Normal to have no weight loss in the first 10 days of paleo?

Answered on May 09, 2019
Created June 27, 2015 at 7:41 PM

Hi all,

I started eating 100% paleo about 10 days ago, and have seen no weight loss. I work out 5 days a week (cardio and yoga, starting strength training now). I'm 20 years old, 5' 6", and weigh 146. My normal weight is about 130, but I recently gained a lot of weight this past semester at college because I ate terribly and never exercised. I am trying to get back down to that, and have been exercising/eating well for over a month now, starting full paleo 10 days ago. Still, no progress on the scale. I know the scale is deceiving at times, but I haven't noticed any slimming down or inches lost, either. 

For breakfast I've been eating either an egg and some fruit (usually melon cubes/ raspberries or a banana, or egg and some sort of protein. For lunch I'll have a mixed greens and spinach salad, usually with chicken, turkey or some kind of beef, and a variety of toppings depending on the day including carrots, cucumber, a small amount of walnuts or dried cranberries, hard boiled egg, apple etc. then I'll snack on some fruit (I aim for the less sugary ones and usually have an apple) and then for dinner I have some sort of meat with vegetables. I end the day with tea.

I also log what I eat in a nutrition tracker and don't eat more than 1,200 cal a day.

Should I just be more patient, or is there something I should change? I recently started taking birth control pills, so I wonder if that has prevented me from losing any weight. 

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on June 28, 2015
at 03:58 PM

Paleo is not magic, it takes time.  10 days is far too little to see any results.  Many diets may claim you'll see results that quickly, but the only thing you'd lose is water weight when you cut out carbs and some salt.  That doesn't reflect on actual fat loss, which is what you're after, not weight loss.  The important difference there is you're not actually interested in losing lean body mass.


1200 calories a day is not a good idea.  You're way undereating for your body size. For your Basal Metabolic Rate, you need a minimum of 1400 calories/day.  see: http://www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculator. But this value is for someone who is basically, alive but unconscious, lying in bed.  You'd multiply this number by your activity level which is 1.3 or 1.5, so you'd need between 1820-2100 calories/day.  This isn't to say you should start calorie counting, as that's not an ideal way to live your life.


Instead, be sure to consume 3 palm sized portions of meat, this will provide your protein needs for repairs, and then add unlimited leafy greens, varied veggies, and some good fats to satiation.  You should also eat more high quality fats.  Things like coconut, butter, extra virgin olive oil.  You can add a little bit of starches, but not too much in the form of things like beets, carrots, sweet potatos, white potatoes, etc.  You can add a little bit of fruit, mostly berries.

You should limit fruit if you're trying to burn off fat, at least stick to berries, not bananas and apples. 

You should also not eat the same exact meals daily as that will lead to an imbalance of nutrients.  Eat different veggies and different meats each day.

If you undereat as you have been doing, you'll not only fail to burn off fat, but instead, you'll start burning off muscle mass, and that will prevent further fat loss, and worse yet, your metabolism will slow down and you'll have a very hard time doing anything but gaining fat and feeling very tired all the time, especially with the added stress of exercise. 

You need to eat enough to reset your hormones such that your body doesn't think it's under a famine and realizes it can let go of the excess fat.

Also tea may be fine at night if it's caffeine free, as poor sleep will prevent fat loss by causing insulin resistance.

The scale is absolutely deceiving, it doesn't tell you what you lost, only your overall weight, which will vary +/- 5lbs within a day depending on what you eat and how much water you drink.  Meanwhile, actual muscle gain or fat loss will happen at oz/day, not lbs/day, and 10 days is nowhere near enough to see actual results.  You might infact get heavier as you put on muscle, while your waist will shrink, but your scale will never show that.


on May 09, 2019
at 06:25 AM

Reasons You are not losing weight on paleo diet:

1. You’re still eating comfort foods

2. You’re expecting overnight results

3. You’re relying on the scale too much

4. You’re snacking too much

5. You’re only dialling in the diet

6. Your carbs intake needs to be more tailored

7. You’re not exercising properly

8. You’re over-exercising

9. Your head isn’t in the game

10. You’re not eating enough

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