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Why am not losing weight?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 09, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Sorry...another weight loss question. Annoying, I know. I'm just so frustrated.
I'm 32, 5'4" and weigh 145lbs. I have been at this weight forever. I've had two babies, gained and lost 45lbs with each pregnancy. I've weighed 145lbs since shortly after getting married. I started eating a whole foods diet in Nov. '11. I started eating paleo Feb. '12. I have lost about 7lbs since January (got up to 152 after holiday). I do xfit class 2x a week and do weight training and intervals 4x a week (xfit style). I feel like I'm burning out and my weight loss has stalled. I know my body has changed somewhat....I'm stronger and I look a little bit better, but I'm nowhere near where I want to be. I feel like I have a layer of fat that just isn't going away, especially my arms and stomach. I know you're going to ask what I eat, so I'll give you an average day.

Morning: Coffee w/ heavy cream. 2 eggs scrambled with ghee and spinach afternoon: leftover dinner....cobb salad (greens, egg, avocado, almonds, chicken, bacon) snack: piece of fruit, maybe a piece of dark chocolate, maybe decaf w/ cream, maybe an avocado or hard-boiled egg, just depends dinner: chicken and tomato soup with coconut milk (a paleo recipe)

That's pretty much an average day. For full disclosure, I do have SAD binges. Every weekend my husband and I go out to dinner or get together with friends. I will have wine and some other crap. This is about 1x a week. Lately I have also binged on wine and chocolate chips. While I know these things are crappy to eat, I wonder if they could completely stall my weight loss or inhibit me from losing this fat regardless of all my other hard work.

Two more things....I do not eat any red meat except for bacon. Long story. It might change in the future, but not anytime soon, most likely. Also, I have had my thyroid, progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone checked and I'm fine.

Any insight into this would help me! Thanks!!

Edit- I wanted to add that I did very well with paleo in the beginning. I was eating a lot of fruit in the beginning and felt great. At some point I started to feel tired a lot and it was suggested that I add more fat and cut out the fruit. I think I went a bit overboard with that advice looking back on it. I think losing the fruit made me feel deprived. Maybe dropping some of the fat and adding fruit in moderation would help...

Ae3b7ea9f3755af32287825db8d98796

(2022)

on May 10, 2012
at 12:41 PM

Cool! I'm going to check that out! I have been to fitday and couldn't find a recipe builder. I definitely need one. I was thinking that I would work on a menu (breakfast/lunch/dinner/snack) for all of next week. I think having a set menu might help...I always have dinner planned, but breakfast and lunch are spontaneous. Thanks for all the information!By the way, yes, WW points counting can be mind numbing...not to mention the fact that it made me obsessed with food!

Ae3b7ea9f3755af32287825db8d98796

(2022)

on May 10, 2012
at 12:37 PM

Thank you! My clothes were getting a little looser, but now I feel like they're getting tight again. I actually stopped weighing myself for a while because it makes me kind of nuts. I have had my body fat checked. When I started xfit in Feb, I was at 30%. Last I checked, I'm at 28%....still high, but no where near where I want to be. I am definitely stronger and I can feel my muscles, but I feel like they are under a layer of fat (especially my arms and stomach)! It's discouraging because I compare myself to other people I know and it seems so much easier for them! Frustrating!

Ae3b7ea9f3755af32287825db8d98796

(2022)

on May 10, 2012
at 12:34 PM

I haven't had my cortisol checked. I planned to when I recently went in, but they said I needed to come in no later than 9am and then again in the afternoon. I didn't have time to do that. I plan to at some point though. I had my thyroid checked, and TSH, T3 and T4 sound familiar, but I'm not positive I had all that checked. My Dr. is pretty much on the up and up though, so I'm assuming. I'll check with her...I have to call there today anyway. Thanks!

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on May 10, 2012
at 01:25 AM

You don't sound like a lush! Don't worry. I feel ya.

