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No weight loss after 22 days

Answered on January 26, 2014
Created January 23, 2014 at 5:47 PM

I've been on the paleo diet for 22 days. I'm a 40 year old, 5'4'' 149lb female. I've cut out all carbs, except for vegetables from the beginning. Eating only GF meats, as well as fish, eggs, avocado, bacon, nuts. Initially I was eating a bit of sharp cheese & dark chocolate each day. I even started to put heavy cream in my coffee. The past two days I ate a few strawberries and a handful of blueberries. I drink a glass of wine or two each night.

In terms of activity - I walk an average of 45-60mins mins/day briskly and often in hilly terrain (hiking) + do pilates 2/week.

I lost a couple pounds right at the beginning, but seemed to have gained it back (or it was just a natural flux that I saw). I've now cut out nuts, cheese, and think I need to lose the fruit. Is it possible this is what the problem is? Do I need to cut wine out altogether as well? Should I kick up my activity level?

I've also started looking at the Leptin reset stuff and started eating 50g of protein in the first half hour after I wake up to see if that helps as well.

Am at a bit of a loss.... any advice would be much appreciated!

5661757f5a7ad1d09c44d7b3ce9b533f

on January 24, 2014
at 06:00 AM

the real total is a little over 2800 cals, i think, based on the g of fat, protein and carbs as given

8fc1d7a8dc2318f960450a0de632bfe6

on January 23, 2014
at 11:32 PM

Okay, I see that you say that was a typo on the calories. I'd cut down to closer to 1500-1700 and cycle them (1700 one day, 1500 two days, and so on). Also, the protein is too high but the carbs are about perfect in my opinion. I'd recommend closer to 80-100 for protein. Also, what about fiber and sodium? Sodium can puff you up if you get too much, but also you don't want to go too low.

8fc1d7a8dc2318f960450a0de632bfe6

on January 23, 2014
at 11:29 PM

Um, is that a typo? 3297 calories is WAAAAAAAY too much unless you are a linebacker.

D59721ac1812675f75962e37e450690a

on January 23, 2014
at 11:22 PM

ACK!! Apologies. Spreadsheet didn't total properly. Seemed crazy high to me too. Correct # of Calories = 2107. Agreed my protein intake is way too high.

C2450eb7fa11b37473599caf93b461ef

(3225)

on January 23, 2014
at 11:04 PM

Agreed. That's an insane amount of calories. I'm 41, 5'6 and 155. I am not as active as you, but I bet I eat half the calories that you're eating. (And that's without counting calories, by the way. When I'm eating strict-ish paleo, I average around 1800. To get to the calories you're eating, I'd need to be very much off the wagon in a ice-cream-and-wine-daily sort of way.)

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on January 23, 2014
at 10:43 PM

Jesus Christ! I'm a 5'10", 145lbs, 24 year old male and I eat way less than you....and not on purpose either. You eat a lot. That's a lot of protein and carbs. High-fat diets work great for weight loss but only when non-fiber carbs are kept very low (ususally below 50g) and protein is kept moderate (your body only needs about 50g, your 141g is way too much). I'm amazed you haven't gained weight, it is truly a miracle. 3300 calories? Why so much food?

D59721ac1812675f75962e37e450690a

on January 23, 2014
at 09:49 PM

Thanks for this. I am using coconut oil to cook with + walnut oil to bake with. Also using coconut mana. delicious!

8c98172e3f8e78eaca36ef7b80cb6899

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on January 23, 2014
at 08:21 PM

I agree with calorie counting and weighing in. I've lost 80 pounds in the last 6 months, no way I could have done that without counting.

D59721ac1812675f75962e37e450690a

on January 23, 2014
at 05:58 PM

I didn't measure myself to start, but I would say that it feels/looks slightly different. Perhaps a reduction in inflammation/water weight?

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F92f0b6a3fe3d45a489e020076904f2f

on January 23, 2014
at 05:53 PM

have you seen any changes in body composition?

D59721ac1812675f75962e37e450690a

on January 23, 2014
at 05:58 PM

I didn't measure myself to start, but I would say that it feels/looks slightly different. Perhaps a reduction in inflammation/water weight?

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on January 26, 2014
at 05:00 AM

You said you cut out all carbs excpet veggies, but then you said you think fruit may be the problem. I think if you cut the carbs down, you'll begin to notice a difference. Try to keep your food intake confined to meals only. No snacking. You might want to also look into intermittent fasting. Of course, this is much easier to do if you're fat-adapted.

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on January 26, 2014
at 12:23 AM

It took me 28 days to lose 5-lbs, so I'm glad I also tracked my measurements (waist, belly, hips and thighs) to see where I was losing inches. To me, that was more exciting than focusing on weight, which can fluctuate. My Day 1 measurements versus Day 28.

