Vegan -- 2000-2200 calories per day
Vegetarian -- 1800-2000 calories per day (not including pregnancy/lactation times, where I might go up a bit -- maybe up to 2200)
Primal -- 1600-1800 calories per day (depends on pre ovulation vs post)
Primal with IF -- 1500-1700 calories per day (depends on pre ovu vs post).
As per the articles, like those funny little rats, when the nutrition of my food goes up, my calories go down. My weight has been stable (not trying to loose any), and body composition is about the same. I have had two bouts of emotional eating, but none since trying IF.
What I'm curious about is *whether* my caloric intake will go down naturally with this method, and where it will go. I'm not restricting (i don't have a number in mind), but I will be observing to see what is happening with my caloric intake.
If eating the fats (and alternating which fats which alternates the nutrient profiles), the idea that more nutrient dense food equals less caloric consumption should still apply. I'm just wondering if I'll drop another 100 calories or what. I mean, move to 1400-1600 pre/post ovu. It will be interesting to observe.
DH and I have noticed this since IF. I know that I'm consuming an average of 200 calories less per day across a month, which equates to a good amount of food. DH reckons that he's been eating less as well, while DS is eating basically the same amounts. Our food bill has dropped by $45/wk since adding IF to our protocols. DH is still seeing strength/muscle gains, and I'm healthy, and DS is healthy, so. . . that's interesting!Not only that--the first thing I noticed was how much less I was spending on food in a week. My food spending was literally cut in half. Add in the 10 bucks spent on coconut oil every couple weeks, and I'm still saving quite a bit of money! A nice perk.
We also notice since IF that we want less junky foods. Our body has no craving for things like Gelato or Cookies. We hardly ate them before (about once every 3 months). But now it's even more rare. I hardly have any interest in fruit even, and I haven't had chocolate in. . . 6 weeks I think. We used to go through 2-3 chocolate bars a week. Now, DH goes through about one a month? That's sharing with people in our office, even.
The cool thing about this, imo, is that DH is happy that I'm getting more oils. He's been hounding me for YEARS to do CLO. It's expensive here, but I know it's good for me. I think if I take it nose-clipped, I'll be ok. I also have a syringe to shoot it into my mouth, and I can quick chase it with water and then do a good rinse of the mouth. Even if I take CLO every *third* day this way, it changes my nutrient profile.
We are also juicing (naturopath's orders) to get more nutrients from greens (it's green drink with lemon as the only fruit, and we add a bit of medicinal manuka honey to it to just perk the sweet a bit -- but otherwise it's great). this means that in the first meal I do 2 eggs in butter (or hard boiled 3 eggs), two brazil nuts, 12 oz green drink, while the second meal is typically raw veggies (salad -- which includes soaked nuts or seeds) or steamed fresh veg plus meat and a cup of bone broth. Snack will be oils. One day a week, we do sweet potato fries, and DH has another sweet potato on work-out days. When we dine out (about every 6 weeks, we typically have rice/rice noodles).
It will be interesting to see how this works out.