When I talk about my plateau, I'm generally not talking about everyone else's... I'm not going for some sort of peak physique or performance threshold, I'm just doing my best to gauge my adjustment level and I'd say I've hit a kind of wall here. I'm eating as Paleo as I can manage, with a few cheats... lots of protein is never a problem for me; I've always felt like a bit of a T-Rex. I'm eating lots of rare, grilled steaks, sausages, baked bacon, eggs, fish (especially tuna steaks and planked salmon), and chicken. Lots of sweet potatoes and onions, and lots and lots of peppers: jalapeno, ghost peppers, habanero, etc. I also throw in fruit sometimes: berries, tomatoes, the occasional melon. My cheats are milk, cheese, and beer. I'm having a really hard time wrapping my head around saying goodbye to any of those. I have managed my cravings for other stuff. I went to the butcher today to get some more steaks and some bacon and some bangers, and the lady behind the counter lifted the lid on a giant box of pastries; she said they were for the customers and to please take one. There were at least 6 of everything I used to like, and the smell hit me in the face, and I genuinely didn't want it. I pass on stuff like that at the office all the time, too. So I'm proud of myself there, but I don't have the energy level I'm hoping for (I have a desk job and I'm swamped often because of the size of our team vs. the size of our work load, so time for exercise comes at a premium), and I was hoping that eating healthier would give me a bigger boost than this. Also, I'm having a hard time figuring out my timing when it comes to meals. I want to try IF but I'm not sure that I'm fat-adapted enough yet. I always feel like I'm trying too hard to listen to my body and use that as the basis for everything I do, and I'm starting to incorporate "noise" into what I "hear" when I'm "listening". I'm probably not making enough sense. Does anybody have experiences that sound like this? What did you do to become more sure-footed with this lifestyle?
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on August 27, 2012
at 01:55 PM
how frequent are the cheats and how much of the foods are you eating?
I would recommend 2-week trials with the following, meaning, try one of these things for 2 weeks and see if it helps. If it does help you know you are onto something that was creating an impediment, so you should eliminate that for the time being. If you find one that works, continue doing that and after 2 weeks add in another. Im recommending 2 weeks because I have found personally that sometimes a week isnt enough to produce a result or give any one of these a fair shot. I would go in the following order as the ones closer to the top of the list will be the more likely culprits. I understand that some of these may not be the popular or most well-liked option:
do not drink any alcohol, it stops your liver, and fat loss in its tracks until its out of your system. If this is even one or two beers a day its pretty much bye bye fat loss unless you are into chronic cardio
check your calories with a tracker and make sure you are eating enough, your metabolism will adapt to very low carbs or calories after a while. If this is a problem for you, add in some more good carbs after workouts and a good dose of protein in the am (30-50g) and avoid intermittent fasting until well after (4-6 weeks) you start losing again
intensify your workouts, even if the frequency and duration are the same. Go faster, push heavier weight. Within reason, dont injure yourself but find a way to bring it a little harder or a little more at each session
cut out all the dairy aside from grass fed butter, and use that sparingly - couple of Tbsp a day is plenty
cut out coffee if you drink it (could be messing with your metabolism, especially if taken first thing in the am on an empty stomach and / or with meals)
try IF on an alternate day schedule, starting with 1 day a week and ramping up by adding a day each week if it feels good to you. No breakfast (16 - 18 hrs) seems to be what works for most 9-5 working people
eliminate "compound" or processed meats, like sausages, deli meats, or eating more than a single protein source at a given meal (slows digestion considerably)
best of luck with this, persevere, do not get discouraged, you will get past it
interested to know if you obtain any results from trying any of this
on August 27, 2012
at 01:18 PM
One of the things that helped me bust through plateaus was exercise. Not necessarily more, just better quality. Instead of banging out 5 miles on the road and forcing myself back into the house 35 minutes later -- I went out to a trail (btw, battlefields are awesome to run through), slowed it down, and enjoyed the run. Instead of trying to hit the gym and be back in the office in 40 minutes, I tried some new lifts, even took a yoga class. I too am swamped at work, but I find that the stress of hitting deadlines is rough on the body. And taking a few extra minutes to myself makes me more productive the rest of the day (also eliminates the stress).
As to IF. My suggestion would be to skip breakfast one day. See how you feel. Then a few days later skip breakfast and lunch. If you are hungry, but not lethargic, then you are probably fat-adapted -- your body is just set in it's schedule.
Good luck and stick it out. If you remain sluggish, get some more veggies in you, experiment with higher carb veggies, see what works for you.