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5'1 Beginner Paleo Girl- 24 years old- NEED GUIDANCE

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 12, 2012 at 3:01 AM

Hi Paleo Friends :) I am on my 7th day of Paleo. I started weighing myself each day because I wanted to see if I was having success. I gained two pounds, lost two pounds, gained the two back. back and forth every day. Im currently 138.2 and started at 136.8. I go up to 139 then back down to 137. Im not going to give up. I know if I follow through and do this perfectly I will shed weight. (but maybe im doing something wrong- HELP ME!)

I have always been a health freak. Ive done a little crossfit mixed with sprinting and interval weight training. I have drank occassionally but never insanely. Before Paleo I ate lean meats, no fruit, whole grains, almond milk, almond butter, salads- nothing artificial.

NOW- I eat fruits, raw nuts (not peanuts), tuna, salmon, chicken, turkey, venison, lots of veggies (squash, zucchini, spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, onion, peppers, peas, avocado).

Breakfast- smoothie with frozen berries, banana (1/2 or whole depending on how hungry), 1 handful or almonds or walnuts, cinnamon, 1 stevia, ice/water 1 coffee w/ 1 stevia

Lunch- anything from 1 apple with 1 can of tuna and 1/2 avocado ,-or- salad with green, avocado, pulled chicken -or- left over dinner.

Dinner- a lean meat and lots of veggies- ive made ratatouille with turkey sausage- chicken breasts with asparagus, basil, olive oil, and tomatoes.

Snacks- trader joes raw trail mix (nuts and berries), can of tuna, apple if I didnt have fruit for lunch

What am I doing wrong? Maybe I havent given it enough time... but Im starting to be nervous to eat.

Currently im doing jillian michael 30 in 30 and extra cardio 2x a week.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on January 12, 2012
at 05:18 PM

Man, I thought I was in a bad mood... Change that to "hellwithpaleo" and you've got yourself a tag!

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on January 12, 2012
at 05:17 PM

Yeah, but it's all water weight!

273729a18d2f18903815d2644a4d64de

(1683)

on January 12, 2012
at 04:21 PM

@nance let me rephrase...it temporarily destroyed my entire life(grades,social life, etc.). then i told myself not to obsess and made efforts to change it. 2012 and spring semester means its time to get back to life :D

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 12, 2012
at 04:15 PM

@Michelle, you're here, you're making great comments--you may have wrecked a piece of your life but not all of it. You matter.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 12, 2012
at 04:03 PM

@peter, wake me up in about 10 days please!

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

(2954)

on January 12, 2012
at 03:25 PM

"Im starting to be nervous to eat." Well, then don't eat. Starve yourself to death. Once you're dead, your body starts to rot. You'll lose lots of weight that way.

6b8d12fc3e43179f9ae1765a4d1a9dc2

(5914)

on January 12, 2012
at 08:51 AM

Based on this information, I deduct that if I sleep for a week I can lose around 50 pounds. AWESOME!

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on January 12, 2012
at 07:34 AM

edited to remove self-promotion, which is not allowed here

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on January 12, 2012
at 04:12 AM

I third that. Going crazy with the scale is all too easy! And I gain on smoothies like that as well.

74c1777d7d39b053ca64c065dcdb0072

(713)

on January 12, 2012
at 03:44 AM

really a great comment. I only drink calories when I am trying to put on weight.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 12, 2012
at 03:27 AM

Okay, I was typing but my response was too similar. Thanks M-GHL!

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9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on January 12, 2012
at 03:25 AM

I would throw away your scale and focus on more important measurements (like belly fat or how defined your waist is). You are going to go crazy if you keep checking it everyday. Plus, controlling weight is a long-term project and results aren't going to really show for months. Your previous diet and weight are close to my previous and I'm about the same height. It took me about a year to get down to 110.

What sticks out for me is that smoothie. When I was really sick and I needed to gain weight, that is exactly what I was drinking. Lots of delicious calories in a quick calorie delivery drink. Bad for losing weight, good for gaining weight. Same for nuts and olive oil. I'm not saying don't eat these, but they are treats. A lot of people who start paleo eat these things at first and then realize they are keeping them from losing weight.

