I should also mention I haven't gained a ton of weight. My clothes still fit, pants are just a little btt tighter, that sort of thing. I gained about 6 pounds but I lost a lot of muscle.
I will also clarify a little on my modified Paleo. I modify for ease (to keep me going) and budget (I'm a poor college student.) For Example, I know peanuts are a legume and technically paleo-illegal but come on. $3 for a jar of peanut butter vs. $11 for a jar of almond butter. I'll stick with natty PB, plus I couldn't give it up if I tried
No added sugars. (Sugar from fruits are okay)
I don't eat as much meat as the usual Paleo enthusiast would like. Thats because I'm not a huge fan of that much meat.
I eat red meat less than five times a month. I usually stick to chicken and lean turkey. I eat meat once a day at most. At least a few days a week I don't eat any at all. I do eat tuna often, its cheap and high in protein. Eggs are eaten a few times a week as well.
I eat protein bars. Usually whatever kind is on sale. I try to get the most organic ones they have. With less than 10g of sugar. However, they usually aren't 100% paleo unless I get lucky and larabars or mojo bars are on sale.
The reason for the bars is meal replacement that I can take with me to school. $1-2 for a protein bar sure beats $5 for a cup of veggies or $7 for a salad. I will take nuts and dried fruit, and other paleo friendly snacks with me but they also get expensive as meal replacements. Like I said, money is tight.
Usual day looks like:
Breakfast: Some type of fruit (apple, banana and some PB, etc) and coffee (no sugar, splash of almond milk)
Lunch: Protein bar or some type of salad. Maybe more coffee.
Dinner: Meat/Fish/Other protein source + a veggie; or some other low carb/high protein meal.
Snacks, depending on the day, are some type of fruit, raw veggies, nuts or a protein bar or shake.
I think I got it all.
Probably more than you care to know but whatever.