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I'm following the plan but not losing any weight. What am I doing wrong.

Commented on October 22, 2013
Created October 17, 2013 at 11:55 PM

I'm following the plan but not losing any weight. What am I doing wrong.

I initially lost 10 pounds but have been stuck for over a week now.

00cd3b6f51530a6832fcda1712edbec3

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on October 22, 2013
at 05:56 AM

@daz, iIt would be seriously cool if technology could let us count fat cells. I don't keep up with a lot of tech. developments. Does this tech. exist today, or would researchers have to use some kind of statistical extrapolation from a small sample of somebody's fat tissue?

00cd3b6f51530a6832fcda1712edbec3

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on October 22, 2013
at 05:53 AM

daz read my mind. My work here is done.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on October 22, 2013
at 03:29 AM

i'll give this a go while you wait on jake.

fats cells take up & release fat all the time, resulting in an increase/decrease in cell size known as (adipose) hypertrophy & atrophy. the long term trend will depend on your diet.

not so sure about the facts around fat cells filling & releasing water, it was discussed in a post here squishy fat and the whoosh phenomenon

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on October 21, 2013
at 11:16 PM

What do you mean by emtpy or fill adipose cells?

Fd241acdd6fafb01ce4e27bf6b866a71

on October 21, 2013
at 12:18 AM

@jake3_14 - interesting, I did not know about that process (steps 4-6)!

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on October 20, 2013
at 04:43 PM

What are you eating? Which plan are you following (there are at least five different paleo "plans," maybe dozens)? What kind of activity do you get? What kind of weight are you trying to lose? Without some specifics there's no way anyone could give you a useful response.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on October 20, 2013
at 05:40 AM

If the number of fat cells can increase (adipose hyperplasia*) under the right circumstances (extreme weight gain/obesity) then maybe the number can decrease as well under the right circumstances (as per my prev comment).

*adipose hyperplasia may still be up for debate in adults (where new fat cells are outnumbering dying fat cells). i think i saw one (or more?) studies that have reported this in the obese (extreme obese?). i think this would only occur if you 'maxed out' adipose hypertrophy.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on October 20, 2013
at 05:29 AM

i would like to see a long term study where people have lost weight & then kept it stable (or trended down) for 5, 7 & 10 years. & fat cells were counted before the weight loss & at 5/7/10 years.

I do not believe such a study exists yet. It would not surprise me that under these circumstances a decrease in fat cell numbers may occur.

keeping the weight off and stable over a number of years probably creates a new fat/weight 'set point' (if you believe in set points).

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on October 20, 2013
at 04:25 AM

Per cl101 response... the details matter.

OP, if you want good answers you need to provide good information.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on October 19, 2013
at 10:01 PM

hi jake, what do you mean by "Re-absorb adipose" (point 6)?

if you are saying that under certain circumstances humans can reduce the number of adipose cells, i would like to think that this is true, but i have yet to find any studies that show/report this. so if you have one (or more) please link.

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on October 19, 2013
at 07:00 AM

Details will help those responding tailor answer to your situation ...ht, wt, age, gender, BF% or waist plus any special conditions. Typical meals with quantities spelled out. , etc.

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00cd3b6f51530a6832fcda1712edbec3

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on October 21, 2013
at 03:47 PM

@OaktownGirl,

#6 in the process turns out to be wrong, unfortunately, but this forum won't let me modify my original post.

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on October 21, 2013
at 02:35 AM

Just thought I'd add that you've already lost 10 lbs!!! So stop being so hard on yourself, accept that weight loss is NEVER a straight line (don't expect to lose 1.5 lbs every week for 6 weeks. it'll probably be more like 2 the first, 0 the second, 1.5 the third, 2.5 the fourth, 1 the fifth, 0 the sixth). If you're still stuck in 2 or 3 more weeks, then you need to start making some changes. But right now, just trust that your body is adjusting to a new diet and getting used to those changes

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on October 20, 2013
at 03:12 AM

How much weight are you trying to lose? If you're a man with 40+ lbs left to go, then I'm wondering whether you're simply still overeating, even though you're eating better foods. I think the general rule is that even if you're eating healthy Paleo foods, you can't just eat EVERYTHING you want when you're trying to lose weight. Are your portions out of control? Are you eating large quantities of nuts? Try to add some more veg

If you're a man or woman with just the last 10-15 lbs to go, or a woman at all, weight loss will be harder

F291857fa12a0291688ea994343156dc

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on October 20, 2013
at 04:25 AM

Per cl101 response... the details matter.

