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Quite possibly NO weight loss for 3 weeks -- what's going on!

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Created November 20, 2011 at 8:08 PM

OK people, I've got something odd going on and I can't figure out why. I've been doing a potentially modified paleo diet for 3+ weeks (I say potentially modified because I am including dairy and some paleo diets don't) and I have not lost ANY weight! I'm doing the diet to be healthy, of course, but I also have probably about 50 lb to lose so that would be a wonderful benefit. I am eating NO bread, potatoes, rice, or pasta, and am focusing on meats and vegetables. I don't eat fruit. I do have a handful of almonds and/or cashews probably every day, though. FYI, I am mostly looking at Mark's Daily Apple for guidance. I did try Tim Ferriss's slow carb diet for awhile and I had a small amount of success, nothing fantastic. Which is why I still feel so dietarily restless. I like how I feel on the paleo, however, like low hunger and satisfying meals, etc. As far as exercise, I was doing some daily stuff for awhile (mostly kettle bells, or short-burst interval exertion), but haven't done any for this time I've been doing "paleo." If anyone can tell me what might be going wrong or suggestions for tweaks, I'd appreciate it. Thanks!

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on January 18, 2012
at 10:23 PM

One thing generally agreed upon is that legumes are not included. Protein as far as I know is variable depending on your current weight and how much you want to weigh and your %of body fat and lean muscle mass.

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on December 07, 2011
at 03:05 AM

@Vivalapaleo Maybe it was the no carbs rather than the good fat? I happen to believe zero carb isn't right for everyone. Good fat is needed, at least some is. If she's eating 900-1000 calories, in my opinion she may not be eating enough.

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on December 07, 2011
at 03:03 AM

@Vivalapaleo No. Maybe it was the no carbs rather than the good fat? I happen to believe zero carb isn't right for everyone. Good fat is needed, at least some is. If she's eating 900-1000 calories, in my opinion she isn't eating enough.

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on December 07, 2011
at 03:02 AM

@Vivalapaleo No. Maybe it was the no carbs rather than the good fat? I happen to believe zero carb isn't right for everyone. Good fat is.

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on December 07, 2011
at 12:50 AM

Lean meats and more activity will do it.

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on December 06, 2011
at 11:09 PM

Try using a nut milk then like Almond in your coffee. I recently discovered I like hemp milk as long as it's heated—-cold hemp milk tastes like a mud puddle.

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on November 25, 2011
at 12:37 PM

I did relapse into multiple meals a day several times during my first few months of IFing, but after another few months it became very easy for me to eat only once a day. It takes a while to get used to, but after that it is easily sustainable and enjoyable longterm. I always joke with my friends that I've never heard of breakfast, lunch, or a snack, whenever they mention them.

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on November 24, 2011
at 09:23 PM

I hate the fact that I have to do protein shakes too - I feel the same way - its not real food and def not paleo - but I just have to lose the weight and meat is 40- 50% fat so shakes are my only option while losing- I think you have to find your own happy way and what works for you - But with everything else failing for me low carb and low fat and weights seem to be my final success.

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on November 24, 2011
at 07:18 AM

Yep, I've measured so I do have that to compare to. And as far as weight loss goes, I picked 50 lb as a good goal to aim for since I weigh 210 lb. and I'm 5'6". I actually don't care what the number says, I'm more focused on size, but I do think that if my size were going down these past weeks that the scale would at least partially reflect that. Also, I can't help but notice that my pants seem to be fitting exactly the same as always.

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on November 24, 2011
at 07:16 AM

Josh, I know I've read about the connection between cortisol and stress and I admit that I tend to forget that part. Thanks for the reminder. As for sleep, I always feel that I would benefit by getting more, so that is another good reminder. Thanks! Glad to see that many of you think that 3 weeks is not long enough (perhaps) and I know I thought I'd be dropping the weight immediately (as I'd done with Atkins about 10 years ago). Please don't tell me I'll have to wait more than 6 months to lose some weight!

