I used to do a lot of running and followed an all vegan diet. This made me quite slim. I always avoided added sugars, but ate fruit and natural sugars in high amounts.
Over the summer I started crossfit and entered a paleo challenge. I cut out most of my cardio, just doing some hikes and walks. I did crossfit 3-4 times a week and followed the diet very closely. At first I was having too much fruit and nuts, but after about 4-6 weeks I got into a really great groove. My body fat fell down to about 17%, and I was looking and feeling great.
About 7 weeks into my challenge I fell off the wagon completely. I stopped going to crossfit regularly, and started eating every thing in sight. This was followed by the stomach flu, tonsil infection, etc.
It's been about 5 weeks since I have been going to crossfit again and following a paleo diet. At first it was hard to not eat too many nuts, and I was also having a lot of whey powder. Since then I've cut out the nuts and whey powder. Here is a typical day of eating for me:
Breakfast 2 hardboiled eggs 2 strips bacon
Lunch Ground beef broccoli grape tomatos
Snack chicken kale chips apple
dinner steak veggies
I also have quite a bit of coffee/tea with unsweetende almond milk throughout the day.
I have 2 problems: 1. Once or twice a week I find myself craving fruit and I eat about 5 or more servings at once. How can I stop doing this? 2. I'm not seeing the results that I want, or that I expected after my summer challenge. How can I lean out more quickly? My intuition tells me to increase my cardio, but I know this is a common misconception. If so, how come I was so much leaner when I was running?
I mostly need help with the amount/type of cardio I should be doing on days when I'm off crossfit. Please help, thanks!
When I experienced this, my solution was a huge breakfast in order to prevent cravings later.
To your 2 eggs/bacon, I would've added an egg and another strip of bacon, THEN I would've fried 4-8 oz of chuck steak in the bacon fat and I'd have finished with a whole grapefruit. When I did that, I either wasn't hungry again until the next day or I ate a moderate snack such as a can of sardines and a few pecan halves.
Doing this for a few weeks totally stopped my cravings and now I divide my food between breakfast and a second meal IF I stay in good control.
Hi, Just my two cents but I suspect you were thinner when you did a lot of cardio possibly because you didn't have a lot of muscle mass. Doing a lot of cardio can lead to muscle loss. So you may have LOOKED thin because of that. As for sugar cravings, I had the same issue which seemed to be help by increasing my carbs a little bit. Not over 100g of carbs a day though. Good luck!
How much fat is too much fat? Because the first time I was doing paleo I was eating a lot more fat, and found that I really leaned out when I cut back on the fat. Are all fats equal? I was thinking of cutting out the bacon and adding more avocados, oils, etc.
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