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College Paleo Girl: HELP

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 26, 2013 at 7:43 PM

I'm 18 years old, female, 160 lbs, 22% body fat. I started Paleo last summer and I've gradually become more strict with it. I started at 190 lbs and I've hit a plateau which I've been plateaued for at least 3 months. I haven't been losing weight at all. I was wondering how do I figure out how many grams of protein/carbs/fat I should be taking? I run 4-5 times a week, I'm training for a Half-Marathon in April. My long run is 8 miles and my short run is 3 miles. I do modified Crossfit 5-6 times a week. It's "modified" Crossfit because I'm at college and I'm restricted to our rec center, which has pretty decent equipment, but I still am limited with what I can do. I'm also living in the dorms and am therefore forced to use a meal plan. But, I don't really use my meal plan for anything besides salads and some fruit on occasion. I cook basically ALL my meals for myself. I was thinking about going keto, but I don't really think I can handle cutting my carbs that low. I've cut my carbs down to between 70-100 g. I don't know if I'm doing it right. I barely eat any fruit. I've been eating anywhere from 1400-1600 calories a day. I just signed up for a personal training thing twice a week at my schools' rec center, but it's not really helping me much and my trainer is a believer in cutting calories and wants me below 1400, but that goes against everything I've learned from Paleo. I would really like to lose another 10-15 lbs or at least drop another 5% in body fat.

Here's a sample day of my diet: Breakfast: 2 eggs w/ veggies, and 6 oz of meat Snack: Carrots/celery w/ almond butter Lunch: Big ass salad(lettuce, spinach, cucumber, avocado, tuna, sunflower seeds, olive oil) Snack: Sweet Potato Dinner: 6-8 oz of meat w/ veggies

What am I doing wrong?! :(

Ec62e9a1009ef0b8acd398ba0ddc6946

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on January 27, 2013
at 05:38 PM

Yeah, i think I'm going to give up sweet potato after I finish off the batch I have right now. I just threw out my seeds and nuts, so I won't be tempted by those. I drink a fair amount of water. 6-8 24 oz bottles a day.

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on January 27, 2013
at 04:46 PM

Also, eat 3 real meals, not "6 small meals/snacks"

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on January 27, 2013
at 03:56 PM

What you are doing wrong is you are running as your main source of exercise and not weight lifting/HIIT and walking

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on January 27, 2013
at 03:45 PM

What are you doing wrong? hmmm...you're running as your main source of exrcise. Stop running. Start lifting and walking.

690a15f9c09f8ca10bec1fb361581f72

on January 27, 2013
at 03:19 PM

I totally agree.

Ec62e9a1009ef0b8acd398ba0ddc6946

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on January 27, 2013
at 03:40 AM

Yeah. I really don't know how I feel about dairy. I've had it on my "cheat" days and it really doesn't affect me negatively, but I'd rather be safe than sorry, so I've stayed away. I saw that Almond Dream just started making their own yogurt. But there's a lot of ingredients in it which I'm assuming are not so good. Cause I know they have almond based cheeses, too. Which sounds absolutely disgusting.

44d244d6254dc133df6234cfb616a7d1

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on January 27, 2013
at 02:41 AM

yes please check this out: you won't regret it :) dairy is your friend :) http://forum.lowcarber.org/showthread.php?t=419742 also check this out http://www.cheeseslave.com/10-simple-tricks-to-raise-your-metabolism/

Ec62e9a1009ef0b8acd398ba0ddc6946

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on January 27, 2013
at 02:14 AM

Yeah, I'm not really sure I believe in it or not. I get the don't eat after 8 rule to prevent late snacking, but I love food far too much to go that long without food. But I do find that I am pretty hungry by lunch time even when I eat a big breakfast.

Ec62e9a1009ef0b8acd398ba0ddc6946

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on January 27, 2013
at 02:12 AM

You're saying that I should eat dairy?

Ec62e9a1009ef0b8acd398ba0ddc6946

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on January 26, 2013
at 11:09 PM

I really enjoy running and crossfit and it's really hard for me to balance the two things. But thank you!

Ec62e9a1009ef0b8acd398ba0ddc6946

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on January 26, 2013
at 11:07 PM

I've actually been looking into doing bulletproof coffee! Thanks! I think I might try this. Although, I only have two grocery stores in my college town. I went to our Safeway, and they didn't sell grass fed butter. They only had organic, so I was pretty disappointed.

