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Weight loss severely stalled

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 20, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Hey there, greetings from England! So i started on my Paleo quest a good 6 months ago, i've always stuck to the Paleo guidelines, no wheat, legumes or processed foods have passed my lips since that fateful day (Nerd Fitness inspiration right there!) Up until 2 months ago i was interested in making my old favourite foods, chocolate and cakes mostly into Paleofied versions, using almond flour and coconut oil and pure dark chocolate and such.

But 2 months ago i've started using Paleo for weight loss. I've not got a large amount of weight to lose, to be honest it's more of a vanity thing because i've always dreamed of not having a podge of belly.

So for the past 8 weeks i've cut the fruit, cut the nuts, watched my portion sizes, i'm at about 1400kcal each day (i'm very specific about this). Currently eating beef, chicken, low-carb veg (armfuls much broccoli and spinach!) pork, i'm not neglecting my healthy fats, i can appreciate the importance of it. I IF every other day, purely because it makes me feel more alert and fresh when i exercise.

I lift weights 3 times a week (although the adding of weights is slow) and walk 4-5 miles on my off days at a slow pace. It all sounds perfect from what i can see.

My body fat disposition hasn't changed in this time, but i wasn't worried about that as i figured it would take time to show and what i couldn't see would be revealed on the scales (although i know the numbers on the scales aren't the be-all and end-all). I lost 8lbs in the first 2 weeks, but after that...nada, nothing, zip, nout, not a sausage.

For 6 weeks i've been dead on 154lb and it's truly disheartening, i've taken 'before' photos and measurements but there's no change in them at all. I don't drink coffee, i'm as chilled out as can be but like i said, it feels like these past 6 weeks have been a waste, don't get me wrong, i love how my skin has cleared up and how much more awake i feel but some days i just want body weight results!!

If anyone could give me some advice or tips or even just some motivation i'd be incredibly grateful

Thanks

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

(2097)

on April 22, 2013
at 06:08 PM

hey!! .. thats good progress for a week .. :) excellent. I got a few buxx on my paypal maybe ill order that tape measure. I got a regular tape measure but i find i never can tell if im exactly holding it at the same tension .. ha.. yeah u dont wanna lose there eh :) yeah scales a bitch sometimes- like about a month ago i had a flu bug and dint eat for litterally 36 hours and i weighed myself and had gained 2 lbs. I was like ARE U FRICKIN SERIOUS! HEHHEH check your burn thingy :) ttys

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on April 22, 2013
at 03:44 PM

But I have been in a slight calorie deficit, -500 a day for just under a week, along with some IF. I don't necessarily recommend those things, it's just hard for me to get good meals in a timely fashion with my schedule being how it is. Luckily I haven't lost inches in my chest or biceps. I'd recommend you get body tape measure like this, http://www.amazon.com/AccuFitness-MT05-MyoTape-Body-Measure/dp/B000G7YW7Y . This is more accurate than a scale because it'll tell you where you're losing fat. I measure my waist and biceps relatively regularly.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on April 22, 2013
at 03:42 PM

But I have been in a slight calorie deficit, -500 a day for just under a week, along with some IF. I don't necessarily recommend those things, it's just hard for me to get good meals in a timely fashion with my schedule being how it is.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on April 22, 2013
at 03:39 PM

If you were to do Doug's Routine on top of Sprint 8 then I'd caution against doing the leg portion of Doug's protocol and I'd focus more on the upper body. I use sprint 8 and Doug's super slow together, but I use Doug's protocol only on my upper body.The routine I'm looking at now looks like this: Sprint 8, rest, Sprint 8, Super Slow upper body, Sprint 8, Rest, Sprint 8, Super Slow upper body. There's still some room for variation, and I wouldn't advocate as the end all be all for everyone, but it's working nicely for me. I measured my waist this morning at 34.5, was 36.5 2 weeks ago.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on April 22, 2013
at 03:31 PM

I have my burn email on my profile page, just put in the title of your message that you're Mary from PH or something and I'll email you from my legit email. Also, I'm going to have to re-film it. While editing it I realized I'm going to need a more structured script to make the message clear. Anyways, back to your questions, I do Slow reps for my upper body in addition to Sprint 8. Doug does say to recover over 4-5 days, BUT, most bodybuilders don't work muscle groups hard more than twice a week either, so I don't find that too controversial.

