0

votes

Weight Gain? :(

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 15, 2013 at 3:26 AM

Day nine of a strict Whole30 paleo diet and I have gained 6 lbs. I have definitely reduced calories and cut out all fruit three days ago and since then have gained 2 lbs What am I doing wrong. I am breastfeeding so have been sure to add lots of extra fats, butter, goose fat, coconut ect. Im feeling incredibly discouraged, i sort of want to cry, but starving myself can't be the only way to loose the baby weight:( Any ideas or thoughts about what I need to do to get the lbs to come off not on?

7bf306ada57db47547e9da39a415edf6

(11214)

on January 15, 2013
at 06:22 PM

Sounds good. Just be patient.

7bf306ada57db47547e9da39a415edf6

(11214)

on January 15, 2013
at 06:21 PM

It is mikehunt that deserves your ire. I edited his post to get rid of the insult, and then flagged it. Hopefully, it will disappear soon. I don't know exactly how it works, but apparently it needs to be flagged by enough people who have enough points in order for it to be deleted.

07629324dc97736b475e51ccbb6ea3c4

(0)

on January 15, 2013
at 05:37 PM

Thanks, I am watching to make sure ! get enough calories, around 1800, that is part of the reason for drinking 2 TBLS of coconut oil a day. My milk has increased since eating paleo.

07629324dc97736b475e51ccbb6ea3c4

(0)

on January 15, 2013
at 05:34 PM

Thank you, I am focused on my child, but a mother putting some thought into her health isn't suggestive of negligence. I stare lovingly at my child for about 20 hours a day. I wasn't expecting to lose a ton of weight, but i certainly didn't expect to gain. which is really frustrating when you are already dealing with a body altered from pregnancy.

07629324dc97736b475e51ccbb6ea3c4

(0)

on January 15, 2013
at 05:24 PM

I am not restricting calories, just thining that the fruits must be adding too much sugars nd that I should be getting the calories from fats instead.

07629324dc97736b475e51ccbb6ea3c4

(0)

on January 15, 2013
at 05:23 PM

and then go post nasty things in forums about mothers who are trying to be healthy and get their body back in shape. Would be less offensive to you if I was just sitting around in sweats all day eating ice cream and pasta, like 90 percent of the other mothers around.

07629324dc97736b475e51ccbb6ea3c4

(0)

on January 15, 2013
at 05:22 PM

If you guys really don't think that I am focused on enjoying my new baby simply because I am concerned with my health , you are kidding yourself. I appreciate your input and help, but if you think you can glean some kind of sense of my life and priorities from a four sentence paragraph, please keep your insults to yourself. As I said I was wondering if anyone else experienced such a gain, after starting(restarting) paleo. I'm just trying to be healthy and as I see you are man, why don't you go have a baby and see how it feels to be completely out of control with wht happens to your body

276a5e631b62f8e0793987c0496364bb

(1644)

on January 15, 2013
at 04:57 AM

You had your child six weeks ago. Stop worrying about weight and focus on what's important.

Ca22738a3c3efc400a35c426dfab47a3

(312)

on January 15, 2013
at 04:26 AM

It sounds like you aren't eating enough and I'd also add some carbs. Some people do well on low carb but and some people low carb makes them hold onto fat.

07629324dc97736b475e51ccbb6ea3c4

(0)

on January 15, 2013
at 04:26 AM

Todays diet posted above. I do appreciate all the benefits of a paleo diet and am commit ed to it as a long term change as it had been in the past, but some intense life changes and a pregnancy gave me lots of reasons to eat foods I craved, not foods I needed :) Its just sooo incredibly frustrating to feel your body putting on weight from eating cucumbers and chicken. I was hoping that there was some other stories of people putting on weight in the beginning AND then miraculously loosing it at some point, But I guess its just me. Thanks for your help.

07629324dc97736b475e51ccbb6ea3c4

(0)

on January 15, 2013
at 04:19 AM

this week. Its just incredbly frustrating. I drropped all the baby weight with my first child, but somehow I am holding on to an extra 20 ( now 26) with this one, even if I wasn't loosing weight on whole30 I wouldn't expect to gain.

07629324dc97736b475e51ccbb6ea3c4

(0)

on January 15, 2013
at 04:16 AM

Thanks for your response, breast feeding is a priority and I should have stayed paleo during the pregnancy but just got lay and really craved comfort foods, so I gave in:) Today I ate one fried egg and two slices bacon, I snacked on 2 carrots, a cucumber, and one handful of raw pumpkin seeds throughout the day. For lunch I had a thai beef salad with no dressing and for dinner a bowl vo Vegetable chicken, coconut milk soup. I added two tablespoons of Coconut oil to warm water and drank that down as a tea. Activity is still limited to walking since I will only be 6 weeks postpartum

  • 07629324dc97736b475e51ccbb6ea3c4

    asked by

    (0)
  • Views
    1.5K
  • Last Activity
    1432D AGO
Frontpage book

Get FREE instant access to our Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!

