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Some would say it defies physics if a very active person gains weight while consuming 1000-1200 Calories per day. People's metabolisms are rarely shot. A deficient metabolism would make you weak and ill, it would not allow you to gain weight while eating below or close to your BMR. If you can be active and alert while gaining weight on 1000 calories per day, you actually have an extremely efficient metabolism that you should be proud of. It's kind of like a modern car engine that will take you far while burning only a small amount of fuel. Most people would prefer that to an inefficient engine consuming a large amount of fuel to do the same task.

Except testing showed I had protein in my urine and based on my activity level and lack of calories going in, my NP surmised that protein was muscle my body was dumping because it takes more energy to keep it around. Therefore I was holding on to fat (gaining fat) and dumping my own precious muscle because of the lack of nutrients I was taking in. Instead of using my excess fat for energy as I was trying to do, my body was hanging on to it.

Does this sound true?

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Yes I am active. Lifting heavy weights, a little cardio (sprint-type), lots of walking (3 miles 3-4 times a week).  I was eating 1000-1200 cals a day and still struggled with weight. I sensed my metabolism was shot and upon the advice of a well-known Paleo personality, I gradually increased my cals to 1800 over the course of 4 weeks by just eating meats, veg and fats. I did not eat much more than 1800 cals, because I tracked everything. Maybe 2200 some days but that was rare.

I probably ate 2-3 tablespoons of coconut oil every day, whether I cooked with it, put it on a salad, or whatever. I also had a lot of homemade Mayo (light olive oil, ac vinegar, 2 eggs, salt), couple tablespoons a day. But I tracked it all.

For me, the point of eating full fat meat is so I can get the same amount of calories with less meat, rather than because I'm just trying to get more fat.  I typically eat only about 12 ounces of meat per day, because it is typically 25% fat by weight - 75% fat by caloric intake.

I note that it is much more difficult for women to lose weight than for men.  I don't know of any cases of women losing weight while staying out of ketosis.

For women concerned with excess weight, I think the best bet is to get some ketostix, and test at least once per day.  If you're not in ketosis, cut back on carbohydrates, and if necessary, on protein.  To get into ketosis initially, you may need to eat extra fat, but once you're in ketosis, burning any excess fat on your body is sufficient, as long as you actually have such excess fat.

One more thought:  make sure you are drinking only water.  Even zero cal beverages with artificial sweeteners can cause the same insulin spikes that sugar would.

I understand what you are saying with the meat and the fat. I really wasn't eating that much more meat, just fattier cuts to up the cals just like you do.

I was eating less than 10g of carb a day and still not getting a definite ketosis reading. Are you saying then drop more protein and up fat for calories sake but then when I finally do get in ketosis to drop the fat so I can burn my own fat? If so, my intake of calories will really dip, wont it? I will feel like I am back where I started then, eating very little cals to lose weight...and hungry...or so I assume?

All I drink is water.  A ton. I do drink tea as well but that's it.

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Yes I am active. Lifting heavy weights, a little cardio (sprint-type), lots of walking (3 miles 3-4 times a week).  I was eating 1000-1200 cals a day and still struggled with weight. I sensed my metabolism was shot and upon the advice of a well-known Paleo personality, I gradually increased my cals to 1800 over the course of 4 weeks by just eating meats, veg and fats. I did not eat much more than 1800 cals, because I tracked everything. Maybe 2200 some days but that was rare.

I probably ate 2-3 tablespoons of coconut oil every day, whether I cooked with it, put it on a salad, or whatever. I also had a lot of homemade Mayo (light olive oil, ac vinegar, 2 eggs, salt), couple tablespoons a day. But I tracked it all.

My question is: is it scientifically possible for a body to just NOT process fat the way it theoretically should? And if so, why? Whenever I increase fat, I always seem to gain, but not ever to this level...why does this high fat way of eating work for everyone but me?

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Yes, mine too. That picture was more fat than I have on my steaks. I do not eat steak very often but when I do, I don't trim the fat off.

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Gotcha. Without going into too much detail for time's sake here, as far as meats, I eat chicken drumsticks, wings, and thighs (w/ skin), pork chops, ham off the bone, bacon, sausage, steak (fatty cuts), ground beef, salmon, eggs. As far as lean meats, I don't eat much, but occasionally I do have chicken breast, tuna, and white fish, but always accompanied by mayo (home made), avocado or olive oil. I cook with and eat quite a bit of coconut oil.

Does that help?

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I do keep a food journal. And I don't cheat.

I've done the ketostix too and have only ever gotten just the faintness reading of ketosis, despite being under 15g (gross) of carb a day.

