Im 19, 5'5 or '6 and now weigh 130lbs. I went paleo feb 29,2012. I don't eat grains anymore, cut out almost all salt and sugar but still a little, eat protein in every meal (try to get about 100 grams), eat an avacado or two everyday, have been lifting weights 3-4times a week as my intense exercise also rowing and squatting, and deadlifting, along with walking all day college and as a waitress. I take 5-6 grams of fishoil daily. I Went from fluctuateing between 135 and 140 to a steady 130 in two weeks, but now I'm stalled at 130 and can't seem to loose anymore, any suggestions on what to change or ads? Am I not working out enough? Anything would be helpful! I'm still really new to paleo and don't know much! I'm trying real hard to get in the best shape possible by summer!
I see that you're trying to drop 10-15 more pounds, which would make you pretty thin. If you're trying to get down to a low weight like that, paleo may or may not bring you there, as it may go against your natural healthiest place for your body. Each person has their natural place their body likes to be, weight-wise, when they are eating the right balance of healthy stuff, and some people's bodies naturally become quite thin, but other folks' bodies don't.
Presuming you want to push to a thinner place, it may well be a slower process, as you may be going against your body's inclination to hold on to a certain amount of body fat.
I'm wondering if you might find the answer lies more in your workouts than in your diet (which already sounds like you've tweaked it towards weightloss) you mention that you have not very much muscle. If you focus on your exercise strategy, you might find that as muscle grows, the same body weight might please you a lot more. In other words, not losing weight, but adding muscle.
I have to say, I'd use my scale as a pedestal for a potted plant and start using my measuring tape. Really, no matter how it's distributed that weight on your frame means you are in a very desirable range so all you need to do is eat healthy, enjoy natural/intense movement and keep an eye on your waist/hip ratio, etc.
How is the fit of your clothes changing? For example, I've lost a lot of weight but more from my waist and belly than from my bust and hips--that's a desirable pattern and indicates my metabolism is healthy or moving in that direction.
I am 5'4 1/2". When I was younger, when I was lean and sedentary I'd weigh in the mid-120s; when fit and muscular, I weighed between 135 and 150--and looked thinner than when I'd been at the sedentary weights. With that range, how could pounds be a valuable measurement?
If you feel great, with lots of strength and energy, and your waist/hip ratio is great or moving that way, the last thing I'd worry about would be pounds on a scale. It's a great way to have yourself living in a state of anxiety.
Eat carbs. There are lots of questions like these that are pretty much exactly the same...lots of exercise, elimination of carbs...I'll let someone else go into detail with it. I'm guessing that there will be lots of these questions coming with women wanting "bikini bodies" by this summer now that it's spring...
How much are you trying to lose anyway? If you didn't have that much to lose in the first place, your body is going to try and hang onto those last few pounds no matter what you do.
I also don't really know why you would want to lose more weight at 5'5, 130lbs. Well, perhaps I should rephrase that. I know everyone is built differently, but it seems best when you are already thin to start focusing on building more lean muscle, looking at body fat %, etc. Your diet looks great, just be sure you're fueling yourself and workouts adequately. I'm sure with increased exercise, strength training, etc. you'll some results. And, just from personal experience, I'd say ditch the scale and just see how you feel after a few weeks. Also, depending on how much you really are working out your body can hit a plateau and you need to increase your caloric intake.
Are you doing a routine that has Deads, squats and rows 4x a week? Because that is way too much. If I didn't misunderstand find a good basic full body program and try 2x a week. 6g of fish oil is also probably overdoing it. Not sure what the current recommendations are but I'm 6'5" 300lbs and I take half of that, and only on days I don't eat seafood.
100g of protein worth of meat + 1.5 avacados (depending on if they are little or big) is a pretty good whack of calories. If you cook the meat with another 1-2TB per meal you are probably isocaloric or even slightly hyper.
100g of protein from stewed chicken breast is 739kcal 1.5 big green avacados are 734kcal (70g of fat)
If this is all you are eating you are low in both nutrition and calories. If you are eating more fat on top of that it's very easy to go over. 3TB of coconut oil is cica 400kcal. That's part of why high fat can be a challenge for the last 10 lbs, it's easy to misjudge.
I'd also agree with Sunny. If you are lifting you can't go VLC, especially lifting 4x a week. Walk even more. Cut back weights or add in carbs and cut back fat. Track your food so you know what you are eating. Don't sweat salt to taste.
As far as exercise goes think intense and short. Keep the squats and benchpress (dumbells are fine for that). The rowing machine is great once or twice a week and then walk on other days. Adding cardio is not going to help. The rowing machine is cardio and is very all body. Rest from exercise one or two days a week.
Last ,comment had the exercise right. Think about your goals. If your trying to lean out, forget the heavy lifting for awhile. Robb Wolfe says it all the time. You cant bulk up and lean out at the same time. To lean out, go low carb.. Pretty much Atkins. stay away from nuts, carrots and starchy vegetabls. Row and walk, until gour lean. Then carbs and weights.
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