I've been doing Crossfit 3x a week since January. My gym started a paleo challenge Feb 1. I started at 145 and 32ish percent body fat (27 y/o female 5'3'') I was really freaked out about my body fat, having previously been in the 24% range about a year ago. We just did final weigh ins for the challenge, and I'm down 5 lbs however my bodyfat percentage is only down 2%.
Does this mean I'm not building much muscle at Crossfit? Eating too much fat? Doing something wrong? or is this a normal % to loose in about 6 weeks? Suggestions on getting this number down more?
(Im probably 90% paleo-cream in my coffee, some dark chocolate, couple drinks on weekends)
Besides water weight and inaccuracies, you should consider metabolism and other possible factors. I think the current status of your metabolism, which is driven as much by quality of rest and stress level as much as by what you eat, dictates where fat is stored and if/when it is released.
If you seem well-adapted to burning stored fat--you can easily go long intervals between meals and maintain high energy--then I'd evaluate your duration and quality of sleep as well as your recent stress levels.
For fat loss, the whole package has to be pretty well tuned in those of us with a tendency to store fat for "tough times."