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No losing inches on Paleo after 5 months

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 05, 2013 at 3:17 AM

Hi Everyone,

I am one frustrated girl!

Here's my Paleo story so far. I am a 36 yo breastfeeding female that needs to lose about 70 pounds. I have done numerous diets before, and am sick of diets. I want a lifestyle, hence the reason I chose Paleo. 5 months later, and my whole family is Paleo. It's awesome. What isn't so encouraging is for about 4 months I haven't lost anything. I don't weigh myself anymore. I only can tell if I'm losing weight by my inches. Nothing so far. What's crazy is when I first started out I was eating more carbs than I am now, and the pounds were dropping off. For a week I lost 1 pound/DAY (when I was still weighing myself) and I could see the difference in my body just after a couple weeks. After that I started to stall and have tried to cut out so many things to figure out what I need to do to keep losing the weight. Here's a typical day of food for me:

Breakfast: 3 eggs, 1/2 avocado, homemade salsa (sometimes 1 cup spinach OR 1/2 cup berries) Lunch: 4 oz of steak, chicken or turkey (sometimes 2 cups spinach or kale & a carrot), 1-2 tblsp of coconut oil or butter Dinner: 1 cup steamed mixed veggies, 4 oz of meat & 1/2 avocado

I haven't been sleeping as well lately. My energy level is all over the place. Another thing I notice is that if I eat only veggies, like for a snack I get really foggy headed, nauseous and irritable. That is just really weird to me.

I have cut out all nuts, tubers, most fruit except the occasional few berries.I am nursing and still producing sufficient milk. I'm doing light exercise. I do 40 min of Pilates 3-4 times a week. I have a knee injury (so frustrating) otherwise I would do other things. I'm trying so hard and have no idea what I'm doing wrong. I've researched macro nutrients, blah blah blah and get SO overwhelmed with different information and what my body might need. I'm ok not losing it fast, but just steady. To be on Paleo for a so long, and not lose anything is frustrating. Help!

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on July 08, 2013
at 01:42 PM

Believe there was a post on breast-feeding and LC that recently came up where several posters chimed in that going LC or VLC while breast feeding tended to "dry them up." If you're still breast-feeding, it may be you're going to need a higher level of carbs in your diet to support that. Might be connected to the weight loss, might not :\

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on July 05, 2013
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Add more veggies (soups and salads), reduce the amount of fat and limit protein (not sure how much you are consuming now, but 3-4 oz per meal sound reasonable). Also don't eat after 6:30 PM.

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on July 05, 2013
at 04:11 AM

Good question. I started to stall on my weight loss, so I started experimenting with different amounts of carbs. I wasn't recording all my food at the time, so it's possible I started eating too many carbs before I realized I had stalled in my weight loss.

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on July 05, 2013
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Perfect health diet for a higher carb ancestral diet, he also covers possible nutritional supplementation. You could also switch to an exercise regimen that uses resistance training instead for a month and see if a difference is there. Being a nursing mother throws lots of uncertainty for me, just don't know where to go as its outside my experience, but maybe by maxing out micronutrients with organ meats, broth, and PHD supplement strategy it would be meaningful.

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Any reason you're persisting with the low carb version of paleo when you seem to have had better results with the version of paleo that includes carbs?

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on July 05, 2013
at 05:40 AM

I think it's wonderful that you're still hanging in, even when the weight--much less the inches--aren't budging. I've been in a stall, too, so I know how frustrating it can be.

You're probably pretty conscious with the hydration, I imagine (if not, that's something to take care of, as being so low on carbs will strip the water right out of you). As well, you may want to look at your sodium level, too. And..are you taking any medication that might be slowing you down?

Also, the question from Stephen is especially pertinent--your carbs are very low (apart from the lonely carrot), and you're not losing weight as you were when they were higher, so going back up might be beneficial.

If you are now tracking your macronutrients, you may want to boost your carbs up to say, 40 or 50gs a day for 10 days, and see if that has any effect (it did for me--and really helped my energy level, as well). And you may want to consider adding sweet potatoes, as they aren't from the nightshade family and many people (like me) tolerate them very well and still stay in ketosis (I'm not talking about chomping on a whole tater--I eat a couple of ounces on days when I don't lift, and maybe 8 when I do).

Also, do keep coming back here. People are very friendly and helpful, and you might find the answer you're looking for.

My best to you.

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at 01:42 PM

Believe there was a post on breast-feeding and LC that recently came up where several posters chimed in that going LC or VLC while breast feeding tended to "dry them up." If you're still breast-feeding, it may be you're going to need a higher level of carbs in your diet to support that. Might be connected to the weight loss, might not :\

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