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Paleo+Crossfit=NOT LOSING WEIGHT!??!? I NEED HELP

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 26, 2013 at 10:24 PM

Hello. I am 30 and 185lbs 5'4. I started Paleo 2 months ago and I was at 190 when I started. Also my BMI/Fat% and measurements are still pretty much the same. I have always ate pretty healthy and mild exercise but I really decided to give it my all now. Without seeing any difference I am starting to lose focus. I need help! Heck even my other half is (new) personal trainer, fit healthy and eats the same as I do.

I have been doing hardcore paelo, which they say there is no need to count calories but for the heck of it I started. I haven't had much of an appetite but I eat about 4 meals/snacks a day. I eat breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, and dinner. I drink a lot of water. I have about 1,000 calories a day. No alcohol, no cheating. I workout crossfit at least 5 times per week burning about 500-1000 calories per workout. I have a desk job but stand a lot, stretch all day, I use bands sometimes just to help tone my arms up. The only thing I think plays a role is I use to lift weights a lot in high school but that was 11+ years ago. I was always on the heavier side and no one ever believes my weight when I tell them. But still I need to be at a reasonable weight or at least move some what, especially BMI People tell me don't focus on weight right now, well BMI doesn't move either. I have been tested for thyroid problems and they are always inconclusive*

What am I doing wrong?!?! Frown Please help a desperate woman!

B72e976b2df9e7f01315830062a5209c

(1365)

on May 15, 2013
at 02:48 PM

I disagree with telling someone who is either over exercising or under eating to start obsessing over their weight and calorie counting.

Efdafc92d1a936fefb91c90f86b318aa

on March 27, 2013
at 05:13 PM

Thank you I appreciate it!

Efdafc92d1a936fefb91c90f86b318aa

on March 27, 2013
at 05:11 PM

I have been watching my measurements and BMI and Fat% and none of them move too much at all. They also go up and down at times. A normal day of eating would be: Paleo Pancakes 240cal, Maple 79cal, Banana 105cal, salmon 200 cal, chicken breast 114, asparagus 25, sun dried tomatoes 35, cabbage 17, squash 10, baby carrots 40 total =917 calories

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

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on March 27, 2013
at 12:14 AM

Can you post what you're eating in an average day?

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on March 27, 2013
at 12:13 AM

I find it hard to believe you're eating 4-5 meals and only getting 1,000 cals. Can you post what you're eating in an average day?

D7cc4049bef85d1979efbd853dc07c8e

(4029)

on March 26, 2013
at 11:33 PM

I was wondering if the 1,000 was a typo. That is starvation mode low.

D7cc4049bef85d1979efbd853dc07c8e

(4029)

on March 26, 2013
at 11:31 PM

True, I guess I was thinking a low carb combined with a carbbackloading. For those who don't know it means saving the day's carb for after the evening workout and to eat a heavy amount of insulin spiking carbs until bed.

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(1533)

on March 26, 2013
at 11:20 PM

sounds like you need to relax, eat better and take walks and do yoga a few days a week instead of crossfit. your metabolism is probably just fucking with you since you are underfed and overworked.

Efdafc92d1a936fefb91c90f86b318aa

on March 26, 2013
at 10:47 PM

I use the CalorieCounter App and track my food everyday. Like I said I have a very low appetite lately. I think I will try looking up higher calorie foods for Paleo. But yes some days my calorie intake has been at 680 the lowest. I know that's super low, but I am almost forcing myself to eat. I tend to eat really plain food plus I am restricted by some food allergies. But so far as to what everyone has said I agree with too low of calories. Thank you guys!

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on March 26, 2013
at 10:39 PM

Very low carb or even low carb at all coupled with crossfit is a terrible idea.

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on March 26, 2013
at 10:33 PM

1000 calories a day sounds really low. Perhaps your body has gone into ketosis and is now holding onto fat? Try not counting calories, or if you do, increase your calories per day. You're probably not eating enough to fuel your body and it is holding onto everything it can.

D7cc4049bef85d1979efbd853dc07c8e

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on March 26, 2013
at 11:33 PM

I was wondering if the 1,000 was a typo. That is starvation mode low.

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on March 26, 2013
at 10:33 PM

Your body is in starvation mode. Your eating too little and working out too much, esp for the amount you eat. There's really nothing else to say. When I say your undereating, try doubling what you eat.

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on March 27, 2013
at 12:56 AM

Something is off in your measurements. If you are doing 5 cross fit style workouts, and consuming 1000 kcals a day, and eating Paleo you will be losing weight. Your above scenario would be violating laws of thermodynamics. At that low of calorie intake I would expect your body would be catabolizing muscle as well as fat. Since muscle tissue has a substantially lower caloric density than adipose tissue I would expect that you would be losing quite a bit of weight. The problem is somehow in the measurement of the numbers in your scenario. Here would be my recommendations:

Buy a postage scale and weigh and record everything that you eat and record it accurately. No cheat days. I was doing the "slow carb" diet last year that Tim Ferris wrote about in his book "4 hour Body" and the scale told me that I gained as much as 8 pounds after my eat everything day. If your current plan includes a cheat day that needs to go until we figure out what is going on.

Weigh yourself every morning after you urinate and record your weight every morning.

If you can afford it, get a DEXA scan done to determine body composition.

Stick with the diet and exercise regimen for a month and get the DEXA scan done again.

If you are doing what you say you are, weight loss will happen, it has to. Even your thyroid can't add mass to your body that your mouth didn't consume.

