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New to Paleo--Frustrated with weight loss stall

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 13, 2012 at 2:29 PM

This is currently my 10th day on Paleo--which I love! My first week started off great, losing 10 lbs. in about 6 days. Now, I can't seem to lose more than .1 or .2 lbs a day, if that. I love how Paleo makes me feel, but I'm looking for advice/suggestions to pick up the momentum that I had last week. I'm eating a pure Paleo diet (lean meats, veggies, some fruit), drinking water (dramatically reduced my intake of Diet Coke--yesterday was my first day without any at wall), and running/walking on a treadmill 3-4x/week (although willing to step that up and do it everyday). I'm 30 years old, female, and currently at 267lbs (!). I am super dedicated to making this successful and, by no means am I ready to give up, just looking for some sort of direction or understanding that this might be "normal."

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on August 14, 2012
at 10:27 PM

I'll grab my binoculars. Where are those fruit comments at? Bueler? Bueler? Everyone is saying it's mostly water, because it clearly is.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on August 14, 2012
at 10:25 PM

Look up "safe starches"- lots of info over at "Perfect Health Diet". Paleo does not necessarily mean low carb.

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on August 14, 2012
at 02:02 PM

Everyone is going to beat the water weight drum, so I will just chime in and say way to go! Keep it up. Drop that Diet Coke stat. Aside from all the insulin spike stuff, it is a chemical cocktail that adds nothing but seriously detracts from your health. If you feel the need to have a "special" drink, drink carbonated water with lime or lemon or a splash of apple cider vinegar, kombucha tea, bulletproof coffee, black coffee with spices, etc. Walk, walk, walk, walk. Get great sleep. Eat fermented foods.

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

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on June 14, 2012
at 05:43 AM

http://healthcorrelator.blogspot.co.uk/2010/10/amounts-of-water-carbohydrates-fat-and.html from here

7d64d3988de1b0e493aacf37843c5596

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on June 13, 2012
at 03:59 PM

So why is the supposed "insulin spike" from diet soda a bad thing while the "insulin spike" from protein is not?

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on June 13, 2012
at 03:19 PM

#1 Don't weigh yourself so often. It'll make you crazy. There is considerable weight fluctuation day to day normally. Best is to go by how your clothes fit. Second best - weigh no more than once a week.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on June 13, 2012
at 03:15 PM

-1 for paleotard

35b2cb4d450e5288895c255dfdfff35d

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on June 13, 2012
at 02:40 PM

+1 for "paleotard"

65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

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on June 13, 2012
at 02:39 PM

Totally agree: the scale can be a tool, but it's not your friend. With the paleo lifestyle your body composition changes, your mood and energy changes. Weight loss is an added benefit, but if you focus on it you are focusing on just one of the side effects. Instead focus on getting good nutrients, moving more by doing things you enjoy, relaxing and resting sufficiently.

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on June 13, 2012
at 02:38 PM

First off, a pound per week is not slow weight loss. The 10lbs in 6 days you lost is from your body adjusting and so-called water-weight (it is still weight, even if water, but it's not pure fatloss)

You will not maintain the momentum you had in that first week -- 10lbs of weight loss a week is completely unrealistic and unhealthy on any diet or for any lifestyle.

You are on the heavier side currently, so you can probably lose more somewhat more quickly that those (like me) that are closer to their goals but not there yet. If you are loosing 1-2lbs of fat a week, you are moving quite fast, and there's nothing wrong with taking it slower.

Keep on that treadmill 3-5 times a week for now, or even better: get outside! Do not feel that "more is better" on the treadmill, just commit to getting a good amount of activity everyday. As you lose weight and gain strength, you will find that you will want to expand out from just using a treadmill -- go for it! ... just don't rush it.

Good luck.

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61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on June 13, 2012
at 02:34 PM

Why are you eating lean meats?

10 lbs in 6 days was mostly water weight.

Muscle weighs more than fat.

Stay off the scale. It isn't healthy to be so concerned about the number on the scale. Use a tape measure instead. Even when weight plateaus, you may find that you are still losing inches and your body composition continues to change.

65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

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on June 13, 2012
at 02:39 PM

Totally agree: the scale can be a tool, but it's not your friend. With the paleo lifestyle your body composition changes, your mood and energy changes. Weight loss is an added benefit, but if you focus on it you are focusing on just one of the side effects. Instead focus on getting good nutrients, moving more by doing things you enjoy, relaxing and resting sufficiently.

