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Im a blog tard... trying to respond to the answers....duh!! Its just not working!!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 22, 2011 at 5:51 AM

Ok so... since i posted this first post...I've been 100% paleo. I've upped the red meat, cut the fruit, upped the good fat, whole whipping cream in my coffee (just one cup in the am), exercising regularly but not excessively... Im 5'10 140 female... Now Im up to 147!!! I've gained 7 lbs since I started this whole thing....and not good weight either... not feeling it at all... I should mention that I had a raging bout of Bulimia for about 20 year. I'm 38 now. I will say that I have not had one urge or craving to binge/burge. Paleo definitely cures bulimia... one drawback.... I'm totally gaining weight. I'm frustrated and anxious... As you can tell by this huge long run on paragraph, I'm a little OCD/ADD.. I want instant gratification!!! I'm doing exactly what my husband is doing and he is down 6 pounds!! sheesh!!!

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on June 22, 2011
at 05:49 PM

+1 Melissa- majority of the answers on this thread are making me feel like I'm taking crazy pills...

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on June 22, 2011
at 04:29 PM

Please see a doctor and a mental health professional

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on June 22, 2011
at 04:16 PM

Great comment, what breakdown of c/p/f where you hitting during your weight loss?

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on June 22, 2011
at 03:58 PM

Whew! You had me worried...

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on June 22, 2011
at 01:46 PM

Thanks! Fixed post!

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on June 22, 2011
at 01:36 PM

Nice point but she really needs a dexa with body comp to see if she really has an issue with BF/muscle%

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on June 22, 2011
at 01:34 PM

You likely are going thru perimenopause and have trouble with HSL and LPL. Get the hormones checked.

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on June 22, 2011
at 01:00 PM

I can only imagine he meant 5 times/week :)

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on June 22, 2011
at 11:47 AM

Walk 5 times a day for 30 minutes - 2.5 hours per day? Seriously? Walking is great, but who has that much free time?

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on June 22, 2011
at 08:54 AM

Uhm. At 5'10 and 140, you're already at the low end of recommended weight for your height. How low are you trying to go here? And as for the 7lbs? You might just be gaining muscle. Higher protein diets tend to do that.

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on June 22, 2011
at 12:16 PM

It doesn't sound implausible that you might be eating more calories, having:

upped the red meat, cut the fruit, upped the good fat, whole whipping cream in my coffee (just one cup in the am), exercising regularly but not excessively

If your conscious change in habits has led you to consume more calories rather than less, then it's not surprising that you may have gained weight. Paleo should allow you to feel optimally satiated while eating enough food (or enough food to allow weight loss), if you have consciously decided to add cream to your coffee and eat more meat and more good fats, because that's what paleo involves then you may be adding more calories than you need (to feel sated/to maintain weight). All the calories that you do consume should be good calories (meat, fat, cream etc.) but there's no need to up the calories per se. You might experiment to see if you can remain comfortably satiated if you eat less cream etc. I for one, find it very easy to accidentally consume huge amount of calories from cream, however satiating it is after I've eaten it. This applies a fortiori if using it for milk, rather than eating in response to a direct need for calories (which hopefully ought to be quite low on paleo).

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on June 22, 2011
at 12:32 PM

Cavegirl, I know BMI isn't a great indicator of a healthy weight, but at 5'10", 140lbs sounds quite thin. That is fantastic that you aren't having the urge to binge and purge any more, and I hope that continues, but there may be some underlying issues going on that are steering you towards a goal that might not be very healthy. I wonder if eating paleo is taking you up to your "set point," maybe your body is getting itself to the healthy weight it wants to be at? I hope you stick with it and don't get discouraged because you might feel like it isn't working. Good luck :)

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on June 22, 2011
at 01:36 PM

Nice point but she really needs a dexa with body comp to see if she really has an issue with BF/muscle%

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on June 22, 2011
at 11:56 AM

Perhaps it's time to gasp actually count calories. I know paleo, primal, ancestral, etc... whatever the cutesy, catchy name for the approach of the week happens to be says not to do it because it's not necessary. I've been eating this way for quite a few years longer than many here...I was doing it far before I heard of any of the names, and long before I saw the paleo rules, the primal laws, or whatever other "ways" they mention...

