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no weight loss after a month of paleo

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 11, 2012 at 9:04 AM

I mainly started paleo to be healthier,but obviously I want to loose weight..I am 34 and I am currently 6'1" 344pnds.. I assume that is obese by most standards..although I am very active and run every other day for roughly an hour..I have more of the football player body..I chose this diet because my DR suggested it after a colon scan..I have I.B.S.. At any rate I have been vwey true to the Paleo way. With the exception of the occasional alice of cheese..on a daily basis..I have 2 eggs in the morning for breakfast. A few hours later I have maybe a cup or two or grapes or a banna.for lunch I typically have a salad or a chicken breast .mid day I useually will have another banna or grapes again..for dinner its usally a small portion of some meat a small salad with steam vegatables.I drink roughly 6-7 glasses of water a day..obviously I am not a fitness or diet expert..but what can I do or what do I need to do to help loose..my pants fit a lot better and I feel great..I am simply wanting to digest my food easier (I.B.S). And get the wwight off befoee it does become an issue with my joints.. Any help is much appreciated..Tony.P

839ea5c4d8efabac1d73f90123052d14

on October 19, 2012
at 06:51 PM

So I have been doing more cardio..cut all of my fruit out 90% of my cheese..and as of today I am at 336. Totally sticking with this....

C8976e6d769b80eb516858cbe254edad

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on October 11, 2012
at 10:53 PM

This is horrible advice. Look at all the people successfully loosing weight on Paleo lifestyle. I suggest you look up Robb Wolfs autoimmune protocol.

C8976e6d769b80eb516858cbe254edad

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on October 11, 2012
at 10:47 PM

Yeah I am a girl who is 115 pounds lighter and I am eating more than you. Also less fruit or if you must berries and melons. I don't eat fruit except if I am having a sugar craving which has been rare. If I am hungry I eat meats or veggies or hard boiled eggs.

Ed6dc87a0d201bfc23e36b2cd2e37704

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on October 11, 2012
at 07:33 PM

I was just ball parking based on BMI, of course everyone is different.

839ea5c4d8efabac1d73f90123052d14

on October 11, 2012
at 06:56 PM

Even while in the army for four years with visable abs my lowest weight ever was 260.. That was in top military form..188..?? I could never aee my aelf that small..i am not sure it would ve healthy for me....

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on October 11, 2012
at 06:11 PM

DO NOT, DO NOT, DO NOT...do this. I've lost 130lbs eating moderately and 20 trying a PSMF. Eating Paleo and losing weight at about .7-1 lb per week I actually gained muscle and strength. I did a PSMF for 1 MONTH at lost 20lbs...and 10 of that was muscle. Crash dieting will screw you up big time.

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on October 11, 2012
at 05:26 PM

+1 looking at your food intake it seems very low for someone of your size/activity level. I know it seems counter intuitive, but I bet if you add more fat calories you'll start to lose weight and have more energy.

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on October 11, 2012
at 04:57 PM

Me too Bobbie. Even as a <25g a day man, I can spend some of my carb allowance on berries, and still have enough for as much spinach and brocolli as I can stomach.

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on October 11, 2012
at 04:46 PM

I eat strawberries & blueberries every single day and continue to lose consistently. I know fruit may not work for some, but when others say remove the fruit, make sure you try it yourself and see what works for you. Oh, an make sure you figure out what a real serving size of fruit is. I was shocked that previously I thought 3 servings was really one.

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on October 11, 2012
at 03:17 PM

I think barefeet is right. Lose the fruit. Don't be scared of fat. A guy your size should be eating at least 3 eggs & mushrooms cooked in butter for breakfast, no grapes or bananas, then a steak, pork chop or whatever for lunch with veg & salmon with veg for dinner. You can't possibly be consuming enough fat based on your original post.

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on October 11, 2012
at 12:20 PM

Start with reducing the fruit. The cheese is fine if it's tolerated.

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

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on October 11, 2012
at 11:44 AM

stawberries and raspberries with lots of cream. Low-GI, relatively low-carb.