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on November 24, 2011
at 07:09 AM

Vivalapaleo, I've been wondering about adding a protein shake. It isn't actual food, which I prefer to eat, but it would be a handy meal to bring to work or to keep handy when I'm too busy or tired to cook. As for the dairy I eat, it's cream in my coffee, sometimes 1/2 & 1/2, sour cream on my eggs, and full fat cheeses. I don't drink milk, but I do think it's possible my cheese habit it a bit too generous. I did try cutting it out for about a week but still the scale was stubbornly stuck at 210. (I'm 5'6", which is why I'd like to lose about 50 lb.)

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on November 24, 2011
at 07:04 AM

I hope you are right, that I'm expecting too much. But after just over 3 weeks of eating what felt like hardly anything and not losing anything, not even one pound? That seems unreal! But you are right, even though I wasn't losing I also wasn't gaining. Patience is not my strong suit but I'm trying. And you're right, when I eat this way I do feel pretty good. Wish I could believe in my heart that all this meat and fat are doing my body good. I'm still partially brainwashed that the high fat diet causes your arteries to clog.... Retraining takes work.

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on November 24, 2011
at 07:00 AM

I actually tried the IF lifestyle for a few weeks this summer and late fall. I felt really free not having to think about what meal was coming up and what to eat, which was nice. But I was really hungry. I do think I lost weight by doing that but it was hard, and obviously I decided it was TOO hard because I stopped. I keep looking for something I can sustain over the long term, something that helps with weight loss and achieving good health. I'm hoping Paleo is the thing, but so far.... not sure.

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on November 24, 2011
at 06:57 AM

OK, based on what I've read in the last answers I'm going to consider the possibility that I'm eating too much. Don't know how, though, because I get quite hungry between meals. I'll eat a good meal and have satiety and I'm fine for 2 to 4 hours, usually. I've noticed that I can sometimes go 6 hours or more before my next meal, though and by that time I am REALLY really hungry. I drink lots of water, also. I keep telling myself I'm just a slow starter, as you say. Kind of got discouraged today and ate a bunch of bread, which is a bummer, but I'll get back on it tomorrow.

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on November 24, 2011
at 06:52 AM

Sigh, I guess I'm really going to have to add in the exercise. I've got a really busy, physical job and lots to do when I'm not at work so I've successfully (so far!) convinced myself I don't need to do it. I'm adding it to my To Do list.

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on November 24, 2011
at 06:50 AM

UncleLongHair, I'm trying the 3 things you mention, but I haven't re-started my exercise, which I intend to do. As far as Paleo goes, however, the differing definitions confuse the matter for me. For example, are legumes included or not? How many grams of protein are recommended each day? (I'll search through previous questions searching for this topic. I did that earlier but never really found my specific issue.)

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on November 24, 2011
at 06:46 AM

Man, I REALLY don't want to drop the dairy. I've tried coconut milk in my coffee and it really isn't the same! Sigh.

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on November 24, 2011
at 06:43 AM

I've been so busy at work I forgot to check back here for responses to my question.... Thanks for all the suggestions. Yes, I thought I might benefit by counting calories for a few days and I came up with between 900 and 1000, for the most part. But every day is different so maybe I caught myself on lower calorie days? I usually have 3 or 4 eggs with sausage or bacon and often some vegetables and salsa along with it. Then lunch & dinner are often the same, 6 - 8 oz steak or a large hamburger patty, and sometimes cooked greens or green beans. I also drink coffee with cream, 2 - 4 cups a day.

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on November 24, 2011
at 06:08 AM

Yeh but fat is very expensive in terms of calories- very easy to drink your daily cal count in cream and butter - I really think that has to be considered. No carbs and good fat did nothing but move the scales up for me - not down!

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on November 21, 2011
at 10:45 PM

steve, the 'Eat less fat' comment is getting you the down votes. this is a paleo site, we love to eat (good) fats.

