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    In fact I was down 5 lbs!! I probably could up the calories. I've been doing 1400 calories as a minimum with an upper target of 1600. I'm not doing Paleo's 1 g protein per lbs of "hot on the beach" weight. Although I'm heavier (195) and taller than Robin/Paleobird, I am far less active -- only moving slowly 30-45 min/day. I'm targeting between 90 and 110 g protein and <75 g carb. I'll stick with it this week and see where I end up next week. For the Edwards Deming fans -- plan do check act; this week will be more doing then a check.

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    Today's Food
    10:45: cup left over ham, of the avocado I cut up yesterday
    12:00: 125g of blueberry & cranberry dark chocolate “clusters” OMG YUM!!!! (in the car)
    4:30: 2 (5 oz) glasses of white wine
    D: 2 lightly breaded cod fillets, a few french fries, a cereal bowl full of salad: cauliflower, red pepper, mushroom, carrot, garlic, balsamic, and olive oil. a mango

    Lots of veggies, fruit & chocolate today. (consider it a carb re-feed day )
    Not enough protein.
    I didn't really "follow the plan" today.
    No counting!
    I'm full.
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    I've been sticking to around 1200 cals, 100g of protein, 50g carb and the rest fat (I'm 5'5" & 135) and feel pretty good. But, I'm having a hard time sleeping (I wake up 2 hrs after falling asleep and I'm hungry). I've always slept better eating close to bed, which I try not to do b/c I know it is not good for weight loss. Any thoughts? I've eaten 1 or 2 hardboiled eggs close to bedtime & it helps, but I don't want to shoot myself in the foot when I'm putting in all this effort.

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    Quote Originally Posted by svelting View Post
    In fact I was down 5 lbs!!
    Congrats!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by paradisefound View Post
    I've been sticking to around 1200 cals, 100g of protein, 50g carb and the rest fat (I'm 5'5" & 135) and feel pretty good. But, I'm having a hard time sleeping (I wake up 2 hrs after falling asleep and I'm hungry). I've always slept better eating close to bed, which I try not to do b/c I know it is not good for weight loss. Any thoughts? I've eaten 1 or 2 hardboiled eggs close to bedtime & it helps, but I don't want to shoot myself in the foot when I'm putting in all this effort.
    Try 200-600 mg of magnesium citrate an hour before bed. I sleep like a baby now.

    And, according to Johnny of LeanSaloon, it's just fine to eat before bed (it is a myth that it inhibits fat loss)--and that eating close to bed helps him to sleep better. His eating window is 4-11pm. He quotes some studies on his blog to support this. At 7% bodyfat, which he has maintained by IFing for over 2 years, I think he's got some great insight and he's done his research.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    And, according to Johnny of LeanSaloon, it's just fine to eat before bed (it is a myth that it inhibits fat loss)--and that eating close to bed helps him to sleep better. His eating window is 4-11pm. He quotes some studies on his blog to support this. At 7% bodyfat, which he has maintained by IFing for over 2 years, I think he's got some great insight and he's done his research.
    This just makes sense to me too. After a day of fasting, you're really hungry when you eat and then you rest and feel sleepy after. It seems to be a normal physiological reaction to get sleepy after a big evening meal. This happened to me last night, starving hungry by the time dinner rolled around at 8.30, ate my fill, lay down and fell asleep 1/2 hour later. I slept like a baby!

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    And the result ...

    Last Sunday I weighed in at 60.6 kg (133.32 lbs)

    This morning (one week on) after averaging 1774 calories a day with a 28%/11%/60% - protein/carb/fat split - (the missing 1% is the glass of red wine yesterday evening) and 4 hours of yoga, 5:30 cycling, a weights session, 1:30 walking and 1:15 swimming for exercise ...

    58.9 kg (129.58 lbs) - 3.74 lbs lost :-)

    I will continue tracking and report back next Sunday with averages and another weigh in!
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    Quote Originally Posted by paradisefound View Post
    I've been sticking to around 1200 cals, 100g of protein, 50g carb and the rest fat (I'm 5'5" & 135) and feel pretty good. But, I'm having a hard time sleeping (I wake up 2 hrs after falling asleep and I'm hungry). I've always slept better eating close to bed, which I try not to do b/c I know it is not good for weight loss. Any thoughts? I've eaten 1 or 2 hardboiled eggs close to bedtime & it helps, but I don't want to shoot myself in the foot when I'm putting in all this effort.
    Below two very interesting (quite complicated but light-heartedly explained) posts with respect to sleep and appetite. 1200 cals is quite low but if you aren't very active or muscular not massively low. There's a lot more to feeling hungry than whether you have eaten enough as the two posts below begin to highlight, having other hormones out of whack is just one. 5-HTP (100 mgs in the morning) has made a big difference to me personally.


    Evolutionary Psychiatry: Appetite Regulation and the Brain
    Evolutionary Psychiatry: The Neurobiology of Insomnia - How I Learned to *Start* Worrying and Love Orexin

    Also here's some information about why allowing your body to be free of digestion over the night hours might be a good idea

    io9. We come from the future.

    And, Mark posted on this just recently ... Poor Sleep May Make You (and Your Liver) Fat | Mark's Daily Apple

    This may, or may not ring any bells but I knew I'd been making some connections recently on this topic!
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    I figured out my weeks' averages.

    Calories: 1254
    Protein: 66 g
    Carbs: 69 g
    Fat: 71 g

    Or: Protein 22 %, Carbs 24 %, Fat 50 %, Alcohol 4%

    And the weight/measurement results? No change. Nothing. Nada. Zip.
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