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Any Paleos out there actively trying to lose weight? Tips?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 03, 2010 at 10:33 AM

I've been Lacto-Paleo for over 2 years. I don't intend to ever eat any other way.

My one difficulty is that, despite having lost over 150 lbs in the past 3 years (went VLC the year before I went Paleo) I can't seem to shake the last 25 lbs!

It is EXTREMELY frustrating!

So I thought I'd see if any of you in the communituy were dieting to lose weight and see if I could glean some suggestions.

Stats:

45 y/o female @ 170lbs

I have arthritis in both knees that precludes things like sprinting or HIT :(

My diet consists of fatty meats, fish, cream, butter, some veg. I cook with coconut oil and put EVOO on my salads. I don't generally eat cheese or nuts and I never eat fruit, starchy veg, legumes, grains, sugar etc

Edited to add: I've tried VLC Paleo, and can go for a week eating nothing but fat and meat. I can eat 3000+ calories and never gain an ounce but I don't LOSE any. I just recently have tried upping the amount of veg that I eat. That hasn't helped, either.

1dd1d4bde5b46b4c90efeadea3a96a75

(180)

on August 04, 2010
at 02:22 PM

All these are great tips, especially don't overtrain. Many people do this and lose the hormonal advantage of HIT training. Only thing I would add is intermittent fasting causing calorie restriction. Most people can get to a pretty healthy weight just eating paleo (you usually end up unknowingly restricting your calories), but that last bit you need to track what you eat and eat less, especially as your weight goes down you need less to maintain it. Fasting for a large portion of your non-training days is an easy way to do this. With only a big dinner you will feel full but drop calories.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on April 30, 2010
at 10:31 PM

Hmm, Suzan, I'd have to see a food journal or something for more advice. I'd recommend signing up at http://cavemanforum.com, my paleo forum of choice

Be4b60059db3511771303de1613ecb67

(1137)

on April 24, 2010
at 01:41 PM

It's probably an individual thing. I've cut out dairy, and it hasn't made a difference for me. I now eat only animal proteins, fat, veggies, and a little bit of fruit. The scale hasn't moved in two months after an initial 10 pound loss.

9e2180e7bfd688eb52d4f0c536172024

(2004)

on April 24, 2010
at 12:42 AM

Would you suggest cutting cream as well (maybe switching to coconut milk)?

2ca12e89c4d756d36e149dcad91a9b58

(0)

on April 16, 2010
at 05:01 PM

Yeah, Jimmy Moore lost a bunch this way.

A3bb2c70384b0664a933b45739bac32c

(951)

on April 06, 2010
at 02:00 PM

Are your stretching properly? When I started gymnastics in high school, for the first month or so I did no strength training, just stretching. I built a lot of muscle just by increasing my flexibility. Try doing a good gymnastics style stretching session.

Be4b60059db3511771303de1613ecb67

(1137)

on April 04, 2010
at 02:35 PM

I'm thinking of trying carb cycling for a couple of weeks, as I've tried most all of the other advice offered here. One day a week, I will eat higher carbs in the form of fruit/veg/tubers, and see if that will work. I will also read Schwarzbein's book. Thanks

0637289bb4a0ab314d80fa4de627d395

(1015)

on April 04, 2010
at 01:04 PM

Have you ever looked into buying some exercise tubing? It weighs virtually nothing and it would allow you to do hit almost all your muscles.

8e75344356f4a455185ee52da0b90bf2

on April 04, 2010
at 11:50 AM

I also tried it. I ate only meat and fat (and LOVED it, BTW!) for over 6 weeks.

8e75344356f4a455185ee52da0b90bf2

on April 04, 2010
at 11:49 AM

It sounds as if you and I are in EXACTLY the same spot. I eat just like you (same supps, same foods, I even also eat ONLY 2x / day: 7a.m. and noon) I'm thinking that hormones just HAVE to have something to do with it.

8e75344356f4a455185ee52da0b90bf2

on April 04, 2010
at 11:46 AM

Oh, I've tried counting carbs! I don't eat 3000 cals NOW, I used to back when I was under 10g carbs a day. Now I'm eating about 1800 calories and under 40-50g carbs. STILL not losing! :(

8e75344356f4a455185ee52da0b90bf2

on April 04, 2010
at 11:44 AM

I've never seen the show (I don't watch television) but I DO have some loose skin. Unfortunately, I also have 25lbs of FAT left as well! Bleh! I figure if I can lose the subQ flab, my skin won't be weighted down so much.

