Stats: 350lbs, 5'5", Male, 25 y.o.
I started down the Paleo path right around Christmas 2009 when I found Mark's Daily Apple. Being a poor college student I did my best to eat Primal with the occasional meal out with friends. I focused on a diet of meat, vegetables, some rice, and lots of fat. I exercised occasionally but not much since I am very heavy and want to avoid stress injuries.
2 years later I weight only 10 lbs less than I did. I haven't asked too many questions of my own, instead focusing on absorbing what I can, but there seems to be very little consensus. One side tells me to eat more rice, so I do and nothing happens; one side tells me to give up fruit, so I do and nothing happens; one side says eat out once a week after 5 days of IF so I do and nothing happens.
The only thing I have tried is Zero Carb since I've read repeatedly that there are a lot of long-term risks. Couple that with the fact that my monthly budget for food is less than $200 (I make about 1250 a month after taxes and pay rent plus $500 a month for health insurance since I am obese) I thought it would be too expensive to get the various offal and broths needed to make it a complete food choice.
Can someone, anyone, give me some straight answers on what to eat so I can finally be the weight I am meant to be?
How long did your IF/NoFruit/ETC last?
Each experiment lasted about 4 weeks. I would go about 5 days eating these clean and then spend one day eating out. Normally for the 5 days I'd eat roughly 1800-2000 calories and then 3000 on the weekend. The problem is that even eating 2000 calories a day during the week I would remain very hungry and could only stop eating my sheer force of will. My stomach would be full but my body would be hungry. On the weekend I'd feel satiated, but net weight loss would be near nothing
What do you eat?
During the week I eat coffee with some butter and coconut oil (600 calories) then a Big Ass Salad with Coconut Oil Dressing (800 calories) and for dinner I will have meat with veggies and a green smoothie for dessert (400-800 calories)
On the weekend I often break down and eat junk food, but I try and keep it to low carb (no bun) hamburgers and things like loaded baked potatoes.