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Semi-new to Paleo. Not losing weight. 34 y/o female 5'2, 148 pounds

Answered on February 18, 2013
Created December 10, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Hello! I am relatively new to paleo (about a month in). My history of yo-yo dieting (mainly low cal and low fat) has been for almost 20 years. I'm 15 months post-partum as well. I started at 151 pounds and a month later I'm at 148. I'm doing about 85-90% paleo (I have heavy cream in my coffee in the AM with 2 teaspoons of coconut sugar (low glycemic about 7 grams of sugar for a tablespoon). Then on Friday nights I have a few glasses of red wine. Otherwise, I'm following pretty closely). I feel pretty good - a lot more energy then ever really. My problem is that I thought I'd lose weight faster... I'm not having any fruit and rarely sweet potatoes. Any recommendations?? Breakfast is usually the coffee with an egg (hardboiled or egg muffin with sausage), lunch is usually an avocado, macadamia nuts (very small handful), Steves original beef jerky. Dinner is any paleo meal - steak with veggies with olive oil or coconut oil, beef with cabbage and spinach - heavy on the oils. Snacks might be ham and cheese rolls or kimchi, rarely a luna bar.I've ordered Marks pack of primal essentials - not sure if that will help. I dont get a chance to exercise much (except run after a toddler and rake leaves). that will change next month when she goes to montessori school. Any suggestions? Am I not eating enough? Too much? Too much meat and not enough veggies? My fiber is very low. Can I not be consuming enough carbs? Please help. Thank you so much in advance.

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on December 10, 2012
at 06:28 PM

I would say increase your fat and protein. Don't be afraid to go over 1200 calories. In fact, I would go up to 1600 or so.

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on December 10, 2012
at 06:17 PM

That sugar in the morning is breaking any chance of extended ketosis, I'd say...

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

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on December 10, 2012
at 06:16 PM

Maybe IF with a weekly carb-loading? I'm not sure the specific chemistry of it, and I actually haven't tried it yet. Tonight will be my first since IF for nearly three weeks.

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on December 10, 2012
at 06:12 PM

I fail to see how you can maintain that Omwga balance without seeking some '3' rich food sources. That's all I meant.

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on December 10, 2012
at 05:57 PM

Hi, thank you for asking. Total a day I'm using probably 2 full tablespoons at dinner. I have a cupcake size egg muffin (sausage, onion, ghee, garlic) with 10 oz coffee, 2 tablespoons heavy crem and 2 teaspoons cocnut sugar. Lunch is a full avocado, 2.8 oz bag of Steves beef jerky, 5 full macadamia nuts and tall glass of water. Dinner is a portion size of any paleo recipe. I hope this helps... Thank you

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on December 10, 2012
at 05:54 PM

Thank you for your comment. I'm not hungry - should I still eat more? I am using a counter (thedailyplate.com). Fats around 70 grams of fat, 40-49 grams carbs, 65 protein and 1200 calories. Any recommendations? Cheese stick? More nuts? Fruit (I love apples but havent been having one since I'm trying to lose lbs). I really, really appreciate it.

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on December 10, 2012
at 05:49 PM

Thank you! I actually was doing the If with butter and EVcO. Then went through my carb-cold and cant seem to stomach it anymore! ...

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on December 10, 2012
at 05:22 PM

how much oil are you using? can you give us an idea of portion sizes of the meals you are eating?

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on February 18, 2013
at 09:44 PM

You will do better if you take the emphasis off of weight loss and focus on replenishing your nutrients so that you hormones balance out. Balanced hormones=easy weight loss.

Having a baby has left you even more depleted than your low fat diet did. This may take 6 months to a year, but your body and any future babies will thank you!

Nutrient-dense foods include liver, eggs, red meat, hard cheese, salmon, dark leafy greens and oysters.

Also get your D3 level checked and sun/supplement to a blood level of 50-60 ng/ml. Supplement Magnesium chelate to help with sleep and it is a co-factor for D3.

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on December 10, 2012
at 05:47 PM

I think that you aren't eating enough! Try a calorie counter program- not to keep your count low, but to make sure it is enough. as a side note- I would neverrrr recommend that you "jack up" your Omega 3s, as you should have a roughly equivalent ratio of 3 to 6, if not twice as much Omega 6. If you arent consuming vegetable oils (like as fried foods, which you obviously aren't) then you should probably focus on a fat balance

09c80b10e34f65217b1303a9839b7e4a

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on December 10, 2012
at 05:54 PM

Thank you for your comment. I'm not hungry - should I still eat more? I am using a counter (thedailyplate.com). Fats around 70 grams of fat, 40-49 grams carbs, 65 protein and 1200 calories. Any recommendations? Cheese stick? More nuts? Fruit (I love apples but havent been having one since I'm trying to lose lbs). I really, really appreciate it.

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

(3452)

on December 10, 2012
at 06:12 PM

I fail to see how you can maintain that Omwga balance without seeking some '3' rich food sources. That's all I meant.

193b7fb0fec8913d5ebb3b99a04d21c6

(2918)

on December 10, 2012
at 06:28 PM

I would say increase your fat and protein. Don't be afraid to go over 1200 calories. In fact, I would go up to 1600 or so.

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Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

on December 10, 2012
at 05:38 PM

I've been saying this a lot, but it's honestly working amazing for me.

Try Intermittent Fasting. Basically, eat all the fat you want whenever you want. Greass-fed butter & EVCO blended in coffee is the perfect vehicle. If there are other ways to deliver these fats into your system... have at it.

Give yourself a 6-hr window in the evening to get in 80-90g (figuring your lean mass at around 100 lbs)of protein, and 25-40g (possibly less since you're smaller than the average bear... not sure how that works) of carbs. You can test these amounts with Ketostix brand urine test strips.

Aside from that, you just want to jack your Omega-3 intake up as much as possible, avoiding too much Mercury.

Ed7403e397077dd1acdbf25c7f6e56ce

(3452)

on December 10, 2012
at 06:16 PM

Maybe IF with a weekly carb-loading? I'm not sure the specific chemistry of it, and I actually haven't tried it yet. Tonight will be my first since IF for nearly three weeks.

09c80b10e34f65217b1303a9839b7e4a

(5)

on December 10, 2012
at 05:49 PM

Thank you! I actually was doing the If with butter and EVcO. Then went through my carb-cold and cant seem to stomach it anymore! ...

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