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on May 10, 2012
at 01:24 AM

I really don't think it's like Weight Watchers because it's really only to get a picture of what a week of your food looks like. It is not forever which is an insane concept. In hindsight I think Weight Watchers is pretty crazy, but at the time we are so desperate for anything that will work that we're willing to ignore that fact that it's not sustainable. So glad to be off that roller coaster ride of mind numbing points counting. :-)

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on May 10, 2012
at 01:20 AM

I actually chose Spark People because of their recipe builder. You put all your ingredients in and tell it how many portions it makes and it tells you all your nutritional info per portion. I really like the interface as well. You have to register to start a recipe box: http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-calculator.asp. Then they have a second interrelated site where you track all your food. It pulls from the recipe box: http://www.sparkpeople.com/. I felt like the learning curve was smaller and the interface so much better than Weight Watchers which I was trying before I went Paleo.

Ae3b7ea9f3755af32287825db8d98796

(2022)

on May 09, 2012
at 11:49 PM

ambergarrett- I feel the same way. I think the weekend binges have contributed to my need to snack/cheat during the week. If I do really well for a week or two, those cravings go away and I'm not super hungry in the AM. I IF'd today and felt great. Pre-paleo, I would have never thought I could IF...I would get shaky and very, very crabby. I used to use only coconut milk in my coffee. Maybe I should go back to how I was doing things in the beginning.

Ae3b7ea9f3755af32287825db8d98796

(2022)

on May 09, 2012
at 11:46 PM

Definitely common.

Ae3b7ea9f3755af32287825db8d98796

(2022)

on May 09, 2012
at 11:42 PM

Thanks, pbo. I feel kind of stupid. It has taken me a while to wrap my head around this way of eating. It took a long time to not be afraid of fat and I think I headed to far in the opposite direction. It seems like not having a ton of fat on a salad would be common sense! Thanks for taking the time to comment. I think I need to dial back on the exercise for sure. I'm realizing it's taking away from a lot of other things I like to do.

Ae3b7ea9f3755af32287825db8d98796

(2022)

on May 09, 2012
at 11:39 PM

Love it, thanks! I hate to sound like a lush, but alcohol is a part of my social life, I enjoy it, and it relaxes me. I don't drink every night, but one or two nights a week I do. At this point, I'm just not losing...not gaining, but still not good. I think I'm going to start tracking. I was apprehensive to track b/c I came from weight watchers and that points system made me nuts. What do you use to track and is it hard when you make recipes?

5662d1262516ccbd70249e7aeaf58901

(681)

on May 09, 2012
at 11:36 PM

Your question seems to follow a common pattern here: female who isn't losing weight, very low carb, lots of chicken, overtraining.

Ae3b7ea9f3755af32287825db8d98796

(2022)

on May 09, 2012
at 11:35 PM

Thank you! I think you're right. I have the RW site up now.

0a31b8309ef49bd18cd21d87d3b0b38d

(426)

on May 09, 2012
at 11:34 PM

@Mandy, I think cortisol with IF is really only an issue if your body starts exhibiting signs of starvation (hunger pangs, weakness, irritability, etc). I generally find doing my own version of IF (starting the day with two cups of coffee lightened with full-fat coconut milk) I am not hungry most days until 12 or 1, and I get up at 6:30am. YMMV, but the coffee & coconut milk in the morning has kept me going 'til lunchtime most days. It's usually only after I've had some indulgences the night before that I find I get hungry sooner, so on those days, I eat a sensible breakfast when I get hungry.

11838116de44ae449df0563f09bd3d73

(655)

on May 09, 2012
at 11:33 PM

More coconut would be a good idea if you were just starting out and obese. But you're fit and don't have a fatty liver. You don't need MTC oil. You don't need coffee with butter either.

11838116de44ae449df0563f09bd3d73

(655)

on May 09, 2012
at 11:29 PM

If your serious, drop the cream and be somewhat careful with other fats until you've reached your goal. Look at the weight loss tag at Robb Wolf's site. I like cream and bacon too, but not when I'm dropping body fat. I'm male and much bigger than you. It sounds like the weekend binge is important to you. I suggest you sacrifice a bit more during the week so you can have the treats and still reach your goal.

