I'm trying to figure out why I initially lost weight on a paleo diet, but am now gaining weight!
I adopted a mostly paleo diet earlier in the winter and began to have fantastic results! I saw an immediate improvement in my skin/hair, had more energy, and lost several pounds. Then for about a week around Christmas I loosened my restrictions and ate dairy/grains, including several slices of cake. :/
Eager to undo the effects of the holidays, I decided to participate the the 30 Day Paleo Challenge starting Jan. 3rd. I've been strictly paleo during this time: no grains, no dairy, no sweetener of any kind, etc. But to my dismay I've been gaining weight and my appetite is uncontrollable! I'm hungry and bloated all the time. My diet consists of grass-fed/wild-caught meat, veggies, eggs, nuts, coconut butter, and fruit - basically in that order. Even though my meals are very filling, I always feel ravenous. While I'm not fat, my BMI is around 22.5 and weight loss is one of my main goals.
Is this normal? If I stick it out, will things likely improve? Or should I take this as a sign that strict paleo is not for me? Help!