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Cannot lose weight - need help

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 25, 2012 at 3:59 PM

I have been eating paleo for 3 months. During the first month I lost 8 pounds and was really happy with the eating plan. Since that time, I have not been able to lose a single pound. In fact, I have gained 3 pounds. I have tried everything I can think of and am now looking for suggestions/advice.

A typical day eating wise looks like this:

Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs with 3 pieces of bacon Lunch: spinach salad with hard boiled eggs, avocado, grilled chicken and olive oil & balsamic viengar (sometimes I add fresh mozzarella) Dinner: a piece of grilled meat (either flank steak, london broil or chicken) plus grilled mushrooms

Snack: cashews (I have recently cut out cashews as I have read on this site that they can inhibit weight loss)

As for exercise, I follow a 4 day on, 1 day off philosophy.

Day 1: Run 30 minutes plus arm workout Day 2: Bike 45 minutes plus leg workout Day 3: Interval jog/sprint 25 minutes plus 45 minutes walking Day 4: Bike 45 minutes Day 5: OFF

REPEAT

I am desperate for help! I should add that I get about 7.5 hours of sleep every night. I have also never experienced the full feeling that people talk about. I am always hungry. I am convinced something is wrong with me! I know you all must get sick of these types of questions but I really have no where else to turn for advice. If I am doing something wrong, I would like to fix it. Oh also, I need to lose at least 15 pounds to be within a healthy BMI, although I would like to lose 25 in order to fit into my clothes again. So it's not like I don't have much to lose.

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on January 08, 2013
at 09:27 AM

What is your BMI? Perhaps you don't need to lose weight.

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on June 27, 2012
at 04:47 AM

"and am hungry" ----- tha~~at's exactly it: if you're hungry, the worst thing, providing you want to lose weight (=fat), you can do is to actually eat: you already carry a LOT of 'food' in the form of fat - use it

5e5ff249c9161b8cd96d7eff6043bc3a

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on June 26, 2012
at 05:29 PM

Mark Sisson has done some great posts on the subject, e.g. http://www.marksdailyapple.com/case-against-cardio/#axzz1yvBzZJPT

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on June 26, 2012
at 05:14 PM

Funny because I didn't really like running that much either though I was doing ok. About 4 miles was really as far as I felt like running and I was often sore and worried about injury -- I just don't have a runner's body. Crossfit is pretty intense, but I started doing many of the exercises at home, just by reading about it or watching YouTube videos. I bought a kettlebell at an area sports place, and you don't need any equipment for push-ups, squats, etc. The key to make the workouts brief and very intense and to push yourself, use a timer if you need to. Good luck!

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on June 26, 2012
at 01:06 PM

this is great! thank you.

Badd6d0f8b95fcea82357556d7204c76

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on June 26, 2012
at 01:03 PM

I would love to give up running...I dont really like it that much! Do you do Cross Fit or just workout on your own? I am a little intimidated by Cross Fit.

Badd6d0f8b95fcea82357556d7204c76

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on June 26, 2012
at 01:01 PM

Thank you! My water intake is definitely not where it should be.

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on June 26, 2012
at 12:59 PM

I will try this approach. This is actually one of the hardest things for me to reconcile. I spent so many years thinking cardio is best for your heart. Most of the time, when I go for a long walk, I dont feel like I exercised at all and then I end up going to a run or bike.

Badd6d0f8b95fcea82357556d7204c76

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on June 26, 2012
at 12:57 PM

I am a 34 year old, very active female. I am overweight by 10-15 pounds. I do have a lot of muscle on my body, unfortunately it is covered by a layer of fat! I am definitely not looking to get ripped. I just want to lose the layer of fat. I understand this is not a fad diet and that is exactly why I started paleo. I can't stand fad diets. I just got concerned that I was doing something wrong because I started gaining weight. I also noticed that I am not experiencing all of these fantastic side effects of paleo (more energy, better sleep, etc.) I will keep making adjustments!

Badd6d0f8b95fcea82357556d7204c76

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on June 26, 2012
at 12:50 PM

I will try adding more protein and carbs. Thanks! I will keep at it.

Badd6d0f8b95fcea82357556d7204c76

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on June 26, 2012
at 12:49 PM

Thanks for the comment but I dont think I was lamenting about not be able to lose weight. I was asking for advice to see if I am doing something wrong. As you can see from my post, I stated that I cut out snacks. I eat breakfast because I workout in the morning and am hungry. I dont think it is wishful thinking to eat properly and exercise regularly and expect to lose weight. Maybe that's just me!

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on June 26, 2012
at 12:43 PM

It might not be a bad idea to run a day's worth of food through fitday or some similar site. See what your caloric intake and macronutrient ratios are. I know that's not popular in the Paleo community, but calories do count at some point (you may be under-eating), and you do need enough carbohydrate to fuel your activity.

