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Paleo for a month...am I doing it right?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 11, 2012 at 12:58 AM

Haven't lost weight (5'7, 144lbs). I'm active, workout 5-6 times a week and I feel thinner. My stomach is flatter and my muscles show a little more, but the scale hasn't moved. I'm tracking my calories and I'm under almost everyday. Here's what I normally eat: 3 to 4 Egg whites, one egg, two to three strips of organic bacon, half an apple Lunch - tuna steak with veggies or chicken Dinner. Grass fed steak or chicken, veggies Snacks - nuts, lots of fruit, apples, pears, almond butter

Am I eating wrong? Thanks for the help.

420fbe41daca2d95debd5ac703098f0b

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on May 08, 2012
at 03:08 PM

Actually, I want to make sure my fat intake or fructose isn't the problem, which results in belly fat. You don't have to be a d*ck about it.

A905679417ee71c3f9e2d88964b3b1f0

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on April 18, 2012
at 06:24 PM

I guess if you want to be obsessed with body image over health sure, your stomach needs to be flatter and have more muscles.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on April 12, 2012
at 08:25 PM

You are -1 because you are spamming all of the threads with this link.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 12, 2012
at 03:20 PM

Not sure why I am -1 but I did enjoy the cookbook. Let me know how well fed is. :)

420fbe41daca2d95debd5ac703098f0b

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on April 12, 2012
at 04:45 AM

I don't eat fruit for the benefits, I eat it as a snack when I'm hungry. I'll have a plate of sliced apples, oranges, a few nuts and some nut butter. But I could easily eat that twice a day cause I love it. I'm thinking maybe it's too much.

420fbe41daca2d95debd5ac703098f0b

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on April 12, 2012
at 04:42 AM

I haven't tried that one. I just ordered Well Fed. Looking forward to that.

420fbe41daca2d95debd5ac703098f0b

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on April 12, 2012
at 04:42 AM

I want to be leaner. My stomach is flatter but still rolls some. I'm gaining muscle, but not in my stomach. That needs to be flat....or flatter. Thank you for your advice.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 11, 2012
at 07:52 PM

2? I thought 4!!! LOL

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 11, 2012
at 07:04 PM

Fruit might be helpful before exercise but it's not doing much to help, the rest of the day. I think it' s well overrated and never found much advantage to eating it.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 11, 2012
at 07:00 PM

Get a tape measure.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 11, 2012
at 06:59 PM

I agree about the eggs. Eat 2 whole eggs instead of 4 whites.

420fbe41daca2d95debd5ac703098f0b

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on April 11, 2012
at 02:30 PM

Lol. Ok, no scale for a month. Thanks guys :)

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on April 11, 2012
at 12:04 PM

If you are active 5-6 times per week, fruit is probably a great choice for you.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on April 11, 2012
at 12:03 PM

Scale will not accurately reflect changes in body mass- if you are gaining muscle and losing fat, you may even gain a little bit of weight like @gydle said. I would seriously not step on another scale for the next month and just judge how you FEEL about your mood, energy, and body composition. Just step away...step away haha.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on April 11, 2012
at 12:02 PM

She's active 5-6 times a week- fruit is a good thing, especially because it's mostly berries.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on April 11, 2012
at 12:00 PM

I think if you are not concerned about weight loss, and you are that active, that amount of fruit is totally fine. 5-6 times a week demands glycogen replacement, and if fruit works for you that's fine. I try and eat big enough meals that I don't need to snack much, but a hardboiled egg and some jerky are great to keep on hand when hunger strikes.

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on April 11, 2012
at 06:41 AM

well if your stomach is flatter and your muscles show a little more, you probably are losing fat and gaining muscle. THe number on the scale in that case could even move up.

420fbe41daca2d95debd5ac703098f0b

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on April 11, 2012
at 06:38 AM

I'm only concerned in the sense that if I'm eating clean, shouldn't my excess fat come off pretty quick? I agree with you, the scale doesn't dictate how I feel, but the Paleo way of eating after years of counting calories and avoiding fats is scary, coupled with the fact that I'm not "losing" weight, I just wanted to make sure I was doing it correctly. I appreciate all the advice. Thank you :)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 11, 2012
at 04:50 AM

There is a reason why they call it "Whole Paychecks" lol. I don't dig nuts or nut butters enough to bother. I don't think they are a huge problem unless you gorge but they are expensive, calorie for calorie, compared to yams, coconut milk, meat etc...

65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

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on April 11, 2012
at 04:39 AM

I can totally relate!

420fbe41daca2d95debd5ac703098f0b

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on April 11, 2012
at 02:52 AM

I'll try for more berries and citrus. And maybe cut out some of the nut butter. My food bill is ginormus and I'm at Sprouts more than the employees.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 11, 2012
at 02:43 AM

It's possible, but in my experience it's unlikely. If you are leaning to low carb and love-ya some fruit focus on berries and citrus. Hard to over-eat those. The cost of the fresh stuff will bankrupt you long before the carbs add up.

