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Need help with Weight Loss after Paleo relapse...

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 18, 2011 at 5:46 AM

Hi,

I've been quite stressed out lately and gained about 10-12 pounds over the past few months, mostly over the holidays (from 125 to 142). I'm trying to get somewhere in between (130-134 range). I'm 21, 5'8 and have never weighed this much. I realize I'm not overweight, but I don't like the way my clothes are fitting. I work out and lift weights almost everyday. I'm not sure what I can do to lose the weight without the muscle...

A little background: I've been Paleo since 09' and I did it because of my acne. I loved the results (acne all gone) and have never gone back to the way I ate (mostly eating Subway and tons of bread). I have never been overweight at all (quite thin actually... until recently) and that's where I need your help. I kind of relapsed over the holidays and ate what I wanted (stuffing, bread, See's chocolate, ect {my tastebuds went wild}). I was at 125 before because I was juggling college and work and didn't really have time to eat. Now that I no longer work, I find myself eating a lot (all Paleo foods) and I can't stop. I eat tons of vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, whole okra and onions mostly {no starchy tubers at all}) and a lot of protein (tuna, chicken, turkey, sometimes roast beef). I also eat quite a bit of mayo (i know, it has soybean oil, but its sooo good, it doesn't compare to homemade mayo[which i've tried]). I don't know why I'm not losing weight. I stopped eating fruits and try to limit my sugar intake because I hear that that can cause weight gain.

Could I just be eating too much?

If you need more info about what I eat, I can tell you. I don't eat any dairy at all and my main fat sources are avocado(guacamole)/mayo/coconut cream (rarely, just to make chicken curry)/olive oil (i use the olive oil very sparingly just to make sure the food I'm cooking doesnt stick to the pan). Should I limit my fat intake too or try going into ketosis (and go nuts with the fat)? I'm at a complete loss, I've never had to lose weight. AHHHHH! I don't know what to do... any suggestions on nutrition or exercise would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks for reading!

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(143)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Say, like dailyburn.com has a collection of nutritional information already entered by users. I just punch in what I eat and it tallies up # of calories, # of grams of pro/carb/fat and a pie chart of the % breakdown. You can use it to plug in stuff you've eaten that day or for me, I use it to plan my day's meals.

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(435)

on March 25, 2011
at 10:21 AM

Started the journey on May 15, 2010, but just discovered Paleo in December.

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(919)

on March 23, 2011
at 07:15 PM

How long for the weight drop Rhonda ?

E6c790e285048d9d09a554e65879693a

(435)

on March 20, 2011
at 09:44 AM

Working for me is virtually 100% grass feed, pastured, etc. beef, pork, eggs with all the clarified butter and coconut oil to cook with I want, plus a little olive oil (mostly making dressings for my salads). Eating 25% protein, 15-20% carb (and I count them all, even the greens), and 55-60% fat. Just tried IF yesterday and worked well, so likely incorporate that now. Lost 115 pounds with another 60ish to go. Also, my last labs were nothing short of phenomenal.

C2b67e9efa9765dc279a1b727e7391b4

(178)

on March 18, 2011
at 05:44 PM

I hate having the old doctrine "Fat will make you gain weight" enter my head, but it always does. I know fat isn't bad, but sometimes I fear eating it because it has a ton of calories and I figure I can eat more (vegetables/protein instead) and reduce fat. I know that isn't ideal, so do you have any good fat suggestions? I know coconut oil is supposed to be good but it's funny... in all the years I've been Paleo, I haven't tried coconut oil. Guess I'll finally buy a jar (especially if it will stop my hunger).

C2b67e9efa9765dc279a1b727e7391b4

(178)

on March 18, 2011
at 05:35 PM

Well I was at 132 before I had a job (I was exercising daily, lifting weights, ironically trying to gain to get more muscle). Then, over the course of my job, I lowered my daily intake because I couldn't find time to work out and I sat behind a computer all day. That's when I dropped down to 125. After (when I started to gain), I had more time to eat, but didn't go back to exercising. I've been going again and burning about 600 to 700 calories + lifting per each visit (so about everyday). I figure I should try to convert the fat into muscle. It's mostly around my belly though so its tough.

C2b67e9efa9765dc279a1b727e7391b4

(178)

on March 18, 2011
at 05:09 PM

Thank you. I have a food scale that shows me the nutritional data in everything I eat. I'f I'm not counting calories, how do I determine the percentage of fat, protein and carbs I should be eating? Thanks again!

C2b67e9efa9765dc279a1b727e7391b4

(178)

on March 18, 2011
at 05:07 PM

No, but it looks and sounds pretty good!

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on March 18, 2011
at 02:28 PM

I agree, Joyce! And food tracking doesn't even always have to be about calories, tracking your % of fat, protein and carbs can give you a good baseline to adjust from.

