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Not Losing weight actually gaining weight. HELP!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 28, 2013 at 3:33 PM

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 08:31 PM

if your not losing weight you are consuming too many calories and burning to few. This is the most simple, straight forward, and honest answer you will get here on paleohacks and its the truth,.

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(1974)

on January 28, 2013
at 08:26 PM

I workout around 6 days a week. I have been a runner for most of my life though so my body is very used to it. If you don't want to workout every day then you could just make an effort to move a lot on your off days. For instance, go for a couple walks throughout the days and run up and down the stairs a few times a day... things like that add up a lot.

2de2603c2002ba0fbdfd3a458cd8fb35

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on January 28, 2013
at 08:10 PM

it seems like alot of food.. do you workout every day? BC i have read so many things about rest and what not.

2de2603c2002ba0fbdfd3a458cd8fb35

(5)

on January 28, 2013
at 08:07 PM

Thank you so much!

366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

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on January 28, 2013
at 08:03 PM

I do think that's true, esp. since many women (and men!) are sedentary most of the time and only get a few distinct periods of exercise a week. In order to eat as many calories as I do and keep at 120, I have to really keep moving, and watch the amount of time I let myself sit.

2e777bbcd49262eb31a24f821abec6bc

(1974)

on January 28, 2013
at 07:46 PM

hmm and to maintain my weight of 125 I only need around 1500- 1600 a day. I think that overeating is so easy to do because in reality, women need less food than you would think.

2e777bbcd49262eb31a24f821abec6bc

(1974)

on January 28, 2013
at 07:41 PM

Keep in mind that losing weight will be slightly uncomfortable. Your body is used to eating more and is not going to be excited to get rid of its fat reserves. I really do think losing weight just comes down to eating less for a while though even if it is uncomfortable. Once you lose the weight you can increase the food a bit to maintain. It took me 6 months of dieting to get to the weight I wanted but once you do, maintaining it is much easier.

2e777bbcd49262eb31a24f821abec6bc

(1974)

on January 28, 2013
at 07:37 PM

A typical day for me when I am trying to lose weight (assume a 3 mile run this day) would be something like: Breakfast: 1/3 lb beef with a cooked stalk of broccoli and one of those red potatoes and a tbsp butter (600 calories). Lunch: A salad with eggs and cheese and lots of veggies and italian dressing (400 calories). dinner: raw veggies dipped in 1/2 cup guacamole and a chicken breast or fish and a sweet potato (500 calories). That gives 1500 calories and in a 3 mile run I burn around 250. I would eat even less while dieting if I didn't workout.

2de2603c2002ba0fbdfd3a458cd8fb35

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on January 28, 2013
at 05:13 PM

I would be happy to be 135.Could you give me a meal plan idea of what you eat with a work out and without?I am not much of a runner maybe 2 miles to warm up then weights.. Thank you!I just feel trapped because every where you go there is temptations and I react badly to gluten and dairy and a couple of times it has been hidden in the food and I have suffered and my body and stomack swells for two days. with water.. If you have other tips on how to loose the weight.. so I would want to loose 25.. ugg I know its not a big deal but it feels like ive been working on it for soo long.. Thank you!

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

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.

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2e777bbcd49262eb31a24f821abec6bc

(1974)

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.

2e777bbcd49262eb31a24f821abec6bc

(1974)

on January 28, 2013
at 07:41 PM

Keep in mind that losing weight will be slightly uncomfortable. Your body is used to eating more and is not going to be excited to get rid of its fat reserves. I really do think losing weight just comes down to eating less for a while though even if it is uncomfortable. Once you lose the weight you can increase the food a bit to maintain. It took me 6 months of dieting to get to the weight I wanted but once you do, maintaining it is much easier.

2e777bbcd49262eb31a24f821abec6bc

(1974)

on January 28, 2013
at 08:26 PM

I workout around 6 days a week. I have been a runner for most of my life though so my body is very used to it. If you don't want to workout every day then you could just make an effort to move a lot on your off days. For instance, go for a couple walks throughout the days and run up and down the stairs a few times a day... things like that add up a lot.

2e777bbcd49262eb31a24f821abec6bc

(1974)

on January 28, 2013
at 07:37 PM

A typical day for me when I am trying to lose weight (assume a 3 mile run this day) would be something like: Breakfast: 1/3 lb beef with a cooked stalk of broccoli and one of those red potatoes and a tbsp butter (600 calories). Lunch: A salad with eggs and cheese and lots of veggies and italian dressing (400 calories). dinner: raw veggies dipped in 1/2 cup guacamole and a chicken breast or fish and a sweet potato (500 calories). That gives 1500 calories and in a 3 mile run I burn around 250. I would eat even less while dieting if I didn't workout.

2de2603c2002ba0fbdfd3a458cd8fb35

(5)

on January 28, 2013
at 05:13 PM

I would be happy to be 135.Could you give me a meal plan idea of what you eat with a work out and without?I am not much of a runner maybe 2 miles to warm up then weights.. Thank you!I just feel trapped because every where you go there is temptations and I react badly to gluten and dairy and a couple of times it has been hidden in the food and I have suffered and my body and stomack swells for two days. with water.. If you have other tips on how to loose the weight.. so I would want to loose 25.. ugg I know its not a big deal but it feels like ive been working on it for soo long.. Thank you!

2de2603c2002ba0fbdfd3a458cd8fb35

(5)

on January 28, 2013
at 08:10 PM

it seems like alot of food.. do you workout every day? BC i have read so many things about rest and what not.

2de2603c2002ba0fbdfd3a458cd8fb35

(5)

on January 28, 2013
at 08:07 PM

Thank you so much!

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32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

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.

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366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

(2988)

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.

2e777bbcd49262eb31a24f821abec6bc

(1974)

on January 28, 2013
at 07:46 PM

hmm and to maintain my weight of 125 I only need around 1500- 1600 a day. I think that overeating is so easy to do because in reality, women need less food than you would think.

366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

(2988)

on January 28, 2013
at 08:03 PM

I do think that's true, esp. since many women (and men!) are sedentary most of the time and only get a few distinct periods of exercise a week. In order to eat as many calories as I do and keep at 120, I have to really keep moving, and watch the amount of time I let myself sit.

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