I became Paleo back in November, so it's been about four months. My boyfriend dropped about 30 lbs. I maybe dropped 10 early on and then stopped, and haven't lost more than a couple pounds in months. We are basically eating the same foods. I've cut back on starches/carbs. I don't eat much nuts/nut butters. I do my best to avoid alcohol, except for special occasions. I'm even working with a nutritionist, and am taking supplements to improve the way by body processes fats, because apparently it is rather sluggish, and I'm taking probiotics as well.
This is disappointing. I'm not obsessed with being thin, so don't assume I'm trying to get down to a size 0. I'm actually hovering around 148 lbs, which at 5'5" is almost considered overweight, and at most would like to lose 15 lbs.
Now, I do have to admit that I don't sleep well. I get between 6.5 to 7.5 hrs, and I wake up in the middle of the night every night, not sure why. I am not incredibly stressed, but I am struggling financially, which can be challenging at time. But could these things really be keeping me fat despite all my best efforts?? help!
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on March 22, 2013
at 02:39 AM
Thanks, everyone, for the great feedback! It appears I was wrong. I am losing weight, but it's just happening at a much slower rate than I'd like. It's about a couple pounds every few weeks. I started to work on my sleep, and I'm already feeling better. I was really hoping the Paleo would be a lifestyle that did away with calorie restriction, but maybe that was just wishful thinking, because I have a healthy appetite. And yes, I sometimes eat as much as my boyfriend. And my exercise habits are... inconsistent. These are all areas that need improvement. It was just frustrating to watch the pounds practically melt off my boyfriend through diet alone.
But I am convinced that I am on the right path, because of how much better I feel on a Paleo diet. Given that it's only been a few months, I'm sure that if I stick with it and incorporate more exercise and stress reduction, along with better sleep, that I'll drop the extra pounds as well. Thanks again for all the feedback and suggestions. It is much appreciated, and I will definitely put it into practice and see what works best!
on March 20, 2013
at 02:27 PM
What are you doing for exercise? They say that diet is 80% food and 20% exercise, but I find the opposite to be true -- exercise defines my health, fitness, and weight far more than diet (though a good diet is important too).
I can't get below an "overweight" weight without regular exercise 3-4x per week unless I absolutely starve myself. Given the choice I'd rather work out and eat comfortably rather than be hungry all the time.
on March 20, 2013
at 02:23 PM
We are basically eating the same foods.
You almost certainly need to eat less than your boyfriend. Do your plates look exactly the same when serving?
I wouldn't cut out dense sources of starch unless you are committing to a VLC/LC diet for a set amount of time. It's not for everyone, but some here began to lose weight when they reintroduced roots, tubers, and squashes into their diet.
And you said it - work on that quality sleep, too! And yes, stress can absolutely interfere with weight loss. Honestly, I would say you should work on that first!
on March 20, 2013
at 03:00 PM
I would say to try to get a good nights sleep in every night. Also, I would download an app like Lost It and enter in your meals to get a feel for your macros and calories consumed daily. I would also try light exercise like walking each day especially with the Spring time coming. I was doing too much cardio which did not help with my weight loss. ALso, you said you don't eat too much nuts. Maybe try cutting them out and see what happens. Just a thought :)
on March 21, 2013
at 02:40 AM
As unfair as it may seem, in my experience, men seem to loss fat quciker than women. :(
As most of the other replies have mentioned... good sleep is very important. I've been staying up very late and I feel terrible lately.
Good food is VERY important but not too much. Calories do count. I've stalled my own fat loss on occasion by eating "too much good stuff".
Stress can pack on & retain fat.
To restart your fat loss, do the following just during the "fat loss phase".....
No sugar,no bread, no potatoes, no pasta, no wheat, no grains, no grains, no juice, no soda. Eat all the leafy & cruciferous veggies you desire.
Once you've lost the fat % you desire you can reevaluate ... but I've held to these prohibitions pretty much even after losing my desired amount of fat.
Make sure your protein level is 33% to 35% of total calories. Make sure you eat a breakast with protein. Use this calculator to simply & easily get an "estiamte" of where you are.
I think that waist to height ratio is the best "simple" metric to track fat loss. In my opinion BMI is a poor measure.
If you have a smartphone use a food / calorie app to track you food intake....easier than trying write stuff down. I did it via written notes but now I kind of have it figured out.
use this to calc your diet profile