Background: I am 23 and have been paleo for about a year and a half. I'm 5'4 and 140 pounds, have an hourglass figure and carry almost all of my extra weight pronouncedly in my lower stomach.
My highest weight was 170 when I was 16, and lost 30 pounds when I went to college, mainly living on salads, whole wheat sandwiches, alcohol and frozen yogurt. I also suffered from bulimia toward the end of high school and beginning of college (and have been fully recovered for years), but was only losing weight when I wasn't in a bulimic period.
My health has improved and all stomachaches are gone since starting paleo, but I have not lost any weight, and have been stuck at 140 pounds since that initial 30 pound loss five-ish years ago. I've been taking body measurements as well, and those aren't changing either.
I've tried very very low carb and moderate carb, and have even been doing Lyle McDonald's take on PSMF (protein-sparing modified fast) for the last week with no weight loss. I've seen two (paleo) nutritionists and have tracked my food religiously, and they both were kind of stumped by my lack of weight loss. The most recent one eventually concluded that my body has a hard set point and I would just have to wait and see if I could slowly coax it down. She thought I would do better on higher carb, so I was doing:
1/2 cup sweet potato or parsnip at breakfast 1/3 cup at lunch maybe 1/4 cup at dinner plus an apple, along with my usual 5 oz protein, 1 tbsp. added fat and veggies
I did that for close to seven weeks with no progress. I just can't imagine that all of those carbs would help me lose weight though, which is why I've been trying PSMF, though that's not working either. I'm tempted to try the potato diet to see if I can jus break through this apparent set point.
I do light exercise - lots of walking, some HIIT and yoga. I've tested my blood glucose levels and they are excellent, never getting higher than 110 and often staying under 100 post-prandial.
This is a long-winded way of saying I would love your thoughts as to why I can't seem to lose ANY weight, or suggestions as to how I should move forward. I definitely have this visceral fat to lose, and it's unhealthy for me to be holding it all in my gut.
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on May 21, 2013
at 03:29 PM
I would recommend drinking only water, eating lots of brocolli and carrots with clean unprocessed meats high in protein such as turkey and chicken breasts and try to walk for at least an hour a day! I would also take a good vitamin d supplement and an omega 3 fish oil supplement. Where possible sprint just for a few minutes a few times a week too...
I did exactly this and lost 2 and a half stone in around 7 weeks!
on May 21, 2013
at 09:03 PM
Hi Hailstorm, what is your TSH? apparently, and I have to look for the citation for this study, stalling 15-20 lbs above your ideal weight can be a sign of hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism can be caused by iodine and selenium deficiencies, gut dysbiosis, perhaps anemia (which you shouldn't have), wheat, etc.
I feel like a broken record with all of my responses on this site sometimes, but until you know what causes obesity, how can you know how to fix it? It's pretty clear that sometimes controlling your appetite and eating little, combined with moving more, isn't necessarily the solution.
Might I direct you here:
The Three Keys for Weight Loss The three keys for an effective and healthy weight loss diet, as I see it, are:
1.Elimination of food toxins. Food toxins are the primary cause of obesity and you can’t expect to cure a condition by causing it!
2.Perfect nourishment. The diet should be as nourishing as possible. The dieter should be in the “plateau range” of every nutrient – vitamins, minerals, organic molecules, carbs, protein, and fats.
3.Calorie restriction. You have to be in energy deficit to lose weight.
Even though you're eating paleo, you might be malnourished or undernourished on, for example, choline - in egg yolks, iodine, selenium (beef kidneys, beef in general), copper (unless you eat 1/4 lb of beef liver per week it's likely), perhaps potassium, calcium, etc.
If you know your TSH, let us know...
on May 21, 2013
at 06:26 PM
Same thing here. Here's my weight loss hack question: http://paleohacks.com/questions/172942/hack-my-weight-loss-stall#axzz2Tx60fTyj
I'm a 38 yo female, 5'5" and 160. Size 10 pants, size 8 in some brands. When I was really skinny and bulimic 20 years ago I weighed 115 and the same size 8/10 pants.... wth??? I've been stalled at this weight for 3 years, almost 100% paleo, after an initial 30 lb weight loss the first two months.
Crossfit has definitely changed my body comp over the last 9 months. And the truth is, no one believes my weight is 160. Apparently I am very DENSE. I do want to be thinner, less jiggly. But after a few years of railing against it, I've realized my best option is long slow change through converting fat to muscle.
I've tried everything I can find on how to break a setpoint, with no success. This summer I'm going to start doing the Sprint 8 protocol with swimming and see what happens. No great hopes there, but at least I love swimming! I am also going to have a body fat test done, and plan to go back every 6 months. I'm hoping to see some progress there, which would make me happy, even if they scale didn't move.
This is not a paleo/crossfit issue either. I've dealt with this setpoint my whole life. At one point I was running 30-40 miles a week, eating very low cal, and lost 5 lb in 6 months. I said screw it, I'd rather not run and be 5 lb heavier!
on May 21, 2013
at 05:42 PM
I (27 y.o. female) seem to have a pretty similar problem to yours as I too find my body refuses to lose weight despite following everyone's advice. I feel great on Paleo but would not consider it a weight loss tool for myself. This past fall, I started olympic weight lifting three times week with a friend and have seen the most results from that. I was a bit nervous to start as I really did not want to bulk up but I have honestly only seen very pleasing results with my middle section shrinking. Good luck!
on May 21, 2013
at 03:38 PM
I would just stick completely too no sugar, only water and lean meat!
There are some great videos on youtube called "yo elliott"...if you type that in there is one on there about losing weight/fat and he gives some great advice also :)
on May 25, 2013
at 04:20 PM
Pre-packaged meals can work very well for some people. Consuming food items abundant with complex carbohydrates will be an effective technique for managing insulin levels. Understand that eating 100 excess calories per day can lead to a 10-pound weight gain in a calendar year.