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Not Losing Weight... Getting Discouraged.

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Created September 04, 2011 at 9:44 PM

Hey folks. I just wanted to throw this out there... has anyone NOT lost weight once they went paleo? I gained 23 pounds to an already overweight frame while being diagnosed w/ Celiacs (5-6 months ago) boyfriend and I went paleo three months ago and I've been regularly doing crossfit for about a month. While I feel better (more energy, I don't throw up everytime that I eat. I don't require a 3 hour nap everyday in order to function as a human being etc.) I'm still a fatty, I haven't lost even a fraction of a pound in 3months. The scale is staying firmly at 172 (I'm a 5'6 female) and I'm getting so frustrated. I cut out dairy a few weeks ago and in the past week cut my servings of nuts down to 1 a day. I don't get it... I did all my research, read the books by Wolf and Cordain. We eat only local pastured meat and fresh veggies.

I'm something of a high stress personality, teaching high school and going to college for my masters at night. Just a generally jumpy individual. Could that be enough to stall weight loss?

Going off the pill isn't really a possibility for me right now as I can't afford to have a baby and I'm allergic to latex (and don't josh me about that basal body temp. monthly calendar voodoo I know too many people who ended up with accidents that way) if I'm just doomed to be hefty anyway I don't see the point in putting myself through all this diet and exercise. Any suggestions on what I could be doing wrong? I've considered going on the ECA stack and upping my intensity at the gym, could that jump-start me?

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on January 03, 2012
at 10:55 PM

Also to note: I DID GO OFF HORMONAL BIRTH CONTROL and that was the game changer for me. I couldn't lose a millimetre while I was taking that stuff. Also, I'm just a generally happier person without it, we found an alternative to latex condoms and while annoying it is working out.

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on January 03, 2012
at 10:51 PM

Hey! Yeah, after this post I took everyone's advice and actually lost about 4 inches off my hips and 3 off my waist. Unfortunately, then life happened with finals for me, midterms for my students, and the holidays with two very stressful families I gained a lot of it back. Started on Whole30 2 days ago in an attempt to kickstart the year in a way that will allow for more serious paleo goodness. But it was working for a while!

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on September 05, 2011
at 11:49 PM

didnt you see them last year at turkey day??

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on September 05, 2011
at 03:54 AM

(con't) http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/paragard/MY00997/DSECTION=why-its-done http://www.riversideonline.com/health_reference/Womens-Health/WO00098.cfm

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on September 05, 2011
at 03:53 AM

(con't) change to a copper-T IUD and decreasing your carbs intake to 20/day X 2 weeks to one month, with complete elimination of all fruit, nuts, and starchy carbs, you will see progress. With your probable cortisol issues, you may want to change your exercise as others have recommended. In the way you refer to the Crossfit, it also seems to be an additional stressor. Walking daily for a minimum of 30min, at a good clip could effectively target multiple issues for you -

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on September 05, 2011
at 03:49 AM

(con't) My bet is that the OCP is a problem for you which is more the norm than the exception. Suggest you read the following info, do more research, and then seek out a Family Nurse Pratitioner or a Women's Health NP if you don't already have a GYN provider that you are very comfortable with. The advantage with an NP is that they are typically heavy on the client education end (this is also reported in patient surveys/studies of healthcare providers) and typically have longer appointments with more question/discussion time. NO birth contol method is without risks.Odds are, imho, that with a

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on September 05, 2011
at 03:44 AM

I would suggest more research on birth control methods. For *man* women, oral contraceptives will persistently block weight loss. They also increase the size, although not the number of fat cells and have other side effect. Todya's IUDs are quite safe and effective with about the same effectiveness level as OCPs. With your calorie intake, if accurate, even though your stated diet is suboptimal (too much carb +sugar for weightloss) with the Crossfit you've been doing you should be seeing *some* small loss and you are seeing *none.*

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on September 05, 2011
at 12:15 AM

Lord knows, I don't want to wait a year. I was hoping to have some off by Thanksgiving because I don't want to face my very large, very southern family at this weight. As soon as someone utters the word "Lena" followed by the phrase "really let herself go." you become that fat cousin to be pitied. It's a fate worse than death and it never goes away, even if you lose the weight.

