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Is it common to not lose much weight for first few weeks?

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Created August 10, 2012 at 5:09 PM

I have been eating paleo for almost three weeks and I've lost less than five pounds while eating around 1400 calories per day. A typical day for me would be 3 nectarines, 1lb of beef, and several servings of vegetables and sometimes a square of 90% dark chocolate. I exercise on average of 10-12hrs a week. I was wondering if anyones results started this slowly?

0bc04a2ee661857e8458df34646e70ef

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on August 15, 2012
at 03:07 AM

Funny, everything I've read seems to suggest that carbs are even MORE important for women due to fertility issues. She's been losing weight at a steady pace, why fix what's broken? Freelee of 30bad eats fruit exclusively and she doesn't seem to have a problem with weight gain.

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on August 14, 2012
at 08:23 PM

Well I assure you that too much fruit in a day, especially for a female, is not a "fruitless" claim. It's very much real. She should try whatever is suggested and see if it works for her or not. Personally, fruit doesn't work for me. I love fruit, but it is purely to get my sugar fix at this point when times get rough.

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on August 14, 2012
at 03:39 PM

Maybe if she was sedentary, and even then it depends on many different factors which were not provided in the question. Perhaps I'm just overly cautious because I myself have had an eating disorder and baseless dogmas exacerbated it.

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on August 13, 2012
at 12:29 PM

Eating disorder?? 1400 calories is a perfectly fine calorie amount for a woman. Gee whiz. You are quite extreme.

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on August 11, 2012
at 01:51 PM

Your body sees sugar and releases insulin which temporarily switches primary fuel use to sugar for some activities and triggers storage of circulating fat. Your still burning fat while this is occuring while you are moving and the more you move the more you will burn. At the end of the day what matters in this case is calories in calories out.

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on August 11, 2012
at 05:30 AM

I've lost and maintained weight effortlessly eating over a pound of fruit a day - including dried fruit - and that is on top of safe starches like sweet potato and plantain. Exercising 10-12 hours a week while only eating 1400 calories is a red flag. Telling someone with a tendency to undereat to eat less of something that is perfectly healthy (a 5oz nectarine is only 11g sugar with plenty of other nutrients) is just plain terrible advice. Eating disorders are a bad thing.

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on August 10, 2012
at 09:41 PM

Height/weight? Your calories seem too low. For most "normal" weight women there is a sweet spot that is just above BMR and a slight deficit with exercise added. Even eat back some of your exercise calories.

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on August 10, 2012
at 08:35 PM

either eat a ton more or eat a bit more and cut down the exercise a lot... you are vastly under-eating for your activity

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on August 10, 2012
at 08:20 PM

Some fruits are just straight sugar. I gained 5 lbs eating a crap ton of grapes. No good :/

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on August 10, 2012
at 08:11 PM

Agreed - there can be a lot of sugar in fruit (while considered 'natural'). I agree with the other users... try cutting back on the fruit and add a healthier fat.

F5be4be097edc85690c12d67ee1a27c0

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on August 10, 2012
at 07:46 PM

And there IS plenty wrong with fruit when you are looking at weightloss.

F5be4be097edc85690c12d67ee1a27c0

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on August 10, 2012
at 07:36 PM

Violet... why would you assume she is overtraining? We don't know what she does as her exercise. She could be doing an hour of weightlifting + an hour of yoga, or walking each day. Should could go for 3 hour bikerides or hikes on the weekends. 10-12 hours a week isn't overtraining... it is how she trains.

F5be4be097edc85690c12d67ee1a27c0

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on August 10, 2012
at 07:36 PM

Violet... why would you assume she is overtraining? We don't know what she does as her exercise. She could be doing an hour of weightlifting follower + yoga, or walking each day. Should could go for 3 hour bikerides or hikes on the weekends. 10-12 hours a week isn't overtraining... it is how she trains.

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on August 10, 2012
at 07:02 PM

^Assuming you have no digestive issues and can digest FODMAPs.

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on August 10, 2012
at 06:05 PM

There is nothing wrong with fruit, especially if you are already hypocaloric and overtraining.

0bc04a2ee661857e8458df34646e70ef

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on August 10, 2012
at 06:00 PM

1-2lbs a week is typical for weight loss, it takes time.

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at 05:57 PM

Why are you doing such high volume exercise on so few carbs?

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C4ea0e0e12d924554ee197e5452c80a3

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on August 10, 2012
at 05:50 PM

Try cutting back your exercise. 1400 calories a day is not much. Maybe you are not eating enough. This is not a diet. It is a lifestyle. Also up your fat. Do shorter sprint interval workouts and heavy weights.

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6473dcb4b0e9b839615d650c168d2747

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on August 10, 2012
at 06:03 PM

Took me 7 months to go from 130 lbs to 117 ??? but as Paleo wisdom says, the scale isn't what you want to focus on. What do you look like? How do you feel? I found that I felt better and never looked better, even when I weighed 110.

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on August 10, 2012
at 05:55 PM

As long as you are listening to your body and not trying to restrict anything, everything seems awesome! If you are hungry, maybe eat more fat. But, if what you are eating currently satisfies your body, don't force down any more food! On the other hand, don't starve yourself either. Eating natural whole foods helps to reset your satiety signals.

That seems like a lot of exercise. But again, if it isn't tiring for you, then more power to you! I don't know what kind of exercise you are doing but I would mix it up for your body: walking, sprints, yoga, weight lifting...