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on November 21, 2011
at 10:41 PM

steve, you will get down votes on this paleo site for comments like 'Eat less fat'

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on November 21, 2011
at 10:29 PM

Its not a diet - hate when people say this. If you're paleo you are treating it as a lifestyle doesn't mean you have to wait 9 months to see weight loss.

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on November 21, 2011
at 01:48 PM

Same thing happened to me. I used to eat yogurt, kefir and sometimes a little bit of milk (while being strictly paleo otherwise) and I had no weight loss. So I stopped all dairy except for cheese (since it doesn't really impact on insulin levels), and the weight magically started to drop..

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on November 21, 2011
at 02:19 AM

The strength style training made a huge difference for me as well. It was like flipping a switch. And this was after running 10-12 miles per week. They say that diet is 80-90% of the battle, but changing my exercise had a much bigger effect than diet for me.

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on November 20, 2011
at 10:00 PM

You didn't indicate how much you are eating so I'm guessing you're just eating too much to lose weight.

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on November 20, 2011
at 08:59 PM

I agree, I was surprised by how little calories I was eating while losing weight, around 1000-1200 or 1400 a few days, and I was 6' 230# when I started.

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on November 20, 2011
at 08:29 PM

Maybe it'd be worth entering your food into fitday or sparkpeople to see what your calorie intake is? Me, I find that if I'm never hungry (I love the low hunger aspect too!), it's generally a clue that I'm eating more than I need.

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on November 20, 2011
at 08:55 PM

It could be the dairy -- try eliminating dairy or cutting it back to just a little butter or ghee. It could also be the nuts. Sometimes a small handful of nuts is actually a lot! Try eliminating them or only using them in tiny amounts as flavoring (such as a few sliced almonds with your asparagus). If your veges are high carb veggies, you might be getting too many carbs (in edition to the dairy), so you might try to limit your carbs (50 grams a day might be a good goal for you). You might also consider that you are just eating too much. The first two-three weeks I was on the Paleo diet, I had a lot of carb cravings and this weird after meal hunger (I'd get it about two hours after eating). If I ignored the cravings and hunger, it would go away (without a low blood sugar episode) and then I could go the rest of the time until my next meal (I went three meals/day and no snacks). If I ate a snack it really stalled my progress on the diet. I didn't lose weight very fast, but my body composition did change in the first month, then the fat started coming off about 1 pound a week. Maybe you are also a "slow starter."

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on November 24, 2011
at 06:57 AM

OK, based on what I've read in the last answers I'm going to consider the possibility that I'm eating too much. Don't know how, though, because I get quite hungry between meals. I'll eat a good meal and have satiety and I'm fine for 2 to 4 hours, usually. I've noticed that I can sometimes go 6 hours or more before my next meal, though and by that time I am REALLY really hungry. I drink lots of water, also. I keep telling myself I'm just a slow starter, as you say. Kind of got discouraged today and ate a bunch of bread, which is a bummer, but I'll get back on it tomorrow.

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on November 21, 2011
at 07:33 AM

First of all paleo is not a diet - it's a Lifestyle and one of the benefits of that Lifestyle can be weight loss. Second 3 weeks is not long at all for your body to adapt to a healthy way of eating, it can take weeks or months to see a difference if one is metabolically deranged, just relax, be patient and don't stress about it, stress = cortisol release which = no weight loss. Everyone is different, in my case it took 6-9 months. Third you made no mention of your sleep habits, if you do not get adequate sleep then the body cannot become healthy, people severely underestimate the huge impact sleep has on our health. I average 9 hours a night, I make it a priority, no excuses.

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on November 21, 2011
at 10:29 PM

Its not a diet - hate when people say this. If you're paleo you are treating it as a lifestyle doesn't mean you have to wait 9 months to see weight loss.

