Crossfitter and paleo for 6 months...stubborn pounds?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 01, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Hi have been paleo and doing crossfit for the last 6 plus months. I am a 5 foot 2 and weigh about 130. I am strong, fit and healthy but I definitely have that last stubborn 10 pounds that I want off by summer. What are a few tricks you guys have? Regulating blood sugar and controlling my consumption of carbs? (I hardly eat any already)

Thanks for the tips!:)



on May 01, 2013
at 09:53 PM

if you keep doing crossfit with no carbs, eventually you're going to bonk. i think it's a select few that can get through an active lifestyle on severe low carb diets. anyway, there's no magic to them. energy intake is really the key/always will be the key.



on May 01, 2013
at 07:23 PM

My suggestion? Ditch the scale. Other than that, make friends with the search box, tons of people ask that question on here.



on May 01, 2013
at 05:26 PM

Teresa - I didn't downvote your question, but I'm guessing the person that did did so because there's **a lot** of this type of question on PH. Search here - http://paleohacks.com/search?q=stubborn .

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on May 01, 2013
at 09:38 PM

You know what? The search function sucks. I'm answering the damn question.

I did xfit for about 4 months. I gained a ton of muscle, but I didn't lose any fat. I've been successful at losing my last 10lbs by intermittent fasting and lowering my calories as well as by cutting out two of my cardio sessions each week (was doing 4). I've been losing steadily for the last few weeks when prior to that, the scale wasn't shifting. I don't think I could stick with a low-calorie diet without cutting out some of my workouts. Depending on how often you're doing xfit, this might not be the best option for you.

I know low-cal is not a popular idea around here sometimes, but it was the only thing that worked for me since having kids. I feel good eating this way and I think I look better than I did prior to having babies (well, somewhat).


on May 02, 2013
at 01:00 PM

Thank you!!! I know the question has been answered a lot and in different ways but I was just hoping to get some advice from someone in my similar situation who has tried things. A lot of times it's men, or women who need to lose more weight. I think I will try intermittent fasting and see if I can't get more results!

Thank you!


on May 01, 2013
at 05:49 PM

Some experts believe that diet plateaus might be caused by your body adapting to your diet. You might want to mix it up a bit by increasing healthy carbs for one or two days (up 150 - 200 grams daily). Then go back to your vlc or ulc diet for a week or two. Alternating between these two cycles might prevent your body from being tricked into starvation mode at which point your fat-burning metabolism will slow down to conserve energy. I believe I read an article about this on Livestrong.com.

You might also consider checking your body composition. Maybe you have very little body fat and a lot of lean muscle that's contributing to your weight. Not surprising for a Crossfitter. In which case, you might want to ease up on the heavy weight lifting, and do more cardio. Or, just go with it. It sounds like you are in great shape.

Good Luck!


on May 01, 2013
at 07:29 PM

Have you tried a high-fat diet, 60% or more with intermittent fasting? It worked for me.

This can help train your body to burn its own fat, usually good to take a few pounds off and get down to the next plateau. Bulletproof coffee is a useful fad/catalyst for this.

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