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Another vote for changing your numbers on spark - but be aware because I've found they often reset as well - very frustrating.
Looking at calories, the numbers I worked up for myself are:
So far works out to over 50% and it's been working for me. I rarely get 2000 calories in but I do find that the ratios stay about the same.
I just adjust my numbers on sparks (and honestly find tracking on myfitnesspal.com easier atm) - am doing currently 50% fat/35% protein/15% carbs at the moment to see how my weight stabilizes. I have found that I am maintaining at my lowest end of my maintenance range. My goal is to lean out a bit.
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My son got me the Paleo Solution book and we have been moving that direction and I have been tracking food to make sure my carbs are low and to make sure I am getting lots of protein. I realized I was not even getting to my bottom number on protein. I don't pay any attention to fat and calories.
What I am seeing is when I get the top end of my protein and between 30 - 50 carbs, I am slowly losing each day. BUT - when I don't get enough protein I go the other way. Has anyone else had that problem?
I just ignore the percentage results on fat. :-)
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I don't worry about fat, as long as it's natural and fresh. Since I sometimes have 50-70% of calories from fat, I usually go WAY over the SP limits. But I make it up with carbs....those I'm always WAY under their limits! Just the way it should be! lol
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Cordain's numbers are actually on the very lowest end fat-wise for Paleo/ Primal diets. Most are even higher in fat. He's still a bit fat-phobic. None of the rest of the books I've read are fat-phobic.
There's really no reason to track on a Paleo diet, but if you really want to, just change the ranges to reflect the numbers recommended for a Paleo diet.
I changed my spark ranges to reflect what I need to follow for paleo. Spark will be entirely too hard to follow otherwise.
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Almonds are high in monounsaturated fats. Eating a lot of nuts will increase your total fat intake. To up your protein, you can eat very lean meats. In his book, "The Paleo Diet," Loren Cordain recommends a macronutrient range of 19-35% for protein, 22-40% for carbs, and 28-47% for fats. Remember that the fats should be mostly healthy fats. Try to get additional omega 3 fats by eating wild salmon or taking fish oil supplements.
I keep going over in my fat range on spark...do you have this issue too when doing paleo or low carb? My two mains snacks that I love are almonds and Almond butter and jelly sandwich on low carb low fat bread. I just wondered if this is something you have issues with too. I know almond fat is better than other fats, but I was just curious.
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