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Not seeing results... Sort of...

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 05, 2013 at 9:38 PM

I am in my 4th week of paleo. I started on August 11th. I kinda hoped by now I would see some pretty significant changes. I really haven't and I guess it could be due to any number of things. Here is a little bit of info and I would love to hear your thoughts on my progress (or lack there of...)

I am 39, female, 5' 4" and on August 11 weighed in at 175. I try not to weigh myself more than once a week because I have read that sometimes the changes don't reflect on the scale but they are not reflecting on or off the scale. I weighed in at 173 this morning but more importantly, I don't feel different. My clothes are still tight and I still feel the "bulge". I will say the one positive thing is I don't feel hungry all the time, however, I can't seem to break my 9pm snacking but I snack on sweet potato chips and salsa instead of regular chips, cheesitz and cookies. This is my typical eating:

Breakfast: scrambled eggs (2) and 3 pieces of bacon or 2 hard boiled eggs and 1-2 cups of cut up melon.

Lunch: salad with grilled chicken or 2 cups steamed veggies and grilled meat (pork, chicken or beef)

Dinner: grilled or steamed veggies and more meat and sometimes a salad.

I don't buy grass fed, being a single mom, I buy what is on sale..

If I am hungry in between I might have a handful of nuts or mashed avacado with sweet potato chips, or some banana chips.

I always start the day with coffee with a tsp of heavy cream. I have pretty much given up mayo unless I mix a tad with some tuna to go on a salad. I still put a bit of ketchup on my eggs and sometime use balsamic vinaigrette if I don't have my own oil and vinegar.

I usually get 8hrs sleep. I don't do much in the excercise department. Maybe an hour of Zumba every other week if I can fit it in.

I want to try making my own ketchup, mayo, and other sauces, but I live alone (with my 8 year old) and I think it would go bad before I could eat it...

So, that's it in a nut shell. I do feel better, I am just not seeing the results I expected...

I would love your opinions.

Thanks, Aimee

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on September 06, 2013
at 01:32 PM

Its simple regression theory. Every pound you loose is a larger percentage of your total body weight (i.e. 1lb fat on a 100lb person is 1% total body | Whereas 1lb fat on a 200lb person is .5% total body).

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on September 06, 2013
at 05:50 AM

Mr_Snowman, This is the first time I've seen rule #2. Any recommended reading/sources (apart from Ruhl's book)?

3013d1b44fd7f65b4c8412f229d1d00e

on September 06, 2013
at 04:15 AM

I did keto paleo (the "low carb" is unnecessary because keto is very low carb) for several months, and without eating dairy, eggs, and in the last few months, nuts. It worked very well for me--I wasn't hungry, had no cravings, and stopped only because I began a pretty intense weight training program and found that I did better with lots more carbs (I'm now doing LeanGains). N=1 is my standard, so YMMV.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on September 06, 2013
at 01:38 AM

I imagine you are right.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on September 06, 2013
at 01:37 AM

Fat doesn't turn to muscle.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on September 06, 2013
at 01:37 AM

Ahjones13, don't bother. Few women do well on it.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on September 06, 2013
at 01:36 AM

Lol, correction noted.

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on September 06, 2013
at 01:15 AM

here's a ketchup, take everything and quarter it: http://paleomg.com/ketchup-rosemary-sweet-potato-fries/

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on September 06, 2013
at 01:15 AM

Cool, I will have to try the mayo! Thanks.

1017614146c9b3af853c0b556abbc180

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on September 06, 2013
at 01:14 AM

Surprisingly, my toilet and I are fine...for now...Can you point me to a recipe for smaller portions of ketchup and/or mayo. They ketchup recipe I found calls for a whole can of tomato paste, the mayo called for a whole cup of oil...I am sure I could reduce down the mayo recipe some...but I am not sure about the ketchup.

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on September 06, 2013
at 01:14 AM

don't make ketchup as I don't care for the taste. Mayo -- One egg yolk, 1/4 cup olive oil, salt, juice of half an lemon. Blend for 30s - 1 min. That's the base, add flavors based on your meal.

