I would definitely not stop tracking.... there is no rule that says if you go paleo you have to stop tracking.
It still stands that calories in vs. calories out is how we lose weight. However, if this is a satiety issue preventing you from eating the fewer calories required to lose weight... you may want to look at your diet and macros.
I would say, given your stats and particularly if you are fairly sedentary outside exercise that 1700 cals would be too high for significant weight loss to occur. You also have to check your compliance rate and be sure that you are indeed eating the amount of calories you are recording; weighing food, not tracking extra bites or nibbles, etc.
If that's all in order... I find that choosing *whole* and clean foods helps with satiety. Take a look at your diet and see if there are any extra calories that don't do much for you satiety-wise, cut them out and replace them with equal calorie food that will.
When it comes to your carbs... choose more fibrous carbs, over starchy and especially added sugars. Choose *whole* carbs. You may want cut back on breads, baked goods and pastas and replace them with more veg and legumes. When it comes to a nice filling low calorie bread... for some reason I find weight watcher's whole wheat pitas very filling! They're only 90 cals and tend to be lower in carbs but higher in protein than a lot of alternatives. If you have pasta, choose a whole grain or whole wheat variety. I personally don't eat much pasta but when I do, I use less than a serving and fill it up with veg, legumes and protein.
You could try cutting back on your carb intake and putting those calories into your healthy fats. I find when it comes to satiety, nothing beats fat and protein (which paleo promotes).
I do not believe macros directly effect "fat"-loss (key word 'fat'). However, less carbs can effect fluid retention and manipulating your macros ***as well as they type of food that makes up those macros*** can help with satiety and help you to consume less calories.
I am not one for extremes or following any specific diet. I believe moderation is the key to healthy living. I still think there is always something to be learnt from some of the more popular diets out there. My macros tend to be 40% carbs, 25-30% protein and 30-35% fats. When it comes to cutting calories, I take a look at my current diet and cut the non-essential calories (desserts, condiments, drinks, baked goods, bread, saturated fats, some starchy carbs, added sugars, etc) that are not likely to keep me feeling full or will add more calories than they're worth. I aim for lots of veg, a little bit of fruit, legumes, whole grains, plenty of lean protein, healthy fats and go plain with my dairy.
Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 9/26/2013 (15:57)
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