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Been eating Paleo for a month no weight loss

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 28, 2012 at 12:48 AM

I have been eating pretty strict paleo 6 days a week with one cheat. I started and On ramp program with a strength and conditioning coach 3 times a week that incorporates OLY lifts as well as max 12 min metcon at the end.

My daily meals are something like breakfast - 3 eggs and two isinero chicken sausage with avacado Lunch- Chicken breast with vegetables and some nuts Dinner- Lean meat like chicken or beef and veggies and avacado - everything is cooked with coconut oil or olive oil.

I have seen no weight loss but seen some tightening in my body. I'm about at least 20lbs over weight.

What am I doing wrong???

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on February 01, 2012
at 01:06 AM

@Matt: check out this thread: http://paleohacks.com/questions/12479/is-it-natural-that-the-density-of-body-fat-fluctuates-wildly-while-on-paleo#axzz1l5VqaUpz

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on February 01, 2012
at 12:44 AM

Fat cells fill up with water? What?

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on February 01, 2012
at 12:43 AM

It's unlike he's so blessed as to be able to pull of simultaneous fat loss/muscle gain. It's much more likely he's simply over-estimating burn under-estimating intake.

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on February 01, 2012
at 12:40 AM

@staceychev, easy, he's maintaining. That indicates his energy intake and expenditures are equal.

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on January 29, 2012
at 04:59 AM

what is your cheat? that might give us all a clue.

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on January 28, 2012
at 02:05 PM

Are you also using a tape measure to monitor your physique?

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on January 28, 2012
at 02:01 PM

How can you tell if Jeremy is eating too much if you don't know how much he weighs, how tall he is, or what portions he's eating?

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on January 28, 2012
at 04:55 AM

I agree. When I eat well all 7 days, I lose weight. If I have one full cheat day, I maintain weight. If I have the whole weekend to cheat, I gain weight. Try cutting out the one cheat day.

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on January 28, 2012
at 02:17 AM

How much have you increased your 1RM on your squat, deadlift, pullup and bench? That will tell us the answer.

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on January 28, 2012
at 01:01 AM

great comments, Nance. Now that I think about it, lean vs. fatty meat is an important factor.

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3eca93d2e56dfcd768197dc5a50944f2

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on January 28, 2012
at 04:15 AM

I would not lose weight on Paleo unless I went Paleo-ketogenic, reduced calories, but maintained relatively high amounts of fat. Plain Paleo would make me lose only 1-2 lbs per month, with Paleo-keto I've lost 2 lbs in one week so far. I eat about 1300-1500 calories per day (I'm only 4'11" so I don't need more), 30gr of carbs per day. I cook with coconut oil, I eat offal and fermented foods, I track my vitamins/minerals and supplement if needed. So far, so good.

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on January 28, 2012
at 02:13 AM

Hi Jeremy,

My guess/suggestion is to increase your omega 3 fatty acid intake and reduce your omega 6 fatty acid intake.

I don't see any mention of seafood in your post. Try incorporating more wild caught seafood into your diet.

Your omega 6 to omega 3 ratio might be the reason you are not losing weight, but this is just a guess.

Here is more info:

http://ezinearticles.com/?Omega-3-for-Weight-Loss---A-Research-Proven-Concept&id=787147

Good luck.

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on January 28, 2012
at 12:57 AM

Hi, Jeremy! Many things could be going on ...

  • I am in weight loss mode; if I had one cheat day per week, I would call it maintenance. For me to gradually lose weight, my only cheat days are major holidays.
  • Your exercise may be adding muscle, which weighs more than fat. Has the fit of your clothes changed at all?
  • You didn't say how long you've been "paleo." EDIT: Duh! The title was a clue. Okay, a month. :-)) If you have emptied some fat cells, they may be temporarily refilled with water that will gradually be released later.
  • Some people, particularly in the first month or two, have a large enough appetite that they don't lose weight unless they deliberately cut back on portion sizes. It's a fine balance between hunger and too much food.
  • It's hard to say, but the words "lean meat" concern me a little as my best weight loss comes when I eat meals of fatty meat and cut back on most other foods.

I tend to eat moderate carbs but that slows the pace of my weight loss.

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on January 28, 2012
at 01:01 AM

great comments, Nance. Now that I think about it, lean vs. fatty meat is an important factor.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on February 01, 2012
at 12:44 AM

Fat cells fill up with water? What?

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on February 01, 2012
at 01:06 AM

@Matt: check out this thread: http://paleohacks.com/questions/12479/is-it-natural-that-the-density-of-body-fat-fluctuates-wildly-while-on-paleo#axzz1l5VqaUpz

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Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on January 28, 2012
at 12:55 AM

Hey Jeremy,

I can't say for sure, but the issue might be the one cheat day. If your cheat day includes really heavy stuff like pasta, then you'll be undoing whatever mending your body did for the previous six days. As I understand it, the body can inflame very quickly, but to undo that damage takes time. As in, for some, healing a leaky gut can take months, even longer. So for real effects to take place, you should try holding firm to paleo seven days a week, and maybe even try something like a Whole 30 (http://whole9life.com/2012/01/whole-30-v2012/). Your body will resoind in time, and you'll be able to fight of cravings more and more as you continue.

