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Paleo not for me?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created August 01, 2011 at 11:44 PM

So I'm 22 years old and I've been eating paleo for a full month now and have yet to see any significant weight loss on the scale. I am overweight and sadly have struggled with it for as long as I can remember. In the past I was fairly active and lifted regularly, however with the typical college diet and lifestyle I slowly put on weight in college and hit the highest weight I've ever been(253 lbs). However, I just recently graduated from my 4 year university and am looking to beat my weight problem for good and start living life to the fullest! This is where paleo comes in( or so I thought but I'm having some doubt now). I weigh myself every Monday as soon as I wake up and my weight has essentially fluctuated between 253 to 251 lbs on a weekly basis. In addition to changing my diet I have also started exercising again(after more or less 2 years of inactivity), doing the 5x5 lifting program 3 days a week and a lot of core exercises and stretching 2 days a week.

As for my diet, here is pretty much exactly what I eat on a daily basis:

Breakfast: 2 or 3 whole eggs, cooked in a bit of olive oil

Lunch: Mixed greens salad with cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, tablespoon of balsamic vinaigrette, and a male wallet sized(lol) portion of protein(usually fish or chicken).

Dinner: Chicken or beef and miscellaneous greens. Cooked in various random ways(all paleo mind you).

Fruit: 2-3 oranges a week(mainly for the fiber)

Supplements: Multivitamin, fish oil, Metamucil

I guess my question is, what if anything am I doing wrong? I feel like I'm doing everything correctly however I'm not seeing any results which is frustrating. I've read "success" stores about many others who have tried paleo and have lost weight in a relatively short period of time while being fairly inactive. I really haven't seen any weight loss in terms of scale measurements and I consider myself active(gym 5 days a week). I have noticed that my upper body has gotten slightly bigger and my arms are a little more defined however I chalk that up to starting to lift again(I've lifted in the past regularly and I highly doubt I've put on enough muscle weight wise to outpace my fat loss). Other than that though my body composition seems to be just about the same(I've also taken a picture every Monday to keep me on track and motivated). Do I just need to give it more time or what?

What gives!?

D44c18017e064cc3359acf962b38aba0

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on August 06, 2011
at 09:27 PM

Thanx! i actually weigh everyday because the weight loss encourages me to do the right thing even when i'm craving something i can't have..and to not cheat is really hard for me..but i'm almost 2 months paleo and no cheat..yaaay me!!

Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on August 02, 2011
at 03:54 PM

@pablo: Cannell/Vit D Council has consistently recommended that taking 5000IU/day is *usually* enough to get your 25(OH)D levels into the mid range of the reference range (30-100ng/ml) which would be 50-70ng/ml. It's a non-medical, safe, as I stated *baseline* recommendation. IF Robert gets serious about this, he can then test and further tweak. Obese people are at risk for being *dangerously* low compared to the non-obese. 5000IU is a sound, basic, safe rec that can be built on. This is not medical advice and is not at that level. We are a peer to peer suggestion board here. Safety first.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on August 02, 2011
at 03:11 PM

2 or 3 eggs is only ~15-20g protein. Not eating enough by a long shot. Quilt recommends ~50g at breakfast, which would be 7 eggs. that's a lot of eggs, but I would shoot for 4-6 if you can handle it. (only 300-450 cals and you won't be hungry for a long time...)

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on August 02, 2011
at 03:10 PM

10K kicked my asthma to the curb. Surprised the heck out of me. And my D level, recently tested, is a healthy 78. If you don't get any sun, and especially if you are overweight/obese/autoimmune/deranged, lol, 5-10K will likely do you nothing but good, and more good.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on August 02, 2011
at 02:15 PM

MDA is my favorite site next to PH! mark sisson is brilliant, and his blog is packed with info, hyperlinked like mad and his recipes are AWESOME. the forums are really quite nice but sometimes i find them overwhelming and a little repetitive which is why i like it here when i have a question. his exercise plan- the five essential movements e-book- is free and fantastic, too. and sisson puts a lot of inspiration up there. "like" him on facebook, too. great addition to the newsfeed, especially on weight-loss success story fridays.

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on August 02, 2011
at 01:22 PM

5/10K brings results, 1/2k not quite as much.

D768d2e86f2c31831b483ff475befa7d

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on August 02, 2011
at 01:06 PM

I'm a paleo noob but I'm loving Avacado Oil for cooking. It's roughly a third of the price of cocanut oil (in the UK anyway) and has a smoke point of 250cel. as opposed to Olive oil's 103cel.

