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Why can't I lose weight!?!?!?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 23, 2012 at 9:40 PM

I???ve been doing paleo for 3 weeks now and have lost 5lbs. I have also been doing Crossfit for a month and have lost 10lbs overall between the two. However in the last 2 weeks I haven???t lost a single lb. I consider myself pretty strict Paleo (for a beginner), and have only had 1 cheat meal per week. At this point, my only vices are Whey protein, and Mio (contains artificial sweetners) in my water. I am slowly trying to phase both out, but haven???t got there yet.

I have been consuming approximately 1200-1400 calories per day, and doing Crossfit 4 days per week but, I seem to have plateaued in my weight loss efforts.

I have 3 things in mind that I feel might be hindering my progress. Any help or constructive criticism would be greatly appreciated, as I am going crazy trying to figure out why I can???t lose weight.

Potential Problem 1: I tend to rely on whey protein as a meal replacement way too much (former body builder). I usually have whey, berries, a banana, and coconut milk for breakfast. I will also make whey, blended with a banana as a post workout shake, and lastly, I eat whey, almond butter, and berries made into a pudding before bed.

Potential Problem 2: I???m not eating enough calories. While I am not going hungry, similar levels of activity in the past necessitated that I consume at least 1800-2200 calories per day. The

Potential Problem 3: I am not eating enough fats. I have been tracking my fat intake and have been averaging between 40-50 grams per day.

F694fc245d03b64d6936ddb29f4c9306

(2613)

on October 24, 2012
at 06:38 PM

I was guesstimating amounts, so my math will definitely differ from yours. The point is that a lot of those foods are very easy to overeat.

Ca8111fb6e3bac177373a82f5d33910d

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on October 24, 2012
at 05:41 PM

Check the calories on your coconut milk - the brand I have (Native Forest organic unsweetened) is 110 calories for 1/4 cup - so if you are having one cup, that would equate to 440 calories, not 60.

904ad64737b984404f9889b5977612bc

on October 24, 2012
at 04:28 PM

Not sure if we are doing the same math, but if I am wrong please school me. Here is how I measure my breakfast out... Isopure zero carb protein (1 scoop) = 105 calories Unsweetened Coconut Milk (1 cup)= 60 calories Banana= 105 Calories (approx) Mixed Berries (1/2 cup) = 35 calories Total = 305 Calories

F9638b939a6f85d67f60065677193cad

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on October 24, 2012
at 04:09 PM

I'd click the upvote several more times for this answer if I could.

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

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on October 24, 2012
at 01:55 PM

BF% and how great you look naked.

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

(11488)

on October 24, 2012
at 01:55 PM

BF% and how great you look in your swimming kit.

B72e976b2df9e7f01315830062a5209c

(1365)

on October 24, 2012
at 01:27 PM

And ditch the scale! "Weight" is a mostly meaningless measurement. BF% is all that really matters.

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B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

(11488)

on October 23, 2012
at 10:37 PM

Potential problem 4: You've only been doing it for 3 weeks, and that isn't any sort of sensible timescale for measuring fat loss.

Stick at it for 3 months and come back and tell us then if you've lost any weight or not (and more importantly if wether you've had to go shopping because none of your clothes fit).

Seriously, this isn't a short term thing, stop weighig yourself and commit yourself to the Paleo lifestyle no matter what the weighing scales say.

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

(11488)

on October 24, 2012
at 01:55 PM

BF% and how great you look naked.

F9638b939a6f85d67f60065677193cad

(4266)

on October 24, 2012
at 04:09 PM

I'd click the upvote several more times for this answer if I could.

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

(11488)

on October 24, 2012
at 01:55 PM

BF% and how great you look in your swimming kit.

B72e976b2df9e7f01315830062a5209c

(1365)

on October 24, 2012
at 01:27 PM

And ditch the scale! "Weight" is a mostly meaningless measurement. BF% is all that really matters.

