I've been frustrated recently because I haven't been seeing the weight loss I would have expected considering my lifestyle. I am female, age 22, 5'9", and 177 lbs. I just graduated from college and moved to a farm to work as an intern for 6 months. Here is how I would describe my diet and activity level currently:
- I eat strict paleo and VLC (cheats generally consist of too many macadamia nuts or almond butter, and it's not often)
- I don't really eat that much, especially on days I'm working because I'm so busy. I'm also not that hungry very often. When I do eat, it's generally good quality meat, eggs, avocado, coconut, etc. No fruit, tubers, or dairy ever.
- as a farmer, I'm on my feet and moving around constantly (5-10 hours per day, 5 days a week)
- I lift heavy things frequently
- I get enough sleep and rest on the my days off.
- I get plenty of sunlight and fresh air.
Because my jobs is so physically demanding, I don't do any training outside of work
Anyway, I was expecting to see big changes in my body composition after radically changing my diet and starting a job that is so physically strenuous (I've been here 6 weeks). I feel like I'm doing everything right, and this is pretty much as good as it's ever going to get. Honestly, I don't see there being a time in my life where I ever have it as together as I do now. What am I doing wrong?
I've been overweight since childhood (and was once a lot more overweight than I am now), and I'm afraid that my metabolism is damaged. Do I need to just be patient and eventually I will "heal" and drop the weight? Is my "set point" simply higher than usual? I really would love to lose these last 15-20 lbs. Thanks for your help!