Hi there, I'm new so go easy on me!
I was put on paleo a month ago by my doctor due to extreme inflammation/Lupus. My ANA w/ Titer came out to be 1:1280, and normal is less than 1:40. So, I was very inflamed!! Any way, I went paleo the day I found out and have been very strict ever since, as that seems to be the protocol for inflammatory paleo diets. I do not eat grains, dairy, processed foods, legumes, sugar.
After 2 days of paleo I dropped more than 5 lbs. I assume this is water weight due to eating SAD so I do not count it. After that I was losing 2 lbs a week. My weight has plateaued and I'm wondering why. I count calories via MyFitnessPal, because it keeps me on track and lets me see how many sugars (from fruits) I am eating. I was having multiple servings of fruit a day, about 3 times. I cut down to once a day right around when I stopped losing.
I'm 24yrs old, female, 5'4", endomorph, 172 lbs, so I have plenty to lose. One thing I'm wondering is if I'm not eating enough and my body is getting greedy.
Here is what a typical day is for me: Brekky: 2 eggs Snack: Pear Lunch: Chicken breast with romaine and cherry tomatoes. EVO Oil and a tiny bit of balsamic Snack: Almond butter, raw crunchy unsalted Dinner: More Chicken or pork tenderloin (grilled) w/cabbage or asparagus (grilled with olive oil)
It is new for me not to be hungry all day, not feel faint if I don't eat every few hours, not crave carbs uncontrollably. Because I don't feel hungry I'm only eating about 1000 calories a day. Sometimes a little less. Once a week I eat around 1500, just due to feeling hungry.
Around the same time I stopped losing I got pretty constipated(TMI!). For a few days I assumed the not losing was due to this. I am having normal movements again but the weight has not budged.
I read Loren Cordain's "The Paleo Diet" and it says that if a person has weight to lose, they can eat this way and weight will eventually normalize. I'm concerned because I'm seeing NO losses for 2 weeks. I have started walking mod pace 30mins/day and doing resistance bands.
Sorry for the book, I'm just starting to get frustrated. Where can I improve?
**I'd just like to say that I've upped my calories since this post to 1500 and finally started losing again. Thanks so much!! For reference this edit is on 5/3/12.