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weight gain on paleo....does it last?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 17, 2012 at 11:54 PM

I've looked up past posts on this topic but need a specific answer: I have friends who gain weight on Paleo. It makes them bum out and think they are failing. Does weight loss eventually kick in after 2 weeks, 3 weeks? ever? Has anyone been in this situation? Thanks.

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on June 18, 2012
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i also manage my weight much better on moderate carbs and fat. i eat many more carbs than most here but when i am HFLC i am never satisfied and hate food in general.

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on June 18, 2012
at 03:16 AM

Tell them to eat less & count calories. Paleo isn't a physics-free zone. If you pig out, you'll gain.

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on June 18, 2012
at 01:42 AM

I think that, if they are gaining weight, they may be eating too much. By this I mean, eating when they are not hungry. and not stopping when they are full.

Some people start a new diet to lose weight thinking that it is awesome because they can eat all they want and the diet will magically help them lose weight, but eating Paleo is about your health. You cannot do it just to lose weight.

That said, most people who start Paleo just to lose weight have been dieting a long time and they are starving. Their bodies are also starving for nutrients.

The problem is not what you are eating, but realizing you also need to respect the food and not abuse it. I speak from personal experience. It takes some time for your body and mind to calm down and realize it is getting good food and that it is full.

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on June 18, 2012
at 01:59 AM

I ended up gaining weight on the typical high protein/high fat paleo plan. Right around 20lbs. A lot of it was unwanted weight gain (not muscle) I was on the high fat/high protein kick for about 2-3 months. I went back to calorie counting. That helped a little. I upped my carbs, dropped the fat, dropped the protein. My macronutrient levels are right around 60-65% carbs, 10-15% protein, 25-30% fat (or something to that nature). I'm currently down 10lbs after a month of eating this way. I've also noticed my workout recovery is a lot better and my sleeping has increased dramatically (3-4 hours per night up to 6-7 hours).

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on June 18, 2012
at 02:48 PM

i also manage my weight much better on moderate carbs and fat. i eat many more carbs than most here but when i am HFLC i am never satisfied and hate food in general.

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on June 18, 2012
at 01:15 AM

how do they know what kind of weight they are gaining... how long did they try it, how were they doing it... lots of things to consider... i don't really pay attention to "weight" its too obscure

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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

I have been working out and eating paleo for just over a month now. I gained 3 pounds (so I haven't lost any weight yet). Discouraging yes, but I also think that I am still eating too much. I would love to eat however much of whatever I want. But like what was said above, I eat for sport and don't stop until I'm grossly full. So I guess it takes time. I hope I'll lose the weight eventually. Regardless, I feel better and stronger, so that's good. Hope things work out!

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on August 17, 2012
at 06:10 AM

I moderate one of the more popular paleo forums, and there have been various people starting threads talking about a lack of weight loss.

The most common reasons have been:

  1. Reliance on fake paleo foods like paleo pancakes, and various other baked treats.

  2. Dairy.

  3. Lots of fruit, lean meats only.

Those three account for basically 90%+ of those experiencing weight gain or slow weight loss.

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on June 18, 2012
at 02:41 AM

I've gone very VLC with a ratio of 65% fat, 25% protein and 10% carbs. No grains, no starchy carbs of any kind, no fruit, no nuts. It's working for me (knock on wood). In time I plan to see what I can tolerate and still be ok, but I went really rough.

You didn't say what your friend is eating either.

And of course not all eating plans work for everyone!

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