Af939911afa817f79a4625d4f503c735

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on June 26, 2012
at 12:39 PM

+1 on adding carbs pre- and post-workout.

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on June 25, 2012
at 09:14 PM

I'm one of those people who is seeing huge--I mean, HUGE--health benefits on paleo, yet my weight loss has been very, very slow. Right now, it's stalled out, and if I were still doing this only for weight loss I'd be angry and frustrated as hell. But I can't get too fussed over it anymore because I feel so much better. And, as a big plus, I looked in the mirror yesterday and realized all my forehead wrinkles are now gone, as is the discoloration that's been under my eyes for the last decade. Amazing. So I'm a happy paleo still-fatgirl right now.

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on June 25, 2012
at 04:09 PM

Too much cardio and too much low-fat food? Lift heavy instead of all that cardio and eat some fatty food and less food overall.

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on June 25, 2012
at 04:10 PM

What you are eating looks pretty good to me. Mostly good, but ditto needing more fats. Dropping the cashews was a good move. You might consider dropping the cheese also. If you aren't already, start a log to keep track of any hidden things that might be creeping in around the edges. And to check your calories. Odd as it sounds, you may not be eating enough calories.

Eating an even larger high protein breakfast is likely to help with the hunger. Try going to 3 eggs and a hunk of higher protein meat (leftover steak, burger). See if that helps.

And (just looked at your exercise!) add some carbs before/after your exercise + protein after. Sweet potatoes and egg whites* are often recommended by the athletes around here.

I don't know how long you've been eating paleo, but it is often a bit slower for women to start losing weight. In the mean time, important hormonal changes are taking place. Allow the time.

Since you are excersizing a lot, you could be building muscle which is denser than fat tissue. If your clothes are looser despite the lack of weight loss, be happy! You are gaining muscle.

  • keep the yolks for another meal. Never toss the wonderful yolks.

Badd6d0f8b95fcea82357556d7204c76

(10)

on June 26, 2012
at 12:50 PM

I will try adding more protein and carbs. Thanks! I will keep at it.

Af939911afa817f79a4625d4f503c735

(552)

on June 26, 2012
at 12:39 PM

+1 on adding carbs pre- and post-workout.

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on June 25, 2012
at 04:29 PM

Let's get some more stats on you too. How old are you? Male or female? Are you overweight (by how much?) Obese? Bigger boned? What are your goals?

Depending on some of these variables, it may take longer/sooner than others. Secondly, weight loss is often a side affect and not THE net of going Paleo. I've heard many people experiencing all the other health benefits FIRST, then slowly the wieght comes off (could take up to two years. It's NOT a "get skinny quick" fad diet. A lifestyle!

Getting your gut in order and corrected can take time. THEN you may start experiencing the "qucker" weight loss. If you're looking to get ripped and on the cover of GQ or Shape Magazine, it's gonna be more difficult, but after you get things in order you can attempt to shoot for this.

5e63e3fa78e998736106a4a5b9aef58c

on June 25, 2012
at 09:14 PM

I'm one of those people who is seeing huge--I mean, HUGE--health benefits on paleo, yet my weight loss has been very, very slow. Right now, it's stalled out, and if I were still doing this only for weight loss I'd be angry and frustrated as hell. But I can't get too fussed over it anymore because I feel so much better. And, as a big plus, I looked in the mirror yesterday and realized all my forehead wrinkles are now gone, as is the discoloration that's been under my eyes for the last decade. Amazing. So I'm a happy paleo still-fatgirl right now.

Badd6d0f8b95fcea82357556d7204c76

(10)

on June 26, 2012
at 12:57 PM

I am a 34 year old, very active female. I am overweight by 10-15 pounds. I do have a lot of muscle on my body, unfortunately it is covered by a layer of fat! I am definitely not looking to get ripped. I just want to lose the layer of fat. I understand this is not a fad diet and that is exactly why I started paleo. I can't stand fad diets. I just got concerned that I was doing something wrong because I started gaining weight. I also noticed that I am not experiencing all of these fantastic side effects of paleo (more energy, better sleep, etc.) I will keep making adjustments!

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on June 25, 2012
at 04:08 PM

Quit the cardio. Walking would be better use of that time you're running and biking, although you could keep the sprints in there.

Badd6d0f8b95fcea82357556d7204c76

(10)

on June 26, 2012
at 12:59 PM

I will try this approach. This is actually one of the hardest things for me to reconcile. I spent so many years thinking cardio is best for your heart. Most of the time, when I go for a long walk, I dont feel like I exercised at all and then I end up going to a run or bike.