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on September 04, 2011
at 11:21 PM

You don't want to be hungry all the time (that's not helpful), but if you've adapted to a paleo diet (which includes healthy fats), you should be able to go for a good while without major hunger pangs. I think Jon has some good suggestions!

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on September 04, 2011
at 10:59 PM

Agree with the chronic inflammatory state which also has specifically to do with low level-sepsis, bacterial lipopolysaccharide, and subsequent insulin resistance.

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on September 04, 2011
at 10:53 PM

You've got to remember that with the Celiac, your body has been under stress from constant inflammation for a long time. Treat yourself like someone with adrenal exhaustion- slow gentle, exercise, sleep well & long and investigate a herbal adaptogen formula.

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on September 04, 2011
at 10:39 PM

Well I would still interpret that as a good sign. Your body is starting to deplete some fat. Chances are it's not only depleting fat from one area, but that's just the most noticeable. Keep measuring consistently - every day if you have to, and you definitely will start seeing results elsewhere (as long as your being true to the plan). I'm not basing this just on my experience, I've also coached 14 other people through a 30 day Paleo challenge. It worked for ALL of them. They all lost significant inches and 12 of them lost 5 or more lbs.

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at 10:34 PM

I would but I've heard the IUD can get imbedded in the lining of your uterus and make you sterile, particularly if you've never had children. I'd really like to have one in the future, so I'm not really in the market to take those kind of risks with my fertility. Good suggestion though.

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on September 04, 2011
at 10:30 PM

+ 1 on Vit D, Mg, in addition to the things we both said.

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on September 04, 2011
at 10:29 PM

Try replacing crossfit with walking since most of the CF is above the anaerobic threshold and is thus consuming glycogen, which will increase hunger and gluconeogenesis to replete it (increasing cortisol).

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on September 04, 2011
at 10:29 PM

Sounds nice. But I haven't lost any inches... unless you count the decimation of my boobs.

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on September 04, 2011
at 10:27 PM

Lena (love your handle), maybe a look at this thread would be helpful. This answer focuses on obese folks, but I think it applies to a lot of overweight women in general: http://paleohacks.com/questions/62110/is-the-initial-phantom-fat-loss-on-lc-paleo-leading-us-astray/62524#62524

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on September 04, 2011
at 10:27 PM

If you want to get off the Pill, you might consider a non-hormonal IUD.

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on September 04, 2011
at 10:27 PM

In addition to my answer, it may be that your gut needs to heal from the damage of the celiac disease.

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at 10:21 PM

My boobs are the ONLY place I'm losing weight, such a pain. The rest of my clothes fit exactly the same except my bra's are springing up to my chin. I took measurements to start and the only changes have been that my breasts are smaller but my chest is actually broader. Arms/Thighs/Waist remain the same, though friends say my jawline looks slimmer.

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at 10:18 PM

What does "gas" mean? Are you saying to cut out my exercise? Because that feels... wrong. If I couldn't let off steam at the end of the day I'd end up beating some of my kids to death (little wankers).

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on September 04, 2011
at 10:14 PM

I disagree with your first statement, but completely agree with your second statement.

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at 10:11 PM

Sometimes, though I try to avoid being hungry as I hear it isn't very good for you. I clock in my eating on fitday and I hover around 1,500 calories daily, which seems like it should be right... but clearly it isn't.

