*** Weight Gain & Stomach fine after Non-Paleo Day ***

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 20, 2013 at 2:00 AM

Hi everyone,

I have been on Paleo for three weeks now- very strict . I lost 10 pounds in the first two weeks, but gained 1 lb. this past week. Is this normal or okay? I've been exercising more, so I could be gaining muscle, but it is kind of detering me mentally (even though it shouldn't).

I had my first Non-Paleo day this weekend (Saturday) - in which I had 2 slices of Papa Johns pizza, some mashed potatoes and a brownie. I've read that your stomach can cause problems if you eat this way after Paleo -- but I feel totally fine. If my stomach is fine, does that mean I haven't made it out of the adjustment period yet?

I have no issues with gluten or dairy - just thought I would try Paleo so I could stop compusively overeating those two food groups, and so far, it has worked wonderfully!

Please let me know your thoughts on if the weight gain is okay and if feeling fine after my Non-Paleo day is normal. Thanks for your advice everyone!

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on May 20, 2013
at 02:27 AM

the last time i had a paleo cheat day was xmas and i had a good poop the next day. i assumed my gut would be a disaster but i just felt like i had a head cold. i think if you feel fine, that just means you don't have an intolerane to these foods. most of my family eats pizza all the time and have no health problems (totally unfair!).

as for weight gain, my weight fluctuates up to 3 lbs on any given day so i wouldn't worry about a 1 lb. gain that could be a water/food difference.


on June 03, 2013
at 06:41 PM

Weight is such a sticky thing and it's only one indicator of the changes your body is going through. I might weigh 156 one day, and 153 the next. That's a normal fluctuation, you have to look at the longer trend. You may also want to consider investing in a cheap caliper and a tape measure - measure your waist at the belly button and mesure your skin fold at the abdomen, leg, arm, and back. These measurements are much better indicators of how your body is changing. I picked one up for my partner who was growing very frustrated seeing his weight yo-yo.

Google caliper body fat measurements and you'll get tons of guides. http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/the-idiots-guide-to-testing-your-body-fat.html

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