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    Anyone out count calories in addition to carbs? What level of each have you found drops the weight?

    I've been keeping my carbs under 50, and weight is not coming off. My calories may be too high at close to 2,000?

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    I try to stay in Mark's recommended weight loss zone of 50-100g carbs. While some may argue, if you are trying to lose weight, you should be creating a calorie deficit. Plug your information into a site like fitday.com to see what your estimated calorie burn is and what your intake is to get a feel for it.

    I'm 30 days primal @95%+ and I am down 30 pounds and feeling great. Since I started at 300 pounds, my calorie burn (w/exercise 4000+) and what I can eat (2000-2500) are pretty high and still create a nice deficit. You have to figure out what your metabolic rate is and go from there.
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    • #3
      I count calories, too.

      The # of calories that works for me might not work for you. You'd need to give more information for anyone to provide you with truly useful info.

      Are you male or female?

      How active are you?

      how much weight are you looking to lose?

      Some people will say calories are not a concern for them. Good for them! I'm jealous

      I've found that I need to keep track of what I eat in order to be successful at losing. Generally I consume anywhere from 1250-1550 calories per day. I engage in 8-10 hours per week of light-moderate exercise (mostly light). I'm female and 39yrs old. I also have thyroid issues. I've lost 85lbs so far so I know this works for me. More calories than that causes me to stall or gain.

      I keep carbs under 50g on days I don't exercise. I have been upping that to 75-125g on my biking days...the amount depends on how long I ride.
      Last edited by Dannielle; 07-14-2010, 06:31 AM.

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      • #4
        Obviously every person will be different, but to give you an idea of my situation...

        I track from time to time on Livestrong, just out of curiosity. I've found (for me) weight loss tends to slow down and stop over 2300-2500 calories/no exercise (female/35/5'8" and have about 10lbs to lose still). Of course, once I go over 2000 cal/day, my carbs also creep up so that might have something to do with it. Effortless weight loss with primal exercise tends to happen around 60-70 g of carb/day and about 1800-2000 cals (eating to satiety, just inputting the data at the end of the day to see what I ended up with). When I track, I always weigh/measure...no guesstimates.
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        • #5
          I find that if I'm eating enough fat, I naturally have a calorie deficit. 1500- 1700 cal when I "should" be eating around 2100.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by naiadknight View Post
            I find that if I'm eating enough fat, I naturally have a calorie deficit. 1500- 1700 cal when I "should" be eating around 2100.
            So do you think the recommendations for caloric consumption may be another one of those CW 'facts'? More nutritional information based on a corporate-driven diet, SAD, rather on what is proper for human consumption? I know personally that if I made a list of all those things I believed 5 years ago and started to scratch off the ones I've found to be questionable today, not many entries would still be legible.
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            • #7
              I don't count calories.

              No animals do it and we have only been doing it for less than a 100 years. Much of the theory about calories is flawed (no calories are created equally).
              I eat when I am hungry. I stop when I am not anymore.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by JeanPatrick View Post
                I don't count calories.

                No animals do it and we have only been doing it for less than a 100 years. Much of the theory about calories is flawed (no calories are created equally).
                I eat when I am hungry. I stop when I am not anymore.
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                • #9
                  So do you think the recommendations for caloric consumption may be another one of those CW 'facts'? More nutritional information based on a corporate-driven diet, SAD, rather on what is proper for human consumption? I
                  Yes and no. Remember Mark's comparison of calories to wood in the book ("... a bit like saying the 2X4 studs in your house make good firewood...")?
                  I think it's a good starting point and you tinker with it to find what works best for you.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Dannielle View Post
                    I count calories, too.

                    The # of calories that works for me might not work for you. You'd need to give more information for anyone to provide you with truly useful info.

                    Are you male or female?

                    How active are you?

                    how much weight are you looking to lose?

                    Some people will say calories are not a concern for them. Good for them! I'm jealous

                    I've found that I need to keep track of what I eat in order to be successful at losing. Generally I consume anywhere from 1250-1550 calories per day. I engage in 8-10 hours per week of light-moderate exercise (mostly light). I'm female and 39yrs old. I also have thyroid issues. I've lost 85lbs so far so I know this works for me. More calories than that causes me to stall or gain.

                    I keep carbs under 50g on days I don't exercise. I have been upping that to 75-125g on my biking days...the amount depends on how long I ride.
                    I'm female, moderately active, looking to loose 10lbs. I too have a thyroid problem- hypothyroid for which I take synthroid. Have you found you need to modify your diet b/c of the thyroid?

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                    • #11
                      forgot to mention, i have low thyroid for which I take synthroid and my levels are normal w/no symptoms. i don't need to modify anything.
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                      • #12
                        I haven't been counting calories, but fear I am going to have to start as I am putting on quite a bit of weight since going primal.
                        The nice part about being a pessimist is that you are constantly being proven right or pleasantly surprised.

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                        • #13
                          Calories matter but when your eating primal, you tend to fall around the right amount anyways.
                          "I know what my body needs and what it can handle. There's no better way to achieve my goal than what im doing now. If my regimen leads to my death, be it in six days or six months...I will die fullfiled. The outcome is irrelavent so long as i steer towards my fate. If death is to be my prize, i welcome it with open arms."

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                          • #14
                            calories matter, if you are trying to lose weight. try to find a deficit that is manageable and works for you.

                            making sure those calories are primal will only help you maintain the deficit, as you will be naturally less hungry and more sated with adequate protein. obtain most of your fats from whole foods, like animal fat on meat, organs, eggs, and butter fat is great on veggies. this will provide you with the dietary fat you need for quick fuel and healthy cellular maintenance, and the deficit will ensure that you are also dipping into your bodyfat reserves as well.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by aimlow View Post
                              I'm female, moderately active, looking to loose 10lbs. I too have a thyroid problem- hypothyroid for which I take synthroid. Have you found you need to modify your diet b/c of the thyroid?
                              I've found I need to be more strict than most people seem to need to be. Seems like my calories end up needing to be lower than what others claim they need to keep their calories at.

                              My metabolism has been through the wringer due to my thyroid issues. I spent years with under-treated hypothyroidism and then was found to have thyroid cancer (who knows how many years I had it before it was diagnosed). It's been treated and all is well but my metabolism still seems to be more sluggish than that of most people.

                              I feel like I have to be more dilligent, work a little harder, eat a little less than most people. I assume it's due to my thyroid issues. But who knows? Maybe it's just a matter of skewed perception.

                              That said, I'm not at all saying that people with thyroid issues need less calories. What I am saying is that everyone is different. You cannot judge what will work for you based on what works for others. The only way to truly know what works for you is to try different things and see what happens.

                              Best of luck to you!

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