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No visible results since starting Paleo and crossfit 5 weeks ago

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Created August 17, 2012 at 9:57 AM

I have been doing the Paleo diet strictly for 5 full weeks now. I also started doing crossfit at the same time and go 4 times per week. I am 10kg over my goal weight and am doing this mostly for weight loss. I have not lost a single pound in 5 weeks. The lack of visible results is very frustrating when I am following the diet to a T. Any suggestions?

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on February 11, 2013
at 02:11 AM

"Calories in, calories out" - PLEASE forget the nonsense, the human body doesn't work like 2nd grade math. Either you replace fat with muscles, or you are over-exercising and reactively compensating by eating more. My advice: 1. Less exercise and 2. Get a body analysis scale, a normal scale won't cut it.

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on August 17, 2012
at 07:59 PM

Simply tracking what you eat might help you. Maybe you consume more than you need. You'll never know if you don't track what you eat. At least for a little while to get an idea. knowledge is power. Once you know what you're consuming it's simply a matter of consuming less than that and you will most definitely lose weight. There is no magic. As consistently as you eat a caloric deficit you will lose weight.

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on August 17, 2012
at 07:07 PM

no s**t, a pound is a pound? Inch per inch, muscle does weigh more than fat...so her answer is correct, though perhaps not thorough enough for some...just because you hear something all the time, doesn't mean it's not true. +1 to even out the score from cranky people

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on August 17, 2012
at 06:38 PM

Perfect answer Bobbie.

B958be1f3a4a9743998ab2ea51d9c945

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on August 17, 2012
at 04:44 PM

In order to lose weight, I had to cut out the nuts almost completely because I wasn't paying enough attention. I was definitely overeating them.. Diet vs. Exercise http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQbuzsY_34Q

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on August 17, 2012
at 04:43 PM

You just simply cannot out train your diet. Just isn't going to happen. I had to learn this the hard way, but once I realized this, it's a lot easier! :)

81cf1892bafcdfa38779f4b9b488198d

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on August 17, 2012
at 04:13 PM

You need to out run your fork if you plan on losing weight...yes nutrition is a key factor, but if you put more calories in with your fork than you put out with your legs, than you're not going to lose weight. It's a simple fact.

81cf1892bafcdfa38779f4b9b488198d

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on August 17, 2012
at 04:12 PM

You need to out run your fork if you plan on losing weight...yes nutrition is a key factor, but if you put more calories in with your fork than you do with your legs than you are not going to lose weight. It's a simple fact.

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on August 17, 2012
at 03:58 PM

GREAT answer, Bobbie! +1. And ukpaleomama: *YES!* ---> "You cannot out-run your fork."

81cf1892bafcdfa38779f4b9b488198d

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on August 17, 2012
at 03:52 PM

If you were dieting to a T and exercise than you would be losing. So something is off. The fact remains you have to put out more calories than you take in to lose weight. I agree diet and nutrition are the main components of losing weight, but not the only factors. Losing weight can be frustrating and when you don't see what you are looking for it can be upsetting. The results will come trust me just keep trying.

318374167f4c3bf3ac0f13ce48211c75

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on August 17, 2012
at 03:07 PM

abs are made in the kitchen.

Cd77fd01d8be999aa91b8678e262f419

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on August 17, 2012
at 02:58 PM

You could also take measurements. Have you noticed your clothes fitting any different? I'm also doing paleo and crossfit (like so many people) and while I'm only losing about 1lb/week on the scale, which could easily be water fluctuation, my clothes are fitting better and I've had a couple of people comment on my body changing. If you switched from SAD to Paleo you should have seen some water weight come off in the first week or two, so it's unusual you've not had anything, I second the other commenters' urges to experiment a little with the paleo composition.

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on August 17, 2012
at 02:12 PM

Totally agree with this. You cannot out-run your fork. Even with exercising like crazy, if I'm eating an unrestricted, albeit totally Paleo diet then I will not gain weight - in fact, I have gained 1.5kg doing just that recently! (Need to stop gorging on cashews and dates)

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on August 17, 2012
at 11:45 AM

a pound of fat weisghs exactly the same as a pound of muscle!! please give better responses to this question that a stupid soundbite! thanks!! lean body mass is the goal.. you may not be losing weight as your lean body mass is prbably going up... find some online calculators to determine that and track your %body fat, not your overall weight

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44349dd8bf3bc226731d2f6bd42e8124

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on August 17, 2012
at 12:27 PM

I'll let you in on a little secret that I don't see a lot of people discussing here (at least not recently). To lose weight you have to focus on diet. To maintain, use exercise.

I see post after post of people that are curious why they aren't losing because they are working out hard, they are doing crossfit, they are doing this, they are doing that exericse-wise, etc.

Personally (and this is from my own experiences trying everything) I have found that when I focus on my diet 100%, and not push my body with too much exercise the weight has melted off effortlessly. Sure, some walking and sprints a few times a week have become essential for me and have helped during my best loss weeks, but this is a far cry of my days working out 6 days a week with a trainer and wondering why at 240 pounds I couldn't get any weight off. What was wrong with me? I'll tell you what it was. It was when you work out hard your body needs more fuel and you are hungry. You have to feed it. Which means you are eating more calories. It's much easier to cut calories in your diet then it is lose them during exercise. Just some "food" for thought.