Ae3b7ea9f3755af32287825db8d98796

(2022)

on May 09, 2012
at 10:23 PM

My pregnancy weight is all gone, it's really my post-wedding weight that is causing trouble. Apparently, my body really likes this weight! I weighed 130 at my wedding and then gained 15lbs over the first year of my marriage. I got pregnant shortly after our first anniversary. Congrats on losing your baby weight!

1dcfcebc5f36408d121f124a78292d42

(1295)

on May 09, 2012
at 07:41 PM

Just because someone "knows better" doesn't mean they aren't struggling with urges that are very real and tough to resist. Have some empathy.

B6114a1980b1481fb18206064f3f4a4f

(3924)

on May 09, 2012
at 07:31 PM

This is how my pregnancy weight came off -- in little 3-5 pounds spurts then a month or two stall, then another 3-4 pounds. It drove me crazy at first but it did come off.

Ae3b7ea9f3755af32287825db8d98796

(2022)

on May 09, 2012
at 07:20 PM

Thanks, Hillary! How much are you running? There seems to be so much conflicting info on how good running is for you (on PH, at least). I used to run and really enjoyed it. Where do you track calories...fitday?

Ae3b7ea9f3755af32287825db8d98796

(2022)

on May 09, 2012
at 07:17 PM

Thanks, Paul! This way of eating is a bit tricky because I've read so much about not counting calories and eating only until full, getting lots of fat, etc. That is the complete opposite of how I've been eating for 20 years and it was hard to get used to. Maybe I just went a bit too far with my portions and calories. I'll track it and see. Thanks.

Ae3b7ea9f3755af32287825db8d98796

(2022)

on May 09, 2012
at 07:14 PM

jo60- you and I keep posting at the same time!

Ae3b7ea9f3755af32287825db8d98796

(2022)

on May 09, 2012
at 07:13 PM

I had to look up MTC oil. Interesting...I'll look into that. I was doing IF awhile back. I liked it, then stopped doing it because I heard it can raise cortisol levels. I started doing it again today though. I just had cream in my coffee. Once I got past the morning hunger, I was fine! I'm going to try Ghee or coconut oil in my coffee...it actually sounds pretty good. Thanks for the insight!

E7e7e1c856d4494d4a1b700b6869df90

(982)

on May 09, 2012
at 07:11 PM

Translation MCT = coconut oil = medium chain trigycerides

Ae3b7ea9f3755af32287825db8d98796

(2022)

on May 09, 2012
at 07:11 PM

Thanks for that! You're probably right.

E7e7e1c856d4494d4a1b700b6869df90

(982)

on May 09, 2012
at 07:10 PM

I meant consuming not enough fat or protein..sorry..not carbs.

Ae3b7ea9f3755af32287825db8d98796

(2022)

on May 09, 2012
at 07:10 PM

I cannot live without wine. I can live without it 6 days a week, however.

E7e7e1c856d4494d4a1b700b6869df90

(982)

on May 09, 2012
at 07:09 PM

Personally I think the cream any heavy fat dairy is ok.strict Paleo? who cares..you care about a diet that works for you and that you can actually maintain. It is possible if you cut out the junk food/binge items you may actually not be consuming "quite" enough fat or carbs. I agree with giving up the gym and at the least wait until you know you are in fat burning mode. 2- 6 weeks strict low carb no processed/junk/ etc..

Ae3b7ea9f3755af32287825db8d98796

(2022)

on May 09, 2012
at 07:08 PM

I do know better! It's like I am looking forward to Friday night so I can have a binge. It's ridiculous. My Xfit class ends in two weeks. I'm going to continue with some weight training and go back to my kickboxing class, I think. It's fun.

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15e5f57b981183b21fff26ce815bf93f

(444)

on May 09, 2012
at 05:54 PM

Drop the metcon stuff for a while. Weight training is plenty of stress to deal with while trying to lose fat. Your stated typical foods sound great.

And stop eating crap. You know better. One day a week can easily wreck what you're otherwise working so hard for.

