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Weight gain....What am I doing wrong! help!

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Created June 22, 2012 at 5:29 PM

I have been on the Paleo for four weeks. The first week I lost 7 pounds then the second week I gained back 2 more and today I have gained it all back. I don't understand. I have been eating all lean meats, Fish, Chicken, Vegetables, Coconut Milk and Oil. I was eating fruits nuts and seeds but this week I cut them out. I thought maybe that was the cause of the weight gain.

The only thing I have not cut out is coffee with flavored creamer. I drink one cup a day and most times I do not finish the cup. I have not had any dairy products or grains. I work out 6 days a week. I do spinning classes, I have a personal trainer and I work out with weights.

Anything you can do to help me figure this out would be greatly appreciated! Here is what I eat in a typical day

Breakfast 2 hard boiled eggs Coffee with flavored creamer

Lunch Salad with grilled chicken (dressing of olive oil, spices and balsamic vinegar) Snack (if hungry) Boar???s head Turkey

Dinner Bison Burger Saut??ed Spinach and broccoli with garlic (cooked in olive oil)

Thanks Maria

7bf306ada57db47547e9da39a415edf6

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on June 25, 2012
at 03:16 PM

It can be, actually. I would ask for half and half at a local coffee shop; one day they decided to switch to an artificial version without telling me. I was very hungry until I figured it out. This was before I went fully paleo; now I just take coffee black.

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on June 25, 2012
at 01:51 PM

Fitday.com is free and can track calories, macronutrient profile and major minerals/vitamins.

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on June 25, 2012
at 01:49 PM

but this isn't going to be the main stall on weight loss....

Eea4c0f072bb5caa74c1fbe6dfab5f46

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on June 25, 2012
at 01:47 PM

You could cut out/back on the nuts (much better in the winter time) -- but keeping seeds (pumpkin, sesame, sunflower, chia, hemp, etc) is fine. I wouldn't cut out fruit -- just make sure it's more water rich v. starch. So more melons, peaches, grapes, berries, etc.

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on June 24, 2012
at 02:16 PM

@Maria, this post is a comment, not an answer. To add a comment, just click on the "add comment" button. Thanks,

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on June 23, 2012
at 08:50 PM

I have never quite understood why "not eating enough calories" can lead to weight gain. Doesn't seem to obey the laws of physics. I'm not disagreeing, I just can't get my brain around this concept. |scrathcing head|

121a16aded2bed8dca492d3c9662ef4c

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on June 23, 2012
at 03:10 PM

And do the food diary. You will probably be amazed at what you're actually eating.

34553c7e4569ae5694127283f990687c

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on June 23, 2012
at 02:15 PM

Thanks! So you dont think the fruit and nuts are the problem with my weight loss? Where can I go online to track food so I know how many calories I am eating. How many calories should I be eating?

Eea4c0f072bb5caa74c1fbe6dfab5f46

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on June 23, 2012
at 02:14 AM

It's only been 4 weeks. Relax. Don't go into the IF thing just yet.... give this time, be willing to experiment with what works for you. Maybe your body needs more fats, less fats, more carbs, water, Maybe your mind needs some stress-free time...etc.etc.

Eea4c0f072bb5caa74c1fbe6dfab5f46

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on June 23, 2012
at 02:12 AM

I wouldn't recommend the eating every 3 hours -- your body will learn to burn the food and expect it "on time" and won't burn the reserves off, which is what I think Maria's going for.

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on June 22, 2012
at 08:39 PM

5 cups of broccoli? Are you being serious? Why? ANd canola?

34553c7e4569ae5694127283f990687c

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on June 22, 2012
at 06:20 PM

I do not keep a food journal but would if I had to. Not sure what is in the creamer. I am sure it is not good. I do understand that the 7 pounds was water weight but geez it has been 4 weeks and no weight loss!

34553c7e4569ae5694127283f990687c

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on June 22, 2012
at 05:48 PM

165 pounds 5 feet 2 inches tall. Exercise 6 days a week (spinning, working out with weights), get 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night. Weekends I get more. My Life not too stressful. Drink 6-8 glasses of water per day. I take Vitamins Supplement and fish oils. No diseases.

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on June 22, 2012
at 05:41 PM

How much do you currently weigh and what is your height? It looks like you're doing a lower carb version of paleo and an initial drop in water weight is VERY common with people who go low carb. Have your measurements changed?

