There are two important points here:
1) The purpose of the EMF protocol is to reach a ketogenic state. You need a high percentage of fat (70+%) and a low carb count to reach Nutritional Ketosis. So for me the first aim would be to hit the fat macro.
2)BUT, It is also important to not over eat in the calorie arena. Try and stay a minimum of 10% below your BMR plus activity burn rate. If you have maxed out calories for the day and percentages are not right, then you should just try again the next day.
***For many of us, it took several weeks to find the right food combos that allowed us to hit our fat goal within our calorie max.
Hey Cori! Didn't realize you were from this area too... Good to know. Maybe we should have a Florida primal party one of these days. Funny, I grew up in Tallahassee but my family is originally from Suwanee county. I tend to think of this area as much more 'southern' than then the panhandle. Guess even being a redneck is subjective Demuralist, there is a country song called Country Must Be Country Wide. It's all a state of mind. Pebbles, let me know when you get here
You know all those things you have always wanted to do? You should go do them.
Nah.. I was always aware "they" were out to get me.. even before I became Primal..... Now I can just run faster if they find me-Dino Hunter
SW 215 lbs
CW 180 lbs (whole foods/primal eating)
LW 172 lbs
GW 125ish lbs
If you eat eggs, a good way to get fat is:
Soften 2 T cream cheese
Scramble 1 egg, add to the cheese
Fry in butter, put extra butter on top.
I think it's 83% fat low protein and carbs.
Hi - I'm new to MDA & Primal/Paleo lifestyle. I got interested in changing my diet after reading The 4-Hr Body which promotes a slow-carb diet (hi-prot, lentils/legumes/veg/nuts/seeds/fats & no fruit). I just finished my 3rd week with stalled results (stopped doing cardio but did BodyPump to maintain muscle since starting & may have enjoyed cheat days a little too much), but have kept 5 lbs off since wk #1.
This is a great site (amongst others) with tons of great info & I'm now thinking of going Primal & omitting legumes & adding back small quantities of fruit.
After doing my research (something I always do before making the leap) and reading this particular thread in its entirety, I can't help but notice some common themes:
1 - Many of you seem to be too careful with lowering carbs too much (hardly any mention of veggies but for avocados)
2 - increasing fats to the detriment of protein (isn't the point of Primal to keep protein up for satiety & increase/maintain muscle - ditto for fats)
3 - a lot of IF to the point where it seems obssessive - would this not lower metabolism too much where body will hang on to fat slowing down weightloss
4 - not much talk of re-feeding which would prevent plateaus
5 - the obsession with COUNTING & LOWERING CALORIES! I thought the whole point of Paleo/Primal was to enjoy your food in adopting this lifestyle.
I'm getting the impression that weight loss can only be done by lowering calories, which I thought was counter-productive in the Primal lifestyle.
BTW - I also read thread on eating more fat which brought on this new thread.
All of the above is an objective observation with no malice intended...just concern.
I'm 50 yrs, 5'2"
CW 176 lbs
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Thank You for your concern. I have stated in the first post of both of the EMF threads that this is an extreme form of the Primal program and that newbies should not start here, but with the book. I however cannot make people obey, so all are welcome. We are eating Primal approved foods, but in different macro ranges.
Paleobird, who wrote the first EMF thread, has a seizure disorder and a cancer history and so chose to explore Nutritional Ketosis for health reasons. I have a binge eating disorder and a clotting disease which makes bingeing on sugar and carbs potentially deadly to me. Others on this thread have PCOS, thyroid problems etc.
In answer to your observations:I personally do not IF and am not a fan of the extreme calorie cutting that some jump into because NK makes one less hungry. I have always maintained getting enough calories is as important as hitting the fat goal. I eat a small amount of varied veg every day, but getting vegetables is not my focus. My protein level is in line with the PB recommendations. I actually did a refeed with sweet potato last night, just for fun, not out of necessity. It would be nice if it could be an intuitive way of eating for everyone. I think for most it is, but not for all. For me calories matter.
I would suggest that you start with the basic Primal Blueprint plan. I lost 65 lbs that way before my eating disorder kicked back in. Good Luck!
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-We get our carbs through veggies-not just avocados. Many of us eat salads and such. Lower carb veggies are typically the veggies grown above ground. Although we like avocados because they aid in our getting our fat ratios.
-Mark does not shy away from fat. However many people think the fat ratios are high. Fat assists in satiation, not protein.
-I do not see people IFing to the point of obsession. Although there are many on MDA that swear by it and if it works for them?? Groovy.
-not sure why a re-feed would be necessary. I would think if you are wanting to keep your body in NK to lose, this would be bad.
-we are not calorie counting. Yes, calories figure in AND ARE IMPORTANT if you need to lose weight. We are more closely monitoring our macros of fat, carbs and protein in grams.
I hope this helps clarify a few things. There is a thread prior to this that has a lot more info I would invite you to investigate.
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Welcome! I'm not sure if your concern is for those of us doing EMF, or for yourself if you chose to eat this way.
