Yes, I know some people think we should eat till we're full. Others remind us all that there is such a thing as eating too much and we can/will gain weight on paleo if we ingest too many calories.
I just want to know what I'm doing wrong and why I need to eat more calories than my body needs to feel satisfied. Not overstuffed - simply satisfied. And yes, I know it's too many calories because I've gained seven pounds in a month.
I'm also comparing my data to the first-week averages in the paleochix experiment that Baconbitch just shared.
Group averages: 1723 cals, 102g fat, 84g carb, 98.8g protein
My averages for the week: 2810 cals, 198g fat, 118g carb, 154g protein. My lowest calories on any one day was 2339, and my lowest carb amount was 92.
I'm 5'4, used to be 131 but am now 138. I'm eating the same amounts I was before I broke my collarbone a month ago. Before that happened, I was doing Crossfit 3x/week and running 3-5 miles three other times a week, and my weight stayed stable at 131-132. Now I'm running a bit more (and slower), and doing some light weights with my left arm occasionally. Clearly, the Crossfit made a huge difference. I'm also noticing muscle loss (OK, the fat is obscuring some of the muscle now but I'm also feeling less strength).
I know I need to cut down on what I'm eating. I see other big guys come on here and say they eat fewer calories than I do! I've also seen this thread - http://paleohacks.com/questions/10196/am-i-eating-too-much#axzz1QPNRV029 - and
while what Corinne said about tripling her portion sizes sounds great to me, I know increasing my portions won't work.
I've seen other threads here saying "increase your fat" or "eat less" to stabilize/lose weight and for greater satiety. But I'm already eating close to 200g of fat a day! And when I try to cut down on portions, I'm hungrier - and eat much more at my next meal.
I eat pretty much Whole 30, except for Kerrygold butter. No nuts. An occasional serving of blueberries. I just started eating apples again - I stopped for a while but now I'll have an apple on occasion.
Am I just whiny and I need to learn to deal with the hunger to get my calorie count down to a more reasonable number? How do you all stay satisfied with fewer calories, especially those of you who are bigger than I am and work out more than I do?