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Created June 08, 2011 at 8:10 PM

Help! Just home from a month away. Long story, but basically just lived out of a hotel during an incredibly stressful family emergency and am home today. Checked my stats and I'm up nearly 8 pounds and an inch around my midline. Tried to stay paleo while away but had a ton of stress, crappy sleep, little exercise, and limited food choice so ended up eating (and drinking) way more carb than I have in months.

Now that I'm home and have total control, I'm considering some kind of grass-fed beef mono-diet. What would you do? Has this happened to you and how long has it taken you to get back to "normal"? I've leaned out over the past 6 months from 185 to 160 - now back up close to 170.

Any advice on some kind of shock and awe strategy appreciated.

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on June 16, 2011
at 12:20 PM

Thanks for checking in. I feel like things are getting back to normal, although some of the stress is still with me. It's such a huge relief to be in control of my food intake, though. It's impossible to live well on "free" hotel breakfasts and hospital cafeteria food. Also very happy to be back in regular contact with paleohacks and have the support of good people like you - thanks!

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on June 16, 2011
at 02:00 AM

Hey Riveted, How is it going? Did you see a water weight loss now that you are back home?

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on June 09, 2011
at 02:16 PM

Dandelion tea works good too for water retention. I had got that as an answer on this thread http://paleohacks.com/questions/23921/non-supplement-solutions-for-edema-water-retentition#axzz1Omw2yy94 and it's worked well.

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on June 09, 2011
at 02:14 PM

I know, been there, done that. I've just gotten better at forgiving myself. You know what to do, you will do it. It's hard when you've been unfit before, I know I sometimes worry that I will just wake up obese again. LOL. Not exactly, but you know what I mean. It is a slippery slope down and can get out of hand quickly, but you've got it under control. I hope the family emergency is all sorted out.

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on June 09, 2011
at 02:03 PM

I think the fasted workouts are much needed. I made a lot of gains over the past few months fasting between dinner and a noon-hour workout. Never thought of drinking water to reduce the water in my body - I'll give it a try. Thanks.

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on June 09, 2011
at 02:00 PM

The RELAX bit was the advice I needed most. Now that my diet is pretty strict, I get all worked up when things go sideways. Thanks.

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on June 09, 2011
at 04:13 AM

8lbs and 1" can be water. You probably have glycogen in your body. Enjoy it and go do some exercise. The classic "I dropped 9lbs on paleo/low-cab" is just that... water. That's why everyone gains so quickly when they "ate good but tossed in too many carbs."

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on June 08, 2011
at 09:14 PM

This happened to me when I went on a cruise a few weeks ago. I didn't eat badly at all-no grains, but more carbs than I was used to. I gained 4 pounds. When I came home I returned to my regular VLC Paleo and dropped all of it plus some within a few days. Now I weigh less than before the cruise. If you want drastic, go for it, but I doubt that it is necessary. Good luck!

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on June 08, 2011
at 08:15 PM

First of all, RELAX, you've done it before, you will do it again.

I bet up to 5lbs of that could be water related because if you were eating carbs (especially grain based carbs) then your body is reacting to them.

Just go back to your normal Paleo eating, with maybe a few tweaks. You could IF if you are comfortable with that. Throw in an extra HIIT or sprinting workout. Drop the calories if you do that. I know we've talked ratios before, I would stick with what was working for you before as far as that goes.

After Xmas, I was up 10lbs. I lost it in two weeks because a lot of it was water and then my body was just happy when I went back to my normal eating / workout schedule.

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on June 09, 2011
at 02:00 PM

The RELAX bit was the advice I needed most. Now that my diet is pretty strict, I get all worked up when things go sideways. Thanks.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on June 09, 2011
at 02:14 PM

I know, been there, done that. I've just gotten better at forgiving myself. You know what to do, you will do it. It's hard when you've been unfit before, I know I sometimes worry that I will just wake up obese again. LOL. Not exactly, but you know what I mean. It is a slippery slope down and can get out of hand quickly, but you've got it under control. I hope the family emergency is all sorted out.

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on June 08, 2011
at 09:11 PM

Salt and carbs are great at retaining water. Most of the problem comes from water retention from sodium and excess carb intake so it's not necessary to go to extremes and do zero carb. Going back to paleo (sans excess starches, fruits and nuts) is enough of a "shock and awe" for your body.

I find the most helpful things for me to do is:

  • Resume my paleo diet while being mindful of keeping carbs low (50g or less for me) and salt low.
  • Stay away from nuts (they're the paleo potato chips! Betcha can't just have one).
  • Once in awhile do a fast between dinner and lunch.
  • I like to start my mornings with a big frittata. Eggs are really satiating for me and hold me until dinner. Here is a link of good egg recipes: http://paleohacks.com/questions/41624/ways-to-mix-up-eggs-recipe-ideas#axzz1OcsXQ483
  • Work out fasted focusing on weights and sprints. Workouts are short and intense and 2x a week.
  • If I feel too hungry to workout fasted, I'll eat a couple of bites of Greek yogurt or a tablespoon of almond butter before hand.
  • Get my yoga on! Yoga always puts me in a good mood, gives me a good sweat without it being too intensive. It also allows me time to focus on making the right choices for my health.
  • On a couple of my nonworkout days, I'll try to restrict my calories by 20%.
  • Drink lots of water. It helps get rid of the water retention!

I'm not sure which one of these methods is the main reason why I'm losing weight or if it's a combination of all of the above, but there's been a number of times I've been led astray and I was always lucky enough to bounce back to my old weight in one or two weeks time following this regimen.

Update us on what you did to drop back to your old weight and watch out for the low carb flu. I hate that part!!

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on June 09, 2011
at 02:16 PM

Dandelion tea works good too for water retention. I had got that as an answer on this thread http://paleohacks.com/questions/23921/non-supplement-solutions-for-edema-water-retentition#axzz1Omw2yy94 and it's worked well.

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on June 09, 2011
at 02:03 PM

I think the fasted workouts are much needed. I made a lot of gains over the past few months fasting between dinner and a noon-hour workout. Never thought of drinking water to reduce the water in my body - I'll give it a try. Thanks.

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on June 08, 2011
at 09:30 PM

Don't stress over it, get lots of sleep and just get back to your healthy eating ways and all will be good. Stress is the worst factor and the body will react accordingly.

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on June 08, 2011
at 08:28 PM

I would just try to make a quick return to normal. You have been faced with a complete upheaval in your habits and just by returning to your customary routine you should be able to shed that quickly.

Get plenty of sleep, eat well, and do what you do normally and I'm sure within a few weeks you'll be back to the point you left off. Besides, I'm sure you body is going to love the return!

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on June 09, 2011
at 06:57 AM

The aproach outlined here (Look under Fat Loss):

http://robbwolf.com/faq/

It may seem a bit strange (for example lean meats). however I did this same kind of thing (3 days straight in any given week) and it melts pounds like crazy...

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