Ok. So, I have been paleo for a while now. I do CF 3-5 times a week, and I have been super happy with the results! BUT, I still can't seem to shake this little bit of fat around my belly. I have a couple of friends with the same issue. I tried going VLC, but my body didn't respond well. I found that I burn more fat with 40-60 grams of carbs a day. What do you guys think? IF perhaps?
What aspect of paleo, and exercise, has helped you shed the most fat?
The last 5-10 lbs?
Other than sleep, For me it was the Fructose holding me back.
And if you aren't already , train fasted.
Oh, and sleep more. Relax!
Edit : wanted to add another strong caveat: Only Eat When Hungry, don't eat by the clock.
Fat in the midsection often indicates high cortisol. Cortisol is a stress hormone so try and reduce stress. This includes mental stress and physical stress like over training, lack of sleep, eating too much, eating not enough. IF in your case would probably cause more problems because it causes, you guessed it, more stress!
I would do what the rest are saying. Cut out carbs. That's what kept me back from dropping the last few bit of love handle. Also: time. It takes time to achieve results. Not gonna happen over night.
IF from time to time and make sure that you are getting quality sleep and that your caffeine intake is not high...you may even want to cut it out for 30 days if you're a coffee drinker
agreed...Sleep, sleep, sleep, cut back on fruit/carbs.
I notice for me when I'm stressed and don't sleep I crave sweets/carbs the next morning. And the belly/love handles blump up again. So when I don't sleep well I make a mental note the next day not to go too crazy with the fruit.
Stress, lack of sleep, and carbs will make your body hold on to that belly and those love handles.
The body can ready Crossfit as "stress" and raise cortisol levels which helps to store fat in the midsection.
You can suppliment with B vitamins, get more rest or stop working out completely for a week or 2 and see if that does the trick.
I had the same issue and have added in more running, steady slower pace for short distances.
It seems to get exponentially more difficult to lose that last bit. I haven't conquered it yet myself but it's coming along, little by little. My methods might not be the most efficient, but they are paying off. It may be easier to explain what doesn't work for me--sit ups, crunches, and repetitive exercises. Abdominal exercises got me nowhere.
Basically I play sports four times a week, do some sprinting, do Mark Sisson's "five basic movements" on days when I'm not playing, and IF from time to time (mainly on days when I'm going to be playing). After I play, I eat my main meal and relax. If I'm not in the mood to exercise, I don't.
Then, through no intention, but due to the fact that my daugter is in another state, I don't play any sports and have more of a regular 2-3 meals daily routine for about four days per month (when I go for a visit). When I get back home, it's back into my asymmetrical eating/playing/exercising "unroutine."
I've been going through fat burning/plateauing intervals for about 2 1/2 years and this last bit is no different, it's just that the pace slows way down. I believe incorporating more heavy lifting might help me kickstart things. I aim to start that next year, as soon as I can find some good, cheap weights through garage sales/Craigslist, etc.
I have to echo what others have said.. do some IF and fasted training.
Martin Berkhan has an excellent post here: http://www.leangains.com/2010/06/intermittent-fasting-and-stubborn-body.html - It's not strictly paleo, but you can certainly tweak it to be.
I think it takes work to get those last few lbs off, probably because the body retains some 'insurance' fat in its steady state.
Fasted workouts help. Definitely use bcaa if eating at decifit. On ready days do LITT an hour before breaking fast like a steady walk. Keep you feeding window at 16/8. And most important cycle your calories and carbs on workout and non workout days. That is the key to burning fat while maintain stable leptin levels which is key to fat burning.