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F161797a5883ae103383193b00a9ca9b

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on June 13, 2012
at 03:24 PM

Make sure you give up the diet coke. It'll spike insulin levels like sugar and make weight loss difficult.

And if you want to speed up weight loss, eat less fruits. If you're thin, or once you get thin, you can probably handle these sugary foods well. But while you have some excess weight, the insulin crash will make you hungry and the increased blood sugar levels will signal your body to store more weight. If you give up sugars and artificial sweeteners for a few days, you'll be surprised at how much less food you want to eat. (And you'll be surprised at how your taste buds change, so if you ever have a diet coke again it'll be disgustingly sweet and you'll want to dilute it)

Oh, and throw your scale away. .1 pound a day? You can pee more than that. Don't let that discourage you. What matters is a body composition change. If you're exercising you can get leaner but not lose any weight.

new-to-paleo--frustrated-with-weight-loss-stall

7d64d3988de1b0e493aacf37843c5596

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on June 13, 2012
at 03:59 PM

So why is the supposed "insulin spike" from diet soda a bad thing while the "insulin spike" from protein is not?

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7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on June 13, 2012
at 02:34 PM

I know it is hard not to be anxious for great results. But...what you lost the first few days is mostly water, some fat and some muscle.

A stall is normal while your body catches up. Also...in my experience I'm losing inches when the scale has stalled.

I would not call this a stall. Keep going and try to focus on gathering information from sites like this and from your body. You're at the beginning of a wonderful journey.

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on June 13, 2012
at 03:12 PM

Paleo isn't a weight loss "diet." You need to also track your calorie intake. Slow weight loss is the best kind because it means you are most likely losing fat and not muscle which you want to keep. The fact that you are feeling better and have more energy hopefully translates into moving more which will help in your process. It's not a fast fix. Hang in and use one of the food tracking programs for a while.

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58d456f4c4d551a697e65ada8c32ad4f

on June 13, 2012
at 05:19 PM

Don't panic! You're doing great! 1 - 2 pounds a week is pretty normal from here on out.

Ditch your scale! Or, only weight yourself once a week.

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E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

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on June 13, 2012
at 02:37 PM

The paleotards will be here soon to claim you are eating too much fruit or not enough fat, lol!!

The truth is that the 10 pounds was mostly water, glycogen and lean tissue with maybe a little bit of fat. You shouldn't expect to lost 10 pounds every week.

If you find your current diet doesn't get you where you want check out my blog on a protocol I outlined for losing weight that is backed by science. http://co2factor.blogspot.com/2012/04/practical-ways-to-lose-fat.html

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on June 13, 2012
at 03:15 PM

-1 for paleotard

35b2cb4d450e5288895c255dfdfff35d

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on June 13, 2012
at 02:40 PM

+1 for "paleotard"

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on August 14, 2012
at 10:27 PM

I'll grab my binoculars. Where are those fruit comments at? Bueler? Bueler? Everyone is saying it's mostly water, because it clearly is.

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D759520e4539b169bf4588ca019d18c3

on August 14, 2012
at 01:52 PM

Should all potatoes be nixed from the Paleo diet? There are studies that suggest paleolithic peoples from New Guinea and such thrived off of starches such as sweet potatoes, yucca, etc...Can these be included in the diet?

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on August 14, 2012
at 10:25 PM

Look up "safe starches"- lots of info over at "Perfect Health Diet". Paleo does not necessarily mean low carb.

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on July 22, 2012
at 07:05 PM

Check out my blogpost on Weight Loss for the Paleo Diet: http://www.threedietsonedinner.com/2012/07/the-paleo-diet-for-weight-loss.html

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E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

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on June 13, 2012
at 03:29 PM

As others have commented, this isn't a 'stall.' 10 lbs in the first 6 days will have to be water weight. Your current rate of weight loss is quite reasonable. This graph should be helpful:

new-to-paleo--frustrated-with-weight-loss-stall

This was for people completely fasting. It shows the initial water loss. It also shows that 250g of fat (2250 calories) is about as much as you can hope to lose per day (while eating nothing at all). Don't be disheartened, because a lot of any-one's excess mass is water, rather than pure fat (as you can also see from the graph).

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

(15613)

on June 14, 2012
at 05:43 AM

http://healthcorrelator.blogspot.co.uk/2010/10/amounts-of-water-carbohydrates-fat-and.html from here

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