0

votes

Hack my weight loss stall

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 12, 2013 at 11:53 PM

I started eating paleo about 2.5 years ago. Within the first 2 months I lost 30 lb. (Female, 5'5", starting weight 190 lb). It was amazing. After that, however, not a single pound has come off. I feel awesome. My "female" complaints have evaporated. Everything is wonderful ... except no more weight loss. At 5'5" and 160 lb, I don't think I've reached my most healthy weight; I do have a fairly lean stomach, and carry most of my weight in my legs and hips.

I started CrossFit 6 months ago, and love it. 3x a week. I've gotten so much stronger. I reach new PR's monthly, and I have all kinds of energy. But no weight loss.

I did a paleo challenge at my box about 3 months ago, where I upped my workouts to 4-5x a week, and tracked my food intake. I didn't eat any different, but I probably ate a little less, being aware that others were viewing it. I carved 4 inches off my stomach. But no weight loss.

Here is a sample meal plan from my paleo challenge (I posted all my meals on my blog): http://kennedycircusunleashed.blogspot.com/2012/10/paleo-meal-plan-week-2.html

I don't eat a lot of nuts (around 6 macadamias, or 10 almonds a day). I don't eat a lot of fruit (1-2 servings a day). I don't eat any dairy or cheese. Only meats, fat, veggies (mostly non-starchy). I do add some sweet potatoes or carrots in for the days I do CrossFit. I try to follow the Jaminets PHD ratio for macronutrients.

Recently, in frustration, I thought I would try Paleo Zone. It's pretty easy to adjust my usual food planning to different amounts, so the planning is not a problem. I have followed it for one week (no weight loss - but that's okay, I'm patient). I'm doing 12 blocks, 2x or 3x fat.

However, I am EXHAUSTED. I am sleeping 9 hours every night, and waking up exhausted (I never felt like this on paleo). I did a WOD today with 55 lb thrusters, which should have been no problem, and I could hardly get the weight up! I don't feel like I am eating that much less than usual ... and I'm not that hungry. But kind of edgy. Not content.

IDEAS???? I am at a loss. I know that I have another 20 lb to get off, and I really want it off before my 40th birthday! I know weight loss only gets harder in the next 10 years.

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on January 14, 2013
at 07:47 PM

Alexis, you read my mind! I was just wondering about this. Where can you do the DEXA test?

45ace03a0eff1219943d746cfb1c4197

(3661)

on January 13, 2013
at 04:11 PM

Me, too, with the coconut milk.

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on January 13, 2013
at 02:31 PM

I have looked at IF, but not tried it yet. Been reading some conflicting things on how it affects women. I also looking into Leangains, but my CrossFit coach discourage me from trying it - he felt that it relied too much on supplements, and was maybe not a good road for me to go down with prior eating disorders. I think he is maybe wise. However, I might start trying a small amount of fasting - maybe sunup to sundown, broths only, or something like that. Thanks for the encouragement "Uncle Long Hair." :)

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on January 13, 2013
at 02:27 PM

Phil - thank you - I actually have lab orders sitting on my desk for a full panel of bloodwork, and saliva hormone testing. I was waiting to get through the holidays before attacking it. I was honestly getting those as more of a baseline to have, but maybe something will reveal itself. And yes, I do need to chill. But I still have that feeling that if I relax I will drop all the balls. My holistic gyn "prescribed" me to spend 5 minutes every day meditating with hand yoga gestures. :)

D5d982a898721d3392c85f951d0bf0aa

(2417)

on January 13, 2013
at 06:36 AM

Love seeing kindness and gentleness.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on January 13, 2013
at 06:30 AM

I second that :)

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on January 13, 2013
at 02:41 AM

Yes, and with 4 kids I certainly have a lot of opportunity! I'll have to consider this.

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on January 13, 2013
at 02:40 AM

Yes, I definitely know that my satiety mechanism is pretty screwed up! Years of eating disorders ... but paleo has really been the key to healing most of that. My biggest thing is coconut milk. I really have to measure that out, or I'll eat the whole can!

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on January 13, 2013
at 02:39 AM

Thanks Rebecca - I do track on Cronometer, so I know exactly what I'm eating. I plan a week out, then do a followup on what I did (yes, a little ocd here!). I'm averaging about 1700 cal. Not really sure if that's too much or too little.

  • 32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

    asked by

    (5802)
  • Views
    2.6K
  • Last Activity
    1284D AGO
Frontpage book

Get FREE instant access to our Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!

7 Answers

best answer

5
B76281713d31d84b01351964530ca841

(65)

on January 13, 2013
at 05:50 AM

Some thoughts

Practical - Blood - You seem vey detail oriented. Have you had a full panel of blood work recently? I am assuming not based on your post. Go do that and unless you have a Western doc that you love, find a qualified naturopath to really scrutinize the results and and get you dialed in based on your goals. From the info you provided, I am really doubting its dietary/caloric as you have the food piece nailed. You are shooting in the dark and wasting valuable time and emotional energy focussing 100% on food if you aren't proactive and informed on your inner health.

Working out - You've been doing CrossFit for 6 months, that is a blink for any exercise protocol. On that note, I do think there may be an overtraining and cortisol component at play here and might consider dropping a day at your box and replace it with walking or other less stressful play, at least for a bit. But again, I would take a look at blood work, hormones, organ/gland function etc.

Philosophical -

Making peace - Assuming your blood work is dialed, what if this is simply your "fighting weight." You say you are stronger and feeling better than ever while constantly improving functionality - what if 5'5, 160 is where your body is happiest and healthiest?

You mention past eating disorders and joke about OCD. I think you are walking a fine line here and need to be very mindful of your past and be kind to yourself around the progress you have and continue to make with your overall health. Would love to hear more as you continue your journey.