1017614146c9b3af853c0b556abbc180

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on September 06, 2013
at 01:09 AM

Surprisingly, my toilet and I are fine...at least for right now. Can you point me in the direction of a recipe for ketchup and mayo in smaller portions? They only recipe I found for either makes a bunch. The ketchup recipe calls for a whole can of tomato paste....The mayo recipe called for about a cup of oil..

1017614146c9b3af853c0b556abbc180

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on September 06, 2013
at 01:04 AM

I have never heard of ketogenic low carb paleo. I guess I will have to google it. I do not cook my eggs in butter or coconut oil, although I do have both on hand.

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on September 06, 2013
at 12:12 AM

fat is not the answer to everything.

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on September 06, 2013
at 12:09 AM

your diet does seem VERY low in fat...I know that too low fat consumption can mess with the hormones which in turn can affect weight loss. Maybe try a ketogenic version of Low Carb Paleo? Would you be interested in that approach?

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on September 05, 2013
at 11:33 PM

You mean 2-3/week don't you?

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on September 05, 2013
at 10:15 PM

I agree. Eat enough during your meals so you don't have to snack in between. As for exercice, you can also go out with your kid and play freesbee, bike together, and so on.

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on September 05, 2013
at 09:40 PM

I forgot to mention that I never had the sluggish feelings others have talked about.

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C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on September 05, 2013
at 10:08 PM

Given your activity level, or lack thereof, three decent sized meals, plus snacking on nuts and sweet potato chips, with fruit is a lot of total calories. I am sure your body is still doing better with lots of good food instead of lots of bad food, but for you to begin some weight loss, you will either need to cut out some of the fruit, nuts and snacking, and/or add in some exercise. My recommendation would be both. There are plenty of bodyweight exercises that can be done in HIIT format at home in 15-20 minutes. Do that 2-3 times per week and you will see the fat begin to fall off more rapidly.

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on September 05, 2013
at 10:15 PM

I agree. Eat enough during your meals so you don't have to snack in between. As for exercice, you can also go out with your kid and play freesbee, bike together, and so on.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on September 06, 2013
at 01:36 AM

Lol, correction noted.

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on September 05, 2013
at 11:33 PM

You mean 2-3/week don't you?

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on September 05, 2013
at 09:50 PM

Maybe try cutting out the sweet potato chips and the banana chips. Smaller fruit portions or none at all for a little while to see if that helps as well. Are you cooking your eggs in butter or coconut oil? You may need to up your good fat intake. I do not buy grass fed meat all the time either but I do make sure my eggs are of high quality 99% of the time and I will spend the extra dollars on a good coconut oil.

You may also just be taking a little longer to get all the "bad" stuff and your hormones situated. Did you ever or do you take Lexapro or any anti-depressants?

On the plus side, you did lose 2 pounds! Thats way better than gaining 2! :)

3013d1b44fd7f65b4c8412f229d1d00e

on September 06, 2013
at 04:15 AM

I did keto paleo (the "low carb" is unnecessary because keto is very low carb) for several months, and without eating dairy, eggs, and in the last few months, nuts. It worked very well for me--I wasn't hungry, had no cravings, and stopped only because I began a pretty intense weight training program and found that I did better with lots more carbs (I'm now doing LeanGains). N=1 is my standard, so YMMV.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on September 06, 2013
at 12:12 AM

fat is not the answer to everything.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on September 06, 2013
at 01:37 AM

Ahjones13, don't bother. Few women do well on it.

B2eb3ff4456b2408e6db558072e7d3f2

(414)

on September 06, 2013
at 12:09 AM

your diet does seem VERY low in fat...I know that too low fat consumption can mess with the hormones which in turn can affect weight loss. Maybe try a ketogenic version of Low Carb Paleo? Would you be interested in that approach?

1017614146c9b3af853c0b556abbc180

(10)

on September 06, 2013
at 01:04 AM

I have never heard of ketogenic low carb paleo. I guess I will have to google it. I do not cook my eggs in butter or coconut oil, although I do have both on hand.

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3013d1b44fd7f65b4c8412f229d1d00e

on September 06, 2013
at 04:18 AM

You've received a lot of excellent responses. I'll add just a couple of things: 1. Eating paleo doesn't mean you'll lose weight, so being conscious of one's food intake is quite beneficial. You may want to check out a couple of metabolic rate and daily energy expenditure calculators (here's one to get a sense (they're not perfect, but will get you in the ballpark) of how many calories you expend daily. Once you know that, anything below that level will help you lose what. That means knowing, of course, how much you eat, which you can track for a week or so via various phone apps (like FatSecret). A lot of people don't like the idea of tracking their macronutrients and calories, but having a good idea of how much I consume has served me well.

