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  • #31
    Originally posted by BestBetter View Post
    My husband is super lean and muscular, and at one point his normal chronic fatgue got SUPER awful, to the point where going anywhere, doing anything was torturous. We started tracking his food in fitday to see if he could have a deficiency in something, and we discovered her was drastically undereating - his calories were at something like 1,000. The next day he made sure to eat 2,000 calories and he instantly felt better.
    So how are you sure that it wasn't something wrong with his hormones that caused his undereating?
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    • #32
      Anything is possible, sure he could have a hormone imbalance problem. But he's been a very picky eater since he was a kid, and pretty much never wanted to eat - it wasn't until he became a swimmer in high school that his hunger level improved to normal levels. I have a feeling that part of the problem is due to severe arthritis in his knees which prevents him from most physical activities, he never gets to work up an appetite, which clearly he needs to do in order to feel hungry. It shocks me that he's as lean and muscular as he is, considering his level of inactivity (besides weightlifting for the top half of his body).

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      • #33
        Too many variables

        But the closer your lifestyle and dietary choices are to optimal, the more you can eat and be okay, pretty much. Personally, I'm definitely not going to jump on the calorie-counting bandwagon again.
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        • #34
          Originally posted by sakura_girl View Post
          Too many variables

          But the closer your lifestyle and dietary choices are to optimal, the more you can eat and be okay, pretty much. Personally, I'm definitely not going to jump on the calorie-counting bandwagon again.
          I had to start counting because of leangains - but once I reach my goal it'll be easy to ignore the calories and eat until full on a primal diet/exercise.

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          • #35
            I have a 3egg frittata , loaded with veggies, every day and usually . not hungry at dinner, but eat anyway, beacause , when i read the blogs, I am not losing weight because i am not eating enough. not sure what is right but going breakfast to breakfast is real easy!

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            • #36
              I do 2 meals a day in 8 hours mon-fri
              It's so much easier to skip breakfast
              well then

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              • #37
                I just finished 5 days of eating only once a day, it was surprisingly easy. I was eating only dinner between 6-8 PM, and that's it, just coffee and water during the day. I noticed I lost quite a few pounds rather quickly, which wasn't what I was going for, but I'll take it as a side benefit. The only thing I noticed was that I need to work out very early in the day, because late afternoon I was kinda getting sluggish and running low on energy. I think I liked enough to try an experiment, I'm gonna do 16/8 on the weekends, and once a day during the week, for the next few weeks and see how that works out.

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by KV8R View Post
                  I just finished 5 days of eating only once a day, it was surprisingly easy. I was eating only dinner between 6-8 PM, and that's it, just coffee and water during the day. I noticed I lost quite a few pounds rather quickly, which wasn't what I was going for, but I'll take it as a side benefit.
                  Sounds good. I think I'll give my IF experiment another couple of days (so it will be 5 total) and see how my tape measure and scale react.

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                  • #39
                    Oh my lord, I don't know how you people do it! I get up at 4:30 am every morning to teach fitness classes. By 8:00 I am so hungry to the point of being nauseous! I eat a BAB consisting of 3 eggs, some sautéed veg and usually bacon. Then I'm still hungry for lunch, I think I've made it till 2:00 before. I could probably skip Dinner somedays but it's a habit and I think my DH would start to question if my "diet" is healthy. As he does not adhere to paleo and does not see IF as healthy.

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                    • #40
                      I just read yesterday's LA Times. There was an article on the front page about a study with mice showing that on a 16/8 schedule, mice on a high fat (which I've come to understand really means high carb and high fat) diet stayed the same weight as control mice on lower fat chow while mice who ate the high fat chow whenever they wanted got fatter. The stupid article came with all kinds of hand-wringing doctor quotes about how this might not be safe for people yadda yadda but I was like "duh." Too bad I can't seem to do it, though. If I didn't have a job, it would be way easier. If I cook my breakfast and bring it to work, just the act of cooking it makes me get hungry enough to eat it immediately. If I didn't have a job, I could just cook later.
                      Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                      • #41
                        I've stopped worrying about it. I eat when I'm hungry and I stop when I'm not. If that doesn't coincide with the arbitrary mealtimes our society has decided on, that's not my problem.

