New & Need some insight from a primal vet...
I've conquered my first successful grocery shopping trip so I can get my shell in Primal gear. However, I have read and read and re-read.....but I clearly need some primal vet help.
Quick Bio Info: I'm female, I'm a Celiac and have been gluten free for almost 10yrs. I used to maintain a weight of 135-145, worked w/ a trainer and/or worked out at least 4x's per week and I ate nearly primal, although I didn't know that at the time. I was dx with compartment syndrome in both legs & underwent surgery hence my current situation which is: I'm 5'1 and now weigh 156 due to being sedentary for months while my legs healed from the surgery, etc. For the last year, I can't get the scale to budge so it's time to regroup and get back on track.
Currently I exercise approx 4x's per week sometimes more alternating my days between weights (60min sessions) & cardio (usually treadmill or lipty for 3 miles give or take but always hitting at least 30-45min worth of cardio). And I've been using myfitnesspal to track what I eat. After reading Mark's site and visiting nearly every link he offers I'm ready to get my primal on.
WHAT I NEED HELP WITH IS: I have reset myfitnesspal for a 1200 calorie intake (is this appropriate?) with goals of 20% carbs, 20% protein and 60% fat. I haven't a CLUE if this is accurate for me. I read Mark's "formula" but I am math challenged and I have no idea if I'm doing this correctly. All I understand from his writings & the pretty diagrams is that to lose weight I need to intake no more than 50-100g of carbs per day. I am very confused & finding myself frustrated about what my intake for fats, proteins, sugars, etc. are supposed to be and/or what I need to set these to on myfitnesspal to accurately track my intake of food each day. I MUST keep a log as I rely on that visual to help me see what I'm intaking. If anyone has any insight feel free to enlighten the newbie on the block. (BTW, I tend to ALWAYS go over in protein each day, is this something I need to be concerned about?)
Thanks for taking time to read my primal blah, blah, blah.....
Honestly, I would just eat primal food to satisfaction for a few months at least, before you start worrying about macros.
The scales should shift by doing this
I've been primal/paleo for a few years now and lose weight very slowly. I also track on MFP, set my carb goal at 85 and the rest just fell into place. I eat protein and veg at every meal. The only way I tend to lose is to fast for one day a week.. Just eating to satisfaction never worked for me because I tend to over eat...yes even protein and fat...