8e75344356f4a455185ee52da0b90bf2

on April 04, 2010
at 11:42 AM

I do press-ups and planks one day and front or back squats (as low as I can go, which is only 90% knee angle) the next. I can't get to a pool and walking is difficult for me since I have small children and live in the country - can't take a long, brisk walk with 3, 4 year old and can't use a stoller on a gravel road. I'm defining HIT as lifting with heavy weights until your muscles are exhausted. :)

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on April 04, 2010
at 03:42 AM

Had a half jicama tonight. Cool in fridge first. Grate the outer skin off, slice thin, squeeze some lime or lemon juice on the thin sliced pieces, add a little iodized salt and you have a crunchy, delicious desert....that will ferment in your gut and will help restore healthy gut flora. At least that is what Stephan says. Could not find chicory or burdock root at local look alike whole foods market, but did find at: herbco.com/c-2-bulk-herbs-spices.aspx Also could not find Jerusalem Artichokes today. Swansonvitamins has a tin of Inulin. Hopefully my fat setpoint can be changed.

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on April 04, 2010
at 03:40 AM

had a half jicama tonight. Cool in fridge first. Grate the outer skin off, slice thin, squeeze some lime or lemon juice on the thin sliced pieces, add a little iodized salt and you have a crunchy, delicious desert....that will ferment in your gut and will help restore healthy gut flora. At least that is what Stephan says. Could not find chicory or burdock root at local look alike whole foods market, but did find at: herbco.com/c-2-bulk-herbs-spices.aspx Also could not find Jerusalem Artichokes today. Swansonvitamins has a tin of Inulin. Hopefully my fat setpoint can be changed.

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on April 04, 2010
at 03:37 AM

I had a half jicama tonight. Cool in fridge first. Grate the outer skin off, slice thin, squeeze some lime or lemon juice on the thin sliced pieces, add a little iodized salt and you have a crunchy, delicious desert....that will ferment in your gut and will help restore healthy gut flora. At least that is what Stephan says. Could not find chicory or burdock root at local look alike whole foods market, but did find at: http://www.herbco.com/c-2-bulk-herbs-spices.aspx Also could not find Jerusalem Artichokes today.

Be4b60059db3511771303de1613ecb67

(1137)

on April 03, 2010
at 07:02 PM

I do a lot of water sprints and water strength training, and it is a tough workout, but it is much easier on the joints than doing the same stuff on land.

46fe06f485fdc33eaf7eafbd434376d9

(65)

on April 03, 2010
at 04:24 PM

You might want to edit this...it looks like you repeated what you said

Be4b60059db3511771303de1613ecb67

(1137)

on April 03, 2010
at 02:40 PM

I have tried that. Two weeks. No weight loss.

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9
E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

(15613)

on April 03, 2010
at 12:51 PM

Intermittent fasting might be something to try, either with a limited eating window every day or 24 hours fasts every now and then.

You might want to try increasing/decreasing your protein intake (I don't know how much you eat at the moment) on the basis that insufficient will leave you relatively unsatiated (and eating more fat) and too much will increase insulin and therefore retard fat loss. According to JK's 'Optimal Diet', this would work out at around 75g per day, for your target weight, various paleo sources (such as MDA) suggest 1g/lean pound body mass or a bit less, even athletes can thrive on only 1.2-1.7g/kg.

You mention fish, but not fish oil or type of fish, so what are your omega 3:6 ratios like? If you're getting more 6 than 3, then the pro-inflammatory environment will retard weight loss.

A lot of people, have been talking about the link between gut flora and weight loss, so maybe including some probiotics would be a good idea? I'd shy away from yoghurt if you're trying to lose weight, since it's highly insulinemic and carby. Eating 0-carb might also be useful in this regard, insofar that it would reduce (the activity of) your gut flora.

Would it be possible to do some weights, given your knees? Very intense exercise, as you seem to already be aware, is the best thing for fat loss. Even just press-ups or pull-ups, or lifting anything else heavy (following the BBS method this would take minutes per week and seriously minimise any chance of injury), would doubtless make a difference, since it would stress all your upper body.

