Weight Loss on Paleo

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 29, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Hello I feel so good on the paleo diet, however, I've put on about 40lbs! I've been going for about 18 months, and done 4x whole 30s which don't seem to make much difference, except that I feel really good! I should say that I'm 64 years old, have two knee replacements, and a gall bladder removal. I walk (painfully) twice a week and am doing DDP Yoga for flexibility.

I know it must be to do with fat metabolism and lack of heavy exercise (no cross-fit!) but can anyone let me know how to proceed, for instance does anyone know (for sure) about fat metabolism after gall bladder removal. Is there such a thing as a Paleo 5:2 ? I could figure out a way, but fat is so high in calories. Please help, I'd also appreciate it if you didn't try to sell me anything! Thanks so much Love Lorainne xx

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on June 12, 2013
at 04:27 PM

I would just like to chime in that I am a young woman, and going very low carb prevented me from losing any weight. Adding 1/3 - 1/2 cup of sweet potato at every meal, plus the occasional piece of fruit has made me feel much better and get less stuck with my weight loss. In general, the less carb-phobic I am, the better my health seems to be. And this is after being very low carb for over a year. I think that men often have a better time going vlc than women do. Just my 2 cents though.


on May 29, 2013
at 04:10 PM

I agree with Mark. Even on Paleo, I have to stay low carb ish, no sweet potatoes and only 1 cup of starch (plantain, white potato, white rice) per day or I gain weight. Check out The Perfect Health Diet (tons of free info on the website). I walk and do Sprint8 1-2 x per week. I've never been overweight but used to be skinny fat. I've lost 15 lbs since starting Paleo and am leaning out at the rate of about 1 lb per month. Another 5 months or losing the rest of the flab around my tummy and I will be in perfect shape, better than since I starting having babies 18 years ago actually.

My husband (late 40's) only walks 3-4x per week, no strenuous exercise, and must keep a low carb Paleo diet or he gains weight. He also limits the amount of nuts and nut butters because he tends to gain weight on that as well. He does not limit fat. He's maintaining his 30 lbs weight loss but needs to lose another 15. We are trying to figure out the best way for him to lose the final 15 lbs, given his aversion to strenuous exercise.

Hope this gives you some ideas.


on May 29, 2013
at 02:20 PM

There are two theories on fat retention. And both are just theories (contrary to how Taubes writes it). Calories in/out is one. And insulin secretion triggers fat storage is the other.

I subscribe to, and have successfully lost my excess fat (~75lbs) by following the latter 'insulin hypothesis'.

In a nutshell, and I am sure this will cause a firestorm with the uber-Paleo crowd, who seem to go berzerk when anyone denigrates a sweet potato : ) ) - going as low in carbohydrate, particularly from non-leafy vegetables, results in fat loss. So my suggestion would be to try it for a couple of weeks and see what happens.

A Paleo diet consisting of sweet potatoes, fruit, etc. on a daily basis is likely to cause weight increase unless you're working out fairly often.

I am assuming that this 40lbs is excess weight. At your age, if you were skinny prior to going Paleo, then maybe the extra 40lbs is appropriate for you?

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