I'm slowly getting to grips with Paleo lifestyle but I've still a few issues. I want to get toned and trimmed down as well as be healthy overall. I know Paleo isn't a weight loss diet but a lifestyle choice and I know that to lose weight I need to be in a calorie deficit but I'm finding it difficult to do it all: I want to be Paleo and do it right as I believe in it but I also want to lower bf%
I'm currently in elimination stage so have eliminated dairy and nightshades as well as choosing to keep my diet low GI so no starchy foods or fruit. This has left me just eating cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts and mushrooms; sometimes I have spinach and lettuce with avocado too. I have cut out my running and have just stuck to lifting weights 3 times a week as I have dodgy knees and back so running was exacerbating it. My resistance training is front squats, deadlifts, jammer throws, split squats, military presses and bench press, goblet squats and kettlebell swings. I do all that in 5x5 sets. I have been doing this for 3 weeks.
My problem is I do feel stronger and I have put on weight which would correlate with muscle gain but I would like to lose the body fat and feel my muscle is just building below the fat. I think my stomach is getting flatter but my torso is getting thicker in side profile if that makes sense? I like muscle but my legs will start bursting through my trousers soon.
Thing is this training is very useful for my sport as a goalkeeper so it needs to stay. I struggle with macros and so just eat what I want and to satiety although I only eat two meals a day: I have protein at each meal and veg from the list above. The protein is fatty or smothered in coconut oil or butter, the veggies are alway s fried in coconut oil and having just reintroduced butter this past week, now is smothered in butter too. I have also increased egg consumption, frying them or scrambling them in butter. I add liberal amounts of fine sea salt to everything and try to keep hydrated. I have 2 coffees each with coconut cream and snack on creamed coconut and macadamia nuts. I'm trying to keep fat high and carb low so my body will become fat adapted or used to fat as fuel, plus from reading its the fat that important for health. I do however have all the veggies listed above split between the 2 daily meals but I think they're low carb so ok right? Plus I can use them to carry fat otherwise I would just have pork chop which is awesome but skews the macro ratio.
I am female, 26, 71kgs and been Paleo for 3 months with only a couple of cheat days in total since transition.
How can I lower bf%? What am I doing wrong?
asked byRebecca_L (637)
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