I come from a competitive bodybuilding background where I ate every 2-3 hours, 6-8 times a day, consisting of low fat, mod protein, and high carbs. After I realized my health was on a downward spiral, I decided to stop competing and jumped on the Paleo Solution. The transition was tough at first, but I have completely cut out all grains, legumes, and only have a little cream in my decaf in the morning. I am only eating 3 meals now with an occasional snack of nuts/seeds. My energy is definitely better, and my health has made significant improvements over the past 3 months that I have been strict Paleo. However, my fat loss has been a bit disappointing. I am by no means fat, 5'5", 148lbs, but I do not have the six pack I expected when I started the diet. I know I am definitely eating less calories than my bodybuilding diet, so I know I am not over-consuming. The bodybuilder in me says that my portions are too large, but with only eating 3 meals, how else would I get sufficient calories to support recovery from exercise?
So my question is, how do I know if I am eating enough or eating too much? With only eating 3 meals and a snack now, by the time my meal comes around I am pretty hungry, so I usually eat 8oz of meat with a ton of veggies. I eat a minimal amount of fruit, 2-3 servings a week, and 1-2 tuberous carb servings a week. I never understood the concept of "eat until you are full" because I never know if I am full until at least 40 minutes after I eat. I still want to be able to perform during exercise, but I want to be as lean as possible.