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Weight- loss issues!

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Created June 05, 2011 at 9:16 PM

On paleo I am hardly hungry I skip dinner every night but eat breakfast and lunch. I eat around 900 to 1300 calories a day. If I eat more I gain and if I eat this amount I stay the same. How can I lose weight? I can't go lower in calories. I have been paleo for 8 months, I lost at first but not this is how it's going.

Normal day's food is

3 eggs fried in butter

10 olives

2 salmon filets

?? oz nuts

6 tablespoons of cream

tea and coffee

no sugar

Help!

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on June 09, 2011
at 12:44 AM

ive only gained so i wouldnt be much help, i usually mention things i would do if i wanted to lose

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on June 07, 2011
at 06:21 AM

I agree. Make sure you are getting at least 7 hours of sleep a night...

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on June 07, 2011
at 06:20 AM

I agree. There needs to be more food...

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on June 06, 2011
at 06:05 PM

Good one. I think simple barbell work, classic progressively heavier and heavier, along with whole paleo food is so important for changing an obese person's ability to deal with/partition food. Unfortunately you don't see this as a big part of many people's plans n

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on June 06, 2011
at 06:03 PM

I'd agree with this answer. Building muscle, achieved through barbell weight training, is SO beneficial for getting obese people less overweight, and it's just never mentioned.

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on June 06, 2011
at 01:46 AM

Hi Mallory - I am interested in your response. I have been trying to lose the last couple of lbs (2-3) but with little success, I've tried adding more fat, IF'ing, working out less, these strategies have just made want to eat more and as a result i've fell out of my regular routing and instead am now gaining weight! Have you been successful losing the last few lbs?

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on June 06, 2011
at 12:39 AM

Cream may not be Wolf/Cordain paleo but many paleos consume it with no issue so I don't think it's correct to say it's not paleo. Still something worth looking at if weight loss is stalled. Agree that starvation mode is a misconception. Ask the millions of people on the planet who actually are starving and are anything but overweight. Might be worth looking at eating a little more and see what happens? And that's not how you make ghee. That's clarified butter only these directions would have you pouring the good stuff in the trash and keeping the milk solids which is not what you want.

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on June 05, 2011
at 10:26 PM

How long have you been stuck on your Plateau?

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on June 05, 2011
at 10:25 PM

The idea that your bodies metabolism slows down when you don't eat is somewhat of a misconception. There is evidence to suggest that metabolism actually increases during the first 36 - 48 hours of a fast. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3661473 ; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2405717

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on June 05, 2011
at 10:06 PM

If you don't mind sharing, what is your height and weight? And what do you think is your 'ideal' weight?

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on June 05, 2011
at 10:01 PM

I thought cream was a good source of fat that's about 2/3 SFA, 1/3 MUFA and very little PUFA. Not 100% paleo yes but many use it for that.

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on June 05, 2011
at 09:47 PM

This might sound weird, but I'm convinced that my chi is stuck. I just cashed in a groupon for yoga classes. They have been incredibly gentle with me, but I do feel a difference. I think stuck chi and sluggish metabolism are connected.

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on June 05, 2011
at 09:34 PM

Good luck, anyway I hope you find a solution.

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on June 05, 2011
at 09:26 PM

Yes I sprint and run.

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Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

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on June 05, 2011
at 09:49 PM

Eat more calories! Add pure fat as you need to, butter, or more eggs and eat.

Its a real paradigm shift, but calories are NOT the challenge. People think they 'get it' but balk at a tablespoon of butter. It took me a while to really get it but every time I increase the fat I eat in a day I lose a little more weight.

If you limit your calories you will either stall in your weight loss, or be tired all the time, or both.

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on June 05, 2011
at 10:06 PM

I think more information is needed. How long have you been eating this way? What was your previous diet like? Are you just weighing yourself as a way of measuring progress?

I'm no expert, but my take is if you spent a long time burning one type of fuel (sugar) it can take more time to adapt to burning fat as fuel (this is why Atkins has an "induction" phase which is super strict for a few weeks - to jump start those metabolic pathways).

