I began eating paleo 5 weeks ago, and I have been doing it pretty strictly. I've lost some water weight and my gas/bloating problems are history, but I'm still hungry much more often than I would have expected. I'm thinking that maybe it's hormonal but I'm not sure.
Also, I was hoping I'd get some more energy by going paleo as I am constantly tired and all the tests my doctors have done have come back normal.
As I said earlier, I have lost some water weight, but I feel like I might be stalling with my weight loss (not certain as I don't have access to a scale at the moment).
I know that the amount of time it takes for the effects of the diet to set in varies from person to person, but is it that it's just taking a long time, or am I doing something wrong? I'm eating fairly low carb, cutting out almost all fruit temporarily, although the fact that I am on vacation and unable to cook my own food has made it so I can't really count calories/macros effectively... so again, I'm not certain about how low carb I actually am, numbers-wise.
Don't focus on fat loss right now!
Depending on your diet pre-Paleo, you may need 3-6 months to replenish nutrient stores which will help you hormones balance & future fat loss will be much easier.
Make sure to eat organ meats, esp. liver for iron. Bone broth & gelatin, too!
I suggest you dial in your nutrition first, get your D level tested (you want a blood level of 50-60 ng/ml) and relax.
Make sure you are sleeping well.
Eat Paleo to hunger (even 1-2 pieces of fruit/daily) and don't stress!
Chances are you're not getting enough fat in your diet. Your body still needs fuel and with taking sugar out you need to replace it with fat. Eventually your body will figure out you have fat stores and work off of those.
Start putting your daily food into a food diary like cronometer or fitday. Then you will know what you are actually eating, how low carb etc. Changing your diet over requires a lot of relearning. Food diaries are one of the fastest ways I know to help you do that learning since you will get instant feedback information. You'll be able to see for yourself if calories, fat or carbs are low or high. You'll be able to see what nutrients you're low on. If someone asks in the future what you've been eating in response to a question here, you'll be able to tell them reliably.
If you want to lose weight AND get more energy, then I recommend being very consistent... having a structure to your diet day.
So for example breakfast could be a banana, and a veg omelet with 2 eggs and 4 oz veg. Lunch might be a piece of fruit and a salad with 3 oz meat or fish, 3oz potatoes or sweet potatoes, 4 oz salad veg, 1 oz salad leaves, 1 tsp olive oil, 1/4 lemon squeezed. ETC.
So... if you enter a "typical" day into fitday.com and aim to hit your calorie target... say 1250 to 1500 calories per day. Don't forget to include any treats you normally have and drinks etc.
Once you have your "structure" nailed that will roughly hit your target every day, then you just repeat but with different foods... e.g. today an apple, tomorrow a pear.
If you're tired, then you may be not getting enough calories -- under eating too much or not enough carbs. By working out a proper structure, you can avoid both these things.
Losing weight does mean feeling more tired at times as glycogen stores are easily depleted... hence your water loss as glycogen is stored with over 3 times its weight in water.
If you have a piece of fruit with each meal as a starter while you prep the rest, it will give your body a chance to restock glycogen. If you find you are hitting the wall, say you're quite active one day and suddenly hit the wall, then have a piece of fruit as a snack.
if you are eating foods that are not allergenic to you, and if you are eating enough calories, then decrease fats and increase carbs and make sure to get at least 100g of protein a day.
tiredness can be a result of hypothyroidism, inflammation, auto-immunity, gut dysbiosis, chronic infection, etc.