27e79ef3308bb5f2d7bd04ee7eea7b79

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on October 11, 2012
at 11:42 AM

The fruit is hurting you. It's making you hungrier because you're feeding your body with sugar. Eat fat/protein when you're hungry.

839ea5c4d8efabac1d73f90123052d14

on October 11, 2012
at 11:15 AM

I am constanly hungry through out the day..I try to feed my hunger with fruit or water..but to non avail..

839ea5c4d8efabac1d73f90123052d14

on October 11, 2012
at 11:13 AM

Sir. Thank you for your comment. After I google a few of these terms maybe I can understand. Your answer..I bow to your knowledge and vocabulary.I am a simpleton Hot Rod Builder..lol

839ea5c4d8efabac1d73f90123052d14

on October 11, 2012
at 11:10 AM

I am defanitly going to stick with it...what berries do you recommend..to be frank I have been a meat and potatoes guy..This whole fruit and vegetable thing..is alien to me.

839ea5c4d8efabac1d73f90123052d14

on October 11, 2012
at 11:06 AM

Yes my I.B.S while still present is much more relaxed.No extreme stomach cramps nor the irregular bowl movements..

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at 09:46 AM

Is it working for your IBS? Some fermentables like kefir, and especially bone broth in stews, soups etc may help there. (Miraculous stuff for gut healing)

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1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

on October 11, 2012
at 09:49 AM

Track your food on http://cronometer.com/ or https://www.fitday.com

You may be surprised by how much or by how little you are consuming. Also check if you are hitting RDA's for vitamins and minerals. Your hunger and metabolic function will probably regulate better if you are well nourished. Also, I am expecting to have sweet potatoes and fruit thrown at my head for this one, but maybe you should consider going a bit more ketogenic/low carb.

Fe535c4994ac6176f76e1ff6d29eb08a

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on October 11, 2012
at 05:26 PM

+1 looking at your food intake it seems very low for someone of your size/activity level. I know it seems counter intuitive, but I bet if you add more fat calories you'll start to lose weight and have more energy.

839ea5c4d8efabac1d73f90123052d14

on October 11, 2012
at 11:13 AM

Sir. Thank you for your comment. After I google a few of these terms maybe I can understand. Your answer..I bow to your knowledge and vocabulary.I am a simpleton Hot Rod Builder..lol

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B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

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on October 11, 2012
at 09:18 AM

Ignore the scales, if you feel great keep doing it.

You've said that your clothes are much looser - that's a much better indicator of actual fat loss than the weighing scales, which are confounded by water retention and muscle mass (especially when you are comparing over a window of only 30 days).

I've being doing this for 18 months, and I'm down from 310lbs to 240lbs. It works dude, stick with it...

If you want to accelerate your weight loss, I'd look at replacing bannas and grapes with berries.

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

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on October 11, 2012
at 11:44 AM

stawberries and raspberries with lots of cream. Low-GI, relatively low-carb.

839ea5c4d8efabac1d73f90123052d14

on October 11, 2012
at 11:10 AM

I am defanitly going to stick with it...what berries do you recommend..to be frank I have been a meat and potatoes guy..This whole fruit and vegetable thing..is alien to me.

44349dd8bf3bc226731d2f6bd42e8124

(318)

on October 11, 2012
at 04:46 PM

I eat strawberries & blueberries every single day and continue to lose consistently. I know fruit may not work for some, but when others say remove the fruit, make sure you try it yourself and see what works for you. Oh, an make sure you figure out what a real serving size of fruit is. I was shocked that previously I thought 3 servings was really one.

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

(11488)

on October 11, 2012
at 04:57 PM

Me too Bobbie. Even as a <25g a day man, I can spend some of my carb allowance on berries, and still have enough for as much spinach and brocolli as I can stomach.

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45ace03a0eff1219943d746cfb1c4197

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on October 11, 2012
at 11:57 AM

Consider less fruit, forgoing the cheese, and eating more at your meals. Larger portions of eggs, meats, and vegetables, along with added healthy fats may leave you more satisfied without the sugar from the fruit. Good luck.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on October 11, 2012
at 12:20 PM

Start with reducing the fruit. The cheese is fine if it's tolerated.

