way too much, especially cardio. Workouts ARE stressors. If you strength train too much or do too much cardio, you create cortisol in your body, which will inhibit your weightloss. Moreover, too much cardio will negate... (more)

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by 55 · about 14 hours ago

I'm writing to ask for some help with my diet. I'm 40 years old, 5'6', fairly active and strong and fit but not lean...at about 135 lbs and I'd like to lose 15 or so. I maintain an almost daily 2-hour Ashtanga yoga practice (with lots of strength... (more)

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Allison_10 0 · July 20, 2013 at 8:25 AM

maybe you're exercising too much. because of that almost daily 2 hour yoga and the occasional weight training or whatever you're doing, your body is probably holding onto the fat for energy. do your yoga only a COUPLE of times a week... give your... (more)

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by 88 · about 14 hours ago

My question is relevant to eating at a calorie deficit- I recently had put on a small amount of extra fat, and wanted to lean out to my previous levels. So I decreased my calories, (I track them for now) in a zig-zag approach, eating some high... (more)

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juju 0 · May 15, 2013 at 5:16 PM

I asked a similar question: http://paleohacks.com/questions/130176/how-does-too-few-calories-lead-to-weight-gain#axzz2TMMneNf3 (more)

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by 103 · about 14 hours ago

Hi 'all, I'm not an expert so please forgive me if this is a dumb question for some reason. Here's Something that confuses me about fat loss. Let's say you have someone who is active to the point that (near) total glycogen depletion is a common... (more)

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Pat_13 0 · May 06, 2013 at 11:43 PM

In your question you wrote "has an overall calorie deficit." Regardless of where the calories come from, if you are at a deficit you will lose weight. I don't get what you are saying about fat intake being higher than the bodies needs. If one is... (more)

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by 2022 · about 14 hours ago

I have been trying to lose a bit of weight for awhile now (around 10 lbs). I've been paleo for over a year and have lost about 10 pounds (though, really hard to tell since my weight fluctuates so much). I started paleo at 152 and I am now at 139.... (more)

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Rea 0 · March 26, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Juicing the low-sugar veggies like celery parsley and greens, less of the sweet things like carrots, might be a good place to start. Have 1 or more of 'liquid only' days per week, include broth, teas, and then reintroduce solids with a clean... (more)

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by 0 · about 14 hours ago

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 25 · about 14 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 15 · September 27, 2014 at 3:49 AM

I'm 18 years old, female, 160 lbs, 22% body fat. I started Paleo last summer and I've gradually become more strict with it. I started at 190 lbs and I've hit a plateau which I've been plateaued for at least 3 months. I haven't been losing weight... (more)

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Tribal_Warrior 0 · January 26, 2013 at 10:12 PM

This one is real simple. Your working out way too much.

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by 25 · September 24, 2014 at 3:53 AM

Hello. I have been on the Paleo diet for 35 days. I lost 6 pounds in the first week or two but since then I have remained the same weight. I am currently doing quite a strict version of the diet. So no dairy, caffeine, starchy foods, no... (more)

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Stphane_2 0 · January 23, 2013 at 7:47 PM

Hi Siobhan, Looks like you are experiencing a "stall", which is common. I think it would be very difficult for anyone to analyze your specific situation and find THE answer. But in an attempt to be helpful, might I suggest a return to the basics,... (more)

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by 121 · about 14 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 748 · September 29, 2014 at 3:47 AM

I have tried to do the potato diet recently but the potatoes plain after a day or two really are just nasty. This is VERY weird for me to say because I LOVE potatoes, but unless there's a little flavor to them I can't eat them. My question is,... (more)

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by 13 · about 14 hours ago

I am eating paleo because I have a bit of weight to lose (about 10 pounds) and want to eat apropriately for my body and get the most nutrition in a lesser amount of calories. I would prefer to lose the weight as soon as possible, so am wondering... (more)

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UncleLongHair 0 · October 21, 2012 at 9:54 PM

I was 6' 228# when I first went Paleo and I found that a low-carb Paleo diet really reduced my appetite, to the point that I was eating about 1200-1300 calories per day and really was not that hungry. I didn't feel deprived at all, in fact was... (more)

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by 25 · about 14 hours ago

Hi Guys, It seems like calorie restriction is well accepted to strengthen the immune system and to improve longevity. Does this mean that eating with a calorie surplus to add muscle mass is bad for you?... especially over the long term? After... (more)

