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Fat Loss Help

Answered on June 24, 2014
Created June 23, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Hi fellow Paleo-ers,

I'm having a lot of trouble managing my weight and I'm hoping you guys might have some helpful ideas. I've struggled a lot over the past few years, as you can see from my previous posts. However, my first year at college enabled me to my heaviest weight yet and after being home for over a month, I'm finding it difficult (impossible) to get back down to a comfortable weight.

Height: 5'3

When I came home on May 8th, I weighed 153.5 lbs. I was at 151 lbs within days. Today, I weighed 147.5 lbs. I went from 151 to 147.5 lbs two weeks ago when I became really strict and cut portions, but I have since stalled. Today was my 6th day of weighing ~147. I know that I would look my best at 120-125 lbs, but I would settle for 130-135 lbs, at least as my first goal. Here are a few days from my food log:

Wednesday June 11

Breakfast: 1 cup beef broth

Exercise: Swimming- 30 mins laps, 30 mins cool down

Lunch: 2 eggs fried in ghee, cauliflower cooked in ghee

Dinner: 6 oz. rib steak, Brussels sprouts cooked in olive oil w/ onions & pancetta, broccoli rabe cooked in olive oil, 1 cup Get Smart tea

Thursday June 12

Breakfast: 1 egg fried in Breakstone Organic Salted Whipped Butter, leftover broccoli rabe

Lunch: Rotisserie chicken drumstick & thigh, cauliflower and sundried tomatoes cooked in butter

Dinner: 6 oz. skirt steak, cauliflower, broccoli & sundried tomatoes cooked in olive oil

Friday June 13

Breakfast: 1 cup beef broth

Exercise: Swimming- 40 mins laps, 1 hr. cool down

Lunch: 2 eggs fried in ghee, ?? rotisserie chicken breast, spinach & kale saut??ed in ghee with onions & sundried tomatoes

Snack: Rotisserie chicken drumstick

Dinner: Rotisserie chicken thigh & drumstick, cauliflower, sundried tomatoes, onion & mushroom saut??ed in ghee

I swim every other day after drinking a cup of beef broth, and then I shower and eat my first meal. I hit golf balls every day and play golf a few times per week. I also babysit and spend a lot of time chasing kids and playing ball with them. I spend a good amount of time in the sun every day. Due to some health restrictions imposed by the acupuncturist I see, I'm currently unable to exercise any more than this, but I should be able to add long walks in to my regimen soon. I do not eat any un-Paleo foods, EVER, and I do not consume nuts, fruits, raw foods, coconut products, or starchy vegetables (eggplant, sweet potato, zucchini, etc). These are my acupuncturist's rules. I eat anywhere from 1,000 - 1,500 calories per day (never more, never less, for the last two weeks. Before, I wasn't counting but estimate never more than 2,000).

Regarding general health: My skin is pretty clear, aside from the occasional zit or two. I sleep 8-10 hrs every night. I drink ~100 oz of water and a few cups of hot tea per day. My period cycle is too short (2-3 weeks), which is one of the reasons for which I am seeing an acupuncturist. Aside from being concerned about my weight, I'm generally not too stressed out about anything.

Any ideas? Am I being impatient? It seems like at such a high weight for my size, I should be losing at a quicker rate... And must admit, I would love to hit 130 lbs before returning to school at the end of August.

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on June 23, 2014
at 07:53 PM

3. I actually suffered a rare chronic illness when I was younger and Western medicine had me a complete wreck (wheelchair, tons of medications, etc.). He had me back and healthy in about 5 years, and he had me following dietary restrictions similar to today's. I returned to him because of my irregular period and he mandated a return to the basics. He's definitely a good guy :)

4. Cool will do!

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1. I got home May 8th and ate pretty strictly Paleo. I was eating until I was full but enjoyed a few servings of nuts, dark chocolate and coffee with heavy cream per week. Then,on June 11, I cut down on portions, eliminated those vices and started swimming. I went from 151 to 147 lbs within a few days but have since stalled.

2. Just sauteed in a pan with some garlic, too. One tablespoon of oil.

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on June 23, 2014
at 06:19 PM

Also-- I had my blood test about a year ago because I was having trouble losing weight (I weighed ~130 lbs then) and docs said everything was fine. No thyroid issues. I went to a gyno about my irregular period a few months ago and she did bloodwork and said all was good, too. She recommended birth control, but my acupuncturist didn't want me to take it and has been treating me (with success) for a few months now.

