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Another Calorie Topic. Please help. Need advice.

by 0 · February 28, 2014 at 02:04 AM

Hey folks. Recently went Paleo two days ago. I am a 23 year old male, 5'7, 150 pounds. Hardly any muscle. (Don't work out yet) Going to do weights soon though. However since the two days I have dropped 3 pounds. I am not really in this to lose weight... I love the idea and staying away from sugar and tons of carbs. I am really worried because I look like a twig. I had some shakyness this morning, and I am having some bowel issues. I suffer from anxiety and panic attacks so it could have been that. I just feel shaky and I am squirtin like the fountain of david. I do eat a lot of fruit and veggies. I have meat with every meal and I soak it all in olive oil. Here's the thing. I am getting like 800 calories a day. How the hell does someone eat this much? They say I should be getting 1,800 calories about WITHOUT exercise. This is what I had yesterday... chipotle burrito bowl (500 cals about) Handful of nuts, a banana, an apple, then I had some sliced turkey (applegate farms) cooked a meal, for dinner I had Mahi mahi (fish) a whole avocado on the side, lemons, kale, broccoli, a can of spinach, a side of blueberries/strawberries. I try and go all organic. I looked at the calories on the fish... like 100 calories. Serious? So by the end of the night I was at about 800 calories. I am NEVER hungry so I have to force myself to eat. Seems like to get my calorie amount I have to eat a meal at least every 2 hours. I am really confused... I feel good off and on... I wake up and feel lightheaded and I have an apple and have to walk around. Can someone help me out here? I am also afraid I will get too much protein. I need some kind of meal plan... Even if I ate the same thing everyday. Thanks so much.

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0 · February 28, 2014 at 02:04 AM

I totally agree with the others that you are probably waaaay off on your counts. Personally I follow the meal template that is suggested on the whole30. Half the plate veggies, meat, healthy fat, a little fruit on the side. If you eat like that consistently you'll get all your nutrients and just adjust the portions to your hunger, activity level and weight desires.

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45 · February 27, 2014 at 04:22 PM

I used to have this problem too... fat makes me feel really full really fast, and even before I did paleo, it only took a few bites of food to suddenly feel satiated.

What I suggest is that every day, plan out 3 solid meals in your head, and make sure to think about what the protein, fat and carbs will be in each meal. Then roughly estimate the calories and make sure it comes out to whatever it is you are aiming for.

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40588 · February 27, 2014 at 02:00 PM

You ought to measure and count your food properly. Just my estimate (I've logged and tracked my food for years) of what you ate without knowing quantities: burrito bowl (800 calories), "handful" of nuts (200-300 calories), banana (120 calories), apple (100 calories), sliced turkey (80 calories), fish (150 calories), spinach (50 calories), avocado (300 calories), various other veggies (150 calories), a "side" of berries (100 calories), you soak things in olive oil (300 calories at least)… for a total of… 2150 calories estimated, nearly 3 times your 800 calorie estimate!

Buy a kitchen scale, use a tracking website… it's not hard. It's not time consuming. You obviously don't know how much you're really eating.

Also, drastic changes in diet are NEVER well tolerated. Make any change gradually.

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15 · February 26, 2014 at 10:10 PM

First of all, I wouldn't worry too much about it yet. It's only been two days. Give your body time to adjust. Your body might be in shock after going from SAD to paleo. In the long run, it will be healthy even if you feel lowsy for a few days/weeks.

Make sure to count the calories of the oil you cook in and soak your meat in. Sometimes people forget to count that. That may be why you seem to be having so few calories.

As someone who used to struggle with panic attacks and anxiety as well, I can tell you that going paleo will help you immensely. Eliminating sugar and caffeine from your diet will solve this problem most of the time.

Regarding your bowels, it could be that you're still adjusting to the diet and gut flora is not accustomed to what you're eating yet. With me, I have to thoroughly cook all my vegetables. Raw veggies do not sit well with me. Try that and see if it helps.

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225 · February 26, 2014 at 10:00 PM

Maybe your not counting properly... 500 from the burrito and everything else you ate was only 300??

You may want to consider plugging what you eat into something like: cronometer.com,paleotracker.com,myfitnesspal.com,ect..(many more)

It's very common for people to miss count their calories.

maybe when you wake up and are lightheaded it is because your blood pressure doesn't get high enough. (lack of cortisol?? No clue, I'm not a doctor)

I eat 3 meals a day and can easily hit 2,000 calories. If I actively try to consume as much as possible I imagine I could hit 2,500-3000 no problem. Again I imagine you're just not counting properly.

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