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Hit A Wall and am FRUSTRATED!!

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Created March 18, 2013 at 7:59 PM

I have been Paleo for about five weeks now. In the first week I dropped 4.5 pounds. Nothing the next week. Two the next week. Last week and this week - .2 respectfully. I am worried because I have a VERY slow metabolism and I do not want it to bounce back into its old, comfortable state.

I exercise with a trainer once a week (30 minute blasts), 30 - 40 minutes of cardio two days a week, figure skate for an hour once a week, and do the trainer's workout the other day (two days off due to scheduling). A typical day of food for me is coffee with coconut milk and honey with two eggs, spinach and an Aidell's sausage for breakfast; lunch is leftovers (today was two Korean beef ribs with broccoli/mushroom stir fry and a tangerine); snack "trail mix" (nuts, seeds and beef jerky) or a Justin's nut butter packet; dinner (3-4 oz. protein and vegetables); herbal tea before bed. I drink only water other than the coffee in the morning and the tea in the evening.

Is there something I am missing or am I just not giving my body a chance to do its thing? I feel better and I think that I look better, but I do have a goal weight that I would like to reach and stay there.

Looking forward to your responses.

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on April 12, 2013
at 12:17 PM

Interesting, thanks. I'm 6'0", about 208#, with a 32" waist. My BMI is 28.5 which still indicates overweight, but my waist-to-height ratio is 44 which apparently is good. It also says my body fat is 8.2% which is surely way off (I wish). I use my waist as my primary guide, it went from 38" to 32" when I first lost 25 pounds and then stayed at 32" as I gained 10 of it back. Hard to imagine my waist going below 32" without drastic measures.

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on April 12, 2013
at 08:22 AM

ULH- My take...BMI is NFG for guys of any size with muscle.... I've gone from 219 to 192/194 and BMI still says I'm overweight. I have more faith in waist to height ratio. It at least makes a stab at a "shape factor". Take a look at http://home.fuse.net/clymer/bmi/. I have too many accumulated injuries & old age issues to do any lifting of any consequence. Even kettle bells are probably beyond me. :( I'm happy with a 35" waist. If yours is less than that I would you're probably at your ideal point and trying to go lower is just not easily possible.

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on March 20, 2013
at 07:36 PM

I was being sarcastic, paleo ain't about weight loss

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on March 20, 2013
at 05:58 PM

Thank you Mandy. I am in this for the long haul for sure. I have decided that 100% Paleo is right for me for life. I pondered going back to my "old" ways once I lost the weight, but now I love how I feel and I HATE DIETING! After my fitness assessment on Monday I found out that I lost another 2% of my body fat, so I guess I should just shut up. Also after I posted I had at least three people mention how great I looked. I do have a deadline... I am in a contest at school and I want to win my money back!

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on March 20, 2013
at 05:54 PM

Thank you :) I am (by nature) impatient. Weight loss and gain have been a constant battle for me and I have been on every diet imaginable. I like how I feel and look on Paleo, so I guess I need to just chill out and allow my body to work.

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on March 20, 2013
at 05:52 PM

Is Mark Sisson? Mark's Daily Apple? Don't really want to go totally primal.

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on March 20, 2013
at 05:52 PM

5'3" on a good day, 135 pounds, 43 year old female. I did have excellent news when I went in for my body fat fold test after I posted. I dropped another 2% body fat so my lean body mass is going up and the fat mass is dropping. I have this artificial scale number that has been haunting me for years. This week I have decided to throw my body into ketosis and see what happens. I have had no nuts or nut butter since I posted and have cut honey. Thank you for the answer. I appreciate your insight.

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on March 19, 2013
at 02:05 PM

7 lbs in five weeks is good progress. I agree with Mandy, keep it up, your diet looks fine.

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on March 18, 2013
at 08:17 PM

Guess I should have been a bit more clear on the 30 minute blasts - they are high intensity/low rest circuits. I have to keep the cardio because I am training for a race in May. I will try trading out the nuts and seeds and find better "snacks." I do have an assessment today with my trainer who does body fat measurements for me, so maybe I will feel better after that!

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on March 18, 2013
at 10:32 PM

So you dropped 7 pounds in five weeks. How is that hitting a wall? That's a good and sustainable rate of weight loss. The first week was water weight and now you're body's catching up to that. Weight loss rarely follows an entirely straight line. I think you're just fine.

