What is happening to me!!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 19, 2013 at 10:05 PM

So I have been on a paleo diet for four weeks now, it has turned my world upside down (But in a good way). I was just looking for reinforcement of what feels right for me, since I haven't bumped into many actual caveman lately (Apparently they are all dead). One of the reasons I started this diet was to lose fat, also to be healthier and happier. I started the diet with my old "weight-loss" habits firmly intact: Count Calories, Eat big in the morning and small in the evening, exercise every day.

Well after a few weeks my routine is like this: Don't count calories (Caveman don't know nuthin 'bout no calories!), Eat small in the morning and big in the evening, Exercise 1 or 2 times a week. The weird thing is that now I am losing more weight than ever!! My first 3 weeks I averaged about a 3 pound weight loss per week (Which I was content with). This past week when I didn't hardly do anything, I lost 7 pounds. Obviously I cannot expect this every week but it made me question everything I know.

The other weird "side-effect" is that when I do exercise everything seems easier now than when I was younger and supposedly in better shape. The bottom line is, Why is this happening?

Thanks, -Big C

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on August 20, 2013
at 01:20 AM

A lot of people over-exercise in general or especially when they start a new diet. That puts a lot of stress on the body. Dialing back that exercise reduces the physical stress, so that your metabolism can work properly, instead of using all your energy to protect the body from the stressful situation.

Jonathan Bailor of Smarter Science of Slim calls this "Eat smarter, exercise smarter, not more". You are smarter, my friend. Welcome to Paleo.

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on August 20, 2013
at 09:09 AM

Overtraining is really easy to fall into. I've suffered it several times in the past, and it took me some time to train smart. I remember feeling miserable for periods of months back when I did more cardio (running, road cycling), basically due to inadequate rest.

The fear of losing muscle mass and/or physical condition ends up so ingrained in mainstream fitness that you see a lot of people never getting adequate rest to allow physiological adaptations to happen in the body. From there, the path goes down elevated cortisol levels, weight loss plateau, insomnia, irritability, the list goes on and on.

With carbs cut back (specially from grains/refined sugars), your body turns to fat burning, and you can shred excess pounds fast without really compromising muscle mass, because its still getting its 'hit' (assuming HIIT and strength training is there) and you allow it to transform into an adaptation.

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