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Can I get some help with numbers?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 12, 2011 at 8:15 PM

I am 2.5 weeks into the 30 day challenge. I started this hoping for overall improvement in how I felt and looked (weight, body fat, size). I am feeling fine, not necessarily a huge improvement, but definitely not worse. The "how I look" part, however, is becoming frustrating. In 2.5 weeks, I am down 1.6 pounds. No change in measurements. 0.5% down in body fat. I realize that going Paleo does not necessarily mean I will drop a lot of weight right away, but I would like some help to know if I am on the right track, or what I could do differently. (BTW, DH has lost 10 pounds in this same amount of time).

Me: 5'7", 169 pounds, 30% BF, had third baby in December and am trying to lose the remaining 15 pounds I gained while pregnant. I like being around 154 pounds, and am typically around 23-24% BF and a size 4-6 on top, 6-8 on bottom when I get there. I do a barre method workout 3x/week.

I am typically eating something like this: Breakfast: 2-3 slices of bacon, zucchini and green onion cooked with 2 eggs in coconut oil Lunch: Salad greens with leftover meat or hard boiled eggs, 1/2 apple, oil and vinegar dressing Snack: a couple of mandarin oranges, watermelon, or hard boiled egg. Sometimes a little of all if I am really hungry. Dinner: Meat of some sort and a bunch of veggies cooked in oil.

I know I don't have amounts here, or the ratios, and that's something I am wondering about. Some sources say you should do lean meats only, other sources say you should have lots of animal fat. Which is it in my situation? I did fitday for a couple of days and then started having technical difficulties with it, but the days I tracked, I was around 1800 calories, under 75g carbs, and around 100g protein.

So, my questions are:

  1. How many grams of fat, protein, carbs, etc. should I be taking in?

  2. How big of a calorie deficit should I aim for?

  3. Lean or fat meats?

  4. Any impressions of things I should change or rearrange to see greater weight loss?

Thanks!

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on May 25, 2011
at 12:26 AM

They need an iphone app for paleo hacks

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on April 13, 2011
at 02:25 AM

Thanks for the input, Annie. I've also been suspecting, that as a woman, I would need to go VLC to start seeing real weight loss benefits, so I'm working on that now. It would be great to see more Paleo/Primal sites/bloggers geared towards the specific needs/challenges of women!

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on April 13, 2011
at 02:15 AM

Hah. I like your name :)

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on April 12, 2011
at 11:02 PM

Unfortunately, this means no fruit!

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on April 12, 2011
at 08:33 PM

Definitely drop the fruit if your looking to lose. Last time I had a small slice of watermelon it dropped me out of ketosis for 2 days.

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on April 12, 2011
at 08:33 PM

Yikes, excuse the typos. I'm on my iPhone right now.

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on April 12, 2011
at 08:31 PM

No...forgot to mention that!

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on April 12, 2011
at 08:21 PM

Are you still breast feeding?

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6670b38baf0aae7f4d8ac2463ddc37c0

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on April 12, 2011
at 11:01 PM

You might have the same experience as many women on Paleo in that the men seem to lose fast and we do not. I had to cut back to 20 (net) carbs a day and IF a few days a week in order to lose on Paleo. I usually aim for 75% or higher in fat, 20% protein and 5% carbs. I do not ever worry about calories. Some days I am at 1500 and some days I am at 2200, it all depends on how hungry I am. And I usually have grass fed beef, and an occasional chicken breast. Good luck!

6481788df76f391ba2746d9f1ad1e8f1

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on April 13, 2011
at 02:25 AM

Thanks for the input, Annie. I've also been suspecting, that as a woman, I would need to go VLC to start seeing real weight loss benefits, so I'm working on that now. It would be great to see more Paleo/Primal sites/bloggers geared towards the specific needs/challenges of women!

6670b38baf0aae7f4d8ac2463ddc37c0

(3946)

on April 12, 2011
at 11:02 PM

Unfortunately, this means no fruit!

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 12, 2011
at 09:11 PM

Are you keeping a food/water/sleep/exercise log? Try that for 30 days or at least take pics of your food and keep it on your phone. Review the log every week and change it up. There is so much more to weight loss than the food.

Oh you caught my attention when you mentioned how you feel. Go with the "feel" part over anything else. Try to improve that part and I bet that will help with the weight. WHen I feel good I'm more active and have a general sense of "hotness".

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on April 13, 2011
at 02:15 AM

Hah. I like your name :)

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on April 12, 2011
at 09:11 PM

In my opinion, the lean meat/fat meat question has to more to do with is the meat you are eating pastured grass fed type OR regular super market "conventional meat?

Grass-fed beef hamburger is a good example of a fatty yet nutritious meat.

If you are consuming only regular super market chicken, not labeled as "pastured" which is hard to find, then you are not eating enough good animal fats.

I would definitely drop the watermelon. Focus on foods that are available locally and organic. These will be nutrient dense. More veggies--less fruit right now. Too much sugar doesn't help with the weight loss.

I use butter (strive for grassfed or at least organic) on your organic veggies-steamed. I eat straight coconut oil, but not everyday...about a tablespoon.

I also use cream in my coffee in the morning. This really helped me lose weight. I think this is because it decreases my appetite, increases my animal fat, in the long run---consumed less calories.

And what oil are you using in your cooking and/or lunch salad?

Have you checked out some blogs and other books yet? I am sorry but I don't know what the, "barre method workout 3x/week." means...

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on April 12, 2011
at 08:32 PM

Gosh, I hate to say this but that doesn't seem Nutrient dense enough if you are still breastfeeding (nevermind if that's an incorrect assumption.) Maybe your body thinks it's starving. Are you eating any offal or oily fish? Good fats from Pastured animals are important too. Taking a d3 supplement? I had my baby in december too. It's really inprtant that you replenishthe nutrients you lost while pregnant. Your body might be holding on to that last 15 until you quit Bfing too. Especially if you are making it think your not eatin enough by ignoring animal fats.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

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on April 12, 2011
at 08:33 PM

Yikes, excuse the typos. I'm on my iPhone right now.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on May 25, 2011
at 12:26 AM

They need an iphone app for paleo hacks

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