The general principles of paleo seem like it would suggest eating only when a person is hungry.
What do you all think? If I work out, do I need to consciously increase my caloric intake, or should I let my body naturally guide me in that direction?
The body strives for homeostasis in many ways, including its use of energy. A properly working body should always regulate hunger to match its energy needs. When you stop eating foods that disrupt this signaling, you can usually trust your hunger.
One thing I have noticed since I started this diet is my meals are smaller and I snack more. I workout a lot and eat probably 5 or 6 times a day.
I don't know that that is a good "answer", but it's what I do.
I usually let my body guide me, unless I have a particularly physical activity planned. So, I end up eating- on average- about 2 meals a day. However, I do make a conscious effort to pack in the nutrients, even if I'm not packing in the food. In my mind, one or two nutrient dense meals is far more beneficial than grazing on filler all day.
I think listening to your body is a good place to start. Follow what it says and see how you do and feel. If you are feeling tired, or get too thin or recovery from exercise is slow, then you may have to make some alterations. But overall, yeah, I'd start right there with following your hunger. I do that myself for the most part. But someetimes if I am going out for a while, I'll eat first even though not hungry just so I will not have to deal with hunger later when I know I will be busy, like at work.
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