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50 days paleo and no results

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Created March 13, 2013 at 12:11 PM

I have been 95% paleo for 50 days. I am exercising, not daily, but 3-4 times a week. I have not lost an ounce since day 12 (10 total lbs). My cholesterol went from 232 in December to 246 last Friday!!? What am I doing wrong? I have cut out diet soda, sugar, all grains, and limited dairy to cream in my coffee. I am also taking a multivitamin, charger for her, and tone from complete nutrition.

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on April 28, 2013
at 03:33 PM

You don't say anything about the most critical thing: are you feeling better?

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on March 13, 2013
at 08:38 PM

@ thegiantess- I don't think people ever really end up trusting their bodies when they rely on what a sheet of paper or a guru says to be doing. I think establishing trust with your body and becoming very in tune with its wants and needs is key to long term food sanity. My suggestion is to not waste your money on their products and to really listen to your body and establish a rhythm of your own. It sounds stupid but I think it works.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on March 13, 2013
at 08:37 PM

I don't think people ever really end up trusting their bodies when they rely on what a sheet of paper or a guru says to be doing. I think establishing trust with your body and becoming very in tune with its wants and needs is key to long term food sanity. My suggestion is to not waste your money on their products and to really listen to your body and establish a rhythm of your own. It sounds stupid but I think it works.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on March 13, 2013
at 08:34 PM

I think instead of following someone elses program (that presumably purchased) you should really just try to listen to your body and establish of rhythm. It sounds stupid but I think it works.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on March 13, 2013
at 08:32 PM

No problem. I don't know what those acronyms stand for :/

06bf7b92d77f1ac1d8e3dc9d539d8254

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on March 13, 2013
at 08:32 PM

Carb cycling does seem to be the best way to go. I will soon be starting a round of RFL (ala Lyle McDonald) to then cycle into UD 2.0. So just curious what works for you. Thanks for sharing.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on March 13, 2013
at 08:31 PM

I cycle my carbs. Typically for maintenance I do only 2 VLC days/week (VLC meaning <50 grams of carbs from greens only). The other days I eat carbs (root vegetables, quinoa) in tune with how I am feeling/looking and what my workouts/activities are like. Protein I keep high at a minumum of 1g/lb bodyweight (lean beef/bison/wild game, chicken, eggs, seafood...whey protein and cottage cheese too). I also eat berries and almonds. The above is what I have been eating for the past 7 years and I think it works for me and my goals.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on March 13, 2013
at 08:28 PM

I cycle my carbs. Typically for maintenance I do only 2 VLC days/week (VLC meaning <50 grams of carbs from greens only). The other days I eat carbs (root vegetables, quinoa) in tune with how I am feeling/looking and what my workouts/activities are like. Protein I keep high at a minumum of 1g/lb bodyweight (lean beef/bison/wild game, chicken, eggs, seafood...whey protein and cottage cheese too)

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on March 13, 2013
at 08:26 PM

I cycle my carbs. Typically for maintenance I do 2 VLC days/week (VLC meaning <50 grams of carbs from greens only). The other days I eat carbs (root vegetables, quinoa) in tune with how I am feeling/looking and what my workouts/activities are like. Protein I keep high at a minumum of 1g/lb bodyweight (lean beef/bison/wild game, chicken, eggs, seafood...protein powder post workout usually).

800e726cb5dff569fd8edf604c3e2793

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on March 13, 2013
at 08:21 PM

Shhhh! 95% of American population isn't interested in anything but weight-loss diets...:-/

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on March 13, 2013
at 08:20 PM

+1 but I really wish people would ONLY take body/BF measurements or just trust what they see in the mirror and how they feel.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on March 13, 2013
at 08:20 PM

+1 but I really wish people would ONLY take body/BF measurements or just trust what they see in the mirror.

06bf7b92d77f1ac1d8e3dc9d539d8254

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on March 13, 2013
at 08:11 PM

I do agree with eating to get lean.. just wondering what sort of protocol you typically follow? Lean meat, low carb?

