I follow the "eat when you're hungry, stop when you're full" mantra. Today was typical:
Breakfast: 1 cup coffee w/heavy cream
Lunch (around 2 pm): about 3 oz beef sirloin, 2 jumbo eggs, 1 fingerling potato (all cooked in butter), 1/2 tomato, 1/2 avocado
Snack: 1 cup of coffee w/cream, a handful of blueberries
Dinner (around 7 pm): about 3 oz chicken thigh, brussels sprouts & mushrooms (all cooked in ghee), mixed greens salad w/olive oil & balsamic vinegar (not sure about veggie portions... enough to fit on a 10" plate).
These kinds of meals fill me up, make me feel satisfied, and keep me that way for a long time. I don't snack often because I don't feel the need to. I've been told to eat more, in particular more protein, but how do I do that if I'm just not hungry for more?
EDIT: My stats are: female, 37, 5'5", 140 lbs. Activity: HIIT twice a weak and Zumba once a week, plus light weights (10-15 min) at home on no-gym days, plus walking every day.
What Rose asked. It's not possible to answer your question even poorly without knowing what your size, age and activity level are, and any other special needs your diet may have.
As an example, before I knew I had celiac disease, I ate a ton of food. Now I eat very little (probably just a bit less than your diet) and I'm also now over 40, which probably makes a difference. I'm more active at the moment because it's summer time and I'm doing outdoor work, but heat simultaneously makes me less hungry (maybe the body doing less work to bring things up to body temp??)
I feel pretty confident to say that you are not eating too little. If you are listening to your body then you are fine. Your body is making up the difference by burning fat for energy. That's exactly where you want to be.
based on what you've posted doesnt look bad, but I'd still recommend plugging into fitday.com and make sure your fat intake is at about 65%, protein no more than 25% and carbs less than 50g day. You need to know your BMI and also how many calories per day you should be consuming, -500 from that to loose some weight.
then once you keep those numbers up for a week, if its not moving, you may need to go VLC to -0- carb and see if that helps.
are you seeing results to begin with? if you are, I'd stick with what works for you. If not, tweeking it from the above will help.
But just worrying about 'not eating enough' in and of itself isn't really a problem if thats all thats going on.
Restricted calorie diets are very healthy. "Paleo diet" is kind of a misnomer when not also practicing restriction on caloric intake. You think cavemen had the abundance of resources we experience today!? No, they exercised the starvation reflex much more regularly than do those on standard "paleo" diets.
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