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Weight gain on Paleo

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Created March 14, 2013 at 9:24 PM

I am a 52 yr/old mom and housewife. I started doing the Paleo meals about 5 months ago. Even got through the holidays OK! But I understood that by dropping the wheat, potatoes, rice, etc. I would drop weight as well due to their inflammation factor and empty carbs. But instead I've gained almost 10lbs and 2 dress sizes. I do feel dropping the grains (never really been into the sweets) has given me back some energy and more mental clarity but I didn't expect THIS! I am only moderately active. My main energy burner is gardening, some walking. I hate exercise per se and avoid gymns/fitness places like the torture chambers they are. Why should I need to run or lift weights on Paleo? I just want lower cholesterol, lower blood sugar (it's better) and to keep my health good. Any advice? This is making me crazy and I'm considering not doing it anymore.

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It is not a paleo rule, but I've personally never been able to lose weight when I snack. I spend weeks messing around with my meals until I found a breakfast & lunch that would keep me satiated until dinner -- might be worth a shot. And nuts, of course, can be deadly unless you're really good at limiting to a small amount. Good luck!

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on March 16, 2013
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I don't think I'm overeating but nuts may be the problem. They are my only "treat" and something crunchy and tasty is what I miss most. Not cheating. But I find I may need to count calories (which I hate!) as nuts, the Paleo breads (which are nuts) and the coconut creamer (which is nuts) are all way higher in calories. I do get ravenously hungry at times, reminds me of when I was pregnant. Just out of nowhere, BAM, I'm starving, have to eat NOW. (I am not pregnant!) So don't know what THAT'S about. I will keep watching and maybe keep a journal of what I consume everyday just to see what's up.

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on March 16, 2013
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Thanks, Robin. No not sitting around all day, out doing errands, shopping, cleaning house, doing things with my daughter. Just not the "exercise" type but I'm moving around for sure! Gardening currently which I know uses lots of energy! I find I'm hungry alot and will snack on nut type things, either straight out nuts or nut based things like almond or coconut toast, crackers. IDK As someone with pre diabetes, I am staying clear of all starches but veg and fruit.

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Similar. It was weird trying to figure out how to gain weight.

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Whoever told that you that if you dropped wheat, potatoes, rice you'd would drop weight forgot to mention that you also need to create a caloric deficit, either by eating less or moving more. There is no magic weight loss that happens if you just eat paleo.

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What is your daily diet like?

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on March 14, 2013
at 10:25 PM

If you feel better on paleo than before who cares about your weight? I have the opposite problem: I quit grains and now everyone is freaking out about how skinny I am, even I don't like it, but I would never go back for anything because of how sick neolithic foods make me.

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on March 15, 2013
at 12:36 PM

Similar. It was weird trying to figure out how to gain weight.

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on March 15, 2013
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I do not think you need to run or lift weights, but if you're spending most of your day sitting, that's a) not paleo and b) not good for you and c) not going to help you burn off calories. You can take the intense exercise approach, as UncleLongHair suggests, or you can do as I do and get lots of slow movement and spend less time sitting down. I walk, I use a standing desk, I do a bit of jumping rope in between other activities, I do yoga, I take the stairs instead of the elevator, etc. I don't really ever do anything "intense".

What a reasonable paleo diet should do is help you feel satiated with less calories. That's all. As Sigrid said, it's not magic, and it's perfectly possible to devise a high calorie paleo diet on which you will gain -- you're not the first.

(and by the way, many of us eat both rice and potatoes)

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on March 16, 2013
at 06:48 PM

Thanks, Robin. No not sitting around all day, out doing errands, shopping, cleaning house, doing things with my daughter. Just not the "exercise" type but I'm moving around for sure! Gardening currently which I know uses lots of energy! I find I'm hungry alot and will snack on nut type things, either straight out nuts or nut based things like almond or coconut toast, crackers. IDK As someone with pre diabetes, I am staying clear of all starches but veg and fruit.

366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

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on March 17, 2013
at 04:24 PM

It is not a paleo rule, but I've personally never been able to lose weight when I snack. I spend weeks messing around with my meals until I found a breakfast & lunch that would keep me satiated until dinner -- might be worth a shot. And nuts, of course, can be deadly unless you're really good at limiting to a small amount. Good luck!

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on March 15, 2013
at 12:04 AM

Are you overeating? Consuming too much fruit or paleo-friendly cheat foods? If not, then I'm sure you have nothing to worry about. If you feel good, keep it going. Just keep those two original questions in mind to make sure you don't gain weight.

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on March 16, 2013
at 06:55 PM

I don't think I'm overeating but nuts may be the problem. They are my only "treat" and something crunchy and tasty is what I miss most. Not cheating. But I find I may need to count calories (which I hate!) as nuts, the Paleo breads (which are nuts) and the coconut creamer (which is nuts) are all way higher in calories. I do get ravenously hungry at times, reminds me of when I was pregnant. Just out of nowhere, BAM, I'm starving, have to eat NOW. (I am not pregnant!) So don't know what THAT'S about. I will keep watching and maybe keep a journal of what I consume everyday just to see what's up.

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on March 15, 2013
at 12:52 AM

Post what you eat in a typical day/week and you'll get a bunch of feedback. Some people eat a lot of fruit and nuts, which are easy calories, and end up eating more than they did when they were not Paleo, and gain weight. My aunt is crazy about nuts and eats them by the one pound bag but then wonders why she always has 10 pounds she can't get rid of. It's amazing how many calories are in that.

Some people gain weight on Paleo but most get thinner, even while gaining weight. But it sounds like you're gaining girth as well. Eating Paleo doesn't automatically mean you lose weight since you can still overeat, especially if your activity level is low.

You don't need to join a gym to get exercise but you should be doing something more intense than walking, or you will have to intentionally restrict your calorie intake. I personally would rather work out a lot and eat whatever I want than try to restrict my calories, but that's just me.

I also hate gyms although I enjoy my crossfit gym (which isn't like a normal gym to me). If you like getting exercise alone you can just try to add more lifting. If you like gardening, try carrying your mulch and equipment around. Or just do air squats or sit-ups or V-ups on your own, but do them regularly and intensely. Intense exercise only has to be 20-25 minutes per day 2-3 days per week which is really not much when you think about it. Try to add two intense workouts per week of 15-20 minutes each and see what that does. Anyone has 30-40 minutes per week for exercise.

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