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on June 22, 2012
at 05:41 PM

How much do you weigh? Height? Do you exercise? How many hours of sleep do you get a night? How stressful is your life? Do you take any vitamins/supplements/fish oils? Do you have any disease or conditions? How much water do you drink a day? Do you keep a food journal? What is in the flavored creamer? If any of these questions can be answered, it will better help us hack your situation. Plus, btw, the 7 pounds lost in the first week is probably water weight. Happens to everyone.

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7bf306ada57db47547e9da39a415edf6

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on June 22, 2012
at 07:54 PM

That flavored creamer is evil. Read the label. It is probably made of cornstarch, soy, and a variety of things I can't pronounce, including some gums which are likely legume based.

7bf306ada57db47547e9da39a415edf6

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on June 25, 2012
at 03:16 PM

It can be, actually. I would ask for half and half at a local coffee shop; one day they decided to switch to an artificial version without telling me. I was very hungry until I figured it out. This was before I went fully paleo; now I just take coffee black.

Eea4c0f072bb5caa74c1fbe6dfab5f46

(942)

on June 25, 2012
at 01:49 PM

but this isn't going to be the main stall on weight loss....

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on June 23, 2012
at 01:49 AM

Actually I think that you may not be eating enough calories. If you're working out a lot - make sure you're getting enough calories to fuel your body, eating about every 3 hours (smaller paleo meals). The body needs fuel and if it's not getting enough, it likes to hang on to extra.

Eea4c0f072bb5caa74c1fbe6dfab5f46

(942)

on June 23, 2012
at 02:12 AM

I wouldn't recommend the eating every 3 hours -- your body will learn to burn the food and expect it "on time" and won't burn the reserves off, which is what I think Maria's going for.

A3a4696c919e916ec971691559e9c942

(2043)

on June 23, 2012
at 08:50 PM

I have never quite understood why "not eating enough calories" can lead to weight gain. Doesn't seem to obey the laws of physics. I'm not disagreeing, I just can't get my brain around this concept. |scrathcing head|

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on June 22, 2012
at 08:11 PM

There are three possible problems you are having that aren't really being described.

1) You are using a lot of flavored creamer. 2) You are snacking on things throughout the day without realizing how many calories you are eating 3) You are using a lot of dressing.

Basically the point of what I'm saying is you are probably eating more calories than you are accounting for. I'll give you an example.

I have been losing weight for about a year and a half or so (not with the paleo diet, just your typical thing of eating like a normal person), started at 480 and now I'm at 294. When I was around the 320 mark I stopped losing weight and I couldn't understand why. But after evaluating what I was actually eating instead of just thinking what I was eating, it made a big difference and I had to cut some things out. I drink a lot of coffee, like 8 cups a day (fill up my cup 3 times a day) and when I have coffee, I put in flavored creamer, the sugar free kind. It turns out I was using a lot more than I should because I was literally using 2 bottles of liquid creamer and 1 bottle of powdered creamer. When I cut back to 1 bottle of liquid creamer a week, it made a drastic change and weight started to melt off again.

So in the end, just evaluate what you are eating. If you find you are getting hungry because you aren't eating enough, just add more fruits or veggies. An example is my supper is 650 calories. It consists of 8 oz of chicken (2 servings, 250 cal/serving, 500 total calories), which is basically 1 chicken leg quarter. The other 150 calories comes from broccoli. But 150 calories of broccoli is a lot, literally almost 5 cups worth. So I just put a bit of salt, pepper, cayan pepper, crushed red pepper, and spray a bit of canola pan spray on it. It's good stuff. And I feel satisfied till I go to bed. Heck, my breakfast is 3 eggs, 2 cups of mushroom, 1 cup of green pepper/onion, half a tomato, and 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese. That's a giant omelette with only like 400 calories. Anyway, that's it. Hope that helps.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on June 22, 2012
at 08:39 PM

5 cups of broccoli? Are you being serious? Why? ANd canola?

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on June 22, 2012
at 08:02 PM

I really wouldn't worry yet. 4 weeks is no time at all, and scales are not reliable. If you didn't already, take some body measurements - not perfect but better than just a single number. While a loss of water weight is common, so is gaining some lean mass if you've been 'deprived' of nutrition (in particular protein) for a long time, and particular with the high level of activity you have.

My weight can go up or down 10 pounds overnight. Keep measuring if you like but don't panic and overreact too soon. Keep an eye on how you look in the mirror, how you feel. Keeping track of what you eat is also a good idea but don't obsess about it. If you are sure you've stabilised after another few weeks and you want to change things, I'd suggest looking into introducing some element of intermittent fasting.