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April_S_ 0 · August 31, 2012 at 8:41 AM

First of all, calorie restriction may not be all it's cracked up to be: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1474-9726.2009.00533.x/pdf "Eating with a calorie surplus to add muscle mass" is in no way bad for you, especially if you do it... (more)

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by 75 · about 14 hours ago

Been tracking calories the past three months. I've lost ten pounds-ish. From 199 to 188. Not complaining, I'm well on my way to my goal of 180-185 with 12% bodyfat But not really understanding why it's happening - according to my data, I should... (more)

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DePaw 0 · August 03, 2012 at 11:49 PM

Calories are measured by burning foods in a container and measuring the heat it produces. We don't get our energy like this, we have a metabolism which is controlled by calories. If insulin is excess weight will be lost. IF improves insulin... (more)

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by 384 · about 14 hours ago

This kind of hits upon the question of is a calorie really a calorie. Several people in the Paleosphere have claimed that they maintain a healthy body (weight, and bf%) while eating large numbers of calories per day. Bulletproof exec claims 4000... (more)

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CD 0 · July 27, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Ultimately you need a caloric deficit to loose weight. Now it's not as simple as calories in - calories out.... Digestion is a big player, if you get a lot of your calories from fluids (like beer and coke) your body absorbs those calories easily... (more)

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by 45 · about 14 hours ago

Looking for suggestions on what a reasonable amount of calories would be to consume while doing Crossfit 5-ish times a week. I'm a lean-ish (12& bodyfat at 116-118 lb.) female and I'm currently consuming around 1300 calories a day, with around... (more)

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miked_2 0 · July 10, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Calories don't matter (I know I'll get downvotes for that, but that's the truth). You need to make sure you're eating enough food that provides you with the energy to do what you want without catabolizing your body. The only way to know that... (more)

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by 2393 · September 29, 2014 at 3:37 AM

I looked around for the answer but couldn't find anything on this site. So this should hopefully just be a quick question. If I was going to do IF from 4pm until 9am the next day, would I still try and get my normal amount of calories in for the... (more)

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JB_Primal 0 · August 05, 2012 at 5:54 AM

IF does not necessarily have to be restrictive in calories. There are plenty of benefits of doing an 18-20 fast then still eating your normal calories during the feeding window. One of the main benefits is autophagy, or the catabolism of degraded... (more)

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by 5 · September 29, 2014 at 3:34 AM

I've tried IF with a low-carb diet (no fruit, no grains) to shrink my love handles and the little belly fat I have. I'm "skinny fat" male, my height is 5'8" (174 cm.), my weight is 139 lbs. (63 kg.). I'm at 21% fat, very few muscles. I've been... (more)

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Rob_20 0 · May 27, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Stressing over cortisol raises cortisol.

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by 35 · about 14 hours ago

I have been playing around with intermittent fasting for the past two years, and have noticed that when I have been fasting for long periods (19+ hours), and also when I have not been fasting but instead have spent a couple of days limiting... (more)

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Domtx008 0 · May 17, 2012 at 6:24 PM

notice this as well, especially in the mornings walking up the stairs in a fasted state.

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by 145 · about 14 hours ago

So question, might interest the younger more vanity driven guys and gals out there.. We know that a combo of Low cortisol/Heavy Lifting/Light cardio/Kcal Restriction can get you lean I am a paleo eater of 25 years old. Follow the above with a... (more)

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MrsD 0 · May 07, 2012 at 1:58 PM

A lot of people seem to have very good results with the leangains protocol. Check out the pics on the website. You might go up in the scales but should definately be more muscular with a lower percentage bodyfat. If you are actually 10-12% as a... (more)

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by 1320 · about 14 hours ago

It maybe my misunderstanding, but so many people on this board give advice to eat with no regard to their total caloric intake. Much of this advice is based on a book called, 'Good Calories, Bad Calories' by Gary Taubes. The NY times review... (more)

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Talldog 0 · May 01, 2012 at 9:57 PM

I'm a strong advocate of not counting calories, because your body has a built in mechanism for maintaining a specific fat level: leptin. The hormone leptin wasn't discovered until 1994--just 18 years ago--so there's plenty of conventional diet... (more)