Since I stopped eating bread and other grains, like one month ago, i'm losing too much weight. I was a vegetarian my whole life, but start eating meat (chicken and fish) when I noticed that it was going to fast.
I don't need to lose weight, I just want to eat healthy. My BMI is around 18 (so too low). I'm not used eating a lot in one time, I eat 3 'big' meals a day and in between 'snacks' so I eat every 2-3 hours something. I tried eating more in the big meals, but I get really nauseous.
So what kind of food can help me gaining a bit more weight again, or at least stop losing it. And I'm not talking about quantity.
Thanks a lot!
Include starchy foods in your diet. White rice (plain), potatoes, yams, squashes, and the like. Eat more fats. Diversify your animal proteins. And an 18 BMI isn't "too low", IMO, you just don't need to go any lower.
EDIT: I asked a similar question last year Hack my "Over" weight loss, you may find some helpful suggestions!
I have the exact same problem. After having a jelly belly for almost 20 years since I was a teenager, I started eating Paleo in early Janurary and I've gone from 183 to 161.5 lbs this morning. It's too much now - although I enjoy the size 30 jeans. I started adding in sweet potatoes 3 days ago and more fruits. It's too early to tell if it's working yet, but even in the last 3 days I've lost another 2.5 pounds. Basically, you need to eat more of everything and/or you can add some slow digesting starches and carbs to put the brakes on.
Adding fat could help. Cook in coconut oil, add butter to veggies, eat fattier meats, chicken with the skin (dark meat instead of white).
Either that or back some of the carbs you lost by giving up grains, try a sweet potato, white potato or white rice.
Better yet, do both! Butter on rice or sweet potato, etc. Best thing to do is eat more high calorie density food.
The other idea is to reverse engineer the weight loss advice. For example, people are told to cut back on fruit, nuts or cheese. So, go ahead and eat those.
Obviously, if you don't do dairy or rice or white potato (never know how orthodox anyone is) then ignore those aspects.
If you're not showing abs then you're not losing too much fat, though you might be low on lean body mass. If you want to put on more lean body mass you will need to lift weights. If you are showing abs, and for some reason don't want to, then you just have to eat more.
Also, make sure to up your fat intake. My husband had a problem with losing too much weight on a low carb diet before because he was not consuming adequate quantities of fat. Many people switch over and still retain a bit of the "low-fat" mentality.
Eat more fat! Use plenty of coconut oil, ghee, butter or add olive oil or macadamia oil to your meals! Avocado, guacamole and olives are also good ways to add more fat to your diet. You can also make a homemade mayonnaise with healthy oils.
If you are having problems with glucose fluctuations when you eat starchy food, it may be a good idea to carry on keeping clear of it.
It seems that chicken and fish just aint doing it for you though. Probably not enough fat. Start eating beef, lamb and pork. Pick fatty cuts of meat (they tend to be cheaper).
Coconut milk* (if you can handle it) is about the only thing that will put weight on me. Drink some, late in the evening. Have a couple of raw eggs with it if you can.
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