There are many paleos who either
- Lost a bunch of weight and are no longer losing weight
- Are gaining weight
Why not cut the fat, and even count calories for a while? I understand that fat is good. But let's do the math, which is really just me stealing from Paul Jaminet and Shou Ching Jaminet's Perfect Health Diet:
- We need ~150 grams of sugar to run nervous system, red cells, etc
- We need ~60 grams of protein for structure, enzymes, etc
- We need a tiny amount of omega-3 and omega-6, and some saturaturated or monounsaturated fat (perhaps from extra carbs, or from dietary fat) for cell membranes, etc etc.
If you add these calories up, you get somewhere around ~1,000 kcal. Put some padding on to prevent muscle breakdown, keep you from amennhorea (if you are a woman, obvi), etc. Maybe this bumps you up to 1200 kcal. But is there a real good reason to add butter, coconut oil, chocolate, etc to this diet if you can't lose weight? Not that I can see.
My feeling is that there are a lot of paleos who are of the mindset "This paleo thing is supposed to make me automatically lose weight. Why am I not losing weight?". Sometimes this is just because people want results faster, and get impatient. Other times, I think paleos forget that fat has a lot of calories. If you want to lose a lot of weight fast, eat your bodyfat, not added fat. Steam your veggies. Slow cook your meat. Don't add extra butter.
Have you been unable to lose weight despite a very low calorie diet? Do you suspect leptin might have something to do with it? Thyroid? I'm interested in very-low-calorie people who have meticulously tracked their calories over many weeks or months, and continue to not lose weight or gain weight. How much fat did you eat? What other things do you hypothesize were going on?