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

(2097)

on April 21, 2013
at 06:46 PM

u in the editing room? :) question 4 ya..you think it would be a good idea to do the super-slow weight lifting (arghhh super slow gives me anxiety..lol but ill try it though) along with the super 8 ? Doug says you need to recover for at least 4-5 days afterwards? would that HIIT frig up the recovery. I have dumbells 10,15,20, and 30 lbs. kk, have g'day-just done w/o back to basketbal watching here for now :)

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

(2097)

on April 21, 2013
at 12:20 AM

Yeah i will- but how to without the world seeing? :)

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

(2097)

on April 21, 2013
at 12:18 AM

oh crap maybe you didnt mean a exercise vid specifically ..but thats really cool youre doing that. Ive watched tonnes of them and as you know lots or most are F.O.S :) pure bro science.

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

(2097)

on April 21, 2013
at 12:16 AM

:) thats great!!! Im sure its amazing. I was having a hard time finding a good (sprint 8 )30-90 HIIT on you tube. Did you do one wihtout a machine :) ..plyometrix and burpees?

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on April 20, 2013
at 11:06 PM

I just finished filming it.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on April 20, 2013
at 10:27 PM

I'm working on the script now, this is actually a ton of work.. lol.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on April 20, 2013
at 08:21 PM

I'm going to start by making a channel on YouTube. I'm preparing for it now. I'll send it to you when I finish filming/editing it (send me your email?) and I'll only put it online if you don't think it's stupid, lol..

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on April 20, 2013
at 08:05 PM

Right on! If one isn't going to take lots of measurements (tape and fat calipers) then getting on the scale shouldn't be done either, in my humble opinion. Coupled with those other measurements, scale weight can be useful for tracking body recomp, like you said.

81feb1022a28f534867616b9316c7aa4

(638)

on April 20, 2013
at 06:41 PM

Also wow I didn't realise you are a male. 1400cals for a male is def. not sounding like enough! and 154lbs for a male sounds quite slim already! And because you asked the most likely way to drop any fat is simply by dropping your carbohydrate intake lower than it already is.

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

(2097)

on April 20, 2013
at 04:52 PM

or blog :) .....

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

(2097)

on April 20, 2013
at 04:37 PM

*should mention*..

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

(2097)

on April 20, 2013
at 04:34 PM

love the name change :) ...u mention it in your profile too.

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32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on April 20, 2013
at 04:28 PM

I'm not sure if it's motivation to tell you that I've been stalled at the same weight for 3 years while paleo, lol! However, in that time my body comp has definitely changed. I do look better, and have lost many inches in my middle. The way I feel makes this lifestyle 100% worth it, even if I never lost a pound. I'm still holding out for really long term healing and possible weight loss as my body heals from almost 4 decades of trashing it. :)

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on April 20, 2013
at 08:05 PM

Right on! If one isn't going to take lots of measurements (tape and fat calipers) then getting on the scale shouldn't be done either, in my humble opinion. Coupled with those other measurements, scale weight can be useful for tracking body recomp, like you said.

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Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on April 20, 2013
at 03:51 PM

Some similar questions have been asked recently, eeryone's trying to et not bathing suit shape all of a sudden, anyways, check these three out.

  1. http://paleohacks.com/questions/192149/set-point-theory-shangri-la-diet-and-plateau-busting#axzz2R18ElDpj
  2. http://paleohacks.com/questions/192392/malabsorption-calories-and-hunger#axzz2R18ElDpj
  3. http://paleohacks.com/questions/192390/keto-adapted-exercise-and-glycogen-depletion#axzz2R18ElDpj

If you read through those you'll understand what you need to do.

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

(2097)

on April 21, 2013
at 12:16 AM

:) thats great!!! Im sure its amazing. I was having a hard time finding a good (sprint 8 )30-90 HIIT on you tube. Did you do one wihtout a machine :) ..plyometrix and burpees?

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on April 20, 2013
at 10:27 PM

I'm working on the script now, this is actually a ton of work.. lol.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on April 22, 2013
at 03:42 PM

But I have been in a slight calorie deficit, -500 a day for just under a week, along with some IF. I don't necessarily recommend those things, it's just hard for me to get good meals in a timely fashion with my schedule being how it is.

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

(2097)

on April 20, 2013
at 04:37 PM

*should mention*..

