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6 Weeks into Paleo and still no change...What should I do?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 16, 2013 at 1:56 PM

I've been eating paleo for 6 weeks now. I've tried a week of sugar detox, and I've been eating VLC-LC depending on my workouts. The only thing I've noticed, is my face broke out in spots once I had a hard cider after a week of low sugar.

I'm a 5'3" 165lbs woman in her mid 20s- I should be able to lose inches!

Now I've had a few cheats, like a slice of cheesecake after a month, and chocolate is currently my nemesis (so is sugar, fruit, dried fruit, I limit these to a treat a week).

I haven't gotten the Paleo Clarity people seem to experience, nor any weight/inch loss (not even water weight).

I don't have a scale, I'm just going by inches and how my clothes fit.

My typical day follows: plain greek yogurt with walnuts and 1/2 tsp honey. I have tea at 10 (green or black).

Lunch is leftovers, so usually something like a big plate of beef and broccoli, some mini tomatoes, some berries, and perhaps some carrots. Sometimes I have a salad instead, with meat and avocado. I usually need a snack by 3, no matter how much I eat at lunch, so I eat carrots or cucumbers.

I eat supper around 7:30, and it's usually steak with greens, or chicken and bacon with greens. Everything is cooked in bacon fat or coconut oil, and I use a lot of the approved oils in my salads.

Some of my snacks include a few almonds, gluten sugar free pepperoni, beef jerky, etc.

I bike to work at back, totaling 1 hr a day (16 km), and I'm usually pretty hungry when I get home so I grab one of these snacks while I cook up supper.

I tried switching the dairy for a week with an egg and bacon breakfast, but the eggs made me have indigestion.

I feel the exact same as when I was on the SAD ! :X Should I take up more strenuous exercise, like running?

Be803dcde63e3cf5e21cc121097b8158

(529)

on May 18, 2013
at 11:16 AM

A high fat diet is great when you're *already* at an ideal weight. To reach that weight goal you'll likely need to count and cut calories. Cutting back on dietary fat is probably a good first step.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on May 16, 2013
at 09:24 PM

I listed things what help me personally to lose weight. If YOUR opinion is different, write your own answer - no need to make comments like "total nonsense". And no, I do not suggest intermittent fasting. If you have gut dysbiosis (and many people who are overweight do) not eating later than 6:00 PM helps to keep your small intestines bacteria free.

6d1d2c385960f3d82d960ae3cffb3193

(94)

on May 16, 2013
at 08:51 PM

Ditto OP's reaction.

1c67bc28f4e44bbb8770b86df0463df3

(6719)

on May 16, 2013
at 08:46 PM

1: total nonsense, 2. decent idea, 3. that does not matter as long as you are consuming under your TDEE. and 4. going lc/vlc does not help you lose fat, do some research and stop listening to the bro science around the interenet

2e777bbcd49262eb31a24f821abec6bc

(1974)

on May 16, 2013
at 07:32 PM

Yes, I agree with this. Paleo does not make you lose weight unless you are eating less than you need for weight maintenance. I keep my weight between 125-130 at 5'8 by watching the AMOUNT of food that I consume. Although type of food is important for health, calories affect weight.

197651282ddd8d675b974ee811d2269e

(1836)

on May 16, 2013
at 06:59 PM

I can't eat eggs so breakfast is just a cup of coffee with lots of coconut milk (fasting).

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on May 16, 2013
at 06:02 PM

What about by 6:30? Have something ready in the fridge?

Af679502f1e31c0c59c79bd08f324b35

(559)

on May 16, 2013
at 05:42 PM

a green smoothie for me is spinach, arugala, kale, with some lime juice. t has no sugar. If you make a big enough one you'll be full :D. If needed some added sweetness a few berries would be what I'd recommend but IMHO to drop weight you shouldn't be eating nuts and fruit daily

B6f5e02671bb9877f433e6e679747da8

on May 16, 2013
at 05:09 PM

Nope, I don't have extra hair, and I'm not starving > I eat lots of meat and I'm not as ravenous as before, but I am definitely in ketosis most of the time.

B6f5e02671bb9877f433e6e679747da8

on May 16, 2013
at 05:08 PM

Can't have eggs, but aren't the smoothies people make full of sugar anyway? Smoothies are liquid calories and don't feel as satisfying as chewing your meal in my opinion. You'd think greek yogurt, high in protein and fat, would be good for me :S

Be803dcde63e3cf5e21cc121097b8158

(529)

on May 16, 2013
at 02:44 PM

What VB might be suggesting is intermittent fasting, which is great for weight loss. You can keep your dinner at 7:30 pm, but then try to go ~16hrs without eating. This keeps your feeding window to just 8hrs each day, making it difficult to overeat. During the fast, you will burn plenty of fat.

