Hey, I'm a 14 year old girl, 5.3" and 150 pounds. I'm not massively overweight, but I could lose a few pounds (from the dreaded belly area)
When I was 13, I could eat whatever I liked and not gain a thing. I wasn't skinny, but I really wish I had my old body back. I had a flat stomach, I liked my legs, my arms were nice and toned from my mountain biking.
I abused that privilege. Over god-knows-how-long, I started to put on the weight, till I looked at myself one day and though "oh sh*t" that was around 8 months ago. Been trying to lose weight ever since.
Tried the calorie counting thing. Didn't work. I only lost about a pound and a half over 9 weeks. It was especially hard to maintain because I was so hungry from cycling all the time.
Then I heard about the paleo diet. And I thought it was a fad at first. After all, I had been learning the importance of "healthy whole grains" for my entire existence. I was also told to never eat fatty meats, except from once in a while, because of heart disease.
But honestly, you can't ignore the facts and evidence. And it's not like I don't want to believe it. My parents don't.
But, I think I can go 80% paleo. And even 80% is better than 0. I just need help.
Like I said, I want to lose weight. This is only half a vanity thing, the other is because I want to be lean and healthy (I am healthy, just healthier) to help my cycling. I also want to have an excuse to eat a lot of steak (kidding)
But, I'm in the middle of a season. I have a massive race in 3 weeks time, and I kind of wanted to start tomorrow. It's probably not enough time for me to adapt to it and train at the same time.
Should I wait until the season finishes (in February) and just eat what I'm eating until then? (I don't eat bread or pasta; just rice and oats) or should I start tomorrow? Baring in mind I'll be training almost every night.
Also, when I do start, can anyone give me an idea on what I should eat? It's quite confusing for me. I have visited Mark's Daily Apple. It's a great site but the articles about athletes are more generalized than specific.
I know it's a lot to ask, and I apologise for the long question, but I would really like some help.