OP, if you want good answers you need to provide good information.

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on October 20, 2013
at 02:18 AM

This process really isn't about weight loss, but about developing an environment within your body that allows for hormonal balance. Once you achieve hormonal balance you body will release fat stores. Focus less on the scale, and more on balance. Slowly cut sugars and starches out of your diet, and then experiment by removing those foods you think are stifling your bodies ability to maintain balance. Some Paleos can eat honey, peanuts and dairy and still maintain balance, and some of us can not. Write down everything you eat... everything, and there you will find your culprit.

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00cd3b6f51530a6832fcda1712edbec3

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on October 20, 2013
at 01:50 AM

@daz,

I did some Googling, and my sources of information turned out to be about fat cells ex vivo (outside the body). There's no evidence that fat cells in vivo die without being replaced by the exact same number of fat cells.

Sorry for not checking my references before posting.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on October 20, 2013
at 05:40 AM

If the number of fat cells can increase (adipose hyperplasia*) under the right circumstances (extreme weight gain/obesity) then maybe the number can decrease as well under the right circumstances (as per my prev comment).

*adipose hyperplasia may still be up for debate in adults (where new fat cells are outnumbering dying fat cells). i think i saw one (or more?) studies that have reported this in the obese (extreme obese?). i think this would only occur if you 'maxed out' adipose hypertrophy.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on October 20, 2013
at 05:29 AM

i would like to see a long term study where people have lost weight & then kept it stable (or trended down) for 5, 7 & 10 years. & fat cells were counted before the weight loss & at 5/7/10 years.

I do not believe such a study exists yet. It would not surprise me that under these circumstances a decrease in fat cell numbers may occur.

keeping the weight off and stable over a number of years probably creates a new fat/weight 'set point' (if you believe in set points).

00cd3b6f51530a6832fcda1712edbec3

(2411)

on October 22, 2013
at 05:56 AM

@daz, iIt would be seriously cool if technology could let us count fat cells. I don't keep up with a lot of tech. developments. Does this tech. exist today, or would researchers have to use some kind of statistical extrapolation from a small sample of somebody's fat tissue?

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on October 19, 2013
at 12:47 PM

thats really not uncommon at all, it would be more uncommon if your weight loss was linear. if it really bothers you do something to mix it up, add some exercising, cycle your calories/macros.

but in reality you should expect plateaus, and you should expect losing lbs to take longer as you get closer to your goal weight. this is not a diet... its a lifestyle, if your only eating healthy for the short term, its probably a waste of time as youll just gain it all back when you revert.

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00cd3b6f51530a6832fcda1712edbec3

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on October 18, 2013
at 04:50 PM

The general process that the body goes through for fat loss on a ketogenic diet is as follows:

  1. Lose water weight, because insulin signals the kidneys to retain water. Less insulin in circulation --> eliminate water.
  2. Empty adipose cells of stored fat and metabolize it for energy (assuming net carbohydrate intake is quite low (less than 50g/day)
  3. Lower metabolism to conserve energy (unless you do more vigorous activity), because you might be in famine conditions.
  4. Fill empty adipose cells with water, just in case the fat that's been used is due to a scarcity of food.
  5. Release water from adipose cells when the body senses that you're getting adequate levels of nutrients.

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Re-absorb adipose cells when the body senses that you're getting adequate levels of nutrients over the long term. </redacted>

If you're a woman, monthly menstrual cycles play a role in the rate of fat loss, too.

4cbc4488855b0421943b57de0a9018c2

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on October 21, 2013
at 11:16 PM

What do you mean by emtpy or fill adipose cells?

00cd3b6f51530a6832fcda1712edbec3

(2411)

on October 22, 2013
at 05:53 AM

daz read my mind. My work here is done.

Fd241acdd6fafb01ce4e27bf6b866a71

on October 21, 2013
at 12:18 AM

@jake3_14 - interesting, I did not know about that process (steps 4-6)!

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

(4493)

on October 19, 2013
at 10:01 PM

hi jake, what do you mean by "Re-absorb adipose" (point 6)?

if you are saying that under certain circumstances humans can reduce the number of adipose cells, i would like to think that this is true, but i have yet to find any studies that show/report this. so if you have one (or more) please link.

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on October 18, 2013
at 12:21 AM

What plan are you following? Weight loss in general goes in cycles of up/down/static, so you have hit a lull assuming you are still following the plan - of course I still don't know what it is.

btw - questions are better typed into the box for questions and leave the header as a short intro.

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