Also your diet is a little too lean. You are going to not need snacks at all if you switch away from lean white meats and start eating some reasonably fatty red meats. That will also shift omega-6 consumption lower, which is good for fighting inflammation. My diet for example is often egg yolks for a small breakfast, salmon and applegate roast beef for lunch, and salad + bunless bison or grassfed meat hamburger + a citrus or seasonal fruit in moderation. Grassfed meat and bison is still lean meat, but it's not as lean as turkey sausage and chicken breast and that makes a huge different IMHO in terms of keeping me satiated so I don't eat too much other stuff.

Can you explain your exercise plan better? It sounds like you might be overtraining. You should only be exercising 3 days a week.

PS I removed your email because you'll get spam if you put it up here because Google crawls the site, which means spambots are going to harvest your email.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 12, 2012
at 03:27 AM

Okay, I was typing but my response was too similar. Thanks M-GHL!

74c1777d7d39b053ca64c065dcdb0072

(713)

on January 12, 2012
at 03:44 AM

really a great comment. I only drink calories when I am trying to put on weight.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on January 12, 2012
at 04:12 AM

I third that. Going crazy with the scale is all too easy! And I gain on smoothies like that as well.

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on January 12, 2012
at 03:30 AM

Ignore the scale unless you're an engineer and know how to interpret noise on a signal. Melissa already said it all but just for a point of reference: I weigh 182 every night before bed and weigh 178 every morning when I get up. That means I lose 4 pounds of water from just breathing every night. Water weighs a lot so levels of hydration have a big impact on your weight. So don't worry about the day to day number. Just pay attention to how you look, feel and perform.

6b8d12fc3e43179f9ae1765a4d1a9dc2

(5914)

on January 12, 2012
at 08:51 AM

Based on this information, I deduct that if I sleep for a week I can lose around 50 pounds. AWESOME!

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on January 12, 2012
at 05:17 PM

Yeah, but it's all water weight!

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 12, 2012
at 04:03 PM

@peter, wake me up in about 10 days please!

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D5a4ff096a452a84a772efa0e6bc626e

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on January 12, 2012
at 03:32 AM

Give it time and listen to your body. If you didn't start with massive hormonal problems or a significant sensitivity to gluten or dairy, you may not see a massive drop right at first (even with those problems, it takes some people's bodies a few weeks to find a weight loss groove). Right now, just stick with clean Paleo food for a few weeks, keep exercising, and notice your energy levels, your mood and concentration, and your skin/teeth/hair to judge whether things are working for you.

I can't lose eating so many fruit and nuts, particularly dried fruit. I have to stick to healthy protein, healthy fats, and lots of veggies as my daily diet, with starches to balance my activity levels day-to-day, and the occasional piece of fruit as a treat. But you're younger than I, and fruit might be fine for you. Make sure you're eating enough fat- beef/lamb fat, butter/ghee, and coconut and olive oil in your diet; what you listed above suggests you're still flirting with keeping fat low, and low-carb mixed with low-fat just means you're never satisfied and more likely to make poor decisions.

Good luck and stick with it- the first two weeks were rough for me, but it's been smooth sailing ever since!

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273729a18d2f18903815d2644a4d64de

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on January 12, 2012
at 04:00 PM

You sound just like me...take a look at my questions. I have a lot, but you may find a lot of them helpful.

I have yet to lose weight. When I started eating primally/crossfitting I dropped to 147 pounds (Im 5'6" btw) but eventually gained muscle and went to 155...I think I am 153 right now. You need to constantly remind yourself that it takes more than a week to see a difference. You should be able to feel a huge difference (and maybe see) after 30 days...so keep going.

