Right, second question of the night! (spot the person who is starting paleo tomorrow...)
I've been losing weight steadily for the past 6 months or so. Now i'm moving onto Paleo i'm not sure how to structure my meals. I know I should avoid fruit and nuts for now but what about portion size and amounts?
I've been getting net 1600 kcal or so (with usually 500-600 kcal of exercise daily). What should I be aiming for with paleo? Should I even be counting?
I'm 6ft and approximately 195.
Thank you for any advice.
I wouldn't count calories unless you later find you can't achieve your goals on natural appetite.
Unlimited: meat, animal fats/coconut oil, eggs, non-starchy vegetables Moderate: acid fruits, berries, starchy vegetables, nuts (maybe) Limited: sweet/starchy fruits, olive oil (salad dressing), dairy (maybe)
The maybes: Some people are able to eat nuts moderately, others have problems or it fires their appetites. Some (incl. me) eat butter, drink heavy cream in coffee, eat full-fat yogurt.
Sweeteners are very limited or none. I have a tsp of raw honey in a mug of coffee and that's it. And, yes, I drink coffee.
It can be challenging enough adjusting to new food habits that I would not worry too much about maximising fat loss simultaneously. You want to take time to let your body sort itself out and see where you are - hopefully you'll still be losing weight but I think some people try too hard and end up struggling because they don't actually eat enough of the good stuff. Once things have settled down you can check if you're maintaining weight or not and change things if you need to. Specifically you may want to try and incorporate meals that can become leftovers easily so you don't commit to finishing more than you want.
In general though, I think good advise is to try and lose preconceptions about how meals should be structured and allow yourself to rediscover them for yourself. Eat when hungry. Don't eat if you don't need to. Spend a few days nibbling at rainbow carrots and then tear apart a bloody carcass and feast before sleeping out in the sun for a week. It's all fair game.
You need more calories! An adult male in the 6ft range is closer to 2000 give or take. If you're active, you need even more than a normal person.
Your body might try to hold onto more of your weight (Think storing fat for emergency reserves) if it's basic calorie needs aren't met.
When I cut out nuts and dairy I lean out considerably... But it's hard! Carb cycling is da bomb if you want a six pack but that takes some careful planning.
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