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at 10:06 PM

My chest has gotten a little broader but my waist is stuck at 34"

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at 10:01 PM

For breakfast I usually grab two breakfast frittata muffins (eggs/lean ham/spinach/onion) on my way out the door to eat in traffic on the way to work. For lunch I'll pack leftover meat and veggies or a salad (ussually BLT or nitrate free turkey) My boyfriend works late so I'll have a small meal for myself around five/six, consisting of a little bowl of leftovers, some fruit, or some guac and veggies, for dinner I usually cook a meat with a veggie as a side, last night we had apple shallot pork chops with okra and tomatoes. In the evenings I'll sometimes snack on fruit and nuts if I'm up late.

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Post what a typical day's worth of food looks like.

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4bf5827bfb7df85c5b4b485db0945e64

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on September 04, 2011
at 10:29 PM

"I'm something of a high stress personality, teaching high school and going to college for my masters at night."

You need some stress management, which definitely includes sleep. If you are not sleeping enough and your sleep is not of high-quality, good luck losing weight by doing anything else. The ECA stack will work against this as well and you'll drive yourself towards andrenal fatigue.

"...eat in traffic on the way to work..." <---- that means you are probably going to bed late and waking up with an alarm clock. If you go to bed earlier, and wake up without an alarm clock, you can eat breakfast at home.

Sleep here is critical!!!

I'd ease up on the Crossfit, too. This is just throwing fuel into the fire. Just lift some weights a couple times a week, take plenty of time in between sets when you do, and walk in the morning upon waking in a fasted state (before eating breakfast). Throw some green tea in that morning protocol too for some help. If you do Crossfit, you'll be secreting even more cortisol and you'll have to eat carbs in order to combat that. If you try Crossfit right now and low-carb, you're going to over-secrete cortisol. This could also exacerbate your leaky gut.

Control other stress in your life, as this will also raise cortisol.

Also, you say you went Paleo 3 months ago but just ditched dairy a few weeks ago?! Look. You're celiac. You need to go strict Paleo -- autoimmune protocol -- for 30-90 days. Ditch ALL dairy (especially if you're trying to lose weight, you should have ditched this a long time ago), ditch the nuts/seeds, mind your n-3:n-6, reduce fructose as much as possible, go easy on fruits, don't eat dried fruits of any kind, cook all your veggies, and eat starchy tubers to support your activities (I'd still ditch Crossfit though).

I'd also add in some digestive support and probiotics here. Make sure your leaky gut is not an issue. If you have ANY leaky gut going on, you will become insulin resistant fast. If you are insulin resistant, this could explain a lot of what's going on with you.

Summarize: SLEEP, manage cortisol, heal your gut, autoimmune protocol strict Paleo diet, and ditch Crossfit.

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on September 04, 2011
at 10:59 PM

Agree with the chronic inflammatory state which also has specifically to do with low level-sepsis, bacterial lipopolysaccharide, and subsequent insulin resistance.

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on September 04, 2011
at 10:53 PM

You've got to remember that with the Celiac, your body has been under stress from constant inflammation for a long time. Treat yourself like someone with adrenal exhaustion- slow gentle, exercise, sleep well & long and investigate a herbal adaptogen formula.

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on September 04, 2011
at 10:08 PM

Your comment about being a high stress personality and generally jumpy (along with eating breakfast in the car) suggests that cortisol could be a factor. And the fact that you're eating 4 or 5 times a day hints that you may be eating enough to stall weight loss. Are you ever hungry?

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on September 04, 2011
at 10:11 PM

Sometimes, though I try to avoid being hungry as I hear it isn't very good for you. I clock in my eating on fitday and I hover around 1,500 calories daily, which seems like it should be right... but clearly it isn't.

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on September 04, 2011
at 11:21 PM

You don't want to be hungry all the time (that's not helpful), but if you've adapted to a paleo diet (which includes healthy fats), you should be able to go for a good while without major hunger pangs. I think Jon has some good suggestions!