5b4fd1d0dcb02b1cc3c666ece9e5983d

(1169)

on August 02, 2011
at 07:57 AM

5,000 IUs of vitamin D?

F0363bcb93a5518dba60bed07397f78b

(0)

on August 02, 2011
at 05:24 AM

Dude, keep it up. I have lost over 70 lbs going from 253 down to 178 in about 4-5 months. I have since lost around 9-10% body fat bringing the total down to the low teens. Just stick it out and do it right. Read some good books and throw that scale out. Let your body do the talking. Before you know it, you will need new clothes and look much better. Paleo is a lifestyle, not a fad diet. A good golden rule is if you can't continue eating the way you are for the next X years, something is not right. Good luck and glad to hear you are not giving up.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on August 02, 2011
at 04:48 AM

Leptin resistance.....learn about it. Once your hormones get fixed then paleo will lite you up. Its too early to give up. Your a lit match you just need to find the missing gas. Leptin is it for you!

Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on August 02, 2011
at 04:16 AM

Yup, you and me and lots of others!

Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on August 02, 2011
at 03:21 AM

Here's one more link. With your lifelong weight-struggle history, a goodly degree of insulin resistance is highly likely. This is also an excellent blog. "Little" things as discussed in this article can make a BIG difference. http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2010/02/magnesium-and-insulin-sensitivity.html

Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on August 02, 2011
at 02:52 AM

Mark's Daily Apple is an excellent site, Robert. Good place to go and really read. Please keep in touch and update us...and ask more questions too! MDA site is one of the "grandaddy" original paleo sites and gives a very whole picture of all aspects of the lifestyle, not just food.

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on August 02, 2011
at 02:50 AM

Robert, Paleo Hacks and Daily Apple are the 2 best sites for discussion and frequent updates. I second those who said you may be looking at the scale too much rather than your mirror. I'd add that in the first month your body is trying to adjust to a radical change in diet and, in addition to hoarding body fat because it thinks you're in a famine, your gut needs a little time to get used to metabolizing fat vs. sugar, etc. The hardest part--making those diet changes--is now behind you and you should just relax and enjoy healthy foods including fat. Life is good!

Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on August 02, 2011
at 02:49 AM

+1 and congratulations on your weight loss. You didn't way where you are now, but that your weight began dropping with your good tuning. +1 for sharing an experiece very similar to the posters in which you made specific changes that got you RESULTS.

Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on August 02, 2011
at 02:45 AM

+1 for coming here, putting it on the table,asking for help and not just throwing the towel in in defeat. Hang in there!

Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on August 02, 2011
at 02:43 AM

You're the best, Rose...erm, Princess Leah!

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on August 02, 2011
at 01:47 AM

Yes, young Jedi; listen to mem, you should.

D5e5788865a3d9a17a729097186e465f

on August 02, 2011
at 01:46 AM

Amazing answer! And I love cooking my eggs in coconut oil!

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on August 02, 2011
at 01:42 AM

perfecto, my dear! great answer.

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

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on August 02, 2011
at 01:12 AM

This, exactly. Couldn't have put it better myself. +1.

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on August 02, 2011
at 12:54 AM

Such a great answer +1...million

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on August 02, 2011
at 12:51 AM

ROBERT!!! PLEASE DONT GIVE UP!!! Read familygrokumentarian post below and heed it! come here often to work on YOUR version of Paleo/Primal. Read other blogs as well as the books but do not give up! Theresa

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on August 02, 2011
at 12:49 AM

AGREED on the oranges!

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31
D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on August 02, 2011
at 12:05 AM

Hi, Robert! Welcome to PaleoHacks. I can tell that you've done a lot of work getting yourself started on a healthy eating and exercise lifestyle.

It strikes me from initial impressions of your menu that you are not eating a whole lot of food - if you are an overweight male, you'll require a lot more, even for weight loss. If you are eating extremely conservatively, your body may avoid burning fat stores because it will "think" based on your intake that calories are scarce.