D5d982a898721d3392c85f951d0bf0aa

(2417)

on January 13, 2013
at 06:36 AM

Love seeing kindness and gentleness.

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on January 13, 2013
at 02:27 PM

Phil - thank you - I actually have lab orders sitting on my desk for a full panel of bloodwork, and saliva hormone testing. I was waiting to get through the holidays before attacking it. I was honestly getting those as more of a baseline to have, but maybe something will reveal itself. And yes, I do need to chill. But I still have that feeling that if I relax I will drop all the balls. My holistic gyn "prescribed" me to spend 5 minutes every day meditating with hand yoga gestures. :)

4
040188ea1b7ddfc74d03a198549bcc6e

(115)

on January 13, 2013
at 12:27 AM

I know this may sound counterintuitive, but maybe you should take some time off of your CrossFit routine to relax and play instead. Mark Sisson has some great posts about playing: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/the-lost-art-of-play-reclaiming-a-primal-tradition/#axzz2Ho6TGJkU

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/the-definitive-guide-to-play/#axzz2Ho6TGJkU

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on January 13, 2013
at 02:41 AM

Yes, and with 4 kids I certainly have a lot of opportunity! I'll have to consider this.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on January 13, 2013
at 06:30 AM

I second that :)

3
Ca22738a3c3efc400a35c426dfab47a3

on January 13, 2013
at 12:08 AM

You are probably building muscle, so don't worry about the number on the scale. If you aren't seeing a shift in your measurements and how clothes fit then I would encourage you to track calories, and micronutrients exactly. Hormones have a lot to do with metabolism, you can throw them off by over stressing the body which can include working out too much, extra "normal" life stress, and even too low carbs. You may be not be getting enough calories also. There are several free tracking sites, I'd be sure to weigh and measure and count everything for 2 weeks and the issue might become evident.

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on January 13, 2013
at 02:39 AM

Thanks Rebecca - I do track on Cronometer, so I know exactly what I'm eating. I plan a week out, then do a followup on what I did (yes, a little ocd here!). I'm averaging about 1700 cal. Not really sure if that's too much or too little.

2
45ace03a0eff1219943d746cfb1c4197

(3661)

on January 13, 2013
at 12:19 AM

I don't track quantities myself, but I'm kind of wondering if maybe you're eating past the point when you're not really hungry anymore. Just a guess. Maybe no nuts at all for awhile might give you an idea of whether or not they're an issue. My biggest downfall was avocados, and I was not at all pleased about giving them up, but it has made a difference. I also have to limit fruit a lot more, but I don't work out as much as you do, either. Just some thoughts.

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on January 13, 2013
at 02:40 AM

Yes, I definitely know that my satiety mechanism is pretty screwed up! Years of eating disorders ... but paleo has really been the key to healing most of that. My biggest thing is coconut milk. I really have to measure that out, or I'll eat the whole can!

45ace03a0eff1219943d746cfb1c4197

(3661)

on January 13, 2013
at 04:11 PM

Me, too, with the coconut milk.

1
9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

on January 13, 2013
at 02:01 PM

I am 6' and my weight started around 230. When I first went Paleo it fell quickly to about 205, and I was thrilled that I might get below 200 for the first time in my adult life. I also lost about 2-3 inches off of my waist.

But I stalled around there. Like you, I started to do crossfit, which I really love, and has made me so much stronger. I can do things I could not even do 20 years ago (I'm 43), and have muscles and muscle tone that I would never otherwise have dreamed of. My wife says she keeps finding new muscles on me. I am noticeably leaner all over, and I also lost about 4 more inches off of my waist, have had to buy an entirely new wardrobe.

However... My weight hovers around 210, sometimes 212 or 213. Since starting crossfit it has only been below 205 for a few days when I was inadvertently not eating nearly enough. However i look and feel great and would happily keep this body "shape" for the rest of my life. I had been psyched to get my weight below 200, but realized that weight all by itself was not really a good indicator of anything. They say that adding muscle and losing fat can increase your overall weight which is maybe what happened.

My point is that the weight number isn't necessarily a good goal and you may just have a build where you carry extra muscle (of which a lot of people would be envious). I would look instead at your BF % and generally how you look and feel. If you think you are still carrying too much fat and want to get leaner, you might look into fasting or intermittent fasting. I do best at crossfit when I am somewhat fasted (no food for at least 6 hours), and when I am very fasted (no food for 12-18 hours), the workouts are tough but it definitely burns the fat. I recently read about a guy on Mark's Daily Apple that lost a lot of weight and fat by eating every other day, which I thought sounded interesting.

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on January 13, 2013
at 02:31 PM

I have looked at IF, but not tried it yet. Been reading some conflicting things on how it affects women. I also looking into Leangains, but my CrossFit coach discourage me from trying it - he felt that it relied too much on supplements, and was maybe not a good road for me to go down with prior eating disorders. I think he is maybe wise. However, I might start trying a small amount of fasting - maybe sunup to sundown, broths only, or something like that. Thanks for the encouragement "Uncle Long Hair." :)

0
2e1e0c0865edb9cfb9f8391f2877a965

on January 14, 2013
at 04:41 PM

Have you had your body fat % tested? DEXA is the best type of test as it takes into account differing types of fat etc... if you're 160 and 25% body fat or less, I wouldn't worry about what the scale says, and shift focus to loving your body as is.

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on January 14, 2013
at 07:47 PM

Alexis, you read my mind! I was just wondering about this. Where can you do the DEXA test?

0
19ff515e8ec02d95e8f2cf68c3ec1373

(1207)

on January 13, 2013
at 06:54 AM

I have a similar story and food/workout plan. I'm investigating acupuncture and auxiliary daily treatments to supplement.

Answer Question


Get FREE instant access to our
Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!