eating too much?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 03, 2011 at 10:16 PM

I have just started about 2.5 weeks ago with this whole lacto paleo lifestyle. I have actually GAINED instead of losing. now I wasn't much of a bread/pasta person to begin with--but lots of veggies and some fruit. But now I have added red meat, fats and very little veggies in my life and little to not fruit (fructose is NOT my friend). I am soo frustrated right now -- i wanna give up!



on February 04, 2011
at 12:20 PM

Female 40y/o 5 foot 2 starting weight 111-115 I am prob around 125 right now OUCHIE! I work out alot --just bc I enjoy it-- spinning/lifting/hot yoga. The reason I started this lifestyle was really 2 fold -- 1)in my prev life got to the point of binging on carb foods--prob bc I was eating little to none but keeping fats too low. 2) I just wasnt feeling right -- stomach and body . Sure I cd work out like crazy but that was mental but I just wasnt right --dont know how to explain it. So I figure "time for a change". Now I feel almost bloated and depressed!



on February 03, 2011
at 10:22 PM

Some basic stats will help: Height/ (starting/ending) weight/gender. Also, two weeks is a pretty short time, so unless you were underweight/starving to begin it seems somewhat unlikely that you gained a lot of weight that fast. But I guess I should weight for stats before I say that.

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on February 03, 2011
at 10:40 PM

You need to have a little patience.

Just remember that lactose is a sugar and wheat products, corn products, sugar in any form...be it table sugar, fruit, sodas..even diet, all will sabotage your effort to lose weight. Any word ending in "ose" is some form of sugar. Read labels.

You had previously been fueling your body with carbohydrates...which are basically sugars when digested. Now you are fueling with fat and protein and a few carbs in veggies (be sure to slather the veggies in butter for better assimilation of the nutrients). You body needs to become unconfused as to what you are feeding it.

Many of us fuel ourselves with 75% fat, 20% protein and 5% veggies. But there are no essential carbohydrates for humans. We can do just fine without them. If you really want to drop weight quickly, no more carbs of any stripe, and drink lots of water and eat your meat and fat and eggs fried in coconut oil or bacon fat til satisfied.

You will soon become adapted and your weight goals will be obtained. Sometimes people plateau and after a while, the weight begins to drop again.

Judging by what I see in posts, it looks like a small "harmless" Little cheat sets back weight loss a week. Do that twice a week on a small scale and you see why people are not successful.



on February 03, 2011
at 10:27 PM

I can relate with you frustrations but you have to take something in to consideration. Two and a half weeks is a very very short amount of time in the grand scheme of things. Your body isn't a machine where equation X that works for me is going to work for you. Think about Stress, Work, Sleep, Activity, etc....all of these things will effect water retention, metabolism, and your body at large.

If your goal is to lose weight, which it sounds like it. Give a set diet at least a month before giving up or changing it. Resist the yo-yo.

Pick a goal to complement your weight loss goal, like a new squat PR or power cleans. Mental distractions are key!



on February 04, 2011
at 11:39 AM

If you were eating previously eating "lots of veggies and some fruit" then it would be very easy to (consciously or not) consume very few calories, since no matter how hungry you were, the sheer bulk of fibre and water from vegetables (and even from fruit) can make it very difficult to eat large amounts of calories. Naturally, perpetual calorie restriction (with the attendant weakness, fatigue, food-fixation and depressed mood) is not something that most people are aiming for in a long-term diet, but eating "lots of veggies" will allow/force you to do just that. It's therefore misleading to compare what is in essence a low food diet comprised of vegetables to any sort of food-based diet, the aim of which is to give you the optimal amount of nutrition within your desired calorie intake and to allow you to feel satisfied with the right amount of calories.

If you have switched from just "lots of veggies" to meat and fat and "very few veggies" it's not surprising that you suddenly find yourself able to eat more calories. This isn't due to the exorbitant calorificity of meat and fat though, it's simply because when you were eating mostly vegetables it would have been virtually impossible to consume calories. If you are reliant on simply consuming lots of bulk of low calorie substances (I won't say food, because although vegetables are very good food, for this purpose you might as well just down some fibre supplements and water), then why switch from lots of (highly filling) vegetables and no meat or fat to just meat and fat and no vegetables? Why not eat lots of highly filling vegetables and enough meat/fat to be satiated? Especially focus on the protein, since this is what you'll need to feel satiated and which has a a natural upper limit on the quantity which you can eat. It's also possible that the calorie restriction that you were very likely undertaking through your vegetable based diet, has depressed your metabolism, convinced your body it's starving and so now it's desperate to gain some fat stores as soon as it's provided with any calories. The only solution to this is what you ought to be doing anyway, namely eating a whole food diet with adequate nutrition (and protein) and calories.



on February 04, 2011
at 04:25 AM

Stats would definitely be helpful. However, I can tell you that my own weight loss is not as effortless as so many people on these boards experience. First, we have to eat the proper foods--an anti-inflammatory, high fat, low fructose diet, for example-- and then we need to watch our eating habits. This past November, I ate little but chicken, homemade mayonnaise, eggs, and fish, which are all awesome, but I still put on five pounds. There still exist mechanisms for storing fat as fat, so don't think that eschewing carbohydrates gives you a free pass for weight loss. It certainly helps, but its not 100 percent of the solution.

I'm a big proponent of the idea that calories matter, especially when you get into lower body fat percentages.

I want to put some big support behind Dexter's comment, as well, about cheats. They set my weightloss back enormously. This is probably a fair proportion psychological, but I also think that I put weight on quite easily. Some of us are, unfortunately, hormonally inclined to store energy--whether because of metabolic syndrome or an innate genetic tendency-- and we just need to be cognizant of the fact.

You're doing great. Quantity of foods is important for weight loss, but quality of foods is far more important for holistic health. This is awesome, and I applaud you for seeking help and experimenting to find what works best for you.


on February 04, 2011
at 12:17 AM

I I understand your frustration and echo the sentiment here that 2.5 weeks is not a long time to gauge weight loss.

Another thing to remember is that Paleo isn't really about weight loss. It is a common side affect of eating Paleo, but eating this way is truly about better health.

If you've gained 2-3lbs that's truly nothing. Most of us fluctuate that much within a day. It could be that you have gained some muscle as well. If you've gained more than that, then we really need more details in order to help you try to figure it out. Let's start with Age, Height, Weight, Exercise and at least one typical day of food.

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on February 03, 2011
at 10:49 PM

Your diet description is still a bit vague. Break down a typical day for us.

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