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Paleo Plateau - help me please

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 13, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Hello everyone! I am somewhat new to this lifestyle and could really could use some insight and advice! Sorry in advance for the length..

After my boyfriend told me about the Paleo lifestyle, I started to follow the diet back in October. I started at about 149 pounds (I'm 5'0"). I was doing really well and got down to 145 lbs but kind of fell off around the holidays. I started getting serious again in February and as of today weigh 141. I seem to be hovering between 141 and 139.

My typical day is as follows:

Breakfast- 2 eggs cooked in olive oil, sometimes veggies or avocado and either all natural chicken sausage or bacon; iced coffee with half and half and 2 splenda

Lunch - salad with all kinds of vegetables and chicken olive oil & vinegar, avocado or left over from last night's dinner (usually some sort of chicken/meat/fish and vegetable or salad)

Dinner - steak/shrimp/chicken/pork, side of veggies & huge salad; most of my dinner items are cooked in 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil

Occasionally I'll have a couple pieces of chocolate here and there, or a bite or two of dessert if out for dinner

After work I'll go to the gym and do some strength training (legs/arms/back depending on the day) and 20 minutes or so of cardio. Some days I'll do a kickboxing class or a body "sculpting" class just to switch it up because I get bored easily

I go to bed around 11 and wake up at 7. I am under little to no stress. I supplement with an all natural multivitamin and fish oil.

My goal is 125lbs, and I am trying to increase muscle as well as losing fat. I have a pretty muscular build for my height. I did take some measurements back in November and compared to now, have only lost an inch in my waist. I do notice my face not looking as round when looking at pictures but other than that it is hard to notice any difference

I have been keeping track of calories lately and usually am between 1200-1300. This past week carbs have ranged from 30g-60g, protein 80g-100g and fats 40g-70g.

There is SO much information out there and I find it hard to apply it to my situation since everyone is so different. Any insight is appreciated!!

Thanks :)

81feb1022a28f534867616b9316c7aa4

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on April 11, 2013
at 06:53 AM

Thats fair enough. I have just read a bit about it before somewhere and it worked for me. I was about 60kilos in high school and if I go below that I notice I stop getting my periods regularly. I mean I guess it depends what you were eating in high school too, as I was relatively healthy (paleo) even back then.

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on April 11, 2013
at 05:02 AM

I'm interested in your teen weight theory. I've never heard that before. I now weigh significantly less than I did in high school but am 100% healthier and happier. In HS I hovered around 155. Got up to about 180 in the subsequent years. Down to 145 "healthy" SAD. And 128 since Primal starting in February with little to no calorie restriction. I mostly watch my sugar intake. Where did you hear the teen weight theory at?

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on April 10, 2013
at 08:54 PM

COOK IN COCONUT OIL INSTEAD OF OLIVE OIL...not yet proven but 2 tbspns/day may be helpful to fat loss

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on March 13, 2013
at 07:36 PM

When I graduated high school I was probably about 127. It was only after starting the pill (which I've since stopped) and going to college that my weight kind of blew up. Now that I've graduated, I'm trying to live a healthier life style. Thanks Sarah!

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on March 13, 2013
at 05:36 PM

Thanks Jake! Hmmm, I feel like if anything I over estimate on the calories, but perhaps I should try measuring my food out to be sure. And I'll start incorporating more fruit and starches. Thanks for your advice.

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on March 13, 2013
at 04:52 PM

About 30% BF as measured on the hand held machine at the gym.. body measurements 38-31-37

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on March 13, 2013
at 04:51 PM

eep! Splenda = aspartame. Consider swapping that out with maybe stevia or natural unrefined honey.

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on March 13, 2013
at 04:50 PM

What do you mean by that exactly? I've tried Weight Watchers, restricting calories, etc. This lifestyle has been the only one to give me any measurable results. And not to mention, I do feel better when eating Paleo

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on March 13, 2013
at 04:49 PM

Can you include your waist measurement and/or do your own BF% estimate? I have a sneaking suspicion that your goal of 125lbs is unreasonable.

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on March 13, 2013
at 04:45 PM

Sarcasm doesn't read well here, but HuntingBears's point here is very valid. Paleo is NOT a weight-loss regime. It is about establishing a healthy lifestyle (eating and living). Don't let the scale dictate your progress. Let the mirror and your body dictate your progress (lost 10 lbs, lost an inch, less-round face). Sounds like progress to me! Give this journey a WHOLE YEAR!

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on March 13, 2013
at 04:43 PM

I LOL'd. But it's true, though ... normalization of health often results in weight loss these days, since so many carry so much extra mass.

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on March 13, 2013
at 04:42 PM

Doesn't sound like you're the type of person who would get any benefit from low-carb.

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on March 13, 2013
at 04:38 PM

Sometimes I forget that Paleo is a weight loss regime

C5c1073ffc65c5b737408d1d6cc68e86

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on March 13, 2013
at 04:45 PM

Sarcasm doesn't read well here, but HuntingBears's point here is very valid. Paleo is NOT a weight-loss regime. It is about establishing a healthy lifestyle (eating and living). Don't let the scale dictate your progress. Let the mirror and your body dictate your progress (lost 10 lbs, lost an inch, less-round face). Sounds like progress to me! Give this journey a WHOLE YEAR!

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on March 13, 2013
at 04:43 PM

I LOL'd. But it's true, though ... normalization of health often results in weight loss these days, since so many carry so much extra mass.

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81feb1022a28f534867616b9316c7aa4

on March 13, 2013
at 06:48 PM

Number 1: I think that maybe you have not spent long enough to notice the results you are looking for.As the man said above give it a year.

Number 2: You could also be gaining muscle due to your good diet and weight training, which might be slowing down the lose in numbers on the scale.

Number 3: Also what size were you as a teen at your normal weight without dieting? This is probably the weight at which your body is most comfortable and you should not be aiming to weigh less than this...

Hope this is helpful :)

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on March 13, 2013
at 07:36 PM

When I graduated high school I was probably about 127. It was only after starting the pill (which I've since stopped) and going to college that my weight kind of blew up. Now that I've graduated, I'm trying to live a healthier life style. Thanks Sarah!

91597fb7f6bb422bff222c03f0885d5b

(166)

on April 11, 2013
at 05:02 AM

I'm interested in your teen weight theory. I've never heard that before. I now weigh significantly less than I did in high school but am 100% healthier and happier. In HS I hovered around 155. Got up to about 180 in the subsequent years. Down to 145 "healthy" SAD. And 128 since Primal starting in February with little to no calorie restriction. I mostly watch my sugar intake. Where did you hear the teen weight theory at?

81feb1022a28f534867616b9316c7aa4

(638)

on April 11, 2013
at 06:53 AM

Thats fair enough. I have just read a bit about it before somewhere and it worked for me. I was about 60kilos in high school and if I go below that I notice I stop getting my periods regularly. I mean I guess it depends what you were eating in high school too, as I was relatively healthy (paleo) even back then.

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on March 13, 2013
at 05:08 PM

hi, i don't think low-carb is the solution for you. i'm also suspicious as to whether you're counting calories accurately. either way, i would integrate more starch and fruit into the diet, and less fat. this will lower your energy intake.

3e83acb99354d6f2bf092e4bc519ce76

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on March 13, 2013
at 05:36 PM

Thanks Jake! Hmmm, I feel like if anything I over estimate on the calories, but perhaps I should try measuring my food out to be sure. And I'll start incorporating more fruit and starches. Thanks for your advice.

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