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    So i've plateued a bit and decided to try eating low calories. I usually ate around 1600-1800 calories which was recommended based on my bmr and activity level. I eat around 1,000-1,100 calories now by cutting out lunch and not cooking with oils. It's been a week and i feel fine, i even feel leaner, but i don't think it's that much muscle loss because i exercise 3x a week. Has anyone eaten low calories long term before? I don't plan on eating this low forever, but i can continue doing this until i reach my goal. I eat more calories once a week, usually saturdays since i go out with friends.

    Current meals:
    Breakfast: 6 pasture raised eggs
    Dinner: cod fish or salmon with 6 more eggs.

    I used to eat a big salad for lunch. Also, the reason i add in eggs for dinner is because i can't eat beef, i don't like chicken, and wild fish can get pricey

    Sorry forthe long post, but appreciate feedback, thanks!

  • #2
    Originally posted by premier89 View Post
    but i don't think it's that much muscle loss because i exercise 3x a week.
    Right, exercise alone is not what builds and retains muscle. When working out, you must supply fuel for these muscles to build themselves and prevent yourself getting catabolic. People who are not trying to lose fat but build muscle actually need to eat a surplus of calories...

    So, a calorie deficit for weight loss is on OK thing to do. But if you're working out 3 times a week, you need to eat more on those days.

    Maybe try some IF, to kick things off again.

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    • #3
      Well my workouts aren't crazy. I do pushups, squats, pullups, and bicep curls. Takes about 15 min.

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      • #4
        Looks good for the short term. Nice choice of foods, IMO.

        If you start getting weak at all, just add a couple hundred more fat calories, like sour cream with your eggs.
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        • #5
          I don't feel weak at all, but I was thinking about adding in coconut oil to my eggs in the morning for extra energy.

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          • #6
            Restricting calories for a while isn't going to kill you. It's not even necessarily going to put you into "hibernation" mode and ruin your future life. Especially since you let your body know that calories are available by increasing them once a week.

            From my experience, there's a huge difference between eating fewer calories by eating mostly crap "diet food," and eating lower calories by simply cutting out the white stuff (pasta, bread, sugar, etc.). A cup of "diet" ice cream probably won't kill you, but people who reduce calories and subsist on prepackaged meals like WW and Lean Cuisine aren't doing their bodies much good. You're keeping it primal, and if you feel good and aren't starving to the point that your pet starts looking like something you might want to grill, you're fine.
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            • #7
              Do a weekly carb refeed to prevent any unnecessary metabolic slowdown.

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              • #8
                I've been doing 800cals for 48 days and feel great. Stick with your plan for a few weeks but try to get a few vegetables in
                When I'd had enough of the grain and starched based 'diabetic eating for health' diet (eating for health, my ass!) my weight was 242.5 lbs. On starting primal- 18th April 2013 weight : 238.1.
                27th July 2013. weight after 100 days 136.9 weight lost 101.2lb ; that's 105.6lbs since I stopped the 'diabetic eating for health'
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                • #9
                  Do any of you do this on a regular basis or just to reach your body fat goal? I can actually see myself doing this daily, maybe add in a salad/fruit here and there for lunch, but only if I really get hungry. I'm just worried about my health and metabolism

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                  • #10
                    In my 48 years I have never been able to restrict calories, lose weight AND keep it off after resuming a more normal eating plan. Perhaps it would work on primal foods, but I suspect that to get lean and stay lean I would need to learn to exist in perpetuity on a reduced calorie plan.
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                    • #11
                      I second the need to add an overfeed day every 3 to 5 days. That will actually speed up the weight loss. The most effective diet I have been on, restricted calories to <1000 cal level for 4 days of the week, at a low cal level additional day of the week (<1300) one massive overfeed day on plain starch (~ 3000 cals) and a normal day ~ 1600 cals. Since your athletic performance is not that huge, your overfeed day doesn't need to be that crazy. But overfeeding will prevent your body from hoarding and lowering ghrelin. So, I think once you feel like eating a lot, eat a lot.

                      Try to put some green veggies in, spinach, cucumbers, celery or go for organ meats.
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                      • #12
                        That's a lot of eggs girl!

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                        • #13
                          Yea eating around 1,100 calories a day is easy for me since i'm eating a lot of fat/protein. I was just worried about metabolism/health

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                          • #14
                            I'm a guy btw..and yea i can eggs every day for the rest of my life. Although i would like to eat them only for breakfast, i'm on a budget and need protein. Can't eat beef and chicken is too bland

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                            • #15
                              chicken needn't be bland- get some spice on it
                              When I'd had enough of the grain and starched based 'diabetic eating for health' diet (eating for health, my ass!) my weight was 242.5 lbs. On starting primal- 18th April 2013 weight : 238.1.
                              27th July 2013. weight after 100 days 136.9 weight lost 101.2lb ; that's 105.6lbs since I stopped the 'diabetic eating for health'
                              new journal http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...ml#post1264082

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