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on March 13, 2013
at 05:33 PM

The scale showed 50 lbs lower over 6 months for me myth. Some weeks I was down nothing, other weeks I was down 3 lbs. And +1 for the tape greymouser. Waistline is a lot more important than weight if you're obese.

582e89904fef55ad5c7dac673653ef8c

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on March 13, 2013
at 03:40 PM

Any scale will show me weight gains and losses overnight of anywhere between 3-15lbs. Scales are lies.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

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on March 13, 2013
at 02:54 PM

She's right, there is a huge difference between losing fat and losing weight. Body Recomposition should be the gold standard not just weight loss.

582e89904fef55ad5c7dac673653ef8c

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on March 13, 2013
at 02:01 PM

Agree to both of these.

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on March 13, 2013
at 01:56 PM

Only if you move too. Hunt & Gather. Be paleo.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

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on March 13, 2013
at 01:34 PM

http://paleohacks.com/questions/171694/does-this-article-and-do-these-studies-show-that-vlc-diet-in-general-is-inferio#axzz2NMiMc8cE

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

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on March 13, 2013
at 01:32 PM

Do you know the definition of sarcasm? Because that wasn't sarcasm. You've lost 10 pounds in 50 days. An average of .2 pounds per day or a little over a pound a week. Idk what kind of miracle weight loss diet you thought paleo would be, some people do paleo to Gain weight, simply being paleo doesn't mean you should lose weight by any means. Lighten up, your stressed out cortisol will hinder weight loss. If you want Fat loss do a protocol like Sprint 8 3 days a week, that's it, problem solved; till then chill out, we're here to help..

582e89904fef55ad5c7dac673653ef8c

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on March 13, 2013
at 01:30 PM

Is that all you eat? I'm looking at maybe 900-1000 calories if I really push the edge on how much cream you're adding. Are you also using your healthy fats? What type of workouts? How much do you weigh now? How tall are you? Do you take meds? Did you have a medical issue beforehand? With the info you've given all I see is possibly having too little calories. Also, scales are dirty liars. What inches have you lost? How do your clothes fit? Your scale weight might not move a single bit but, your actual body should be changing. (Good example:http://everydaypaleo.com/attention-scale-addicts-part-2

5cb0c7c1d61b3752ae1fc97fa37f6206

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on March 13, 2013
at 12:39 PM

Thanks Stephen for your sarcasm since it is exactly what I need right now. Typically, I will graze or snack on an apple or banana or caveman crunch until dinner. I have two cups of coffee in the morning with cream and raw honey and drink water for the rest of the day. Dinner is a meat and veggies. I use recipes from George Bryant, paleo plan, and chowstalker.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

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on March 13, 2013
at 12:33 PM

Shouldn't the title technically be 38 days paleo and no more results?

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on March 13, 2013
at 12:27 PM

What do you typically eat in a day?

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1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

on March 13, 2013
at 01:50 PM

Primary reason why you haven't seen results?

Your diet sucks. You need to eat to get lean.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on March 13, 2013
at 08:38 PM

@ thegiantess- I don't think people ever really end up trusting their bodies when they rely on what a sheet of paper or a guru says to be doing. I think establishing trust with your body and becoming very in tune with its wants and needs is key to long term food sanity. My suggestion is to not waste your money on their products and to really listen to your body and establish a rhythm of your own. It sounds stupid but I think it works.

06bf7b92d77f1ac1d8e3dc9d539d8254

(1649)

on March 13, 2013
at 08:11 PM

I do agree with eating to get lean.. just wondering what sort of protocol you typically follow? Lean meat, low carb?

