I just finished a 30 day challenge on Paleo and made it through unscathed. I feel good, skin looks good, and I dropped a few pounds. Even though my husband and I told ourselves we could "cheat" when we finished the 30 days, I really don't want anything but fruit, which I am trying not to eat. A couple of weeks into the challenge, I had only lost a couple of pounds and read that I should probably cut fruit in order to lose weight, so I cut them down a lot. I might have 1/2 an apple or one mandarin orange a day, but that's it. I also cut my nut intake a lot. Most days, I am under 50g of carbs. As for other foods, I had read to eat fat, so I tried to overcome my long-held fear of fats and started using more coconut oil, coconut milk, and animal fats. My stomach was upset at first, but now I am feeling better.
My major concern is that I still want to lose around 15 pounds. I am female, 5'7", 34 years old, and around 167 pounds and 30% BF. I like to be around 155 pounds and 23-24% BF. I am a long-time Weight Watcher, and what I liked about it was knowing that if I followed "the plan," I would lose weight. What I didn't like about it was that a lot of people do WW on a junk food diet. I wanted to lose weight on real food, so I decided to give Paleo a try, but now I feel confused about what the Paleo plan really is. I came to look for advice and find everything from not watching macros to major calorie restriction, from all lean meats to a lot of animal fats, from zero carb to moderate carb, etc...I am more confused than ever.
What I want to know is how I can speed up my weight loss. At the moment I am not even sure I am still losing. I started 31 days ago at 170, hit 164 several days ago, and this morning was 167. I don't know what I am doing wrong, but would really appreciate some troubleshooting.
High fat or low fat? How many carbs? What sources of protein? Restrict calories? What would be a good target?
Any other suggestions on how to do this more successfully? I really want this to work, but am feeling discouraged that the scale is not moving decidedly downward. (And no, I am not gaining any muscle). Thanks!