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    I need help! This just isn't doing anything and I'm stuck for ideas.

    Hi

    I posted not so long ago about stuff, especially about making sure I eat enough calories. Well, I've been doing (my version) primal now for nearly a month and I haven't lost any weight or inches. I don't feel any better - maybe just a bit actually as I'm not so bloated around the tummy area. My diet is typically between 500 and 1200 calories a day - genuinely! I've been eating fish as my main meal most days. I've added more fat to my diet some days. My main meal of the day is a ready meal so all the calories, carbs, fat etc are counted for me and it's better than my cooking. I tend not to eat until 3pm most days and have a single slice of seeded toast (9.5g net carbs - it has 5g fibre) with 1/2 to 1oz butter or I will have a lump of cheese - pre packed 1oz lump. Then about 8pm I will have my ready meal which is about 350 calories and 12g net carbs for salmon, green veg and 3 very small new potatoes (or max 18g on cod meal). The fibre per meal is around 10g give or take. If I'm very peckish I will have a sugar free jelly and cream or vanilla organic yoghurt after.

    This all sounds pretty healthy to me and is about as primal as I've been able to get so far - moving from 100% veggie to eating fish etc. Occasionally I will eat an egg but nearly gagged the last time I did. I will have them scrambled next time so I don't taste them!

    So, how comes I'm still a little fat blob on a diet like this??? And before you think it, I do not snack and forget about the snacks. I just don't eat very much. I'm really annoyed that nothing has changed other than losing the bloated feeling. I was feeling slimmer so I got the scales out tonight and nothing has moved. I thought that maybe I may have lost inches, but no! nothing, zilch.

    Exercise - walking a bit here and there. Looking for somewhere to live so bit distracted to say the least. Life is very stressful at the moment, but even this much stress and lack of sleep etc should not account for no weight loss or health gains.

    Please help someone.

    thanks

    ps: forgot to mention, I have a day off each Sunday and eat more than usual, but first Sunday was a good day, but by the second Sunday I had lost my appetite anyway. So can't blame my permanent plateau on overeating one day a week.
    Last edited by Eve2206; 03-13-2013 at 01:17 PM. Reason: forgot to mention

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    You are on a starvation diet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zach View Post
    You are on a starvation diet.
    Quote Originally Posted by sbhikes View Post
    You have absolutely no idea what Primal is.

    These.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zach View Post
    You are on a starvation diet.
    I don't buy this. Homeless people and concentration camp survivors don't buy it, either. Why are people who eat very little food, very skinny? Why are anorexic people skin and bones? If they were on a 'starvation diet', shouldn't they be overweight?

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    Toast and sugar free jelly are not primal.

    Eat more food- fruits, veggies, meat, fish.

    http://maggiesfeast.wordpress.com/
    Check out my blog. Hope to share lots of great recipes and ideas!

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    hi

    I know toast and SF jelly aren't primal, lol. But, really, I have to eat something. If I swapped the toast for scrambled eggs, fried in butter served with a bit of smoked salmon or veggie sausage then that comes to about 400 calories. Then my dins at 350 calories, then what? I could bake some salmon and keep it in the fridge for a snack, or have some cheese of an evening, but it's still very little. I won't be hungry though.

    I don't mean to be on a starvation diet as I'm aware of the dangers of that. I'm just trying to keep my carbs around 50-70g per day and it's very easy to go over that. But on reflection, most days I don't exceed about 30g so still room to add more food, but want to avoid the junk I used to eat. Still, why am I not losing any fat/weight?

    Maybe I just need to write up a proper nutrition sheet which includes veggies and fruits. But I'm a poor cook at best. I can cook meat dishes ok, but I don't eat them. It's the veggie stuff I'm no good at. I shall have a look at the blogs and recipes on here to see if there's anything I like the sound of.

    thanks
    Eve

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    How tall are you, how much do you weigh and how old are you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darz View Post
    How tall are you, how much do you weigh and how old are you?
    And how much were you eating B.P. (Before Primal?)
    "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

    In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

    - Ray Peat

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    Low carb =/= low cal. You can eat a reasonable amount of calories and still keep carbs low, and it sounds like that's where your problem is, which admittedly is compounded by the fact that you don't eat meat and eggs. Eat plain full-fat yogurt, not the sugar-laden vanilla crap. No wonder you're struggling to keep carbs low, what with that vanilla yogurt, bread and jelly.

    Also, I'm confused - you're an ex-vegetarian who is not good at cooking vegetables?

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    You can lose weight and not be low carb. I've never done low carb a single day in my life. Holy crap 500 calories a day. Starvation mode is hard to hit but you can definitely not lose weight on that little food. Eat more and get a little exercise in.
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