I have been reading a lot about weight loss on the paleo diet, and on here it seems that most replies involving women who stall, say they don't get enough calories.
I am 29 years old, female, 5.3" and currently 158 lbs. I would like to lose weight (get leaner), gain muscle, and get healthier overall.
I started Paleo 3 days ago, and when I entered what I ate on fitness pal (not to track to calories, but I wanted to see how much of everything else I was eating), I noticed my calory intake on day 1 was 1200, and on day 2 it was 1400. I thought it would be a lot more, because I didn't pay attention to fat.
I recently started working out again, approximately 3 times a week (running, swimming, pilates), but I end up skipping sometimes because of chronic migraines. Before that I didn't do much.
A few years ago I lost a lot of weight (50 lbs) on a low fat diet, I ended up obsessing over calories, and got an eating disorder. As a result, I was waaaaay too skinny, and when I started eating like a normal person again, I gained back all the weight I lost. Obviously I don't want that to happen again now, so I want to make sure I don't eat too few calories. Does anyone have any advice on this? Am I eating enough? I have no idea what is normal for a woman my age who eat Paleo.
Edit: Here's what I ate those 2 days:
On day 1 I ate:
Breakfast: Scrambled egss (2 pcs) & black coffee Lunch: Paleo hotdog a Paleo restaurant near here, basically a large sausage in a "bun" of egg with cabbage and some mayo based dressing Dinner: Iceberg Lettuce, cherry tomatos, carrot, burger patty (150 gr), guacemole Evening snack: 2 kiwis
Breakfast: Bacon & Eggs Lunch: Salad with sundried tomatoes, fresh basil, oregano and olive oil and a coconut milk - frozen blue berries smoothie Dinner: Iceberg lettuce, cherry tomatoes, burger patty (150 gr), guacemole Snacks: Avocado & handfull of mixed nuts
I started Paleo 3 days ago, ...
You're doing fine, 'cept for the part where you are stressing out about calories. If your goal is weight loss, sure, calories factor into the equation. However, with your history of an eating disorder, maybe consider simply continuing to "just eat" as you have been these last three days. You've tracked your calories for three days -- consider your curiosity about calories sated for now. If you are really curious about intake, consider keeping a food journal -- photo or written -- instead of a caloric journal.
I've been borderline obsessive about stuff like this in the past (when I was unable to work out, and going from fit to basically drinking and eating myself to being overweight, and back again), and it only ruined my enjoyment of food and life. It's not a fun place to be.
I would strongly suggest starting and maintaining visits with a therapist, doctor, or both while you begin this journey back to health. Get your friends or family involved in enjoying awesome food. Please avoid obsession about getting healthier!
Good luck - and don't give up! :-)
Your body's weight is more or less a mathematical equation. Input to output. Decreasing calories will make you loose weight but it needs to be done correctly, decreasing too much will put your body into a starvation mode and your metabolism slows.
Although what goes into your calories is essential to overall health and fitness. The reason everyone gains calories back after they "finished there diets" is simply because you stopped. Proper diet is not a time conscious event its life style. Of course you will gain the weight back when you stop. You're going back to the habits that got you into the weight predicament in the first place.
My fitness Pal is a great app I use it daily, I am a competitive athlete (water polo) and participate in various other sports on weekends as well as exercise daily. There isn't a secret formula to loose weight is a very sensitive quantity of intake versus output.
To give a basic example, a pound of body weight can roughly calculate to 3500 calories (more or less dependent upon your current size). Divide that by 7 days and you have 500 calories per day. If you consume 500 calories in excess per day you will gain 1 lb per week, 4/month, 52/yr..... again all dependent upon your current size. As your weight increase your body needs more calories to maintain that weight because it is now working harder to support it. So many people complain that "Oh I gained 10 lbs this year... I don't know why I just can't loose the weight....." Lets break that down mathematically.... 10lbs/yr = .8333 lbs/month = an excess of 2916.66 calories/month ----> broken into day is an excess of 97.22 calories per day on AVERAGE. Which is the equivalent of say 1 banana. As you can see is a veeeeery small number and asking someone to hit a number exactly is ridiculous. That's why you need to work towards a general goal, sometime you'll go over sometimes you'll be under. But its about control and understanding of total consumption vs output.
Also know that exercise and nutrient timing all effect metabolic rates (your metabolism). EAT BREAKFAST and a good one, this preps your body for the day. Exercise often, even if its for short periods of time this gets your body used to working more and will again increase your metabolism.
The fitness pal app is great, except daily values are based upon the standard american diet which consists of a lottt of carbs. Carbs are good and essential but you don't need to derive 50% of you calories from them.
I have successfully added 15 lbs over 15weeks to prep for water polo season I have also lost 10 lbs over 8 weeks when deciding to cut. I studied nutrition in college and have used various workouts and diet plans. Not all calories are made equal, the Paleo diet provides great nutrient resource and eliminates many "anti nutrients" (you can google that one for Paleo diets", personally I continued to use dairy because I find it to be a great source of protein but Paleo is about progression and knowledge of diets. The moral of the story though is that the quantity of calories intake vs put out does in fact play the biggest role in weight loss vs gain.
I'm also 5'3, I'm 31 and 120 lbs. I also usually fluctuate between 1200-1400 cals per day (I don't track daily or even weekly, since I normally eat the same things on a regular basis). I work out everyday. I think you're doing fantastic! I usually don't eat fruit nuts, or dairy, though, those things are rare for me these days. Keep up the good work!
I did the same as you, used a calorie tracking app out of curiosity. It is hard not to let it mess with your head. It told me to aim for 1200 calories a day. So I did that. I lost absolutely no weight at all and I was hungry a lot. In fact, I have not lost any weight in about 6 months whether I have eaten 1100 calories a day or 2500 calories a day. I'm starting to think the calories don't really matter that much as long as I'm eating healthy paleo food to satiety, sprinting once a week, doing body weight exercises and getting some daily sunshine walks. I don't bother with the calorie tracking anymore.
yupppp did the low-fat...did the calories...got skinny...then gained it all back and then some...tried unweighed and unmeasured paleo...gained another 10kg...now have dialed it in to a net of 1200 cals a day on paleo and have lost 4kg in a month :)
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