Hey, I'm a complete newbie, so I apologize if I am asking a question that has already been asked. Within the last 10 days or so, I've begun the Paleo-transition. I pretty much tried to kick all wheat/gluten/sugar/bad stuff out of my diet cold turkey and follow the Paleo guidelines and best as I have known how. Of course, I've had a few "oops" moments and there is still much to learn and improve. Also, I've been unable to transition completely to grass-fed/free-range/organic products. Work in progress. Anyway, I'd say I'm at least 80/20.
However, there are a few things that have me concerned. Within the first 2 or 3 days of changing my diet, I lost about 2 pounds. I'm a 5'6'', 120 pound female, so weight loss wasn't really my goal. Regardless, I wasn't too concerned. I stepped on the scale a few days later, though, and found that I've GAINED 5 pounds (now up to 123). My weight doesn't typically vary more than a pound or so (and I am always sure to weigh myself in the morning, when most accurate). Also, I'm having some pretty bad acne breakouts--which has never really been an issue for me. This is all in addition to the gloomy, sluggish funk I've been in for about the past week (carb withdrawals? I've heard something about that...).
Is this all normal? Am I doing something wrong? I'm mostly eating a variety of meats, vegetables, healthy fats in the form of coconut oil and butter, and very limited nuts and fruit. Although I'm not majorly upset by the weight that I've gained, I don't think I really want to keep gaining more. And I know it's not from muscle--I've been held up with a cold recently and have been in no way active.
Thanks everyone for your answers--I've really enjoyed learning so much from this community.
asked byTheMooseMuncher (148)
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