Ec62e9a1009ef0b8acd398ba0ddc6946

(15)

on January 26, 2013
at 11:05 PM

5'6" and I eat various meats. Pretty much whatever I can afford. It varies between beef, chicken, pork, tuna, and salmon.

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on January 26, 2013
at 10:12 PM

This one is real simple. Your working out way too much.

690a15f9c09f8ca10bec1fb361581f72

on January 27, 2013
at 03:19 PM

I totally agree.

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on January 26, 2013
at 09:53 PM

My $0.02, running was not a good form of exercise for me in terms of weight loss and body composition. I started running a few years ago and worked my way up to running 3-4 miles 3-4 times per week. I was my only form of exercise. However I did not lost fat or girth and never seemed to build any muscle or a lot more endurance.

After reading some tips on this board I dropped running completely and switched to high-intensity exercise like kettlebells, calisthenics, etc. I aimed for 20-30 minutes of my most intense possible exercise every other day, and besides that just took long walks.

I immediately lost about 10-15 pounds and a few inches off of my waist, while I was spending less time per week exercising. I later started doing crossfit 3x per week. I gained muscle tone and generally felt better, slept better, and was not sore except in large muscles occasionally. So I was exercising less but having much better results. The running was essentially keeping the fat on me.

A friend of mine ran a marathon in October and I talked to him every day while he was training. He was lamenting the fact that he was actually gaining a little bit of weight while training, because he wanted to be as light as possible for the run. The last 2 weeks before the run his training was relatively light and he tried to eat less to lose weight but just couldn't (probably because his body wanted to recoup from the training). He never did lose any weight but he did do pretty good in the marathon.

My point is that I don't think that running is a good way to lose weight or fat, in fact it might serve to keep your weight and fat up. I had pretty dramatic results by dropping all cardio training. Note that my cardio abilities didn't go to zero, I can now run a brisk mile without a problem after all the crossfit. I haven't tried to run longer than that lately but I think I'd do fine.

On the calories, I wouldn't cut calories to the point that you walk around starving all day, but if you want to lose weight, you need to be hungry some of the time. Some people find that skipping meals (fasting) is a better way to cut back on calories. When I went full-on paleo my appetite declined and to my surprise I found it was pretty easy to skip either breakfast or lunch. I can't really eat that much food at one sitting, especially paleo food, so even after eating the hugest dinner that I could handle, my daily calories were below 1500 (I'm 6' 205#).

Very low carb doesn't work for everyone, but in my experience it does decrease my appetite. I couldn't stick with super low carb for more than a couple of months, but doing it for that long really adjusted my appetite and my own personal definitions of "hungry" and "full" to the point that it is now a lot easier to just not eat as much or skip meals.

Good luck!

Ec62e9a1009ef0b8acd398ba0ddc6946

(15)

on January 26, 2013
at 11:09 PM

I really enjoy running and crossfit and it's really hard for me to balance the two things. But thank you!

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07fdf585fd53d6752350295241ca2cbc

on January 26, 2013
at 08:45 PM

2 questions. How tall are you? What type of meat are you eating?

Ec62e9a1009ef0b8acd398ba0ddc6946

(15)

on January 26, 2013
at 11:05 PM

5'6" and I eat various meats. Pretty much whatever I can afford. It varies between beef, chicken, pork, tuna, and salmon.

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44d244d6254dc133df6234cfb616a7d1

on January 27, 2013
at 01:17 AM

DO NOT intermittent starve yourself lol...bad advice

Ec62e9a1009ef0b8acd398ba0ddc6946

(15)

on January 27, 2013
at 02:14 AM

Yeah, I'm not really sure I believe in it or not. I get the don't eat after 8 rule to prevent late snacking, but I love food far too much to go that long without food. But I do find that I am pretty hungry by lunch time even when I eat a big breakfast.

