I am a 60 yr old woman, Paleo for 9 months. Lost 35 lbs in first 4 months (starting at 197) but I have been stuck at 162 + or - 2 lbs ever since. I have started using MCT oil, and I follow a pretty strict eating plan. No starch, no sugar (except naturally found as in fruit), cleanest raised protein and eggs I can find or afford. Very little dairy, pastured butter and some yogurt because I use the whey to ferment some foods.
I have a physically demanding job, as I work in the flooring dept of a DIY store. Lift, pull, tug, push, anywhere from 50 to 75 lbs . Lots of walking and stair climbing.
Triglycerides 72, Cholesterol total 273, HDL 85 and ratio of 3.2.
What else can I do to better my numbers...although I don't put much value on the "numbers" but I would like to take off 20 more lbs. I feel so stagnant and not energized. I supplement with: Raw multi vitamin, krill oil, MCT, curcumin for arthritic problems, kelp for iodine, Vitamin D, as there is no sunshine in Ohio in the winter.
Occasionally I use the mini trampoline and bounce for 10 minutes but no other "exercise".
Why am I stuck? Is there any truth to the "carbing up" for one day a month to trigger a reset?
asked byJulie_Davis (5)
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on February 25, 2012
at 02:41 PM
Judging by the ratios rather than the totals your numbers should make you happy :). Your triglyceride/HDL ratio is under 2 which puts you in the "ideal" camp. This seems to be the most relevant ratio in terms of risk.
I would not sweat it, but something you can consider adding in is resistance exercise. It is excellent not only for these ratios, but for bone density which is quite important as we age and is a part of your lean body mass. Your day to day looks like it involves a decent amount of movement, but structuring a program can still have benefit. No, I would not worry about carb cycling at all.
In addition weight loss and/or health gain is not a linear process. You will see plateaus in weight, but remember even in these stages your body is likely making repairs at a metabolic level to a variety of previously injured processes. Keep up the good work!
on March 02, 2012
at 01:00 AM
I'm not sure I see the problem. I would focus on the trig number alone and it's great. I don't think those numbers contain the answer.
on February 25, 2012
at 04:10 PM
All that activity and feeling stagnant. I'd suggest replacing part of the fat with carbs isocalorimetrically and see what you feel like. If you don't like the results go back to Plan A. Your TG's and weight might go up - I think that a few carbs added to a high fat diet supply the missing glycerine needed to make fat deposit - so watch the scale and the tape measure if you try it.