WholeBear Posted February 2, 2016 Share Posted February 2, 2016 I'm 6'5" and at 342 pounds when I started the Whole 30 9 days ago. I'm having a tough time with hunger, and not feeling like I'm getting enough to eat. I think my meals are fairly solid by the W30 template with plenty of good fat, protein and complex carbs. Although I feel like I need more protein. Most meals are like this: Two servings meat (salmon with avacodo mixed in, two chicken thighs, 1/2 Pound of grass fed beef, 6 eggs), two very large portions of veggies, usually one raw (carrots, beets) and one cooked (roasted brussel sprouts, roasted green beans). I have a little bit of fruit (one kiwi, a few blueberries, a small apple). And I get fat: Whole avocados, up to 2-3 servings of coconut flakes a meal, recently added a serving of cashews (I was hesitant on cashews, as I tend to overeat them, but as I was having trouble eating enough, I figured it's a go on them). Now, I'm not counting calories, but as an ex-yoyo dieter, I can eyeball calories with the best of them and know quite well my bodies caloric needs. 2 Servings meat, plus two veg (with at least one veg cooked in a generous serving of olive oil or ghee) with a bit of fruit and even some extra fat...is not cutting it. I feel good after the meal, but then (sorry if this is TMI) after I go to the bathroom after the meal, I feel empty and hungry within the hour. I keep my snacking very very minor, as per the recommendation. Now, in the last year I ate fairly cleanly, and was able to very slowly lose weight without any hunger. But I was eating as much protein as I wanted from cheap sources. Now I'm buying the best proteins. $5 eggs, $7/lb beef, etc. I would say most meals I get around 1000 calories if I'm lucky. 800 if not. I want to be getting around 3600 a day, or 1200 a meal. I know this sounds like a lot, but it's not for a guy my size. I will lose 5+ pounds a month at 3600, up to 8 to 10 pounds if very active. But how do I go about this? I'm already spending 20 dollars a day on food (yes, I also buy organic half the time). I feel like I need more protein, but it's so expensive. I also feel like a pig for wanting more food, since I eat so much. Cooking a meal takes me from 30 minutes to and hour and a 1/2 and eating all that (lower-calorie) food takes at least 30 minutes too. I have learned a lot about cooking for myself on W30 so far, and that's great, but what is the recommendation for getting a bit more food for not much more cost? Just snack more on something cheapish? A 4th meal seems almost impossible given time/money. Do I try for more fat? More protein? I'm getting tons of veg, I don't think I need any more. I probably get around 120 grams of protein a day, which is an amount that I don't think will cause me to die, but I'd rather be closer to 1 g per lean body mass, since it helps me with satiety. I realize I could also switch to cheap eggs and meat, but I feel like that's kind of against the point of this whole experiment, even if many people on the program do that. I feel like this is a lot easier for a small women who only needs 2000 calories a day. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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