And finally, if you are looking for a tweak, maybe cut out the 90% dark chocolate and eat some dates or a sweet potato in coconut oil instead.

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F5be4be097edc85690c12d67ee1a27c0

on August 10, 2012
at 05:19 PM

Try cutting your nectarines back to 1 a day. But by the way, no, that is a great, steady pace. When I started, I was losing 1-2 pounds a week. After two months, I had lost 10 pounds total. That's a good pace if you're already just above your goal weight.

What's your weight and your goal?

7af487a745b8bb1860a02af6bfccfcb2

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on August 10, 2012
at 08:11 PM

Agreed - there can be a lot of sugar in fruit (while considered 'natural'). I agree with the other users... try cutting back on the fruit and add a healthier fat.

0bc04a2ee661857e8458df34646e70ef

(319)

on August 10, 2012
at 06:05 PM

There is nothing wrong with fruit, especially if you are already hypocaloric and overtraining.

0a9ad4e577fe24a6b8aafa1dd7a50c79

(5150)

on August 10, 2012
at 07:02 PM

^Assuming you have no digestive issues and can digest FODMAPs.

0bc04a2ee661857e8458df34646e70ef

(319)

on August 11, 2012
at 05:30 AM

I've lost and maintained weight effortlessly eating over a pound of fruit a day - including dried fruit - and that is on top of safe starches like sweet potato and plantain. Exercising 10-12 hours a week while only eating 1400 calories is a red flag. Telling someone with a tendency to undereat to eat less of something that is perfectly healthy (a 5oz nectarine is only 11g sugar with plenty of other nutrients) is just plain terrible advice. Eating disorders are a bad thing.

F5be4be097edc85690c12d67ee1a27c0

(1884)

on August 10, 2012
at 07:36 PM

Violet... why would you assume she is overtraining? We don't know what she does as her exercise. She could be doing an hour of weightlifting follower + yoga, or walking each day. Should could go for 3 hour bikerides or hikes on the weekends. 10-12 hours a week isn't overtraining... it is how she trains.

F5be4be097edc85690c12d67ee1a27c0

(1884)

on August 10, 2012
at 08:20 PM

Some fruits are just straight sugar. I gained 5 lbs eating a crap ton of grapes. No good :/

F5be4be097edc85690c12d67ee1a27c0

(1884)

on August 13, 2012
at 12:29 PM

Eating disorder?? 1400 calories is a perfectly fine calorie amount for a woman. Gee whiz. You are quite extreme.

F5be4be097edc85690c12d67ee1a27c0

(1884)

on August 10, 2012
at 07:46 PM

And there IS plenty wrong with fruit when you are looking at weightloss.

F5be4be097edc85690c12d67ee1a27c0

(1884)

on August 10, 2012
at 07:36 PM

Violet... why would you assume she is overtraining? We don't know what she does as her exercise. She could be doing an hour of weightlifting + an hour of yoga, or walking each day. Should could go for 3 hour bikerides or hikes on the weekends. 10-12 hours a week isn't overtraining... it is how she trains.

0bc04a2ee661857e8458df34646e70ef

(319)

on August 14, 2012
at 03:39 PM

Maybe if she was sedentary, and even then it depends on many different factors which were not provided in the question. Perhaps I'm just overly cautious because I myself have had an eating disorder and baseless dogmas exacerbated it.

F5be4be097edc85690c12d67ee1a27c0

(1884)

on August 14, 2012
at 08:23 PM

Well I assure you that too much fruit in a day, especially for a female, is not a "fruitless" claim. It's very much real. She should try whatever is suggested and see if it works for her or not. Personally, fruit doesn't work for me. I love fruit, but it is purely to get my sugar fix at this point when times get rough.

0bc04a2ee661857e8458df34646e70ef

(319)

on August 15, 2012
at 03:07 AM

Funny, everything I've read seems to suggest that carbs are even MORE important for women due to fertility issues. She's been losing weight at a steady pace, why fix what's broken? Freelee of 30bad eats fruit exclusively and she doesn't seem to have a problem with weight gain.

0
F9638b939a6f85d67f60065677193cad

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on August 10, 2012
at 07:15 PM

I didn't see any weight loss for 5 weeks. Then I managed to lose about 20lbs in about 4 months. The next 5lbs came off in about 2 months. Then I went about 8 months with no weight loss, probably because I was consuming more fruit and starches like everybody seems to recommend. I've recommitted to lower carb once again and my weight loss has resumed and I feel really energetic and happy this way. Higher carb with fruits and lots of tubers isn't right for everybody.

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on August 10, 2012
at 07:04 PM

You need to pick fruits that are on the low glycemic index side. Your body sees blood sugar as poison and removes it, storing it as fat. Try berries or other fruits that are lower in sugar...

I agree with most everyone else... Weight loss is slow, unless you are seriously overweight, then it tends to a little quicker.

and for foreveryoung: our bodies are designed to run on fat, isn't that the whole idea of the paleo diet? carbs should not be our soul energy source. but at least she is eating veggies for good carbs. :)

1c67bc28f4e44bbb8770b86df0463df3

(6719)

on August 11, 2012
at 01:51 PM

Your body sees sugar and releases insulin which temporarily switches primary fuel use to sugar for some activities and triggers storage of circulating fat. Your still burning fat while this is occuring while you are moving and the more you move the more you will burn. At the end of the day what matters in this case is calories in calories out.

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