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on June 22, 2012
at 10:16 PM

Thank you everyone for your responses. I do notice my clothes fit a little better but nothing that I can say is substantial. Should I continue to not eat fruit, nuts and seeds? I will not give up I just want to see results. I will keep a food journal but I don't know how many calories everything is. If I needed to monitor that I will not keep this up. What is intermittent fasting? Maria

121a16aded2bed8dca492d3c9662ef4c

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on June 23, 2012
at 03:10 PM

And do the food diary. You will probably be amazed at what you're actually eating.

Eea4c0f072bb5caa74c1fbe6dfab5f46

(942)

on June 23, 2012
at 02:14 AM

It's only been 4 weeks. Relax. Don't go into the IF thing just yet.... give this time, be willing to experiment with what works for you. Maybe your body needs more fats, less fats, more carbs, water, Maybe your mind needs some stress-free time...etc.etc.

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on June 22, 2012
at 10:16 PM

Something else to think about is Premenstrual water weight. Since I made the switch to paleo a few months ago, it is MUCH better...but it still is an issue. I can hold up to 4-5 pounds of water depending on how much salt I've eaten. How do I know its water? Because its gone the day after I start my period. Just a thought.

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on June 22, 2012
at 07:49 PM

I read in the comments that you are 5'2" and 165#'s, work out 6 days a week, and get adequate sleep. You make no mention in your posting about the quantity of food you are eating. If you were in a calorie deficit, 4 weeks is enough time to see measurable weight loss. Have you noticed a change in how your clothing is fitting? Perhaps you are replacing body fat with lean mass if working out is new to you.

If this is not the case, I would recommend starting a food journal. Understand how much you need to eat to maintain BW and insure that you are consuming less than that to create a calorie deficit. Note that 3500 calories equates to one pound. That means you must create a 500 calorie per day difference as compared to your maintenance calories to lose 1 pound per week. Congratulations on choosing a healthier life. :)

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on June 23, 2012
at 02:11 AM

I wouldn't worry -- my first two months on primal, my body composition changed drastically for the better, but I didn't loose more than 10-12 lbs at first. It will catch up to you. Just make sure you're not deficient in nutrients or calories (which it seems to be, a hard boiled egg has 78 calories. Not a whole lot of energy there, between the two of them plus coffee); your body will always know when you're trying to starve it. And you said you're working out 6 days a week -- this just doesn't look like enough calories, period.

Eat your protein, sure -- but also eat LOTS of fruit and vegetables, especially water rich sources (tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, etc) and eat enough fats (avocado, coconut, seeds, ghee, lard, whathave you) to satisfy you.

Check out PALEOMG for ideas

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on June 23, 2012
at 02:15 PM

Thanks! So you dont think the fruit and nuts are the problem with my weight loss? Where can I go online to track food so I know how many calories I am eating. How many calories should I be eating?

Eea4c0f072bb5caa74c1fbe6dfab5f46

(942)

on June 25, 2012
at 01:51 PM

Fitday.com is free and can track calories, macronutrient profile and major minerals/vitamins.

Eea4c0f072bb5caa74c1fbe6dfab5f46

(942)

on June 25, 2012
at 01:47 PM

You could cut out/back on the nuts (much better in the winter time) -- but keeping seeds (pumpkin, sesame, sunflower, chia, hemp, etc) is fine. I wouldn't cut out fruit -- just make sure it's more water rich v. starch. So more melons, peaches, grapes, berries, etc.

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on June 23, 2012
at 12:43 AM

Some possibilities:

  1. If your clothes are as tight or tighter than they were before you started, you probably should start tracking food intake and check for excess calories.

  2. If your clothes are as tight or tighter than they were before you started, but calories look ok, see if things change after your period.

  3. If your clothes are looser than they were before you started, CELEBRATE. You're adding muscle, which is denser than fat. While building muscle may make you heavier initially, you'll lean out later. Some people drop a couple of sizes but lose no weight because they build so much muscle.

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34553c7e4569ae5694127283f990687c

on June 22, 2012
at 10:18 PM

By the way thanks for calling me fat lol

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on June 24, 2012
at 02:16 PM

@Maria, this post is a comment, not an answer. To add a comment, just click on the "add comment" button. Thanks,

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on June 23, 2012
at 07:54 PM

shut up fatties

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on June 22, 2012
at 08:58 PM

Life is such a bitch. I eat mountains of food on SAD to gain weight. I eat paleo in order to heal digestive abosrption to gain weight. No matter what I do, I lose weight, and have to work hard to just prevent myself from withering away. Yet in your case, your body absorbs food very well. Enjoy being fat, it's better not having the choice to be that way.

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