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on March 20, 2013
at 05:54 PM

Thank you :) I am (by nature) impatient. Weight loss and gain have been a constant battle for me and I have been on every diet imaginable. I like how I feel and look on Paleo, so I guess I need to just chill out and allow my body to work.

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on March 19, 2013
at 02:46 AM

If you are thinking long-term, losing a pound a week is ideal. The slower you take off the weight, the more likely it is to stay off. There is no deadline in weighing a certain weight by a certain point. You will look great (and feel great) as each pound comes off, try to imagine how good you'll feel after a month goes by and you've lost another 4 or 5 pounds. Try to relax and keep at it. You haven't hit a wall, you just might need to adjust your expectations. Also, as another poster said, Paleo is not a weight loss plan. You have to cut calories in order to lose, just like with any other way of eating.

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on March 20, 2013
at 05:58 PM

Thank you Mandy. I am in this for the long haul for sure. I have decided that 100% Paleo is right for me for life. I pondered going back to my "old" ways once I lost the weight, but now I love how I feel and I HATE DIETING! After my fitness assessment on Monday I found out that I lost another 2% of my body fat, so I guess I should just shut up. Also after I posted I had at least three people mention how great I looked. I do have a deadline... I am in a contest at school and I want to win my money back!

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on March 19, 2013
at 02:05 PM

7 lbs in five weeks is good progress. I agree with Mandy, keep it up, your diet looks fine.

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on March 19, 2013
at 05:12 AM

fveyesk8r-

You neglected to give some rather important details about you & your starting point.

Gender? age?

Starting Point: Height, weight, waist, estimated body fat %

The reason these are important?

Are you an older male, former athletic type at 23% body fat? a young almost ripped gym rat whose trying go from 12% body fat to 8%? a never athletic, life long couch potato at 30% body fat.

The initial conditions have a strong impact on what happens and how quickly. If you don't have much to lose, fat loss will be slow....it's all about the low hanging fruit. :)

Weight loss is nearly immaterial..... it's about recomposition of your body. Depending on starting point, calorie mix & exercise it could be possible to NOT LOSE ANY WEIGHT but still drop body fat % by building muscle as the fat goes.

I'll use myself as an example, I'm in the former group.

On transitional combo / hybrid of Blood Sugar Solution / 4 Hour Body / Primal Blueprint / Paleo I went from 219 to ~194 with minimal exercise, at best, in about 7 months.

BUT I also went from ~39" waist to ~36" waist.

It wasn't a straight line down but it was nearly always down or flat. Flat until I figured out what I was doing to screw things up. At times I was losing nearly 2 or 3 pounds a week. But it was like I was learning to ride a unicycle.... sometimes things worked great, other times nothing seemed to work.

I plateaued once because I was abusing almonds & pistachios (love 'em) but they have TONS of calories. I WAS of the mindset "nuts are good fat, I can eat them". When I stopped eating them, fat loss resumed. I plateaued again when I added some exercise... I was still losing inches at my waist but not losing weight.

I've been pretty much plateued at 192/193 for nearly a month but my waist has SLOWLY decreased.

It's NOT about losing weight, it's about losing fat (inches) and maintaining or gaining muscle. That's where adequate protein and some exercise is important.

You've got conflicting objectives.... heavy cardio will inhibit fat loss, intense exercise will inhibit fat loss, nuts & nut butters are loaded with calories and you're training for a race. In this sort of situation, I'd be happy with no weight loss as long as the inches kept disappearing.

Get through the race, reassess your situation and goals afterward. Don't over train. Good luck.

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on March 20, 2013
at 05:52 PM

5'3" on a good day, 135 pounds, 43 year old female. I did have excellent news when I went in for my body fat fold test after I posted. I dropped another 2% body fat so my lean body mass is going up and the fat mass is dropping. I have this artificial scale number that has been haunting me for years. This week I have decided to throw my body into ketosis and see what happens. I have had no nuts or nut butter since I posted and have cut honey. Thank you for the answer. I appreciate your insight.

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on March 19, 2013
at 12:37 PM

You didn't mention your current height and weight, it could be that you're just at a good weight for you. Do you really want to lose weight, or girth? The last few inches I lost off of my waist were not accompanied by any weight loss, though I feel and look a lot better.

