I've just completed my first month on Paleo. I have lost a significant amount of weight prior to starting (around 100 lbs), but I have even more to go (about 135). I've been reading post after post from people who find the weight is just "falling off of them" so I was encouraged to try.
I have been 100% faithful. No cheat days, no grains, no milk products, no soy. Grass-fed meats only. I get plenty of grass-fed beef, very occasional chicken or pork, and salmon once or twice a week as well as tuna. Organic produce whenever possible. Carb intake between 90-150g/day (I can't go lower because it aggravates my heart arrhythmia). I have weighed everything I eat to the gram and track my caloric intake to between 1300-1600 calories daily. Daily protein/carb/fat ratio is approximately 25/20/55. I weigh 285 lbs.
Although I have been doing this for a month, I must be having an extended carb flu because I still have no energy and feel punky all of the time. Maybe once every 3 or 4 days I get a moment (less than a minute) of euphoria so that is a positive change I did not have before. I have not been able to exercise yet due to mobility and fibromyalgia issues; however, I have been receiving a daily medical therapy that is cardio-equivalent to 1 hour of aerobic exercise and am hoping to be able to build up enough stamina to begin mild exercise soon. Digestive enzymes added about midway through.
So far, my 4 weekly weight losses have been: -4, +1, +1, 0.
Obviously, the weight is NOT falling off of ME. What am I doing wrong? What could I do better? I need to get this weight off and I need to get it off in a healthy manner. I'm tired of feeling like this! I know that we can't compare our results to that of others, but I guess that's only human. I need to find my health again. I know it won't happen overnight, but I was hoping for SOMETHING positive after a whole month. I need some encouragement. :(
May I suggest that you try swimming (which, to me, includes paddling around in the pool, doggie-paddle style -- I'm not talking 'competition-level' swimming here chuckles).
I went from 450 lbs to 272 lbs in about 19 months, and I've maintained within 10-15 lbs (I get a little heavier in the winter-time) for 3 years now. I didn't get down to the "ideal" weight on the weight charts, and I'm ok with that, because what I -have- done is enough to allow me to have the quality of life that I enjoy -- I can do pretty much everything I enjoy doing at my current weight, including dancing, rock climbing, hiking, building on our house, and riding my motorbike.
I will tell you that I had TWO prolonged plateaus (over 4 months long each). It seemed like my body wasn't going to go any further... but my attitude was that what I was doing WASN'T a "diet" -- my goal wasn't to "lose weight", it was to be healthier, stronger, and have less pain and immobility -- and the primal eating (which differs a bit from paleo in that I eat goat dairy and occasionally cow dairy as well) has helped me to do that. So I relaxed, and let my body set a pace. I made sure I was active, to the extent of my capabilities (I have MS), and treated my body not like I was punishing it or trying to beat it into submission, but as if I genuinely loved it and wanted the very best for it that I was capable of providing -- and that my ways of eating and moving were a gift of love...
Because of that, I find it relatively painless to maintain my nutrition without any real need to cheat -- but I also don't beat myself up when I enjoy something with friends or family that I don't usually eat at home. The end result was that after my extended plateaus, I started dropping weight again.
I've been holding at my current plateau for almost 3 months now, and it's the 3rd plateau I've run into. I'm almost 50 years old, so I am treating myself with care and dignity, and we will see what happens --but regardless of what happens, I will continue to nourish myself optimally, because no matter -where- I end up, it is a profound improvement over where I -was-, and that is enough to keep me motivated to hold on to the progress I've made.
May you find your road on which to flourish.
Wow, I don't know, but I just wanted to say congrats on being so committed and on your weightloss so far.
Also, I think it is possible to have a month of little/no weightloss and then experience a larger amount all at once. I had that several times.
Best of luck!
It's not unusual for someone who has lost a lot of weight to plateau for a while. Give your body time to adjust. It's possible you need to eat more to break out of the plateau. 1300-1600 calories is really quite low. This could partly explain the fatigue also. Consult your doctor or a paleo friendly dietician/nutritionist about your mineral balance since this and the heart arrhythmia could be another big factor in fatigue.
Most disabled and severely overweight people can do some exercises. You may have to start with very low weights and seated movements, but it would help build up the energy and ability to do more in time.
What is this "medical therapy that is cardio-equivalent to 1 hour of aerobic exercise"?
How is your stress? How is your sleep? Do you have a history of hormonal issues?
If you are under a lot of stress, your corisol levels may need some dialing in, in order to lose more weight. Sounds like you have lost a LOT of weight already, and that can put a big stress on the body.
Seeing as this weight loss has been, and will continue to be, a big project for you, I hope you have had/are able to get a hormone panel done (incl. thyroid especially!). This will at least eliminate any confounding factors that could be sabotaging all your hard work.
150 grams of carbs a day? I'd start there. If you're having 150 grams of carbs in a 1300 calorie day, that's 50% of your calorie intake going to carbs. Is the high carb intake actually what aggrivates your heart arrhythmia or is it a secondary cause due to something else?
Personally, I NEVER get 150 grams in a day as that'd be ludicrous.
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