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I have been struggling with weight for a number of years, and although not overly heavy (I'm 36, 5'3" and feel my best at 120#), I struggle greatly with losing fat and maintaining weight. I have been Paleo now for over a year. I was recently tested and I have no food intolerances. I inch up and up, reduce calories, stop snacking, drop fruit and nuts, etc. etc. but the things that used to work for me no longer do. The only way I can successfully lose weight is with the hcg diet. After I follow it perfectly, I get to my goal weight, am stable for a while but then the weight creeps back on. For example starting in July I gained 15# in 6 weeks, changing nothing. I sensed I really screwed up my metabolism by restricting cals (I was eating 1000-1200) so mid-September I began gradually increasing my cals to 1800 by eating just protein, fat, and some veggies to become fat adapted, in hopes that would help. I felt great. I never had cravings (no carb flu ever), never needed to snack in between meals, and was super happy eating this way. I even avoided the scale, which was huge since I was used to weighing myself every day. My clothes were getting tighter but I have heard it sometimes takes a few weeks, blah blah blah but then they became so tight they were unwearable so I stepped on the scale to check and to my horror, I had GAINED 15 more #. In just 7 weeks. WHAT????? Why is my body gaining weight eating this way? My hormones are normal, but my T3 is low and my adrenal numbers are low, low, average, high on the curve. Is it possible that this happened just because the adrenals and thyroid need to be treated? Could that really be the only reason?

Please help me, anyone who can! Many thanks! 

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Diet and nutrition / Bacon
« on: October 14, 2014, 05:31:12 PM »
I'm having a really hard time finding bacon that does not contain sugar. I can find the uncured, nitrate free bacon, but even those list sugar (although in small amounts) in the ingredients. Is this bacon still OK to eat and/or still considered Paleo because the sugar is such an insignificant amount? It might help to also mention I am working on healing a very broken metabolism and slowly upping my calories by eating just protein, veggies and healthy fats.

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Thank you! Forgive my stupidity but do you have any more information on how to do ketogenic paleo? I'm not familiar with it...

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Diet and nutrition / Eat Paleo, train for half marathon, and lose weight?
« on: January 26, 2014, 01:44:57 PM »
Can anyone tell me how to balance all this? I have been eating Paleo since October 20, 2013 and have essentially maintained my weight, give or take a few pounds. I eat between 1300-1600 cals a day. I'm 5'3" and 126# (would like to get to 120) and am training for a half marathon to be run on May 18. I want to eat the right amount of food to fuel my runs, but also lose weight. Can anyone help me? Thanks!

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Workout Programs / Training for half marathon
« on: January 14, 2014, 06:48:03 PM »
I am running a half marathon in May. I run regularly, have done 5k's and 10K's but will start more intense running in a few weeks for this marathon. What do you suggest I eat to help fuel me for the runs and on race day?

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Diet and nutrition / Re: Struggling with hunger
« on: November 07, 2013, 10:06:10 AM »
I do eat the skin as well. Sorry, I should have been more clear...

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Diet and nutrition / Re: Struggling with hunger
« on: November 07, 2013, 08:51:53 AM »
How much fat are you eating? For instance, when you eat meat, is it lean or fatty cuts?

On average I eat close to or over 100g of fat a day. Fatty cuts of meat mostly as well. For example, chicken thighs, breasts, drumsticks, all on the bone.

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Diet and nutrition / Struggling with hunger
« on: November 07, 2013, 04:17:05 AM »
I am 18 days into the Paleo diet (no cheats!) and I am really struggling with genuine hunger. Not the stomach growl hunger, but the brain fog, weak muscles, empty stomach feeling hunger. I recently lost 20 pounds with the help of hcg (I'm 5'3", 120 is my lowest weight) and now I am eating Paleo to continue this healthy lifestyle and keep my weight stable. I have varied 2-5 pounds above my lowest weight and that is where I am struggling. I do track my food just to see if I need to change up any of the macronutrients I am eating and I find that if I do give in to my hunger I will gain. Like a few pounds overnight! Then I spend several days cutting back on cals to get the weight off but I am soooooo very hungry it's hard not to give in. I exercise regularly, running 2-3x a week, strength training 2x a week and cross fit once a week. A typical eating day for me is 3-4 egg veggie omelette cooked in coconut oil, olive oil, or ghee, meat and veggies (usually huge salad) for lunch and meat and veggie for dinner. Occasionally a small piece of fruit, smoothie, or nuts for a snack although I have no control with nuts so I have to be very careful with them. I don't know how much longer I can hold off not eating when this hunger comes, I'm headed for a major binging breakdown (even though it all might be Paleo friendly) if it doesn't stop!

Any advice or help is greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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Introductions / Newbie question about eating out
« on: October 31, 2013, 04:07:35 AM »
I've been eating paleo now for 11 days and have scoured this forum for ideas, tips, etc. but never posted. My question is about the food at Chipotle restaurant. We eat out very rarely but are getting Chipotle tonight before we take our kids trick-or-treating. I was wondering if Chipotle is Paleo friendly? I have looked on their site for ingredients and it looks ok, but there is always hidden junk I am leery of! When I have gone I get the chicken burrito bowl (no burrito obviously), lettuce, grilled fajita veggies, guac.

Thanks for the help!

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