I am currently 6' 205# and have found that I just simply can't get below 203#, when I do my body goes into massive hunger overdrive mode and I am miserable until I eat a lot more. According to those BMI calculators I'm still overweight, and in theory should get down to 185#, but there is simply no way that is happening unless I go on a starvation diet or lose a leg. I feel and look great and my waist is the same size it was 20 years ago so I'm happy with this weight even if according to some web sites it's too high.

In terms of exercise, in my case, cardio did NOT help at all, in fact it kept the weight on. I used to run exclusively, and when I dropped that in favor of strength-based exercises and crossfit I lost a lot more weight and girth. For a while I did exclusively high-intensity strength and calisthenics (kettlebells, burpees, sit-ups, push-ups, etc) and then switched to crossfit, and the results have been absolutely fantastic. I suggest that you drop the 2 weekly cardio sessions and replace it with some kind of strength-based or lifting exercise that you like. Not everyone likes just lifting weights though I find the olympic-style lifting at crossfit to be fun and interesting.

Also I have recently tried to cut out nuts because while they are nutritious, they are high in calories, easy to over-eat, and usually combined with other things that aren't great (such as raisins or chocolate chips). When I do eat them I use them as a meal replacement rather than a snack.

Finally you could try skipping a meal every now and then. I skip either breakfast or lunch a few times a week and it isn't really a big deal, in fact I have grown to enjoy it, it gives me some energy and mental clarity, and the hunger is either not noticeable or fades after an hour or so. For example if I'm running errands on the weekends I'll have breakfast and then nothing but water until dinner.

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on April 12, 2013
at 08:22 AM

ULH- My take...BMI is NFG for guys of any size with muscle.... I've gone from 219 to 192/194 and BMI still says I'm overweight. I have more faith in waist to height ratio. It at least makes a stab at a "shape factor". Take a look at http://home.fuse.net/clymer/bmi/. I have too many accumulated injuries & old age issues to do any lifting of any consequence. Even kettle bells are probably beyond me. :( I'm happy with a 35" waist. If yours is less than that I would you're probably at your ideal point and trying to go lower is just not easily possible.

9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

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on April 12, 2013
at 12:17 PM

Interesting, thanks. I'm 6'0", about 208#, with a 32" waist. My BMI is 28.5 which still indicates overweight, but my waist-to-height ratio is 44 which apparently is good. It also says my body fat is 8.2% which is surely way off (I wish). I use my waist as my primary guide, it went from 38" to 32" when I first lost 25 pounds and then stayed at 32" as I gained 10 of it back. Hard to imagine my waist going below 32" without drastic measures.

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on March 18, 2013
at 08:03 PM

Eat less move more.

However Paleo is not primarily a weight-loss diet. If you want to just lose some weight relatively quickly, try going into ketosis.

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on March 19, 2013
at 01:56 PM

Go ask Mark Sisson what to do

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on March 20, 2013
at 05:52 PM

Is Mark Sisson? Mark's Daily Apple? Don't really want to go totally primal.

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on March 20, 2013
at 07:36 PM

I was being sarcastic, paleo ain't about weight loss

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on March 19, 2013
at 01:52 AM

Add more weight bearing exercise.

Lean muscle mass = metabolism.

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on March 18, 2013
at 08:05 PM

I would suggest trading the 30-40 minutes of cardio for more intense workouts like weight circuits or interval sprints for 10-20 minutes. Also, it may help to cut out the honey, and nuts and seeds, replacing them with more nutrient dense foods like offal if possible.

Another thing that helped me lose the last few pounds of fat was to be on my feet more. It makes a big difference over the course of a week.

Finally, try not to use the scale as a measure of progress in losing body fat. Either take fat measurements or take pictures in the mirror, because a paleo diet often brings on muscle which, while halting your weight loss, will actually make you look and feel better. I'm guessing you've actually lost more lbs of fat than the scale shows, and you actually have been gaining muscle as well.

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on March 18, 2013
at 08:17 PM

Guess I should have been a bit more clear on the 30 minute blasts - they are high intensity/low rest circuits. I have to keep the cardio because I am training for a race in May. I will try trading out the nuts and seeds and find better "snacks." I do have an assessment today with my trainer who does body fat measurements for me, so maybe I will feel better after that!

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