The simple fact is that calories in - calories out = unused calories. Unused calories will be stored for later use. Guess how we store them? As body fat. We can use calories for energy. We can use calories for muscle synthesis and repair. We can store calories as body fat. Period, end of story, that's where they go. If you are consuming more than you use then you will gain, if you are consuming the right amount then you will maintain, and if you are consuming less than you use then you will lose.

With that said, stop following the scale and let the mirror and the tape measure be your guide. Muscle does in fact weigh more than fat. I own a personal fitness company and a gym. I train people. I design nutrition plans and real workout plans that actually work for individuals. I'll tell you my approach so you can use it to create your own plan to be successful.

Calculate your actual body fat percentage (BF%). Body weight x BF% (as a decimal) gives you your Fat Mass (FM). BW - FM gives you your Lean Body Mass (LBM). LBM x 10 to 15 gives you your weight loss calories. LBM x 15 to 20 gives you your weight gain calories.
Your Protein, Fat, Carbohydrate ratio (PFC) will vary based on your own metabolic needs, activity level, and approach. My approach for my clients is called the "ancestral anabolic approach"... it's very similar to paleo, primal, and even the "anabolic diet" but with healthier choices for carb loading days..and it's 100% successful every time for those who follow the plan given to them. I've actually put free content on my web site to help people make their own plan to follow this approach, and there is plenty of other sites out there (this one included) that can give you great guidance to get the results you want. Just hang in there and keep at it. Change your approach a little, count your calories, exercise correctly, and you will get where you want to be.

* Exercise *

Resistance training 3x a week. Full body workouts. Cardio training 2x a week. Sprints or Tabata workouts Walking, jogging, cycling, etc... 5-7 times a week, up to an hour per session. Fasted cardio is most effective for burning fat. i.e. first thing in the morning before you eat breakfast... get out and do your cardio.

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on June 22, 2011
at 06:05 AM

Perhaps your husband has more to loose? You have a tougher job because you have less to loose...

You will need to up your exercise. If you are walking go to 5 times / week for 30 minutes / day. If you are there then add weights (15 min/day 3 times/week) and possibly interval aerobics (less than 45 min /day 3 times week) to get your calories you burn each day a tad higher. This will help a lot...

Also try low carb (sounds like you may be already) and see it it helps.

Weight loss is a Journey and not a destination. You have plenty of time to catch up with your husband. It is great that you are doing this together.

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on June 22, 2011
at 01:46 PM

Thanks! Fixed post!

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on June 22, 2011
at 11:47 AM

Walk 5 times a day for 30 minutes - 2.5 hours per day? Seriously? Walking is great, but who has that much free time?

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on June 22, 2011
at 01:00 PM

I can only imagine he meant 5 times/week :)

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on June 22, 2011
at 03:58 PM

Whew! You had me worried...

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on June 22, 2011
at 01:24 PM

if you aren't tracking your calorie intake and gauging your fat/carb/protein %'s I'd say do it immediately.

a lot of people do this to get started, because its easy to overeat and eat the wrong amts of things. You will be surprised at what you see. if you are off track nows the time to pull it back together.

You also need to know your BMI and what your calorie intake should be to loose weight and then use fitday.com to track it daily (I'm just now starting to do less of the tracking at almost 6 months primal and 25lbs lighter)

you should do that for a minimum of 2 months, then adjust at that point. This is a slow process that yields great results over time. I would usually evaluate and readjust every 6 wks or so. Dont make any quick changes, you wont see any difference and your body wont understand whats going on.

good luck, and hang in there!!

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on June 22, 2011
at 04:16 PM

Great comment, what breakdown of c/p/f where you hitting during your weight loss?

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on June 22, 2011
at 11:44 AM

Paleo is more about being healthy than losing weight. But once your body heals, your weight should "normalize". There are a number of factors that need to dialed in, so to speak: Food, Sleep, Exercise and Stress are all important. Food, of course, is a major factor, but not getting enough quality sleep or having chronic stress can inhibit weight loss. General inflammation can inhibit weight loss too. It can take a while on paleo to get inflammation down. Keep reading, learning and thinking. Try to find what works for you. And remember to relax, that actually helps a lot.

Men tend to do better on any diet than women - it's very unfair!

And an upvote for the use of "blog tard".

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