B6f5e02671bb9877f433e6e679747da8

on May 16, 2013
at 02:43 PM

Ugh you are right! Breakfast is always a tough one, since I'm not an egg or sausage lover.

B6f5e02671bb9877f433e6e679747da8

on May 16, 2013
at 02:42 PM

Isn't our diet suppose to be mainly fats? What diet are you following?

B6f5e02671bb9877f433e6e679747da8

on May 16, 2013
at 02:24 PM

I don't get home until at least 6 pm...How do you eat supper by 6? I work until 5:15 and then bike/commute home. I should try to eat earlier, I know. sweets and chocolate are killing me! I even think 70% cacao is good and sweet (in the past, I wouldn't touch anything labeled dark, which is 50%, because it was too bitter). At least my taste buds are changing :)

B6f5e02671bb9877f433e6e679747da8

on May 16, 2013
at 02:22 PM

Thanks! my tummy does seem a little tighter, but I thought maybe it was my imagination since measurements are the same. I'll try a little IF and eat breakfast later than usual as well.

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2e777bbcd49262eb31a24f821abec6bc

(1974)

on May 16, 2013
at 02:02 PM

Your food and exercise look ideal to me so I wonder if you are just eating as much food as your body needs so it is not having to burn fat for energy. To lose weight, you may just have to eat a bit less. To lose weight, I do have to let myself go to bed a bit hungry. This just means that my body wants a bit more food and since I am not giving it to myself, it burns fat instead. I personally benefit from tracking calories, though a lot of people seem to hate the idea of doing so. If you track calories and stick to around 1500-1600 then I bet you will see a difference in weight.

B6f5e02671bb9877f433e6e679747da8

on May 16, 2013
at 02:22 PM

Thanks! my tummy does seem a little tighter, but I thought maybe it was my imagination since measurements are the same. I'll try a little IF and eat breakfast later than usual as well.

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B320ee8e0947b27f158e86aacbec353e

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on May 16, 2013
at 02:06 PM

When you're early into a diet, your body can take a while to catch up. I'd stick to it for a while longer until you feel comfortable with it. Once your body is used to the diet and exercise, then you should start making changes.

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67871ef2326f29da48f1522827fc0f80

(704)

on May 16, 2013
at 06:30 PM

I know people say it doesn't matter how much you eat on Paleo, you'll lose inches/fat but that's simply not true.

While this may not sound fun, I suggest you MEASURE and TRACK your nutrition. It's not as hard as it sounds. When you say 'avocado,' find out how many grams you've taken and write it down. when you eat dried fruits, measure out 1/4C and track it (if you ate an entire cup, write it down, too -- write down everything!).

This is because you're experimenting. Scientists take extensive notes.

Also, for those with Celiac, when you get off gluten and heal, you put on weight/mass. It did for me and it has for most people. I'm not diagnosing you but I'm just tossing that out there because if this was your first foray into getting completely off gluten (as it's in some grains), it may play a part, too.

My guess is you're eating more than you realise because 'it's whole/healthy food.' You're making good choices. Just start tracking because THAT will be your guidebook for future changes and choices.

I suggest MyFitnessPal (it's a site and an app, for free).

When I need to go to the doctor, there's nothing like them asking something and being able to whip out EVERYTHING I've eaten to show them the data.

2e777bbcd49262eb31a24f821abec6bc

(1974)

on May 16, 2013
at 07:32 PM

Yes, I agree with this. Paleo does not make you lose weight unless you are eating less than you need for weight maintenance. I keep my weight between 125-130 at 5'8 by watching the AMOUNT of food that I consume. Although type of food is important for health, calories affect weight.

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Af679502f1e31c0c59c79bd08f324b35

on May 16, 2013
at 03:23 PM

Cut out nuts, fruit, chocolate and if I was you that salami you have been eating. Maybe for breakfast try a green smoothie with a raw egg or 2? I was eating yogurt, nuts, and a handful of blueberries daily and I was getting terrible results. I cut those things out and instantly started dropping body fat. Drink homemade Kefir

B6f5e02671bb9877f433e6e679747da8

on May 16, 2013
at 05:08 PM

Can't have eggs, but aren't the smoothies people make full of sugar anyway? Smoothies are liquid calories and don't feel as satisfying as chewing your meal in my opinion. You'd think greek yogurt, high in protein and fat, would be good for me :S

Af679502f1e31c0c59c79bd08f324b35

(559)

on May 16, 2013
at 05:42 PM

a green smoothie for me is spinach, arugala, kale, with some lime juice. t has no sugar. If you make a big enough one you'll be full :D. If needed some added sweetness a few berries would be what I'd recommend but IMHO to drop weight you shouldn't be eating nuts and fruit daily

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Be803dcde63e3cf5e21cc121097b8158

on May 16, 2013
at 02:35 PM

You might want to cut back on your fat intake.