46fe06f485fdc33eaf7eafbd434376d9

(65)

on April 03, 2010
at 04:24 PM

You might want to edit this...it looks like you repeated what you said

8
0fb8b3d6dcfb279b0f7e050d2d22510f

(4645)

on April 03, 2010
at 11:31 PM

150 lbs is great- feel good about THAT. Stay with this and give it TIME. The last ten takes forever. Your body is only defending itself against what it thinks is death. Indulge in some extra paleo carbs, cycle around a few carb, fat, protein days so your body knows it well survive. I even cycled in a few higher than normal calorie days against some lower calorie days to 'fool' the body's survival response. The body hates losing the last of its fat and will go after muscle instead, so they to get some walking in there, etc. Good Luck

5
65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

on April 23, 2010
at 06:49 PM

I went from 22% body fat to 11.8% body fat, while only losing 4 pounds of total weight, in 3 months, using this formula:

Cut out all fruit from your diet. Extra fructose just contributes to body fat.

Give up alcohol.

Reduce starchy carb intake. (potatos,rice)

Get 8-9 hours of sleep a night. Lack of sleep increases cortisol, leading to body fat.

Do strength training along with high intensity interval training.

But, don't exercise to death. Over training also increases cortisol, leading to body fat.

I cheated on occasion for a few of the above, so if I was 100% strict my results could have been more dramatic/faster.

1dd1d4bde5b46b4c90efeadea3a96a75

(180)

on August 04, 2010
at 02:22 PM

All these are great tips, especially don't overtrain. Many people do this and lose the hormonal advantage of HIT training. Only thing I would add is intermittent fasting causing calorie restriction. Most people can get to a pretty healthy weight just eating paleo (you usually end up unknowingly restricting your calories), but that last bit you need to track what you eat and eat less, especially as your weight goes down you need less to maintain it. Fasting for a large portion of your non-training days is an easy way to do this. With only a big dinner you will feel full but drop calories.

4
06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on April 03, 2010
at 01:54 PM

Blue,

See Stephan's four articles on body fat set point http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/search?q=set+point

Scroll down to article 1 and read it first and then up to the subsequent pieces, 2,3,4.

Hitting a plateau on weight loss on a paleo diet is quite common. It appears that your body thinks you are headed into lean times and it will defend itself against all attempts to rid it of fat that has been packed into your cells over the years.

Stephan talks about in #4 using oligofructose which is similar to inulin, a fiber that occurs naturally in a wide variety of plants. Good sources are jerusalem artichokes, jicama, artichokes, onions, leeks, burdock and chicory root.

Do a search google search for the term "oligosaccharides"

And using a stationary bike can be used for the high intensity, short duration workout. It need not be just sprinting...just very high intensity for 20 seconds followed by 10 seconds of rest, followed by another 20 seconds...and so on through 8 rounds.

You can lose the last 25...it will come off slowly, but it will come off.

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on April 04, 2010
at 03:40 AM

had a half jicama tonight. Cool in fridge first. Grate the outer skin off, slice thin, squeeze some lime or lemon juice on the thin sliced pieces, add a little iodized salt and you have a crunchy, delicious desert....that will ferment in your gut and will help restore healthy gut flora. At least that is what Stephan says. Could not find chicory or burdock root at local look alike whole foods market, but did find at: herbco.com/c-2-bulk-herbs-spices.aspx Also could not find Jerusalem Artichokes today. Swansonvitamins has a tin of Inulin. Hopefully my fat setpoint can be changed.

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on April 04, 2010
at 03:37 AM

I had a half jicama tonight. Cool in fridge first. Grate the outer skin off, slice thin, squeeze some lime or lemon juice on the thin sliced pieces, add a little iodized salt and you have a crunchy, delicious desert....that will ferment in your gut and will help restore healthy gut flora. At least that is what Stephan says. Could not find chicory or burdock root at local look alike whole foods market, but did find at: http://www.herbco.com/c-2-bulk-herbs-spices.aspx Also could not find Jerusalem Artichokes today.

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on April 04, 2010
at 03:42 AM

Had a half jicama tonight. Cool in fridge first. Grate the outer skin off, slice thin, squeeze some lime or lemon juice on the thin sliced pieces, add a little iodized salt and you have a crunchy, delicious desert....that will ferment in your gut and will help restore healthy gut flora. At least that is what Stephan says. Could not find chicory or burdock root at local look alike whole foods market, but did find at: herbco.com/c-2-bulk-herbs-spices.aspx Also could not find Jerusalem Artichokes today. Swansonvitamins has a tin of Inulin. Hopefully my fat setpoint can be changed.

