I am 62 years old and have a severe wheat and MSG allergy (break out in hives). I went gluten free, which helped but I am also about 60 pounds overweight and decided to go paleo. In the first three weeks I lost 15 pounds without trying and I felt great. I weighed myself this morning and I'm up about 4 pounds so I'm trying to figure out what might be happening.
Here's what I'm eating: Breakfast: LOADS of veggies (this morning I had a quarter of an onion, four fresh mushrooms, leftover broccoli and 5 or 6 baby carrots) sauteed in coconut oil (about a Tblsp.), 2 eggs, and some leftover steak (about two ounces). I had one cup of coffee, which I allow myself every morning, but that's it.
Lunch: Sometimes I skip lunch if I'm not hungry. Otherwise I have a big salad with lots of raw veggies (summer squash, lettuce and/or spinach, onion, zucchini, grated carrot, whatever I have around), vinegar or lemon and olive oil (maybe a Tblsp).
Snack: a handful of nuts or an apple or pear with some almond butter on it or a piece of uncured ham or two or some smoked salmon and onion and capers wrapped up in a lettuce leaf.
Supper: meat or fish, usually about 6 to 8 ounces, lots of veggies either sauteed or done up in the crock pot in a stew with the meat. Had jambalaya the other night with shrimp, buffalo andouille sausage and chicken. Another night I made chicken tortilla soup in the crock pot but I didn't have any corn or tortilla chips in it. Hubby ate the chips, the bugger!
I drink lots of water, no juices, and lots of herbal teas. Only one cup of organic coffee a day. No alcohol. On occasion (like last night) I have a sweet potato.
I weighed 225 when I started and I'm 5 foot 8. I dropped down to 210 really quickly but now I'm up to 215 and worried I'm doing something wrong. Relatively stress-free, sleeping around 8 hours a night and if i don't I take a nap later in the day if I can. I am not getting much exercise right now, but I am moving much more because I FEEL so much better (joints, energy level). We have lots of stairs in the house and when I park the car I park far away and walk. I'm thinking adding walking and later sprinting might be the next step. I have not tried fasting yet, but have done it in the past.
PS:I'm very proud of myself for this holiday. I had only one slip...a binge on amaretto pound cake someone made for me. I ate quite a lot over a few days and felt lousy, but I enjoyed it anyway. Didn't make me want to keep doing it though!
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on December 22, 2012
at 07:08 PM
What has likely happened is that a large percentage of the 15 lbs that you initially lost was merely water weight, masking a lower weight loss of probably just a few pounds. It is also quite normal for weight to fluctuate by a few pounds. Chances are you are still losing weight.
Your diet looks great to me. I would just keep going. Adding more walking and a bit of high intensity sprinting is a great idea. At some point perhaps also consider some body weight exercises or even strength training. Mark's Daily Apple has a downloadable brochure with lost of exercises that can be scaled up or down, and don't require a gym or equipment.
on December 23, 2012
at 06:30 AM
Maybe your weight gain is a vestige of the amaretto pound cake? Whenever my husband eats wheat, such as a sandwich, he gains 5-6 pounds! It then takes him over a week to lose the wheat weight if he gets back on a strict LC Paleo diet. He also gains weight on other grains, but not as bad as wheat.
on December 22, 2012
at 09:13 PM
You may want to buy a blood ketone meter and see where your blood ketones are then adjust your diet so that your blood ketones are between .5-3.0 which is the ideal range for optimal fat loss and keto-adapted performance. You should expect to lost around 1-2 pounds of actual body fat a week....your initial weight loss was probably a lot of water weight. Check out the book The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance by Drs. Volek and Phinney. I just wrote a post on my facebook page about this exact topic "Over coming weight loss standstills" https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151303099148812&set=a.10150199630348812.330461.286634113811&type=1&theater