420fbe41daca2d95debd5ac703098f0b

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on April 11, 2012
at 02:24 AM

Asparagus, spinach, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, tomatoes. Tonight's dinner was steak, spinach, tomatoes and shrooms. My snacking might be the problem. I think I'm eating the right foods, but too much of them. Can I be eating too many carbs from fruit?

420fbe41daca2d95debd5ac703098f0b

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on April 11, 2012
at 02:22 AM

I didn't measure myself, but I can feel smaller in my waist/hips. Fruits are my go to snack. So probably two apples a day, some berries. I probably grab two handfuls (small) of trial mix a day. Too much? What do I snack kn if I'm hungry? I'm eating organic jerky too sometimes.

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6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on April 11, 2012
at 10:22 PM

If you don't eat eggs yolks you are missing out on one of the most important nutrients, choline. Choline can be found in egg yolks but not the egg whites.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spKKaWERWFo

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518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on April 11, 2012
at 12:28 PM

Is weight loss a goal? You are right in the healthy range for your BMI (which I hate as a measurement of healthy, but it can be fine do ballpark a stranger), and losing weight would probably not be productive because that would mean that you couldn't gain muscle. I would recommend ditching the scale and focusing on eating to FEEL good. This is not supposed to be a weight-loss or quick-fix diet, so it will take a bit of time for the body to heal and to get used to consuming an adequate diet. I would be concerned about over-exercising and under-consuming calories, so that is something to watch out for (you won't do yourself any favors by doing either).

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 11, 2012
at 01:35 AM

Whole eggs are your friends as such you should invite them to breakfast regularly. Just like friends don't chop them in half and throw parts away. That's just crazy. Trust me, I know.

I wouldn't sweat the fruit. Looks reasonable. Could you define "veggies"?

420fbe41daca2d95debd5ac703098f0b

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on April 11, 2012
at 02:52 AM

I'll try for more berries and citrus. And maybe cut out some of the nut butter. My food bill is ginormus and I'm at Sprouts more than the employees.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on April 11, 2012
at 04:50 AM

There is a reason why they call it "Whole Paychecks" lol. I don't dig nuts or nut butters enough to bother. I don't think they are a huge problem unless you gorge but they are expensive, calorie for calorie, compared to yams, coconut milk, meat etc...

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on April 11, 2012
at 07:52 PM

2? I thought 4!!! LOL

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on April 11, 2012
at 06:59 PM

I agree about the eggs. Eat 2 whole eggs instead of 4 whites.

65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

(3049)

on April 11, 2012
at 04:39 AM

I can totally relate!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on April 11, 2012
at 02:43 AM

It's possible, but in my experience it's unlikely. If you are leaning to low carb and love-ya some fruit focus on berries and citrus. Hard to over-eat those. The cost of the fresh stuff will bankrupt you long before the carbs add up.

420fbe41daca2d95debd5ac703098f0b

(0)

on April 11, 2012
at 02:24 AM

Asparagus, spinach, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, tomatoes. Tonight's dinner was steak, spinach, tomatoes and shrooms. My snacking might be the problem. I think I'm eating the right foods, but too much of them. Can I be eating too many carbs from fruit?

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D7cc4049bef85d1979efbd853dc07c8e

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on April 11, 2012
at 01:08 AM

I wouldnt be to concerned with the scale. Losing fat is the target for healthy more than losing weight. Sounds like you are doing that. Though I might urge fewer days exercising unless that is pure pleasure for you, the body needs some rest time, say 2-3 days exercise per week.

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on April 11, 2012
at 11:46 AM

You can absolutely eat too much fruit! Although it is natural sugar, your body still digests it and stores it as sugar! Not to mention if it's hi glycemic.. Try and lower your fruit to 1-2 pieces a day.. Apples are good, so are berries. That should make a big difference :)

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on April 11, 2012
at 12:02 PM

She's active 5-6 times a week- fruit is a good thing, especially because it's mostly berries.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on April 11, 2012
at 07:04 PM

Fruit might be helpful before exercise but it's not doing much to help, the rest of the day. I think it' s well overrated and never found much advantage to eating it.

420fbe41daca2d95debd5ac703098f0b

(0)

on April 12, 2012
at 04:45 AM

I don't eat fruit for the benefits, I eat it as a snack when I'm hungry. I'll have a plate of sliced apples, oranges, a few nuts and some nut butter. But I could easily eat that twice a day cause I love it. I'm thinking maybe it's too much.

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016de26fe61daf799662d3b7b2468324

on April 11, 2012
at 04:47 AM

Why are people so concerned with the Random Number Generator? It doesn't tell you body composition, inches lost, muscle gained or any other valuable information.