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F694fc245d03b64d6936ddb29f4c9306

(2613)

on October 24, 2012
at 01:06 PM

Based on my own experience, I would highly recommend cutting down on liquid calories, especially protein shakes. They aren't Paleo, bro. It's just an avalanche of highly processed, insulinogenic calories. Liquid calories also tend to be less sating, so you may be overeating on them without knowing it. For instance, a quick calc of your breakfast indicates it could be around 800 kC by itself! How are you keeping around 1400 kC/day with that kind of meal?

As for the other issues, as others have said, you're overthinking it. Weight loss is a gradual process, and it's a mistake to expect results on a small time scale. Statistically speaking, people who lose weight more gradually tend to keep it off more often.

904ad64737b984404f9889b5977612bc

on October 24, 2012
at 04:28 PM

Not sure if we are doing the same math, but if I am wrong please school me. Here is how I measure my breakfast out... Isopure zero carb protein (1 scoop) = 105 calories Unsweetened Coconut Milk (1 cup)= 60 calories Banana= 105 Calories (approx) Mixed Berries (1/2 cup) = 35 calories Total = 305 Calories

F694fc245d03b64d6936ddb29f4c9306

(2613)

on October 24, 2012
at 06:38 PM

I was guesstimating amounts, so my math will definitely differ from yours. The point is that a lot of those foods are very easy to overeat.

Ca8111fb6e3bac177373a82f5d33910d

(135)

on October 24, 2012
at 05:41 PM

Check the calories on your coconut milk - the brand I have (Native Forest organic unsweetened) is 110 calories for 1/4 cup - so if you are having one cup, that would equate to 440 calories, not 60.

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83456bd85c99b73a03dc9ccf7eb44255

on October 24, 2012
at 12:23 AM

Stick with the Paleo lifestyle. Fat loss is hard on any diet. Ditch the scale. Use a mirror after showering to track your body composition. Your clothes are the best indicator of weight/fat loss. Your clothes don't grow bigger and your mirror won't lie.... Stick with 50 to 70 carbs a day and a little more on your workout days. Whey in moderation is fine post workout. I'm still losing fat and gaining muscle on around 80 to 100 carbs a day. I use Whey after every workout. My clothes are literally falling off me. If I can do it, anybody can!! I'm an old man...lol!!!

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1133603ea602c6824da56e8b596c9754

on October 24, 2012
at 12:30 PM

Relax. You are making a lot of changes, your body needs time to catch up.

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94e89cc96d5a58b71f36b369b8082999

on October 24, 2012
at 11:57 AM

At your current pace, you'd lose 60 - 80 pounds in a year. When that sinks in, it should become clear that your weight loss is not going to continue at that pace every week. Reset your expectations and relax; you're doing fine.

You seem to identified your own problems pretty well. If your weight loss stalls, experiment with correcting those and let us know if you feel a difference.

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D2c311ae051bb8a54706b715074798f4

on October 24, 2012
at 10:04 AM

You're eating bananas every day and need to ask why you aren't losing weight?

STOP EATING BANANAS.

Also - it's not that hard to "Phase out" sweeteners from your water. Just drink the water.

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8ef822073d72ed699118c4cb392fa227

on October 24, 2012
at 09:57 AM

weight is not a very good indicator of progress as it flucuates alot through-out the day, if you are performing crossfit 4 times a week, it might not be a case of you not losing weight just that any fat loss is being overshadowed by muscle gain. if you really want to measure have your body fat% measured then retest... just rember fat % has a standard deviation of 5% either way. but stick to it you will see results soon

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on October 23, 2012
at 10:10 PM

I went low carb - I lost 10 lb in 2 weeks. I did not exercise. This does not mean that you should go low carb. But I would advise you to watch your carb intake. Do not go over 50 and every so often go up to 70 (twice a week). Cut down all fruit and sweets. No bananas. No mio. Go with real fat, real protein. Limit your berries. Have bone broth with every meal. Eat liver every day (once per day).

I am sorry, I do not know about fats and protein. Somebody else will answer it.

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