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Weight loss has stopped

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Created July 12, 2012 at 12:30 PM

I have eaten paleo for a month and lost 12lb, and more importantly feel great with so much more energy!

However this week I have started exercising (classes and walking) but have lost no more. I eat around 1200 cals a day and don't feel I can cut back much more.

I was so enthusiastic, I felt like at last someone had handed me a key with which to undo the mystery of weight loss and feel, for perhaps the first time in my adult life (I'm 46) that I am totally in control of my eating - never feeling hungry helps! Now I am feeling puzzled as what was working, now isn't.

Is it usual to stop losing then start again? I thought the exercise would make it drop off! I have around another 1/1.5 stone to go - what else can I do?

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on June 11, 2013
at 06:31 PM

Is that true about protein staling weight loss? I've been wondering about that, as I've also stopped losing weight. I usually eat 100-150 g of protein per day (I'm not trying to, I just happen to eat a lot of meat). I am pretty active (weight-lifting 2-3 times per week, HIIT 2-3 times per week and yoga on my "off" days... plus lots of walking, and I'm a teacher so I'm on my feet all day...) but could this be too much protein for me?

39d290f0fc2ca0d12006a9147b3584aa

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on July 15, 2012
at 06:16 PM

Thanksfor your help. I agree it does sound a little low but I am only 5'1" and small framed and at a gym a couple of years back they worked out for me that in an average day I do only use around 1500 calories unless I exercise like crazy. So hopefully cutting back around 300 cals a day isn't too bad

39d290f0fc2ca0d12006a9147b3584aa

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on July 13, 2012
at 12:18 PM

Crikey iI never realised cardio had that effect! @CarnivorousApe: don't know how to work it out (protein/fat ratio). Do you have to weight stuff? Average day's food: Bacon,egg,mushrooms,fish/chicken, salad (a lot), meat, veg, sugarfree jelly, couple handfuls mixed nuts (not peanuts) What's the view on diet drinks as I do consume a couple of glasses of diet coke or similar? Really appreciate all the helpful comments - thanks!

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on July 13, 2012
at 05:14 AM

What's fat/protein ratio? Too much protein might prevent body from entering ketosis. Intermittent fasting and high intensity exercises on empty stomach might help to speed up weight loss.

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on July 12, 2012
at 10:47 PM

TOTALLY AGREE with everything you wrote!!! Right on the money. Become a scale hater and go by your measurements and how you feel.

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on July 12, 2012
at 04:51 PM

Yes, I agree with j3wcy, that this is a chicken egg problem that has been misinterpreted. I also believe the sedentary lifestyle itself is not necessarily the cause of weight gain / plateau;

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on July 12, 2012
at 03:19 PM

Fair, but that doesn't mean in her case it's not stopping her from losing weight. There's also plenty of scientific evidence that shows a sendentary lifestyle is the result of being overweight, not the cause. Most fat people being sedentary doesn't mean that being sedentary was the cause. AND AGAIN, you're missing the point of what I'm saying, which is not that if she wants all the health benefits she needs to be active, which I believe, but that for weight loss alone, it's not necessary.

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on July 12, 2012
at 03:17 PM

simple way to restart weight loss, dont eat anything for 24 hrs then resume your Paleo diet

F40555b9be81e12c2fc460e6fa7d097c

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on July 12, 2012
at 02:53 PM

Diet and sleep are extremely important, but that doesn't mean you should tell people that exercise is stopping them from losing weight. There's plenty of scientific evidence that points to the benefits of an active lifestyle.

5e5ff249c9161b8cd96d7eff6043bc3a

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on July 12, 2012
at 02:46 PM

And seriously, downvoting for logically sound answers, despite the fact that you disagree with the outcome, is absurd.

5e5ff249c9161b8cd96d7eff6043bc3a

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on July 12, 2012
at 02:44 PM

You should read the Smarter Science of Slim, lest you continually make innacurate comments. Activity level is probably the least important thing when you want to lose weight, in comparison with diet and sleep. Also, she didn't say for health, she said for weightloss, and if she eats 1200cals a day and is doing a bunch of cardio, her body is just going to store fat. Lastly, the common sense part was in reference to someone saying they were doing something that worked, then did something else, and now it's not working. Logic says stop doing the thing that made it stop working.