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on November 24, 2011
at 07:16 AM

Josh, I know I've read about the connection between cortisol and stress and I admit that I tend to forget that part. Thanks for the reminder. As for sleep, I always feel that I would benefit by getting more, so that is another good reminder. Thanks! Glad to see that many of you think that 3 weeks is not long enough (perhaps) and I know I thought I'd be dropping the weight immediately (as I'd done with Atkins about 10 years ago). Please don't tell me I'll have to wait more than 6 months to lose some weight!

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on November 20, 2011
at 08:57 PM

Search through previous questions here, this topic comes up a lot and many of the same suggestions get repeated.

The 3 things that worked for me were 1) adopt the Paleo diet, 2) go low carb, about 25g per day, and 3) changing my exercise from running 3-4x per week, to doing intense, strength-based workouts about 2-3x per week and a bunch of walking. For the walking, I would try to walk at least 30 min per day, then I started a new job where I commute on metro/bus and so walk for that.

For some people, even small amounts of dairy, sugar, or carbs can halt the weight loss. I am ok with dairy, but over about 50g of carbs my weight loss stopped.

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on November 24, 2011
at 06:50 AM

UncleLongHair, I'm trying the 3 things you mention, but I haven't re-started my exercise, which I intend to do. As far as Paleo goes, however, the differing definitions confuse the matter for me. For example, are legumes included or not? How many grams of protein are recommended each day? (I'll search through previous questions searching for this topic. I did that earlier but never really found my specific issue.)

D1728f99db66ff91d695a6df5cd38b02

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on January 18, 2012
at 10:23 PM

One thing generally agreed upon is that legumes are not included. Protein as far as I know is variable depending on your current weight and how much you want to weigh and your %of body fat and lean muscle mass.

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on November 20, 2011
at 08:35 PM

Try dropping the dairy and see what happens. I had a similar thing happen and quit milk and yogurt, only a small amount of cheese, and the fat just melted away.

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on November 21, 2011
at 01:48 PM

Same thing happened to me. I used to eat yogurt, kefir and sometimes a little bit of milk (while being strictly paleo otherwise) and I had no weight loss. So I stopped all dairy except for cheese (since it doesn't really impact on insulin levels), and the weight magically started to drop..

Bcd65fb53b2ef278f3cf2f3ac29d3e8f

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on November 24, 2011
at 06:46 AM

Man, I REALLY don't want to drop the dairy. I've tried coconut milk in my coffee and it really isn't the same! Sigh.

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on December 06, 2011
at 11:09 PM

Try using a nut milk then like Almond in your coffee. I recently discovered I like hemp milk as long as it's heated—-cold hemp milk tastes like a mud puddle.

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324bf94d3d6f9322d6e4dba4becfaab1

on November 21, 2011
at 05:18 PM

You're eating too much. Low carb helps, but it's not magic. Gradually work your way down to fewer and fewer meals. Eating frequently is not beneficial as often claimed my mainstream nutritionists. I've been eating only 4-5 meals a week, big 2-lb steaks and a few potatoes, and I've lost about 17 lbs in the last 7 weeks, 220 @ 30% BF(measured with BodPod) to 203 @~23% BF. I have also been increasing strength in the gym, albeit only slightly, but I've been a dedicated lifter for almost a year and a half (almost 300 bench and 400 deadlift), so they're not "newbie gains". Fasting is the quickest, healthiest, and most efficient way to lose fat.

324bf94d3d6f9322d6e4dba4becfaab1

on November 25, 2011
at 12:37 PM

I did relapse into multiple meals a day several times during my first few months of IFing, but after another few months it became very easy for me to eat only once a day. It takes a while to get used to, but after that it is easily sustainable and enjoyable longterm. I always joke with my friends that I've never heard of breakfast, lunch, or a snack, whenever they mention them.

