I'd say listen to your body.
I have been on paleo for about a year and a half now. At first, I lost 50 pounds within the first few months and then my 90/10 paleo went to about a 70/30 for a while and I maintained my loss. Within the past couple of weeks I've gone back to about 95/5 paleo I have started intermittent fasting. I basically stop eating before 8pm and usually don't eat again until noon-ish the following day. It's not a challenge, I'm just never hungry in the morning anymore. If I am hungry, then I won't skip breakfast that day. I've been tracking my calories and I really never hit my caloric goal. I know calories aren't a big deal if you're under them, but I am wayyyy under them. The past week or so I have been around 1000 calories, sometimes less. I am a 5'3 female weighing 207 pounds, so I should technically be eating another 800ish calories to reach a caloric deficit to lose weight. My question is... is this a problem? I'm not hungry what so ever and if I feel sluggish I incorporate some more fat. Is it ok to just listen to my body like I have been or do I HAVE to eat more?
I'd say listen to your body.
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Not a big deal if your energy/sleep are both good...in a couple of weeks it may catch up to you and you may eat a lot more for awhile. Also not a big deal. Go by how you feel.
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To be honest, I found it was hard to meet my caloric goal daily. I IF too in the morning. Generally eat at around 2 or 3 pm. I was counting calories for the first couple weeks until I got the hang of it, then I stopped. Now I listen to what my body is telling me that I need. I always bring extra food to work in the event that my body says to eat some damn food. It usually just comes back home with me uneaten. I am very sure that my daily calories are way under but I only worry about it if my body tells me to.
Starting Weight: 208 lbs
Current Weight: 166.8 lbs
Thanks for all the responses. Guess I will just continue listening to my body until it tells me it's hungry
Definitely listen to your body. But if you find weight loss stalling, do conside that you need to eat more rather than less.
Listen to your body but also know your body can trip you up with no hunger signs as it tries to conserve its resources if you frequently undereat. Look for other signs such as fatigue, lack of energy, emotional state, too as a guide that might hint that you are not eating enough. I notice if I drop my calories too low long term (under my BMR), I'm not hungry either but I feel like crap after a while until I make myself eat a bit more.
Also don't undereat thinking you HAVE to to lose weight.