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Slow results or just impatient?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 13, 2012 at 10:47 PM

Hi everyone,

I've been using this site as reference for months now and have a question I would like your opinions on. I've been eating mostly Paleo for 6 months now. At first I may have dropped 2 or 3 pounds. Nothing serious or notable. I am 5' 4", female, and at the beginning of this (say, in March) I weighed in at 145 pounds or so. No muscle. In May, I began strength / circuit training* with a personal trainer two times per week and approximately one month ago I upped it to three times per week. In addition to the weight training, I run approximately 6-10 miles per week with usually a half marathon trail run once every couple of months. I also hike, snowboard in season, and walk at least a mile or so every day.

My concern is that, though I see progress in the way of leaning out and new muscles in my legs and arms, my weight has actually gone up to 150 pounds and my core is just as flabby as ever. My waist line does not seem to have improved much, if at all. WTF.

My question is, based on this information, are my results slow or am I just impatient?

*Training sessions consist of squats, deadlifts, rows, kettlebells, some WOD type circuits, pull-ups, push-ups, sprinting, etc. No machines other than the rower.

*Example diet consists of two eggs / 100 cal sausage for breakfast, a paleo salad or lettuce wraps for lunch, maybe a bit of almond butter and carrots for snack, and something like spaghetti squash and meat sauce or steak and greens for dinner. I have not cut out red wine completely, though I limit it and maybe a bite of super dark chocolate to few days per week.

Thanks guys!

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Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

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on September 14, 2012
at 04:39 AM

+1. I'm as guilty as the next gal of falling into the body image trap, but I did want to point out that our ancestors weren't bombarded by magazine covers, commercials, and ads for all kinds of wacko products telling them how they were *supposed* to look. (Never mind that most of the pics are manipulated and even *those* women don't really look like that.) And likely no little clubs/cliques for young tribal girls to compete to see how little they could eat or how much exercise they could do. If anything, they were probably trying to fatten up! (Well, not exactly, but you know what I'm saying!)

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on September 14, 2012
at 02:24 AM

I downvoted for the "healthy whole grains" stuff. This is PaleoHacks. A little white rice, maybe look the other way/disagree on and all... but bread?! Much, much too far. Oats and brown rice? Not close, either.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on September 14, 2012
at 02:22 AM

I downvoted for the "healthy whole grains" stuff. This is PaleoHacks. A little white rice, maybe look the other way/disagree on and all... but Ezekiel Bread? Much, much too far. Oats and brown rice? Not close, either.

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on September 13, 2012
at 11:51 PM

sounds to me like you are under-eating for your training... eat more, train a bit less cardio(running) wise imo though

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on September 13, 2012
at 11:38 PM

You don't mention your age? This can definitely be a factor. Also, what are your stress levels like? Sleep? I totally agree on the comments below about ditching the scale. You said that you're leaning out, which could be seen as very positive!! I've learned that weightloss/getting healthy is a journey, and particularly for females, it can be a winding path. If you are noticing some improvement in the way you look and more importantly how your *feel*, then you're probably on the right track.

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on September 13, 2012
at 10:56 PM

Are your clothes getting any looser? how do you feel in general? Are you getting adequate sleep? About 7 hours is a must.

Your diet is fine, but with all that activity you should really up those calories. You should remove the run's out of your exercise routine. Cardio is not the most efficient way for weight loss. That should fix it.

Although you shouldn't worry too much about the weight, it's not the best indicator. IMO weighing scales should be burned(or used once in 2weeks), yet i have a habit of stepping on one quite often.

--Edit

This is not directly related to the OP. I just had an epiphany.

Did our ancestors have weighing scales? Did they have bodyfat% calculators? Did it matter to them if they had visible abs?(i hope not:p). We seem to follow the way they ate and exercises so why don't we implement the other aspects too? Why do we feel the need to obtain x% of bodyfat and weight 134.22238438lbs? Why can't we keep it simple, eat real food and enjoy life without the stresses of things that don't really matter or provide value ? Honestly i don't have the answer to these questions, i too get caught up in some of the pointless details.

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

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on September 14, 2012
at 04:39 AM

+1. I'm as guilty as the next gal of falling into the body image trap, but I did want to point out that our ancestors weren't bombarded by magazine covers, commercials, and ads for all kinds of wacko products telling them how they were *supposed* to look. (Never mind that most of the pics are manipulated and even *those* women don't really look like that.) And likely no little clubs/cliques for young tribal girls to compete to see how little they could eat or how much exercise they could do. If anything, they were probably trying to fatten up! (Well, not exactly, but you know what I'm saying!)

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on September 13, 2012
at 11:27 PM

The number on the scale does not mean a thing.

Let me repeat that for clarity: NOT ONE THING.

Ditch the scale. Stop worrying about numbers. Eat clean, lift heavy things, play as as much as possible. The rest will fall into place eventually.

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on September 14, 2012
at 12:29 AM

Have you tried looking at cortisol as a factor in your weight loss stall? Had the same issues and nearly the same stats as you, but tried managing my cortisol instead of focusing on exercise and diet changes. I also cut out FODMAPS to see if I was bloating up and confusing that for visceral fat. I lost at least an inch or two around my waist since then, no changes on the scale, and my abs are nearly visible now. My weight loss has resumed, albeit at a slightly lower rate.

TL:DR Look into cortisol control/stress management, and FODMAPS if you suspect your gut is giving you trouble.

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on September 13, 2012
at 11:03 PM

I found walking helped with weightloss, as did walking with a weight vest. I found upping that to jogging or running slowed things down a fair bit.

In your place I would try to periodize things and fuel appropriately for the activity. If you are in the northern hemisphere we are going into winter so I'd consider something like

lifting 2-3x a week 3 exercises, 3set, 3 reps 85-90% 1RM

1 day short sprint session.

Keep calories low, carbs veggie only but don't avoid mid-starch options like carrots, and plenty of meat, eggs, and especially fish. I'd totally drop fruit. I'd also not slather the fat, it won't help with the lean out.

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on September 14, 2012
at 02:20 AM

depending on your age, maybe you should get your thyroid checked. that plays a HUGE roll in weight, mood, sleep, appetite etc. also, maybe replace some of the weights with cardio instead. your building muscle and replacing the fat with muscle instead of burning the fat, then toning. just an idea, but carb cycling can be VERY effective as well. the days you workout consume around 100-140 grams of healthy complex carbs (brown rice, oats, Ezekiel breads, whole grains) and the days you don't workout only consume around 30 grams of carbs. it tricks your body into not following a routine to keep the fat stored so it has to burn the fat as energy because it isnt getting energy from the carbs.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on September 14, 2012
at 02:22 AM

I downvoted for the "healthy whole grains" stuff. This is PaleoHacks. A little white rice, maybe look the other way/disagree on and all... but Ezekiel Bread? Much, much too far. Oats and brown rice? Not close, either.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on September 14, 2012
at 02:24 AM

I downvoted for the "healthy whole grains" stuff. This is PaleoHacks. A little white rice, maybe look the other way/disagree on and all... but bread?! Much, much too far. Oats and brown rice? Not close, either.

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