The only other possiblity, as far as I can guess, is that your rough ratios are off. If your carb intake is still fairly high, then you won't see a lot of progress, Try upping your fat and/or protein intake to see what makes you feel the best. If you do want some carbs, look to vegetables, as you can get a lot of good nutrients there that will help your body repair damage from your former way of eating.

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on January 28, 2012
at 04:55 AM

I agree. When I eat well all 7 days, I lose weight. If I have one full cheat day, I maintain weight. If I have the whole weekend to cheat, I gain weight. Try cutting out the one cheat day.

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on February 01, 2012
at 10:38 AM

Just want to echo the 'measure' sentiments. I'm a woman with a big frame (huge head, huge wrists) and I build muscle pretty easily. My weight can go up even as my physical size goes down. Also, once in a while I get a friend who's a nutritionist to do a skinfold test for me. You can get directions for doing this yourself online, too. The most interesting thing for me about doing this is noticing where I hold fat -- it burns off my thighs and chest quite quickly...but boy does it hang out around my gut!

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on February 01, 2012
at 12:54 AM

Well, you've gotten the gambit of paleo answers. I'll be the bearer of conventional news: calories in vs calories out matter. Your weight trend (more accurately, you fat mass tend) tells you what your energy balances is: positive, neutral or negative. If you're not losing weight or fat mass, you're energy neutral or positive. If you're losing, you're energy negative.

Paleo isn't magic, where calories no longer matter. The paleo "magic" is eating the right foods that enable high levels of nutrition and satiety, while keeping energy at maintenance or deficit levels.

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on January 28, 2012
at 05:17 AM

There is a ton of info on here about people doing Paleo and not losing weight - try using the search button or look up weight loss as a tag

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on January 28, 2012
at 05:12 AM

I don't know how much you weigh and this would be important but I have a theory that when starting a new diet which is somewhat restrictive compared to your old diet your body begins a natural self-preservation method which holds on to the fat and glycogen it already has accumulated and also the fat and glycogen it consumes. This is because the body, which in most cases is basically or almost dependent on a higher calorie or higher carb diet in this hypothetical situation, and so it almost requires this extra substance and tries to hold on to it.

We also have to understand that when we see a body hold on to fat or glycogen for a long time, it is a sign that our bodies are acting efficiently because if that person was living in a situation without much food then the body is acting well and appropriately. And the body understands that it has been damaged based on its old diet, so it needs more calories and nutrients to repair itself and it is trying to "do better this time."

I believe that your body will begin to cycle through fat and glycogen appropriately eventually and that it just is an adjustment period. This is all theory on my part though lol and a wild ass guess. But good luck to you.

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on January 28, 2012
at 02:20 AM

here is another option I recall reading on physiquetransformation.com that you lose visceral fat (inside the organ cavity fat) first and with some muscle gain due to better protein intake the first 30-45 can be an even wash, gain 5lbs of muscle and losing 5lbs of fat would look the same on the scale... ... my advice get off the scales and do as Sisson says... just relax and tweak it as you go... and the cheat day can't be helping... I just got back on my paleo and have shed 15 or so pounds in the last two weeks alone... (I'm seriously low in the carb count, hello Ketosis!)

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on February 01, 2012
at 12:43 AM

It's unlike he's so blessed as to be able to pull of simultaneous fat loss/muscle gain. It's much more likely he's simply over-estimating burn under-estimating intake.

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on January 31, 2012
at 10:40 PM

Sorry Everyone for the lack of response. FYI my weight is 216lbs and 5'10 right now. I have measured everything and need to redo it for this month on the 12th.

I know I am not eating to much as putting my caloric intake to fitday sees that I am under.

My workouts have been better though.

My cheat days were bad, beer junk food...i have scaled it back and not just gorged myself on crappy crappy food. I am hitting about 50 grams of protein in the morning and drinking about 120 oz of water a day and don't have a ton of carb consumption

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on January 28, 2012
at 05:22 AM

you are eating too much. i havent lost weight for two months and im eating exactly the right amount to stay at this weight. think of how accurate i must be for that to happen. i suspect that you too have this fine control over calorie consumption.

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on January 28, 2012
at 02:01 PM

How can you tell if Jeremy is eating too much if you don't know how much he weighs, how tall he is, or what portions he's eating?

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on February 01, 2012
at 12:40 AM

@staceychev, easy, he's maintaining. That indicates his energy intake and expenditures are equal.

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