06bf7b92d77f1ac1d8e3dc9d539d8254

(1649)

on March 13, 2013
at 08:32 PM

Carb cycling does seem to be the best way to go. I will soon be starting a round of RFL (ala Lyle McDonald) to then cycle into UD 2.0. So just curious what works for you. Thanks for sharing.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on March 13, 2013
at 08:26 PM

I cycle my carbs. Typically for maintenance I do 2 VLC days/week (VLC meaning <50 grams of carbs from greens only). The other days I eat carbs (root vegetables, quinoa) in tune with how I am feeling/looking and what my workouts/activities are like. Protein I keep high at a minumum of 1g/lb bodyweight (lean beef/bison/wild game, chicken, eggs, seafood...protein powder post workout usually).

582e89904fef55ad5c7dac673653ef8c

(281)

on March 13, 2013
at 02:01 PM

Agree to both of these.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on March 13, 2013
at 08:31 PM

I cycle my carbs. Typically for maintenance I do only 2 VLC days/week (VLC meaning <50 grams of carbs from greens only). The other days I eat carbs (root vegetables, quinoa) in tune with how I am feeling/looking and what my workouts/activities are like. Protein I keep high at a minumum of 1g/lb bodyweight (lean beef/bison/wild game, chicken, eggs, seafood...whey protein and cottage cheese too). I also eat berries and almonds. The above is what I have been eating for the past 7 years and I think it works for me and my goals.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on March 13, 2013
at 08:32 PM

No problem. I don't know what those acronyms stand for :/

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(10611)

on March 13, 2013
at 01:56 PM

Only if you move too. Hunt & Gather. Be paleo.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on March 13, 2013
at 08:34 PM

I think instead of following someone elses program (that presumably purchased) you should really just try to listen to your body and establish of rhythm. It sounds stupid but I think it works.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on March 13, 2013
at 08:28 PM

I cycle my carbs. Typically for maintenance I do only 2 VLC days/week (VLC meaning <50 grams of carbs from greens only). The other days I eat carbs (root vegetables, quinoa) in tune with how I am feeling/looking and what my workouts/activities are like. Protein I keep high at a minumum of 1g/lb bodyweight (lean beef/bison/wild game, chicken, eggs, seafood...whey protein and cottage cheese too)

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on March 13, 2013
at 08:37 PM

I don't think people ever really end up trusting their bodies when they rely on what a sheet of paper or a guru says to be doing. I think establishing trust with your body and becoming very in tune with its wants and needs is key to long term food sanity. My suggestion is to not waste your money on their products and to really listen to your body and establish a rhythm of your own. It sounds stupid but I think it works.

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on March 13, 2013
at 02:00 PM

I really wish people would not just get on a scale at the beginning of their endeavor, but also take body measurements with tape and also a BF% estimate (electronic scale as well as calipers to get a round estimate).

I went 2 months -- 2 months -- when I was primarily "in losing weight and body recomp" mode with the scale moving up and down 1lb each week (that's all I ever weighed myself). However, the other measurements gave me the information I needed to realize that my LBM went up from 147ish to 160lbs (which was higher than my original total weight goal!) and my BF% dropped incredibly all during that time that "I didn't lose any weight."

So my advice: take those measurements now for later comparison, continue to refine your diet, and keep on keeping on.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on March 13, 2013
at 08:20 PM

+1 but I really wish people would ONLY take body/BF measurements or just trust what they see in the mirror.

582e89904fef55ad5c7dac673653ef8c

(281)

on March 13, 2013
at 03:40 PM

Any scale will show me weight gains and losses overnight of anywhere between 3-15lbs. Scales are lies.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on March 13, 2013
at 08:20 PM

+1 but I really wish people would ONLY take body/BF measurements or just trust what they see in the mirror and how they feel.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on March 13, 2013
at 02:54 PM

She's right, there is a huge difference between losing fat and losing weight. Body Recomposition should be the gold standard not just weight loss.

Medium avatar

(10611)

on March 13, 2013
at 05:33 PM

The scale showed 50 lbs lower over 6 months for me myth. Some weeks I was down nothing, other weeks I was down 3 lbs. And +1 for the tape greymouser. Waistline is a lot more important than weight if you're obese.

