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Today marks the end of my 6 week Paleo Experiment.. I have some questions

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 14, 2013 at 3:50 PM

Im at work and don't have time to type out EVERYthing I ate. Here are the basics:

I pretty much ate a lot of grass fed beef, wild caught salmon, a little chicken, and a little tuna. I eat a lot of leafy green vegetables, at least one big salad a day. I also eat fruit for breakfast, maybe 2 bananas blended with almond milk and then an apple for snack. Edit: I forgot to add that I eat a couple eggs a week as well, fresh from my neighbors back yard.

Exclusions: I did not eat ANY dairy and pretty much avoided grains. Although I had wild rice twice with my salmon.

I told myself at the beginning that I would continue with the diet no matter what until Valentines Day. Anticipated result: lose weight; actual result: gained a FEW pounds.

So whats the deal? Do you think I was just eating too much? I did not count calories so it is hard to say, but I did not overeat as far as my body was telling me. I at a lot of cococnut oil and bacon fat and other fats as everyone recommends.

Another side effect was that my stamina at the gym was weak. I was able to lift strong, but I ran out of steam more quickly than usual.

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Using non-startchy fruits could be better for weight loss, such as orange juice, grapes, and watermelon.

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on February 14, 2013
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how few is a few? How overweight do you believe yourself to be?

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on February 14, 2013
at 09:25 PM

Fruit is generally not noted to do well with weight loss. Although Paleo is not low carb, it is said that low carb is better if you're trying to lose weight.

2 bananas and an apple daily could be the cause. Bananas are a high carb fruit and apples tend to pack a good amount of sugar.

Also, fat and oils are good for you (the right ones like coconut oil, as you mentioned), but they still pack a big calorie punch (120 cal per tbspn I believe). You could have overdone it with this combined with not counting calories.

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on February 14, 2013
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Using non-startchy fruits could be better for weight loss, such as orange juice, grapes, and watermelon.

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on February 14, 2013
at 11:31 PM

Are you overweight/underweight to start with?

Did you see composition changes? Weight is a somewhat insignificant piece of your overall health story.

As noted above, calories do count.

As far as your workouts go, it may not be totally nutritionally related. What's your workout schedule? Is your recovery adequate? How's your sleeping? Stress levels? What do you do to relax? You may have cortisol issues that can't be fixed by eating alone, and 6 weeks generally isn't long enough to sufficiently address those issues.

Are you female or male? Females generally take longer to see results from the diet as well, particularly if they've been active and somewhat health-conscious in the past.

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on February 14, 2013
at 09:52 PM

Well, we can't tell whether or not you are supposed to lose weight.
Very often people who have been doing a lot of dieting and exercise won't lose weight right away because the body is busy repairing everything. Running out of gas in the gym is because, comparatively, you don't have as much glucose in your muscles as you used to have. Either adjust carbohydrate intake upward or shorten the length of your workouts.

On the fats, how much is a lot? I've got a natural cut off and can easily make myself sick, but it appears some people can eat several tablespoons of the stuff without a problem. I was running about 70% fat during my weight loss phase, mostly because the cuts of meat I was eating were pretty fatty. I also counted calories.

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on February 14, 2013
at 09:03 PM

i fell into the "you don't need to count calories" trap that is touted so broadly. i do have to count calories and after two years of not and gaining 20lbs, i am. after so many years of binge eating and inflammation i will probably never be able to rely on my own satiety signals to not over eat. You may not be like me though.

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