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

(2097)

on April 21, 2013
at 12:18 AM

oh crap maybe you didnt mean a exercise vid specifically ..but thats really cool youre doing that. Ive watched tonnes of them and as you know lots or most are F.O.S :) pure bro science.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on April 20, 2013
at 08:21 PM

I'm going to start by making a channel on YouTube. I'm preparing for it now. I'll send it to you when I finish filming/editing it (send me your email?) and I'll only put it online if you don't think it's stupid, lol..

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on April 20, 2013
at 11:06 PM

I just finished filming it.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on April 22, 2013
at 03:31 PM

I have my burn email on my profile page, just put in the title of your message that you're Mary from PH or something and I'll email you from my legit email. Also, I'm going to have to re-film it. While editing it I realized I'm going to need a more structured script to make the message clear. Anyways, back to your questions, I do Slow reps for my upper body in addition to Sprint 8. Doug does say to recover over 4-5 days, BUT, most bodybuilders don't work muscle groups hard more than twice a week either, so I don't find that too controversial.

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

(2097)

on April 20, 2013
at 04:34 PM

love the name change :) ...u mention it in your profile too.

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

(2097)

on April 21, 2013
at 12:20 AM

Yeah i will- but how to without the world seeing? :)

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

(2097)

on April 20, 2013
at 04:52 PM

or blog :) .....

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

(2097)

on April 21, 2013
at 06:46 PM

u in the editing room? :) question 4 ya..you think it would be a good idea to do the super-slow weight lifting (arghhh super slow gives me anxiety..lol but ill try it though) along with the super 8 ? Doug says you need to recover for at least 4-5 days afterwards? would that HIIT frig up the recovery. I have dumbells 10,15,20, and 30 lbs. kk, have g'day-just done w/o back to basketbal watching here for now :)

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on April 22, 2013
at 03:39 PM

If you were to do Doug's Routine on top of Sprint 8 then I'd caution against doing the leg portion of Doug's protocol and I'd focus more on the upper body. I use sprint 8 and Doug's super slow together, but I use Doug's protocol only on my upper body.The routine I'm looking at now looks like this: Sprint 8, rest, Sprint 8, Super Slow upper body, Sprint 8, Rest, Sprint 8, Super Slow upper body. There's still some room for variation, and I wouldn't advocate as the end all be all for everyone, but it's working nicely for me. I measured my waist this morning at 34.5, was 36.5 2 weeks ago.

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

(2097)

on April 22, 2013
at 06:08 PM

hey!! .. thats good progress for a week .. :) excellent. I got a few buxx on my paypal maybe ill order that tape measure. I got a regular tape measure but i find i never can tell if im exactly holding it at the same tension .. ha.. yeah u dont wanna lose there eh :) yeah scales a bitch sometimes- like about a month ago i had a flu bug and dint eat for litterally 36 hours and i weighed myself and had gained 2 lbs. I was like ARE U FRICKIN SERIOUS! HEHHEH check your burn thingy :) ttys

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on April 22, 2013
at 03:44 PM

But I have been in a slight calorie deficit, -500 a day for just under a week, along with some IF. I don't necessarily recommend those things, it's just hard for me to get good meals in a timely fashion with my schedule being how it is. Luckily I haven't lost inches in my chest or biceps. I'd recommend you get body tape measure like this, http://www.amazon.com/AccuFitness-MT05-MyoTape-Body-Measure/dp/B000G7YW7Y . This is more accurate than a scale because it'll tell you where you're losing fat. I measure my waist and biceps relatively regularly.

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Cc69a51b427eaad36251cce9dcca4d3a

(1074)

on April 20, 2013
at 06:53 PM

try a zero carb, all meat diet. you can research about it at ZiOH

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81feb1022a28f534867616b9316c7aa4

on April 20, 2013
at 06:38 PM

Hey you could read the book "Why we get fat" by Gary Tubes... it explains how calories in, calories out is not the only explanation for weight loss/gain. I found it a really useful book. Please also be aware that if your body is already near/at what it feels is an ideal weight then its going to be hard to lose any more weight besides through starving yourself, which it looks like you could already be doing by sticking to 1400 cals a day (this is a bad idea by the way, because if you do that in the long run you are probably going to gain back more weight than you were originally!).

Hope this is helpful.

81feb1022a28f534867616b9316c7aa4

(638)

on April 20, 2013
at 06:41 PM

Also wow I didn't realise you are a male. 1400cals for a male is def. not sounding like enough! and 154lbs for a male sounds quite slim already! And because you asked the most likely way to drop any fat is simply by dropping your carbohydrate intake lower than it already is.

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