"My stomach is flatter and my muscles show a little more, but the scale hasn't moved."...isn't that good enough for you? Stay on track, keep plugging away at it, and you'll get where you want to be. Judge your progress by photos, measurements, clothes and how you feel. The rest will work itself out. You may want to cut back on fruit and increase your protein/fats, and keep drinking tons of water. One day at a time.

420fbe41daca2d95debd5ac703098f0b

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on April 11, 2012
at 06:38 AM

I'm only concerned in the sense that if I'm eating clean, shouldn't my excess fat come off pretty quick? I agree with you, the scale doesn't dictate how I feel, but the Paleo way of eating after years of counting calories and avoiding fats is scary, coupled with the fact that I'm not "losing" weight, I just wanted to make sure I was doing it correctly. I appreciate all the advice. Thank you :)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on April 11, 2012
at 07:00 PM

Get a tape measure.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on April 11, 2012
at 12:03 PM

Scale will not accurately reflect changes in body mass- if you are gaining muscle and losing fat, you may even gain a little bit of weight like @gydle said. I would seriously not step on another scale for the next month and just judge how you FEEL about your mood, energy, and body composition. Just step away...step away haha.

420fbe41daca2d95debd5ac703098f0b

(0)

on April 11, 2012
at 02:30 PM

Lol. Ok, no scale for a month. Thanks guys :)

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on April 11, 2012
at 06:41 AM

well if your stomach is flatter and your muscles show a little more, you probably are losing fat and gaining muscle. THe number on the scale in that case could even move up.

1
Ce2083cca4a8eb4ba43b7927674c5d2c

on April 11, 2012
at 01:23 AM

Maybe you're eating too much fruit if you're trying to lose? You say you are eating "lots of fruit" - how many pieces is that? And, nuts and nut butters are highly caloric. If you're sticking to 10 nuts or less, that's great. It's easy to over eat nuts. And the nut butters, too. You sound like you're on the right track though. Maybe just needs a bit of tweaking. Did you measure yourself when you started??

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on April 11, 2012
at 12:00 PM

I think if you are not concerned about weight loss, and you are that active, that amount of fruit is totally fine. 5-6 times a week demands glycogen replacement, and if fruit works for you that's fine. I try and eat big enough meals that I don't need to snack much, but a hardboiled egg and some jerky are great to keep on hand when hunger strikes.

420fbe41daca2d95debd5ac703098f0b

(0)

on April 11, 2012
at 02:22 AM

I didn't measure myself, but I can feel smaller in my waist/hips. Fruits are my go to snack. So probably two apples a day, some berries. I probably grab two handfuls (small) of trial mix a day. Too much? What do I snack kn if I'm hungry? I'm eating organic jerky too sometimes.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on April 11, 2012
at 12:04 PM

If you are active 5-6 times per week, fruit is probably a great choice for you.

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A905679417ee71c3f9e2d88964b3b1f0

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on April 11, 2012
at 10:53 PM

You are doing it right. Doesn't seem like you really have any "weight" to lose. I wouldn't bother ditching out the yolks like you do but it isn't that big of a deal. If your stomach is flatter and your muscles are showing why would you expect to weight less? All that muscle you are gaining is replacing fat and weighing more than the fat it is replacing did. You do not need to lose any weight to be more healthy.

420fbe41daca2d95debd5ac703098f0b

(0)

on April 12, 2012
at 04:42 AM

I want to be leaner. My stomach is flatter but still rolls some. I'm gaining muscle, but not in my stomach. That needs to be flat....or flatter. Thank you for your advice.

A905679417ee71c3f9e2d88964b3b1f0

(368)

on April 18, 2012
at 06:24 PM

I guess if you want to be obsessed with body image over health sure, your stomach needs to be flatter and have more muscles.

420fbe41daca2d95debd5ac703098f0b

(0)

on May 08, 2012
at 03:08 PM

Actually, I want to make sure my fat intake or fructose isn't the problem, which results in belly fat. You don't have to be a d*ck about it.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 11, 2012
at 10:58 PM

have you tried the Paleo Recipe book.

it can be a big help

Paleo Recipe Book

This is where i started and it has truly helped me. check it out.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 12, 2012
at 03:20 PM

Not sure why I am -1 but I did enjoy the cookbook. Let me know how well fed is. :)

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on April 12, 2012
at 08:25 PM

You are -1 because you are spamming all of the threads with this link.

420fbe41daca2d95debd5ac703098f0b

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on April 12, 2012
at 04:42 AM

I haven't tried that one. I just ordered Well Fed. Looking forward to that.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 11, 2012
at 09:50 PM

Hey your diet looks good but you may need to try other foods to see what works well with your body. I have had some success using some of the recipes in the paleo cookbook. I am fairly new to the paleo lifestyle but I found this site pretty helpful.

Paleo Recipe Review

hope it helps. I have been losing weight fairly slow but I can say that the recipes in the book do work.

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