Calorie Restriction

Calorie Restriction

Calorie Restriction Questions

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by 2302 · about 10 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 · about 10 hours ago

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 1353 · about 10 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 88 · about 10 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 10 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 10 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 25 · about 10 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 · about 10 hours ago

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 · about 10 hours ago

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 748 · about 10 hours ago

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 25 · about 10 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 10 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 45 · about 10 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 · about 10 hours ago

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 1320 · about 11 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)

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by 5509 · about 11 hours ago

For the first time in ages, I went today without a binge (knock on wood, there is still time before tomorrow). Unfortunately, I can binge on ANYTHING and could binge on 3/4 of whole chicken, bag of vegetables, all downed in a stick of butter and... (more)

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Amanda_12 0 · March 25, 2012 at 1:50 AM

I found the longer I was on paleo, the less I felt like binging. Wheat (and other grains, I believe) is an appetite stimulant, so when you cut it out, then your appetite will decrease. I no longer have any desire to binge. I used to think I had a... (more)

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by 3690 · about 11 hours ago

From listening to podcasts/talks, I heard, at some point, Matt Lalonde talking about a lowish-than normal protein intake on some days, and then super high-protein intakes on other days, (weekends for example.), which is eventually going to promote... (more)

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Anondson 0 · February 17, 2013 at 5:57 AM

Keifer's series on intermittent fasting covers much of the ground here, but part 3 tackles the issue the most direct. http://www.dangerouslyhardcore.com/1425/intermittent-fasting-part-3-go-eat-yourself/ (more)

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by 1683 · about 11 hours 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 55 · about 11 hours ago

It seems like no matter what I do I just keep gaining! I went Paleo (again) 6 weeks ago and am heavier than ever. I haven't had any sugar, grains, or dairy, or even stevia! Alot of coconut though, in all its forms, oil, milk, and cream. Some... (more)

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Kamal 0 · July 26, 2011 at 12:08 AM

First of all, cool screen name. Second of all, have you tried laying off the coconut? It is easy to overconsume palatable fats. In place of such fat, you might try starches with a little bit of fat to taste. Parsnip fries, cauliflower rice, and... (more)

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by 580 · about 11 hours ago

I think the maintenance calorie discussion as well as looking for optimal guidelines can be frustrating, since everybody has a different body type, metabolism etc. There probably isn't a clear cut "bodyweight multiple" that would work for... (more)

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ben61820 0 · May 24, 2011 at 1:13 PM

I have often thought about that, too: with say one or 1.5 hours of compound lifting (backsquat, DL, press, OH press, etc) what is the calorie burn. I would add that I'm not doing it FOR the calorie burn, as I"m actually looking to gain weight, so... (more)

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by 1048 · about 11 hours ago

I don't completely buy the calories in, calories out mind set but I am debating caloric restriction as a means to help push me out of a plateau that I think may be due to me either eating maintenance calories or slightly excess. Q: Does anyone... (more)

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Kaz 0 · May 20, 2011 at 9:14 PM

I'm not educated in medicine, so this is strictly from personal experience with short-term caloric reduction. While the restricting phase of my eating disorder was the most short-lived portion of it, it was where I lost all of my weight. I was... (more)

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by 9948 · about 11 hours ago

This study looked at CRONies Calorie Restriction Optimal Nutrition Society members who restrict calories by 25% and also looked at CR rodents. The rodents are able to extend life span by 25 to 50 percent. The CRONies expect to live past... (more)

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Ed 0 · May 14, 2011 at 2:50 AM

The consensus from this related previous thread is that intermittent fasting gives you the metabolic benefits of CR without the side effects of apathy and low libido pointed out by LadyAdmin. Also, from my answer in this thread, cutting carbs... (more)

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by 2949 · about 11 hours ago

I've never been into counting calories as there are so many more important factors (ie- carb count, quality of food, etc) and I lost 50 lbs a couple years ago just by eating under 20 grams of carbs a day. Since switching from low-carb to paleo, I... (more)

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Aaron_B_ 0 · May 06, 2011 at 3:08 PM

You may need to lower calories, but not by lowering calories. Huh? The point is, the number of calories you eat is a symptom of the hormonal stuff that's going on in your body, far more than it's a cause. If your body wants X calories for the... (more)

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by 6433 · about 11 hours ago

After consuming a high O6 diet my entire life, I'm trying to run through my body's stored PUFA. So my question is, if you are aware that you will be eating food deep fried in O6 vegetable oils (social pressure!), would caloric restriction/fasting... (more)

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Sandy_Soto 0 · June 09, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Stay away from all vegetable oils. Cook everything in either coconut oil or butter. Take a tablespoon or two of coconut oil straight up - it supports your thyroid and also saturated fat protects against PUFAs. Opt for root vegetables over above... (more)

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by 0 · October 30, 2014 at 4:57 AM

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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