Ok so I will start with what I eat Morning: 2 eggs 2 pieces of bacon with avocado 1/4 coffee with stevia with organic cream Lunch: 5-7 ounces of meat with avocado and a veggie like broccoli snack: small banana and PB2 or peanut butter if I have no pb2 DINNER: 7-9 oz of meat with veggieswith guacomole and or sauteed onions and peppers I am not perfect I have the occasional gluten free brownie, or slice of fudge.. at random times never on a constant basis On the weekend I may have more bacon or some sausage with breakfast I work out 3-4 times a week for one hour 20 minutes of running/walking or 30 mins of weight lifting machines.. ok so my fear and what is wrong I have gained 4 pounds.. I workout with short reps 8-10 with heavy weights and my jeans are tight!!
I did IF for every other day for two weeks. no results. I am exhausted thinking that i need to count calories. I am overwhelmed and want to cry. I used to be 145 at 5'8 and maintained for years but two years ago I got up to 178 and now I am at 164 and I feel so uncomfortable. I feel like there is so much information out there and I am reading way to much information and wanting to cry!
I have been doing it for 5 weeks now. notes: I do eat occasional small 2 oz of cheese every other week I also start to feel nauseaus occasionally with heart burn.
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on January 28, 2013
at 04:46 PM
You are not eating paleo.
Peanut butter and especially powdered peanut butter are not paleo-happy foods. Ditch them, immediately.
Drop the faux sugar sweeteners, especially in the beginning. Also drop the desserts for now.
Chill out with the bacon and pork. Pork is a great, infrequent-to-have food but should not be your main animal sourced protein. Think ruminants like cows and lamb and lots of fish.
I eat a lot of avocado myself, but you may want to watch how much of it you eat. Avocados are very healthy, but are indeed calorically dense.
Lastly, if you are working out, don't forget that you are gaining mass! You want the good mass, and with work, you'll lose the bad mass (i.e. excess fat stores).
So, honestly, your diet sounds at best "not quite horribble yet" - I would look into picking up one of the many paleo-centric books out there that are really geared towards food choices. While not 100% paleo centric, I would suggest "The Perfect Health Diet", as it covers foods to eat to a T.
on January 28, 2013
at 05:03 PM
I am your height and in order for me to lose weight I have to count calories. It is not exhausting or even that big of a deal. What you described is a lot more food than I eat though at 5'8 125 lbs and I run 3-5 miles a day.
Do you have a smart phone? If so, download the myfittnesspal ap. You can search for the foods you are eating and it counts calories and macronutrients for you. If you really don't want to count then just eat less. Without knowing how many calories you are eating though, it is hard to say how much less. For me to lose weight, I eat 1200 calories + the calories I burned that day through running. If that feels too uncomfortable then eat 1300-1400 + burned until you get used to it then you can drop a little lower. Good luck... let me know if you have any questions! I dropped 15 lbs a couple years ago and managed to keep it off so I know how much dieting sucks but it is totally worth it.
on January 29, 2013
at 01:41 AM
My first thought is that you are getting WAY to much protein (not sure though - didn't catch how tall you are). Try cutting it in half, and making up the rest of the calories with veggies. Also, no dairy (except butter). Even a smidge of cream will pack pounds on for me! Here is how I would tweak your eating plan:
Your Breakfast: 2 eggs 2 pieces of bacon with avocado 1/4 coffee with stevia with organic cream
MODIFY: 1 egg, 1 pc bacon with 1/4 avocado; coffee with stevia and coconut cream; if this would leave you hungry, add 1 cup sauteed bell peppers, or 2 cups sauteed kale
Lunch: 5-7 ounces of meat with avocado and a veggie like broccoli
MODIFY: 3-4 oz meat, avocado, lots more veggies; maybe even add in a starchy veggie like sweet potato if you need fuel for working out later
snack: small banana and PB2 or peanut butter if I have no pb2
MODIFY: no bananas. my fave portable snack is trail mix with beef jerky, coconut flakes, and a FEW raisins
Dinner: 7-9 oz of meat with veggieswith guacomole and or sauteed onions and peppers
MODIFY: 4-6 oz meat, half a plate of steamed veggies with guac or butter.
Hope that helps. Seriously, chow down on the non-starchy veggies. You have to eat a LOT to get any significant amount of carbs. Check my profile for my personal blog where I have lots of paleo meal plan ideas.
on January 28, 2013
at 06:29 PM
Some people (myself included) have found it necessary to count calories to get the last few pounds off, but I don't think you're there yet. However, I do think counting for a few days -- just eat as you do now, and keep track -- would help, because I do think you're eating a lot of calories, probably far more than you're burning. I maintain my target weight at about 1850, and lose at about 1750, and while everyone is different, I'm pretty sure I could not eat what you're eating without gaining weight.
And if you can, find a way to adjust your fat/protein intake so that you don't get hungry between meals. If I snack, I don't lose, simple as that.