Your lack of hunger is a good sign I think. Your brain recognizes satiety.

Please consider ditching the scale. I think it is such a meaningless measure of progress. Get a $1 tape measure and use that instead. You could be burning fat like crazy and gaining muscle - but the scale won't tell you that. It'll just spit out some arbitrary number that will either bum you out or make your day.

I don't know your gender - but us women can get so overwrought over that friggin' scale - it sure made me crazy for a time, until I introduced it to the garbage man!

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on June 06, 2011
at 12:53 AM

using fitday.com?

check your %'s!! 55-65%fat, no more than 25% protein and no more than 50g carbs.....from here you can tweek it a bit. 900-1300 calories is too low, your body is storing instead of burning fat as it thinks is starving. no dairy, no more than 1oz nuts and fruit perhaps 1 serving/berries.

You dont want to aggerivate your IBS so do whats right for you, but do check out your %'s!! You might be surprised at how far off you really are. Then you can really start to hone in what will work.

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on June 07, 2011
at 06:20 AM

I agree. There needs to be more food...

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on June 06, 2011
at 12:01 AM

My guess: youre not getting enough calories or carbs, so your cortisol is through the roof, which is why you are storing fat. In which case, Intermittent fasting, as suggested is not a good idea. I would suggest carb/calorie refeeds, particularly around workouts.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on June 06, 2011
at 06:03 PM

I'd agree with this answer. Building muscle, achieved through barbell weight training, is SO beneficial for getting obese people less overweight, and it's just never mentioned.

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on June 05, 2011
at 11:44 PM

i disagree with most...depends where your at...last couple lbs? i surely would NOT add fat. maybe try siwtching fat from SFA to MUFA. sleep more, focus not on the food but the vitamins & minerals in it. eat organs

8cbb06eb84dad8d2db56fcc4d8bdc0ba

on June 06, 2011
at 01:46 AM

Hi Mallory - I am interested in your response. I have been trying to lose the last couple of lbs (2-3) but with little success, I've tried adding more fat, IF'ing, working out less, these strategies have just made want to eat more and as a result i've fell out of my regular routing and instead am now gaining weight! Have you been successful losing the last few lbs?

1f8384be58052b6b96f476e475abdc74

(2231)

on June 09, 2011
at 12:44 AM

ive only gained so i wouldnt be much help, i usually mention things i would do if i wanted to lose

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on June 05, 2011
at 11:08 PM

I agree with intermittent fasting. You might also add some more fat, coconut oil preferably. I agree with cutting out dairy entirely to see if that makes a difference. Sleep, stress, and hormones could also be contributing factors.

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on June 07, 2011
at 06:21 AM

I agree. Make sure you are getting at least 7 hours of sleep a night...

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on June 05, 2011
at 11:04 PM

Where is the produce?

Eat more food. 900-1300 calories is sad.

I tried what you're doing. It didn't work. Not at all. In fact I gained fat.

Eat lots of plants and animals. Oh yeah, did I mention, eat plants?

Some of us can't eat the way you're eating and lose fat. It just doesn't work that way. I upped my produce- I eat fruit, I eat veggies, I eat tubers. My weight jumped up 5 lbs, and now it's on a slow, steady tick downward without any calorie counting or restriction on what I eat. Best part is, my energy is vastly improved and my jeans still fit, even with eating as much as I want of whatever I want.

Today was bacon, sweet potato and avocado for breakfast. Snacked on a bit more bacon and blueberries for lunch. Dinner will be a big salad with beef and loads of veggies, followed by kefir with berries for dessert. :)

What works for some (especially guys) doesn't always work for others (especially women.) That's one thing to keep in mind.

