Hi there I am a 28 yr old female with 43% body fat weighing in at 226. I have been doing paleo for about 2 months or so and have lost 5 lbs and deflated in the belly area a little bit as I like to call it but now my weight is not moving at all. Typically I have eggs and bacon or sausage (gluten free ) for breakfast or maybe some full fat yogurt with berries and agave and sunflower seeds. Lunch is usually meat such ad chicken or ground Turkey or maybe a gluten free soup and some veggies and dinner s much the same. I have nuts and fruit as snacks.
I have not worked out in over two months as I injured my back and have been sick with bronchitis for the last month.
I am looking for friendly advice and constructive criticism. I cook with butter or grape seed oil. Eat dark chocolate 72% sometimes and if I drink it is only red wine. I would really like to start the fat melting off and will be going back to the gym this week. Thanks for reading and I look forward to your advice.
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on November 24, 2012
at 10:48 PM
Couple of thoughts off the top of my head:
Agave is 90% fructose. That is what causes hepatic (liver) insulin resistance and is what is at the core of metabolic derangement. I'd cut that out.
I don't call 72% chocolate "dark". To me that's sickeningly sweet chocolate. Most of my chocolate is 90% or 85% if the store is out of 90%.
What's a gluten free soup? Does that mean some kind of frankenfood gluten free noodle? Or is it just some meat and veggies cooked up in a broth. The former, not so good; I can live with the latter.
Other than that, just give it time. You didn't get this way overnight and it's not going to turn around overnight.
Don't worry about the gym. 90% of health and fitness is diet. If you feel like it, go for relaxing walks or something.
Get LOTS of sleep. 8-9 hours min and a DARK room. Sleep is more important than anyone likes to admit.
Additionally: eat real food! That means no paleoified substitutes (like Paleo breads), not fake nut milks or anything like that. Don't drink your calories and eat food as close as you can to how it came from nature.
Edited to add: if you're missing the gym because of bronchitis then you're sick enough that your body is in a healing state and will not be dropping any weight. Your hormones and all the other signalling and whatnot that's going on in your body is working towards fixing whats wrong. Losing weight is a low priority for your body, so it's not going to be putting any energy there.
Edited to reply to comments:
Sweeteners: simple answer, none. Longer answer, there's always a negative to any sweetener. Even non-caloric sweeteners elicit a insulin response (Robb Wolf calls this the food porn effect). Your body interprets just about anything sweet as a signal so store rather than burn fuel. I use no sweeteners at all. Some people will use a little here and there like honey and maple syrup, and in small quantities it's ok, but don't fool yourself, honey and maple syrup are still sugar. If you want to lose weight, then I'd say no sugar or anything sweet.
Nuts are a good snack, but not a staple of your diet. I have maybe a handful or two a day. I like almonds and macadamia nuts, but just about any nut is ok in small quantities (peanuts aren't nuts, stay away from them).
Homo milk (are you Canadian?) is ok if you're not lactose intolerant. However, lactose (because it ends in -ose) is a sugar too. So if you are to be strict, no milk! Heavy cream (or do you Canadians call it Double Cream?) is ok. It's all fat, no sugar. You can use that all you want. What we call half-and-half is half milk, so that's no good either.
I'm strongly against gluten free pastas or anything gluten free. Paleo is gluten free, but gluten free things aren't necessarily paleo. They're going to be high in carbs and there are things in other grains that are bad too. Plus they're going to spike your blood sugar just like regular pasta. This one I'm pretty strict with, especially if your goal is weight loss. Stay away from anything processed, even if it's labeled healthy or natural.
My meals are generally meat and veggies. Here's a typical day:
Breakfast - 4-6 eggs and 1/2 lb bacon Lunch - 1/2 lb of meat left over from dinner Dinner - at least 1/2 lb of meat and big ass salad and a large baked potato if I worked out that day Dessert - 85% - 90% chocolate
No snacks or eating between meals. I'm not craving variety, so my meals are all similar, the variety comes from different meats or different spices or sauces with the meat. But the spirit is always the same: eat food like it was in nature, and don't use anything processed.
I only do the baked potato if I worked out. Now, I'm definitely NOT trying to lose weight. I'm pretty lean and where I want to be weight-wise, so I tend to eat for performance. I try to hit 4000-5000 cals a day. But my goals are different than yours.
on November 25, 2012
at 05:34 AM
If you want to keep using grape-seed oil, make sure you're getting cold-pressed, not the chemically extracted version. Otherwise, it is highly processed and ultimately not very nutritious.
on November 25, 2012
at 04:27 AM
Not losing weight? You're eating too much. Paleo is not a weight loss diet unless you eat less energy than your body requires. Nuts and fruit seem to be a staple in your diet, unless portion controlled, that's going to be way too many calories. Chocolate and wine won't help matters either.
Measure your food, count your calories. Estimate your maintenance level of calories (google a calculator). I suspect you're eating more than you think you are.