I've been strict paleo since December of 2010. I am now 175lbs and 14% body fat (at 5'11"), and have been stuck here for the past 30 days. I need some help losing that last 5% body fat to get below that magic threshold that lets your six-pack show.
I am a CrossFitter, and usually work out 5-to-6 days a week. I get plenty of sleep (at least 8 hours a night). I currently supplement with Fish Oil, Magnesium, and Whey Protein (post workout only).
My fruit intake is little to zero, my fat intake comes from nuts (almonds, walnuts or macadamia nuts) coconut milk, avocado, and healthy, grass-fed or free range meats. My protein intake is about 1g per pound of lean body mass. I am in nearly constant ketosis (pink to purple according to the pee sticks), but that stubborn belly fat wont melt away.
I'm surprised that people usually miss the mark on this one, so I'll ask the question that people often dodge in the paleo community:
Are you counting calories?
Going unweighed and unmeasured while following a rigourous workout schedule is not an instant recipe for a six-pack , for everyone. Yeah, some dudes can pull it off while following ridiculous training protocols, but the average joe will have to weigh and measure if he wants to pursue a shredded physique. Just don't do it crossfitting 5-6 days a week; restricting calories while incurring a heavy training load is almost always a bad idea. It really boils down to what your ultimate goal is. Even Robb has mentioned on numerous occasions that counting calories is entirely necessary for some folks who want to achieve lower body fat levels.
I wonder if you're overdoing your workouts and perhaps not giving your body enough time to recover. I experienced this same problem and when I went down to 4 hard days per week and 2 "easy" days (just a walk or bike ride) I saw a great improvement in my overall body composition. Another thing to consider: Do you get enough sleep? That's HUGE for those final lbs/bf %.
Visceral fat is stubborn. It's simple to put on, but a bear to take off.
Do you know if your blood glucose is ok? I spent ages trying to lose weight with little success. Then I found out my BG was too high and took steps to bring it down. The fat finally came off!
For our patients we supplement with Carnitine, NAC, Alpha lipoic acid, resveratrol, and vitamin D3 at pretty high levels. It tends to really help and we ask them to back off cardio and really start lifting low reps and heavier weight. Makes huge differences in their IGF 1 levels and really leans them out. Good Luck hope that helps
Might be deficient in the micronutrients involved in testosterone production (Cu, Se and Zn) which could create a hormonal hurdle completely separate from the insulin one you have clearly addressed. Eating a 1/4lb to a 1/2lb of ruminant liver per week is a pretty good practice either way.
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