10 Answers

2
E64cdb24cfefc6d50da2dc301db29c39

on January 15, 2013
at 03:45 PM

First, get off the scale! As mentioned in a previous post, you are not supposed to be weighing yourself AT ALL during a Whole 30. Relax and enjoy your new baby.

Second, I'd add in some dense carbs to your meals. Start with 1/2 cup sweet potato or 1 cup butternut squash at each meal. You can substitute other root vegetables too, aiming for 30-50 grams at each meal. Feed yourself to feed your baby just like you've been doing. You getting worked up is not the best plan for either of you.

And at six weeks post partum your hormones are still kinda wacky. Just like no two pregnancies are the same, neither will the weight loss be the same either. Again, relax and enjoy your new baby; they grow up quickly.

2
76ace289acce3975e74ac4f252a28093

on January 15, 2013
at 07:43 AM

You're supposed to eat at least 500 extra calories a day when breast feeding if not 1000. You're not eating enough. Be careful or your milk will dry up quickly due to lack of nutrients. Eat more!!!

07629324dc97736b475e51ccbb6ea3c4

(0)

on January 15, 2013
at 05:37 PM

Thanks, I am watching to make sure ! get enough calories, around 1800, that is part of the reason for drinking 2 TBLS of coconut oil a day. My milk has increased since eating paleo.

1
32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on January 15, 2013
at 01:31 PM

Some people lose a ton of weight breastfeeding. Some people (me!) actually gain weight breastfeeding. It's discouraging. BUT, if you eat right, when your child weans the weight will fall off (not to mention you will provide superior milk). I have nursed 4 kids, and every time my body will NOT let the fat go while nursing. But once they wean, instant 20 lb loss. I prefer to think of it as a superior evolutionary thing where my body is able to retain any and all fat for nourishment of my baby, lol!

I tended to lose weight in my bottom half okay, but my body would hold a lot of fat in my upper body (arms, chest, etc). Weird for me, bc I was always thin up there.

1
C657d176db6f11f98aeb2a89071e3281

on January 15, 2013
at 04:35 AM

Your food intake doesn't sound like enough food unless your portions are gigantic for a breast feeding woman. That said, I gained 6 lobs when I first started paleo. It was after my first month that I really started the fat loss. I eat 2 or 3 eggs in the morning cooked in butter with 2 slices of bacon, avocado, salad or sauteed veggies. I have coffee with heavy cream or bullet coffee. If I am hungry for lunch, I will have a salad and meat with lots of fatty dressing made with healthy fat/possible sauteed veggies. Dinner, same, add sweet potato. Most days I have a mug or bowl of chicken or beef broth soup. I would say don't snack. Instead have ample sized portions of beef, bone marrow soups and GREEN veggies/3 meals a day.

1
13ded78b62839048b06f32c48a8f59b2

on January 15, 2013
at 04:08 AM

Yes, definitely post your entire day's diet with every single detail you can. What fats are you using aside from the butter and goose fat? I'd lay off the goose fat and choose more beef fat if that's an option for you. With the breastfeeding be sure you're getting great sources of Omega 3 type fats such as fish and grass-fed beef. Remember that on a strict Whole 30 you're not allowed to step on the scales!!! You're doing it for health and wellbeing, not for the number on the machine. There are more ways to measure health than weight and I hope you'll consider all the other health benefits the Whole 30 are giving you. It's a marathon, not a sprint so stick with it and you'll start to see the results you're craving.

07629324dc97736b475e51ccbb6ea3c4

(0)

on January 15, 2013
at 04:26 AM

Todays diet posted above. I do appreciate all the benefits of a paleo diet and am commit ed to it as a long term change as it had been in the past, but some intense life changes and a pregnancy gave me lots of reasons to eat foods I craved, not foods I needed :) Its just sooo incredibly frustrating to feel your body putting on weight from eating cucumbers and chicken. I was hoping that there was some other stories of people putting on weight in the beginning AND then miraculously loosing it at some point, But I guess its just me. Thanks for your help.

1
9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

on January 15, 2013
at 04:03 AM

If you post your full diet i.e. what you eat in a typical day you will probably get a bunch of helpful advice. Also mention your activity level and exercise plan.

Changing your diet while breastfeeding can be tricky so you might have to experiment a bit. Generally the breast feeding should demand more calories from your body so you should be able to lose some weight with a good diet and some moderate activity. Some folks new to paleo eat a lot of nuts and easy calories as a way to transition into it and inadvertently eat too many calories. When i get the munchies i try to eat crunchy vegetables and drink water.

Congrats for sticking with the breast feeding BTW, my wife breast fed our kids for. 18 and 20 months and I think it is one of the best things we ever did for them.

