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Created September 28, 2012 at 6:16 PM

I've een on the paleo diet for about 4 months now and have had nothing but great results, i'm twenty years old, 145 lbs and about 8 - 9% body fat... and despite eating 5 eggs, 4 strips of bacon, sausage, and a banana for breakfast, I always get hungry about two and a half hours later. Is there something else I should be eating, or should I just increase the amount of food? I ride my bike to work every day and exercise on average 2.5 hours a day on top of that.

Thanks in advance!!

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3280 · October 18, 2012 at 3:04 PM

btw, for anyone that's curious: you consumed 770 calories, 25g protein, 2g carb, and 74g fat. I totally agree that unless I get enough fat & protein for breakfast, I'm hungry and all day and make terrible decisions.

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125 · October 01, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Banana is a very high glycemic fruit.

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717 · September 28, 2012 at 10:20 PM

One banana is going to cause a blood sugar spike in a healthy person who works out 2.5 hours every day?

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1774 · September 28, 2012 at 10:05 PM

don't be afraid to go high carb either - i never feel full on fat. protein definitely helps. best of luck!

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125 · September 28, 2012 at 6:56 PM

It's the banana. Too high in fructose, will make your blood sugar spike. Replace it with something else.

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717 · September 28, 2012 at 10:20 PM

One banana is going to cause a blood sugar spike in a healthy person who works out 2.5 hours every day?

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125 · October 01, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Banana is a very high glycemic fruit.

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24538 · September 28, 2012 at 7:18 PM

I've found in the past that both bananas and eggs actually spike my hunger, if I want to stay full I need a chunk of meat. Have you tried a quick pan fried steak for breakfast?

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20 · September 28, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Thanks for all of your answers everyone! Definitely going to try a pan fried steak tomorrow, and I'll leave out the banana for a little while and see how I feel as well.

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1774 · September 28, 2012 at 10:05 PM

don't be afraid to go high carb either - i never feel full on fat. protein definitely helps. best of luck!

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48 · September 28, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Agreed, that was my first thought was the banana. Fruit of any type, even berries, seem to really increase my hunger.

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105 · September 28, 2012 at 7:46 PM

I would have to agree that the banana is probably the culprit. I used to have one in the AM, and then switched to berries, and finally realized, I will be hungry very shortly after my meal in the morning if it includes more than a couple of carbs/sugars (I get a couple from my heavy cream). Of course, everyone is different, but try cutting the banana and see how you do.

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1186 · October 18, 2012 at 3:26 PM

In the past I would always wake up with not much appetite and eat breakfast anyway.... I would be ravenously hungry a couple hours later. Didn't seem to matter what kind of breakfast it was.

Now I generally skip breakfast altogether, apart from one rich coffee with some high fat cream or coconut oil. I really don't start to get hungry at all until lunchtime. 3-5 hours after awakening.

Then I ran across this: http://www.leangains.com/2012/06/why-does-breakfast-make-me-hungry.html

A relief to know that skipping breakfast maybe isn't so 'bad' after all? Food for thought, but not for everyone I'm sure.

Intermittent fasting in general makes sense to me as a time to let the stomach shut down, so the digestive system isn't always working on something new.

Other than that I would say if you need two breakfasts, then eat two breakfasts! And I agree with those who said to skip the banana. Starchy, sugary, highly modified...I would eat them sparingly.

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1173 · October 18, 2012 at 2:50 PM

those foods will all digest fairly quickly...maybe try adding some sauteed veggies or greens to slow the gastric emptying?

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594 · October 18, 2012 at 1:06 PM

If you like coffee, try Bulletproof Coffee. I'm a recent convert, drinking it every morning so far this week, and love the stuff. About .5 L of coffee, 50-75 grams of unsalted butter and a couple tablespoons of coconut oil. Fills you right up and gives you great energy throughout the day. So maybe take out the banana and add in the bulletproof coffee? Could be worth a try. Here's a link to the recipe: http://www.bulletproofexec.com/how-to-make-your-coffee-bulletproof-and-your-morning-too/.

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1974 · October 18, 2012 at 1:03 PM

I excercise a lot like you and also get hungry a couple hours after breakfast. I personally don't think cutting out carbs is the answer... Come on, it's fruit, not cookies. I eat a second breakfast every day and at 5'8 (female) I weigh 128 pounds which is a slender/healthy weight for me. I would eat as you are hungry instead of cutting plants from your diet and tricking your body into being full...

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20 · October 18, 2012 at 12:42 PM

As everyond said here, try to remove the banana.

BUT... also add fat (butter) to your eggs. I usually add 1 tablespoon for each egg. So usually 4 eggs with 4 tablespoons of butter.

That's at 8/9am. Then I only feel hungry again at around 2/3pm.

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3280 · October 18, 2012 at 3:04 PM

btw, for anyone that's curious: you consumed 770 calories, 25g protein, 2g carb, and 74g fat. I totally agree that unless I get enough fat & protein for breakfast, I'm hungry and all day and make terrible decisions.

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499 · September 28, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Keeping in mind that everyone is different, what works for me if I'm still hungry after a meal, is to eat a tablespoon of kerrygold butter. Gives more fat to satisfy me and tastes great! Hope this helps!

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