5e5ff249c9161b8cd96d7eff6043bc3a

(4713)

on June 26, 2012
at 05:29 PM

Mark Sisson has done some great posts on the subject, e.g. http://www.marksdailyapple.com/case-against-cardio/#axzz1yvBzZJPT

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9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

on June 26, 2012
at 02:18 AM

My experience was somewhat similar. When i first went paleo, i lost about 8 pounds, and my primary form of exercise was running about 12-14 miles per week (3-4 miles 3-4 times per week). My weight plateaued and i was not really feeling much better / stronger.

Without changing my diet at all, i switched from running to strength exercises such as kettlebells, burpees, calisthenics, etc. I focsed my workouts on brief, intense, "to exhaustion" exercises, 3-4 times per week but lasting only about 20-30 minutes each session.

I broke through my plateau and very quickly lost about 10 pounds and 3 belt sizes, eventually losing about 5 more pounds. I felt fantastic, had better muscle tone, and many people said I looked a lot better.

Clearly, running was not working for me. I feel that certain body types just need the brief, high intensity workouts. If you are up for it you could also try crossfit, which i recently started, which is pretty tough but the results have been quick and satisfying for me.

Badd6d0f8b95fcea82357556d7204c76

(10)

on June 26, 2012
at 01:03 PM

I would love to give up running...I dont really like it that much! Do you do Cross Fit or just workout on your own? I am a little intimidated by Cross Fit.

9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

(15833)

on June 26, 2012
at 05:14 PM

Funny because I didn't really like running that much either though I was doing ok. About 4 miles was really as far as I felt like running and I was often sore and worried about injury -- I just don't have a runner's body. Crossfit is pretty intense, but I started doing many of the exercises at home, just by reading about it or watching YouTube videos. I bought a kettlebell at an area sports place, and you don't need any equipment for push-ups, squats, etc. The key to make the workouts brief and very intense and to push yourself, use a timer if you need to. Good luck!

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on June 25, 2012
at 05:02 PM

How's your water intake? 1/2-1oz per oz of body weight per day. I know that when I don't take in adequate water I don't lose at all. More veggies and no fruit. If you do cardio I would always do intervals. Strength training at least 3 days a week. I struggle to lose as well. I have been paleo for almost 2 years. The best effect for me is feeling better because my body is getting what it needs. Good luck, your not alone!

Badd6d0f8b95fcea82357556d7204c76

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on June 26, 2012
at 01:01 PM

Thank you! My water intake is definitely not where it should be.

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on January 08, 2013
at 02:55 PM

Body composition improvement is what you are after.

Here is the first of a series of free workouts on you-tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69ol43VYgr8

This girl has the best total body workouts I have ever seen. She has about 45 of them on you-tube for free. They do more than improve body composition - they improve all aspects of fitness, including balance, coordination, and elasticity. Not just endurance, strength, and flexibility. She works all of the various movements a body can make. Her background is that of Russian gymnast, but she brings those training principles down to earth, and combines them with others, in these free videos - I don't believe they will be free for long.

Her warm-up: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlvcHGr4W6I

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on January 08, 2013
at 05:12 AM

Ahhh... I may know what your problem is. It could be you are unable to lose weight because you need to clean out a few specific toxins in your body. These toxins can get stuck in your liver and make it virtually impossible for your body to effectively respond do a diet (let alone handle cheat days!)

There are several methods to detox your body. This video should explain it further. Detox Your Body!

I have personally had good results from using a selection of spices with lemon juice. But that is a homemade recipe! The video should be much more help.

Good luck!

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on June 26, 2012
at 05:55 AM

lamenting about not being able to lose weight, while at the same time eating "breakfast" and "snacks" - seems like a huge self-contradiction or a wishful thinking

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on June 27, 2012
at 04:47 AM

"and am hungry" ----- tha~~at's exactly it: if you're hungry, the worst thing, providing you want to lose weight (=fat), you can do is to actually eat: you already carry a LOT of 'food' in the form of fat - use it

Badd6d0f8b95fcea82357556d7204c76

(10)

on June 26, 2012
at 12:49 PM

Thanks for the comment but I dont think I was lamenting about not be able to lose weight. I was asking for advice to see if I am doing something wrong. As you can see from my post, I stated that I cut out snacks. I eat breakfast because I workout in the morning and am hungry. I dont think it is wishful thinking to eat properly and exercise regularly and expect to lose weight. Maybe that's just me!

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on June 25, 2012
at 06:04 PM

How do your clothes fit though? More fats? Less cardio, more weights?

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on January 08, 2013
at 06:10 AM

The law of Thermodynamics still applies. Calories in > Calories Out

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on June 25, 2012
at 04:24 PM

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on June 26, 2012
at 01:06 PM

this is great! thank you.

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