Ca22738a3c3efc400a35c426dfab47a3

(312)

on January 15, 2013
at 04:26 AM

It sounds like you aren't eating enough and I'd also add some carbs. Some people do well on low carb but and some people low carb makes them hold onto fat.

07629324dc97736b475e51ccbb6ea3c4

(0)

on January 15, 2013
at 04:19 AM

this week. Its just incredbly frustrating. I drropped all the baby weight with my first child, but somehow I am holding on to an extra 20 ( now 26) with this one, even if I wasn't loosing weight on whole30 I wouldn't expect to gain.

07629324dc97736b475e51ccbb6ea3c4

(0)

on January 15, 2013
at 04:16 AM

Thanks for your response, breast feeding is a priority and I should have stayed paleo during the pregnancy but just got lay and really craved comfort foods, so I gave in:) Today I ate one fried egg and two slices bacon, I snacked on 2 carrots, a cucumber, and one handful of raw pumpkin seeds throughout the day. For lunch I had a thai beef salad with no dressing and for dinner a bowl vo Vegetable chicken, coconut milk soup. I added two tablespoons of Coconut oil to warm water and drank that down as a tea. Activity is still limited to walking since I will only be 6 weeks postpartum

0
95b000345fd8880063ae6c39904e0732

on January 15, 2013
at 07:37 PM

I got on here to late to see what comment was removed but don't let anyone get to you! I am restarting paleo. I did wonderfully on it for the first half of 2012 and slowly let it slip away as I changed jobs and got very involved in some charity work. Fast food was just to convenient. However, I am now restarting. I did gain weight in my first month the last time and I probably will this time around. I am also trying to get pregnant. I'm hoping that staying paleo while pregnant will help me feel better than my last pregnancy. I remember that the last time I was strict paleo I felt incredible! I am hoping that the extreme exhaustion that plagued my 1st trimester of both my previous pregnancies will be better (although I look forward to having the excuse of letting my husband take care of the kids while I sleep!)

Congrats on your new baby! I hope that you succeed in your wellness goals so that you can have a happy long life as a mother!

0
236fb41febfad4ed7b1f98b665951fde

on January 15, 2013
at 06:12 PM

Hey Kate! Congrats on the new addition to your family! I can sort of relate...my first month on Paleo...I gained 8 lbs!! I was discouraged but eventhough I started out very overweight (and still am) I am doing Paleo so that I FEEL GOOD...looking good is the added benefit. After researching this site and many others I found out I just plain was not eating enough. I was so used to the "starve yourself to lose weight" mentality that it took me a while to comprehend that I could actually eat food, be full and feel GREAT. I'm on my 3rd month and have now lost 6 lbs and feel amazing. Eat more, cuddle that baby because they grow up oh so fast and keep on doing what you are doing to be a healthy happy mom for your family!!

0
7bf306ada57db47547e9da39a415edf6

(11214)

on January 15, 2013
at 03:58 PM

It is certainly a good idea to eat Paleo, but not a good idea to restrict your calories. Eat when you are hungry- aim for nutrient dense foods.

07629324dc97736b475e51ccbb6ea3c4

(0)

on January 15, 2013
at 05:24 PM

I am not restricting calories, just thining that the fruits must be adding too much sugars nd that I should be getting the calories from fats instead.

7bf306ada57db47547e9da39a415edf6

(11214)

on January 15, 2013
at 06:22 PM

Sounds good. Just be patient.

-3
77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on January 15, 2013
at 06:03 AM

Insult removed.

07629324dc97736b475e51ccbb6ea3c4

(0)

on January 15, 2013
at 05:22 PM

If you guys really don't think that I am focused on enjoying my new baby simply because I am concerned with my health , you are kidding yourself. I appreciate your input and help, but if you think you can glean some kind of sense of my life and priorities from a four sentence paragraph, please keep your insults to yourself. As I said I was wondering if anyone else experienced such a gain, after starting(restarting) paleo. I'm just trying to be healthy and as I see you are man, why don't you go have a baby and see how it feels to be completely out of control with wht happens to your body

07629324dc97736b475e51ccbb6ea3c4

(0)

on January 15, 2013
at 05:23 PM

and then go post nasty things in forums about mothers who are trying to be healthy and get their body back in shape. Would be less offensive to you if I was just sitting around in sweats all day eating ice cream and pasta, like 90 percent of the other mothers around.

7bf306ada57db47547e9da39a415edf6

(11214)

on January 15, 2013
at 06:21 PM

It is mikehunt that deserves your ire. I edited his post to get rid of the insult, and then flagged it. Hopefully, it will disappear soon. I don't know exactly how it works, but apparently it needs to be flagged by enough people who have enough points in order for it to be deleted.

Answer Question


Get FREE instant access to our
Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!