I have been eating Paleo since before Thanksgiving. (Except for my morning coffee which I just can't give up!!) I work out at Crossfit 4-5 times per week and play tennis another 2+ times per week. My question is - is anyone else always hungry? I have protein at every meal but can snack all through the day. I do keep my snacking to veggies, nuts or fruit but is this the norm?
true story. similar activity level. Doesn't matter the amount of food I eat, I am always hungry. I've done the 72oz steak challenge in 45mins and ate again an hour later.
Your activity level sounds really high, Lynn. Up the fat intake. The hunger sounds like the frequent Crossfit / beginning-paleo situation. Saute veggies in fat, get fattier cuts of meat, drizzle everything in olive oil if you have to. Starch like sweet potato post-workout (no fat post-workout). Energy deficit from your activity could lead to higher cortisol levels, which could be the culprit if you're having issues with the last few pounds as Shari mentioned above. Good luck.
Yes. I also struggle with this but for different reasons. I am trying to maintain a weight that my body clearly doesn't like though so I attribute my hunger mostly to this. I can't eat enough to eliminate hunger and maintain my weight. (I should add however that I used to be morbidly obese so my body's a little wonky and far from typical.)
For you though I guess I'd suggest you play around with the most likely suspect, fat. Add more. If that doesn't work maybe more protein is in order? Try adding CO first as that seems to be more "forgiving" than other fats.
On second thought we may not be hungry for different reasons? I just read your comment about the last 5 lbs. You may think your body has another 5 lbs to lose but your body may not agree. That will cause some hunger right there. For this situation I have no answer. If you find one please let me know.
I work out at Crossfit 4-5 times per week and play tennis another 2+ times per week.
There's your answer right there. You have a tremendously high activity level.
Update: Sean just beat me to it!
Lynn, you didn't mention what eating pattern you changed from, whether you are relatively lean or have excess body fat and how much fat you're eating.
For many who are fairly new to ancestral eating, it helps to start the day with a meal that includes plenty of both protein and fat. Your carb additions may vary based on your level of body fat, metabolic patterns, activity, etc.
My answer to your question is No. I'm usually done eating for the day by about 5 pm and don't eat again until 10am-noon. I exercise in a fasted state and suffer no hunger. However, I have more than adequate fat stores to release and burn--if you don't, you may simply need to eat more nourishing food when you're hungry. If you have plenty of stored energy and no known metabolic issues, you could be feeling emotional eating possibly related to past consumption of processed carbs.
Hope you find a more comfortable food mix soon!
Lynn, How many calories are you having? When I first switched to paleo, I was not eating enough calories.
Edit: a few days of a sample diet plus goals(lose fat, add muscle,improve performance,etc.) would be really helpful.
For me I find myself always hungry if I"m eating a lot of sugary carbs. fruits. Sweet potatoes and Plantains don't seem to do it as bad. If I cheat and have some raisins my appetite goes crazy. Carbs in general can drive my appetite but fruits have the biggest affect.
Sounds like you are not eating enough carbs for such a high activity level. No, veggies don't count, eat something denser in the carb department. There seems to be this general trend on here with crossfitters decreasing their carbs more and more and bumping up their activity at the same time. Like putting less and less gas into your car's tank at each station yet trying to cover greater distances each time. I don't get why people like burning themselves out. You want to prevent spiking your cortisol further and other stuff which steers you away from your goals, so eat up them carbs.
If your weight is stable, the fact that you are eating so much is fine, right?
I'm perhaps slightly broken metabolically, so my experience is that eating begets hunger. But also that if I'm hungry, all I need to do is get distracted by anything and the hunger goes away for a while. So if you do want to eat less, you might try IF. Wake up late, head straight into your day and be busy and distracted, and then you can eat a moderate lunch, stopping when you've eaten the right amount. If you're still hungry, know that even if you ate more you'd still be hungry, so might as well stop. Again if your day is busy you may be able to make it to dinner. Eat a big but not huge dinner and brush your teeth (or the primal equivalent!) right away so you won't be tempted to snack. If you do eat only twice per day, make sure to eat enough.
Anyway, that's what I do and it keeps my caloric intake reasonable. Frankly, I feel less hungry this way, since more eating just makes me want to eat yet more.
n=1, but hope this helps.