3
Dcef9c9f5277c46da3eb7662d754876e

on April 04, 2010
at 11:50 AM

I saw someone mention Kwasniewski's Optimal Diet above - that involves eating actual starch from potatoes. He doesn't think fiber is a good idea, doesn't recommend nuts, and that diet gets really unpleasant to do if you don't use a lot of heavy cream. Anyway...

I see a lot of people (esp. women) complaining about never losing the last chunk of weight. They think that because low carb got them there, they just need to go lower. The next step is dropping calories lower, and that doesn't work either. Some people see action by doing one or both of these things, but they seem to be in the minority.

Insulin isn't the only hormone in the loop. There's a lot of useful stuff in Diana Schwarzbein's The Transition. She is not at all paleo, but the information about insulin, cortisol, adrenaline and what long-term and chronic dieting does to your hormone balance was really useful for me.

If you were living in a state of nature, what message would you be sending to your hormones by what you're doing now? You are obviously not convincing your metabolism to burn off stored fat, so it sounds like it's not optimistic about food availability in the future!

If I were you, I would try up-down days, and I would eat more fruit and roots on my up days.

Be4b60059db3511771303de1613ecb67

(1137)

on April 04, 2010
at 02:35 PM

I'm thinking of trying carb cycling for a couple of weeks, as I've tried most all of the other advice offered here. One day a week, I will eat higher carbs in the form of fruit/veg/tubers, and see if that will work. I will also read Schwarzbein's book. Thanks

3
A3bb2c70384b0664a933b45739bac32c

on April 03, 2010
at 04:22 PM

IF seems to work for a lot of people. Nikoley also recommends a cold shower after workout. Check out his first mention here. If you do a search there are many entries. It seems to help build lean muscle. Also, with 150 lbs down, it may just be excess skin. If you have ever watched shows like "The Biggest Loser" you would see those who lose the most weight still have baggy skin.

No matter what you have done great! Keep it up! Even if you don't lose that last 25 lbs, you are still much healthier than you were 2 years ago and that's quite an accomplishment.

8e75344356f4a455185ee52da0b90bf2

on April 04, 2010
at 11:44 AM

I've never seen the show (I don't watch television) but I DO have some loose skin. Unfortunately, I also have 25lbs of FAT left as well! Bleh! I figure if I can lose the subQ flab, my skin won't be weighted down so much.

2
5de2fffda92c0bf2be7ede10cad55546

(1781)

on April 16, 2010
at 01:04 PM

Just a thought. Have you heard of the egg fast? Eat nothing but eggs butter and some cheese for 1 month. Eat a minimum of 6 and up to 10 a day with plenty of butter and some cheese. Very easy way to track calories too.

2ca12e89c4d756d36e149dcad91a9b58

(0)

on April 16, 2010
at 05:01 PM

Yeah, Jimmy Moore lost a bunch this way.

2
46fe06f485fdc33eaf7eafbd434376d9

on April 03, 2010
at 04:34 PM

I would recommend some Intermittent Fasting like a few of the other people already have in their answers. There are plenty of resources on IF, and as many different methods, so I would do a little research if I were you.

Also, just because you have arthritis does not mean you can't do high intensity exercise. Doing sprints and HIIT are probably the best ways you can drop the extra pounds since you seem to have the diet part down already. However, you don't have to do these on your feet if that is uncomfortable for you. Perhaps you could join a nearby gym, and do sprints on a stationary bicycle or in the pool. If you have never tried swim sprints, it is extremely grueling and tiring, but has virtually no impact on the joints.

Additionally, there are other lifestyle factors that can mess with your metabolism, like having too much stress or not enough quality sleep. It might be helpful to look at other areas of your life that could be preventing you from reaching your goals, other than just diet.

I hope this helps!

Be4b60059db3511771303de1613ecb67

(1137)

on April 03, 2010
at 07:02 PM

I do a lot of water sprints and water strength training, and it is a tough workout, but it is much easier on the joints than doing the same stuff on land.

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0637289bb4a0ab314d80fa4de627d395

(1015)

on April 03, 2010
at 02:59 PM

Adding more lean muscle mass may be the missing link in your equation. You say you can't sprint or do HIT. What exercise are you doing? Can you walk or get into a swimming pool? Also to clarify your use of the term HIT. Do you mean High Intensity Training like Dr. McGuff recommends in "Body By Science" or do you mean High Intensity Interval Training?

0637289bb4a0ab314d80fa4de627d395

(1015)

on April 04, 2010
at 01:04 PM

Have you ever looked into buying some exercise tubing? It weighs virtually nothing and it would allow you to do hit almost all your muscles.