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on June 05, 2011
at 09:41 PM

If you can't eat more calories, could you try eating smaller meals more often? I was told recently that I may not be losing weight because I'm not eating enough. I was also told it would be wise to cut out dairy and have also read that it's better for you adrenals to cut out caffeine. (so far, I've only cut back on that, it's not completely out yet). I have to be very careful of all sugars, even fruit, but I am eating some vegetables. Usually about 30% of my intake is lettuce or green pepper or zucchini (ie: something green, but not too sweet). To be honest, since I began taking this advice, a few days back, I've been afraid to get on the scale to see how it's going. I do feel pretty good though. Just a small change.

E3c6d84c01a12e2ee1c49e2180d84238

(315)

on June 05, 2011
at 09:47 PM

This might sound weird, but I'm convinced that my chi is stuck. I just cashed in a groupon for yoga classes. They have been incredibly gentle with me, but I do feel a difference. I think stuck chi and sluggish metabolism are connected.

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on June 05, 2011
at 09:34 PM

I have a kinda the same problem, but I can't run.

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on June 05, 2011
at 09:25 PM

have you tried running?

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on June 05, 2011
at 09:26 PM

Yes I sprint and run.

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on June 07, 2011
at 06:23 AM

I agree with the weight lifting Interval Aerobics and anyone who said eat more..

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on June 06, 2011
at 05:39 PM

I'd recommend eating 150g of carbs from starch every day and substituting weight-training and walking for running.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on June 06, 2011
at 06:05 PM

Good one. I think simple barbell work, classic progressively heavier and heavier, along with whole paleo food is so important for changing an obese person's ability to deal with/partition food. Unfortunately you don't see this as a big part of many people's plans n

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on June 05, 2011
at 09:46 PM

  • Try intermittent fasting.
  • Try some sort of high intensity interval training 2-3 times per week, along with more frequent low intensity stuff like walking every day.

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on June 05, 2011
at 09:40 PM

  1. Lose the cream; not Paleo.
  2. Switch to Ghee (clarified butter); or make your own. Melt 1 pound unsalted butter and pour through cheesecloth. Throw away liquids and scrape ghee/clarified butter into a jar and store in fridge.
  3. Switch up breakfast. Try a smoothie from the Paleo Cookbook.
  4. Lunch. Ditch the olives, or slice 3-4 only into a salad. Add your protein, salmon sounds great, leftover chicken or steak...whatever. Add as much extra raw veggies and make a simple dressing with favorite vinegar and oil (1 tbl olive oil, 1 tsp vinegar, salt/pepper, favorite spices...try adding mustard, or fresh basil, etc).
  5. Dinner - don't skip dinner! have a small portion of protein and some veggies. Another salad, or steamed/sauteed/roasted veggies.

The whole idea of the Paleo plan is to keep your glycemic index normal all day long. Your body thinks you are trying to starve it and will hold on to all it can. I.e., your metabolism is slowing down to accomodate your skipped meals.

Move, Move, Move! If you can't work out at a gym, or at home, try turning on the radio and dancing your feet off for 30 minutes...great cardio!

Wishing you success

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on June 05, 2011
at 10:01 PM

I thought cream was a good source of fat that's about 2/3 SFA, 1/3 MUFA and very little PUFA. Not 100% paleo yes but many use it for that.

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(24286)

on June 06, 2011
at 12:39 AM

Cream may not be Wolf/Cordain paleo but many paleos consume it with no issue so I don't think it's correct to say it's not paleo. Still something worth looking at if weight loss is stalled. Agree that starvation mode is a misconception. Ask the millions of people on the planet who actually are starving and are anything but overweight. Might be worth looking at eating a little more and see what happens? And that's not how you make ghee. That's clarified butter only these directions would have you pouring the good stuff in the trash and keeping the milk solids which is not what you want.

B3e7d1ab5aeb329fe24cca1de1a0b09c

(5242)

on June 05, 2011
at 10:25 PM

The idea that your bodies metabolism slows down when you don't eat is somewhat of a misconception. There is evidence to suggest that metabolism actually increases during the first 36 - 48 hours of a fast. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3661473 ; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2405717

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