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690a15f9c09f8ca10bec1fb361581f72

on January 27, 2013
at 03:17 PM

Just my two cents, as well...I naturally eat really low carb - and when I say low carb I mean I eat keto naturally - which, I admit, freaked me out at first because I was a vegetarian for a long time so it took me a while to shake that "All this meat is gonna kill me!" mentality - BUT you CAN do it and you CAN enjoy even if just for a short time to kick your metabolism into gear... I agree about avoiding dairy, and I think you are SMART to listen to your gut about not cutting your calories! Those are old-school ideas - continue to be kind to your body and it will continue to be kind to you. I am a runner too and I love it dearly but I'll be honest with you, when I start doing over 20 miles a week I start packing on pounds because my body is in freak-out "we gotta survive this stress!" mode. I especially put on weight in my belly and hips. So...I'm going to tell you two things you are NOT going to like, runner to runner: If you want to lose, you gotta ease up on your mileage darling. I know it sucks. I don't believe you have to stop altogether, I think you just need to pull it back (maybe after your Half) so your metabolism will feel safe to start burning off its fat. Drop your carbs lower and up your Cross-fit and weight lifting. If I was you, I would cut your almond butter, sunflower seeds and sweet potato. How much water are you drinking?

Ec62e9a1009ef0b8acd398ba0ddc6946

(15)

on January 27, 2013
at 05:38 PM

Yeah, i think I'm going to give up sweet potato after I finish off the batch I have right now. I just threw out my seeds and nuts, so I won't be tempted by those. I drink a fair amount of water. 6-8 24 oz bottles a day.

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07fdf585fd53d6752350295241ca2cbc

on January 27, 2013
at 05:54 AM

Well my 2 cents, you might want to increase your calories just a bit. And if you like running and the amount you are working out stick with it. Also low carb can decrease thyroid output and conversion, so if you haven't gotten your thyroid checked since going low carb I would get that looked at.

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on January 27, 2013
at 03:31 AM

Hey there, I am also a female college student who eats Paleo :) Well seems like you are doing everything right. all I can think is maybe you skip meals and your body thinks your starving, so when you eat again it saves up all the calories it can! I disagree with the advice to eat dairy. All dairy contains hormones that are designed for a baby farm animal's body. Those hormones signal the calf to grow quickly into a 1000 lb animal. Not ideal for human weight loss!

Ec62e9a1009ef0b8acd398ba0ddc6946

(15)

on January 27, 2013
at 03:40 AM

Yeah. I really don't know how I feel about dairy. I've had it on my "cheat" days and it really doesn't affect me negatively, but I'd rather be safe than sorry, so I've stayed away. I saw that Almond Dream just started making their own yogurt. But there's a lot of ingredients in it which I'm assuming are not so good. Cause I know they have almond based cheeses, too. Which sounds absolutely disgusting.

0
44d244d6254dc133df6234cfb616a7d1

on January 27, 2013
at 01:16 AM

stop worrying about being fat and calories....just fucking eat baby, avoid gluten pound that dairy

44d244d6254dc133df6234cfb616a7d1

(-7)

on January 27, 2013
at 02:41 AM

yes please check this out: you won't regret it :) dairy is your friend :) http://forum.lowcarber.org/showthread.php?t=419742 also check this out http://www.cheeseslave.com/10-simple-tricks-to-raise-your-metabolism/

Ec62e9a1009ef0b8acd398ba0ddc6946

(15)

on January 27, 2013
at 02:12 AM

You're saying that I should eat dairy?

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D2c2027f4456b61627d5241cc15be67c

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on January 26, 2013
at 09:36 PM

Have you considered intermittent fasting? It's basically only eating for about 6 hours per day. I have been doing it for 3 weeks and it is really helping me burn fat. I drink bulletproof coffee in the morning and that suppresses my appetite until about 1 or 2 p.m.. Then I eat as much as I want until 8 p.m. I wrote a blog post about the bulletproof coffee here: http://bulletproofcoffee.wordpress.com/2013/01/23/my-experience-with-bulletproof-coffee/

If you don't want to do the intermittent fasting with that protocol, you could try not eating after 8 p.m. for a while. And if you start your day with the bulletproof coffee instead of your regular breakfast and delay your first meal to what works best for you, you would still be doing the intermittent fasting. The bullet proof coffee has grass-fed butter and MCT oil or coconut oil. The omega 3 fatty acids give your brain the fuel it needs and the special upgraded coffee beans are low in toxins because of the wet-processed method they use.

Ec62e9a1009ef0b8acd398ba0ddc6946

(15)

on January 26, 2013
at 11:07 PM

I've actually been looking into doing bulletproof coffee! Thanks! I think I might try this. Although, I only have two grocery stores in my college town. I went to our Safeway, and they didn't sell grass fed butter. They only had organic, so I was pretty disappointed.

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