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Old 09-12-2007, 12:20 AM   #1
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Default Can't stop eating!?

I know I've been on the right track because everyone I know thinks I am crazy!

Now for the problem at hand..... I have a had a couple of days where I can't stop eating. I am talking 1500 calories in a meal, and still hungry. And repeating that 3 or 4 times a day for consecutive days. 2 things, what in hell should I be eating under these circumstances? Fats, protein, carbs? Doesn't really matter how much protein I eat, still hungry. Same for carbs and fats. I've been trying to guess as to what my body's craving, but, singling out each macro-nutrient hasn't solved the problem. I am guessing my body wants something! I have been bouncing all over the place. Mon/tue of last week, ate my house empty, thur/friday, had 20 hour fast (could've made it 30+ hours, wasn't really hungry before bed, but didn't want to take it too far!). And now this week, again, can't stop eating!!!!
All I can think of is Light's out, and the weather has been all over the place. Some days it feels like it's the beginning of winter, and the next, it's summer weather all over again. Even if that's the explanation, I still don't know what to do!!! I feel like a food addict....wait, doesn't go something like this....
Hi, my name is Jordan, and I am a food-a-holic.

Help me.... before I chew up my keyboard...

It would be important to know, I'm paleo, with zone intentions. I try to stay within 16 blocks a day. But, will allow for more cals when I feel it's necessary. My fat to protein ratio has been constant at 1.5/1. Basically if I eat more protein during the day, i eat more fat to keep up. And I'll fast if I can, it's about once a week right now.

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Old 09-12-2007, 05:25 AM   #2
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Being up at 2:39 AM (as indicated as the bottom of your post) may be the culprit and the reason you're hungry around the clock. Lack of (quality & quantity) sleep will throw your hormones out of whack, raise prolactin levels, lower melatonin levels...a whole bunch of negative sides that send mix signals to your body causing it to function incorrectly (i.e always hungry). As prescribed in Lights Out, work on getting a good night sleep, keep sugar levels low, eat fiber packed fruits and veggies for carbs, lean protein (duh), and 2x 3x's the fat you normally do.
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Old 09-12-2007, 07:50 AM   #3
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Steve,

I cannot disagree with sleep, my schedule is killing me right now! I am a trainer, and have clients almost every morning, and am still working a few nights a week waiting tables. Basically busting my ass to one day open my own crossfit gym, but, a location to rent in whistler are few and far between. Unless of course you have more money then you know what to do with.....

In fairness, I am on the west coast, and it was before midnight.....
And, even though I would love to be able to read myself to sleep at 9 everynight, it's not an option right now. I guess as far as sleep goes....it is something I cannot change at the moment.
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Old 09-12-2007, 08:22 AM   #4
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Being up at 2:39 AM (as indicated as the bottom of your post) may be the culprit and the reason you're hungry around the clock. Lack of (quality & quantity) sleep will throw your hormones out of whack, raise prolactin levels, lower melatonin levels...a whole bunch of negative sides that send mix signals to your body causing it to function incorrectly (i.e always hungry). As prescribed in Lights Out, work on getting a good night sleep, keep sugar levels low, eat fiber packed fruits and veggies for carbs, lean protein (duh), and 2x 3x's the fat you normally do.
Great catch Steve has there.....Jordan I would suggest "Lights Out" (you can skip over the alien dna stuff in it...) but basically it links staying up late and artificial lighting to the increased appetite because of the feast-famine seasonal cycle. Summer is the feast cycle with long days (as signaled by the body from light...which it can detect even with your eyes closed). So staying up late, TV, computer, lights, etc....all signal summer.....so feast...feast...feast.

On a personal note I found the whole zone and eating every 3 hours insane to my hungers and cravings. Also I find coffee and some ACV (not together!!) as appetite suppresents....but that's just me.
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Get on a good multi to cover your micronutrient bases. I can help you with this if you'd like.
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Get on a good multi to cover your micronutrient bases. I can help you with this if you'd like.
I'd love some help, thanks!

MOD, ACV and coffee works for me too. At least during the times when I am able to fast. As for zone-ing, this time around it has been more of a way to count carbs, fats and protein on a daily basis. I am not too worried about what each meal looks like, and how often I eat, but rather coming close to the required blocks at the end of the day. I do most days feel like I need more protein, so I add more, and the same goes for fat. And thanks to your advice already, I have been more diligent on PWO carbs, which have proven to help keep my glycogen levels up, and maintain repeated high output metcon workouts.

And lights out, read it, loved it! But, I can't really change my work situation at this time, which means my sleep scenario isn't changeable for the time being. I wish I could change it, but, sleep is what it is...for now. I go to bed as early as possible, fall asleep to a book, not my computer, and have removed whatever lights I could.
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along hunger lines...this article is right in your wheel house...

http://www.proteinpower.com/drmike/?p=933

A calorie is a calorie, but macronutrient ratios are more important....load up on FAT! Keep the carbs pwo. Hunger is just a hormonal process....hormones love fat....
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Old 09-14-2007, 06:52 PM   #8
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Calories are only calories when they are outside the body...

Calories within the same macronutrients aren't even the same...ie. 100 calories of active carbs from whole beets is way different in effects on the system as opposed to 100 cals of beet sugar.

It's exactly due to the hormonal effect of different macronutrients that the "calorie theory" is mostly bunk.

Counting calories without appreciating their source is the nutritional equivalent of trying to isolate bodyparts BBing style. Something is just never quite right...
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Counting calories without appreciating their source is the nutritional equivalent of trying to isolate bodyparts BBing style. Something is just never quite right...
Great analogy!
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along hunger lines...this article is right in your wheel house...

http://www.proteinpower.com/drmike/?p=933

A calorie is a calorie, but macronutrient ratios are more important....load up on FAT! Keep the carbs pwo. Hunger is just a hormonal process....hormones love fat....

Mike,
Nice article, thanks for posting the link.

Also, I wanted to let you know that I have been using a lot more ACV lately and every time I notice it damping the muchies I think "MOD was right!"

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