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3 weeks on Paleo, and I see no changes... What am I doing wrong??

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 11, 2012 at 12:29 PM

So I started the Paleo lifestyle about 3 weeks ago. I eat only meat/fish/eggs, non-starchy veggies, and nuts/avocado, with the occasional piece of 90% dark chocolate. I eat about 60-80 grams of carbs a day, 1200-1400 calories, and I exercise following the typical plan: 1 day sprints, 2-3 days strength, lots of walking.

Previously, I had been gluten free (but still at 150 grams carbs, so this is a major change), but am trying to find something to help with my PCOS, hypothyroidism, and other auto-immune disorders, since drs and medicine don't seem to be making a difference. I also have insulin resistance.

I have cut out all grains, dairy, and legumes, and have seen no difference in weight, or even how my clothes fit. I had hoped to see some changes by now to let me know if I'm on the right track... in theory, everything sounded like this was the diet for me.

What am I doing wrong???

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on December 12, 2012
at 08:00 AM

What constitutes "too many nuts"? You could probably use more omega 3's, nuts trend toward higher ratios of O6. PCOS is usually caused by metabolic disruption of the insulin pathway (my theory is that there's more than one cause, but insulin most common) so reducing carbs and upping fat may be your best bet p.

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on December 12, 2012
at 12:14 AM

I don't think there are any nutrients in high-carb foods that you can't get elsewhere.

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on December 11, 2012
at 09:24 PM

I use olive and coconut oil. Do I have to worry about eating too many nuts?

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on December 11, 2012
at 09:19 PM

More fat, fewer carbs. What "oils" do you mean? You need to avoid PUFA's (polyunsaturated fatty acids--nut and seed oils, even so-called "healthy" canola oil). Add animal and dairy fats (if you do dairy) like butter and ghee, olive oil,coconut oil.

B6d501e9e6c26bf7721a39dc508cb6c1

on December 11, 2012
at 07:45 PM

I eat about 70-90 grams of fat a day- from nuts, avocado, coconut, oils, etc.

B6d501e9e6c26bf7721a39dc508cb6c1

on December 11, 2012
at 07:30 PM

Thanks for your comments. I could try that, but I want to eat well rounded and get all my nutrients through veggies, so being that low carb is tough. I'm also trying to get pregnant, so I don't want to risk that either.

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on December 11, 2012
at 07:29 PM

I was hoping to see my skin clear up (especially by cutting out dairy) since I have horrendous acne, and maybe start to lose a pound or two.

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on December 11, 2012
at 07:29 PM

Thanks for your comments. I'm currently 160 lbs and would like to lose the 30 I've gained over the last few years. Since training for a marathon in 2007, I've been consistently gaining weight and gathering medical issues, despite my exercise and eating habits being, as my nutritionist puts it, close to perfect. Because she couldn't help me lose weight, I turned to paleo. I just want to make sure I'm on the right track and I want to feel better again. I'm tired of being tired and always fighting my body.

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on December 11, 2012
at 12:56 PM

What changes are you expecting to see?

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9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

on December 11, 2012
at 01:09 PM

Your diet and exercise look good to me (about the same as what I do). Paleo is a great baseline for good health and can address lots of issues, but isn't a silver bullet. Note that some people have found that the Paleo diet decreases their thyroid activity, so you should keep that in mind, and think about eating foods that can offset that (i.e. seaweed for iodine). You might also just give the diet more time.

When I first went Paleo I went very low carb (<= 25g per day) and this really seemed to "reset" my system. At first it was like a big jolt of energy and a bunch of minor health issues cleared up. After a few months it got to be a drag, and I gradually added back more carbs, but I feel totally different now than when I started, in terms of energy, mood, sleep, digestion, as well as skin, hair, muscle soreness (now I have none), etc. You could give that a try for a while. If you feel that you are insulin resistant, going very low carb for a while could help.

9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

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on December 12, 2012
at 12:14 AM

I don't think there are any nutrients in high-carb foods that you can't get elsewhere.

B6d501e9e6c26bf7721a39dc508cb6c1

on December 11, 2012
at 07:30 PM

Thanks for your comments. I could try that, but I want to eat well rounded and get all my nutrients through veggies, so being that low carb is tough. I'm also trying to get pregnant, so I don't want to risk that either.

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3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on December 11, 2012
at 07:44 PM

Are you eating much fat? It's a mistake to limit fat, it helps revv up your metabolism to control appetite and burn body fat.

You may need to bring your carbs lower with PCOS/Insulin resistance. Try to bring them down gradually to see if that gets the weight off. VLC is usually required--20 to 30 grams net or less. Replace those carbs with fat!

B6d501e9e6c26bf7721a39dc508cb6c1

on December 11, 2012
at 09:24 PM

I use olive and coconut oil. Do I have to worry about eating too many nuts?

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

(8395)

on December 11, 2012
at 09:19 PM

More fat, fewer carbs. What "oils" do you mean? You need to avoid PUFA's (polyunsaturated fatty acids--nut and seed oils, even so-called "healthy" canola oil). Add animal and dairy fats (if you do dairy) like butter and ghee, olive oil,coconut oil.

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

(8395)

on December 12, 2012
at 08:00 AM

What constitutes "too many nuts"? You could probably use more omega 3's, nuts trend toward higher ratios of O6. PCOS is usually caused by metabolic disruption of the insulin pathway (my theory is that there's more than one cause, but insulin most common) so reducing carbs and upping fat may be your best bet p.

B6d501e9e6c26bf7721a39dc508cb6c1

on December 11, 2012
at 07:45 PM

I eat about 70-90 grams of fat a day- from nuts, avocado, coconut, oils, etc.

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on December 11, 2012
at 04:57 PM

With the host of issues that you list, caloric restriction might not be the best thing for you at the moment. I understand that you want to lose weight (although you don't state your current or goal, as it would cause the advice to differ based on whether you need to lose 10lbs for vanity or lose 100lbs to no longer be obese) but I think you aught to consider your health issues a higher priority at this point in time. Not to say that those things and losing weight are mutually exclusive, but I do think some prioritization is necessary.

Also, not all food that you listed is safe for everyone. You might have to toy with specific items to determine what they do for you. For instance nuts seem to be a particular thing that people feel very differently about. Please note that I'm not advocating you further restrict your dietary choices, but just that it's worth examining individual items to see how they effect you. Don't neglect things like diary if you do well on them. Everyone is different.

If you'd like more targeted advice, you could provide some more specifics about you, your issues, and your goals. Otherwise, I'd say it's only been three weeks. Be patient, and believe in the fact that you're on the right track to better health.

B6d501e9e6c26bf7721a39dc508cb6c1

on December 11, 2012
at 07:29 PM

Thanks for your comments. I'm currently 160 lbs and would like to lose the 30 I've gained over the last few years. Since training for a marathon in 2007, I've been consistently gaining weight and gathering medical issues, despite my exercise and eating habits being, as my nutritionist puts it, close to perfect. Because she couldn't help me lose weight, I turned to paleo. I just want to make sure I'm on the right track and I want to feel better again. I'm tired of being tired and always fighting my body.

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