I am 20 years old and just started strict paleo a little less than a month ago. (Besides the few holiday cookies I let myself eat) Now that the holidays are over I plan on ACTUALLY staying strict for 30 days. It will be a challenge considering the temptations at college, but it is something I can handle.
When I was 16 I lost about 60 pounds in about 8 months. Since then, I have slowly lost another 30-35 pounds. All together I've lost about 90 pounds. I am 5'6 and currently 174 pounds. I crossfit 5x a week and have gained a good amount of muscle in the past couple months. I was 167 in September (5 pounds from officially losing 100 pounds!). I know that the 7 pound gain is not all muscle, and may be a few pounds of fat. Before crossfit I ran short and long runs 4-6 times a week, and that helped me lose weight. Now that I have become crossfit obsessed I don't run as much, and havn't been able to lose weight as easily. I used to log my calories-fat-protein-carbs on an app in my iphone and stopped doing that as well. I used to eat oatmeal a couple times a week, sandwiches/wraps, yogurt, cottage cheese, all the things that are not paleo. Though my diet was not paleo, it was very clean and worked very well to fuel me for my workouts and to lose fat at the same time.
I am just looking for some advice on what NOT to eat. I eat sweet potatoes, not every day but often. I have a serving of nuts a day, whether it be homemade nut butter or a small handful of almonds. When I make eggs I use two eggs. I eat avocados (almost every day and about 1 full avocado) and turkey bacon. I was a little afraid to start eating bacon since I am still trying to lose weight, and while dieting turkey bacon was always recommended over real bacon. Should i stick to turkey bacon? I notice that I MAY be eating more fruits than vegetables. I am wondering if cutting my fruit to one small serving a day will help me lose weight? I am so used to going to fruit as that healthy quick snack.
I have no idea how many grams of fat I am supposed to eat a day on paleo. When eating a "regular" diet it was about 50-60. And now I have no idea how many grams of HEALTHY fats I am supposed to be getting. I want to start logging my food again to stay on track for this next month, until I get completely confident eating paleo.
My mom recommends that I go back to the way I was eating before, since I had so much success with it. But I have felt really great on paleo (after the first two weeks of feeling like shit). I might say that I want a bowl of oatmeal, or a sandwich, but if it came down to it I won't let myself go back to that. I WANT to succeed in paleo, and I want to prove everyone wrong when they tell me that this isn't working or isn't a good way to eat. (crazies)
I thought that taking processed carbs and grains out would get me through this hault in my weightloss, since I ate those at least once a day maybe even twice, but my body hasn't changed. I've heard that it has taken women at least 6 months to notice any fat loss from paleo. Starting crossfit this past year has made me so much more confident in my body and has taught me to stop obsessing over the number on the scale, but I can't help but want to lose another 15 pounds to get to a healthier weight. I also wouldn't mind my body looking as hard as I work.
I chose paleo because I've heard about the success it gets people, whether it be for fat loss, health, or fitness. I just want to make sure I am on the right track. I know this was long but I hope it was clear, and I hope that my questions were clear. Please comment any advice you have! Thank you so much!
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on January 08, 2013
at 09:18 PM
The hardest transition to make is learning to let go of fat phobia. Fat will not make you fat, it does help your body burn the fat you have while satiating hunger so that you can keep the calories reasonable--without necessarily needing to count calories.
So real bacon is OK, cooking in plenty of coconut oil is great, using plenty of olive oil, eating egg yolks, fatty fish and meat (if clean), indulging in dairy fat if you do dairy are all OK and will NOT interfere with your weight loss.
Don't fear the fat, but do limit the fruit and "safe starches" if you're trying to lose weight.
on January 08, 2013
at 08:55 PM
Way to go on all your hard work so far. I would invest in a body fat scale (around $40) or some body fat calipers ($10 or less). With such a clean diet and solid strength training, I wouldn't be surprised if your body composition is changing. I am 10 lbs heavier than my lowest weight ever, but I am two dress sizes smaller because I traded body fat for muscle. So if you have a scale that can read your body fat percentage, you'll know if you are still moving in the right direction. There is some debate on the accuracy of bf% scales, but I've had consistent results. And I would go ahead with real bacon, pastured if you can afford it. More fat in general will stave off hunger and prevent overeating.
on January 08, 2013
at 08:54 PM
Nuts do slow and stall my weight loss - but since you have lost so much, have you noticed this at all? Are nuts a new thing? I have had no problems with fats, or real bacon, but for some reason, all nuts (other than macadamia) slow or completely stall me out, despite counting calories or carbs, they are just exempt somehow from anything that makes sense when crunching numbers. Dairy can have this effect too, except for butter (in my personal experience). Sour cream and cheeses can stall me out, though these are a bit harder to regulate since they are awesome, and butter is usually something I can measure easier to stick in a pan to fry up some eggs or what not.
I can get away with a few servings of fruit if I feel like I need to take care of my sweet tooth without the setbacks I have from nuts. Even dark chocolate seems to be fine, just watch for ingredients. My personal favorite is Hachez Premier Cru 88%, but it is hard to find in stores, I now have to order it. It is pretty much unsweetened, I think there is 10g of sugar in the whole bar, but it is so rich and satisfying.