First: up your fat content - a whole LOT - while concentrating on quality fats. Add some butter to your veggies, good quality raw / hard cheeses (if you are cool with doing dairy), animal fat from pastured animals if you can find/afford it. Also: cook with coconut oil, add coconut milk, drizzle a little heavy cream (again if you're doing dairy) to your morning coffee. Getting your daily fat content to 50-70% of your calorie intake turns out to be a workable zone for most folks trying to lose weight - you will simply have to experiment for yourself, but logging what you eat on a site like fatsecret.com may help you to get a concept of what a higher fat diet looks like. (Also: consider cooking your eggs in a different fat like butter or coconut oil; using olive oil at high heat oxidizes the olive oil and sets your body up for added inflammation.)

Also, for weight loss in a paleo framework, for now consume only smaller amounts of lower carb fruits like strawberries and blueberries and favor low starch vegetables. Only increase your fruit or starch content (as with potatoes or sweet potatoes) in a high-protein higher-carb meal shortly after your exercise - otherwise keep carbs lower throughout the rest of your waking hours.

Finally: also up your protein a bit. Since you are working hard to exercise and build lean muscle mass, prioritizing a good chunk of protein in that post-workout meal (without added fat) is a good way to maximize use of the protein that you do eat on a day-to-day basis.

Good luck! :)

Cc7381bd787721575ea9198048132adb

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on August 02, 2011
at 12:54 AM

Such a great answer +1...million

D768d2e86f2c31831b483ff475befa7d

(20)

on August 02, 2011
at 01:06 PM

I'm a paleo noob but I'm loving Avacado Oil for cooking. It's roughly a third of the price of cocanut oil (in the UK anyway) and has a smoke point of 250cel. as opposed to Olive oil's 103cel.

D5e5788865a3d9a17a729097186e465f

on August 02, 2011
at 01:46 AM

Amazing answer! And I love cooking my eggs in coconut oil!

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on August 02, 2011
at 01:42 AM

perfecto, my dear! great answer.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on August 02, 2011
at 03:11 PM

2 or 3 eggs is only ~15-20g protein. Not eating enough by a long shot. Quilt recommends ~50g at breakfast, which would be 7 eggs. that's a lot of eggs, but I would shoot for 4-6 if you can handle it. (only 300-450 cals and you won't be hungry for a long time...)

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on August 02, 2011
at 12:12 AM

Ok, I agree with everyone here who said up the fat. But also, for me, those oranges would stop my weight loss in it's tracks. Perhaps eliminate the fruit in the beginning, or try lower sugar fruits like berries.

Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on August 02, 2011
at 04:16 AM

Yup, you and me and lots of others!

Ab19df3ededa28f7bf7daeba8435b205

(1471)

on August 02, 2011
at 12:49 AM

AGREED on the oranges!

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Be1dbd31e4a3fccd4394494aa5db256d

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on August 02, 2011
at 12:27 AM

Indeed, low calorie dieting has the potential to raise cortisol http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20368473

What you want to be doing is eating a higher calorie diet that promotes metabolic health so you have lots of energy and burn off the food plus some from your adipose tissue every day. Low calorie diets may look nice on paper but they're not sustainable and probably harmful. Just focus on health first and it will all come off eventually.

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

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on August 02, 2011
at 01:12 AM

This, exactly. Couldn't have put it better myself. +1.

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Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on August 02, 2011
at 01:33 AM

Robert: First off, don't give up.

Now, here's the good news and the bad news: Good Gods, man, you are starving yourself!!!! Take familgrokman's advice re: cooking with better fats, ie/. coconut/butter. Start eating portions that truly satisfy you. No more "wallet size" meat portions!!! Portions as you describe them are not enough for a 22 year old male, and certainly not for a 22 year old male of your size.

HOWEVER...given that you have lost essentially zip with the activity level and diet you've been doing, I would bet my liver that you are, as we say, metabolically DERANGED. And in my opinion, that makes you someone who needs to really pay attention to any sugar sources and carb levels.

You say you are taking metamucil but not how often. If you are taking a single dose of metamucil a day, you are getting SEVEN grams of crap-industrial sugar + 11 -17 grams of crap industrial carbohydrate from that product alone. Dump it.

IF you have significant constipation, then look at products like plain psyillim husks with NO added "Stuff" in them that will be available at the vast majority of pharmacies. READ THE LABEL. The product should specify no sugar and no carb. Plain psyllium husks are 100% fiber.

You need to be drinking a minimum of eight, 8 ounce glasses of water/day, and I'd say more like 10. (You didn't give us a height, but on weight alone, go with a minimum of eight. You will also feel better doing this.) You don't say that you avoid salt, so don't. Salt your food to taste. With increased fats of the right kind that will help elimination track issues. I don't know what size your salad is, but feel free to make it a BIG salad. That fiber/rhoughage will help too.