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Ef777978cfeb8fbdd18d75c4f6c4cb23

on October 11, 2012
at 10:59 AM

I agree that you are doing just fine, if your clothes are fitting better and your feel great.

At some point, maybe not now, maybe when you feel that the paleo diet is working better for you and you are more convinced by it, you might like to swop some/all the running/cardio for some weight training or other forms of high intensity training.

If you have a footballer physique (I assume you mean American footballer rather than soccer player), then you could properly transform your look by undertaking a weights programme. Lots of paleo bloggers advocate this and one of the problems of regularly doing cardio is it can play havoc with your appetite.

27e79ef3308bb5f2d7bd04ee7eea7b79

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on October 11, 2012
at 11:42 AM

The fruit is hurting you. It's making you hungrier because you're feeding your body with sugar. Eat fat/protein when you're hungry.

839ea5c4d8efabac1d73f90123052d14

on October 11, 2012
at 11:15 AM

I am constanly hungry through out the day..I try to feed my hunger with fruit or water..but to non avail..

Ef777978cfeb8fbdd18d75c4f6c4cb23

(1297)

on October 11, 2012
at 03:17 PM

I think barefeet is right. Lose the fruit. Don't be scared of fat. A guy your size should be eating at least 3 eggs & mushrooms cooked in butter for breakfast, no grapes or bananas, then a steak, pork chop or whatever for lunch with veg & salmon with veg for dinner. You can't possibly be consuming enough fat based on your original post.

C8976e6d769b80eb516858cbe254edad

(220)

on October 11, 2012
at 10:47 PM

Yeah I am a girl who is 115 pounds lighter and I am eating more than you. Also less fruit or if you must berries and melons. I don't eat fruit except if I am having a sugar craving which has been rare. If I am hungry I eat meats or veggies or hard boiled eggs.

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44349dd8bf3bc226731d2f6bd42e8124

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on October 11, 2012
at 04:44 PM

You have to create a calorie deficit. I agree with the others that mention tracking your food intake. I also know there are a lot of folks on here that don't believe in doing this while eating a paleo diet, but it was the magic bullet for me in getting the weight loss to happen consistently. TRACK, TRACK, TRACK. Only takes a few minutes a day once you get used to it. So worth it see a loss IMO.

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Ed6dc87a0d201bfc23e36b2cd2e37704

on October 11, 2012
at 05:31 PM

Honestly, simply eating paleo is not great for weight loss. The key point of the diet is to restore your body's natural eating regulation, which is great for weight maintenance when you are at your normal body weight.

The bottom line is, when you are overweight, you're out of the realm of the "normal." You've built up a substantial storage of energy and in order to lose weight you MUST eat a caloric deficit. There is no way around it. To lose weight, you must use your fat, which means you must consume fewer calories than you expend for the day (because the energy from the breakdown of stored fat will make up the difference). This is not a natural process. "Dieting" is essentially a prolonged mild starvation.

Now, obviously, you are substantially overweight. 344 lbs is a lot. To get to the high-end of normal range for your height (188 lbs), you need to lose 156 lbs. Estimating 1 lb of fat to be 3500 calories, and a 500 calorie-per-day deficit, you are looking at 156*3500/500 = 1092 days of dieting (nearly 3 years). Now call me crazy, but that doesn't seem sustainable; I know I couldn't endure that. Many people either give up or "call it good" after some success but before reaching normal weight, so they continue their problematic diet and often rebound with weight gain.

I've recently had a bit of an epiphany. You have massive amounts of energy stored in your body as fat. If your fuel tank is overwhelmingly full, why keep topping it off every day? Why not just use the fuel you have? If you cut food out of the picture entirely, you wouldn't ever have the problem of "cheating" or other excuses because there is only one answer: no food!

Back in the day, it was a not uncommon practice to do what was called a "therapeutic fast," which is a medically supervised two or three week period in which you do not eat anything except vitamins and nutritional yeast (which provides you enough amino acids to maintain nitrogen balance). One man did not eat for 382 days and went from 456 lbs to 180 lbs (a loss of 276 lbs!), and to top it all off he had kept the weight off several years later (maintained around 195). Here is a link to that study.