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on November 24, 2011
at 07:00 AM

I actually tried the IF lifestyle for a few weeks this summer and late fall. I felt really free not having to think about what meal was coming up and what to eat, which was nice. But I was really hungry. I do think I lost weight by doing that but it was hard, and obviously I decided it was TOO hard because I stopped. I keep looking for something I can sustain over the long term, something that helps with weight loss and achieving good health. I'm hoping Paleo is the thing, but so far.... not sure.

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on November 20, 2011
at 09:40 PM

I do not agree with what the others say about cutting down dairy. IF you are tolerating dairy with no bloating/GI issues, then continue eating it, BUT, go for lactose-free dairy (hard cheeses, home-made probiotic lactose-free yoghurt), and make sure it's from goats (their casein is more compatible for humans than cows'). From cows, eat only grass-fed butter, and lactose-free cream (there's one such product in the market). Do not drink any animal milk, get coconut milk instead if you have to.

If you're eating the way you're saying that you're eating and still can't lose weight, add more coconut oil/fat in your food, and definitely go get checked for hypothyroidism/Hashimoto's (make sure they test for all of these, they usually only test the first two: TSH, T4, T3, reverse T3, Hashimoto's antibodies). From what I've read, that's a common reason people on various diets can't lose weight.

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on November 20, 2011
at 08:49 PM

I would walk at least 30 min each day. Lift heavy weights. Drop the dairy. I recently dropped most of my dairy and broke through a plateau in weight loss.

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on November 24, 2011
at 06:52 AM

Sigh, I guess I'm really going to have to add in the exercise. I've got a really busy, physical job and lots to do when I'm not at work so I've successfully (so far!) convinced myself I don't need to do it. I'm adding it to my To Do list.

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on November 21, 2011
at 01:17 PM

Its your Dairy. Dairy is highly processed these days and can be very easily absorbed into the body. It'll kinda be the replacement for carbs.

Zdiets.net - Lost 170lbs, No more Diabetes, No more Hypertension, No more Cholesterol Issues.

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on November 21, 2011
at 10:19 AM

With the information above, I also want to add: use a tape to measure yourself. Scale weight means very little. I was on a weight-loss diet, and turns out I didn't lose any weight, but lost 2 belt sizes.

Also, what is your current weight and why is it that you have 50 lbs to lose? You don't have to answer if it sounds too personal.

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on November 24, 2011
at 07:18 AM

Yep, I've measured so I do have that to compare to. And as far as weight loss goes, I picked 50 lb as a good goal to aim for since I weigh 210 lb. and I'm 5'6". I actually don't care what the number says, I'm more focused on size, but I do think that if my size were going down these past weeks that the scale would at least partially reflect that. Also, I can't help but notice that my pants seem to be fitting exactly the same as always.

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on November 21, 2011
at 12:55 AM

O.k. I have to ask about the "paleo diet dont's" What are we talking here?

Nuts can be problematic for some. They certainly were for me during weight loss. Just something else to consider tweaking.

It may be a case of simply overeating. I naturally seem to ingest several hundred calories more than my body seems to need if I eat to satiety so I do have to actively limit calories. I hate feeling hungry so it's a challenge to stave off hunger at a lower caloric intake but it can be done if need be.

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on November 21, 2011
at 12:12 AM

Well finally I am having great success with this after 18months of tweaking paleo. I truly have tried all the combinations of exercise and diet. For the last 10 wks I have gone down to 10 gms of carbs a day and about 600 - 800 cal a day and still lost no weight - UNTIL i added in 30 min of heavy weight training 3 times a wk - Pyramid training. I am dropping about 500 gms every 2 days - still on Keto diet - still low carb low fat and low cal - feel fine.

I eat bacon and eggs for breakfast - protein shake morning tea - lunch meat and few veg afternoon tea protein soup and dinner just meat or fish - I get about 80 gms of protein a day - so lunch and dinner are small portions.

Finally its falling off!

