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As with any other lifestyle change, is Paleo subject to plateaus?

Answered on September 08, 2013
Created September 07, 2013 at 2:50 PM

I had been following Paleo for about 4 weeks and lost 11lbs and was feeling so much better when I got stuck for no reason. I almost gave up, but I have been feeling so much better, I persevered and after 5 1/2 weeks I have lost another couple of pounds. I started Paleo as I have several intolerances, such as wheat, gluten and dairy, and thought that it would suit me. The only drawback is the visits to the loo which have increased, but they only become a bit of a nuisance at night. It is also quite a novelty to be eating meat again, I had to cut right back (on a diet I was on before) for a couple of years.

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on September 07, 2013
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Common sense and the ability to use critical thinking really does go a long way.

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on September 07, 2013
at 05:43 PM

8# is maximum safe loss for whom? what if I'm 400lbs or 150lbs? ascribing a number is meaningless without the context of the individual and current health and stats.

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on September 07, 2013
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Not advocating Atkins Diet, but a method he developed to kick start fat burning. 5 200 cal / 90% fat meals a day for four days. For example 2 oz of macadamia nuts for one meal. Use paleo friendly foods for the meals.

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Presumably we're here to do paleo, not Atkins. While the Atkins diet can be close to paleo, it isn't. You might have instead suggested something like IF, or HFLC, etc.

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on September 07, 2013
at 05:38 PM

Plateaus can be adjustment periods. Stick to your daily plan and accept that your body is adjusting. Don't analyze it yet, don't push it. If it lasts more than 2 months, evaluate what you're eating and see if there's a hidden aspect. Look for hidden sugars, starches, msg and glutens.

Also, 8# a month is the maximum safe weight loss. 2-4# a month is a healthy average and more common on a healthy diet. I know we'd rather see more & at times we may get a "wooosh" of weight loss. But really, as said before, it's about health, weight loss can't help but follow when you're enjoying a healthy lifestyle.

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on September 07, 2013
at 05:43 PM

8# is maximum safe loss for whom? what if I'm 400lbs or 150lbs? ascribing a number is meaningless without the context of the individual and current health and stats.

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on September 07, 2013
at 05:58 PM

Common sense and the ability to use critical thinking really does go a long way.

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on September 08, 2013
at 08:12 AM

I really like ValkyrieDMN's answer, but thank you all for taking the trouble. My parents did the Atkins diet and were fine for about 6-8 weeks and then they both started to have kidney problems and other symptoms and theirGP advised them to stop. Anyway, I am doing this now and my husband has joined me (only he still has a few glasses of red wine in the evening) because he had a heart scare followed by a pacemaker being fitted. He says he's feeling good too, so we will persevere.

I got on the scales this am and I have lost another pound, so maybe I'm o the move again.

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on September 07, 2013
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4 weeks isn't that long, and yes, there can be plateaus. The initial weight loss isn't fat, it's water, this is true of every diet.

Don't bother with the scale, it's a very poor measure. You want to measure fat loss, if that's what you're after, not weight loss. Weight loss could mean anything: muscle, water, bone loss, amputation, moving to a smaller planet, etc. and not be fat loss. See:

http://robbwolf.com/2012/02/06/paleo-diet-am-i-losing-enough-weight/

Also daily weight can go up and down by as much as 5lbs from water retention/loss. Fat does weird things. You could go for weeks at the same "weight" and overnight drop a few pounds.

There are fat measuring scales, but they're not very accurate. You can also try a tape measure.

Remember, the point isn't to just lose fat, it's to get healthy, and if it takes a bit longer to get skinny, as long as you're healthy getting there, it's an opportunity to learn some patience.

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on September 07, 2013
at 03:19 PM

An option to IF to kick start fat buring is to try Dr Atlins Fat Diet. You can Google it. Basically 5 200 cal 90% fat meals throughout the day for no more than 4 days.

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on September 07, 2013
at 05:17 PM

Not advocating Atkins Diet, but a method he developed to kick start fat burning. 5 200 cal / 90% fat meals a day for four days. For example 2 oz of macadamia nuts for one meal. Use paleo friendly foods for the meals.

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on September 07, 2013
at 04:20 PM

Presumably we're here to do paleo, not Atkins. While the Atkins diet can be close to paleo, it isn't. You might have instead suggested something like IF, or HFLC, etc.

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on September 07, 2013
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I found that Intermittent fasting, 16 hours daily without food broke through my weight loss plateau.

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