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    100% Primal but not losing body fat

    Hey guys, gripe of the day....

    Been holding this one close to chest for a few months now so tonight's the night for sharing.... Feels very narcissistic doing this as try not to get too caught up in body image but very hard not to when you're trying so hard to get to your goal weight... I'm 5"9 and currently weigh in at 136lb, my fighting weight is 126lb so the goal is only 10lb but OMG I've been trying to get this last 10lb of for nearly a year!!!
    I've been Primal for over 3 years and love it. In my teenage years I used to be a fatty and spent years trying to get out of the bingeing cycle and this way of life really had kicked it to the curb, however a little while ago I fell off the wagon big-styleee and spent the best part of a week solidly secretly eating.... When i finally managed to pull myself out of it was not only thoroughly ashamed of myself, I'd put on a stone of pure fat. Everywhere!

    So, here's what I eat....

    IF for 16 hrs each day till 11am (evening meal eaten @ 7pm)

    - 4 egg omelette (or 4 eggs scrambled)
    - Loadsa decaf organic coffee with whole milk throughout the day
    - loadsa water throughout the day
    - meat or fish with very few bits of steamed broccoli/carrots
    Or homemade coconut curry
    Or homemade chicken soup

    -more decaf coffee/water

    Average calorie per day = 1000 cals
    Average carb per day = 10g
    I walk 4-5 miles a day every day

    That is it. No 85%choc, no nuts, no fruit, no dairy (apart from milk in coffee) there's nothing I can eliminate and I can't load up on these things because if I do it triggers binge attacks...

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    Pictures? You are probably already at a healthy weight.
    Steak, eggs, potatoes - fruits, nuts, berries and forage. Coconut milk and potent herbs and spices. Tea instead of coffee now and teeny amounts of kelp daily. Let's see how this does! Not really had dairy much, and gut seems better for it.

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    5'9" and you want to be 126#???
    that's wayyyy thin, which is probably why your body is resisting. What's your body composition (BF)? That's a better indicator than weight for what is going on.
    FWIW, I'm 58 yo, 5'7" 127# and 17% body fat. I can't imagine what 2 inches taller at that weight would do to me...

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    You're underweight and eating starvation levels of food and you can't figure out why your body doesn't want to freely liberate its energy stores?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichMahogany View Post
    You're underweight and eating starvation levels of food and you can't figure out why your body doesn't want to freely liberate its energy stores?
    This.
    Have you read The Primal Blueprint or are you getting what "100% primal is from this forum?

    Ālso, iirc in the book Mark talks about intermittent fasting as something to be done occasionally rather than everyday. Ie. If you aren't hungry - skip that meal, if you're out and about and the are no good choices or even not so good choices which you're on with falling into your 20% - skip that meal, you're going on a long flight - skip the crap inflight meal).
    If your not hungry 1st thing in the morning that's fine, but you need to work a way to eat extra food in your day and for a lot of people that's more difficult the shorter the eating window they allow.

    My general rule is, when you're hungry easy meal if real food and stop eating when you're no longer hungry (not full or stuffed - unless your goal is weight/muscle gain), if you're not hungry enough to eat a meal of real food don't eat. Ymmv.

    I think to many people get caught up in the dietary tweeks discussed in here and don't just give the program as written a go, then find it hard.
    If you're interested in my (very) occasional updates on how I'm working out and what I'm eating click here.

    Quote Originally Posted by tfarny View Post
    If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/

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    holy moley, 1000 cals! mental low eating

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    yes, I can't imagine what 2 inches taller at that weight would do to me,thanks

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    You binge because you're starving. Eat a normal amount of food for your height, lift weights, walk around/hike. That will get you looking leaner than starving, and you may not need to weigh 126lbs after all! Check this out to find out how many calories you should be eating. I suspect you should be eating twice what you eat. Although I think your goal is low, starving yourself there is never going to work. I know, I've tried.
    "...You sort of start thinking anything's possible if you've got enough nerve.” -Ginny

    My story: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/i-now...#axzz2MzPtxo00

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    Quote Originally Posted by eig View Post
    You binge because you're starving. Eat a normal amount of food for your height, lift weights, walk around/hike. That will get you looking leaner than starving, and you may not need to weigh 126lbs after all! Check this out to find out how many calories you should be eating. I suspect you should be eating twice what you eat. Although I think your goal is low, starving yourself there is never going to work. I know, I've tried.
    Excellent advice...

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    Quote Originally Posted by eig View Post
    Check this
    THANK YOU for posting this link! It was very informative for me. Now I know basically where I need to be as far as calories! It told me I need to be at 1,961 total. When I plugged my foods in for the average day, I came up with 1,172. However, I feel satisfied and plan on doing IF for the rest of the day. Is this a problem for me? If I increased my calorie amount to the 1,900, would I be losing fat quicker? I have a desk job and do light to moderate exercise 4-5 days a week.

    Not meaning to hijack this thread by any means but am hoping it will help the OP and anyone else reading this as well as myself.

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