re-gained 4 pounds lost... what did I do wrong? [edit: I get it!]

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created May 08, 2012 at 2:55 PM

I am newbie who enthusiastically abandoned wheat, corn, processed foods, etc.

I am 5.7 and I spent 10 years weighing and average of 130lb.

Then one year ago I had surgery and quit smoking. That combination was deadly and I put on 40 pounds in one year.

About three weeks ago I decided to try eating Paleo. The first week I lost 4 pounds, from 166 to 163. I was in heaven. Then the weight started creeping back up. I am sure I am doing something wrong - mainly I have no plan that I am following and I seem to gobble down a lot of almonds to make up for the lack of something to much on.

Any advice? Thanks!


Ok people! I get it. Just keep going and stop obsessing on the scale. :)



on May 09, 2012
at 02:55 PM

There is truth to the scale issue, but I would ditch the almonds.


on May 08, 2012
at 04:57 PM

You've got it! Tweak if you feel you need to and be sure and add some more movement to your life. You'll feel better and it supports the good eating you're doing. IMO, weight loss is 80% diet, 20% exercise but they really work synergistically together and accelerate results (compared to doing one without the other).

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on May 08, 2012
at 03:00 PM

Not to be snarky, but what you're doing wrong is worrying about weight fluctuations over a short period of time.

As for your eating, eat a bunch of meat and veggies, cut down the almonds significantly, maybe eliminate them entirely.

If you're eating three good meals a day, you will probably lose the urge to munch on things between times.



on May 08, 2012
at 03:35 PM

I just posted this in another thread, but I'll repost here:

I know I'm not in the same boat as you (different gender, height, body composition, diet, health issues, etc), but just to give you another data point. I lost about 20kg weight (mostly fat) and had to replace my wardrobe, all my old clothes were hanging off of me. I then made a conscientious effort to add lean mass. I put on about 7kg, but the good news is that the mirror still tells me I'm as lean or leaner than I was 7kg ago, and most importantly my smaller clothes still fit. My jeans are a little tighter in the thigh, but I'm attributing that to heavy squats. The waist is still as loose as ever :)


on May 08, 2012
at 03:44 PM

I'm one of those who stopped weighing himself, probably is if you didn't lose (or gain) you get discouraged and give up, and if you did lose you get complacent and start slacking off. I go by how my clothes fit and what I see in the mirror.


on May 08, 2012
at 03:14 PM

I generally use my pants as my guide for weight loss and gain. The scale is a liar and meaningless.

A couple of months ago I committed to really losing weight so I decided to spend a week tracking my food. I used SparkPeople because they have a great recipe builder that is easy to use and compatible with the tracker. I don't really work out so I really needed to look at the food and all those extras were adding up and messing up the program. I was shocked by how much I was eating. Based on what I???ve learned here on PaleoHacks and out in the interwebs I decided to adjust a few things and see how it went. I cut out nuts, a drink per night, and coffee and focus on 3 quality meals a day with one snack. I???ve also replaced coffee and almond milk with plain green tea.

As humans we are designed to work out and need to do so to feel good. I started working out once a week. That combined with eliminating the snacking and extras has really done wonders. It's slow but I'm losing. My pants are definitely getting looser and and I???ve gone down a whole belt hole! What???s amazing to me is that when I went to see if the scale showed any weight loss it didn???t. It is really true that you can???t trust the scale.



on May 08, 2012
at 03:01 PM

Perhaps your diet needs tweaking but regardless, first word of advice...throw your scale out the window. Your body is not a bucket holding fat. It's just not that simple and it's going to fluctuate based on all kinds of factors including day to day food and elimination as well as hormones and other factors. Take measurements and gauge progress by how your clothes are fitting but honestly...no good comes of this feeling the scale gives you.

If you need someone to hold your hand and guide you...come over to whole9life.com. They have a fantastic 30 day paleo challenge that will truly change your life.

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