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Advice on my Food Diary

Commented on July 23, 2014
Created July 22, 2014 at 1:21 AM

Hi all

I've been doing paleo for approximately 8 weeks now. I'm a very fussy eater so it's been an interesting few weeks trying different foods and trying to get some variety into my diet.

I loved it at first - I lost approximately 4 kilos, gained some muscle and was feeling great. However over the past 2 weeks I've been feeling very bloated in my stomach and a bit gassy :| Out of the 4 kilos I lost, I've put 1.5 back on and I feel like my thighs and stomach were bigger than when I first started paleo.

I'm not sure if:

  1. I've just put on weight. I've put a typical day's food diary below. Am I eating too much protein? Not enough fats? Please tell me what I'm doing wrong as I know I'm missing things
  2. If I'm just bloated and that is causing the weight gain

Can anyone please help? I'd really like to lose those kilos again. I work out quite a lot so not sure why I'd gain weight

Breakfast: 4 x eggs, Bacon, Tomato, Basil

Snack: Small handful of almonds and 1 banana

Lunch: Chicken salad with garlic, cos lettuce, bacon, paleo caesar sauce

Snack: Serve of vegetables (carrot, broccoli, cauliflower) with organic grassfed butter

Dinner: Beef stirfry with zucchini, caulfiflower, carrot, broccoli

Post workout: Protein shake with almond milk

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on July 23, 2014
at 08:53 PM

Yes, more salt consumption will increase water retention (water weight). Sometimes you can notice it if your face gets "puffy" and your cheeks get slightly rounder. Nothing wrong with that, it's just a bit of water, so don't feel like you have to eliminate salt or eat bland food from now on. Have your salt like you normally would and don't stress about it, a fluctuation of a kilo or so is perfectly normal.

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on July 23, 2014
at 01:34 AM

Thank you for your response, that is very helpful. I had no idea the bananas were so high in carbs / calories compared to other fruits! Will definitely skip the bananas from now on and substitute them for strawberries or even some passionfruit as they are quite low in carbs / calories too.

Also, I do put salt on a lot of things, could that be causing the water retention?

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on July 22, 2014
at 01:26 PM

1.5 kilos, that's not much actually. Any little fluctuation could cause you to gain or lose 1.5 kilos. Drinking a few cups of water and having a decent sized meal could add up to 1.5 kilos no problem. Plus if you eat something salty you might temporarily retain a little extra water. Don't over-think it, you're doing good. Side note: if you're serious about losing weight then cut out that banana, you can replace it with a cup of strawberries if you absolutely must have something sweet and it's way lower in carbs/calories.

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on July 23, 2014
at 01:34 AM

Thank you for your response, that is very helpful. I had no idea the bananas were so high in carbs / calories compared to other fruits! Will definitely skip the bananas from now on and substitute them for strawberries or even some passionfruit as they are quite low in carbs / calories too.

Also, I do put salt on a lot of things, could that be causing the water retention?

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on July 23, 2014
at 02:27 AM

You might want to eliminate the broccoli and cauliflower (and maybe the garlic) for a few days to see if that is causing the gas and bloating.

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