I have been on Paleo for about a month and a half now and have been very very strict. I feel amazing and will never go back to how I ate before. Over the last two weeks my weight loss seems to have stalled. Within the first 3 weeks I lost 15 pounds, and now I am at a stand still. I am not sure what I am doing wrong, or maybe I have just hit a plateau? I am 5'1", 128 pounds, female, and built curvy. I typically eat bacon and eggs for breakfast, a salad with protein for lunch, and spaghetti squash/salad/ground beef/grilled chicken for dinner. I tried VLC and felt absolutely horrible for a while and stopped. Since then I started snacking on fruit (mostly just bluerries!), raw coconut flakes, and the occasional dark chocolate. I also drink (just straight tequila and lemon) once a week. I have been working two jobs and haven't had time to exercise, but in a couple of weeks I will hopefully be joining a crossfit class and start sprinting. I recently incorporated intermittent fasting (twice a week for 24 hours each) and it hasn't been too hard. Any ideas on what I could do to hack my weight-loss stall. I am thinking maybe cutting out the fruit and dark chocolate, but I aam wondering if there are other things I can do! Thanks for your advice :D
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on August 27, 2013
at 06:59 PM
The best thing you can do, in my opinion, is wait. 1.5 months is not that long and given you lost 15 pounds in 3 weeks, this means you have stalled for about 3 weeks now. I would say 15 pounds gone after 1.5 months is a very good result. Paleo is not some kind of magic where the weight will fly off until you reach your goal. It does take time and stalls are absolutely normal.
I personally would not to the intermittent fasting. If it really happens spontaneously, ok, but if you push yourself even slightly, don't do it. Intermittent fasting is not a magic bullet for weight loss and can create a lot of problems on its own. I personally think it's overhyped and misunderstood. That you felt bad on VLC is normal. It usually goes away after 2-4 weeks, but you have to be really careful not to eat too much protein when you eat VLC. I wouldn't recommend it, either, for someone just starting paleo.
I wouldn't worry too much about your stall. Give it time. Also, you body might some time to adjust to your new weight, before it will give up additional fat stores. Working two jobs also sounds very stressful and stress is definitely a contributor to weight gain. Therefore, please don't overdo it with exercise. Keep your fruits and dark chocolate (just don't overdo it) and get comfortable with a "normal" 3-meals-a-day paleo lifestyle. Make sure you get enough sleep, make sure to find time to relax and don't push yourself with the exercise. This one can backfire as well.
I know, it doesn't sound like I can be of much help, because I basically tell you to do nothing (for now). But I think it's important in the paleo world, that we stop tinkering with every variable, just because we don't get immediate results. We are so desperate for change, craving it so much that we forget how many years or even decades it often took us to accumulate the extra weight. And that isn't going to change in 1.5 months. Also, most people here can probably stories of stalls and even ups during their time on paleo. And the important question is not how fast you can lose your weight, but whether you can keep it off.
on August 27, 2013
at 04:44 PM
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Exercise definitely helps -- even if its just some walking. I'm sure the snacking on coconut flakes, chocolate, fruit and alcohol aren't exactly helping either. All those things added up could be what is stalling you even if they seem small separately.
Are you tracking your diet and getting enough sleep?
on August 27, 2013
at 04:42 PM
I am assuming you are female, and if not, my apologies. If you are doing a 24hr IF twice per week, that might not be playing well with your hormones. Add to that working two jobs, another cortisol booster. Diet is critical for weight loss, but exercise plays a important role for both health and body weight. I am sure adding that in like you mention will break the plateau. If not, check back in in a few weeks. Plateaus are common as the body inherently doesn't want to lose weight.