I was eating strict paleo for six months and dropped over 20 pounds (I'm 5'9 and I went from 185 to 155 at my lowest) and felt great. Started doing leangains and that went well, but I wasn't eating paleo anymore (introduced rice, grains, etc.) for another few months. Then I went back to school and just completely fell off the wagon. Back up to 190, but probably with a little more muscle than before since I've been doing a lot of compound lifts for over a year now.
This January I did a paleo challenge with my gym. I got almost no results for that month. Dropped maybe two pounds, at a rate of less than half a pound a week it seemed. What gives? I've heard people say your body adapts to a "diet" and your system isn't as shocked the second time around. Is this the mechanism responsible for my slow results? I was disappointed I didn't see the pounds just melting away like last time.
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on March 16, 2013
at 03:47 PM
This January I did a paleo challenge with my gym.
You were likely eating paleo (great!) and getting regular exercise (double great!), however without tape size measurements, or BF% estimates, we really don't know how your body changed. Many, many people "body recomp" without losing weight, even if body mass ratios of lean and fat switch dramatically. This has happened to me in the past.
If you're not okay being happy with how good you think you look naked, then take some measurements, get a few BF% estimates via different methods (caliper and calculated via waist size, for e.g.), and keep on with paleo eating and plenty of physical activity. Every month, take your measurements -- I'll guarantee you'll be seeing changes even if the scale doesn't move one bit.
I've heard people say your body adapts to a "diet" and your system isn't as shocked the second time around.
These people are idiots. I swear I want to punch something when I hear "shocked" in this sense or the term "muscle confusion". It makes me stabby.
Paleo is not a weight loss diet, per se, though it often is factored into a weight loss plan. You're body certainly has adaptive mechanisms an your body will normalize some 2-6 weeks after changing diet, but again the diet isn't designed to "shed pounds fast!^TM", it's designed to get the body optimally balanced in a nutritional and hormonal way.
Without knowing your BF%, I would hesitate to suggest that restricting total consumption may help.