Dairy has too many carbs unless you eat cheese but then its more fat - so limit cheese and use cream where you would use milk - but again limit that till lost weight then enjoy the cheese and cream - but I wont go back to milk

I should add that when I first went on Paleo I lost about 10 kg in a few wks then nothing at all for 18 months or so

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on November 21, 2011
at 02:19 AM

The strength style training made a huge difference for me as well. It was like flipping a switch. And this was after running 10-12 miles per week. They say that diet is 80-90% of the battle, but changing my exercise had a much bigger effect than diet for me.

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on November 24, 2011
at 07:09 AM

Vivalapaleo, I've been wondering about adding a protein shake. It isn't actual food, which I prefer to eat, but it would be a handy meal to bring to work or to keep handy when I'm too busy or tired to cook. As for the dairy I eat, it's cream in my coffee, sometimes 1/2 & 1/2, sour cream on my eggs, and full fat cheeses. I don't drink milk, but I do think it's possible my cheese habit it a bit too generous. I did try cutting it out for about a week but still the scale was stubbornly stuck at 210. (I'm 5'6", which is why I'd like to lose about 50 lb.)

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on November 24, 2011
at 09:23 PM

I hate the fact that I have to do protein shakes too - I feel the same way - its not real food and def not paleo - but I just have to lose the weight and meat is 40- 50% fat so shakes are my only option while losing- I think you have to find your own happy way and what works for you - But with everything else failing for me low carb and low fat and weights seem to be my final success.

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on November 20, 2011
at 10:05 PM

Look at how much calories you are eating then check the thyroid.

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on November 20, 2011
at 09:22 PM

I agree with the above answers - drop the dairy - it helped me and also made me realize that I might have a bit of an intolerance to it when I went back to it after a while.

The other which helps me with plateaus is a little IF - sometimes its just as simple for me as having dinner by 6.30pm and then going through until 1pm the next day before eating - this can really kick start things and you don't have to do it much - just whatever feels comfortable.

The final point might be that you are expecting to much from yourself! 3 weeks isn't a lot of time really - I also go through long plateaus which can last for 6 weeks with no change at all - but I just learn to be happy with the fact that I feel so much better and am maintaining weight in that time - that way it doesn't feel like such a big deal.

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on November 24, 2011
at 07:04 AM

I hope you are right, that I'm expecting too much. But after just over 3 weeks of eating what felt like hardly anything and not losing anything, not even one pound? That seems unreal! But you are right, even though I wasn't losing I also wasn't gaining. Patience is not my strong suit but I'm trying. And you're right, when I eat this way I do feel pretty good. Wish I could believe in my heart that all this meat and fat are doing my body good. I'm still partially brainwashed that the high fat diet causes your arteries to clog.... Retraining takes work.

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on December 07, 2011
at 03:00 AM

Well, I started to respond to someone else's answer but it got too long.

I have steadily lost weight for months (now approaching 40 lbs) while enjoying 2-3 mugs of coffee with heavy cream and a small amount of unprocessed honey. I eat one large meal per day or 2 small ones--either way, I have yogurt with fruit, a green salad, fatty meat and bone broth stew.

I'm pretty sure I'm eating more calories than you are, and doing less, so if you're feeling good I'd bet you just haven't found the right tweaks to make in order to lose fat.

A few things:

  • Dr Jack Kruse's advice to start your day with a nice portion of fatty meat really works. If your body is convinced that protein and fat are available, it doesn't need to hoard stored fat.
  • It's easy to lose sight of the distinction between fat you've just eaten and stored body fat. I've found that if I eat moderate carbs (60-80g) and a nice portion of fatty meat every day, I start releasing body fat at night. If I eat too many carbs that stops.
  • Mixing up how much you eat, as in not eating the same nutrient density, really seems to help me although I'm not sure why. I may decide to divide my food into 2 meals, but I'm not hungry later so I skip and have a low-density day. Then I'll eat normally for a day or two but wind up being extra hungry one day and eat more than usual. That seems to speed up weight loss rather than slowing it down.

