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Weight loss has stopped and now I'm gaining. Why?

Answered on October 24, 2013
Created October 06, 2013 at 3:08 PM

I am following the diet strictly. I do indulge in wine, my only cheat. I am almost at week 5. By week 4 I lost almost 17 lbs. now my weight is creeping back up. I am up several pounds this week already. This week I started walking again. I am 5' 6" and weigh 212 lbs so I am nowhere near my weight goal. I am cooking everyday all meals so they are healthy and grass fed meats. I never ate vegetables until starting this new lifestyle. I suffer from hypothyroidism, which I take meds for and I also take meds for anxiety. Neither med causes weight gain. My back and face are still breaking out badly. Can you help, I don't want to quit but feel frustrated.

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on October 07, 2013
at 02:45 PM

"Most people on a low-carb diet will lose 10% of their starting weight without counting calories."

On "slow carb", no bread, no grains, no juice, no fruit, no soda, no sugar, limited dairy...I went from 220 to 200 w/o counting calories... I ate as much as I wanted.

I plataued at 197 and the next ~10 lbs, I actually had to be more careful on qtys.

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on October 07, 2013
at 02:41 PM

I agree with JenJen, IF seems to be beneficial for men and I never fear missing a meal or going all day w/o eating. But I'm not convinced IF is good approach for women

http://www.paleoforwomen.com/shattering-the-myth-of-fasting-for-women-a-review-of-female-specific-responses-to-fasting-in-the-literature/#comment-1362

Based on this article Mark Sisson revisited & revised his position on IF for women.

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on October 07, 2013
at 05:20 AM

When I finally slid over closer to paleo via 4 Hour Body & Blood Sugar solution I had lost about 20 lbs eating the recommended foods in whatever amounts I felt like.

But my fat loss stalled at 197..... I went back into 4 Hour Body and looked at the list of foods or behaviors that could stall fat loss. My no-no was too many nuts (almonds & pistachios). I cut WAY back on the nuts & my fat loss started up again.

I now know what makes me gain or lose.

Yes, what we eat matters but so does amount... ahhh, there's no free lunch.

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on October 06, 2013
at 08:05 PM

Not so tough, I've dropped 70lbs. Never been an issue losing, it was always keeping it off. Now that I can see it has come off from eating habits and not exercise mostly I know it will be simple to maintain the loss. I've gone months without loss and then all of a sudden a few pounds went away. Weight lifting is a great help in the process.

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on October 06, 2013
at 06:34 PM

Are you supposed to count calories? Or do a certain mix? Reading online I heard you just eat the foods

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on October 06, 2013
at 06:28 PM

Thanks. Will hang in there. Tough when you need to lose about 60 lbs. I do eat sweet potatoes on occasion. All meals have been different since my husband and I started.

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on October 06, 2013
at 06:26 PM

I do have have lots of stress. In therapy for it. I have always had a struggle with stress. I am new to being an empty nester too. I take natural meds for my thyroid and I can't get off the anxiety meds since they help control stress. I check with docs to make sure med does not cause weight gain. It is not an antidepressant.

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on October 06, 2013
at 06:21 PM

I have not kept track of calories. My meals are mostly protein and veggies. An occasional sweet potato. I sometimes have fruit as a snack between meals. I only eat when hungry, unless it has been too many hours between meals. I did weight watchers years ago so I know portion control. I don't eat nuts or make baked goods. My fat comes from olive oil, coconut oil, and the grass fed meat.

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on October 06, 2013
at 05:49 PM

More details on what you're eating & amounts?

What you eat is important, as is the % mix (protein, fat, carbs) AND the total calories.

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on October 24, 2013
at 12:11 AM

What are you doing for exercise? Even going for a brisk walk a few times a week can make a huge difference in your metabolism and weight loss.

Some snacks such as fruit, nuts and dried foods can have a lot of calories and are easy to over-eat. Generally if you want to lose weight, you need to be a little bit hungry much of the time, or exercise more than you have been.

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on October 23, 2013
at 08:37 PM

Remember that vegetables also have carbs. It's possible your carb intake is too high and you don't even realize it. It's also possible that you've started gaining muscle. Muscle weighs more than fat, so it's important to measure by inches and not only pounds.

As for breakouts, instead of using soap (which dries your skin out and makes any kind of skin problem worse) try washing the areas with oil and water (plant oil or lard, either should be fine) and dab dry instead of wiping. Do this at the very most once a day, or ideally ever couple days. It may take a week or two to start seeing improvements, but it really does work. Eventually it should give you smooth, soft, clear skin. It'll also help promote skin elasticity, and reduce scarring over time.

Best of luck! Never give up hope!

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on October 07, 2013
at 02:27 PM

Are you female? I feel that we ladies often find it hard to lose weight if we are suffering any kind of stress. Are you sleeping too little? Over exercising? Going way too long between meals very frequently (yes i know IF works for some women but for others it can cause problems). Try fixing these problems if you have them.. Doing some yoga, breathing exercises, etc. can also help stress.

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on October 07, 2013
at 02:41 PM

I agree with JenJen, IF seems to be beneficial for men and I never fear missing a meal or going all day w/o eating. But I'm not convinced IF is good approach for women

http://www.paleoforwomen.com/shattering-the-myth-of-fasting-for-women-a-review-of-female-specific-responses-to-fasting-in-the-literature/#comment-1362

Based on this article Mark Sisson revisited & revised his position on IF for women.