  1. Kill the nuts (at least for a while--maybe a month). Once I stopped eating nuts, I started losing weight again (I was keto paleo at the time)--about 11 pounds in three weeks (after losing inches but being on a weight plateau for months).

  2. Eat more food at your meals, especially red meat (and fat, as noted above). We pull the grains out, but we often forget to replace their calories. In your case, you are still eating a fair amount of sugar/carbs (which may be why you are snacking so much). One of the challenges with snacking (especially on fruit/carbs) is that it keeps your insulin level elevated throughout the day, whereas you want it to be low except around mealtime. you're not eating a lot of food. Get more meat and fat in your meals after you kill the mounds of snacks and fruit, and you won't be nearly as hungry.

Welcome, and good luck.

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on September 06, 2013
at 12:11 AM

I'd imagine it has something to do with a cup of melon, two cups of veggies, sweet potato chips, 9 pm snacking when you aren't hungry, banana chips, ketchup, soy oil and sugar based vinaigrette and no exercise.

I'd also imagine your toilet hates you right now.

Also, the benefit of making your own ketchup (yuck) and mayo is that you can make the amount you need for the meal and no more. So there's nothing left to go bad.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on September 06, 2013
at 01:38 AM

I imagine you are right.

1017614146c9b3af853c0b556abbc180

(10)

on September 06, 2013
at 01:09 AM

Surprisingly, my toilet and I are fine...at least for right now. Can you point me in the direction of a recipe for ketchup and mayo in smaller portions? They only recipe I found for either makes a bunch. The ketchup recipe calls for a whole can of tomato paste....The mayo recipe called for about a cup of oil..

1017614146c9b3af853c0b556abbc180

(10)

on September 06, 2013
at 01:14 AM

Surprisingly, my toilet and I are fine...for now...Can you point me to a recipe for smaller portions of ketchup and/or mayo. They ketchup recipe I found calls for a whole can of tomato paste, the mayo called for a whole cup of oil...I am sure I could reduce down the mayo recipe some...but I am not sure about the ketchup.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on September 06, 2013
at 01:14 AM

don't make ketchup as I don't care for the taste. Mayo -- One egg yolk, 1/4 cup olive oil, salt, juice of half an lemon. Blend for 30s - 1 min. That's the base, add flavors based on your meal.

1017614146c9b3af853c0b556abbc180

(10)

on September 06, 2013
at 01:15 AM

Cool, I will have to try the mayo! Thanks.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on September 06, 2013
at 01:15 AM

here's a ketchup, take everything and quarter it: http://paleomg.com/ketchup-rosemary-sweet-potato-fries/

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on September 06, 2013
at 04:22 AM

It kind of goes like this:

  1. Women have greater difficulty losing weight than men

  2. Petite women have greater difficulty losing weight than larger women

  3. Older women have greater difficulty losing weight than younger women

You're probably looking at a low-carb or VLC diet with caloric restriction to see dramatic changes to your weight.

I recommend reading Jenny Ruhl's Diet 101 book. It tackles a bunch of weight loss myths and is especially geared for people just like you.

Good luck, and congrats on the changes that you've already made!

3013d1b44fd7f65b4c8412f229d1d00e

on September 06, 2013
at 05:50 AM

Mr_Snowman, This is the first time I've seen rule #2. Any recommended reading/sources (apart from Ruhl's book)?

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on September 06, 2013
at 01:32 PM

Its simple regression theory. Every pound you loose is a larger percentage of your total body weight (i.e. 1lb fat on a 100lb person is 1% total body | Whereas 1lb fat on a 200lb person is .5% total body).

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on September 05, 2013
at 10:43 PM

Keep in mind that your initial results will largely be a trade off from fat to muscle, so you'll see visual changes faster than the scale will tell you. However, if it's weight loss you seek, there's some good advice here and you'll get plenty more without my input.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on September 06, 2013
at 01:37 AM

Fat doesn't turn to muscle.

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