I have been doing Paleo for over a year (off and on). I have been doing strict paleo for about 2 months now. I do eat dairy but it is full-fat dairy, i cook with butter or coconut oil, eat bacon etc. I am trying to figure out how to lose weight on Paleo because i lost 8lbs and then nothing since then. I'm not sure what i should cut out to lose weight. I LOVE fruit so i eat it at breakfast and as snacks before i go to crossfit. I am 24 (female) and 5'2". I weigh 148 and have 28% body fat. I would like to lower my % fat but i just don't know how. Also, i don't really eat nuts so would the dairy be the cause of me holding onto fat?
First off, 28% body fat is normal for women. Most women can get down to about 20%-25% and still be healthy, but on the lean side. For you that would mean to maintain your lean mass and drop about 6-14 lbs of body fat.
You need to decide whether that is really where you want to be, and where along that path you want to be (20% or 25%).
After that, focus on your diet and circumstances first. Are you eating enough, are your ratios right for you (are you eating enough carbs? too many?)? Are you getting enough sleep? Keeping stress out of your life? Can you move from 20% to 5%?
Second, focus on your exercise. Crossfit is good, but a full body weight lifting routine could work better for you. Are you sprinting a couple times a week? Are you getting in enough recovery both active and inactive?
Focus on your goal, and as long as your goal is health motivated, just keep pushing through!
You aren't eating enough calories to lose weight. You are also working out too much to lose weight. Your body thinks it is starving so it is holding on to fat. You do hard workouts so you're burning glycogen for energy, not body fat. You need to eat more to fuel a healthy metabolism and you need to exercise much much slower in order to use your body fat for energy. http://www.philmaffetone.com/aerobic.cfm
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