It seems like no matter what I do I just keep gaining! I went Paleo (again) 6 weeks ago and am heavier than ever. I haven't had any sugar, grains, or dairy, or even stevia! Alot of coconut though, in all its forms, oil, milk, and cream. Some berries sometimes but wtf???!! If I eat 3 oz. of the coconut cream it is 600 calories and I'm still hungry. I've read this site for hours on end, I've started lifting weights, still practicing ashtanga yoga, and am active, and sleeping a bunch, and I am bursting out of my jeans....HELP! I currently weigh at least 140 and I will not weigh myself to be sure because I know. I used to weigh 120 and that would be perfect for my height (5'6") and frame. I've been taking fish oil, and lots of water, and enzymes. Please I need to lose 20lbs in 6weeks or at least move in that direction. Thank you for your help! Ps I know about fitday and all that, I'm saying nothing seems to be working. The only time I've lost weight before was with "Eat to Live" low-fat vegan, beans and such. Yuck! I'm thinking the best thing may be like Robb Wolf suggests and eat lots of veggies with lean meat, because this high-fat is making me fat, there's no way around it!
First of all, cool screen name.
Second of all, have you tried laying off the coconut? It is easy to overconsume palatable fats. In place of such fat, you might try starches with a little bit of fat to taste. Parsnip fries, cauliflower rice, and mashed turnips are very low calorie. When I was hardcore losing weight, I sprayed "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" spray on stuff, even though it's sooooooo not paleo. But it also has zero calories and tastes a little bit like butter.
Why don't you post what you eat in a typical day so folks can have a hack at it. I am guessing that you are eating more calories than you realize. Switching to the Paleo diet usually means you need to eat a smaller VOLUME of food for the same calories. If you are eating the same volume of food as you did before but a lot more fat and protein, you mig be eating a LOT more calories.
Counting calories is a chore, but do it for a few days or a week just to be sure your estimates are right.
To lose weight, you need to run a calorie deficit (burn more than you eat), which you should measure per week instead of per day. You could try some fasting, such as skipping 1 or 2 meals per week, or fast one day a week. You need to be careful with the meal after a fast to be sure you don't overeat, but this is a great way to get your calories down. Figure you eat about 20 meals per week, skipping 1 or 2 of them means cutting your calories by 5-10%, which is probably just the right amount to put you on a slow weight loss.
It is almost impossible to lose more than 1-2 pounds per week, measured over a period of months. It sounds like you are frustrated, but I would not try to crash diet and lose 20 pounds, instead try to get yourself 2 pounds lighter within say 7-10 days, then identify what change you made to get there, and then you will have a plan to reach whatever weight you like.
Why the 6 week deadline? Paleo is a marathon, not a sprint (chronic cardio pun intended)
Firstly, please read these
Lots of good advice in those links.
I'm definitely in the hormonal milieu school of thinking vis-a-vis calories-in/calories out. But at the end of the day you cannot escape the first law of thermodynamics. Rather than re-writing a bunch of stuff I've written before, I will link to them for your reference
I would invest in a scale that breaks down your body fat percentage, muscle percentage, and most importantly water weight. Believe it or not, if your body is dehydrated it will hold onto water and you will be bloated. You may think you drink lots of water but it may not be enough to avoid being dehydrated enough for bloating.
The most scientifically proven plan for fast fat loss is a version of the ketogenic diet, which is NOT RECOMMENDED OR SUSTAINABLE LONG-TERM but it's an effective way to kickstart and see some results. It's not easy but it works. 1000 calories per day, shooting for 90% from nutrient-rich fats, in 5-a-day meals of 200 cals each.
Not sure about the coconut cream. Go for coconut BUTTER. Two tablespoons are just 186 calories, 153 of which (82%) are from high-quality fat. And if you ate 2 full tablespoons of it as a snack you would feel pretty darn full.
You might need to "reset" your appetite and mindset by going on a fast for a week. It's really difficult the first few days but then you get used to it and after that it's pretty easy to do restricted calorie plans. I reluctantly recommend the Master Cleanse with a reduced amount of the maple syrup. That's the simplest way to get into the "fasting" mentality in my opinion (no juicing). Do not substitute the maple syrup for something no-carb such as stevia. Not only does that starve your body, it makes your body think nutrients are coming and that makes your body crave food even more.
I'm assuming you're a woman, hopefully that's right. Is it possible that right at this moment you're on a part of your cycle that would cause you to be particularly agro about food? See my "answer" on this thread for my thoughts and approaches. http://paleohacks.com/questions/51289/how-do-you-deal-with-an-unpredictable-appetite#axzz1T8ls0ybe
Apologies in advance if you're a man!
Both nuts and coconut can be high calorie, but it could be your bodies reaction to it. You could have a food intolerance that is causing some inflamation, especially if you find yourself craving a specific food. Try leaving off or substituting something else for a suspicious food a few days and see if that tips the scale.
For example, I know for one I am eating more eggs now, and egg whites showed up as a pretty big intolerance and I tend to plateau as a result. White fish is also an issue for me, probably parvalbumin protien sensitivity. Those can cause me to not lose. Gluten exposure is definately a trigger.
Also, if you are building muscle, you will weigh more, but in that case clothes get looser and the tape measure shows a loss. if your clothes are getting tighter, that is probably not the problem.
Listen to your body and eat what makes you feel better.
I'm curious more about your waist line is this noticeable fat in the mirror or just the scale? Do you feel better? as others have said it is very easy to over due fat, coconut cream is one of the most dense fat source of calories I've found.
I burst out of most jeans I try to wear, my damn legs don't fit in them, but you also can't get a hold of any fat.
Take your scale and toss it out the window. Weighing ones self I believe is only useful if you want to use it for a % of weight lifted, I find it interesting information, or how much water you lose post workout (weigh before and after to see the difference in weight tells you how much water you lost during) other then that it just makes people all insecure about their weight and "I don't weight what i used to" does not tell you how much muscle you have or any other useful information.
I will put good money on it that you are also gaining muscle. You may need to give it more time, or you may need to cut back on the coconut cream. I wouldn't panic, I will put money on it you are getting stronger.
Paleo isn't a weight loss diet. Some people do lose weight but it's more men than women. Everyone is different. I too would be interested in calories you are consuming, and pro, fat and carb grams daily. I did zero carbs with Paleo and didn't lose weight until I started also counting calories.
I whole hardheartedly agree with UncleLongHair... He sounds just like my trainer!! Count those calories... yes it can be a pain. I didn't know where to start til I knew where I was at (calorie wise).
well, I should clarify- I didn't gain all 20 lbs in the past six weeks! but I have definitely been getting both fatter and larger, noticeably so. I threw my scale in the dumpster a while ago, but my loose pants are now tight, in a way that is not good. Cellulite. Sorry I am not talking about skinny people's problems here. Thank you for the advice. I am kissing the coconut cream goodbye for now...and going to start counting the calories...religiously. ug. I do feel much better than I did before I stopped eating grains and sugars, and nuts too, all of which were giving me scary abdominal pains and swollen belly. I can digest again, which is obviously more important than my too-tight jeans, but still I am going to rein in the calorie-consumption... Thank you everyone for your help!
My simple answer is to cut the coconut and add probiotic food like kim chi or kraut. I will also post a simple link for you to listen to.
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