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How long was your plateau? Or didn't your weight-loss stall at all? Any tricks?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 07, 2011 at 6:34 PM

After a nice weight-loss of 20 kg in 10 months, I stopped losing significant weight. It's been 5 months now and the scale shows no more success - and there is definitely more to lose!

My Gynaecologist says it's because I've entered menopause. I'm 48 now...

Did any of you menopausal women successfully lose weight?

0e4e5882872d6a7c472ea51aec457e66

(1994)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

My scale shows indeed a loss of body-fat, it went down 5% in the last 3 month... I eat 2 meals in an 8 hour window, one consists of eggs and veggies, the other of meat (beef, lamb or chicken) or salmon with veggies or green salads. I like butter very much with the eggs an my veggies. Some day I eat berrys, coconut or macadamias as a dessert. I don't tolerate dairy or any starchy stuff. I drink tapped water, green tea, herbal teas and 1 cup of coffee a day.

3a289656a1aa8d487ebfbe24c359f146

(70)

on October 14, 2012
at 05:57 AM

Agreed. My weight is not moving in 2 weeks. But someone suggested take an old pair of tight jeans and see how close you are to being able to zip them. 2 weeks ago they were about 3 inches across my waist, last week the edges of the pants touched -- today, they were tight, but I could get into them and zip them up. This gave me an objective way to measure that my body is reconfiguring on paleo. And hope!! What I love about the diet is that I am rarely hungry. And protein is easy to come by.

Bf417f0ad3560adb1a5d1c155246831a

(193)

on May 31, 2011
at 02:19 AM

@kikilula how can you use butter on your eggs and veggies if you don't tolerate dairy?

0e4e5882872d6a7c472ea51aec457e66

(1994)

on May 29, 2011
at 05:47 AM

Thank you! I won't give up - because it makes me feel good and healthy...

0e4e5882872d6a7c472ea51aec457e66

(1994)

on May 08, 2011
at 07:31 AM

Zero carb is easy in winter, but now with asparagus, lettuce and strawberries in season it's a lot harder...

6670b38baf0aae7f4d8ac2463ddc37c0

(3946)

on May 08, 2011
at 06:52 AM

Well it sounds like things are going in the right direction.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 08, 2011
at 06:38 AM

Love the answer - esp. the last paragraph. Paleo has taught me laser focus to find what foods/minerals work and don't work for my body. Spot on.

0e4e5882872d6a7c472ea51aec457e66

(1994)

on May 08, 2011
at 06:00 AM

I have to strap my bras tighter on my back and the rest of my former doubble chin is coming off... and there is definitely more muskle and less fat on my arms. My carbs are around 5 - 20 g per day, depends on wether I eat berrys or not.

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on May 08, 2011
at 03:41 AM

uwin, I don't. Odds are my calories have gone down since dropping dairy, but that's not intentional. I certainly try to gobble as much bacon, bone marrow fat, and ribeye fat as I can. :D I figure I'm at around 1800-2000 cals/day. (I just plugged my numbers into ND b/c of your question, and I came in at 1,720, but I couldn't find anything for bone broth, which I had several cups of -- I'd add 100 or so for that. And today was a light day for me, too -- I sometimes put away a huge amount of steak or chicken.)

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on May 08, 2011
at 03:04 AM

Rose, do you count/restrict calories at all?

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on May 08, 2011
at 02:24 AM

PS -- I also have the same problem with coconut oil. I could down quarts of HWC, but three tablespoons of CO had rather...extreme...digestive effects.

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on May 08, 2011
at 02:23 AM

42, I've gone through the same issue, and for me it just became a choice I made. I just make sure I eat all the fat on my ribeye, lol. But it helps that my craving for fat seems to have diminished somewhat, too. I used to be at around 70% of cals (roughly), and I'm guessing I'm under 60% now, just eyeballing it. I don't know why that changed, but I'm rolling with it.

C53665c3f012fa1ede91033b08a8a6e7

(2269)

on May 08, 2011
at 01:30 AM

No dairy? I'm trying an as-close-to-zero-carb thing for a month to break my own plateau but if I cut out heavy cream and butter that leaves me very little as a source of fat other than, ugh, eating a bowl of tallow or something... coconut oil makes me kinda nauseous.

