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Why aren't I losing weight?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created April 10, 2013 at 12:06 PM

LONG time reader - first time poster.

I've been on the Paleo/Primal diet for about a month now and I"m not losing any weight!

I'm walking between 5 and 15 kilometres per day and am doing weight resistance exercises every other day (push ups; pull ups; kettlebell lifts).

For breakfast everyday I'm having instant coffee blended with water and a couple of tablespoons of virgin coconut oil.

For lunch and dinner I'm eating a variety of animal products (chicken, tuna, salmon, beef, kangaroo are the main stays).

I'm including dairy but not milk - just cheese, grassfed butter, and very occasionally cream.

I'm eating 0-15 carbs a day - the only overt carbohydrates I've had is strawberries and cream today after dinner otherwise I've had none (and yes, I had "carb flu" for two weeks).

I'm 21, male, 5"6', caucasian and am around 80 kilograms with a heavy body fat proportion (I'm just "average" not really fat).

Any help?

Ideas?

Thanks! :)

125dfe387c83d848c2fe92de6d8bfdf0

(365)

on April 11, 2013
at 11:57 AM

Ok, well the massive increase in protein within your diet is going to aid in muscle growth. Even though you haven't lost any scale weight, things may have changed. My suggestion is taking a picture of you in your current state, and look at a photo close to before you went Paleo. It shall give you an indication of what changes may have occured.

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on April 11, 2013
at 08:11 AM

No, I didn't. Predominately fat with below average muscle. Always bloated, couldn't even lift heavy objects for a few minutes without feeling weak. Was a vegan from the age of 15 until I was 21.

125dfe387c83d848c2fe92de6d8bfdf0

(365)

on April 11, 2013
at 01:57 AM

Ok, coming from a Vegan background, did you have much muscle on you at the time?

3b580249b149dcf54a18069396d148e9

on April 10, 2013
at 08:53 PM

Canberra is where I'm at! :) I don't feel like I'm eating at a deficit pursue, I just feel like I'm eating until I'm satiated. I'm definitely eating a LOT less than I was when I was non-paleo though. I am coming from a long-term vegan background and I wonder if that could have anything to do with it?

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on April 10, 2013
at 12:26 PM

I'm no expert, but it doesn't seem like you're eating enough! I'd add in a big salad (3 cups lettuce, cucumber, olive oil/balsamic and avocado). I don't see any vegetables in your average day. I really think that when you are just starting out, it's important to become an expert on what foods are "paleo" and just focus on eating those to satiety. Once you get the hang of paleo, then look at tweaking things, experimenting with carbs, lowered calories, etc.

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on April 15, 2013
at 11:09 AM

Another Aussie here!

Have you tried I.F. where you don't eat for 16 hours then eat for 8, works for some, seems to kick start the fat loss.

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125dfe387c83d848c2fe92de6d8bfdf0

(365)

on April 10, 2013
at 12:37 PM

Ok, first off... Aussie, Aussie Aussie

(Had to do that one mate, sorry, and for reference, what city are you based in?).

If I could make a suggestion, have a look into John Kiefer and his book The Carb Nite Solution. He has a few great Pod & Tube casts lying around. His principles, while not STRICTLY Paleo, are almost akin to a lot of Paleo ideas.

I'm 23, 5'5" and am about 75kg, so we're pretty similar in a few things.

If you have been eating at a certain caloric intake, you may have found your level of maintenance, either that or you won't be far off, as the drop is only about 10% when you go on Keto.

While Keto is great for losing bodyfat, the downregulation of certain hormones, such as ghrelin & leptin are kind of essential. So, to give a quick idea, have a Carb Night.. start at around 4pm with a High GI food, Plums are a great fruit to have, as they have a high glucose content as opposed to fructose... either that or two spotted bananas.

At around 6:30/7pm, have something like White Sticky Rice (I know not paleo, but it's processed enough that there are no real anti nutrients either, and yet the carb spike will do nicely) or Jasmine Rice, alongside some lean protein, I noticed 'Roo up there, so you could make some interesting Indian Dishes with that.

And finally, have a nice carby and perhaps even with a bit of fat... CoYo Coconut Milk Ice Cream is the bomb.

Do you personally feel as if you're eating at a defecit?

End rant :-P

3b580249b149dcf54a18069396d148e9

on April 10, 2013
at 08:53 PM

Canberra is where I'm at! :) I don't feel like I'm eating at a deficit pursue, I just feel like I'm eating until I'm satiated. I'm definitely eating a LOT less than I was when I was non-paleo though. I am coming from a long-term vegan background and I wonder if that could have anything to do with it?

125dfe387c83d848c2fe92de6d8bfdf0

(365)

on April 11, 2013
at 11:57 AM

Ok, well the massive increase in protein within your diet is going to aid in muscle growth. Even though you haven't lost any scale weight, things may have changed. My suggestion is taking a picture of you in your current state, and look at a photo close to before you went Paleo. It shall give you an indication of what changes may have occured.

125dfe387c83d848c2fe92de6d8bfdf0

(365)

on April 11, 2013
at 01:57 AM

Ok, coming from a Vegan background, did you have much muscle on you at the time?

3b580249b149dcf54a18069396d148e9

on April 11, 2013
at 08:11 AM

No, I didn't. Predominately fat with below average muscle. Always bloated, couldn't even lift heavy objects for a few minutes without feeling weak. Was a vegan from the age of 15 until I was 21.

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on April 10, 2013
at 12:18 PM

A month is pretty little time for a full re-composition, although at least you should have seen some results by now.

Try counting your calories and making sure that you're at least not going way past maintainance level, I'd aim to get 300 to 500 kcal lower. It's easy to overdo on fats and even if some swear by ketogenic diets and although they do help, overstuffing on fat may not the best approach either.

I'd favour protein and reduce fat a little bit. Try 1.5 to 2 gr of protein for your bodyweight. Then aim for 20 to 80 gr of carbs and fill up the rest with fat.

Maybe this calculator can help you: http://keto-calculator.ankerl.com/

I'd also re-arrange food so that you do 2 to 3 meals a day, so your body must be forced to release stored body fat. If there's plenty of dietary fat with constant flow then there's no need to burn yours either...

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3b580249b149dcf54a18069396d148e9

on April 10, 2013
at 12:11 PM

I'll give you an "average day" so you know what I'm eating.

Today I had:

Breakfast: Coffee and coconut oil

Lunch (I always eat after 1 PM): 5 chicken wings cooked in butter and herbs

Dinner: Scrambled eggs (four pastured eggs; cheese and a piece of ham)

Dessert (first time eating dessert since being paleo): 10 strawberries and a big serving of cream

Only drink water and herbal tea during the day.

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on April 15, 2013
at 11:00 AM

There could be many reasons for weight loss. But the ultimate formula for weight loss is , calories burnt must be greater than intake calories.

Follow these basic tips strictly to lose weight in a healthy way. ???Stay away from fatty foods and simple sugars. ???Eat breakfast of complete carbohydrates and protein to set up your metabolism for the day. ???Between meals snacking is a good habit. Good snacks are fruits, vegetables, low fat muffins, protein energy bars and whole wheat bagels, etc. ???Finally to lose weight, less intake and exercise are the basic criteria.

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