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    So I'm a little over two weeks in, and I can feel my body adjusting (except my GI, but that's a different story altogether). I've been tracking my meals using FitDay, and I know from some reading an experience that everything on that site is a bit lean. That being said, on days when I'm hungry enough to eat 3 meals, I'm only getting 1,500 cals (probably more around 17-1,800). On days that I don't, I'm having issues hitting 1,000.

    I don't eat a lot of veggies because I've always had an issue with the texture of most, thought I'm trying. My end goal is to be fit, with some obvious weight loss on the way (6'3" 250, want to be 200ish). Is this a healthy route to be on? Should I be hungrier? Any insight would be faaaaaaantastic

    Note: Other than some walks I take randomly, I haven't been doing any extra physical activity for the adjustment period. I experienced a few bouts of light-headedness and didn't want to push my luck (hence the lack of activities).

    FitDay:
    http://www.fitday.com/fitness/Public...mbordenkircher

  • #2
    Holy crap, you get full on 1,000 calories? I am a 14 year old girl, and I can wolf down over 3,000 in a day without blinking an eye. I had 1,200 calories for breakfast four hours ago, and am, in fact, about to eat a nice piece of chicken covered in olive oil. My stomach would implode if I ate that little, and you are quite nearly a foot taller then me (5'5).

    Maybe I'm just weird.

    If you aren't hungry, I wouldn't worry about it, though. Unless you have a thyroid problem, your body is good at telling you how much it needs, and I would just follow your hunger signals.
    Remember, you are unique just like everybody else.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Beefsister View Post
      Holy crap, you get full on 1,000 calories? I am a 14 year old girl, and I can wolf down over 3,000 in a day without blinking an eye. I had 1,200 calories for breakfast four hours ago, and am, in fact, about to eat a nice piece of chicken covered in olive oil. My stomach would implode if I ate that little, and you are quite nearly a foot taller then me (5'5).

      Maybe I'm just weird.

      If you aren't hungry, I wouldn't worry about it, though. Unless you have a thyroid problem, your body is good at telling you how much it needs, and I would just follow your hunger signals.
      Your a beast @_@

      Im 18 years old 5'6 and 145 lbs and i wish i ate nearly as much as you =P
      "I know what my body needs and what it can handle. There's no better way to achieve my goal than what im doing now. If my regimen leads to my death, be it in six days or six months...I will die fullfiled. The outcome is irrelavent so long as i steer towards my fate. If death is to be my prize, i welcome it with open arms."

      "A pound of meat a day keeps the doctor away"

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      • #4
        Had almost a pound of beef for dinner last night, and put a Tablespoon of butter on it.

        It was delicious ;P

        OP should start eating ground beef with melted butter IMO.

        A man your size, OP, should be eating at least 2,000 calories a day. Perhaps you should start weightlifting. That always makes me hungry.
        Remember, you are unique just like everybody else.

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        • #5
          I'm sure my eating habits will change a bit once I do start working out again. I was working out 6 days a week previous to starting PB living. I lost 70 lbs on my own. It might be my (*cough* backed up) GI, and my body is literally full. Any other advice on the negative effects?

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          • #6
            I'm with beefsister on this one! I too have no problem packing away the calories and am 5'6 120lbs female. I don't think I could, or WANT to survive on only 1000 calories a day-I just love eating too much. I have no problem clearing 2000 calories daily.
            I am fairly active though, so that helps keep my hunger up

            Remember OP, you need to consume at LEAST enough calories so your body can function daily. That is going to be more than 1000-check your BMR to be sure
            The nice part about being a pessimist is that you are constantly being proven right or pleasantly surprised.

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            • #7
              It's probably alright to eat that little for now. But if you start working out, you're going to have to increase that number. Do you drink a lot of coffee? Coffee always makes me full. I just realized this, because I had a cup while waiting for my chicken to cook, and now I feel surprisingly filled up. But maybe this is irrelevant unless you have 10 cups of Jo a day.

              If you are still worried about eating too little, drink a little olive oil. I sometimes do this to even out my protein to fat ratio, if I've already eaten a bunch of meat. Lots of concentrated calories, and I think it's tasty. If you refuse to drink straight oil, try drizzling some on a small salad.
              Remember, you are unique just like everybody else.

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              • #8
                Beefsister: all I can say is wow, that is alot of food for a small person, hah.

