This is a great website. Thanks for all the help so far. So I cut out the chocolate, processed foods, fruit, had 21 days of withdrawal (day 21 was worst), candida die off etc etc. The cravings stopped. Brilliant. None of the daily trips to the coffee shop to feel the addiction by buying hot chocolate and chocolate (sugar). Cut out dried fruit and nuts entirely too. I have no dairy (except some butter on my veg).
So surely eating only meat/veg I should be losing a ton of weight weekly. I have lost probably 5 pounds in all. The aim was to be 147 pounds by end of June (about 5 pounds lost) , 140 end of July, 133 end of August etc. So the first month was fine - got to 147 pounds 2 weeks early. Nothing since. I could maintain my weight with chocolate and nuts and raisins and loads of fruit. So you wonder what the point is of cutting those out if no weight will ever be lost again.
My plan was - hate counting calories, eat lots of fat so don't feel hungry, eat my 3 meals a day (I feel awful if I miss meals due to blood sugar levels, PMT etc) but eat as much meat, fish, eggs and veg as I want to. Occasionally I have had one sweet potato or a baked potato before bed but nothing excessive.
Any ideas as to what I should eat without having to count calories to lose the next 7 pounds which I am unlikely now to lose by end of July now but if I could just inch the scales below the number 7 so I was nearer what we call in the UK 10 stone than 11 stone, I would feel psychologically better.
Of course I know what must be happening. I must be eating so much fat that that is where the calories are coming from I suppose.
Typical day - 3 slices of bacon grilled, 3 egg yolks poached. Lunch - salmon (or steak) grilled with half a small butter nut squash with butter and spinach with butter. Dinner - 2 egg omlet with chicken (or fish or some other meat) with 6 slices of courgette and a bit of red or green pepper. Occasionally snack on raw swede (and occasionally raw carrots if been doing more physical activity - I sawed back a lot of garden hedges yesterday which was quite hard physical work).
This is for looks not just health (although now I am off sugar and every time I come off it I stop crying each day and feel happier so health does come into it). My normal weight has always been up to or under 126 pounds (I am quite short).
SO I just want to get the weight loss going again. Should I try eating no veg for a day but that would probably make me feel awful. If I gave up the butter/fats I would be so hungry. I have always loved the fat on chicken and beef etc so highish fat I thought was working very well for me. There is a bit of urgency as the family wedding is in 2 months' time and I don't want to buy my clothes until the next 14 pound have gone.
I could try I.F. and I had a period when the high fat seemed to stop me needing the next meal. I don't know why that stopped. Perhaps I just got used to the higher fat so my appetite went back to normal. I don't think IF would work for me unless I can get fat so much higher that I stop being hungry for meals.
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on July 10, 2013
at 03:32 PM
I'm not an expert, but perhaps you're eating a bit too much protein? I'd make sure most of your plate is filled with veggies and just one serving (palm size) of protein.
on July 11, 2013
at 12:10 AM
go on a Zero Carb diet. eat beef, lamb, fat and drink water. no diet drinks, cut down the caffeine/alcohol, no carbs, cut down on the vegetables for a few weeks (could be plateauing you if you're super sensitive to carbs...i sure am). cut out dairy and eggs too just in case they're hidden food sensitivities that cause you inflammation.
sleep alot, moderate exercise, no snacking, also cut down on the sexing/masturbation. no joke it elevates prolactin and high prolactin leads to weight gain in many men/women.
on July 10, 2013
at 11:37 PM
By what little you eat, it sounds like your body has entered into more of a starvation mode. I would suggest upping your quantities a bit at least one or two days per week. That tends to break plateaus that are based on a slowed metabolism. As for you saying missing meals affects your blood sugar, if you are fat adapted, then missing meals should not be a problem. As to exercise, maybe do some high intensity intervals once or twice per week also, as that will boost metabolism.
on July 10, 2013
at 11:28 PM
How old/tall are you? I wonder how wise it is to try to lose large amounts of weight fast for an event. Of course it CAN be done, but part of why paleo works so well is that your body is what takes the lead, rather than you trying to force your body into something it isn't comfortable doing. You can start building muscle, which will make you more metabolically active - this will take time.
It seems to me that you are looking for a free ride - you want to eat alot, not exercise much, and lose a bunch of weight by a particular time. Why not do what you're doing, move a little more, and be cool with the pace of your weight loss. Just because you aren't losing on YOUR time line doesn't mean your aren't going to be losing in the long run.
I'm sure you will look fantastic at the wedding.
on July 10, 2013
at 10:44 PM
I think your body adjusts to your eating plan and you need to switch it up every once in awhile. For example, I was maintaining pretty well on my low carb diet for a long time. For 6 years or so I ate a healthy low carb diet with lots of protein and vegetables no per-packaged low carb crap stuff. I had good success except for large gains when pregnant but I was always able to lose afterwards. When I started to slowly gain over the next several years I researched and started Paleo. Now I have been trying IF successfully for several months. I have come to realize over the past 15 years that I'll always need to switch it up over time if I want to successfully maintain.
on July 10, 2013
at 04:07 PM
...although now I am off sugar and every time I come off it I stop crying each day and feel happier so health does come into it...
There are many who strongly believe that a happy, low stress, life is critical to fat loss. In some ways this sounds circular ("I WOULD be happier and stress free if this damned fat would just leave first!"). However, finding some personal zen in your life may prove to be a crucial corner to kickstarting fat loss.
on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM
If you are not losing weight then you probably just need to eat less. Can you try to incorporate more exercise and burn a few hundred calories a day or maybe cut your dinner in half? To lose weight you should feel a bit hungry when you go to sleep. If you are eating such that your body has to burn fat reserves then it may be a bit uncomfortable and you will want more food.