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    Quote Originally Posted by Lizzie125 View Post
    I too eat pretty PB clean, but was holding on to weight. I tweaked all over, but am still flabby etc. The thing is, the intuitive eat until you are full thing does not work for me because I can eat so damn much....and at some point my body is just not using the stores of fat. That being said, I could eat massive amounts and not gain much.

    However, I do not want to maintain at my current weight: I want to lose about 50 lbs. I am a muscular mesomorph--I put on muscle quickly--but am still encased in the puffy girl suit (or rather the puffy 40 something suit?).

    So I have started recording what I eat in fitday. Calorie counting does not mean one automatically becomes CW OCD, it just means one is conscious of what one puts in one's body. It catches me out if I am eating emotionally, and when considered in conjunction with my weight, it tells me what is going on. I don't understand the resistance to cal counting -- it is keep track just like a keto stick is.

    I first just ate whatever however much and recorded and I would come in at about 2400 cals a day. No wonder I was stuck! Primal allows me to feel fuller at a lower level however and I don't have to stuff myself: if I stick to 1500-1700 I will lose consistently doing mostly weights and just some cardio and sprints. At 1800 I start to slow down. At 2400 I will gain very very slowly but mostly level off.

    I still eat fat and protein, obviously, but have cut back on the butter and bacon, and have increased my vegetables a fair amount.

    Fitday may not be accurate, but like my scale, it is not about knowing the exact numbers per se, but knowing relatively how the numbers correspond to each other: I lose weight at X units, not at Y units. That is all that this means to me.

    Also, the BCAA stuff is interesting: I have only been taking supplements right after a workout. But perhaps I should be taking them more consistently.
    My story exactly except I have 30 instead of 50 to shed. I think there are some people in this forum who come from a background of eating disorders, starve/binge cycles, yo-yo dieting, etc. For them, the whole concept of calorie counting is like a bad flashback and sends off alarm signals. For some people such as me, measuring tools just make sense, like you would need a tape measure to figure out how much new carpet to buy. For some people it attaches to some very emotional issues, for me it's just about using a tool to help me get to my goal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paleobird View Post
    For some people it attaches to some very emotional issues, for me it's just about using a tool to help me get to my goal.
    I agree. I track to get an idea of what I`m taking in and I`m sure one day I`ll be able to stop because I`ll know what foods contain what and in what amounts. Until then I`ll continue to track
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bodhi View Post
    Yep, that's why I think people should have a good visual of what enough protein looks like when measured an weighed, then they can go unweighted and unmeasured.
    OK, today I tried to eat as much protein as I could.
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    10:30 – 2 Coconut hearts
    1:30 – 4 mushrooms, 3 eggs, ¼ C bacon omelet thingy. ½ C cucumber, 50 g Brie
    4 – ¼ C Tuna
    D – 1 ½ C chili (without beans), ½ C cucumber, coconut heart

    I added the 3rd egg, the bacon, the Brie, the Tuna and an extra 1/2 C of chili to what I'd normally eat.

    My CRONoMeter #s:
    Cal: 1307
    Protein: 89 g (29%)
    Carbs: 30 g (9%)
    Fat: 92 g (63%)

    I ate as much chili as I could, and as much protein as I could, and I was STUFFED! But I still couldn’t eat 100g!
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    The bacon and the brie look like what took you overbudget on calories without giving you as much protein as you need. I'm also finding that, as much as I adore all coconut products, they are getting moved to the "occasional indulgence" rather than "dietary staple" category.

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    Ah, but eggs without bacon
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    Quote Originally Posted by winencandy View Post
    Ah, but eggs without bacon
    Ah, but person without spare tire...............

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    Quote Originally Posted by winencandy View Post
    Ah, but eggs without bacon
    That`s a sin... ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paleobird View Post
    My story exactly except I have 30 instead of 50 to shed. I think there are some people in this forum who come from a background of eating disorders, starve/binge cycles, yo-yo dieting, etc. For them, the whole concept of calorie counting is like a bad flashback and sends off alarm signals. For some people such as me, measuring tools just make sense, like you would need a tape measure to figure out how much new carpet to buy. For some people it attaches to some very emotional issues, for me it's just about using a tool to help me get to my goal.
    ^This.

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    Just as a "ferinstance":

    Today I had 6 eggs and wheatgrass juice for breakfast (don't laugh, I actually like wheatgrass)
    Spinach salad with swordfish steak for lunch
    two chicken breasts in a yummy curry I made for dinner
    and I still had enough calories in the budget for a piece of panther bar chocolate which I am now nibbling.
    I hit all of my macronutrient targets and the grand total was only a bit over 1300 calories and I couldn't eat any more if I tried.

    It is definitely possible to restrict calories without starving or giving up all of life's pleasures.

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