Teenage girl doing the paleo diet?

Commented on February 24, 2014
Created February 24, 2014 at 12:25 AM

Hi I am a 16 year old girl who is trying to lose 5 pounds, but nothing is working so I have decided to try paleo. This is what I will eat:

breakfast: smoothie with seeds, fruit, greens, and coconut water

lunch: salad with chicken and veggies, fruit and seeds/nuts

snack: trail mix with paleo ingredients/no added sugar

dinner: protein with veggies and a fat such as coconut oil or avocado

snack: (at least 2hrs before bed) some almonds and berries with dried coconut

I workout 6 times a week, usually strength training and running. Is this enough food? I do not want to stunt my growth or cause any developmental issues.



on February 24, 2014
at 12:56 PM

Interesting point, it does sound like a totally minor amount of weight.



on February 24, 2014
at 12:46 PM

Paleohacks is not for minors. 5 pounds to lose, tried everything, excessive exercise… sounds like disordered eating, or at least the warning signs.

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on February 24, 2014
at 01:39 AM

Theres a few more seeds in there than i'd expect. Typically seeds are not a staple food in paleo. We eat them, but tend to prefer nuts (lower in omega-6, or more balanced, especially the likes of macadamia nuts, walnuts, almonds). Nuts and seeds are also pretty high in calories, as snacks, so you can go overboard sometimes, when aiming for weight loss. So probably what id suggest about what you list is this - consider a slightly lower intake of seeds, lean more to the nuts, jerky, lower sugar fruit, as a portable snack. You could always use a little nut butter, or coconut milk in your smoothie, for fats (or coconut oil), if you need the energy or protien. And for about a week or so, try to run everything through a diet tracker, like cron-o-meter, just so you know your nutrients are all there, and your calories are roughly right. I really do think that when your starting, tracking your diet for a few weeks is a good idea, just so you know what to change.

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on February 24, 2014
at 01:09 AM

You need to figure caloric requirements, and then what you are eating and compare. Hard for us to do it without your details. Then again 16 y/o, 5lbs, maybe just eat well and don't worry about it.

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