1dcfcebc5f36408d121f124a78292d42

(1295)

on May 09, 2012
at 07:41 PM

Just because someone "knows better" doesn't mean they aren't struggling with urges that are very real and tough to resist. Have some empathy.

Ae3b7ea9f3755af32287825db8d98796

(2022)

on May 09, 2012
at 07:08 PM

I do know better! It's like I am looking forward to Friday night so I can have a binge. It's ridiculous. My Xfit class ends in two weeks. I'm going to continue with some weight training and go back to my kickboxing class, I think. It's fun.

2
94e89cc96d5a58b71f36b369b8082999

on May 09, 2012
at 06:26 PM

It's been 3 months and you've made some progress. That's awesome, but weight loss comes in spurts. If you continue eating well and exercising hard for the next year and are at the same place, then you might have a real problem. But I don't think that will happen. Keep it up and the weight will come off.

B6114a1980b1481fb18206064f3f4a4f

(3924)

on May 09, 2012
at 07:31 PM

This is how my pregnancy weight came off -- in little 3-5 pounds spurts then a month or two stall, then another 3-4 pounds. It drove me crazy at first but it did come off.

Ae3b7ea9f3755af32287825db8d98796

(2022)

on May 09, 2012
at 07:11 PM

Thanks for that! You're probably right.

Ae3b7ea9f3755af32287825db8d98796

(2022)

on May 09, 2012
at 10:23 PM

My pregnancy weight is all gone, it's really my post-wedding weight that is causing trouble. Apparently, my body really likes this weight! I weighed 130 at my wedding and then gained 15lbs over the first year of my marriage. I got pregnant shortly after our first anniversary. Congrats on losing your baby weight!

2
Ddfdaa75ac9f47e01fc71162dd0d38dc

on May 09, 2012
at 06:00 PM

Stop the cheats, stop the wine, stop the candy, stop the dairy. Count calories. once you've had kids, your metbolism's forever changed. Check your calories.

E7e7e1c856d4494d4a1b700b6869df90

(982)

on May 09, 2012
at 07:09 PM

Personally I think the cream any heavy fat dairy is ok.strict Paleo? who cares..you care about a diet that works for you and that you can actually maintain. It is possible if you cut out the junk food/binge items you may actually not be consuming "quite" enough fat or carbs. I agree with giving up the gym and at the least wait until you know you are in fat burning mode. 2- 6 weeks strict low carb no processed/junk/ etc..

E7e7e1c856d4494d4a1b700b6869df90

(982)

on May 09, 2012
at 07:10 PM

I meant consuming not enough fat or protein..sorry..not carbs.

Ae3b7ea9f3755af32287825db8d98796

(2022)

on May 09, 2012
at 07:10 PM

I cannot live without wine. I can live without it 6 days a week, however.

1
2c2349bc7af0fedb59a5fe99dac9fae2

(2707)

on May 09, 2012
at 11:27 PM

I'll keep it short and simple: If your weight loss has stalled, then you have reached a point where you caloric intake combined with your activity is at level that maintains your weight. You need to get yourself back into a deficit. Cut back on the calories. Looks like an easy way for you to do that is drop some of the fat.

As an example, in your leftover salad, drop the bacon or the avocado, you don't need two sources of fat (and that is not counting the dressing).

I would definitely not do more w/ the exercise. In fact, I would probably dial that down a bit. May help with your stress levels, and may be doing more harm than good.

If you still are not losing any weight, than you are gonna need to log your food, and see where are you. You list your food, but who knows how much... Easy to be eating way more than you think, so you might have to start measuring.

Ae3b7ea9f3755af32287825db8d98796

(2022)

on May 09, 2012
at 11:42 PM

Thanks, pbo. I feel kind of stupid. It has taken me a while to wrap my head around this way of eating. It took a long time to not be afraid of fat and I think I headed to far in the opposite direction. It seems like not having a ton of fat on a salad would be common sense! Thanks for taking the time to comment. I think I need to dial back on the exercise for sure. I'm realizing it's taking away from a lot of other things I like to do.