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on January 03, 2012
at 05:43 PM

Hey Lena,

It has been a few months since you posted. Would you mind giving an update? Did you make any changes? I'm giving paleo a shot, but so far I haven't noticed much difference in weight or measurements myself. Any info you can share would be helpful.

arh

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on January 03, 2012
at 10:51 PM

Hey! Yeah, after this post I took everyone's advice and actually lost about 4 inches off my hips and 3 off my waist. Unfortunately, then life happened with finals for me, midterms for my students, and the holidays with two very stressful families I gained a lot of it back. Started on Whole30 2 days ago in an attempt to kickstart the year in a way that will allow for more serious paleo goodness. But it was working for a while!

F40555b9be81e12c2fc460e6fa7d097c

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on January 03, 2012
at 10:55 PM

Also to note: I DID GO OFF HORMONAL BIRTH CONTROL and that was the game changer for me. I couldn't lose a millimetre while I was taking that stuff. Also, I'm just a generally happier person without it, we found an alternative to latex condoms and while annoying it is working out.

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on September 04, 2011
at 10:23 PM

There's nothing really glaringly obvious about your diet that needs to be changed unless you're making tons of butter disappear into the foods you've mentioned. If that's the case, you may want cut back on that and eat more lean-ish meat. Try taking a 16oz steak with you for lunch (I don't think it tastes all that bad re-heated) and see how much more satiety you get. If I eat a salad of any kind, I'm hungry shortly thereafter, but a pound of steak will leave me sated for 7-8 hours before the first hint of hunger occurs.

Additionally, I've found that a high volume of low intensity exercise is far more effective for leaning out than a low volume of high intensity exercise.

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on September 04, 2011
at 11:39 PM

To answer your question: yes, it's possible to not lose or to gain weight on Paleo.

Paleo was the magic bullet for me and a few of my friends. For others, they either gain or don't budge, and I can only imagine their frustration.

I think once you're under the umbrella of "Real Food", you may have to experiment. First, rest assured you're in the right place. There are 4,197 other great reasons to be eating this way. But I would look at some posts by Chris Kresser (thehealthyskeptic.org) about other possible contributing factors. For example, some foods like cabbage can block thyroid function which can in turn hamper weight loss.

You could also consider getting a full panel done by your doc to make sure you're not missing anything obvious.

But I agree that it may just take time. Robb Wolf has mentioned this, that some folks don't lose weight for as long as a year, and then it drops off dramatically.

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on September 05, 2011
at 11:49 PM

didnt you see them last year at turkey day??

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on September 05, 2011
at 12:15 AM

Lord knows, I don't want to wait a year. I was hoping to have some off by Thanksgiving because I don't want to face my very large, very southern family at this weight. As soon as someone utters the word "Lena" followed by the phrase "really let herself go." you become that fat cousin to be pitied. It's a fate worse than death and it never goes away, even if you lose the weight.

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on September 04, 2011
at 10:26 PM

More fat & more ruminant meat as opposed to poultry.

Make sure your Vitamin D is sufficient--definitely get tested. If you are deficient, your hormones will be out of balance and inhibit fat loss.

Supplement Magnesium (any -ate form is fine) 400-600 mg. I take all of mine an hour before bed to help me sleep. Others need to split their doses. Helps with glucose management and relaxation. Most folks are deficient.

Drop the crossfit & do an hour of gentle walking daily & 2 brief (20 min) weight-lifting sessions a week , plus 10 min of sprints. You need to reduce your cortisol!

Reduce your eating window/and or reduce snacking. Eat more protein in the morning, have a later lunch and only one (early) dinner, for example. Or skip breakfast & eat a big lunch & one big dinner. Experiment!

Being hungry is not a problem. Research ghrelin & you will see why.

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on September 04, 2011
at 10:34 PM

I would but I've heard the IUD can get imbedded in the lining of your uterus and make you sterile, particularly if you've never had children. I'd really like to have one in the future, so I'm not really in the market to take those kind of risks with my fertility. Good suggestion though.

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on September 04, 2011
at 10:30 PM

+ 1 on Vit D, Mg, in addition to the things we both said.