                OP: Some people who eat primally just cannot go by hunger levels in order to eat enough due to the satiety that protein and fat provide. I am one of those people, so I know the situation you are in. How much weight have you lost so far? The light-headedness can be caused by either too little calories or getting used to eating much less carbs than before. In your case I would say it's too few calories, even though you just started two weeks ago, because 1,500 is not much, and I've experienced light-headedness when I don't eat enough. I've found that eating things that are both easy to get down and provide a good amount of calories is a good route. This includes, and is not limited to, eggs, nuts, nut butters, and butter. I agree with Beefsister, start lifting heavy and eat at least 2,000 calories a day, that is a good place to start. Adjust as necessary.

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                • #9
                  Beefsister, you are definitely the youngest here. First it was me, then some dude, and now you. Lol.
                  "I know what my body needs and what it can handle. There's no better way to achieve my goal than what im doing now. If my regimen leads to my death, be it in six days or six months...I will die fullfiled. The outcome is irrelavent so long as i steer towards my fate. If death is to be my prize, i welcome it with open arms."

                  "A pound of meat a day keeps the doctor away"

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                  • #10
                    Eat when hungry. Stop when full.

                    When I follow that routine, I rarely break over 1000 calories myself. Now, on days that I work out more...ie: yard work dog walking, etc, I will still typically eat around 1000 cals but then by that 2nd or 3rd day...I am ravenous and almost 'catch back up' as it were.

                    Eat when hungry. Stop when full.
                    Even if you fall flat on your face, at least you're moving forward!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Beefsister View Post
                      Holy crap, you get full on 1,000 calories? I am a 14 year old girl, and I can wolf down over 3,000 in a day without blinking an eye. I had 1,200 calories for breakfast four hours ago, and am, in fact, about to eat a nice piece of chicken covered in olive oil. My stomach would implode if I ate that little, and you are quite nearly a foot taller then me (5'5).
                      Maybe I'm just weird.
                      You are 14 and still growing so of course you are going to be hungrier then most. I am 48 (almost 49), 5'3" and get full on 1200 tio 1500 calories daily.
                      You probably also burn a ton more calories then I do just from your daily routines.


                      Originally posted by Beefsister View Post
                      If you aren't hungry, I wouldn't worry about it, though. Unless you have a thyroid problem, your body is good at telling you how much it needs, and I would just follow your hunger signals.
                      ^^^This

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                      • #12
                        I've been shocked at how not hungry I've been during various fasts. I did 36 hours the other day (or day and a half an guess) and I had maybe 2 moments where I thought "huh, I could eat something." Even afterwards, I keep finding that I don't need that much food to achieve satiety... My thinking is that my body's like "well you are a big walking storehouse of high quality energy storage, so we can just use that instead of food for now."

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Feanor78 View Post
                          I've been shocked at how not hungry I've been during various fasts. I did 36 hours the other day (or day and a half an guess) and I had maybe 2 moments where I thought "huh, I could eat something." Even afterwards, I keep finding that I don't need that much food to achieve satiety... My thinking is that my body's like "well you are a big walking storehouse of high quality energy storage, so we can just use that instead of food for now."
                          My thoughts were along those lines. I can see my hunger levels increasing when I start working out more, and when my fat loss plateaus.

                          To address everything else, I don't have thyroid issues, and I lost 70 lbs previous to starting PB and haven't weighed myself yet.

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                          • #14
                            I wonder if the we actually need all them calories (Oh an BeefSisiter- I am glad you aren't one of my kids- I could not afford to feed you, LOL!)
                            But anyway- isn't the calorie counter thing based on the SAD anyway? How many calories do you think GROK would have actually ate? I am sure he would have fasted a few days, not by choice, but by lack of food-

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Beefsister View Post
                              Holy crap, you get full on 1,000 calories? I am a 14 year old girl, and I can wolf down over 3,000 in a day without blinking an eye. I had 1,200 calories for breakfast four hours ago, and am, in fact, about to eat a nice piece of chicken covered in olive oil. My stomach would implode if I ate that little, and you are quite nearly a foot taller then me (5'5).

                              Maybe I'm just weird.

                              If you aren't hungry, I wouldn't worry about it, though. Unless you have a thyroid problem, your body is good at telling you how much it needs, and I would just follow your hunger signals.
                              you might be about to hit a growth spirt
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