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                        • #42
                          I've been losing size, losing inches, and stopped counting calories. Stopped journaling what I put in my mouth. The kettle bell in my office is my friend and getting up from my desk at the top of the hour and stretching. I go up and down the stairs about 8-10 times a day. The goal is to get back on the treadmill when I want to watch TV and stop being addicted to sugar. Not an easy accomplishment. I LOVE sugar and substitute does not have the same affect. I get hungry about 12:30 and have tuna, at 7pm food sounds good, simple grilled or pan cooked meat. But I need to reduce my sugar cravings. Chocolate is good and I eat less than say a pastry, pie, cake, etc... One meal a day is not the battle for me, I'm learning that distractions can help.
                          Yes, protien is tasty but I LOVE sugar. So the struggle is eating one protien with green leafy vegetables.

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                          • #43
                            how is anyone getting enough fats and proteins at one meal a day?..does it not worry you? or that your body will slow down its metabolism over a long period of time?

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                            • #44
                              CDC, eating one meal a day is about meal timing, not much about calories.
                              Generally it means eating all your calories needed for the day depending on your goals (losing, maintaining, gaining) in a single sitting.
                              Young self-caring Paleo-eater from France.
                              (So please forgive the strange way I tend to express myself in your beautiful language )

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                              • #45
                                Originally posted by SeanM View Post
                                I've stopped worrying about it. I eat when I'm hungry and I stop when I'm not. If that doesn't coincide with the arbitrary mealtimes our society has decided on, that's not my problem.
                                yeah, that...

                                I'm usually not hungry on weekdays until late afternoon, but I love my coffee in the morning (it's more about the ritual of a hot beverage than anything else, but coffee w/pastured butter or cream is my mug of choice),

                                ...so I usually end up doing a coffee and 1-2 meals... usually some variation of a BAS, and then a clean protein (grass fed beef/lamb, wild caught fish, pastured poultry, etc.) + a cooked veggie and a salad... I might grab a handful of homemade trail mix or a bit of grass-fed beef jerky somewhere in there, but usually only if I'm hungry and can't eat my lunch right away. Usually a couple of squares of 80% or better soy/seed oil-free dark chocolate during the day, and some red wine a couple of times a week... maybe a whiskey on the rocks 1-2 times a month.

                                Weekends are a different story - perhaps because I sleep a little later?
                                I like to do a nice big primal brunch/breakfast - bacon/sausage, eggs/omelets, cooked veggies (shrooms, brussels sprouts, whatever's in the fridge), a nice side salad w/heirloom tomatoes, perhaps some sweet potatoes, perhaps even steak or other leftovers cobbled together or some berries and fage total as a "dessert" - once that's done, I'll eat again when I'm hungry again... which usually means a late dinner.

                                Bottom line, I eat when I'm hungry, which ends up being 1-2 meals per day.
                                Some days I'm RAVENOUS, so I eat more. I'm actually not tracking calories at the moment - as long as I feel healthy and sated, I don't care. (of course that's subject to change at a later date)... my metabolism is awesome and I'm losing excess weight slowly and steadily.

                                Where I run into trouble is the "expected eating" events... Dinnertime meeting - meal served is ziti + pre-dressed (most likely non-primal dressing) Caesar salad (which practically had more croutons than lettuce) ... I'm not even hungry, but the meeting is with people who work with teenage girls, so if I don't eat, I'll get flack about not being an appropriate role model, yadda yadda.... *sigh* (so I choked down some salad and left the croutons on the plate)...
                                Now the reason this is relevant to this thread is... when I eat this junk type stuff, I tend to be hungrier afterwards... sometimes even for a whole day or two...

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