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Created September 19, 2011 at 5:20 AM

I've been paleo for three weeks. Very strict. Minimal fruit and minimal carbs. Trying to drop weight. My fat intake has dramatically increased and I have a little heavy cream during the day as my "treat."

I just got on a scale and I've gained 8 effing pounds. What the &^%#!?!

I'm getting plenty of sleep and again, not cheating. I have been doing 3/4 Crossfit workouts a week.

I don't feel fatter. I actually look better (I think.. or is it psychosomatic?)

Why on earth would this happen? I've actually noticed that I'm more satiated on this diet and therefore not snacking as much. This doesn't make sense.

Maybe I'm super-human and gaining a TON os muscle?

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on September 19, 2011
at 08:42 PM

Ashley - you don't need to come to paleohacks...you already get my rants for free. :)

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on September 19, 2011
at 01:45 PM

I don't think you have anything to worry about. Why would a number on an inaccurate scale matter more than how you physically feel, how you feel about how you look, how you look, etc. Don't worry. I would add that it never hurts and can only help you to track what you're eating. So you have an actual idea of what you're taking in so you can more effectively add or subtract later when progress in any direction inevitably slows. Think long term. Get an idea of you daily cals and macros now, later you will thank yourself.

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on September 19, 2011
at 01:43 PM

that is true. creating eight pounds worth of new muscle, even for the absolute beginner, takes more than 3 weeks.

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on September 19, 2011
at 11:26 AM

I will agree with this WITH A CAVEAT: there are only two ways you're going to add eight pounds (or more, counting possible fat loss) of muscle in three weeks are if you are an ABSOLUTE beginner to fitness training, or if you're using steroids. If neither of those are true, then check the consistency of your weighing; e.g., I always weigh myself in the morning after my morning pee, in my underwear, before eating or drinking anything. If one weighing you're wearing underwear only and fasted, and another you're in full clothes and with a big meal, the figures may be wildly different.

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on September 19, 2011
at 06:42 AM

If you're doing CF 3-4X/wk and eating as you describe, you're very likely gaining muscle steadily. Good job! Keep it up -- if you like the way you look now, wait until you see yourself in a month!

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on September 19, 2011
at 06:07 AM

Muscle weighs more than fat. Even though a pound of fat and a pound of muscle weigh the same, the muscle takes up less room. A 150 lb muscular person is going to be a lot slimmer than a 150 lb fatty person.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on September 19, 2011
at 01:43 PM

that is true. creating eight pounds worth of new muscle, even for the absolute beginner, takes more than 3 weeks.

99a6e964584f20f3f69ad3a70a335353

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on September 19, 2011
at 11:26 AM

I will agree with this WITH A CAVEAT: there are only two ways you're going to add eight pounds (or more, counting possible fat loss) of muscle in three weeks are if you are an ABSOLUTE beginner to fitness training, or if you're using steroids. If neither of those are true, then check the consistency of your weighing; e.g., I always weigh myself in the morning after my morning pee, in my underwear, before eating or drinking anything. If one weighing you're wearing underwear only and fasted, and another you're in full clothes and with a big meal, the figures may be wildly different.

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on September 19, 2011
at 06:00 AM

If you don't feel fatter and think you look better, then why worry? Unless you attach some extra meaning to the weight on the scale, enjoy paleo eating for what it is and how you feel.

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on September 19, 2011
at 07:11 AM

You might want to track your calories for a day or two, just to see if you are taking in way too many calories. This can be done pretty easily through websites such as fitday.com

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on September 19, 2011
at 08:18 PM

Sounds frustrating, but keep doing what you are doing. It took longer than three weeks to get where you are, and its going to take longer than that to step away from it. Everyone is different and weight don't always just fall off. And even thought loosing weight is great, ultimately it's about health. So get your nutrition and exercise in line, and the rest will certainly come.

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on September 19, 2011
at 07:09 PM

Well, first of all, don't worry.

Your first concern is possibly gaining 8 lbs of fat in 3 weeks. Sure, its possible if you're eating cakes, donuts, and GORGING. But, most importantly, highly unlikely (impossible?) if, and you say you are, you are being strict and no cheating on the food selection.

My guess: combination of water retention and perhaps weighing yourself in a non-consistent manner. Perhaps working out too much during the period of diet change, which would quite likely stress the body.

Try: Weigh yourself at the same time, under the same conditions (I tend to weigh myself after a workout, but before eating, for example).

OR...maybe you should look into body building...!

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