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Looking for some help with what should I do now?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created June 09, 2012 at 1:51 AM

How much sugar (fruit, berries, other) can you eat before you???re taken out of Ketosis or how much can you eat before you just feel???different? (I don???t eat fruit at all, but I do eat berries)

I???ve noticed my weight has really slowed down, to which I responded with tightening up my diet, though there wasn???t much to do there, as well as I???ve been exercising, hour long walks (4 days a week) that are hilly and really raise the heart rate. I also do 3 sets of 12 push ups followed by 12-15 push ups at the top of every hour (push ups per hour start at 3pm and end at midnight. I do this everyday). I???m wondering if there???s something else I should be doing?

I know there???s not really stages as it were for Paleo, but I???m wondering what some of you have done when your weight slows down (by slow I mean I???ve been around the same weight for a month) to give it a bit of a kick in the ass to get it moving again???or am I just at that stage where I now need to challenge my body in order for it to respond and build enough lean muscle to further burn what fats remains?

Thanks for your help my wonderful Paleo peoples!

Truth.

E8dd83fe24a0879d8b16ab4ca92b72dd

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on June 09, 2012
at 02:51 AM

Hah! I see what you did there :) Yeah, a few more carbs (15g-20g) more won't hurt you: especially, if it's only for a week or two. Exercise + ketosis and your body will definitely stop fat loss.

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on June 09, 2012
at 02:39 AM

The last paragraph is what I'm wondering...do I add carbs and see what happens? Am I taxing myself enough to warrant the carbs, I'm just not sure? I can up the exercise, I'm just doing it slowly...I went from not doing push ups for years to doing lots in only two weeks, I get strong fast, but again I'm worried a bit about going to hard to fast and taking in to many carbs..I'm like an annoying parrot on my own shoulder squawking "how do I feel after eating those carbs" over and over...drive myself nuts…the good kind though, high in omega 3’s! Truth.

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on June 09, 2012
at 02:29 AM

I’d say 40 pounds from a goal weight. I'm staying away from the scale and using my clothes as a measuring tape because I know how deceptive the scale can be. As far as muscle goes, it’s highly unlikely as I’ve not been training long enough, I wish though! Truth.

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on June 09, 2012
at 02:23 AM

You don't need to be in ketosis to burn fat. How many pounds are you from your ideal weight? Is it possible that you've been burning fat and gaining muscle and that, even though the scale may not show a difference, your clothes might be looser?

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E8dd83fe24a0879d8b16ab4ca92b72dd

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on June 09, 2012
at 02:27 AM

Everything you're doing is great. There's just one problem: it's great for maintenance. Workout routines should be much more intensive (unless you have some sort of injury) than what you're doing. I'm not saying you should spend three hours in the gym + doing all sorts of BS exercises. Keep it simple. How about tomorrow you make two of those sets burpees? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7_TBHno0Os&feature=fvwrel

I'd tell you to do crunches but those can mess up your low back (even done properly). How about vacuums? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXy-tnM43uw

I'm assuming you don't have access to a gym with all of this, but if you did for some reason, I can go more in-depth.

Here's another thing to consider. The reason weight loss stalls is because usually the first thing to go is water weight. And that can go within a matter of days/a week. I hear people talk about all the time how they went on a diet (that they didn't realize was lower in sodium, because it wasn't SAD bullsh*t they were eating) and they "dropped 20lbs in the first two weeks!" Yeah, well...that's because it was water weight. Keep in mind, the more you weigh the more water weight you have. So, you might not have plateaued so much as you're actually burning fat now, which is good!.

Also, unless things have changed since I studied weight lifting/fitness/nutrition ketosis is great at jump starting weight loss, but what you have to understand is that fat = energy. Muscle =...muscle. Your body has no energy, it cannot go. If it can't go, you die. So your body sees fat as more important than muscle believe it or not (please don't sue me, Ripley).

So what can happen, and more or less does, is that you'll jump start your weight loss and then your body will go, "WAIT A MINUTE! CAPTAIN! ALL ENERGY SOURCES ARE BEING DEPLETED!" and your body will actually try and breakdown muscle and bone before tapping back into the fat sources. You then ask, but if I still have some pounds I want to shed, why would it not use up more of that first? But your body doesn't see it that way. It's a defense mechanism. Same as you pissing your pants or shitting yourself to make yourself lighter if you're startled--your body doesn't care about it being socially acceptable; it cares about survival.

So should you go out of ketosis? That's one way to look at it. Here's another: shifting gently out of ketosis with a few extra carbs for a few days, maybe even a week, will turn that switch off. Your body will say, "Ah! Okay, energy is aplenty again! Woot!" and you can then shift back into ketosis. And if you happen to gain some weight back during that week, you can be assured it's most likely regained water weight.

Hope that helps!

76026e8ef496039d5075440ff731aa0d

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on June 09, 2012
at 02:39 AM

The last paragraph is what I'm wondering...do I add carbs and see what happens? Am I taxing myself enough to warrant the carbs, I'm just not sure? I can up the exercise, I'm just doing it slowly...I went from not doing push ups for years to doing lots in only two weeks, I get strong fast, but again I'm worried a bit about going to hard to fast and taking in to many carbs..I'm like an annoying parrot on my own shoulder squawking "how do I feel after eating those carbs" over and over...drive myself nuts…the good kind though, high in omega 3’s! Truth.

E8dd83fe24a0879d8b16ab4ca92b72dd

(1307)

on June 09, 2012
at 02:51 AM

Hah! I see what you did there :) Yeah, a few more carbs (15g-20g) more won't hurt you: especially, if it's only for a week or two. Exercise + ketosis and your body will definitely stop fat loss.

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