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F2054b0bf33820c76e5ff0f272c15117

on March 13, 2013
at 05:23 PM

Personally, it doesn't sound like you're eating enough to me. While I don't think you should eat just to make a certain amount of calories each day, I have a hard time believing that you're not hungry on what you're eating. SO EAT. Seriously, make some food, cut up some veggies, make some eggs..eat them.

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on March 13, 2013
at 01:20 PM

How much do you weigh? If you're not overweight be happy for the 10 lbs you lost. Past a certain point no diet is a route to easy weight loss.

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81feb1022a28f534867616b9316c7aa4

on March 13, 2013
at 07:04 PM

My weight goes up and down all the time I gained 2lbs this week, even though I feel excellent and less bloated than last week....

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on March 13, 2013
at 01:10 PM

Sleep is a big one. If I get less than 7 hrs. I'm always up in weight than if I get 8+.

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on March 13, 2013
at 12:31 PM

Get 7-8 hours of sleep in a completely dark room and spend two hours in nature per week.

Stress levels will go down, and I bet your weight will as well.

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on April 28, 2013
at 03:26 PM

It doesn't look to me that you are "doing paleo" since paleo is about good nutrition first and foremost. Eating a variety of nutrient dense foods so that your body can function optimally and if it's doing so, then fat may be burned as fuel (depending on the macros). Eating so poorly is probably causing your thyroid to down regulate, slowing metabolism and favoring lean body mass loss over fat burning.

The first step to achieving whatever you expect from your body is to give it adequate nourishment.

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on April 28, 2013
at 12:33 PM

How did everyone miss this? "Typically, I will graze or snack on an apple or banana or caveman crunch until dinner." There's your problem. Predators gorge and fast, they don't graze (J. Stanton). Stop grazing and either go all the way with fasting (probably not ideal) or eat a hearty protein, fat, and veggie breakfast. Bacon and eggs are your friends. At least stop grazing on fruit and other sugars, that's certainly not going to help with fat loss. Keep the cream if you like, or do a Bulletproof fast (bulletproof coffee in the morning, no food until midday). And you may want to get the honey out of your coffee. Honey is basically the same thing as hfcs (55ish % fructose). It also sounds like you need to just eat more food in general. Wrap everything in Bacon!

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06bf7b92d77f1ac1d8e3dc9d539d8254

on March 13, 2013
at 08:10 PM

I wasn't aware Paleo is a weight loss diet?

800e726cb5dff569fd8edf604c3e2793

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on March 13, 2013
at 08:21 PM

Shhhh! 95% of American population isn't interested in anything but weight-loss diets...:-/

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on March 13, 2013
at 05:24 PM

eat higher protein, watch for food intolerances i.e. dairy/wheat/nuts etc. get more sleep, eat less carbs (replace with protein/fat). high protein is key if your stalling.

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on March 13, 2013
at 02:50 PM

Hi Leigh,

You said your total cholesterol went from 232 to 246, what are HDL,TG & LDL?

MY HDL were in the 30's & my TG was in the 190's, with paleo (4 years), now my HDL are in the 70's & TG are in the 40's, and I am down 90lb. My weight loss has stalled many times!

50 days palso, is to short of time to give up.

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on March 13, 2013
at 02:10 PM

Cholesterol - if you have recently lost weight, it can be high. Recheck in a few months:

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/why-did-my-cholesterol-go-up-after-going-primal

Fat Loss - you may want to drop the cream in your coffee. I know, it's such a small thing. My body will NOT lose weight if I am getting even the tiniest bit of dairy (except butter). For coffee, try coconut milk, or bulletproof coffee (butter and coconut oil in coffee, mixed in a blender ... it's really yummy).

If you are within 20 lb of your goal weight, don't expect weight to come off fast. My weight loss has stalled for the last 2.5 years. However, I have dropped 3 pant sizes. Here is a great article about weight:

http://everydaypaleo.com/attention-scale-addicts-part-2/

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