If you're serious about losing weight, talk to your doctor about doing a medically supervised fast. Theoretically, you can knock all of your excess weight off in under 4 months. Aesthetically this will have some ramifications, but you should talk to your doctor about that too. Once you get to where your natural weight should be, the paleo diet will do a great job of helping you maintain that. If you aren't fond of this idea, I would strongly recommend counting your calories for a few weeks to get an idea of where you are at (myfitnesspal.com works great for this) and how to better gauge what you eat.

Ed6dc87a0d201bfc23e36b2cd2e37704

(60)

on October 11, 2012
at 07:33 PM

I was just ball parking based on BMI, of course everyone is different.

839ea5c4d8efabac1d73f90123052d14

on October 11, 2012
at 06:56 PM

Even while in the army for four years with visable abs my lowest weight ever was 260.. That was in top military form..188..?? I could never aee my aelf that small..i am not sure it would ve healthy for me....

C8976e6d769b80eb516858cbe254edad

(220)

on October 11, 2012
at 10:53 PM

This is horrible advice. Look at all the people successfully loosing weight on Paleo lifestyle. I suggest you look up Robb Wolfs autoimmune protocol.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on October 11, 2012
at 06:11 PM

DO NOT, DO NOT, DO NOT...do this. I've lost 130lbs eating moderately and 20 trying a PSMF. Eating Paleo and losing weight at about .7-1 lb per week I actually gained muscle and strength. I did a PSMF for 1 MONTH at lost 20lbs...and 10 of that was muscle. Crash dieting will screw you up big time.

839ea5c4d8efabac1d73f90123052d14

on October 19, 2012
at 06:51 PM

So I have been doing more cardio..cut all of my fruit out 90% of my cheese..and as of today I am at 336. Totally sticking with this....

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on October 11, 2012
at 02:24 PM

I agree with Julia above and believe you should be eating more...I eat the same amount (or more) than you and am still losing weight as a 5'2" female. Your statement, "I am constanly hungry through out the day..I try to feed my hunger with fruit or water..but to non avail" sounds like what I used to do. Yes, you lose weight but not in a healthy or sustainable way. What really worked for me was listening to my body more. When I started this direction, I was really worried that I would overeat so what worked for me was keeping my meals the same size then eating a small snack such as an egg, some meat, or some veggies when I felt hungry between meals. I would then wait awhile and if I was still hungry, I would eat again. Same was true for the other direction, if not hungry, I would skip a meal or eat less.

It took a few weeks but I am much more intuned with my food intake needs. Mentally, I feel 100% better since I am not starving and thinking of food all the time. Plus, my rate of weight loss increased and my ahtletic performance has improved. Just a suggestion from a newbie like yourself ;)

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on October 11, 2012
at 02:17 PM

I started at 325 and have lost 125+ in just over a year. I agree with the others that you need larger protein and fat meals, and should not be eating the fruit. Especially grapes and bananas, which are highly glycemic. Choose starchy tubers if you simply must have some carbs, but small amounts.

Don't obsess about the scale. If you are noticing other changes, then it is working.

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on October 11, 2012
at 12:31 PM

I too am no expert, but here are my suggestions:

--Up the meal sizes (my breakfasts can be as large as 2-3 eggs, 2 slices of good and clean bacon in addition to a serving or two of vegetables) You want to eat enough so that you are satisfied and won't feel the need to eat again for 4 hrs or so. This goes against what we've been taught for years but it's better this way. And fat is not the enemy! :)

--Minimize your fruit to 0-2 servings a day if you want weight loss and eat fruits with a smaller amount of sugar. Berries are great for this. Banana's and grape's are very high in sugar content compared to other fruits. (google 'fruits with low glycemic index' if your curious- in sure that well pop something up)

--Cut the cheese for now.

--and lastly, how are your sleep habits? This piece of it affects some more than others but I do not drop weight if I'm not getting proper rest.

Good luck!!

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