8e75344356f4a455185ee52da0b90bf2

on April 04, 2010
at 11:42 AM

I do press-ups and planks one day and front or back squats (as low as I can go, which is only 90% knee angle) the next. I can't get to a pool and walking is difficult for me since I have small children and live in the country - can't take a long, brisk walk with 3, 4 year old and can't use a stoller on a gravel road. I'm defining HIT as lifting with heavy weights until your muscles are exhausted. :)

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100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

(18696)

on April 03, 2010
at 01:36 PM

Have you tried just meat and fat for more than a week? This has been the key for some, including me. Margot, at the zeroing in on health forum, was stalled on VLC at about 160 lbs for a year and a half before losing 25 lbs in some 6 or 8 months on just meat and fat.

Also, some people just won't lose if they eat nuts or dairy.

8e75344356f4a455185ee52da0b90bf2

on April 04, 2010
at 11:50 AM

I also tried it. I ate only meat and fat (and LOVED it, BTW!) for over 6 weeks.

Be4b60059db3511771303de1613ecb67

(1137)

on April 03, 2010
at 02:40 PM

I have tried that. Two weeks. No weight loss.

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Be4b60059db3511771303de1613ecb67

(1137)

on April 03, 2010
at 01:26 PM

I wanted to let you know that I am experiencing almost the same thing as you. I am 54. I am trying to lose 60 pounds. I've done all of the things suggested in the answers here. I lost 10 pounds right away, then nothing. I eat very low carb, and the carbs are from veggies and a little bit of cream in my coffee. The rest of my food intake is meat/eggs/poultry/fat from coconut oil and pastured butter. I take probiotics, Omega 3 fish oil, and Vitamin D. I strictly limit fruit and cheese to maybe 1X-2X a week in small portions. I do interval training-style workouts 3X a week. I never eat over 1800-1900 calories per day, according to fitday. I eat 2 meals per day, at noon and 7pm, so I suppose that counts as IF. My fat intake is about 65%.

It is frustrating. I've sought advice at other Paleo/LC sites too, and the advice was all very good, but it hasn't worked for me so far.

Maybe the answer is to be patient. Maybe the weight will come off when it is ready to come off. I don't know whether that is a sufficient answer or not, but it's the only one I have right now.

A3bb2c70384b0664a933b45739bac32c

(951)

on April 06, 2010
at 02:00 PM

Are your stretching properly? When I started gymnastics in high school, for the first month or so I did no strength training, just stretching. I built a lot of muscle just by increasing my flexibility. Try doing a good gymnastics style stretching session.

8e75344356f4a455185ee52da0b90bf2

on April 04, 2010
at 11:49 AM

It sounds as if you and I are in EXACTLY the same spot. I eat just like you (same supps, same foods, I even also eat ONLY 2x / day: 7a.m. and noon) I'm thinking that hormones just HAVE to have something to do with it.

1
D31a2a2d43191b15ca4a1c7ec7d03038

on September 01, 2010
at 11:24 PM

1
1fe018d8c39e60e1c93fda9883758d22

(195)

on April 25, 2010
at 11:00 AM

You are eating way too much protein, read this post.

http://www.paleonu.com/panu-weblog/2009/8/27/how-to-lose-weight.html

Remember both carbs and protein in excess invoke unnecessary insulin reponse, i had the same problems loosing the last few pounds. If you need extra info look for kwasniewski approach.

1
8347d512bca9b034d53da40dab8cd21c

on April 03, 2010
at 11:56 AM

When I started losing weight via Paleo, I made a point to see how many calories I needed to lose based upon my height, weight and activity:

http://www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculator/harris-benedict-equation/calorie-intake-to-lose-weight.php

Exercise in any form is beneficial and would help you meet your goals. I would think that even working with lighter free weights or just walking (I don't know if your knees can handle long walks or not) would definitely assist in burning up some calories.

UPDATE: Since I posted this answer, I have taken up Intermittent Fasting and have become a quick convert. The first day or two of attempting it was hard (I would only go 10-12 hours) but now have gotten up to around 16 hours of fasting. I have made more progress in a shorter amount of time from this without feeling any ill side-effects. I recommend trying it for a short amount of hours and working your way up to a longer amount of time.

I'll also say that not eating in the late evening and then going to bed helps tremendously. I usually eat something at 8p at the latest, and then usually don't eat again until around 1 the following day. I will, however, drink water or a cup of black coffee in the morning.