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on September 04, 2011
at 10:27 PM

If you want to get off the Pill, you might consider a non-hormonal IUD.

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on September 04, 2011
at 10:16 PM

I was frustrated at first because I hadn't dropped any LBs on the scale, but after the 2 month point of Paleo & CrossFit I really noticed the inches starting to fall off. I would definitely recommend an all over measurement (arm, chest, bust, waist, hips, thigh, etc.) and compare in 6-8 weeks time. Also, write down everything you eat... time consuming and admittedly annoying, but it helps to be able to track back what I've eaten.

To back up what Leigh said, how are your clothes feeling? That's the first place I noticed some big changes... that and I kept losing my boobs--irritating that! Also, I cut out all nuts, only had 3-4 servings of fruit per week (and those usually came after working out with some protein), and gave up alcohol. Also make sure your protein sources aren't too fatty too. Bacon & sausage are good, but I usually stick with leaner meats.

Am wondering if the time that you're eating that last meal doesn't have anything to do with it. Not sure what the consensus is on later in the evening eating followed by sleeping. For me, personally, I try not to eat anything after 7-8ish depending on bedtime.

The apple shallot pork chops sound divine! Good luck and STICK WITH IT! :) Also maybe talk with your coaches at your gym. They may be able to help with meals & evaluating your nutrition.

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on September 04, 2011
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My boobs are the ONLY place I'm losing weight, such a pain. The rest of my clothes fit exactly the same except my bra's are springing up to my chin. I took measurements to start and the only changes have been that my breasts are smaller but my chest is actually broader. Arms/Thighs/Waist remain the same, though friends say my jawline looks slimmer.

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on September 04, 2011
at 10:12 PM

i agree, cut fruit and nuts and really watch portions. Stress is huge contributor to weight gain. Also water intake is crucial. If drinking pop, eliminate.

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on September 04, 2011
at 10:10 PM

You need to throw in a high quality fat into your diet. I recommend coconut milk/oil. You need a lipid transporter to clear out the toxic elements in the fat cells otherwise your body will not easily release it into the blood stream.

I would also gas the crossfit. That shit gonna burn out your glycogen and make you hungry.

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on September 04, 2011
at 10:14 PM

I disagree with your first statement, but completely agree with your second statement.

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on September 04, 2011
at 10:29 PM

Try replacing crossfit with walking since most of the CF is above the anaerobic threshold and is thus consuming glycogen, which will increase hunger and gluconeogenesis to replete it (increasing cortisol).

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on September 04, 2011
at 10:18 PM

What does "gas" mean? Are you saying to cut out my exercise? Because that feels... wrong. If I couldn't let off steam at the end of the day I'd end up beating some of my kids to death (little wankers).

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on September 05, 2011
at 05:11 PM

You are considering going on the ECA stack?

Don't. (Not only because you have to purchase it on the black market.) First of all...if you are already a jumpy individual you are going to exacerbate it. Also...all the benefits of paleo you may now be experiencing will be diminished. I have a lot of experience with the ECA stack from my past and it should only be used if you are going to compete in a fitness/bodybuilding competition not to lose bodyfat. It can also be very dangerous if not used correctly.

The only suggestion I would ask is...Are you overtraining? Maybe cortisol levels high...

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on September 05, 2011
at 05:04 PM

A lot of folks say that calories don't matter or that you don't have to count calories, but in my experience (recently lost 25 pounds), they definitely do matter.

I suggest you type everything that you eat into FitDay or a similar site for a couple of weeks just to get an idea of how much you're eating, you might be eating more than you realize. It's a bit of a pain to do this, but it does make you think about what you eat, and it is really good to see the numbers.

I'm male, 6' about 205# and I workout 3-4x per week, and if I eat more than about 1600-1700 calories per day, I gain weight. I try to eat about 1400-1500. Just based on what you've said above, you might be eating more than that. A typical day for me looks like:

Breakfast: coffee with 1 tbsp of cream (about 50 calories)

Lunch: Salad with 3-4oz of protein (an egg or two, some seafood, chicken breast, etc), lots of crunchy vegetables, bleu cheese, dressing of olive oil and vinegar or lemon. This is usually around 400-500 calories.

