I ate 3,500 calories a day when I started, and lost 25 lbs the first month. Over time, you start feeling better, and exercise longer, and find yourself able to go out and do things, which keeps your mind on other things, instead of " Am I hungry? " I wasn't, but at the start, I ate as something to do. In my 2nd month, I just stopped, and realized I wasn't hungry, and slowly cut down to 2,500 calories a day.
If you are really feeling hungry.. eat. Just don't do so out of boredom. I would sometimes eat( an extra meal ) a lb of ground beef with 4 ozs shredded cheddar on it, when I felt " hungry ". Most of the time I would see a huge loss the next day. As long as you are losing steadily, you are on track. Don't worry too much about calories. Eventually, you will just naturally cut down to a more reasonable level, as weight loss slows to a few lbs a week. As long as all those calories are fat/protein, there should not be a problem.
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For me, it has been all about learning to listen to my body.
I had dieted so much for so long and restricted everything so I was hungry all the time. If I got over 1200 calories, I went into full blown panic mode. If I binged I got to deal with weeks worth of guilt.
I look at it this way -- when you first go low-carb you have to re-set your brain -- it is ok to eat, it is ok for things to taste good and it is ok to enjoy a meal without guilt. For so many years food was bad and I was bad because I couldn't control it. It took some time for me to recognize hunger and satisfaction, and to eat without stressing over it. Once I got over that hurdle, the portion control came pretty naturally.
The only things I count are carbs. My personal rule is stay below 40 carbs. You'll find what works for you.
After a while you just 'know'. This morning I made a cauliflower patty from the leftover mash last night. I added an egg and 2t almond flour, and fried it in a little butter, 2 eggs and 3 pieces of bacon- I ate half the eggs and patty and 2 of the bacon and was done. Eat slowly and taste every bite. Eat till you're full but give your brain time to tell you you're full. If you wolf your food down whether it be vegetables, tofu, cheese, eggs etc. you'll wind up feeling like you had a big Thanksgiving dinner and be miserable. In addition, too much protein can turn to stored fat as well so try not to over eat that.
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For me it is learning to listen to your body. I am an emotional eater so this is my battle, I try to eat slow and drink lots of water but with low carb you can eat until your full but learning what full feels like is the key for me.. not so stuffed that I can barely breath but to where my stomach is comfortable.. I have tried every "diet" under the sun and it was always about counting calories which usually left me still hungry because I wasn't eating the right foods so now when I can actually eat a good amount I feel guilty,, you can keep track of your carb intake like some have suggest until your more comfortable in trusting yourself.. what I do from time to time when I am not sure I am doing it right
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I want to echo what Brian wrote, count your grams of carbohydrates. If initially you're eating about as many as he said and losing weight that's great. When that stalls try to cut down the number of grams of carbohydrates. You may have to go as low as 30 g a day but if you don't have to why bother.
Listen to your body. When I first started losing weight I wasn't on any particular plan. I ate mountains of vegetables and my carbs were in the 50 - 125 range. After a while my weight loss stalled. I found I needed to cut back the carbs to atkins induction level. After a few weeks I have found I wasn't getting enough fiber so I added back in some additional fiber rich vegetables.
When you crave or your weight loss stalls, your body is telling you it needs something. (Don't listen however when it starts telling you it wants sugar. That is simply a desire for comfort of the old days not needs)
Science is never settled. Refusing to adjust to new findings is not science at all, but dogma.
Give yourself at least one month to get used to the idea of not counting calories and ENJOY food. Make sure you don't eat in front of the TV, computer, while working etc. so that you really taste the food. It is a pleasure great enough to deserve your full attention, maybe together with family or friends. Make sure that you prepare your own food most of the time, as this will work against overeating (or you'd have to be in the kitchen all day). This is all within reason of course. If someone ate 10,000 calories a day or has an eating disorder there may have to be other strategies added to low-carb. But for most people their bodies will adjust and start giving them feedback on when it has had enough food. Also, expect your weight loss to slow down a lot after the first week or two as the initial loss can be water weight, especially if you don't increase salt intake enough which is necessary on low-carb. Birgit
Edited by: HOUNDLOVER1 at: 10/17/2013 (01:28)
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Thank you! Yes, I have lost 14 pounds in the past 1.5-2 weeks. I am vegetarian so I do not eat meat, only soy products and tofu. Cheese I do eat, and had not allowed myself it in years nor did I allow myself to eat full plate portions of veggies or till I was full until this lifestyle started. I have been eating cheese less today than I did yesterday, I guess I am just getting used to finally not feeling like I am starving myself so I am overdoing it. Good to know it should calm down soon! I ate noticeably less today, and felt fuller today. I also stop eating earlier now, because my meals are normal size vs. so tiny I am hungry an hour later.
If you are eating more and losing weight - then that is just great!
It is pretty wonderful to be able to eat things you thought might have been bad for your health - like cheese and lots of red meat. I imagine you will slow done on your own after a while. Enjoy yourself!
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I eat more veggies at meals than I (assume) I really need, and its to point yesterday I was stuffed. I ate less today, but I still feel like I am overeating. Its just that all my life i restricted calories, so to be able to eat without counting them (and lose weight) while finally being able to have things like cheese again feels like a miracle to me. I am eating out of finally being "allowed" to eat by a diet, and finding that I am losing more weight than I did counting calories. Is overeating at first out of finally being free to eat normal? Any tips on it? I start eating slower, and need to drink water more before meals.
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