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can't lose weight post pregnancy

Answered on October 24, 2014
Created August 03, 2013 at 6:14 PM

so, when I was pregnant I was pretty paleo except for the 1st trimester when I had food aversions and did eat grains, but after that I was pretty clean in my eating, didn't "treat" myself much, exercised when I could but I was pretty tired throughout and had a lot of fluid retention so it was hard. I still managed to gain 40 pounds despite my best efforts to eat well.

20 pounds lost post delivery (fluid), and then about 8 pounds lost after that very very slowy. So my boy is now 10 months, I'm about 12 pounds above my pre-pregnancy weight. And I'm heavy. 5' 4", 152 lbs. Pre preg I was 140 and fit and happy with how I looked. I do think I'm dense on the scale, I've always weighed more than I look but this weight is too heavy.

I am eating totally paleo, no grains, very very low starches, no booze, no sugar, no fruit, no dairy, basically meat and vegetables, eggs, nuts, and nothing ever in excess.

Doing HITT workouts 5x a week. It's been several months and I've literally not lost a pound. I know one shouldn't trust the scale but I also don't see much of a difference in the way I look or how my clothes fit. Obviously this is frustrating.

I don't think I have a thyroid issue as far as I know and I'm no longer breastfeeding so that isn't an issue either. I'm assuming it's something hormonal or age related (I'm 40) but it is SO irritating!

I know people say it takes a long time for weight to come off after pregnancy but this seems ridiculous with my diet and exercise. I'm really not up for doing a food diary or fitday, etc.
I keep track of what I eat in my mind and it's pretty simple, I don't mindlessly snack, etc. I don't snack at all, actually.

Just curious if anyone has experienced this or has anything to say about it?

Thanks

Da681d976130df15aac3984013aaad6d

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on August 10, 2013
at 06:36 PM

Well that's encouraging at least, thanks! Agree about the scale..just makes me depressed.

Da681d976130df15aac3984013aaad6d

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on August 10, 2013
at 06:36 PM

"HIITS" I mean...

Da681d976130df15aac3984013aaad6d

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on August 10, 2013
at 06:35 PM

Thanks... Yeah I think I need to get my thyroid checked out, though I do eat seaweed. HITTS-YES I'm pushing hard :), hence the frustration. I actually don't really understand "macros" I don't keep track of that. I'll check out the site, thanks!

Da681d976130df15aac3984013aaad6d

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on August 10, 2013
at 06:33 PM

Thanks for the response..no I'm not BF so that's not it, sadly :(

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on August 03, 2013
at 11:44 PM

Your body needs the extra fat stores if you are still nursing. When your baby is ready to wean the weight will be ready to go.

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on August 03, 2013
at 06:44 PM

There are many reasons you might not be losing weight, such as:

  • you???re under too much stress
  • you???re lapsing into Chronic Cardio
  • you???ve reached a healthy homeostasis
  • you're not getting enough sleep
  • you???re eating too little
  • you???re getting too much exercise
  • you're macronutrients and training are mismatched
  • you???re overthinking your food

Check out this article, this article and this article and see if you any of those things could be affecting your progress.

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on October 24, 2014
at 11:03 PM

I had the same problem losing weight after baby #2.  I have been primal throughout and after the pregnancy.  The last 10 lbs wouldn't budge.  I thought it was hormonal (i.e. from breastfeeding), or crappy sleep (most nights the baby wakes me up every two hours).  I was hungry all the time and eating tons of nuts to keep up with my appetite.  Then I decided it was time to drop the nuts (baby was 10 months old at that point).  I found that it immediately regulated my appetite and the weight started pouring off.  Two-and-a-half months later, I'm still breastfeeding, still getting crappy sleep, but now I'm 10 lbs lighter!  I wish I realized that eating nuts begets eating nuts (as an aside, same goes for chocolate) much sooner but I'm siked to be back in my skinny jeans again!

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on September 11, 2013
at 01:16 AM

How long are your HIIT sessions? Could they just really be extended 'cardio' workouts? Why don't you try some heavy lifting?

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on August 04, 2013
at 05:34 AM

I know how you feel actually...I gained a good 25kg, and it wouldn't budge for just over a year. Exaustion doesn't help weightloss at all. I dieted and exercised and nothing happened either which made me feel not only more tired, but like a fat, tired whale. Strangely, one day I woke up and from then on it just started to fall off. It was almost like my body had come out of hibernation and decided it was time to get rid of the winter coat. My advice is just keep trying, don't lose motivation and don't get on the scales.

Da681d976130df15aac3984013aaad6d

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on August 10, 2013
at 06:36 PM

Well that's encouraging at least, thanks! Agree about the scale..just makes me depressed.

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on August 04, 2013
at 12:03 AM

A few thoughts:

  • Hypothyroid (clinical or sub clinical) is one of the most undiagnosed conditions for women in the first year postpartum. I'd add in some supportive thyroid nutrients such as iodine rich foods (seaweeds ect.).

  • Add in some long walks each week to your HIIT. Are you really pushing hard with HIIT workouts?

-What are your macro's? A gentle switch may help kick start your return to pre-pregnancy weight.

  • check out www.cavegirlplusone.com for more pregnancy/nutrition postpartum advice.

Da681d976130df15aac3984013aaad6d

(720)

on August 10, 2013
at 06:35 PM

Thanks... Yeah I think I need to get my thyroid checked out, though I do eat seaweed. HITTS-YES I'm pushing hard :), hence the frustration. I actually don't really understand "macros" I don't keep track of that. I'll check out the site, thanks!

Da681d976130df15aac3984013aaad6d

(720)

on August 10, 2013
at 06:36 PM

"HIITS" I mean...

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on August 03, 2013
at 08:03 PM

Are you still breast feeding at all? I know my friend could not break a certain weight until she stopped breast feeding her daughter.

My wife is having the same issues with meat and eggs right now in her first tri.

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on August 03, 2013
at 11:44 PM

Your body needs the extra fat stores if you are still nursing. When your baby is ready to wean the weight will be ready to go.

Da681d976130df15aac3984013aaad6d

(720)

on August 10, 2013
at 06:33 PM

Thanks for the response..no I'm not BF so that's not it, sadly :(

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