Snack: a few nuts (literally a few, like 6), a small piece of cheese, maybe a quarter or half piece of fruit (i.e. apple), or maybe some beef jerky. This is usually about 100 calories. I only have the snack if I had a particularly small lunch and if I'm really hungry.

At this point I've probably only eaten about 600-700 calories. I'm not starving myself, on the Paleo diet I don't have much appetite, and am fine getting through the day without much food, and some days I skip both breakfast and lunch.

I have a sizable dinner including usually 6-8oz of meat or seafood, low-carb green vegetables (kale, spinach, brussels sprouts, asparagus, etc), maybe a glass of wine. This is usually 800-1000 calories and while I'm hungry, I can't generally eat a lot at once so I don't really pig out.

You did not mention carbs, and a low-carb diet isn't for everyone, but if I eat more than about 70-80g of carbs per day, I can't lose weight. I lose best when I'm at 25-50g per day, but have trouble keeping that up for weeks on end while also working out. But I lost the 25 pounds by sticking to the low end of these ranges on both carbs and calories.

Good luck!

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on September 04, 2011
at 10:25 PM

I was going to ask the same question as was already asked... Are you noticing any slimming down? Muscle weighs more than fat. It's common to be too hung up on one's weight when really, they are slimming down but gaining muscle.

You've already accomplished a lot if you feel much better after changing your eating habits.

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on September 04, 2011
at 10:19 PM

I'd say try supplementing with Magnesium for your stress, start throwing in some coconut oil; cut out the fruit AND nuts. Make sure you're not eating any artificial sweeteners.

Don't get discouraged though. I am currently in a similar situation with stalled weight loss since I am still sort of a fatty as well. However, I feel better than I ever have. I'm off all prescription meds, I'm never sick, and my thinking is clearer than ever. I also love this food. Going back to the SAD (Standard American Diet) never crosses my mind. Please don't let it cross yours. You've had so many positive benefits from this.

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on September 04, 2011
at 10:02 PM

Have you lost inches, though? You might be gaining muscle from doing CrossFit, so the scale wouldn't budge if it's becoming muscle... Toss the scale and go by how your clothes feel, not by a number.

Edit: I just saw your food posted. Try cutting out all fruits and nuts and see if that helps.

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on September 04, 2011
at 10:06 PM

My chest has gotten a little broader but my waist is stuck at 34"

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at 10:23 PM

Once I went Paleo, I threw away my scale. All the research I looked at pre-warned me that I would likely gain muscle and therefore weight. I monitored my progress using the tape measure. During the first 30 days, I lost two inches in my hips, and one inch in my waist, but I gained 3 lbs from 110 to 113 (and I'm only 5' 2"). My chest, thighs, and biceps stayed the same so I guess I lost flab or fat in those areas and gained muscle. That was in April. To this day, I still do not have a scale (except for the one at the Crossfit gym) and I honestly don't care. Weight and age are just numbers. What matters is how you feel. My energy is like a 20 year old (and mentally, I'm still stuck around 14 yrs old) even though I just turned 40.

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on September 04, 2011
at 10:29 PM

Sounds nice. But I haven't lost any inches... unless you count the decimation of my boobs.

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on September 04, 2011
at 10:39 PM

Well I would still interpret that as a good sign. Your body is starting to deplete some fat. Chances are it's not only depleting fat from one area, but that's just the most noticeable. Keep measuring consistently - every day if you have to, and you definitely will start seeing results elsewhere (as long as your being true to the plan). I'm not basing this just on my experience, I've also coached 14 other people through a 30 day Paleo challenge. It worked for ALL of them. They all lost significant inches and 12 of them lost 5 or more lbs.

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