I would recommend ditching the smoothie and the multiple servings of fruit. Keep fruit to one serving a day...the sugar in fruit can halt fat loss. Try eliminating the bananas as starchy foods tend to be helpful in maintaining or gaining weight. Eat protein and fat for breakfast instead. I frequently have eggs, bacon, avocado and coffee with heavy cream for breakfast and it keeps me pretty full...I try to save my carbs for meals after I workout. Berries are the best fruits :D You may want to pay attention to the amount of carbs you are eating...you eat a lot of fruit and nuts. There is nothing wrong with them, and once you get to a weight youd like you can increase your intake of these to maintain weight.

Mark Sisson recommends staying under 100g. of carbs a day for a loss, and under 50g.a day for extreme loss....and the majority of these carbs should come from fresh veggies. However, before you start paying attention to that you will want to give yourself time to adjust to living without whole grains. I ignored the carb count at first and ate A TON of nuts my first 30 days. If I wanted pasta...I ate nuts. If I wanted bread...I ate nuts. If I wanted to break into snack bars...I ate nuts. Once I weaned myself off of all processed grains THEN I started paying attention to macronutrients. I no longer have cravings for crap...maybe with the exception of Ice Cream ;]

Some people say they do better on starchy carbs and less fat....so you will have to experiment and it will take time. I started Paleo in May of last year, and I still havent found my "Sweet spot" or lost weight BUT i feel a million times better and my performance and strength have increased tenfold. Patience is key. It will take a while for your body to heal itself. Enjoy eating good food, and dont be afraid to eat. I became too obsessive last fall, and it destroyed my entire life. DO NOT DO THAT! It wont help, I promise.

273729a18d2f18903815d2644a4d64de

(1683)

on January 12, 2012
at 04:21 PM

@nance let me rephrase...it temporarily destroyed my entire life(grades,social life, etc.). then i told myself not to obsess and made efforts to change it. 2012 and spring semester means its time to get back to life :D

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on January 12, 2012
at 04:15 PM

@Michelle, you're here, you're making great comments--you may have wrecked a piece of your life but not all of it. You matter.

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on January 12, 2012
at 07:07 AM

I totally agree with the smoothie. Its probably packed with nutrients and calories. The fact that you drink it down rather than chew on it might make you think that you've consumed less calories than you actually have. Looking at the rest of your meal it looks fine. Maybe you need to workout more?

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on January 12, 2012
at 07:34 AM

edited to remove self-promotion, which is not allowed here

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on January 12, 2012
at 01:53 PM

Like Melissa suggested, I'd toss the scale. When I started on the weight-loss thing, I weighed myself way too much (sometimes a few times a day; crazy, I know) and there's just no value added in doing that. I no longer own a scale and just weigh myself when I'm at the gym, and I don't plan to own one ever again.

If you like everything you're eating right now and you feel good, I'd stick with it for a little while. If a few weeks go by and you aren't making progress with your weight loss, then I'd start tweaking (like a few folks said, the smoothies could be getting in your way, nuts, etc.) I'm a big believer in starting out by just focusing on eating real food that you like, and making adjustments as you hit plateaus or find yourself not feeling as great as you could. I found this made the transition a lot more natural and easy for me. Good luck! :)

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on January 12, 2012
at 12:12 PM

Cut out smoothies, dried fruit and lean meat.

Cut down on fruit and tuna.

Add the fattier parts of chicken and turkey (eg. Just about any part that isn't the breast). Fattier parts of lamb, pork and beef. Whole eggs.

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on January 12, 2012
at 09:28 AM

Because it bears repetition:

1) As everyone else mentions: ignore the scale, at least for the first few weeks -- your body's going through an adjustment phase and will do strange things until it settles in -- this is also the reason why the various challenges forbid scales until the challenge is over

2) Many people forget that muscle weighs more than fat -- you're keeping up the physical fitness and are (most likely) taking in more protein, giving your body the chance to rebuild -- as miked said, "pay attention to how you look, feel and perform", listen to your body

3) Relax! Stop worrying and take some time to have fun, play a little, enjoy life, smell the roses. Following in the path of the classic cliché of mind-over-matter: worry, stress, and nervousness do more damage to your body and shorten your lifespan; playfulness, smiling, relaxation are good for you and good for your body

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