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C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on May 09, 2012
at 11:13 PM

I agree with what Paul R said about tracking but I don't think you have to do it long term. I had started gaining weight (not just not losing!) after losing 10 pounds. So after a freaky month of my pants getting tighter and tighter I decided to track my food intake for a week to check in on what I was eating. I was sort of shocked at just how much I was eating. My full-o-meter must be broken! So once I had a baseline and knew what I was consuming I was then able to tweak my diet. I decided to stop adding fat to my already naturally fatty meals, I stopped snacking on nuts all day, and now focus on 3 solid meals and a snack. It feels right and even feels more 'paleo'.

I also didn't quite drinking all together. I think that is bogus advice. This diet should be livable not a torment and drinking is a small but valued part of my life. So I have a drink approximately twice a week and try and make it as 'healthful' as I can by keeping it to a gluten free low glycemic reaction booze choice like wine or potato vodka with soda and lime.

So basically I recommend looking at your food over all and maybe chilling on the exercize a bit. It sounds like you may be over doing it. Go and enjoy your life, don't spend it all in the gym. Just my 4 cents (inflation).

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on May 10, 2012
at 01:20 AM

I actually chose Spark People because of their recipe builder. You put all your ingredients in and tell it how many portions it makes and it tells you all your nutritional info per portion. I really like the interface as well. You have to register to start a recipe box: http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-calculator.asp. Then they have a second interrelated site where you track all your food. It pulls from the recipe box: http://www.sparkpeople.com/. I felt like the learning curve was smaller and the interface so much better than Weight Watchers which I was trying before I went Paleo.

Ae3b7ea9f3755af32287825db8d98796

(2022)

on May 09, 2012
at 11:39 PM

Love it, thanks! I hate to sound like a lush, but alcohol is a part of my social life, I enjoy it, and it relaxes me. I don't drink every night, but one or two nights a week I do. At this point, I'm just not losing...not gaining, but still not good. I think I'm going to start tracking. I was apprehensive to track b/c I came from weight watchers and that points system made me nuts. What do you use to track and is it hard when you make recipes?

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on May 10, 2012
at 01:24 AM

I really don't think it's like Weight Watchers because it's really only to get a picture of what a week of your food looks like. It is not forever which is an insane concept. In hindsight I think Weight Watchers is pretty crazy, but at the time we are so desperate for anything that will work that we're willing to ignore that fact that it's not sustainable. So glad to be off that roller coaster ride of mind numbing points counting. :-)

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on May 10, 2012
at 01:25 AM

You don't sound like a lush! Don't worry. I feel ya.

Ae3b7ea9f3755af32287825db8d98796

(2022)

on May 10, 2012
at 12:41 PM

Cool! I'm going to check that out! I have been to fitday and couldn't find a recipe builder. I definitely need one. I was thinking that I would work on a menu (breakfast/lunch/dinner/snack) for all of next week. I think having a set menu might help...I always have dinner planned, but breakfast and lunch are spontaneous. Thanks for all the information!By the way, yes, WW points counting can be mind numbing...not to mention the fact that it made me obsessed with food!

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E6fb1d6762263b076d335f044bc8013f

on May 09, 2012
at 07:02 PM

I had the same issue! I worked out all the time and ate well but was not loosing any weight. I too was slipping up about once a week and bingeing on crap. I finally started intermittent fasting and counting calories and am doing so much better. I stopped doing P90X and took up running instead. Also replacing some of the animal fats with coconut fat helped me personally.

Ae3b7ea9f3755af32287825db8d98796

(2022)

on May 09, 2012
at 07:20 PM

Thanks, Hillary! How much are you running? There seems to be so much conflicting info on how good running is for you (on PH, at least). I used to run and really enjoyed it. Where do you track calories...fitday?

