My husband and I have been eating paleo for about 3 weeks now. He has lost 10 lbs and for me about 5. He is still consistently losing whereas my weight loss has come to a halt! I know women lose slower than men do but I have been trying for a year now to lose "that last 10 lbs.". In the past I tried calorie restriction and lots of running which only led to me being sore and hungry all the time! I love paleo because I'm never hungry. I know that in the beginning I probabaly lost more water weight than anything but now I'm not losing anything. I did start eating small amounts of fruit every other day or so. Just how strict do I need to be to get the weight loss started again? Oh and I'm currently running about 2 1/2 miles 2-3 days a week. My diet consists of eggs, bacon and a vegie for breakfast, salad with a protein for lunch, afternoon snack of either handful of pecans, almonds and cashews or raw carrots and dinner is a protein and vegies. I only drink water all day after my morning cup of coffee sweetened with a tsp. of honey. Also, I have a mixed drink one night a week. Could that be interfering with it?
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on April 16, 2013
at 04:12 AM
Throw away your scale and look only at your size. I lost a lot of fast, but also gained a loooot of muscle, so my weight didn't change much. However, my size got much smaller.
Fatty vs Muscly: http://adriancrowe.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/photo-3.jpg
Look at the weight!
I'll share my experience:
If you're serious about getting into a smaller size try getting rid of nuts and fruits, and honey or other sweteners. And cram all of your calories into two meals, no snacks. I like a huge breakfast and a smaller lunch. Though you shouldn't reduce your calories! Adding more fat when you cook is an easy way to increase calories without increasing the volume of food you you eat.
From looking around the internet it seems women need to be a lot more strict with nuts, fruit, and dairy compared to men, to lose weight.
I can eat dairy without gaining weight but it has to be non-pasteurized or cultured. Pasteurized milk makes me bloat really big. Plain coffee also makes me bloat like that. (Pythic acid?)
You should do a Whole30 and then reintroduce foods one by one to see what the problem is.
By the way, exercising did absolutely nothing for me. I went from zero exercise to doing it 2 hours every day plus 4 hours twice per week.
This exercise resulted in no weight loss and in no smaller size after four months, eating the same calories as before.
So much for calories in calories out.
on April 16, 2013
at 12:00 PM
I used to run almost the same as you, about 3-4 miles 3-4 times per week, and was not losing weight or "girth". I stopped running altogether (I never really liked it that much and it also left me sore all the time) and switched to strength-based exercises (kettlebells, calisthenics, etc) and later crossfit, and I immediately lost about 10-15 pounds and several inches off of my waist. The running was not helping to lose weight, and in a way was keeping me fat. Instead your workouts should be brief, intense, and primarily use your largest muscles (quads, glutes, core, upper body). This should burn the fat and help you to lose weight, and also get leaner and look better.
In your diet I would watch the nuts, they are very high in calories and it is easy to eat a few hundred calories of them without realizing. If you are hungry in the afternoons try eating more protein at either breakfast or lunch and try to skip the snack until dinner.
If you stat doing high-intensity strength workouts, your eating plan will begin to revolve around this. I found that working out fasted and fasting for an hour or so afterwards does wonders for fat and weight loss, though it can make the workouts tough.