I'm about to hit my two week paleo-versary and my weight has not budged at all. I lost 3 pounds of water weight but it goes up and down so much it worries me that I may be doing something wrong. And I was. I ate way too much fruit in the beginning of my diet and nuts too, but now I have better control and I'm glad. However, I figured that cutting out carbs would cut so many calories that I'd be swimming in weight loss success by now!..but it has only been two weeks.
When did you start to notice your weight dropping? When was the magical moment when you looked in the mirror and thought: DANG I LOOK GOOD!
On a side note, I just started heading back to the gym today since my crazy college student life has finally settled down and I have no idea what to eat pre and post workout. Some advice would be nice :)
Lastly, how bad would one cheat meal affect my progress? I only ask because my cousin's wedding is saturday and really really don't want to cheat because I don't want to start over since I've come so far but it feels inevitable and I'm prepared to at least not eat anything with gluten, but if I did how bad would it be?
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Track your calories. 2000-2500 is a good range. Sleep is most important. You have to get your Z's. Cut out sugar and carbs for the first month along with some exercise. You are on the right track, it just takes time.
Depending on what kind of "exercise" you're doing, something simple like a banana and a tablespoon of almond butter would be good. If you are cutting out cards, just a handful of nuts can work as well.
Really you need some protein to supply your muscles so you don't use your muscle as energy. I work out in the morning and take some BCAAs before in some water...constant gains have shown me that this works work.
As for fat loss...it will come when you stop thinking about it. Eat healthy, exercise CONSISTENTLY and it will come. For now, focus more on becoming healthy...once you have that down, the rest becomes a lot easier.
Oh, and make sure you are lifting weights...check out the 5x5 lifting program if you are unsure of how to tackle it. Cardio will help some with weight loss but, in the end, muscle is a constant fat burner.
Two weeks with several slip-ups and no weight loss...you already know whats going on.
Personally I usually see significant results in the first 2-3 weeks after undergoing a diet/exercise improvement followed by slow but steady loss if followed appropriately, occasionally encountering 'bumps' or periods of stagnation depending on how far you need to go.