1
Db324bd4457587115e48afcd243b00d3

on May 09, 2012
at 06:33 PM

The food sounds good, though maybe a little high in fat. Track your calories (weigh and measure) and drop you calories by 10% (preferably from the fat portion) and see how that goes after 6 weeks. Yeah , and if the cardio is > 30 mins long or is really intense then drop that. Get plenty of rest and enjoy the positive changes you are making inside :-)

Ae3b7ea9f3755af32287825db8d98796

(2022)

on May 09, 2012
at 07:17 PM

Thanks, Paul! This way of eating is a bit tricky because I've read so much about not counting calories and eating only until full, getting lots of fat, etc. That is the complete opposite of how I've been eating for 20 years and it was hard to get used to. Maybe I just went a bit too far with my portions and calories. I'll track it and see. Thanks.

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B21515ab063324ad5b374b0866aef2d0

on May 09, 2012
at 06:30 PM

Overall

Toxins. Read about Dave Asprey's work and the Bulletproof diet. The general idea is that our standard diet is laced with molds from the food supply.

Here's a good post including easy-to-follow graphics:

http://www.bulletproofexec.com/the-complete-illustrated-one-page-bulletproof-diet/

For Binges

Come home and drink a quarter cup or a half cup of MCT oil. You body will favor the fats in the MCT oil over the other fats, and less of the bad stuff will become a part of your body.

For serious weight loss

If you're upset, and committed to losing weight - if you really want to loose weight, you can also start doing Intermittent Fasting, where you drink only coffee (with fat from coconut oil or unsalted grass fed butter - no cream) until about 2pm every day, then eat as much as you want until 10pm.

The fats in the coffee help your brain and body function during fasting, its really not so bad.

Ae3b7ea9f3755af32287825db8d98796

(2022)

on May 09, 2012
at 07:14 PM

jo60- you and I keep posting at the same time!

11838116de44ae449df0563f09bd3d73

(655)

on May 09, 2012
at 11:33 PM

More coconut would be a good idea if you were just starting out and obese. But you're fit and don't have a fatty liver. You don't need MTC oil. You don't need coffee with butter either.

Ae3b7ea9f3755af32287825db8d98796

(2022)

on May 09, 2012
at 07:13 PM

I had to look up MTC oil. Interesting...I'll look into that. I was doing IF awhile back. I liked it, then stopped doing it because I heard it can raise cortisol levels. I started doing it again today though. I just had cream in my coffee. Once I got past the morning hunger, I was fine! I'm going to try Ghee or coconut oil in my coffee...it actually sounds pretty good. Thanks for the insight!

0a31b8309ef49bd18cd21d87d3b0b38d

(426)

on May 09, 2012
at 11:34 PM

@Mandy, I think cortisol with IF is really only an issue if your body starts exhibiting signs of starvation (hunger pangs, weakness, irritability, etc). I generally find doing my own version of IF (starting the day with two cups of coffee lightened with full-fat coconut milk) I am not hungry most days until 12 or 1, and I get up at 6:30am. YMMV, but the coffee & coconut milk in the morning has kept me going 'til lunchtime most days. It's usually only after I've had some indulgences the night before that I find I get hungry sooner, so on those days, I eat a sensible breakfast when I get hungry.

E7e7e1c856d4494d4a1b700b6869df90

(982)

on May 09, 2012
at 07:11 PM

Translation MCT = coconut oil = medium chain trigycerides

Ae3b7ea9f3755af32287825db8d98796

(2022)

on May 09, 2012
at 11:49 PM

ambergarrett- I feel the same way. I think the weekend binges have contributed to my need to snack/cheat during the week. If I do really well for a week or two, those cravings go away and I'm not super hungry in the AM. I IF'd today and felt great. Pre-paleo, I would have never thought I could IF...I would get shaky and very, very crabby. I used to use only coconut milk in my coffee. Maybe I should go back to how I was doing things in the beginning.

0
782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

on May 10, 2012
at 04:13 AM

Sometimes weight doesn't mean anything. You can lose fat and gain muscles and see no net change in weight. How do your clothes fit? If they are looser then you are on the right track.

A better way to track progress is by determining your fat percentage. My trainer measures me with calipers every time my program changes to see how I'm doing and where changes need to be made.

