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    Hi, my name is Heather and I'm very new to Primal and curious about why my calorie intake is sooo much lower...but I'm not hungry!

    First, I am 194 and 5'6", female, age 27. I've been doing Primal for 3 days. I tracked what I was eating on livestrong.com/myplate to make sure I was eating enough fat and protein while sticking to Primal foods.

    Here is what I found the past two days:
    Day one, 1578 calories, 95 g fat, 76 g carbs, 21g fiber, 112 g protein.
    Day two, 1268 calories, 66 g fat, 91 g carbs, 25 g fiber, 83 g protein.

    So, am I eating enough food and enough fat and protein? According to the carbohydrate curve I am staying in the 50-100g of carbs per day to lose weight easily. It's weird because I'm going to bed satisfied after not eating for several hours and not waking up hungry. When eating a carb heavy diet I had trouble sticking to 1800 calories and I was hungry all the time,

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    You're eating highly satiating foods rich in nutrients and so on instead of nutritionally poor and processed garbage, so you don't need to eat as much. Real food also doesn't encourage overeating in the ways that processed junk does, so you're no longer eating for entertainment and simply eating to fill a nutritional need.
    Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who has said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own experience.

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    • #3
      Your blood sugar isn't going up and down as much so you are not so hungry. And because your insulin levels are steadier, you will lose weight more easily (insulin gets in the way of losing weight) without a lot of hunger. It's great.

      Here's a good article that explains why many modern foods leave you hungry and wanting to eat more.
      Why Snack Food Is Addictive: The Grand Unified Theory of Snack Appeal - GNOLLS.ORG
      Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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      • #4
        Is 1200-1500 calories daily enough? I am trying to lose body fat...

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        • #5
          Nobody knows how many calories is "enough" for you, metabolisms vary hugely and online calculators are really not accurate enough to bother with. Just weigh yourself at the start, put the scale away for two weeks, and come back. Also get some "goal clothes", squeeze / wedge yourself into them, take pics, and after a month, repeat.
          If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/ and this (personal fave): http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

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          • #6
            If you eat til you are full and only when you are hungry, it will be enough. Don't pay any attention to calories. Focus on fat, carbs and protein. Your body will work out the rest.

            I know that's a hard concept to switch too as I'm only 6 weeks old in Primal Land, but it is the key.
            Primal since March 5, 2012
            SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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            • #7
              Originally posted by PaleoHeather View Post
              Hi, my name is Heather and I'm very new to Primal and curious about why my calorie intake is sooo much lower...but I'm not hungry!

              First, I am 194 and 5'6", female, age 27. I've been doing Primal for 3 days. I tracked what I was eating on livestrong.com/myplate to make sure I was eating enough fat and protein while sticking to Primal foods.

              Here is what I found the past two days:
              Day one, 1578 calories, 95 g fat, 76 g carbs, 21g fiber, 112 g protein.
              Day two, 1268 calories, 66 g fat, 91 g carbs, 25 g fiber, 83 g protein.

              So, am I eating enough food and enough fat and protein? According to the carbohydrate curve I am staying in the 50-100g of carbs per day to lose weight easily. It's weird because I'm going to bed satisfied after not eating for several hours and not waking up hungry. When eating a carb heavy diet I had trouble sticking to 1800 calories and I was hungry all the time,
              It's very, very common around here and there are probably several contributing factors. It's all pretty complex. I'd start by reading all of Mark's posts, then get hooked on Stephan Guyenet's blog, go read the old stuff on Paleonu, Wobb Wolf, etc.
              If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/ and this (personal fave): http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

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              • #8
                I only ate as I was hungry the first 3 days and my calories were very low.
                As days passed, I was more hungry, and ate more and more calories.
                You may find that happens, but don't worry about it -- eat!

                I seem to have leveled-out and naturally eating about the same number of daily calories (after 2 weeks).

                I too am amazed that I'm not hungry with the number of calories I'm eating.
                I stuck to South Beach about 1 year (and was hungry all the while).
                PB seems to like my body much better!
                Good luck.

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                • #9
                  I'm 8 weeks in and had the same experience as Chatty--it went up and down at first. Now I find that if I'm stressed (work stress or working out really hard), I'll be hungrier. Since I'm mainly trying to lose fat right now, when that happens, I'll do an IF, get some more sleep, and do more walking, less lifting. Sound right to you gurus?

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                  • #10
                    About 50% of my calories are coming from fat. Is that about right? The rest is about 25% each carbs and protein.

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                    • #11
                      50% is about right. It'll probably fluctuate between 40 and 60% without trying.

                      It's a good idea to figure out what your lean body mass is (your weight minus all your body fat, so it includes muscles, bones and organs). The eat about a gram of protein per pound, or slightly less. A gram of protein isn't a gram of meat, though. You have to then go find out how much meat that is equal to.

                      I try to get about 100g of protein which is about 14 oz of meat or so, or a little less than a pound. I aim for that each day and let the fat and carbs fall where they may, with my personal choice being veggies and sweet potatoes way more than fruit and adding fat only for cooking and improving taste (e.g. butter on my vegetables, cream in my coffee.) At first I went out of my way to add fat to everything but after a few weeks that got real old and I don't bother with the effort anymore.
                      Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                      • #12
                        How do I figure what my body fat is? I have no idea.

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