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on October 07, 2013
at 11:55 AM

Cronometer might be the most efficient way to identify any obvious problems with your diet (malnutrition, high calories, high carbs, etc.)

Enter a couple day's of eating at cronometer.com . The service will break down your food into macro and micronutrients. It'll also show your caloric intake.

Most people on a low-carb diet will lose 10% of their starting weight without counting calories. But weight loss is typically harder for women, and the hardest for older women.

Also, hypothyroidism and low-carb can be problematic.

And, long-term, you'll want to get off the meds, which can easily interfere with weight loss and maintenance.

F291857fa12a0291688ea994343156dc

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on October 07, 2013
at 02:45 PM

"Most people on a low-carb diet will lose 10% of their starting weight without counting calories."

On "slow carb", no bread, no grains, no juice, no fruit, no soda, no sugar, limited dairy...I went from 220 to 200 w/o counting calories... I ate as much as I wanted.

I plataued at 197 and the next ~10 lbs, I actually had to be more careful on qtys.

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on October 06, 2013
at 06:23 PM

I agree with the wtfgod & Donna 19..... samc was composing his answer while I was compsoing mine. I agree with him as well.

Plus, don't let the frustration with near term "negative results" lead to quitting a way of eating that will eventually give good results. The important this is to make small changes & look for the results. Patience, your n=1 experiment will take time.

Acne issues are often an indication of hormonal issues.

I've suffered over the years with back acne...sometimes pretty bad but mostly minor. YEARS ago, my GP suggested Dial (anti bacterial soap) to address. As we now know, AB soaps are not the panacea that they were marketed as.

My current internist and his stable of nurse practitioners have not faired much better. :(

They had me try Hibiclens, I guess the modern repalcment for Phisohex? No substantial improvement. None of them had a firm idea of the cause or how to resolve. My interist did note the that problem seemed worse where my clothes could rub (boxer area & T-shirt shoulder area)

My wife diagnosis....I'm allergic to my own sweat. I thought this was pretty ridiculous but there is a very strong correlation to back outbreaks following sweat producing yard work.

Since I've gone pale (~ 10 months & sliding towards paleo the 6 months before that) I tend to "run hot" I seem to get overheated my physical exertion. I have to shed hat and or shirt so as not to overheat.

I think that I tend to suffer from acne mechanica, as any injury or irritation of my skin can lead to a very localized outbreak that can take WEEKS to resolve.

check this link for a general treatment of the acne issues...of course, they're trying to sell you stuff but their tech info seems to mirrior my experience.

http://resource.murad.com/acne/about-treatments/back-and-body-acne-treatments

Bert's Bees Res-Q Ointment helps heal the outbreaks more quickly.

I typically shower 2x per day & definitely before bed... to rinse of the accumulated "whatever" from my day.

Good luck, don't quit!

btw the meds may not cause weight gain but the underlying conditions might stall / prevent fat loss.

My wife had her thyroid removed ~20 years ago, long story.

Recently (~ 5 years), she did the AIP protocol to address a very seriuos AI problem. In the process, she lost ~30 pounds, she's now ~130 but a lot shorter than you.

I wound up changing how I ate over a ~ 7 month process... I tried this / I tried that. I lost / I re-gained. Some things worked / some didn't. I went from ~220 to 190 (6'). I've been ~190 since Jan 2013. I think I have it pretty well dialed in, but I'm still expereimenting

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on October 06, 2013
at 06:15 PM

Could very well be that as you continue on this new path of healthy eating you will want/need to cut back on the meds. I have been through many stalls on my weight in the past 20 months or so of grain/sugar free eating. Things that have kick started the loss again were adding back some carbs like sweet potatoes, doing Intermittent fasting and cutting out the slow cardio for Tabata High intensity short duration work out. Just a few ideas that worked for me, consider switching up some of the things you do. btw - 5 weeks is not near enough time to tell and using the scale should be a monthly check, especially with water weight screwing up the results.

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on October 06, 2013
at 06:28 PM

Thanks. Will hang in there. Tough when you need to lose about 60 lbs. I do eat sweet potatoes on occasion. All meals have been different since my husband and I started.

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on October 06, 2013
at 03:31 PM

Review also your carb intake. I know many people drink wine occasionally. I personally do not, but that's my choice. Continue your good eating and exercise. Exercise is the key for me to everything, including food choices. If I am active, I sleep better and tend to make appropriate choices. I also like to remember that I'm not in this for weight loss, but for long term effects that have been quite positive on several health reviews and lab work. I do agree you may need to look into the hormonal side.

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on October 06, 2013
at 03:21 PM

probably want to look more into hormonal issues. seems like that what links your two issues, sometimes you need to consider factors outside your diet, muchmuch more so with uncommon issues. i would also look into how the medications your taking affect your body.

on another in-general note, keep in mind weight isnt the best way of measuring health... or even fat loss. more complex topics tend to take time to correct themselves. if you think the diet your eating is healthy i wouldnt revert to a less healthy diet just because you arnt getting immediate results, that being said if you think theres something new in your diet causing these issues then troubleshoot, eliminate certain foods and see if you get back on track.

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on October 06, 2013
at 06:26 PM

I do have have lots of stress. In therapy for it. I have always had a struggle with stress. I am new to being an empty nester too. I take natural meds for my thyroid and I can't get off the anxiety meds since they help control stress. I check with docs to make sure med does not cause weight gain. It is not an antidepressant.

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