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Please help lose last 10 pounds

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 17, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Hi everyone, I would love to hear your feedback as to how I can get rid of these last 10 pounds. I have lost about 20 pounds in the last 3 and a half months after being on weight watchers and being on the paleo diet. I am a creature of habit and have been eating many of the same meals the last few weeks. Here is an idea of my typical day: breakfast- egg whites and fat free cottage cheese, snack-serving of whole natural almonds, lunch-tuna with some olive oil, cheese stick, dinner-piece of chicken, salmon or tilapia in olive oil, salad with homemade dressing, veggies, snack-jello with whipped cream, cottage cheese and a serving of almonds. I workout 4 days a week. Please let me know as to how I can go about losing these last pounds. I am 5'6, female and 140 pounds. I would appreciate any feedback as to if these foods are causing a stall, new ones to try, what kind of exercise, etc. Oh and I do not eat red meat so I find it difficult to incorporate a lot of meat. Thank you! :)

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on December 17, 2012
at 08:11 PM

Being sugar-free doesn't help anything -- rather than being full of sugar, it's full of chemicals and garbage that mess with your system.

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on December 17, 2012
at 08:05 PM

I mean I eat chicken, turkey, tuna, salmon, shrimp and tilapia. All of the other diets I have tried did not work until I cut out carbs and focused mainly on protein. I know I need to up my fat intake as well.

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on December 17, 2012
at 07:58 PM

If you're serious about "vegetarian," the Paleo way of eating is not the way to go.

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on December 17, 2012
at 06:51 PM

Fat will definitely not cause weight gain! I know it's hard to wrap your head around after having it drilled in from everyone but if you do increase it you will be happy with how much fuller you feel.

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Good answer. I'd only add that cutting out nuts, fruit and dairy will likely help get the scale moving again. Red meat and high fat are the way to go, at any rate.

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on December 17, 2012
at 05:37 PM

What a depressing diet! Fat-free cottage cheese, shudder. Snack jello, is that the one with all the sugar and food coloring and nasties? How is that paleo? What do you mean by red meat-- you decided to only eat chicken breast and fish? Why? If you search this site there is great advice for beginners, with all kinds of links to resources. You've lost 20 pounds in 3 months, that's great, it's too early to say that your weight loss has halted, isn't it? It may have just slowed, which is expected. My suggestion is to research paleo foods to a greater extent and start changing some habits-- such as drop the low fat dairy products (small amounts of high fat fermented dairy, aka yogurt, are far better). Less cheese-- what is a cheese stick anyway-- you mean that fake cheddar/mozzarella stuff? Definitely stay away from Jello, unless you make your own from unflavoured gelatin which is super easy. Sugar is counterproductive. Artificial sweetener is worse-- these things will sabotage your efforts and keep you craving sweets.

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

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on December 17, 2012
at 05:49 PM

Good answer. I'd only add that cutting out nuts, fruit and dairy will likely help get the scale moving again. Red meat and high fat are the way to go, at any rate.

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on December 17, 2012
at 07:16 PM

Cut out all cheese! As soon as I did it, the last few pounds melted away in the matter of days.

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on December 18, 2012
at 12:32 AM

paleo diet.

'nuff said.

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on December 17, 2012
at 06:45 PM

Thank you everyone for the great feedback so far. To answer a few questions, I only eat fish and chicken since I am a somewhat vegetarian and have chosen to not eat red meat for about 10 years. I feel limited on this diet partly because I am ignorant as to the best choices of food for optimal weight loss. My body does not handle sodium well so I have been trying to chose foods low in sodium and have been steering away from fatty foods with the naive assumption that it will cause weight gain. The jello and fat free whipped cream just has been a snack I enjoy at night and is sugar free which helps I think. I will definitely limit my intake of cheese. Any other power foods you would suggest? What do you typically eat and how far are you from your goal?

2e777bbcd49262eb31a24f821abec6bc

(1974)

on December 17, 2012
at 06:51 PM

Fat will definitely not cause weight gain! I know it's hard to wrap your head around after having it drilled in from everyone but if you do increase it you will be happy with how much fuller you feel.

76c885d7d27e6c83542ea493ca866dcd

(2178)

on December 17, 2012
at 08:11 PM

Being sugar-free doesn't help anything -- rather than being full of sugar, it's full of chemicals and garbage that mess with your system.

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

(4238)

on December 17, 2012
at 07:58 PM

If you're serious about "vegetarian," the Paleo way of eating is not the way to go.

F7190bb1f2aa25d08c7702e3ec287d36

(88)

on December 17, 2012
at 08:05 PM

I mean I eat chicken, turkey, tuna, salmon, shrimp and tilapia. All of the other diets I have tried did not work until I cut out carbs and focused mainly on protein. I know I need to up my fat intake as well.

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on December 17, 2012
at 06:20 PM

I would recommend cutting out all junk food (cheese stick, jello, whipped cream) and also things like egg whites that are not providing much nutrition. I would change your diet plan to more like an omelet with veggies and lots of butter and greek yogurt for breakfast, tuna and a piece of fruit could work for lunch or a large salad with eggs or tuna or something. Dinner could be the fish with tons of veggies cooked in fat and a sweet potato. Of course alter this so something that works for you but in my opinion, this would be a healthier version of what you are eating. My diet is pretty similar to this (but I do eat red meat and actually more food than this) and I am losing slowly/maintaining weight at 5'8 and 125 lbs. It sounds like you are trying to do low calories, but I actually lose weight well when I stop counting and eat until I am satisfied, no more. My quality of life is much better too since I am not constantly trying to track everything I eat.

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on December 17, 2012
at 05:36 PM

Hi,

Congratulations on your weight loss so far. Very impressive. I would suggest trying to drop your daily carb intake. You could replace the cottage cheese with a turkey sausage at breakfast, make sure your dinner vegetables have low carb density, and make sure your using sugar free jello. You may also want to find a low carb, non-dairy replacement for your cottage cheese snack. These are just some idea's to think about. Hope it helps a little.

Best of luck, Hannah 

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