Hi everyone! I've done paleo off and on all school year, and have lost about 20lbs from it (my equivalent of the 'freshman 15'). While I'm feeling a lot better now, I still want to get rid of the last 5, 10 tops, pounds. I went back on paleo a few weeks ago and lost a bit, but then I seemed to plateau. I ended up breaking paleo last night with lots of sugar and other carbs, and while I know that wasn't great, I heard that cheat days can actually help get off of plateaus. Is this true; do you think that's what I needed? Any other suggestions?
If it's just to get those last 5-10 off, switch to lean meats and vegetables (may use very small amounts of coconut oil or olive for cooking/salads) for three weeks, and allowing yourself 20-30g carbs post workout every 3-5days. Eat a high protein, low carb, and low fat diet.
Chicken, salmon, tuna, lean red meat (1x per week), nonfat Greek yogurt, low fat cottage cheese (under 5g carbs per 1/2 cup), protein powder mixed with unsweetened almond milk, salad greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, spinach.
Eat 20-30g protein 6x per day.
After 3 weeks you should have dropped a significant amount of body fat and retained your precious muscle mass. By then you'll be able to indulge in a wider variety of meats, vegetables, and fruit.
As for exercise do high intensity interval training 2-5x per week and lift heavy weights 4x per week.
I'm obviously not a doctor, but that is just what I would do if I were in your position and wanting to lose the last 5-10lbs.