You will figure this out!

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on December 07, 2011
at 12:10 AM

Do check thyroid hormones and if you take BC hormones, stop immediately.

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on December 06, 2011
at 11:22 PM

Instead of being a slave to the scale, measure yourself as a way to determine changes in your body composition. I'm a woman who can easily carry around an extra 20 lbs of fat but I can build muscle very easily as well. I've been a fit 172 and an unfit 172 and my clothes fit very differently depending on which I was. Even without exercising I find that when I'm sticking to my Paleo ways I look and feel better but don't necessarily lose a bunch of weight. I keep neck, bust, chest, arm, waist, belly, hip and thigh measurements. I only measure every 2 weeks or so. Especially for women, because of their cycles, measurements (like weight) changing on a day to day basis don't mean much--it's a longterm indicator. Also, there are scales that can actually give you stats on your body composition. My ND has one and it let me know that I carry more bone and muscle than most women for my height, which accounts for the fact that I usually weigh five to seven pounds more than most people would guess.

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on November 21, 2011
at 10:25 PM

apart from the other good answers. you may have added muscle (common when starting paleo, high good fat diets), which has offset the weight of any fat loss. it's not uncommon for some people to go up in weight because of this.

The volume of muscle is less than the volume of fat for the same weight. So if you have added muscle, you may have noticed some reshaping in your body; trousers/belt looser, shoulders broader etc, look in the mirror, pinch the fat, (you could buy some body fat callipers), keep a record, even take photos if you like.

another idea is to get yourself a good set of Body Composition scales. The accuracy of these scales may be open for discussion (i believe mine to be pretty spot on). But irrespective of their accuracy, you will be able to track your BF%, so if you are losing body fat the scales will show it & your BF% will be trending downwards.

good luck

here's a recent paleohacks question on the muscle subject; http://paleohacks.com/questions/78410/where-did-all-this-muscle-come-from

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on November 21, 2011
at 04:35 PM

I think you should avoid dairy products and have a try. That will work. The most specific reason that may cause this is your Metabolism process. You should eat foods that increase metabolism. That will help you to reduce your weight.

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on November 21, 2011
at 03:03 PM

As mentioned, I think cutting things must be an n=1 experiment. I find that pounds come off easier if I limit dairy to aroung 50gr a day. I had cut nuts hoping it would boost my weightloss, but I stalled. I put a tbsp of mixed nut butter/day back in, and belly fat is melting away.

I am doing 800 calories 1 day and 1300 the next and it seems to help.

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on November 21, 2011
at 04:49 PM

Try gym everyday.Of course,follow your gym trainer.Eat less fat but more calories.I think it will do.

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on November 21, 2011
at 10:45 PM

steve, the 'Eat less fat' comment is getting you the down votes. this is a paleo site, we love to eat (good) fats.

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on November 21, 2011
at 10:41 PM

steve, you will get down votes on this paleo site for comments like 'Eat less fat'

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on November 24, 2011
at 06:08 AM

Yeh but fat is very expensive in terms of calories- very easy to drink your daily cal count in cream and butter - I really think that has to be considered. No carbs and good fat did nothing but move the scales up for me - not down!

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on December 07, 2011
at 03:03 AM

@Vivalapaleo No. Maybe it was the no carbs rather than the good fat? I happen to believe zero carb isn't right for everyone. Good fat is needed, at least some is. If she's eating 900-1000 calories, in my opinion she isn't eating enough.

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on December 07, 2011
at 03:02 AM

@Vivalapaleo No. Maybe it was the no carbs rather than the good fat? I happen to believe zero carb isn't right for everyone. Good fat is.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 07, 2011
at 03:05 AM

@Vivalapaleo Maybe it was the no carbs rather than the good fat? I happen to believe zero carb isn't right for everyone. Good fat is needed, at least some is. If she's eating 900-1000 calories, in my opinion she may not be eating enough.

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