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on July 12, 2012
at 02:15 PM

Some of that 12 lbs is water. After the body adjusts, water is rebalanced. Even though the scale stops moving for a bit, typically you are still losing fat, but gaining some of the water back. This is temporary and nothing to worry about.

F40555b9be81e12c2fc460e6fa7d097c

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on July 12, 2012
at 01:49 PM

So she should stop working out? I would never recommend that to anyone, a sedentary lifestyle is one of the worst things you can do for your health.

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F40555b9be81e12c2fc460e6fa7d097c

on July 12, 2012
at 01:27 PM

Firstly, that's a rather severe calorie restriction, and it can stall weight-loss. Trying eating closer to 1500.

Secondly, the scale is not your friend. You can't trust the numbers because of the way body compositions change with diet and exercise. It's likely that you're still losing weight but you're putting on a little muscle. DO NOT FREAK OUT. Muscle is good, it will heighten your metabolism and generally hold your figure together nicely. Women do not get "beefy" like men do without a) working out every hour of the day b) taking steroids. If you are doing neither of this things you are going to remain slim, beautiful, and feminine. I powerlift as a hobby and you wouldn't have any idea from looking at me on the beach, women's bodies just don't put on muscle that way. See this wonderful guest post from Everyday Paleo:

http://everydaypaleo.com/2011/07/03/women-and-muscle/

It's also important to note that muscle weighs more than fat, so it would be easy for not much muscle gain to disguise some fat loss on the scale.

Thirdly. Some of what you lost was probably water weight which left your body along with the crazy amounts of sodium that you were taking in when you were eating processed foods, and which was eliminated as your body cut down on swelling and inflammation in your joints and muscles which can be caused by poor food habits. This DOES NOT mean that you aren't losing fat. It just means you may be losing actual fat at a slower rate and you can tell now that all the water is gone. This is in no way mitigates your accomplishment, changing your eating habits is difficult work.

My advise is that you get yourself a dressmakers tape measure, they're long and flexible, and take your measurements at the waist, hips, thighs, upper arms, and neck. Compare these every few weeks to gauge how your body composition is changing.

Eat happy and live well!

1fb0d32174c8fe555ed30acd39a22e81

(110)

on July 12, 2012
at 10:47 PM

TOTALLY AGREE with everything you wrote!!! Right on the money. Become a scale hater and go by your measurements and how you feel.

39d290f0fc2ca0d12006a9147b3584aa

(144)

on July 15, 2012
at 06:16 PM

Thanksfor your help. I agree it does sound a little low but I am only 5'1" and small framed and at a gym a couple of years back they worked out for me that in an average day I do only use around 1500 calories unless I exercise like crazy. So hopefully cutting back around 300 cals a day isn't too bad

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on July 12, 2012
at 04:33 PM

I don't keep a scale in the house.

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on July 12, 2012
at 02:19 PM

As others have said, this not a fad, quick weightloss diet-- it's a healthy way of life that often has the beneficial side effect of weightloss.

Also, if I read your question correctly, it's been a WEEK-- only a WEEK, no need to panic. Keep going as you are, continue to track your results (only one metric of which is weight) and tweak as necessary.

Keep calm and carry on!

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on July 12, 2012
at 01:28 PM

You need to be patient. Someone DID hand you the key to a lifestyle. Paleo is not a quick weight loss program. Stick with it. You will have months of loss and months of staying the same. BEST part is you will not rebound and gain it all back. You have to change your mindset and not think diet. I have been living this way for 2 years and I will never go back to eating crappy processed foods again. I eat more and I am leaner and stronger. One of my clients took over a year to get to her goal weight. There would be months when she didn't lose anything and months she did.

Now go throw your scale away! Is it making you feel better getting on it? Start paying attention to how your clothes feel, not a number on a scale. You are healing and getting healthy from the inside out. The outside will catch up. BE PATIENT!! ;-)

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on January 29, 2013
at 12:13 AM

I've been doing Paleo for 3 months and think the most important thing to give up is diet soda. I only used to have one a day but found it was more difficult to withdraw from (and more important to give up) than all of the other processed crap I had previously been eating on a regular basis.

My body composition has changed and I am finally within striking distance of my weight loss goals. But you can't weigh yourself everyday or you will get stressed and be tempted to turn back when you don't immediately see the numbers drop.

Hang in there. Keep doing what you're doing. And if you can't stand the slow loss, cut back on the bacon and fruit. Paleo does work if you work it.