I too recently began Primal eating, January 1st in hopes of finding a good balance of life/food/movement. In this month I have let go of grains, sugar, as well as six pounds I put on last fall. I do not do IF because it triggers diet mentality for me. I eat veggies, in quantity at least once a day. I don't slather fat on my food, but I do live eating avocados and meat and putting heavy cream in my coffee. The first two weeks primal I didn't shed an ounce. I added fat and shed six pounds in the last two weeks. Why does I work? I don't know.
I am at a healthy BMI, but I would like to be mid or low range on the BMI chart. I'm 62 and they say thinner can lead to longevity, so I'm in. I'm curious to see where this takes me. Last month I had movie popcorn one time. I'd say that 's a pretty big refeed.
I think that EMF is not for everyone. I certainly was skeptical. I feel good so I'm taking it day to day. You'll need to research and see what makes sense for you.
mm - I had a lot of these same questions before I started this, and I imagine others do as well, so it's probably good to get our perspectives here - for you and others who may be wondering.
First, context, as Robb Wolf says, matters here. As Paula says, this is extreme and not necessary for most. My husband and mom do straight up Primal with spectacular results. If you don't need to go here, I probably wouldn't - not because I think it's harmful, it's just a bit more challenging in our society. For me personally, I think my history and medical issues have led me here.
In terms of your specific points:
Veggies - We might not discuss them much, but most of us get plenty of foliage. Fact of the matter, even on low carb, I'm getting more veggies in a day than most people I know, even my "vegetarian" friends. An interesting point, not really the subject of this thread, is the question of how many veggies we really need (and absorb), particularly if we eat "head to tail". I don't know the answer, and this isn't the place to discuss it, but something I've been thinking about.
Fat/Protein ratio - I think a main point of eating NK is to get sufficient but not excess protein. When calculating ratios, the starting point is carbs and protein - fat is the lever up and down.
IF - I hadn't noticed much of that here, but this thread moves so fast that miss pages a day. I think a natural result of NK is that a lot of people naturally fall into patterns of eating 1 or 2 or 3 times a day. To the extent this is natural and works for people, doesn't seem like it's a problem - it's in fact the desire of eating Primally to be able to listen to and respect your body. I personally am not there - I eat 3 square meals a day
Re-feeding - my own personal experience would say that "re-feeding" is bad new for me. It leads to cravings, binges, and significant weight gain. Eating well, eating clean, listening to my body - those things have worked well.
Calories - this is a tough one in the Primal world. From what I've read of all the Paleo/Primal "experts", not one of them says that calories don't count. Guest Post: Robb Wolf Answers Your Paleo Diet Questions | Mark's Daily Apple HOWEVER, a lot of people can learn to "naturally" eat when they cut out all the junk that messes with their brain signals. That's the goal. My husband is one of those people. He'll never need to count a calorie - his body naturally tells him to stop, he can hear what his body says, and he (gasp) stops. I, on the other hand, have been overweight my entire life. I don't often hear my body when it says it is full (getting better though!) and I eat for reasons others than hunger. Also, while I actually have a pretty good idea of calories, I have no clue about protein and fat density. For folks like my husband, I don't think it matters. For metabolically deranged folks like me, it does.
I hate to harp on calories, but they do matter. They are not the ONLY factor and getting your macros right will get help you so that the calories work. Your past history, your job, your stress, your sleep, your activity, will all determine what's right. I'm not hungry. I don't feel like I'm starving. But, I did when I did WW and essentially ate the same calories.
One final note - and I don't personally like this - we are all different. What works for me may not work for you and I know doesn't work for my husband There are some basic building blocks we all follow, but at the end of the day, it's a great, big experiment to find what works for each of us.
My Fitness Pal & BMR I just discovered a major flaw in the way MFP calculates BMR. The calculator on the site only gives you your "coma calories" burn, and clearly says that daily activity is not counted. It then says that it's Mifflin-St joer calculation is more accurate than Harris Benedict. BUT the purpose of Harris Benedict is to calculate your activity calories. Somebody messed up.
MFP gives me 1765 BMR. I multiplied by 1.375 for less active days.
Min Daily Calorie need 2427
I choose to eat 1850 cals about 20% below. On heavy work out days up to 40% below
IMO everyone should at least eat enough to hit their base BMR without activity, though others I'm sure will disagree.
Harris Benedict tells us to multiply the base BMR by the following:
To determine your total daily calorie needs, multiply your BMR by the appropriate activity factor, as follows:
If you are sedentary (little or no exercise) : Calorie-Calculation = BMR x 1.2
If you are lightly active (light exercise/sports 1-3 days/week) : Calorie-Calculation = BMR x 1.375
If you are moderatetely active (moderate exercise/sports 3-5 days/week) : Calorie-Calculation = BMR x 1.55
If you are very active (hard exercise/sports 6-7 days a week) : Calorie-Calculation = BMR x 1.725
If you are extra active (very hard exercise/sports & physical job or 2x training) : Calorie-Calculation = BMR x 1.9
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