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Help! Gaining weight on strict Paleo

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Created September 14, 2012 at 3:12 AM

Hello,

I have been on the Paleo diet for more than 6 months. Have been eating the same food, but have recently noticed my weight creeping up.

Breakfast is 1/2 cup ground lamb. Generally, lunch includes a 5 oz lamb chop, 1 cup green beans and 3/4 cup cauliflower steamed, along with 1/2 bell pepper, and 1/2 tomato. Dinner is usually the same with a 4 oz steamed salmon instead. No coffee, soda, tea. I drink around 3-4L water every day. Also do IF one day a week. Food is cooked in coconut oil, and I have a tbsp ghee with every meal.

Exercise includes swimming 2X a week, and elliptical for 45 mins 3X a week.

I'm 5'8", 198 lbs, female. Initially lost ten lbs, but have gained it all back in the last month.

Any suggestions, advice will be very helpful.

Thanks

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Truth is not always convenient - and down-voting it does not invalidate it.

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on September 14, 2012
at 04:04 AM

Also, can you share you're meal plan on how you lost the weight?

Ded301fff92b0e7c33eec95f14f53b1f

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on September 14, 2012
at 04:00 AM

I do measure myself. I noticed an initial drop in all measurements, but as I started gaining weight again, the numbers went back to what I started with. For the cardio- I generally only burn about 200 calories as I do no intensity, and very low incline.

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on September 14, 2012
at 03:56 AM

Any suggestions on any other vegetables? I weigh myself in the morning on an empty stomach. I am working on adding strength training 2X a week, remove some other exercise. I do saute the cauliflower in ghee after I steam it. Fish, i steam with 2 tbsp coconut milk and various spices. When I started paleo i was 198lbs, went down to 186, crept back up to starting. I am not hungry in between meals.

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on September 14, 2012
at 03:52 AM

Thanks for the reply. Well- I do do elliptical- but I go very low incline, with no intensity. Swimming- I do power laps for about a half hour. Ballpark calories- I generally clock in around 12-1300 calories a day. I sometimes snack on half an apple, 2 slices bacon. And for breakfast, I can't stomach eggs. and if I am really hungry for breakfast, will have 1/2 cup cooked veggies, but I am just not a big breakfast person. As is, the amount of food I eat seems too much for me.

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on September 14, 2012
at 03:39 AM

That is a TINY breakfast. Doesn't sound like all that much food *total,* even if your main goal is fat loss. Elliptical for 45 minutes? You must have some great music to listen to...or a slight masochistic streak. A little less cardio, more lifting heavy things. Probably more (clean) food overall! Do you have a ballpark as to how many calories you've been taking in in general? Like I said, even for fat loss, your sample foods here sound pretty skimpy, especially for the amount of exercise you do. Your body might be holding to every last ounce it can as a *protective* mechanism.

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Green beans are not Paleo. However, I'd doubt that's a big problem as far as weight loss. You say you've been eating the same food - but what you have listed isn't a lot of variety and doesn't seem to be very many calories. Any fruit, tubers, nuts? Good omega-3 sources? How are your energy and stress levels?

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on September 14, 2012
at 03:27 AM

Quickly, you need variety in your diet. I'm newb but have been around long enough to know that you are going to get criticized for excessive cardio, so I'd skip a swim or elliptical and add a 1/2 hour session of strength training. Are you hungry, are you eating enough? Maybe its time to cook the salmon and cauliflower in the ghee. What did you weigh when you started? I'm a guy 5'8" and started at 171 and got as low as 146. I've been creeping up between 148 and 153. You should always weigh yourself at the same time of day and after whatever activity you do. Don't trip, honey. One newb to another.

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on September 14, 2012
at 03:56 AM

Any suggestions on any other vegetables? I weigh myself in the morning on an empty stomach. I am working on adding strength training 2X a week, remove some other exercise. I do saute the cauliflower in ghee after I steam it. Fish, i steam with 2 tbsp coconut milk and various spices. When I started paleo i was 198lbs, went down to 186, crept back up to starting. I am not hungry in between meals.

Ded301fff92b0e7c33eec95f14f53b1f

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on September 14, 2012
at 04:04 AM

Also, can you share you're meal plan on how you lost the weight?

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on September 14, 2012
at 03:38 AM

I must ask, are you measuring yourself? You could be gaining lean mass which could cause a weight increase. Also track your calories, I am trying to figure it out just from guessing, so if you have 3 meals at 3x 12g of fat from the ghee? and lets say another 30 from the coconut? so lets say 600-700 from fat, and about 13 oz of meat about 360-400 calories then in my head I am wondering if you are maybe consuming to little and you are pretty active so you may be stressing your body. let see 45 min of cardio you can burn roughly 4/500 calories depending on intensity so lets say you consume 1200 calories - 500 = 700ish calories ? its just a theory of mine maybe someone smarter can reply lol, I'd probably add more fat on your workout days?

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on September 14, 2012
at 04:00 AM

I do measure myself. I noticed an initial drop in all measurements, but as I started gaining weight again, the numbers went back to what I started with. For the cardio- I generally only burn about 200 calories as I do no intensity, and very low incline.

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on September 14, 2012
at 04:38 AM

less cardio, more weights, more veggies, more fat. aren't you sick of lamb yet?!

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on September 14, 2012
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When all else fails reduce calories.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on September 14, 2012
at 03:17 PM

Truth is not always convenient - and down-voting it does not invalidate it.

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on September 14, 2012
at 06:52 AM

I agree with everybody...more variety...but something no one else has mentioned---cut out the ghee!!! Butterfat is extremely concentrated in fat-soluble/steroid hormones, and if you are eating 1 tbsp with every meal, that's not good! Go dairy-free. Personally, I didn't see much benefit from the paleo diet until I went dairy-free as well. Also the lamb may have more hormones than adult animal meat, like adult beef, pork, or chicken/turkey. I'm thinking your problem may be partially hormonal.

But you're on the right track in that you are eating meat/protein, cooking your own food, avoiding processed food, & are exercising! Good for you!! Seriously it's something to be proud of. I agree with others that you should try more variety of exercise too (you need upper-body strengthening like push-ups/pull-ups & weights, more bending & weight-carrying and ducking exercises--like back packs, weighted vests, lunges, stair-climbing, weeding/gardening/digging/picking up sticks, & house work like mopping & scrubbing & carrying heavy groceries &/or children). It sounds stupid but these are great ways to get varied exercise in our daily life. These are the types of muscle-motions that humans have evolved using. Humans didnt evolve to run marathons & super-long feats of endurance. These activities can actually cause your heart some damage if done in excess for long periods of time (heart enlargement, stress, & scarring/fibrous tissue).

Here are the really interesting scientific studies that my suggestions are based on:

Hartmann, S., Lacorn, M., Steinhart, H. Steroid hormones in food. Food Chemistry 1998 62 (1) 7-20.

O'Keefe, J. H., Vogel, R., Lavie, C. J., Cordain, L. Exercise Like a Hunter-Gatherer: A Prescription for Organic Physical Fitness. Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases 2011 53 471-479.

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on September 14, 2012
at 04:03 AM

Eat more fat and protein. Lots more. Squat & deadlift heavy. Yes, heavy. Sprint. Only do the elliptical if you enjoy it. Worry less.

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