The other thing I did when I reevaluated my situation and lack of weight loss was get serious about tracking. Sure, I felt great eating paleo however, I was eating TOO MUCH of the calorie rich things, particularly nuts and oils. Once I started tracking every little thing that has went into my mouth, not only did I feel in control, but the weight has steadily dropped. I keep my carbs close to 50g per day (no more than a hundred though) and my calories low as well. This works for me.

I'm not sure if this is the answer for you, but it certainly has been a revelation for me. Best of luck.

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on August 17, 2012
at 06:38 PM

Perfect answer Bobbie.

C91f120f5121f58aab1c1ba9017e5e24

on August 17, 2012
at 02:12 PM

Totally agree with this. You cannot out-run your fork. Even with exercising like crazy, if I'm eating an unrestricted, albeit totally Paleo diet then I will not gain weight - in fact, I have gained 1.5kg doing just that recently! (Need to stop gorging on cashews and dates)

44349dd8bf3bc226731d2f6bd42e8124

(318)

on August 17, 2012
at 04:43 PM

You just simply cannot out train your diet. Just isn't going to happen. I had to learn this the hard way, but once I realized this, it's a lot easier! :)

B958be1f3a4a9743998ab2ea51d9c945

(205)

on August 17, 2012
at 04:44 PM

In order to lose weight, I had to cut out the nuts almost completely because I wasn't paying enough attention. I was definitely overeating them.. Diet vs. Exercise http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQbuzsY_34Q

318374167f4c3bf3ac0f13ce48211c75

(106)

on August 17, 2012
at 03:07 PM

abs are made in the kitchen.

81cf1892bafcdfa38779f4b9b488198d

(606)

on August 17, 2012
at 04:13 PM

You need to out run your fork if you plan on losing weight...yes nutrition is a key factor, but if you put more calories in with your fork than you put out with your legs, than you're not going to lose weight. It's a simple fact.

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on August 17, 2012
at 03:58 PM

GREAT answer, Bobbie! +1. And ukpaleomama: *YES!* ---> "You cannot out-run your fork."

81cf1892bafcdfa38779f4b9b488198d

(606)

on August 17, 2012
at 04:12 PM

You need to out run your fork if you plan on losing weight...yes nutrition is a key factor, but if you put more calories in with your fork than you do with your legs than you are not going to lose weight. It's a simple fact.

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on August 17, 2012
at 11:08 AM

Could you elaborate a little more? What are your typical meals and exercise like?

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on August 17, 2012
at 11:18 AM

Muscle weighs more than fat.

923e5923491da8e1e1890c6092106a03

(137)

on August 17, 2012
at 11:45 AM

a pound of fat weisghs exactly the same as a pound of muscle!! please give better responses to this question that a stupid soundbite! thanks!! lean body mass is the goal.. you may not be losing weight as your lean body mass is prbably going up... find some online calculators to determine that and track your %body fat, not your overall weight

724ac8ed9ddc603e87adf6cfb901a8d8

(325)

on August 17, 2012
at 07:07 PM

no s**t, a pound is a pound? Inch per inch, muscle does weigh more than fat...so her answer is correct, though perhaps not thorough enough for some...just because you hear something all the time, doesn't mean it's not true. +1 to even out the score from cranky people

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on August 17, 2012
at 10:43 AM

You may not notice the changes just looking in the mirror. Take a front, back, and side pic of yourself once a week and compare them.

What is your diet like? High carb? If you are eating a lot of fruits and starchy veggies, it might make it harder for the weight to come off.

Keep up the good work! I'm sure you are looking phenomenal!

Cd77fd01d8be999aa91b8678e262f419

(825)

on August 17, 2012
at 02:58 PM

You could also take measurements. Have you noticed your clothes fitting any different? I'm also doing paleo and crossfit (like so many people) and while I'm only losing about 1lb/week on the scale, which could easily be water fluctuation, my clothes are fitting better and I've had a couple of people comment on my body changing. If you switched from SAD to Paleo you should have seen some water weight come off in the first week or two, so it's unusual you've not had anything, I second the other commenters' urges to experiment a little with the paleo composition.

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on February 11, 2013
at 01:01 AM

how much do you weigh if you're super fat its gonna take longer then that

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on August 17, 2012
at 06:33 PM

Losing fat requires adjusting your diet. Fat loss is 30% working out and 70% diet. You may well be losing fat and gaining muscle which can throw you off if you watch the scale. The goal is to lose fat, not necessarily weight. Focus on getting healthy = eat a balanced diet (lots of low starchy vegs & high quality protien, limit fruit, no sugar), exercise wisely (too much high intensity makes your body hold onto fat) and do weight lifting (make more muscle), drink plenty of cold clean water, and get your rest.

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on August 17, 2012
at 12:14 PM

I agree with Divrgurl in that sometimes a change in body composition isn't reflected on the scale. I have also found for myself that paleo is not a one size fits all, you may need to adjust your carbs/protein/fat to find your weight loss "sweet spot". I do better on VLC, high fat, and the lower end of moderate protein. This site is a plethera of knowledge on tweaking the diet to fit your body's needs, so maybe looking through some of the older questions will give you an idea of what has worked for others. Just stick with each tweak for a few weeks before ruling it out. For me, I noticed eating a piece of fruit a day will stall my weight loss, and I still have a long way to go! Best of luck to you!

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