I have been doing Paleo for 4 weeks now. I eat zero grains, dairy or legumes, low carb, plenty of grass fed/wild meat and fat. I have one cup of coffee a day with butter and coconut oil. I am 44 yo, female, perimenopause and my starting weight was 227. I weighed in this morning and I am now 216. I have lost a pretty steady 2 pounds a week. I felt great the first 3 weeks and found out I am lactose intolerant and have a wheat allergy so the diet was a huge help.
My third week I went from having some PMS and a 3-4 day period pre-diet to no PMS and a 7 day heavy period. I have spotted for another week. This week my energy plunged along with my appetite. No food sounded good and I went from 3 meals a day to coffee for breakfast and lunch and supper to coffee and 1 afternoon meal. 2 days ago I had my only fall off the wagon and got a chicken sandwich and coleslaw and a small lemonade. I needed to eat but couldn't drag myself to the kitchen to cook.
So after searching around on here and the web the biggest thing I am seeing as a possibility is that all the fat loss is dumping loads of estrogen into my system and causing a hormone imbalance. So what do I do? Try to slow down the weight loss? Add carbs? Ride it out and hope it stops once I lose a certain amount of weight? I am stumped. Zero energy and a never ending period make it almost impossible to cook 3 meals a day from scratch.