6670b38baf0aae7f4d8ac2463ddc37c0

(3946)

on May 07, 2011
at 07:49 PM

So that is encouraging! Do your clothes fit differently? How many carbs are you getting each day? Some women need to go on VLC, some do better on more carbs. But you might be doing just fine with your current plan. Even though your weight is not moving, it seems that your body fat is going down.

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3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on May 07, 2011
at 11:11 PM

If you're truly losing body fat but not weight, that's awesome. (I only say "if" because I'm skeptical of body fat testers in scales -- I think water dunking is the only real way to know.) If you have other reasons to think your scale can be trusted (tape measure, or how your body looks/feels, for instance), then I wouldn't worry about a plateau.

Anyway, here's my story in case it helps: I'm 47, and at age 45 I was stuck on a plateau in the high 180s after an initial loss of 30 pounds; I was there for over a year. I wasn't "paleo"; I was pretty low-carb on the Eadeses' Protein Power plan, and still did dumb things like drink diet soda, eat fake candy and the odd nightshade or legume. So I tried the "pure paleo" version of PP for three months to break the stall, but it didn't work. For me, what broke it was going "zero-carb" -- I dropped all veggies, and definitely no starches at all. That dropped me into the 150s.

Eating a cleaner, more "paleo" zero-carb -- that is, no artificial junk, no wine, and no dairy, not even butter or HWC -- drops me into the 140s, where I am now again after a little slip-up a few months ago.

I know it doesn't work for everyone, but it did for this peri-menopausal woman.

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on May 08, 2011
at 02:23 AM

42, I've gone through the same issue, and for me it just became a choice I made. I just make sure I eat all the fat on my ribeye, lol. But it helps that my craving for fat seems to have diminished somewhat, too. I used to be at around 70% of cals (roughly), and I'm guessing I'm under 60% now, just eyeballing it. I don't know why that changed, but I'm rolling with it.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on May 08, 2011
at 03:04 AM

Rose, do you count/restrict calories at all?

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on May 08, 2011
at 03:41 AM

uwin, I don't. Odds are my calories have gone down since dropping dairy, but that's not intentional. I certainly try to gobble as much bacon, bone marrow fat, and ribeye fat as I can. :D I figure I'm at around 1800-2000 cals/day. (I just plugged my numbers into ND b/c of your question, and I came in at 1,720, but I couldn't find anything for bone broth, which I had several cups of -- I'd add 100 or so for that. And today was a light day for me, too -- I sometimes put away a huge amount of steak or chicken.)

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on May 08, 2011
at 02:24 AM

PS -- I also have the same problem with coconut oil. I could down quarts of HWC, but three tablespoons of CO had rather...extreme...digestive effects.

0e4e5882872d6a7c472ea51aec457e66

(1994)

on May 08, 2011
at 07:31 AM

Zero carb is easy in winter, but now with asparagus, lettuce and strawberries in season it's a lot harder...

C53665c3f012fa1ede91033b08a8a6e7

(2269)

on May 08, 2011
at 01:30 AM

No dairy? I'm trying an as-close-to-zero-carb thing for a month to break my own plateau but if I cut out heavy cream and butter that leaves me very little as a source of fat other than, ugh, eating a bowl of tallow or something... coconut oil makes me kinda nauseous.

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7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

on May 08, 2011
at 12:55 AM

I have not yet hit menopause, but I lost most of my weight between 34 years old and 40 years old.

I hit MANY plateaus over the five years it took me to lose weight. In fact, I lost the first 60 quickly, then stalled, then lost 20 more, then stalled, then gained 20 back, then lost that again, then my trainer talked me into maintaining for a year to teach myself that I could do it and stop yo-yoing, then I finally lost the last 10.

It was all part of my journey, I think. I learned a lot with each plateau. The first one was to eat REAL food (which I know you are already doing, but it was amazing to me to not eat 100 cal snack packs and other "diet" crap) then it was bananas I had to cut out, then it was raising protein, lowering carbs, strength training, HIIT and more.

