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  • #16
    Originally posted by diverchick View Post
    I have a question regarding calorie counting. I have been eating primal for the past 2 weeks. I am 5'6" female, I weigh 185 lbs and am roughly 26% BF. I am very athletic. My stats in the gym are as follows:
    Bench press: 205 lbs
    Back Squat: 245 lbs
    Deadlift: 315 lbs
    5 km run time: 26min30 sec
    1 mile run time: 7 min 40 sec
    Wide grip pull-ups: 10

    I do crossfit 4 times a week, I run 3 times a week (including one dedicated sprint day), I lift heavy twice a week and have 2 full rest days a week (wednesday and sunday). I get between 7-8 hours of sleep and drink 3-5 litres of water a day. I am currently counting my calories as I want to drop bf%. Since I have gone primal I have been eating according to what my body tells me...hungry I eat, not I don't. I have been tracking everything using Fitday.com . I average between 1800-2000 Cal a day.....is this enough? My macros are pretty good, and I keep my carbs below 50g a day (on most days), but after a heavy intense effort I will increase to sometimes 100g (especially if I am feeling lethargic).-I eat only sweet potato,squash and fruits for the carbs. I eat tons of veggies and protein and have incorporated more coconut oil into my diet for good fats. Should I count my calories? Is this enough food for me? I don't know what to believe anymore for my caloric intake as different sites state different numbers (varying from 1650 Cal to 3200 Cal)-and I do calculate taking into account my activity level. I am really focused on losing fat and getting as healthy and fit as humanly possible for me! Thoughts anyone? Thanks in advance!
    Goals? Really that will determine the Rx from here.

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    • #17
      Oh your background story sounds almost exactly like mine, I have a post I wrote yesterday http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread92579.html if you want to read it. We are about the same age as well! The only difference is that I realized what you must have realized now 2 years ago. For me, my metabolism is broken, and I haven't been able to fix it yet. I'm not giving up but I don't know what to do next. I hope your primal path will be easier than mine and that you will have great success with this method! I have fixed all my previous health problems and this is why I love this and sticking to this, but not been able to lose any body fat.

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      • #18
        Goals

        Originally posted by Neckhammer View Post
        Goals? Really that will determine the Rx from here.
        My goals are to shave at least 40 seconds off of my mile time, increase my pull ups (would love to hammer out 18-20), lose 6-8 % body fat. Shave at least 1min-2min off of my 5 km time. Do free standing handstand push ups (I can do 6-8 against the wall without kipping now), do a muscle up. Compete in crossfit games!

        Thanks!!

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        • #19
          I average between 1800-2000 Cal a day.....is this enough?
          That's around what I eat. I am nowhere near as strong or fast as you. 5'6/175. I started Crossfit 3-4 months ago and have been getting consistently stronger. My weight is up a couple of pounds but down a dress size. It's probably a good starting point for you as for me, yes I have gained muscle and lost fat. I do make it a point to eat less fat/more carbs and really focus on protein. On off days, I do low carb and fill up on some fats.

          Performance wise, I would think you need to eat to support your workouts because those will determine your gains. I imagine it is a balancing act to cut fat and stay fueled for workouts. I can get sluggish if I eat too much fat/too few carbs.

          FWIW, you sound fucking strong and athletic and it sounds like you obviously have your food and activity dialed in to be at the point you are at.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by diverchick View Post
            My goals are to shave at least 40 seconds off of my mile time, increase my pull ups (would love to hammer out 18-20), lose 6-8 % body fat. Shave at least 1min-2min off of my 5 km time. Do free standing handstand push ups (I can do 6-8 against the wall without kipping now), do a muscle up. Compete in crossfit games!

            Thanks!!
            You are kind of amazing

            Cal count wise, are you hungry with your current amount or do you feel good? I think metabolisms vary so you are going to have to go by feel a little bit, once you've seen the basic estimate for what you burn...

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            • #21
              Thank you very much! I am in the process of dialing in everything...the problem is that IF comes naturally to me, and it does not bother me to not eat....but I do not want to skimp or force my body into some kind of downward metabolic spiral! My body temperature is good, so I think my metabolism is ok. I guess I am just being impatient with my fat loss! I know that Rome was not built in a day....but man would I love to see some abs!! Keep up the training!! Isn't crossfit the best thing EVER?! You say taht you are down a dress size....I have n't really moved at all. I am down 2 lbs on the scale from when I started Primal, so that is good. I guess I just have to be more patient! Thanks for your reply!! Crossfit on!!

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              • #22
                Thanks very much! I am working really hard to get this down. I even quit drinking wine altogether......which is amazing for me! and had my IUD removed because it was making me an emotional wreck amongst other side effects (I am sure one of which was weight gain!) lol Anyway, I do not feel overly hungry...like I said in my earlier post, I find it much easier now to listen to what my body wants....so when I am hungry I eat. But I am just concerned maybe that I am obsessing about it too much and maybe I should just eat when I feel I need to and not worry about documenting everything so precisely. But tit is a catch 22 because I REALLY want to achieve my goals and the only real way to make adjustments is to track everything closely. I don't know. Also, I only drink water, green tea and the occasional black coffee (twice a week maybe). I feel like I am doing everything right....maybe I am just expecting too much from my body too quickly? Thanks again for your reply! I appreciate the advice and support!

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