Now, this next suggestion will bring screams from the peanut stands....erm,....walnut stands... DUMP the ORANGES. For a month at least, DUMP all fruit and starchy veggies. Eat untill you are FULL -FULL!!!!! - but not engorged at every meal. No nuts, no fruits, no starchy veggies. Re-eval your weight loss after at least one month. Do you have issues with milk products?

How much fishoil and what brand are you supplementing with? You likely need more. Multivit needs to be high quality. Vitamin D is very important for you. It is a researched fact that we obese folks very often have vitamin D levels that are shockingly low. Consider 5000units as a baseline. We people who are or have been very overweight/obese, are not infrquently walking nutritional nightmares. We need alot of healing.

You do not mention any medical issues.Read Dr. Emily Deans blog for excellent integrated - whole-health paleo eating and living info - for the whole body. Your brain counts - bigtime!

http://evolutionarypsychiatry.blogspot.com/

Research.

http://thehealthyskeptic.org/9-steps-to-perfect-health-introduction

http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

Paleo IS for you because it is a broad umbrella and really "is" for everyone. It will take some fine tuning. But there are alot of good people here for support and info and TONS of high quality sites for you to explore.

Hang in there!!!!!!

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on August 02, 2011
at 01:47 AM

Yes, young Jedi; listen to mem, you should.

2bdc990a200584a385650cf68475f095

on August 02, 2011
at 01:22 PM

5/10K brings results, 1/2k not quite as much.

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on August 02, 2011
at 03:10 PM

10K kicked my asthma to the curb. Surprised the heck out of me. And my D level, recently tested, is a healthy 78. If you don't get any sun, and especially if you are overweight/obese/autoimmune/deranged, lol, 5-10K will likely do you nothing but good, and more good.

Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on August 02, 2011
at 03:54 PM

@pablo: Cannell/Vit D Council has consistently recommended that taking 5000IU/day is *usually* enough to get your 25(OH)D levels into the mid range of the reference range (30-100ng/ml) which would be 50-70ng/ml. It's a non-medical, safe, as I stated *baseline* recommendation. IF Robert gets serious about this, he can then test and further tweak. Obese people are at risk for being *dangerously* low compared to the non-obese. 5000IU is a sound, basic, safe rec that can be built on. This is not medical advice and is not at that level. We are a peer to peer suggestion board here. Safety first.

5b4fd1d0dcb02b1cc3c666ece9e5983d

(1169)

on August 02, 2011
at 07:57 AM

5,000 IUs of vitamin D?

Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on August 02, 2011
at 02:43 AM

You're the best, Rose...erm, Princess Leah!

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D2ad0ad3af72c6b9747715b848ee65bc

on August 02, 2011
at 02:40 AM

Thanks for the advice and encouragement everyone! It truly is appreciated. I'm pouring over everyone's advice and links as I type this( o, and I forgot to mention my height if that matters, which is 5'9).

Great advice on not paying attention to the scale, it seems to always frustrate me anyways. So the scale goes on the shelf for now! In terms of energy I have felt much more energetic and alert after going paleo(first 2 weeks I felt bad, idk if that's normal but after that I felt really good), and I have been sleeping better. I guess those positives were just overshadowed by my frustration with not seeing any weight lost on the scale.

At a glance I've seen people recommend to cut out the oranges. Done. Same goes for the Metamucil( only really taken because as it was an instilled childhood habit that stuck I guess, haha).

Also, in regards to under eating, I did not know that that could actually stall fat loss! Here's to being able to eat more food and good fats than I do now! And I will definitely start to keep track of my intake with fitday.

Today is the start of a new month and with all this advice and encouragement I feel very hopeful that I can begin to lose the weight that I want to lose!!

Also, I just stumbled upon a site called "Marks Daily Apple", anyone recommend this site or should I stay away? It does however seem to be in line with what I am looking for in terms of eating habits and weight loss.

Thanks again everyone!! -Robert

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on August 02, 2011
at 02:15 PM

MDA is my favorite site next to PH! mark sisson is brilliant, and his blog is packed with info, hyperlinked like mad and his recipes are AWESOME. the forums are really quite nice but sometimes i find them overwhelming and a little repetitive which is why i like it here when i have a question. his exercise plan- the five essential movements e-book- is free and fantastic, too. and sisson puts a lot of inspiration up there. "like" him on facebook, too. great addition to the newsfeed, especially on weight-loss success story fridays.

Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on August 02, 2011
at 02:52 AM

Mark's Daily Apple is an excellent site, Robert. Good place to go and really read. Please keep in touch and update us...and ask more questions too! MDA site is one of the "grandaddy" original paleo sites and gives a very whole picture of all aspects of the lifestyle, not just food.

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(37227)

on August 02, 2011
at 02:50 AM

Robert, Paleo Hacks and Daily Apple are the 2 best sites for discussion and frequent updates. I second those who said you may be looking at the scale too much rather than your mirror. I'd add that in the first month your body is trying to adjust to a radical change in diet and, in addition to hoarding body fat because it thinks you're in a famine, your gut needs a little time to get used to metabolizing fat vs. sugar, etc. The hardest part--making those diet changes--is now behind you and you should just relax and enjoy healthy foods including fat. Life is good!

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(0)

on August 02, 2011
at 05:24 AM

Dude, keep it up. I have lost over 70 lbs going from 253 down to 178 in about 4-5 months. I have since lost around 9-10% body fat bringing the total down to the low teens. Just stick it out and do it right. Read some good books and throw that scale out. Let your body do the talking. Before you know it, you will need new clothes and look much better. Paleo is a lifestyle, not a fad diet. A good golden rule is if you can't continue eating the way you are for the next X years, something is not right. Good luck and glad to hear you are not giving up.

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(1012)

on August 02, 2011
at 12:05 AM

First of all Robert...Please do not give up on it!!

You are not eating enough. And...you are not eating enough FAT!! Fat is the key to all of this. No need to take any Metamucil...That will halt all kinds of progress.

Forget the scale!! It is a stress inducing machine!! If you are always looking to see a lower number then don't, it halts progress. Use a tape measure, judge how your clothes fit and how you feel. Eat when hungry, don't when you aren't...there is no schedule to this.

Please visit my page, see my story, results, and foods I eat. Notes section. http://facebook.com/bigtimsprimaljourney

Meats, Bacon, Eggs, Avocado, Coconut oil, EVOO, nuts and fruits...all good.

Fiber is an enemy!! you don't need any extra outside of what normal veggies and fruit give you.

What books have you read? Sisson, Wolf, Cordain?

If you have stuck with it for a month, you just need to tweak it...

Please check out my page!! I promise you it works!!!

Tim

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D44c18017e064cc3359acf962b38aba0

on August 02, 2011
at 12:37 AM

When I started I weighed 240lbs (which was a little over a month ago). I started out eating a lot of oranges too but was told not to. Then I cut fruit out all together and just ate meat and veggies for every meal and I saw the weight drop. I'm super allergic to eggs so they weren't an option..bit lile everyone else just eat more fat..I'm not an avacado fan (im a picky eater) so I wld recommend now meat, coconut oil, and butter.

Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on August 02, 2011
at 02:49 AM

+1 and congratulations on your weight loss. You didn't way where you are now, but that your weight began dropping with your good tuning. +1 for sharing an experiece very similar to the posters in which you made specific changes that got you RESULTS.

D44c18017e064cc3359acf962b38aba0

(153)

on August 06, 2011
at 09:27 PM

Thanx! i actually weigh everyday because the weight loss encourages me to do the right thing even when i'm craving something i can't have..and to not cheat is really hard for me..but i'm almost 2 months paleo and no cheat..yaaay me!!

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D5e5788865a3d9a17a729097186e465f

on August 02, 2011
at 12:20 AM

I'm going to say what everyone else said, MORE FAT!!!!! Add in an avocado in to your salad, and cook with coconut oil. And you probably need to up your calorie count as well.

Also, paleo isn't just about your weight on the scale, how does the rest of your body feel? Your mind? I can say, that even though the numbers haven't been moving on my scale [I weigh once or twice a month] I am losing fat [in my stomach area and my thighs!], the brain fog is gone, and I am happy about 99% of the time and my acne has all but cleared up. So please don't give up just because the numbers aren;t going down!

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on August 02, 2011
at 12:01 AM

this could be attributed to a few possibilities.

perhaps you aren't eating enough? are you tracking your intake?

perhaps you aren't including enough good fats?

perhaps you have hormonal issues that need to be addressed? can you have blood work done?

perhaps the muscle weight you are gaining is off setting the weight in fat loss? are you measuring?

perhaps you need more fluids? are you drinking enough?

