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Haven't lost any Weight so far on Paleo

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 08, 2012 at 4:29 PM

I have been doing paleo for 9 days and as of yet not a single ounce lost, Ive been strict ...Not a grain or an ounce of dairy. I'm 5'10" tall 200lbs 43yo male. Eating 1650-1700 calories a day and run 2 miles 3 times a week. maybe 1 or 2 fruits a day. Just curious if anyone has suggestions?

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on December 10, 2012
at 04:54 AM

Not sure what you're getting at, mM, you lost me at whatever "HAES" stands for. I don't know if my five years counts as "long term paleo" but at 43 I'm quite lean (lower than my high school graduation weight) as well as fitter (and healthier) than I've ever been. I eat butter almost daily.

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on December 09, 2012
at 04:52 PM

So, paleo is also turning into the HAES movement, hah, not very surprising since so many long term paleos are not exactly fit, and "paleo women are phat" etc. maybe you could all hold conferences with the LC and wapf crowd, see who can eat the most bacon and butter, it's so good for health and weight loss, right??

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on December 08, 2012
at 10:50 PM

cool, thanks. Still learning on this but I do feel good and not missing the grains

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on December 08, 2012
at 09:43 PM

I personally can't lose on any low carb diet (not even ketogenic) if I don't restrict calories. I know that they're some people who can easily lose weight just by going Paleo, but some others can't without calorie restriction (especially women). If nothing works, check your thyroid.

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on December 08, 2012
at 06:19 PM

Ok I thought not having any grains or dairy was enough info with calorie count in my question. veggies , meats(some grass fed) chicken, eggs , fish, pork. calorie count comes from my fitness pal

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on December 08, 2012
at 07:14 PM

Also, fat cells can lose fat but then attract and hold water, which you will lose later in a whoosh. Fat loss is kinda crazy like that. Regardless, just stay with it, pay more attention to how you feel and stay off the scale.

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on December 09, 2012
at 04:15 PM

This question comes up a lot, use the search function to find other people's questions and answers.

If you want some specific help, post what you eat in a typical day and people will hack your diet.

I am 6' 205# and 43 years old, so we have a similar build. I had good success losing about 20-25 pounds on Paleo (I started at around 229#), but over time some of the weight came back even while I lost more inches off of my waist and felt a lot better. Ultimately I don't watch my weight as much any more as my waist size.

9 days isn't really a lot, I'd give it 3-4 weeks before you see any effects. When I first went Paleo, I felt a LOT better after 5 days but didn't really start to lose weight for a few weeks.

I also went very low carb, which really works for me (not everyone), like less than 25g of carbs per day. One banana has 22g, so 25g for an entire day is not very much. I think the one thing that really helped kick start my weight loss and metabolism was to have a zero-carb, high protein breakfast every day, which usually meant a couple of eggs. Any kind of sugar or starch in the morning causes me to gain weight and feel bad. After a few months, staying very low carb stopped working so well (I had low energy and some digestive issues), so I slowly added back moderate carbs, but the period of very low carb eating really worked.

Running 6 miles per week is a good start but you should look for ways to get more exercise. I also used to run as my main form of exercise, I was running 3-4 miles about 3-4 times per week (about twice what you're doing). I switched to brief, high-intensity exercise every other day (kettlebells, calisthenics, push-ups, etc) and this made a HUGE difference, basically I lost about 10 pounds almost immediately and 2 inches off of my waist. Later I started doing crossfit 3-4x per week and lost a little more weight and 4 more inches off of my waist. Essentially, the running was keeping me fat. And frankly, I didn't really love running, especially distances more than 3 miles or so. If you have a similar build as me, maybe you have the same experience. However, I absolutely love crossfit and it is easy to stick with exercise that is fun.

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on December 08, 2012
at 10:26 PM

I had almost no weight loss the first two months, then about 30lbs slid off in the three months after that. Weight has held steady over the last two months.

5'11" dude start:215 now between 180 - 185

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on December 08, 2012
at 10:50 PM

cool, thanks. Still learning on this but I do feel good and not missing the grains

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on December 08, 2012
at 04:40 PM

Please make use of the search function on the Paleohacks site -- it seems like we answer this one several times a week lately.

The short version of my own response to this:

  • Paleo is not in itself a weight loss diet.
  • Everyone has different results when going paleo, especially in the first year or so.
  • Nine days is not very much time, even if you're eating nothing at all.
  • If we don't know what you're eating, we can't really be much help in helping you fine-tune what should, optimally, be a long-term and sustainable way of eating that gets you the results you're after.

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

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on December 10, 2012
at 04:54 AM

Not sure what you're getting at, mM, you lost me at whatever "HAES" stands for. I don't know if my five years counts as "long term paleo" but at 43 I'm quite lean (lower than my high school graduation weight) as well as fitter (and healthier) than I've ever been. I eat butter almost daily.

77adbf5a5746020ba3f75e221b7ee7f7

(5)

on December 08, 2012
at 06:19 PM

Ok I thought not having any grains or dairy was enough info with calorie count in my question. veggies , meats(some grass fed) chicken, eggs , fish, pork. calorie count comes from my fitness pal

153c4e4a22734ded15bf4eb35b448e85

(762)

on December 09, 2012
at 04:52 PM

So, paleo is also turning into the HAES movement, hah, not very surprising since so many long term paleos are not exactly fit, and "paleo women are phat" etc. maybe you could all hold conferences with the LC and wapf crowd, see who can eat the most bacon and butter, it's so good for health and weight loss, right??

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