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9/25/13 12:35 P

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about what is the range for fat, carbs, and protein that you enter then to track?

I am finding that I can lose better if I am watching my carbs and cutting back but I'm not yet sure what carb gram range per day I should be aiming for.

also curious about fat and protein grams per day.

i also do better when going grain free.

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9/24/13 9:23 A

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I need to still track my calories because I just don't know when to stop. Last night after the gym I cooked dinner and then tracked my calories after. My seeminly healthy dinner was nearly 1,000 calories!! Maybe someday I'll have better self-control and learn when to put on the brakes, but not likely, since it's that very thing that has landed me here today.

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9/10/13 9:40 A

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I don't count calories, per se, but I track to keep myself mindful. I track more to watch by carb intake. Oh, and dairy. I like to track my dairy to see how it effects my weight. That's why SP is helpful for me.

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ALPHACHICK64 Posts: 60
8/30/12 11:55 A

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Like some of the other posters I find that when I don't track I maintain, so to shed weight I track. If I go over about 1500 calories a day I simply don't lose. I initially shed 50 lbs and then plateaued for about 3 yrs basically eating primally even though I didn't know that's what it was called :) I then went on WW to shed the rest and bought into the whole a calorie is a calorie and began eating grains again. This caused my weight to jump around and I gained a bit. When a friend told me about the Primal Blueprint, I checked it out on SP and MDA, then bought the book. Since eating primally and tracking I've dropped 30 lbs in 3 months and have set a new lower goal for myself. While I don't like to take the time to track I personally like seeing how I can tweek my intake and am pleased with the results so why stop if it's working!

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8/24/12 4:11 A

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I don't count calories, but I'm mindful of how much I'm eating (portion control) and I track in the SP nutrition tracker --- I usually come out around 1,200-1,500. I guess removing grains and sugar takes away all the excess naturally.

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8/21/12 10:50 A

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I count calories. Mainly, it is due to my OCD.
My family went Primal a month ago. I went against the advice and kept tracking. I use it as a tool now to ensure I am getting enough fats/protein. And recently, I have needed to see if I was getting enough fiber (I wasn't). I don't want to take supplements, so by tracking my food, I can see where I need some modifications.
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7/19/12 12:45 A

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I'd go back to the website for more info. Whether you count or not is really a question of 'why are you doing this?' Is it just for weight loss? Better health? Both? Or does it speak to you at some other level. What about other aspects of your life such as sleep, stress, movement and play? What about protein and fat? Are you getting enough, too much? In other words, maybe carbs aren't the only thing to look at. Sometimes drinking more water and counting every carb isn't the answer. Check out Whole30 and the book - 'It starts with food'. Mark S listed it on the Daily Apple under best blogs. He's right - it is great. Grok on, girl.

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7/17/12 11:02 P

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I started going primal in late May. If I don't count calories, I hit a wall in terms of weight loss. The first 12lbs were easy (counted). Now, it's really hard to lose anything (still counting). I'm averaging around 70g carbs per day, about 1600 calories.

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6/19/12 5:47 A

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I have almost reached my 1 wk primal mark. I am new to the lifestyle, but I am tracking my food until it becomes simply habit. I am not looking at calories, but rather I am looking at my macronutrients to see how much I am eating of everything and what their percentages of my diet are so I can make slow daily changes until I can get to where I just know roughly what I can eat. It has been pretty eye opening watching the numbers change and I can say honestly that when my carbs are over 120 grams then my fat is way below 50g and my calories are way above 1600. But when my carbs are at 100 then my fat is up closer to 80 or 90 and I makes notes about my hunger. I am less hungry on high fat days. That is good news for an over eater like myself. I feel like I have control over how much I eat again. Perhaps I am not an over eater, but rather a carb addict. I am breaking that addiction :)

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6/18/12 7:31 P

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I don't count my calories only my carbs. The Primal Blueprint (Mark) says that the perfect weight loss is at 100 carbs a day. I find that a little to low to maintain for long term so my goal is to never go over 150 carbs. So far I have been Primal for 3 months and even though my wt hasn't changed a ton I have lost inches and now in pants I couldn't wear on day 1.

Today I am recommitting to writing down what I eat and to count my carbs. Been slack and had gone back to a non primal diet for the past few weeks and for that I need to count calories.

I find Primal easier to maintain since if you cut out starchy carbs you end up eating more food even with the same amt. of calories as a traditional diet.