Some points to consider:

  • fat has a lot of calories
  • fat is not very satiating
  • your body keeps vast stores of fat
  • you are trying to lose fat

B6f5e02671bb9877f433e6e679747da8

on May 16, 2013
at 02:42 PM

Isn't our diet suppose to be mainly fats? What diet are you following?

Be803dcde63e3cf5e21cc121097b8158

(529)

on May 18, 2013
at 11:16 AM

A high fat diet is great when you're *already* at an ideal weight. To reach that weight goal you'll likely need to count and cut calories. Cutting back on dietary fat is probably a good first step.

6d1d2c385960f3d82d960ae3cffb3193

(94)

on May 16, 2013
at 08:51 PM

Ditto OP's reaction.

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197651282ddd8d675b974ee811d2269e

on May 16, 2013
at 02:28 PM

You may want to try cutting out all dairy, nuts, chocolate, and dried fruits. Those all add pounds for me and my hubby or at least keep us from losing weight. If you must have something sweet then go for fresh fruit, but limit it to one serving per day. If your cravings for junk food/ desserts are really intense, try eating a small amount of starchy food such as potatoes with lunch and dinner.

B6f5e02671bb9877f433e6e679747da8

on May 16, 2013
at 02:43 PM

Ugh you are right! Breakfast is always a tough one, since I'm not an egg or sausage lover.

197651282ddd8d675b974ee811d2269e

(1836)

on May 16, 2013
at 06:59 PM

I can't eat eggs so breakfast is just a cup of coffee with lots of coconut milk (fasting).

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082eb1f0eadf097750649e964c1faadf

on May 16, 2013
at 02:26 PM

Your body also has a starvation mode. Have you noticed excess hair growing around your body? Try consuming more calories instead of fewer, because when you starve yourself your body packs on weight to compensate.

You maybe starving, but not starving enough to start losing the weight you want.

B6f5e02671bb9877f433e6e679747da8

on May 16, 2013
at 05:09 PM

Nope, I don't have extra hair, and I'm not starving > I eat lots of meat and I'm not as ravenous as before, but I am definitely in ketosis most of the time.

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F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on May 16, 2013
at 02:15 PM

Don't worry, sooner or later you will lose weight.

2 things that might help you:

  1. don't eat after 6:00 PM

  2. eat protein for breakfast

  3. no sweets, no chocolate. I know. Just do it.

Be803dcde63e3cf5e21cc121097b8158

(529)

on May 16, 2013
at 02:44 PM

What VB might be suggesting is intermittent fasting, which is great for weight loss. You can keep your dinner at 7:30 pm, but then try to go ~16hrs without eating. This keeps your feeding window to just 8hrs each day, making it difficult to overeat. During the fast, you will burn plenty of fat.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on May 16, 2013
at 09:24 PM

I listed things what help me personally to lose weight. If YOUR opinion is different, write your own answer - no need to make comments like "total nonsense". And no, I do not suggest intermittent fasting. If you have gut dysbiosis (and many people who are overweight do) not eating later than 6:00 PM helps to keep your small intestines bacteria free.

B6f5e02671bb9877f433e6e679747da8

on May 16, 2013
at 02:24 PM

I don't get home until at least 6 pm...How do you eat supper by 6? I work until 5:15 and then bike/commute home. I should try to eat earlier, I know. sweets and chocolate are killing me! I even think 70% cacao is good and sweet (in the past, I wouldn't touch anything labeled dark, which is 50%, because it was too bitter). At least my taste buds are changing :)

1c67bc28f4e44bbb8770b86df0463df3

(6719)

on May 16, 2013
at 08:46 PM

1: total nonsense, 2. decent idea, 3. that does not matter as long as you are consuming under your TDEE. and 4. going lc/vlc does not help you lose fat, do some research and stop listening to the bro science around the interenet

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on May 16, 2013
at 06:02 PM

What about by 6:30? Have something ready in the fridge?

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