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    I am a touch concerned about my food intake. I am worried I am not eating enough. Now I am listening to my body and I only eat when I get hunger pangs, but I only get them now once a day and my calorie intake depending on what I put in my face is from 500 to 800 calories. Now I am told that is way too low and my body is going to slip into starvation mode, but I feel great, and trying to eat when I am not hungry makes me feel bloated and mildly ill to my stomach.

    Today I ate

    4:30 p.m. A baked fillet of salmon, wrapped in bacon, with a side of butter baked mushrooms

    I am still stuffed... not full, stuffed and if today is a repeat of the days this week I will not get hunger pangs until around 4:30 p.m.

    Should I be worried?

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    That sounds like a good meal, in fact, it is making me hungry right now. However, no, that is not enough. Don't wait till you have hunger pains if it is going to take you all the way until 4:30p. I could wait that long to eat also but there are certain things that we need in order to be healthy and one of those is protein. If you deplete your body of protein, you will loose muscle mass. That is just one thing. You also need more vitamins and minerals than that one meal is going to provide you.

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    • #3
      How long have you been primal?
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      • #4
        Starvation mode is only for when your body is running on sugars, which burn quick. When you are running on fats, your body goes for much longer. Sounds fine to eat one meal a day (I eat 1-2 a day these days, but my calories seem to be higher than that (i don't check often though)

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        • #5
          I don't see a problem with low food intake at all. Studies show low cal high nutrition extends life span. So only eat if you are hungry and don't worry about the figures.

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          • #6
            I have been primal for a week and a half now Apex and it’s like I lost my appetite. Even my NES (Night-eating syndrome) is gone and that is something I have tried fixing through will power and melatonin for a little over 12 years. I feel wonderful. My energy is top notch, I am able to go to the gym and give it my all and I no longer need to take a nap after working out.
            My headaches are gone (though mild, they were a daily appearance) my skin is clearing up… and I have lost a little weight and I can see it in my belly (two pack is showing through!)
            Hence my dilemma, it’s been so ingrained in me to eat no less than 1,000 calories a day but, well… this new turn about in my diet has me on cloud nine. Confused! *laughs*

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            • #7
              Originally posted by black.rabbit View Post
              I have been primal for a week and a half now Apex and it’s like I lost my appetite. Even my NES (Night-eating syndrome) is gone and that is something I have tried fixing through will power and melatonin for a little over 12 years. I feel wonderful. My energy is top notch, I am able to go to the gym and give it my all and I no longer need to take a nap after working out.
              My headaches are gone (though mild, they were a daily appearance) my skin is clearing up… and I have lost a little weight and I can see it in my belly (two pack is showing through!)
              Hence my dilemma, it’s been so ingrained in me to eat no less than 1,000 calories a day but, well… this new turn about in my diet has me on cloud nine. Confused! *laughs*
              Ah. The hunger will likely come sooner or later.
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              • #8
                I'm really glad you feel good, that's awesome. So many people have the opposite happen when the first start out being primal. There is nothing wrong with low food intake but over time, if you are not getting enough protein and certain nutrients you will be negatively effected.
                I agree, you will probably feel hungry as time goes on.

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                • #9
                  Thanks for submitting this query, I've been thinking about this for the past week or so...

                  My calorie intake is higher than yours but way lower than what is considered best for weight loss. I was concerned not eating enough might be hampering my efforts. I figure that my carbs are in the sweet spot for weightloss and my fat & protein %'s are good ratios of total intake, as long as I'm not hungry I'll be fine and the results should come when my body is ready...whether that's rapid or slow.

                  I've only been primal for a few months so I'm still experimenting with what's best for my body and trying not to listen to all of the conflicting studies and guidelines

                  I'd say listen to your body and how you feel

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Apex Predator View Post
                    Ah. The hunger will likely come sooner or later.
                    +1

                    sounds like you're doing great, good job on waiting till you're hungry. the hunger will come.

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                    • #11
                      BlackRabbit, I did the same thing and stressed myself out! I found myself so fulfilled by the meal of the day, I wasn't eating but the same range as you. It was worrisome but until I started to get mild headaches, I didn't try to purposely "up" the cal. intake.

                      Give yourself a little time; I agree w/ others: the appetite will come back. It did for me and I continued to feel good..

                      “you aren't what you eat - you are what you don't poop.” Wavy Gravy

                      Today I am Fillyjonk. Tommorow I will be Snufkin.

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                      • #12
                        Totally agree that your appetite will come back so don't stress out and stay in the moment or you'll miss out on the feel good ride you are on right now!

                        Go the 2 pack

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                        • #13
                          Thanks guys for all your responses I feel more at ease. Logically thinking, I figure if my body was on the verge of slipping into some sort of starvation mode it would be shooting off the feed me signals. It's not so I will as Sunlva suggested stay in the moment... Because this moment is hot! Energy, sexy muscles peeking through (Yes I am standing naked in front of the mirror a lot *hides face, wiggles ears) and well, I'm just plain happy.

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