Congrats on your weight loss, you should be so proud of yourself! Also, amazing with the ability to work on physical fitness at the same time, I've never been good at controlled eating and working out at the same time. It's like I have limited willpower or motivation :-p
Good luck and keep up the great work!!
on May 16, 2016
at 11:41 AM
To lose fat you have to be more concerned about when to eat rather than what to eat. I am not saying that you can completely ignore what you are eating, but if you eat at right time it does no harm as we think.
on April 11, 2013
at 04:53 PM
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on January 14, 2013
at 08:50 AM
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on January 09, 2013
at 11:38 AM
Wow! You have done amazingly well! Congrats! The last bit will come.... Right or wrong - this is my experience as I can spot a similar pattern. So maybe this will help in some way. Paleo & Exercise = Health. Weight Loss = Calories. I lost 15kg a while back on eating anything (relatively clean but definitely not rigid) whilst counting weight watchers points (avg. 20 per day = 1200 calories). I maintained my 50kg (1.6m tall) goal for 3 years or so easily whilst including a "free day" 1/month. Along the way I "evolved" into paleo (but tons of dairy) still keeping to my points. Then about 1.5 years ago I decided to "tone" and pursued my new gym hobby like crazy. Started going to the gym 6 days a week (1.5h: 1h weights, 0.5h cardio), more strict with Paleo and rules within rules. Dedicated gymming for >1.5 years... Long story short > I gained 5kg back and I am less petite than I used to be and it is not muscle. So in my opinion exercise didn't work for weight, even though I do believe in it for health and that's why I continue. You can imagine the frustration with this input not equal output thing and I suddenly fell into the paralysis analysis mode that can drive you crazy > "Cut dairy (for 6 months but added it in as of Sun). Cut nuts. No cut fruits. Ok, too hard - 1 fruit. No rather 2 fruits. Add nuts...." It is an endless loop and don't get caught up in it! I went from really enjoying my paleo'ish way of eating (Paleo framework of anything paleo as long as I stick to points even if it entails 5-6 fruit on some days - no other rules) and then it became obsessive. You read so many different things that work for others and it confuses the crap out of you. Was there (still am). Don't go there. You know what works. You didn't have a problem with fruit/ nuts before (neither did I). So keep them! Within Paleo framework I would say watch portions/ calories and don't have too many other rules. EASY: Meat, Eggs, Veg, Fruit, Nuts, Dairy (if can handle it) whilst managing portions. Here is also a recent post by Robb Wolf (respect for voicing this updated view): http://robbwolf.com/2012/12/19/carb-paleo-thoughts-part-1/ Let me know if any of this helps! *I need to note that I am not insulin resistant so also influences my carb view.
on January 09, 2013
at 01:29 AM
Maybe it might help to go over some basics. I started understanding how to lose weight when The Primal Plan paleo diet delivery took me in step by step. Like what is ketosis. Ketosis merely means that our bodies are using fat for energy. The body will burn fat for energy when it can’t find enough carbohydrates to burn. When you eat carbs your body uses them to make glucose. The body uses glucose like a car uses gas; it is what powers you through the day. If you don't eat many carbs, the body will not have enough glucose from carbs alone to power itself. So where will the body get the energy it needs? The body will turn to any extra fat it has laying around. As I said before Ketosis merely means that our bodies are using fat for energy. To sum everything up, your body needs to burn something, it will look to burn carbohydrates, if you did not eat enough carbohydrates to power the body it will burn your fat…. Which is nice
on January 08, 2013
at 09:04 PM
Honestly, I think you should read up on paleo a bit more. I recommend Paleo Solution or Primal Blueprint. It seems like you are asking for help while throwing darts blind folded. Take off the blind fold, and see if that helps.
on January 08, 2013
at 08:22 PM
I think you're headed on the right track. All of your progress seems slow and steady, and it seems like you know what you have to do.
As far as fruit/carbs just keep track of what makes you feel the best during all aspects of the day (during workout, PWO, sleep, etc) and stick with that. Trust your body and the signals is sends.
As far as losing weight, really just don't worry about it. You're young, take the long term view that this is a life change and your body will reach its potential in its own time-frame. Don't over-exercise or under-eat trying to force it. In this aspect slow and steady can be your friend, even if it is annoying to see all of those "OMG I lost 40lbs in 40 days!" posts, just know that those people will gain it back and you won't.
Also, ditch the scale... the number doesn't mean a damn thing.
on January 08, 2013
at 07:58 PM
Congrats on all of your weight loss! It's so hard trying to lose weight being at college as it was for me. Thank god I graduated and have been able to focus on weight loss. I've been eating paleo for about 3 moths and lost about 25 pounds. It's best to experiment with different foods to see how your body reacts. I've read from numerous people not to eat nuts but I eat 2 ounces a day and feel great. I would consider cutting out dairy to lose those last few pounds. I ate alotttt of cottage cheese ad after cutting it out have lost over 5 pounds. Cutting out fruit may aid in weight loss as well but you can reintroduce it once your happy with your weight.
on January 16, 2016
at 12:04 AM
If you want to lose weight, I would not eat nuts or nut butters. They are very calorie dense, at around 2,500 calories per pound, depending on which nut you eat. Sweet potatoes are a weight loss food as long as you don't any anything to the sweet potato. If you want to lose weight, I would recommend eating about 5 to 10 sweet potatoes or other types of potatoes each day.
on January 14, 2013
at 01:31 PM
You've had amazing success so far. Why are you changing? Because you've "heard" that people have success on something called Paleo?
Do you have any evidence for this, or you've just "heard" this?
And can you please define for me - what is Paleo? People here all seem to think that it means no starches, grains or cereals.
What if it turns out that ain't true?
Do you know that peer-reviewed scientific literature is now uncovering evidence that Paleolithic humans DID each starch? Grains? Cereals?
"THIRTY THOUSAND YEAR OLD EVIDENCE OF PLANT FOOD PROCESSING"
Why do you think that human beings have an enzyme in their saliva, amylase, which catalyzes the breakdown of starch into sugars?
It's called evolution, Stefani - humans have been eating starches for many thousands of years before the agricultural revolution.
Go back to your weight loss success program, Stefani. It worked for you. There was no reason to change it.
Best of luck.