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on March 18, 2011
at 02:27 PM

Great advice Riveted! I agree that mayo is yummy, but it is certainly not optimal.

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on March 18, 2011
at 12:34 PM

Have you tried macadamia mayonnaise ? http://www.primal-palate.com/2011/02/macadamia-nut-mayonnaise.html

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2b423e7f4d4d6e13e820dcee5a3be746

on March 18, 2011
at 06:25 AM

Start a food diary. Fitday.com, dailyburn.com, homemade excel sheet, whatever. You can't get to where you want to be without first knowing where you are now. Get a baseline of your daily caloric intake.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on March 18, 2011
at 02:28 PM

I agree, Joyce! And food tracking doesn't even always have to be about calories, tracking your % of fat, protein and carbs can give you a good baseline to adjust from.

C2b67e9efa9765dc279a1b727e7391b4

(178)

on March 18, 2011
at 05:09 PM

Thank you. I have a food scale that shows me the nutritional data in everything I eat. I'f I'm not counting calories, how do I determine the percentage of fat, protein and carbs I should be eating? Thanks again!

2b423e7f4d4d6e13e820dcee5a3be746

(143)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Say, like dailyburn.com has a collection of nutritional information already entered by users. I just punch in what I eat and it tallies up # of calories, # of grams of pro/carb/fat and a pie chart of the % breakdown. You can use it to plug in stuff you've eaten that day or for me, I use it to plan my day's meals.

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on March 18, 2011
at 12:30 PM

I think the food log suggestion is solid. When I start to drift upward, I use Cron-O-Meter to plan my day's eating ahead of time. That way, I know I've gotten all I need and rarely ever "find myself" eating things I know I shouldn't. Once I've stabilized, I eat more from the hip. It's a good way to give yourself a little boost of reality.

Incidentally, I think there's an intermediate step to take in your mayonnaise problem. Try switching to an all natural canola-based mayo (Spectrum, I think) with nothing but oil, eggs, and vinegar. It's not ideal - waaaay too much Omega-6 and all the other problems that go along with canola - but it might help get you closer to liking the homemade stuff. Once you find a good recipe and give it time, you'll see it's so much better than the processed junk.

Best of luck.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on March 18, 2011
at 02:27 PM

Great advice Riveted! I agree that mayo is yummy, but it is certainly not optimal.

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E6c790e285048d9d09a554e65879693a

(435)

on March 18, 2011
at 07:38 AM

At first blush it seems as if you need to eat more good fat so you won't be so hungry. And cut out the mayo - you really can live without it!

E6c790e285048d9d09a554e65879693a

(435)

on March 20, 2011
at 09:44 AM

Working for me is virtually 100% grass feed, pastured, etc. beef, pork, eggs with all the clarified butter and coconut oil to cook with I want, plus a little olive oil (mostly making dressings for my salads). Eating 25% protein, 15-20% carb (and I count them all, even the greens), and 55-60% fat. Just tried IF yesterday and worked well, so likely incorporate that now. Lost 115 pounds with another 60ish to go. Also, my last labs were nothing short of phenomenal.

C2b67e9efa9765dc279a1b727e7391b4

(178)

on March 18, 2011
at 05:44 PM

I hate having the old doctrine "Fat will make you gain weight" enter my head, but it always does. I know fat isn't bad, but sometimes I fear eating it because it has a ton of calories and I figure I can eat more (vegetables/protein instead) and reduce fat. I know that isn't ideal, so do you have any good fat suggestions? I know coconut oil is supposed to be good but it's funny... in all the years I've been Paleo, I haven't tried coconut oil. Guess I'll finally buy a jar (especially if it will stop my hunger).

2f54dbe892ec89b12d1db686568e885a

(919)

on March 23, 2011
at 07:15 PM

How long for the weight drop Rhonda ?

E6c790e285048d9d09a554e65879693a

(435)

on March 25, 2011
at 10:21 AM

Started the journey on May 15, 2010, but just discovered Paleo in December.

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on March 18, 2011
at 06:57 AM

Tell me more about your exercise program; has that changed?

C2b67e9efa9765dc279a1b727e7391b4

(178)

on March 18, 2011
at 05:35 PM

Well I was at 132 before I had a job (I was exercising daily, lifting weights, ironically trying to gain to get more muscle). Then, over the course of my job, I lowered my daily intake because I couldn't find time to work out and I sat behind a computer all day. That's when I dropped down to 125. After (when I started to gain), I had more time to eat, but didn't go back to exercising. I've been going again and burning about 600 to 700 calories + lifting per each visit (so about everyday). I figure I should try to convert the fat into muscle. It's mostly around my belly though so its tough.

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