0
F5b36dcc8ab02c533cab325b2c754d59

on April 26, 2010
at 01:59 AM

Perhaps stop trying to lose the weight for a while. Up the calories for a few weeks at least. Your body has been stressed for a long time; perhaps you're having some sort of thyroid issue. A long period of dieting can do that. Then try dieting again.

0
98a7ca2621246f4ceee203902fe9685e

on April 25, 2010
at 11:25 PM

Hey Tony,

I think your protein is good. You could probably lower it a little bit (like within 10g or so) and just up the fat a tad to make up for lost calories. I'd say it's good that you are 1g/lb of body weight though. Before I would change any of that...How many grams of carbs are you taking in? Also, how's your sleep? How many hours a night and how's the quality? I would also consider going a little lighter on the workouts. Maybe reduce down to 3/week and maybe combine some of the different types of sessions.

Jordan

0
485bcefe7f1f7a6df1a293a826bf6137

on April 25, 2010
at 07:31 PM

I know it's blasphemy in the VLC/ZC world, but if you have a body that's very efficient at conserving energy, you still have to limit calories to lose weight. I'd go 2000 max per day, less if you can. Some days I eat nothing. It won't harm you.

You said you "don't generally" eat cheese or nuts. These can halt weight loss in any quantity.

You said you weren't working out, but in case you are considering it, don't. It puts the body in stress causing the release of cortisol which inhibits fat burning. You want bodily movement that specifically does not stress or elevate heart rate, like walking. I know a postal worker who ate the crappiest SAD, but when switched from a desk job to a mail route, lost a ton of weight. (Of course, since her diet didn't change she gained it all back when returning to the desk job).

You can also use thermogenics to accelerate fat burning. I have found green tea, coffee with a little cream, coconut oil and MCT oil to work well. Coconut oil is 65% MCT (medium chain triglycerides, which are absorbed quickly and promote fat burning). MCT oil is simply 100%.

I speak from personal experience. I have the same problems with weight loss and these methods have worked and are continuing to work well for me.

0
9a55fd03a580d2d0e5d76e3b6e2246f1

on April 24, 2010
at 09:54 PM

I just wanted to thank all those that are responding. I have lost 68 pounds and am also really struggling with the last 10 pounds. I am 5'7" and now at 162, about 17% body fat, very strict paleo and work out 6-7 days a week 30-40 mins/day. 2 HIT sessions, 2 strength, 3 runs or jogs

But these last pounds don't want to go?

Eating 1700-1800 calories per day, 45% fat, 15% carbs (all from veggies), 40% protein. Eating about 160g protein/day, 16g omega 3 per day, vit d

Any thoughts or suggestions are definately welcome!

0
77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on April 23, 2010
at 09:47 PM

It's the dairy. I know you're going to tell me "naw, it can't be". Take it from the horse's mouth: it's the dairy.

I plateaued about 10 pounds more than where I was. At this point I was drinking a gallon of milk a week and eating lots of whole milk cheese. I couldn't figure out the problem. I even switched to the "Warrior Diet" style of constant fasting. Nothing changed.

Then I dropped the dairy.

Try it out for a week or two, what can it hurt?

Be4b60059db3511771303de1613ecb67

(1137)

on April 24, 2010
at 01:41 PM

It's probably an individual thing. I've cut out dairy, and it hasn't made a difference for me. I now eat only animal proteins, fat, veggies, and a little bit of fruit. The scale hasn't moved in two months after an initial 10 pound loss.

9e2180e7bfd688eb52d4f0c536172024

(2004)

on April 24, 2010
at 12:42 AM

Would you suggest cutting cream as well (maybe switching to coconut milk)?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on April 30, 2010
at 10:31 PM

Hmm, Suzan, I'd have to see a food journal or something for more advice. I'd recommend signing up at http://cavemanforum.com, my paleo forum of choice

0
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(260)

on April 03, 2010
at 11:32 AM

Have you counted your carbs? By my experience it appears that lower carbs seem to help in losing weight. In addition you might consider limiting your calories (but not too much). If you keep on eating 3000+ cals, you are not going to lose any weight without heavy exercise.

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on April 04, 2010
at 11:46 AM

Oh, I've tried counting carbs! I don't eat 3000 cals NOW, I used to back when I was under 10g carbs a day. Now I'm eating about 1800 calories and under 40-50g carbs. STILL not losing! :(

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