Yeah- hey 1200 calories of good food is cheaper than 3000 or 4000. I do get 3 meals out of a pound of ground beef. And 3 meals out of a giant sirloin steak.I think a slower metabolism has a lot of benefits as well.
I still only take food home from a restaurant on rare occasions and only when I am purposely trying to eat less. I have been known to chow down on a 16oz prime rib plus two sides of veggies and not feel over full afterwards but rather, perfectly satisfied. It's awkward/hilarious/awesome to out eat your date half the time...
No disease that can be treated by diet should be treated with any other means.
Intuitive portion control for me was something I had to learn by making myself do it. It's a choice that becomes a habit.
One thing we have to get over is the idea that feeling hungry is somehow a pathology. It's just a notification from your body that it would be a good idea to start hunting now. I'm sure the Groks spent a great deal of their time experiencing hunger. It's normal and natural.
Given that our idea of hunting is a walk to the fridge door, it's not like ignoring hunger signals is going to hurt us any. Somehow the sensation of hunger often gets tied up with so many emotional overlays.
That's positive.... can you eat more now and maintain?I didn't say it was fun. I did five months at 1000/day (all high quality primal calories) and lost the last stubborn 35 lbs. Yes. it sucked. But now it's done and I am not yo-yo ing at all.
I have much more than the 'last stubborn 35lbs' to lose.
So when I stop losing weight completely at 1000-1200, then what? 800-900... stop losing again and go down further... 750?
I'm 5'9" not 5'... that really doesn't sound healthy at all.
How low can I go an not jack my already messed up metabolism up so badly that after losing the weight if I try and eat a normal maintenance amount of say 1200 cal a day... that I have real problems GAINing at that number?
Being hungry isn't an issue for me... which is a whole other issue. I know people who have said that they envy that I'm never hungry. But living with constant nausea so that chewing and eating is often repulsive is no fun at all. Most days I only manage to maintain 1200 cal by having caloric liquids...
“You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.”
And that's why I'm here eating HFLC Primal/Paleo.
I counted for a while but have now moved to just "eyeball" portion control. So, counting doesn't have to mean shacking yourself to the food scale forever.
I totally agree with camel and magnolia that it is frustrating to have someone who has never needed to count calories tell you that you are "underreporting" your calories.