My only problem is getting back to a true Primal diet makes me really hungry until my body gets used to it again. That is why it is better to stick with it and not go off it.

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6/11/12 9:46 A

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When I first went primal, I stopped counting calories and weighing as per advice on the boards.

Turns out in that mode I am good at maintaining. After 6 months my weight was unchanged. I felt good but did not have that "wow, I feel fantastic" feeling that everyone talks about.

I started to track, and mostly so that I have evidence of what I did so that when I reach goal I can use the info to help others.

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6/9/12 9:06 P

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I still track. It just helps me to stay on top of things. Like keep carbs in check. And when I keep carbs in check, my calories are too low. And if my calories are too low, weight loss stalls. I like to be able to go back and see patterns of things I need to do or don't do, so tracking still helps me alot.

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6/8/12 5:50 P

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Absolutely I count calories. I accepted a long time ago that I just have no brakes where food is concerned. A few years back I went primal, which helped me break through a very stubborn plateau and lose about 15 pounds--Until I decided to follow the popular advice not to count calories. I gained it all back. I lost it again AFTER I returned to counting again. Your mileage may vary.

While I can agree with those who say the body isn't a calculator, counting the calories does act as a kind of portion control, and for me is still a helpful tool. And I'm sold on primal because it makes a huge difference in how I feel while I'm losing weight, as well as my health in general.

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5/20/12 11:08 A

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Interesting. I lost 24 pounds right away went changing to Primal eating and have never felt better. But I have noticed that the weight loss has stopped and I was wondering why. I suspect I've been heavy on almond/coconut flour foods instead of veggies - (duh).

And yes, I am heavy on nuts at times - I've learned my lesson about that.

I spent 4 days tracking my food on the site and don't seem to be having any trouble staying in calorie and carb ranges. Onward! Time for a long hike I think :)

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5/19/12 5:14 P

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I have reached my goal weight and am working on maintaining. I count my calories with the nutrition tracker and also watch my carbs to make sure they are not too high. I love fruits and nuts, which can increase my calories, so I gain weight when I don't track my food. Keeping the weight off is a real challenge!
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5/19/12 2:14 P

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I agree: I don't really track stuff anymore. I did a bit in the beginning, mostly just to see how many carbs I was eating from the fruit and veggies. But I basically learned that if I want to stay in that 50-100 grams range, I had to limit myself to one fruit serving a day, which is what I try to do now. So much easier not to have to track everything, though I do still tend to keep a record of what I ate, just not amount and calories and all of that.

I also found that I don't need to snack much anymore. I used to eat 5 small meals throughout the day and I was definitely getting hungry 2 or 3 hours later, but 3 meals suits me just fine now! (Most days... If I work out more intensely, I might need a little more.)

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5/19/12 1:56 P

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I am primal living and I do not count calories. When I first decided to try going primal, I went on marksdailyapple.com and read the primal blueprint....and freaked out because there really wasn't anything about calorie counting...something I had done almost my whole life, lol. Since everything else I had tried had failed, I decided to give it a go. I packed away my calorie counting food lists, books, and food scales....then I just took Mark's primal shopping list, (which is one of the freebies you get for signing up for his free newsletters on his site) checked off the stuff I liked, went to the store and bought it,...lol, and ate it. I eat whenever I feel hungry and stop after a few minutes to gauge if I still need to eat...if I feel ok/full, I stop and if not, I eat some more--but only from my primal list.

I never ever worry anymore about HOW MUCH I am eating; my only concern is WHAT I am eating. If you are someone who's eating is out of whack to the point that you don't recognize your body's full/hungry cues....try drinking something before you eat. Drink something and wait ten-fifteen minutes...if you are still hungry, you should eat. A handful of nuts, some cubes of whole fat cheese, maybe a chef salad....whatever you want as long as it's primal.

Once i started eating enough fat/protein...I really found myself not getting hungry that often. My first meal of the day usually falls around 11am. It just does, I'm not hungry before then.
I will usually eat 'lunch' around 3 or 4 and then dinner falls around 7-8. I snack all I want--just so long as it's nuts, whole fat cheese, meats, occasional fruit...etc...

Since I continue to lose weight...I figure it's working and happily will never count another calorie as long as I live.


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5/19/12 1:47 P

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I don't count calories. I eat until I am no longer hungry and actually do not snack much (if at all most days) anymore.

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5/19/12 11:41 A

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If you are successful in losing weight while going primal, I'm wondering if you count calories.

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