This is currently my 10th day on Paleo--which I love! My first week started off great, losing 10 lbs. in about 6 days. Now, I can't seem to lose more than .1 or .2 lbs a day, if that. I love how Paleo makes me feel, but I'm looking for advice/suggestions to pick up the momentum that I had last week. I'm eating a pure Paleo diet (lean meats, veggies, some fruit), drinking water (dramatically reduced my intake of Diet Coke--yesterday was my first day without any at wall), and running/walking on a treadmill 3-4x/week (although willing to step that up and do it everyday). I'm 30 years old, female, and currently at 267lbs (!). I am super dedicated to making this successful and, by no means am I ready to give up, just looking for some sort of direction or understanding that this might be "normal."
First off, a pound per week is not slow weight loss. The 10lbs in 6 days you lost is from your body adjusting and so-called water-weight (it is still weight, even if water, but it's not pure fatloss)
You will not maintain the momentum you had in that first week -- 10lbs of weight loss a week is completely unrealistic and unhealthy on any diet or for any lifestyle.
You are on the heavier side currently, so you can probably lose more somewhat more quickly that those (like me) that are closer to their goals but not there yet. If you are loosing 1-2lbs of fat a week, you are moving quite fast, and there's nothing wrong with taking it slower.
Keep on that treadmill 3-5 times a week for now, or even better: get outside! Do not feel that "more is better" on the treadmill, just commit to getting a good amount of activity everyday. As you lose weight and gain strength, you will find that you will want to expand out from just using a treadmill -- go for it! ... just don't rush it.
Why are you eating lean meats?
10 lbs in 6 days was mostly water weight.
Muscle weighs more than fat.
Stay off the scale. It isn't healthy to be so concerned about the number on the scale. Use a tape measure instead. Even when weight plateaus, you may find that you are still losing inches and your body composition continues to change.
I know it is hard not to be anxious for great results. But...what you lost the first few days is mostly water, some fat and some muscle.
A stall is normal while your body catches up. Also...in my experience I'm losing inches when the scale has stalled.
I would not call this a stall. Keep going and try to focus on gathering information from sites like this and from your body. You're at the beginning of a wonderful journey.
Make sure you give up the diet coke. It'll spike insulin levels like sugar and make weight loss difficult.
And if you want to speed up weight loss, eat less fruits. If you're thin, or once you get thin, you can probably handle these sugary foods well. But while you have some excess weight, the insulin crash will make you hungry and the increased blood sugar levels will signal your body to store more weight. If you give up sugars and artificial sweeteners for a few days, you'll be surprised at how much less food you want to eat. (And you'll be surprised at how your taste buds change, so if you ever have a diet coke again it'll be disgustingly sweet and you'll want to dilute it)
Oh, and throw your scale away. .1 pound a day? You can pee more than that. Don't let that discourage you. What matters is a body composition change. If you're exercising you can get leaner but not lose any weight.
Paleo isn't a weight loss "diet." You need to also track your calorie intake. Slow weight loss is the best kind because it means you are most likely losing fat and not muscle which you want to keep. The fact that you are feeling better and have more energy hopefully translates into moving more which will help in your process. It's not a fast fix. Hang in and use one of the food tracking programs for a while.
The paleotards will be here soon to claim you are eating too much fruit or not enough fat, lol!!
The truth is that the 10 pounds was mostly water, glycogen and lean tissue with maybe a little bit of fat. You shouldn't expect to lost 10 pounds every week.
If you find your current diet doesn't get you where you want check out my blog on a protocol I outlined for losing weight that is backed by science. http://co2factor.blogspot.com/2012/04/practical-ways-to-lose-fat.html
As others have commented, this isn't a 'stall.' 10 lbs in the first 6 days will have to be water weight. Your current rate of weight loss is quite reasonable. This graph should be helpful:
This was for people completely fasting. It shows the initial water loss. It also shows that 250g of fat (2250 calories) is about as much as you can hope to lose per day (while eating nothing at all). Don't be disheartened, because a lot of any-one's excess mass is water, rather than pure fat (as you can also see from the graph).
Check out my blogpost on Weight Loss for the Paleo Diet: http://www.threedietsonedinner.com/2012/07/the-paleo-diet-for-weight-loss.html
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