Calorie Restriction

Calorie Restriction

Calorie Restriction Questions

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by 2302 · about 6 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 6 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 7 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 103 · about 7 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 25 · about 7 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 121 · about 7 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 25 · about 7 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 384 · about 7 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 7 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 145 · about 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 8 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 6087 · about 8 hours ago

Are the hormonal benefits of fasting shut off with any kind of caloric intake? If I eat an apple during my fast, am I making the whole fast pointless or only slightly reversing its effects? How about a cucumber?

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Ambimorph 0 · November 01, 2011 at 7:48 PM

There are plenty of studies showing that alternate-day calorie restriction gives comparable benefits to alternate-day fasting or every day caloric restriction. For example, Improvements in LDL particle size and distribution by short-term alternate... (more)

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by 55 · about 8 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 25 · October 23, 2014 at 4:15 AM

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 55 · October 23, 2014 at 4:12 AM

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 15 · October 23, 2014 at 4:00 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 5 · October 23, 2014 at 3:39 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 · October 23, 2014 at 3:38 AM

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 1304 · October 23, 2014 at 3:33 AM

I have read a lot about intermittent fasting and I have tried it a few times, but I am still a little skeptical about it. Obviously if I skip meals and don't make up the calories elsewhere I will lose weight. Is there really an additional benefit... (more)

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Jeff__1 0 · March 20, 2012 at 1:19 AM

Part of it can be thought of like exercise for your liver. In people who eat every 3 hrs, their ability to redulate blood sugar (via gluconeogenesis) can be pretty bad, and that's why they turn into lunatics if they can't get food constantly.... (more)

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by 10255 · October 23, 2014 at 3:25 AM

i came across this blog in the comments section for the linked article the blogger wrote Autophagy is an ongoing process that declines with age, it doesn???t really turn on or off. But you can ???increase??? function, which can help people... (more)

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raydawg 0 · November 29, 2011 at 3:02 PM

Far as I understand, (and I'm a sysadmin/programmer, not a bio-med guy) is that autophagy removes the excess junk proteins within the cells as well as dead cells and forces apoptosis in marginal cells. The removal of triglycerides from fat cells... (more)

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by 580 · October 23, 2014 at 3:13 AM

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 · October 23, 2014 at 3:13 AM

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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