I'm obese, and after losing 7 lbs in the beginning of my Paleo diet, now I have stopped losing weight completely. I am ranging between 158 and 159 lbs, up and down, for over 10 days. Ideal weight is 110 lbs. I'm doing Paleo for exactly 1 month. Also, I don't exercise (living a sedentary life in front of a computer). But I heard of others losing weight without exercising. Could it be just that, or could I have a hypothyroid condition I don't know about? I have some of the hypothyroid symptoms (had hair loss in the past, poor muscle tone, decreased sweating -- but no sensitivity to hot/cold). Any ideas?
Edit: I eat eggs & bacon for breakfast, usually with some home-made orange juice (with pulp). I eat a serving of veggies, meat/fish, and fruit for lunch, and then again for dinner. I rarely have snacks through the day, but when I do it's 4-5 nuts. I avoid starchy tubers for now. I use olive oil to cook.
Supplements: I take vitamin D 1000IU, K2, calcium, fish oil, but not daily. Just 2-3 times each during the week.
Life: I wake up, I make breakfast, I sit on the computer. I get up, I do lunch, I eat, I go back to the computer, etc etc until I sleep again. There are of course a few toilet trips, shower, lite house clean up. Overall, super-sedentary.
UPDATE Feb 17 2012: With plain Paleo I managed to get down to 150 lbs (lost only 8 lbs in 3.5 months since this post). So at the end of January I started a Paleo-keto diet (60% fat, 10% carbs, 30% protein, at 1200 calories average). I use coconut oil, offal, fermented foods, supplements, and I don't do honey/fruits anymore. So I lost 5 lbs in the first 2 weeks with Paleo-keto, I'm 145 lbs now. But then I plateaued again, the same way it happened with Paleo in September (after two weeks that is). After these two weeks, the weight would just stay put! I haven't lost a single lb in 3 weeks now, and I even started exercising too (I run 2 miles a day). In December I checked my thyroid too (not all tests though, my doctor wouldn't check everything). They found TSH to be 1.35, and T4 to be 1.2 (normal ranges they said). So what is going on? I'm still fat, I'm still trying, and I can't seem to lose weight the same way others report success! What's going on?
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on October 03, 2011
at 06:36 PM
You have several options.
Begin with Jack Kruse's leptin reset protocol: http://jackkruse.com/my-leptin-prescription/
Stop making juice; eat fruits in their whole form.
Better yet, stop eating fruit until you know that you can tolerate it without weight gain.
Use coconut oil or animal fat instead of olive oil for cooking.
Consider a less flavored or treated meat than bacon. The smoking, curing, etc make it unusually rewarding for a meat. Eggs + leftover meat from dinner is probably better.
Like others said, walk.
VD3 should be more like 4000 IU.
Consider other supplements that Jack Kruse recommends: http://jackkruse.com/what-are-the-top-ten-paleo-supplements/
(as you can see, I think Kruse is really leading the way with this stuff)
on October 09, 2011
at 06:40 AM
I think you are worried a little too early about your weight loss, 1 month is nothin'. Women especially seem to lose weight slowly. There will be an initial drop of "water weight", and the rest will come off randomly in small amounts between plateaus over the next year or two. Rapid weight loss is often followed by rapid weight gain. If you want to get to a place where you can keep it off you kind need to convince your body you aren't starving, and go slowly. The first stint I did of paleo took about a year to drop 30lbs. The leptin reset protocol mentioned above is helpful to get your hormones and body prepared for and on the road to having a healthy body.
Secondly, please use your level of fitness and not BMI for a healthy weight range, it is sooo not scientific from a health perspective.
If you are concerned about a thyroid condition get it tested. I worried for nearly 7 years before I found a doc who would even consider testing it, and voila, hypothyroid. So, follow your instincts, and find out for sure. It might not be a bad idea to get a full panel of lab work just to know where you are starting if you have insurance that will cover it.
Stand up desks are great if you are stuck at a computer all day, I suspect I get in a fair amount of walking just pacing back and forth thinking. There's also a lot leaning, stretching, and dancing around that I don't find myself doing if I sit at the computer.
I've also noticed that my weight tends to be lower when I socialize more, and get more sun. I suspect our big brains use a lot of energy trying to "read" people. Eye contact with people you like also improves levels of oxytocin and that will fight stress hormones that can cause extra weight to stick around. Sun improves Vit. D levels, and that also helps with proper hormone levels and feeling good. And this might sound a bit woo woo, but I swear sitting in front of the computer for too long makes me feel jet-lagged and getting away from the wi-fi and/or electromagnetic radiation and getting outside for some fresh air is vital for me to feel healthy.
on October 08, 2011
at 09:43 AM
The thing that has worked for me is making a very limited menu plan. I have four food that I can eat. No snacks, no juices, nothing.
The only things I eat are: Beef flank steak with garlic chive and soy sauce Chicken breast with skin, coconut milk and almond crust Salmon with broccoli,pepper and lime juice Pork rib with spices, cinnamon, ginger etc
All full fat, with added butter
Bevarages are tea black coffee. If I'm hungry, this what I have to choose from. I can mix the seasonings and proteins, but no nuts, juices, fruits or excessive carbs.
It's very simple and requires no thought process, and makes it very hard to deviate, because you can't suddenly crave a handful of flank steaks, if you get what im saying.
Not wanting to exercise is probably more of a side effect of carrying around excess weight. You're soon going to want to get moving :)
on October 03, 2011
at 05:35 PM
How much are you eating? What does a normal day look like? Need some more info for a proper hack.
Also, you could always check with your Dr. and get a thyroid panel if that's a concern!
on October 08, 2011
at 11:10 AM
No carbs in the morning. The orange juice has got to go. The best my weight loss has been has been when I've been doing just eggs and meat cooked in pasture butter for breakfast. I also found that I did better when I stopped eating nuts. But, as Dave S. said, you'll have to figure out what works for you.
on October 03, 2011
at 07:00 PM
Hypothyroidism is one of those conditions everybody things they have. Before you worry about that, take a serious look at your diet. Exericse will help, but in the beginning it should be easy to lose weight even w/o exercise.
Agree watch the amount of fruit, and I would, just in the beginning, log all food intake (into something like fitday). Most people don't realize how much they are actually eating. You might be surprised. Measure things while you do this so you can be as accurate as possible. Hopefully you want to get to a point where this is not needed, but if you are not losing weight than you are gonna have to do some dirty work.
Remember stress and sleep also are also major. So get good sleep, dark room, and I would walk or try to meetup and be more social (dance, have a party, meetups, etc) to help w/ stress.
One other thing you can do that might help, is try out intermittent fasting. I really enjoy it and it has helped me w/ my weight loss.