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on June 24, 2014
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Before breakfast today I weighed 146lbs, after breakfast, I weighed 149lbs. The other day I was over 150. Your +/- 1.75lbs of weight fluctuation over 2 weeks doesn't seem too intense to me, but your diet sounds pretty extreme.. that should certainly starve your body for energy.

I would be curious how many net carbs you do in a day and how many tablespoons of added fats you're actually eating (vs cooking with.) Cronometer screenshots with weights and graphs would be much more interesting than rough logs. It sounds like you're in pretty deep ketosis and calorie restriction, with an hour of exercise fueled by minimal carbs, low-minimal lean protein, without a whole lot of added fats being mentioned, suggesting you're running off your own body fat stores. I'm surprised this doesn't feel horrible, haha.

10 hours of sleep in a night is impressive.

I wouldn't file zucchini under starchy vegetables. (I eat a ton of the stuff.) 2lbs of zucchini is <20 net carbs, with 11 grams of protein and 3 grams of fat (0.5:1 omega 6:3 ratio.)

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on June 23, 2014
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Irregular periods, weight gain and difficulty losing may signal Polycystic ovary syndrome. Doesn't sound like your doctor was looking for that, but the assumption that birth control pills would help probably means it was suspected. Classic signs are a 3:1 LH to FSH ratio (hormones), irregular periods, acne, sometimes hirsutism (excess hair growing where it doesn't belong). They may want to do an ultrasound to look for cysts, but cysts don't always appear in younger women with PCOS. PCOS is a metabolic problem with insulin resistance so a Paleo diet on the lower carb side of things--as you are doing--is a good approach. You should ask your doctor to either specifically test you for PCOS or refer you to a good endocrinologist who has a good understanding of PCOS. Most primary care doctors *think* they know how to treat PCOS (tell you to lose weight, then throw BCP's at you) but they really have no clue. BCP's mask symptoms rather than treating the underlying cause, and they can make you gain weight. Women with PCOS often find that they are much worse off after several years of BCP;s when they want to start a family. Better to treat the underlying causes now, if you do have PCOS.

Now you need to exercise a little patience. Six days is NOT a stall. Weight loss for women is not a straight downward slope, it's a sawtooth, stair step pattern, because our hormones do interfere. That first whoosh of weight loss was most likely fluid, now your body needs time to recalibrate and start letting go of fat. Be careful that not eating too little and not stressing your body with too much cardio exercise--both will SLOW your metabolism by downregulating the thyroid, and then weight loss can be very slow or grind to a halt. I didn't calculate your calories, but if you're eating much less than 1200 per day at 5'3 you are going to slow things down.

Keep in mind that grocery store rotisserie chickens are nice and convenient, but they are brined in things you may not want to be eating so often (sugar, msg, other things). How about cooking up a bunch of organic chicken on the weekend to eat during the week?

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on June 23, 2014
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Couple of thoughts:

1. Stall for four days is pretty normal. But you say you got home May 8th, then you say 2 weeks. Did you get home May 8th or June 8th? If June 8th, then you are on track (~2lbs/week), and you need to be more patient. Try only weghing yourself first thing Monday morning.

2. When you say, "broccoli rabe cooked in olive oil" -- do you mean deep fried, pan fried in 1 Tbsp, oil poached????

3. You have put a lot of faith in your acupuncturist. I hope he/she warrants it. Your post throws some red flags to me, but you know the doctor better than I do.

4. I love swimming. Try doing some sprints in the water. Taking one 30 minute swim out of the rotation and replacing it with something like 10x50m all out with 1:00 rest or bringing a buddy and doing two rounds of 2x5x50m relay with 3:00 rest between rounds, no rest during relay -- try to make the second round faster than the first round, etc.

4f828fd11d2d1d595a1653baa5e3e77b

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on June 23, 2014
at 07:52 PM

1. I got home May 8th and ate pretty strictly Paleo. I was eating until I was full but enjoyed a few servings of nuts, dark chocolate and coffee with heavy cream per week. Then,on June 11, I cut down on portions, eliminated those vices and started swimming. I went from 151 to 147 lbs within a few days but have since stalled.

2. Just sauteed in a pan with some garlic, too. One tablespoon of oil.

4f828fd11d2d1d595a1653baa5e3e77b

(421)

on June 23, 2014
at 07:53 PM

3. I actually suffered a rare chronic illness when I was younger and Western medicine had me a complete wreck (wheelchair, tons of medications, etc.). He had me back and healthy in about 5 years, and he had me following dietary restrictions similar to today's. I returned to him because of my irregular period and he mandated a return to the basics. He's definitely a good guy :)

4. Cool will do!

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