It sounds like you are doing great. Just keep the binges under control and good luck!

Ae3b7ea9f3755af32287825db8d98796

(2022)

on May 10, 2012
at 12:37 PM

Thank you! My clothes were getting a little looser, but now I feel like they're getting tight again. I actually stopped weighing myself for a while because it makes me kind of nuts. I have had my body fat checked. When I started xfit in Feb, I was at 30%. Last I checked, I'm at 28%....still high, but no where near where I want to be. I am definitely stronger and I can feel my muscles, but I feel like they are under a layer of fat (especially my arms and stomach)! It's discouraging because I compare myself to other people I know and it seems so much easier for them! Frustrating!

0
2e1e0c0865edb9cfb9f8391f2877a965

on May 10, 2012
at 04:00 AM

Have you had your thyroid and cortisol levels tested? Not just TSH, but T3 & T4?

Ae3b7ea9f3755af32287825db8d98796

(2022)

on May 10, 2012
at 12:34 PM

I haven't had my cortisol checked. I planned to when I recently went in, but they said I needed to come in no later than 9am and then again in the afternoon. I didn't have time to do that. I plan to at some point though. I had my thyroid checked, and TSH, T3 and T4 sound familiar, but I'm not positive I had all that checked. My Dr. is pretty much on the up and up though, so I'm assuming. I'll check with her...I have to call there today anyway. Thanks!

0
D613cc4b9409009d5735a23e9fec5886

(143)

on May 09, 2012
at 10:46 PM

I'm in the same boat - just starting Paleo - have done lower-carb for years. I feel like it depends what book you read on Paleo as to what's OK. I'm having a tough time giving up coffee (1-2 cups a day) with a little cream and 2 sweet n lows. I know - toxins in the Sweet & Low - trying to cut back. I also cannot live without a little wine a few nights a week.

My day today:

Breakfast: Leftover chicken w/spinach & mushrooms in a lemon sauce Lunch: Mixed garden salad with light dressing (not paleo but I was out so I did the best I could) and grilled chicken Snacks: A few nuts, blackberries, an orange. Coffee with cream & 2 sweet n lows Dinner: Paleo Meatloaf & Veggies & maybe a little white wine

Is this horrible for a newb?! I'm counting about 1200-1400 calories here.

I also workout at the gym 3x a week with weights and cardio for about an hour total each time.

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on May 09, 2012
at 05:59 PM

with your chosen exercise routine you're really stressing your CNS, and coupled with a little calorie restriction and low carbs, it can leave you spinning your wheels. I would suggest taking a little respite of about a week, only walking and other light exercise. keep your diet clean but not so strict. This will help reset you metabolically. Then I would suggest doing a hard cut if you're up for it. You'll need some tunnel vision to stick it out, just start and finish and no exceptions. If you can make it three weeks you'll build great positive momentum to kick start fat loss and lose a lot of body fat. Then, after three weeks you can ease up on the strict dieting and rigorous exercise a little, so you don't destroy yourself and are able to keep the weight off and maintain a slow, steady rate of weight loss.

For three weeks you should be doing upper body (2x per week) and lower body workouts (2x per week) in interval fashion (20-30 minutes) and HIIT exercise pre or post workout (20 minutes) with a 5 minute jog to cool down.

After your week of RandR that I suggest you take, you'll be amped to kick the exercise into high gear, and after 21 days you'll be ready to take it down a notch for a little recovery phase.

As for the diet, I'd seriously stick to just leaner meat/fish/eggs (no more than 2 a day) and non starchy vegetables, with some nuts thrown in (no more than 30grams a day). Throw in some fruit every third day as well. You can throw in a protein shake, 1/2C cottage cheese or greek yogurt between meals if you're hungry (10-30g protein, 0-5g carbs).

That's what I would do if I really wanted to kick start some weight loss and had more than 10lbs to lose. After three weeks you can increase the fat and carbs but maintain a slight caloric deficit to keep the weight off. ONce you've reached your goal weight, just work to maintain, and that's the easy part.

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