True, everyone is different.
I try to think about Grok- he ate when he was hungry. He didn't count calories. He also didn't have 'primal muffins' as a comfort food so he really only ate when he was ACTUALLY hungry (which was probably a lot due to his activity level). A lot of people (maybe not you) don't know what actual hunger is. Some people think they are hungry when really it is a sugar craving.
If you haven't heard of Gary Taubes you might wanna look him up (i think mcbeitz also mentioned him)- the general hypothesis he makes is that when you calorie restrict your body compensates the loss of calories by slowing your metabolism and energy level down. You will lose weight short term but eventually your body will catch up.
Hope this makes sense, it's 1 am and I'm not always good at explaining things
Last edited by Freedish; 09-29-2011 at 10:04 PM.
What GT said was in reference to people still running on carbs. Restrict calories, metabolism shifts down. Very true, but, for those of us who are long since over carbs, advice like that of Wildwabbit above is the stumbling block keeping many an aspiring Primal from reaching their weight loss goals. "Eat more fat! Yay fat!"
I believed this for a while and waited for the weight to melt off too. Didn't happen. When you have switched over to fat burning mode, your body can burn the fat on your fork or the fat on your rear. If you keep putting too much fat in your system, you will not burn the stored fat no matter how low your carb intake. If you are at a healthy weight there is nothing wrong with fatty brisket but if you are trying to lose weight, try some flank steak instead. I dialed back the fat, increased the protein proportionately and curtailed the overall quantity of food I was eating (all Primal) and 35 pounds melted off.
And I really wish the Primal community would realize that advice like "eat when you're hungry, stop when you're not" is all well and good for someone with a healthy satiety signaling system. For most overweight people, this is the most unhelpful mantra ever chanted.
If eating the wrong foods its common to see +300lb dieters (+3000 "maintenance" cals) at deficits in excess of 1000calories without losing the 2lb of bodyfat per week that the simple calories in vs calories out math says they should be at that level of restriction.
A diet of say... 180g of protein, 150g carbs a day with 120g fats would still leave someone my size with a daily deficit of between 800 and 1000 cals depending on activity levels
At such a caloric deficit success is black and white, either your dropping on average 1.5-2.5 pounds a week or your not, and people's uninformed suggestions to "eat less" when already at such a deficit are misguided and unhealthy
Last edited by Fury; 09-30-2011 at 12:54 PM.
Too many nuts and eating too often.
I guess patience is not one of my virtues- results now!
Also-stop putting that death on your salad.