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on January 25, 2014
at 06:05 AM

okay-3300 calories a day is a lot. that is a body builder get big amount of calories. l am 5ft 10in and weight 195-200 lbs-a rough approximation of my maintenance calories is 2800 cals per day. I don't think you are going to lose much weight eating that many calories. you may have the genetics for that many calories and not gain weight-but I think you are going to have to restrict your daily calorie intake if you want to lose weight. I would also start lifting weights to increase you lean body mass and do the walking after the weights. i would also do a veggie fast for one week to jump start your weight loss. finally , give any program about twelve weeks to judge the effects-22 days is probably not enough time.

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on January 24, 2014
at 07:34 AM

I always think food weights are not necessarily helpful. In the first place it's not a very easy, natural way to live, and in the second place it can be rife with misunderstanding. For example, a lot of people think that a gram of meat and a gram of protein are the same thing, which they are not. I'd be looking to simplify, weigh yourself once a week only, on a set morning, and add/remove only one food group at a time and see what the scales tell you. Changing too much at once means you can never narrow down what the culprits are.

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D59721ac1812675f75962e37e450690a

on January 23, 2014
at 09:48 PM

Here's the breakdown from yesterday. Any more thoughts?

Carbs = 93.73 grams

Protein = 141.79 grams

Calories = 3297

Fat = 210.65 grams

8fc1d7a8dc2318f960450a0de632bfe6

on January 23, 2014
at 11:29 PM

Um, is that a typo? 3297 calories is WAAAAAAAY too much unless you are a linebacker.

8fc1d7a8dc2318f960450a0de632bfe6

on January 23, 2014
at 11:32 PM

Okay, I see that you say that was a typo on the calories. I'd cut down to closer to 1500-1700 and cycle them (1700 one day, 1500 two days, and so on). Also, the protein is too high but the carbs are about perfect in my opinion. I'd recommend closer to 80-100 for protein. Also, what about fiber and sodium? Sodium can puff you up if you get too much, but also you don't want to go too low.

D59721ac1812675f75962e37e450690a

on January 23, 2014
at 11:22 PM

ACK!! Apologies. Spreadsheet didn't total properly. Seemed crazy high to me too. Correct # of Calories = 2107. Agreed my protein intake is way too high.

5661757f5a7ad1d09c44d7b3ce9b533f

on January 24, 2014
at 06:00 AM

the real total is a little over 2800 cals, i think, based on the g of fat, protein and carbs as given

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on January 23, 2014
at 10:43 PM

Jesus Christ! I'm a 5'10", 145lbs, 24 year old male and I eat way less than you....and not on purpose either. You eat a lot. That's a lot of protein and carbs. High-fat diets work great for weight loss but only when non-fiber carbs are kept very low (ususally below 50g) and protein is kept moderate (your body only needs about 50g, your 141g is way too much). I'm amazed you haven't gained weight, it is truly a miracle. 3300 calories? Why so much food?

C2450eb7fa11b37473599caf93b461ef

(3225)

on January 23, 2014
at 11:04 PM

Agreed. That's an insane amount of calories. I'm 41, 5'6 and 155. I am not as active as you, but I bet I eat half the calories that you're eating. (And that's without counting calories, by the way. When I'm eating strict-ish paleo, I average around 1800. To get to the calories you're eating, I'd need to be very much off the wagon in a ice-cream-and-wine-daily sort of way.)

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on January 23, 2014
at 09:06 PM

Your body will burn off the alcohol before burning fat. Try skipping the alcohol and see how you do.

Also are you easting sufficient calories? If you're restricting calories, the result is often that your thyroid will slow your metabolism to maintain homeostasis, and your weight will not go down.

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8fc1d7a8dc2318f960450a0de632bfe6

on January 23, 2014
at 08:09 PM

I would track all of your food for a few days and see where you are with carbs, fat, protein, fiber, sodium and calories. You may find that you are way too high or low in calories

I would also suggest starting every morning with hot water and a fresh squeezed lemon added to it. I didn't see you mention coconut oil. I'd add at least a tablespoon of that. I also recommend weighing yourself everyday so you can see how your meals are effecting you. Some may totally disagree with my calorie counting and weighing in but I lost weight two years ago and I swear there is no way I could keep it off if I didn't keep tabs on this stuff.

D59721ac1812675f75962e37e450690a

on January 23, 2014
at 09:49 PM

Thanks for this. I am using coconut oil to cook with + walnut oil to bake with. Also using coconut mana. delicious!

8c98172e3f8e78eaca36ef7b80cb6899

(10)

on January 23, 2014
at 08:21 PM

I agree with calorie counting and weighing in. I've lost 80 pounds in the last 6 months, no way I could have done that without counting.

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Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on January 23, 2014
at 07:25 PM

Dairy (highly growth promoting) and sugary fruits (like bananas and mangoes; not cucumbers and avocados) do promote some weight gain, you could cut these out and see what happens. Fish, eggs, bacon, avocados and veggies sounds great. Limiting protein works when you want to lose weight (protein is anabolic). By the way don't be afraid to pour a bit of olive oil on your food, it's good stuff. Keep at it, sounds like your going in the right direction.

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