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5e8a68beac4a9264bda5e83995cea382

on August 02, 2011
at 12:17 AM

Weight is not always the best indicator on whether or not you are making progress. Have you taken measurements and compared them week to week as well? I suggest checking weight around your belly, waist, and hips at the same time each Monday and track this along with weight. When I went Paleo I didn't notice a huge difference on the scale, but the measurements, and the way my clothes fit, were an entirely different story.

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(1392)

on August 02, 2011
at 12:04 AM

I think you need to up your fat intake-- it looks like you're not getting enough, and fat can really help with weightloss.

5
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(18635)

on August 02, 2011
at 12:04 AM

I'd say don't be scared to up your protein and eat a bit more there, especially if you want to hit the gym that much. Other than that I wouldn't be overly surprised if your muscle gains are keeping up with your fat loss. Weight really isn't everything. You sure you have not noticed any change in how your clothes fit or anything? I'm sure you know muscle weighs more...and at your age, eating right and hitting the gym hard can do it quickly. Basically you cant go wrong keeping with this way of eating. Its the way your made to eat...bottom line, the only real contention is when and how much fruit and starches to include (from my view).

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(2047)

on August 02, 2011
at 12:02 AM

You need to eat more fat. Cook your eggs in lots of coconut oil (olive oil isn't so great to cook with). Add olive oil to your salad, and cook your dinner in a good fat. Avocado is a good source of fat as well. If you're doing dairy, you could add some butter or heavy cream.

When you take the carbs away, your body needs something to burn for energy, and healthy fats are a great source.

It also doesn't look like you're eating enough calories. Have you entered your daily food into fitday or a similar program to see what your calorie intake is?

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on August 02, 2011
at 02:32 AM

How's your sleep? Have you been checked for sleep apnea? If you aren't getting truly restful sleep and enough of it, your pancreas will be stressed, and it'll be harder to shrink the belly.

Like everyone else here I'm gonna say more food and waaay more fat. I just started eating a spoonful of coconut oil at the beginning of most meals a few weeks ago, and for the first time since last summer I don't have to suck in quite as much to get the ol' jeans zipped.

Are you eating any organ meats? Body composition is largely hormonal, and things like liver and heart are packed full of the vitamins you need for your hormones to synthesize properly.

You may want to get you thyroid levels checked as well.

And this is a pretty hardcore suggestion I've heard (I'm far too wussy for it), but ice baths a couple times a week are supposedly good for forcing your body into using up some of it's fat stores and getting things jump started.

Don't get discouraged, when you get this tweaked to work for you, it'll be so worth it.

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on August 02, 2011
at 01:50 AM

Robert -- way to go! Stick with it. Lots of good advice here, too.

I'm going to assume that you've cut out all the "bad" stuff -- prepared food items, junk, alcohol, grains -- which I take it you have if you're sticking to Paleo.

A month isn't that long -- it's taken a while to get overweight, and it will take awhile to lose the weight. Your body is likely in the process of "re-setting" itself -- which I've read in many places usually takes 30 days or so.

It's also possible to work out too much -- heavy workouts also generate cortisol, as a result of stress on the body. How's your sleep? Make sure you're getting at least 8 hours/night, and drink a lot of water.

Ditch the scale and keep at it!

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on August 02, 2011
at 12:01 AM

Sounds like you are not eating enough... what is your activity level? Are you doing anything during the day.

I have a physical job and what you are eating is not even close to what I eat in half a day i'm knocking on the door of 200. My girlfriend on the other hand eats pretty close to what you do and shes 120.

A bit more detail on your physically activity and I would try logging your food on fitday.com to give us a much better idea of how much you are talking in.

You get the fiber from vegetables, oranges are real light weights compared to veggies, but at 2-3 a week it is not something you would need to remove.

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on August 02, 2011
at 03:24 AM

Robb Wolf suggests using Now Super Digestive Enzymes for some people starting out. Remember your gut is most probably damaged by the wheat, etc eaten in the past. It will take a little while 4 your gut to be restored to optimal health so you can absorb all the nutrients you need. This will also help you to drop the weight and keep your stamina up (less inflammation ='s less pain ='s more apt to exercise more). The enzymes are very helpful for keeping everything moving. They're easy to take and just make the whole experience more successful - especially 4 the new Paleo adherent. I buy mine at iherb.com - they deliver right to your door and have great prices...

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