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on July 13, 2012
at 03:19 AM

If your "classes" are cardio in the "fat burning zone" thats a sure shot recipe for not only weight stall but also fat gain. Cardio exercise at moderate intensity with calorie restriction is a recipe for stress. I have had numerous run ins with just this kind of problem.

So give up the cardio, stick to lifting heavy a few days a week and you should see results.

39d290f0fc2ca0d12006a9147b3584aa

(144)

on July 13, 2012
at 12:18 PM

Crikey iI never realised cardio had that effect! @CarnivorousApe: don't know how to work it out (protein/fat ratio). Do you have to weight stuff? Average day's food: Bacon,egg,mushrooms,fish/chicken, salad (a lot), meat, veg, sugarfree jelly, couple handfuls mixed nuts (not peanuts) What's the view on diet drinks as I do consume a couple of glasses of diet coke or similar? Really appreciate all the helpful comments - thanks!

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on July 12, 2012
at 03:33 PM

In my experience the weight comes off in fits and starts, and plateaus are common. You can read other posts here to learn how people broke through their plateaus.

I found myself very sensitive to carbs for example, and found it easier to lose weight if I ate no more than 25-50g of carbs in a day. Just one piece of fruit could throw this off so I had to be strict about it for a while.

But then that stopped working, and at the time I was running. I switched from running to strength exercises and that really helped a lot. You might try some kind of brief, intense exercise, such as sprints, riding an exercise bike in short, intense bursts, etc. If that is beyond your fitness level at the time maybe work up to it, but in my experience, cardio exercises like running actually kept the weight on, a combination of intense exercise and walking on alternate days really worked.

Good luck!

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on July 12, 2012
at 02:35 PM

Hitting a plateau is perfectly normal. If you just started exercising, and your weight stopped, you could be experiencing some body recomposition, gaining muscle and losing fat equally. Don't worry because that is good. Increasing muscle will improve health. As far as calories, it does seem you are on the low end of healthy and might need to up it a bit. Also vary your eating pattern and toy with Intermittent Fasting as it can boost your weight loss.

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5e5ff249c9161b8cd96d7eff6043bc3a

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on July 12, 2012
at 01:48 PM

Common sense says stop doing the thing that made you stop losing weight.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on July 12, 2012
at 04:51 PM

Yes, I agree with j3wcy, that this is a chicken egg problem that has been misinterpreted. I also believe the sedentary lifestyle itself is not necessarily the cause of weight gain / plateau;

5e5ff249c9161b8cd96d7eff6043bc3a

(4713)

on July 12, 2012
at 03:19 PM

Fair, but that doesn't mean in her case it's not stopping her from losing weight. There's also plenty of scientific evidence that shows a sendentary lifestyle is the result of being overweight, not the cause. Most fat people being sedentary doesn't mean that being sedentary was the cause. AND AGAIN, you're missing the point of what I'm saying, which is not that if she wants all the health benefits she needs to be active, which I believe, but that for weight loss alone, it's not necessary.

5e5ff249c9161b8cd96d7eff6043bc3a

(4713)

on July 12, 2012
at 02:46 PM

And seriously, downvoting for logically sound answers, despite the fact that you disagree with the outcome, is absurd.

5e5ff249c9161b8cd96d7eff6043bc3a

(4713)

on July 12, 2012
at 02:44 PM

You should read the Smarter Science of Slim, lest you continually make innacurate comments. Activity level is probably the least important thing when you want to lose weight, in comparison with diet and sleep. Also, she didn't say for health, she said for weightloss, and if she eats 1200cals a day and is doing a bunch of cardio, her body is just going to store fat. Lastly, the common sense part was in reference to someone saying they were doing something that worked, then did something else, and now it's not working. Logic says stop doing the thing that made it stop working.

F40555b9be81e12c2fc460e6fa7d097c

(692)

on July 12, 2012
at 02:53 PM

Diet and sleep are extremely important, but that doesn't mean you should tell people that exercise is stopping them from losing weight. There's plenty of scientific evidence that points to the benefits of an active lifestyle.

F40555b9be81e12c2fc460e6fa7d097c

(692)

on July 12, 2012
at 01:49 PM

So she should stop working out? I would never recommend that to anyone, a sedentary lifestyle is one of the worst things you can do for your health.

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