I set small goals, then would go super strict for 12 weeks at time to push myself to the next level. It gave each new protocol a chance to work, plus it really helped to focus me. When I go full out for a goal, its tough workouts, no booze, no cheats at all.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 08, 2011
at 06:38 AM

Love the answer - esp. the last paragraph. Paleo has taught me laser focus to find what foods/minerals work and don't work for my body. Spot on.

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510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

(20888)

on May 28, 2011
at 11:23 PM

I'm not a woman, and no where near menopause :), but you can't go by the numbers on the scale. I dropped from 200 to 160 in two months, then bounced back up to where I am now, at 180. But even now, I keep getting smaller need to buy new pants. Basically, I keep losing fat and gaining more muscle, so the scale is a very bad measure. Just keep being strict with your diet and when you start to feel restless, start some type of activity that makes you happy. I suggest a crossfit style workout that's more oriented towards short heavy work outs. Once the first dramatic weightloss happens, it's going to be slow, but it's better that way, just don't give up.

0e4e5882872d6a7c472ea51aec457e66

(1994)

on May 29, 2011
at 05:47 AM

Thank you! I won't give up - because it makes me feel good and healthy...

3a289656a1aa8d487ebfbe24c359f146

(70)

on October 14, 2012
at 05:57 AM

Agreed. My weight is not moving in 2 weeks. But someone suggested take an old pair of tight jeans and see how close you are to being able to zip them. 2 weeks ago they were about 3 inches across my waist, last week the edges of the pants touched -- today, they were tight, but I could get into them and zip them up. This gave me an objective way to measure that my body is reconfiguring on paleo. And hope!! What I love about the diet is that I am rarely hungry. And protein is easy to come by.

1
8f4ff12a53a98f3b5814cfe242de0daa

(1075)

on May 08, 2011
at 04:28 AM

My weight plateaued occasionally on the way down. Basically, the plateau will break if you keep at it.

My mom lost all excess weight going low fat though. So I suppose it just depends on the person.

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6670b38baf0aae7f4d8ac2463ddc37c0

(3946)

on May 07, 2011
at 07:02 PM

Have you been monitoring your body fat or measuring? Many times weight stays the same, but body composition is changing. For instance, I have not lost any weight in about 1 month, but my body fat has gone down by two percent. Granted, I am using a handheld, which is not entirely accurate, but I can see that my body fat is going in the right direction.

Can you post a typical menu so we have a better picture? As far as the menopause, I am unable to intelligently comment.

6670b38baf0aae7f4d8ac2463ddc37c0

(3946)

on May 08, 2011
at 06:52 AM

Well it sounds like things are going in the right direction.

0e4e5882872d6a7c472ea51aec457e66

(1994)

on May 08, 2011
at 06:00 AM

I have to strap my bras tighter on my back and the rest of my former doubble chin is coming off... and there is definitely more muskle and less fat on my arms. My carbs are around 5 - 20 g per day, depends on wether I eat berrys or not.

6670b38baf0aae7f4d8ac2463ddc37c0

(3946)

on May 07, 2011
at 07:49 PM

So that is encouraging! Do your clothes fit differently? How many carbs are you getting each day? Some women need to go on VLC, some do better on more carbs. But you might be doing just fine with your current plan. Even though your weight is not moving, it seems that your body fat is going down.

0e4e5882872d6a7c472ea51aec457e66

(1994)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

My scale shows indeed a loss of body-fat, it went down 5% in the last 3 month... I eat 2 meals in an 8 hour window, one consists of eggs and veggies, the other of meat (beef, lamb or chicken) or salmon with veggies or green salads. I like butter very much with the eggs an my veggies. Some day I eat berrys, coconut or macadamias as a dessert. I don't tolerate dairy or any starchy stuff. I drink tapped water, green tea, herbal teas and 1 cup of coffee a day.

Bf417f0ad3560adb1a5d1c155246831a

(193)

on May 31, 2011
at 02:19 AM

@kikilula how can you use butter on your eggs and veggies if you don't tolerate dairy?

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9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

on May 07, 2011
at 07:11 PM

I'm plateauing ever since my first week of "miraculous weight loss". I'm actually about to post a question about it because seriously, this is getting frickin annoying.

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