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2nd week of Paleo, gained weight back

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 14, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Hi All, Trying not to be too discouraged here. I'm 36, 6'3" and started at 184. Not a ton of weight to lose, but still lost 3.5 lbs in the first week. First week I didn't use the fitness method of walking, sprinting, lifting heavy things....just did the diet. Even got some of that wrong, by still eating oatmeal for breakfast. This is the conclusion of the second week, where Ive walked 4 days, one day of sprints and two days lifting heavy things. Eating plenty of healthy fatty meat, keeping overall carbs low.

I weigh in this morning and I gained 2 lbs. I don't understand this at all. Would really appreciate any advice.

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on July 15, 2012
at 02:23 AM

I went from a very untoned 230, to a very untoned 205, to a pretty toned 215. The strength based exercises did wonders for me. But I consider myself reasonably fit, and you are 3 inches taller than me and about 30 pounds lighter, and trying to lose weight. Maybe try to track your progress by how many reps or how much weight you can lift in the gym. Go to a crossfit class and see how you do -- keeping up with the big dogs at crossfit is a pretty good goal regardless of your size.

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on July 14, 2012
at 10:55 PM

and how you feel!

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on July 14, 2012
at 05:03 PM

+1 for ditching your scale! The best judge on how you're doing, watch how your clothes fit.

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on July 14, 2012
at 12:12 PM

Uncle, great point. I guess I'm a total newb and the idea of knowing how much fat I lose vs. muscle gained...I wouldn't even know how to measure it. Currently Im tall, but honestly not a lot of muscle tone, mostly flab. Tall, kinda thin and flabby. Great look. Sarcasm off. ;)

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Fc25b41326b954c4e5b8ce0dabb889a6

on July 14, 2012
at 04:12 PM

Step off the scale and put it away. Staring at a scale as a barometer for success is pointless. How do you feel? Do you FEEL better? If you FEEL better and your cravings are going away because your body is getting what it NEEDS, then you are fine. Not to mention. Water weight can fluctuate your weight 1-14 lbs (probably even more). The retention of water is related to tons of different factors. Sodium intake, for instance.

Fc25b41326b954c4e5b8ce0dabb889a6

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on July 14, 2012
at 10:55 PM

and how you feel!

58d456f4c4d551a697e65ada8c32ad4f

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on July 14, 2012
at 05:03 PM

+1 for ditching your scale! The best judge on how you're doing, watch how your clothes fit.

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on July 14, 2012
at 12:54 PM

Give it time! My advice. Choose a day to weigh in (mine is sunday) then do so every 2 weeks. Also- great oatmeal replacement- crushed up walnits and coconut milk, microwave with cinnimon, mix then add berries. You wouldn't be able to tell the difference.

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on July 14, 2012
at 12:23 PM

don't worry, and throw away the scale, you will feel so good in 30-60 days, you'll never want the scale again.

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on July 14, 2012
at 11:53 AM

Your weight will fluctuate day by day based on what's in your digestive tract, and how much water you consume/eliminate. It's not a good measure. What you're really asking about is fat loss, not weight loss.

You could lose a lot of weight by not working out at all, by allowing your muscles to atrophy. But you'll feel horrible, and look worse too.

Take a longer term view. Fat loss is not noticeable this quickly.

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87c4dc947eec37d0c64aa9312a633693

on July 14, 2012
at 04:21 PM

I really appreciate all the great response. I do feel better, I feel lighter, more agile. I'm already long, just long and flabby as opposed to long and lean. Most of the flab is in the spare tire area. I'm 6'3" about 182 and have a 37" waist. The rest of me is pretty lean looking. So I'm gonna keep it up. This was the first week of the workouts, sprinting etc... Again, I really appreciate all the thoughtful responses.

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on July 14, 2012
at 05:00 PM

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/gain-weight-build-muscle/#axzz20cJjxMEk

Brennan, this is a great article above that I read a while back. My experience follows this pretty well. The part about Train low, Compete high is great. Hope this helps.

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on July 14, 2012
at 02:13 PM

I don't recommend throwing out the scale because it is a useful device, but you do need to focus on body composition. Another thing I tell my clients is to weigh everyday, but compare week to week. My own weight fluctuates by about 2 lbs, never more than 145, and never less than 143. but I can jump all over the place day to day. Also if you haven't been lifting or sprinting before, as soon as you start, your muscles are going to initially be stressed and retain some fluid. Just keep doing what you are doing, and if you don't see improvements, come back and lets take a closer look.

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on July 14, 2012
at 01:59 PM

As mentioned before, you really have to give it time. If you are out of shape, I'm sure it didn't happen in a few weeks so there is no reason to think you can turn it around in just a few weeks. If you want faster results I think you definitely need to go more towards 100% adherence. Check out Whole30 (http://whole9life.com/category/whole-30/) as a guideline for making it happen faster. As you will see though, they don't want you to weigh yourself at all during the 30 days. I think a lot of people stress about a couple pounds here or there and then that stress just makes it harder to drop the weight.
Lastly, I think you should think of Paleo as a way to normalize your weight. There is a very good chance that you will lose fat and gain muscle so the scale is not a good indicator of progress (also mentioned before). You mentioned that you would not know how to measure the change in muscle to fat ratio, I think the best way is to take pictures in a mirror and see if you can see the change. Take pictures weekly, I am confident you will see progress. Good luck.

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on July 14, 2012
at 12:37 PM

Are you exercising enough to cause muscle soreness? If so, the inflammation of the soreness may be what is reflected on the scale

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on July 14, 2012
at 11:52 AM

Would help if you posted what you ate in a typical day.

Also you might type everything you eat into FitDay.com or similar just to get a handle on how many calories and csrbs you are eating.

Are your goals anything besides weight loss? 6'3" 184# could be a good weight for you.

I am 6' and since going Paleo my weight has gone from 230 to 205 to 215. However I'm 5 inches smaller in the waist, despite gaining back 10 pounds, and I look and feel tons better. So my weight alone hasn't been a good way to measure my progress or well being.

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on July 14, 2012
at 12:12 PM

Uncle, great point. I guess I'm a total newb and the idea of knowing how much fat I lose vs. muscle gained...I wouldn't even know how to measure it. Currently Im tall, but honestly not a lot of muscle tone, mostly flab. Tall, kinda thin and flabby. Great look. Sarcasm off. ;)

9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

(15833)

on July 15, 2012
at 02:23 AM

I went from a very untoned 230, to a very untoned 205, to a pretty toned 215. The strength based exercises did wonders for me. But I consider myself reasonably fit, and you are 3 inches taller than me and about 30 pounds lighter, and trying to lose weight. Maybe try to track your progress by how many reps or how much weight you can lift in the gym. Go to a crossfit class and see how you do -- keeping up with the big dogs at crossfit is a pretty good goal regardless of your size.

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