Mark

www.trek2fitness.com

B72e976b2df9e7f01315830062a5209c

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on May 15, 2013
at 02:48 PM

I disagree with telling someone who is either over exercising or under eating to start obsessing over their weight and calorie counting.

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on January 16, 2014
at 09:19 PM

Get your hormones and thyroid tested. It is impossible to loose weight if those are off, even if you do everything correctly. I have had the same problem. I've been on armour thyroid and bioidentical hormones for 2 months now and things are very SLOWLY changing.

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on March 27, 2013
at 12:44 AM

I am the same height as you and weigh a bit less. I exercise 60mins or so 3X a week and have been losing weight on 1600-1700 calories per day. I keep my diet under 50g carb daily, but as someone said above low carb and cross-fit don't mix, so maybe this low with carbs would not be good for you.

Maybe if you're not hungry cut out the snacks and try to have bigger meals, I find that once I start eating a decent meal I usually get more of a taste for the food and can eat more... Perhaps your body has gone into starvation mode like everyone above is saying and is holding onto that fat for dear life, because you are not eating enough.

In saying that you have lost 5 lbs in 8 weeks so thats 3/4 of a pound a week. Remember you can't expect to lose weight as fast as a male, maybe this is the right speed for you + you are probably gaining muscle as you lose fat....

Although you would expect to lose more if you are working out that much and eating only 1000cals and below... so I would do as everyone suggests and either stop counting cal's or bring your cal level up to 1500ish, its very easy to find high calorie paleo food.... cream, ghee, fatty meat, mayo (homemade of course), and if you need more carbs to fuel that cross fit then sweet potato, potato and bananas are all good sources.

You could also look into medical conditions such as hypothyroidism that couls be causing your slowed weight loss, but unless you are suffering any of the other symptoms I would doubt this is the case.

Efdafc92d1a936fefb91c90f86b318aa

on March 27, 2013
at 05:13 PM

Thank you I appreciate it!

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on March 27, 2013
at 12:13 AM

Calories are too low. Please provide details on what your meals actually look like every day as well. My guess is cals are not only too low but you meals are 'off' macro-nutrient-wise and need some tweaking.

edit - and the scale can't be your one gauge of success. You could be losing fat and gaining muscle.

Efdafc92d1a936fefb91c90f86b318aa

on March 27, 2013
at 05:11 PM

I have been watching my measurements and BMI and Fat% and none of them move too much at all. They also go up and down at times. A normal day of eating would be: Paleo Pancakes 240cal, Maple 79cal, Banana 105cal, salmon 200 cal, chicken breast 114, asparagus 25, sun dried tomatoes 35, cabbage 17, squash 10, baby carrots 40 total =917 calories

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on March 26, 2013
at 11:21 PM

Heather - I'm in a similar boat. I'm about to up my calories as well. Here's my plan though: I'm going to a fitness center nearby and getting my body fat (BF) and resting metabolic rate (RMR) tested. I want to know what my metabolism is, and how many cals I really need. Then I'm going to experiment (varying my carb/fat/protein ratios) and see what happens. In a few months I'm going to go back and have my BF retested. I have already thrown away my scale, and that (plus my clothes) are going to be my only gauge.

Have you seen this? http://everydaypaleo.com/attention-scale-addicts-part-2/

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on March 26, 2013
at 10:43 PM

Type everything that you eat for a few days or maybe a couple of weeks into fitday.com or similar and see if you're really eating only 1000 calories per day. That sounds really low. Frankly I don't think you could make it through a week of crossfit workouts when eating a less-than-starvation diet like that.

If you're eating 3 meals and 2 snacks per day and only 1000 calories that is about 250 calories per meal and 125 per snack. 250 calories is 3 ounces of beef, 3 eggs, OR 1 cup of sweet potato. So those would be really small meals.

A rule of thumb if you're working out a lot is 10 calories per pound of your target weight. That means your maintenance calories would be around 1900 and you could probably drop to 1600-1700 to try to lose some weight.

If you post everything that you eat in a typical day/week you'll probably get a lot of helpful advice. Some folks are very sensitive to carbs and eating too many carbs, especially in the morning, makes it very difficult to lose weight. Same with anything sweet or sweet-tasting, even diet sodas.

Efdafc92d1a936fefb91c90f86b318aa

on March 26, 2013
at 10:47 PM

I use the CalorieCounter App and track my food everyday. Like I said I have a very low appetite lately. I think I will try looking up higher calorie foods for Paleo. But yes some days my calorie intake has been at 680 the lowest. I know that's super low, but I am almost forcing myself to eat. I tend to eat really plain food plus I am restricted by some food allergies. But so far as to what everyone has said I agree with too low of calories. Thank you guys!

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on March 26, 2013
at 10:29 PM

Crossfit 5x/week? Too much unless you are doing it for pure pleasure.

Four meals a day? Probably too much.

Maybe try a very low carb Paleo for a month, and then go back to a moderate-carb Paleo. Just a few ideas spitballed out there.

D7cc4049bef85d1979efbd853dc07c8e

(4029)

on March 26, 2013
at 11:31 PM

True, I guess I was thinking a low carb combined with a carbbackloading. For those who don't know it means saving the day's carb for after the evening workout and to eat a heavy amount of insulin spiking carbs until bed.

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on March 26, 2013
at 10:39 PM

Very low carb or even low carb at all coupled with crossfit is a terrible idea.

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