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  • Newbie wondering if this is too much fat

    Hi,

    I am new to eating primal. I've logged what I've eaten on an online kcals,fat,carbs..etc calculator and it came up to:
    250g fat
    98g carbs
    218g protein

    3560 kcals

    I read a lot about people struggling to get their fat and kcals needed.. am I over doing it?
    A lot of the fat came from butter, a whole avcado, almonds and extra virgin olive oil

    I weigh 167.8 lb and would like to get to 150lb by the end of the year and eventually be 128lbs
    I'm 5'2", female 24 years old

    Thank you!

  • #2
    A lot of that is going to depend on how active you are. For me, as a 5'5" 49 year old female who has a desk job, if I ate 3560 calories a day I'd be the Goodyear Blimp in about two weeks.

    There is a lot of discussion about calories, but in my humble not so perfect opinion, they matter. If you want to lose weight, you have to be in a caloric deficit. That deficit will vary from person to person dependent on activity level.

    So, yes, I probably think it's too much fat - too much everything, but that's just my opinion.

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    • #3
      Thank you for yoru reply. I'm not very active. I walk 2-3 miles a day and thats it.

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      • #4
        I think you're eating too much.
        I'm a moderately active 5'10" 19 yo young man who is experiencing a delayed puberty now treated by Testosterone Replacement Therapy so my metabolism is the one of a teenager, and to be honest, you eat the amount I eat to gain weight. So I highly doubt that you'll manage to get to your weight loss goal eating that way, but I could be wrong since everyone's body's different
        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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        • #5
          Oh dear..
          thanks for your input and hope all works out well with your TRT.

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          • #6
            Wow. That's a lot. I'm a male and I only eat about 2000 calories.

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            • #7
              Yeah..
              I saw Marks daily menu and he was doing 2500kcals... which is the average a male would need.
              That day I had about 100g of butter, 500kcals worth of extra virgin olive oil... and 110g nuts..(almonds and pecans)..

              I tracked what I ate BEFORE going primal..brace yourselves.. 5321kcals !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!
              with 1272 kcals from lager alone...

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              • #8
                Haha, then at 3000 primal calories you'll loose weight at first, don't worry.
                Maybe your appetite will catch up as you heal your body with good food

                Forgotmylastusername, I still find 2000 kcal to be very low for most adult males to be honest...
                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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                • #9
                  I hope so Daydreamer..
                  I'm only 5 days into this and already feel less hungry..so hopefully my initial "everything" overload will settle and balance out

                  How are you finding avoiding gluten in a country famous for baguettes and baked goodies?

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                  • #10
                    To be honest I haven't really tracked it. It might be a bit more or even less depending on my day. I doubt I go up to 3500 though unless I'm drinking alcohol.

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                    • #11
                      Maybe you should try it once..its such an eye opener to actually have the figures..
                      I knew I was eating a lot of fat but NOT that much.

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                      • #12
                        Some people are a bit unclear about amounts of calories. They tell you that you can eat as much as you want if you are low carb. However they assume that you will be full very soon so you don't want to eat more.
                        Eat veggies for micros. And some meat. Don't add fat, just don't avoid it
                        well then

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                        • #13
                          Ninja Nina welcome to this delightful community. I am about 13 weeks in and am finding that if I up the fat intake a little - I don't need much to eat at all. I haven't tracked calories as such, but only eat when hungry. I have started losing weight again after a 4 week plateau. You will find a comfortable spot for your body and if tracking works for you, stick with it. I will certainly start tracking if I hit another plateau.

                          keep us posted
                          "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

                          ...small steps....

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                          • #14
                            Ninja Nina,

                            I find that if I eat higher fat (fatty cuts of meat, cooking with fats, 10 - 10% cream in my coffee, no nuts for me), I am less hungry. I tried to stick to this, especially at the beginning because I was so distorted about true physical hunger and psychological hunger. Had I not eaten enough fat, I would have binged later in the night. The days that I eat less fatty meats, I find myself craving carbs like crazy. Just give yourself the time to settle in.

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                            • #15
                              I'm pretty sure your body will naturally get more peaceful about your WOE
                              If I need 3500 kcal or so it's just because I need to "catch up" with the way my body should have developed itself during all these years Forgotmylastusername, so yeah, I'm pretty sure you don't eat 3500 kcal a day either But... well, around 2400/2500 or so seems normal for a young adult, or even up to 2800 for some. Well, it all depends on you eventually ^^

                              Haha, being gluten free is actually quite easy. To be honest, if you HAD to eat bread, traditional and fresh french baguette coming from a good bakery would be the best choice hands down. Many people told me it's nothing like the bread that's sold in USA. But to be honest, with a huge past of chronic anxiety, congenital hypogonadism/pubertal problems (probably due to being conceived with IVF or something ilke that), auto immune disease (vitiligo), headaches/migraines, digestive issues, acid reflux, asthma...etc I think avoiding gluten and in general eating the paleo way is the best gift I can get for my body.

                              And to be honest, I grew up with so much baguette that I don't find them that exceptional at all
                              And I've never been a big fan of sugary desserts like baked goods. Of course, a french croissant tastes good, it's something obvious. But I love real food too, even more than french croissants, and the difference in my quality of life, energy levels, peacefulness, and intellectual blooming is well worth the effort (which is absolutely minimal considering the way I'm very satisfied with what I eat even taste-wise )

                              Keep at it, I'm pretty sure it's the best thing you can to show respect to your body too
                              Some days I binge like there's no tomorrow (which is quite normal considering the fact I need to eat like a teenager), with mostly proteins and fats, and to be honest, it's so satisfying that I go like a day and a half without eating anything and without thinking about it, because I have plenty of energy and just don't feel the need to eat now that I have reach a "healthy" bodyweight (even if I'm still developing muscle wise...etc). It could be seen as a binge-purge pattern but it's absolutely not since I don't feel guilty (well, can be disappointing at first and external influence can cause a slight guilt feeling but that's it), and I don't have to restrict myself from eating the day after that, nothing like the disordered behavior I used to have when I was very very hypogonadal and felt like my life was taken away from me and I had to create myself insane and stupid challenges, and fell in some kind of temporary ED (which did nothing but making my health worse than it was, if possible.).

                              Good luck and enjoy the journey
                              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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