I have dropped only 6.5 lb in under 30 days. At first, I was eating too many carbs. As of this past week I have lowered my carbs but I just messed up yesterday because I had about 3/4c broccoli. I forgot to check its carb count!
What did you do in your first 30? zero to vlc? shoot for a specific number? exercise?
What are you drinking? Me, Water, tea- earl gray with cream, and Starbucks Doppio w half/half
Lost 5kg the first week and felt bloody awful, lost another 2kg last week and got my energy back in the last few days. Fluid retention all gone, migraines abated (will be happy to get those back to one a month for now.) I'm not counting carbs and I am not a purist. For me, the key to surviving more than a month is to get things mostly right and fine tune when this has become a lifestyle rather than a diet. That said, I'm aiming to drop another 5kg between now and April. I did 30 days last year and slowly but fell off the wagon. The last 4 months have shown me exactly why I needed to get back on it, and the experience has given me a much better mindset this time. I drink weak black tea once a day, and I have a weak long black coffee if I trust the barista use fresh beans and not to scorch them. This means my coffee intake is limited to a few cups a week. Other than that I drink water, and the Occasional glass of wine. My fruit and nut intake is way lower than last time. I think my body remembered the last attempt and reset itself much faster. Makes my life far more tolerable, I can tell you. The only dairy I really do now is soft goat's cheese or a touch of parmisan for flavouring in certain dishes. Exercise? I'm sure I'll get motivated enough for that one day...
I'm going to struggle with sugar addiction for the rest of my life, but at least now I recognise it for what it is; exactly that. An Addiction.
1-2 lbs/week is a great loss rate - you should be proud of what you've done so far!
I had similar results the first month or so, scale moving very slowly--the key is to pay attention to things like the way your clothes fit and how you feel. I felt a huge difference in the way my jeans fit even though I'd only lost maybe 5 lbs, tops. That was with little to no exercise.
After the first 30 days, I started restricting carbs a little more heavily (no fruit; nuts and starchy vegetables only occasionally) and am happy with the results I've seen from that. I have not eliminated dairy, but I stick to low-carb stuff like cream and butter. I also like crumbled blue cheese on my salads. I eat fairly large servings of green vegetables, with lots of fat. I drink water and coffee, sometimes tea.
Sounds like you're on the right track, keep up the good work.
I didn't count carbs, per se. I just eliminated grains and upped my meat intake. I saw great results from that -- only 5 pounds of scale weight, but it was -10 of fat and +5 of muscle in the first 50 days.
This month I'm doing a 6-week challenge at my gym and am going to go strict Paleo. No dairy, very little fruit, etc. It's worth it to me to try going all-out for 6 weeks to see how much of a difference those little tweaks make.
I am focusing on eliminating grains and most dairy (drink coffee black, add a little cheese to omelet or salad, sometimes). Once I get this down, I may further tweak my food, but find that I don't do anything if I stress the details too much!
End my 30 days on Tuesday. Have been strict paleo with no dairy. But have not counted carbs at all and have eaten lots o Veg and 1-2 servings of fruit a day. Assorted nuts plus some organic sunbutter (addicting).
down 15 lbs - have 50 more to lose
Will tweak down the road for more weight loss. The first 30 was all about reducing cravings and appetite and eating quality fresh foods.
I am not sure exactly how you are eating now ... but, probably with a few more tweaks, you can easily drop more weight.
3/4 cup broccoli is no big deal, that is less than 10 carbs, and a very nutritious carb source! I would suggest avoiding fruit (which it sounds like you are already doing), limiting nut intake, and making sure you are getting enough protein.
On the paleo solution podcasts, I have heard .5-1gram of protein per a lb of body weight. I tend to eat between .75-.85 per a lb of body weight. I would focus on making sure you are getting enough protein, and then filling in the rest of your diet with fat and carbs.
Also, are you sleeping enough? A lack of sleep can stress the body out and slow down weight loss.
I wrote some more detailed tips on paleo weight loss here:
Eating broccoli is not messing up! Veggies are good, and so is 6.5 lbs!
It can be disappointing not to have the weight falling off if you feel like you're doing everything right. You may be losing fat but gaining muscle at the same time, which doesn't show on the scale.
Try logging your food for a week to see what your protein, fat and carb levels are. That will really tell you if there are problem areas.
Also try picking out a pair of pants that are snug or tight. Try them on evey week or two. That was a great motivator for me in the beginning when the scale wasn't moving fast enough. When I first started I lost 18 lbs in 8 weeks, and 20" overall.
Lost 17 pounds last month. No measuring, but animal foods + herbs + green leaves (I don't eat a pound of salad everyday, it's more of a garnish) (exception: mac nuts for a treat). I eat cheese sometimes, and a few tbsp of cream every few hours - dairy is always grassfed. Intermittent fasting with a 4-6 hour eating window, fasted resistance band/bodyweight exercises, and 1 hour of walking everyday.
I said I don't measure... But I also can pretty much gauge calorie content by looking and tend to add it up in my head OCD like, even when I try actively not to. If I'm hungry, I eat. If I'm not in my 6 hour window, I drink heavy cream with coffee. It's important, in my opinion, not to weigh yourself more than say... every two weeks, tops. Sanity sake. Also, I tend to have an easier time sticking to the diet if I'm not weighing myself obsessively. A weight gain, even if you know it's water, can trip you up. Even a little frustration or anxiety seems to fudge good progress.