I started eating Paleo about a month ago (moved over from a very clean Tosca Reno based "eat clean" style diet i.e. 5 small meals a day, complex carb and protein at each meal...so basically i have now elimiated all grains and dairy)
I am just not seeing any great results though and don't know what I am doing wrong?! My primary goal is fat loss. I am female, 28 yrs old, 5.15 ft tall and 154 pounds (120 lean muscle mass). I am looking to reduce my body fat from 21% to around 15%.
This is my daily diet:
7.30am: beef or lamb rissole (140g beef w/ onions and corriander - baked) + about 15 nuts
11am: 3 egg ommlette w spinich + 1/4 avocado
2pm: chicken breast salad (brussel sprouts, spinach, bok choy, onion + balsamic)
7pm: salmon fillet w/ steamed veges (cooked in little bit extra virgin olive oil)
Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!!
I would get rid of the 2PM meal and add more fat to breakfast so it last longer. The fat would be in place of the nuts. Which are fat but not the correct type. Move 11 AM meal to whatever time works best...
Walking 5 times a week and some basic workout with dumb bells for 15 minutes 3 x week should help as well
Remember a month is not a very long time, everyone is different, give it maybe 2-3 months to see how you respond. If your mind gets caught up in what you 'want / expect' that can just cause stress which is negative. The human body will work on its own schedule not on one we may want. Also no mention of general stress in your life overall, how is your sleep, are job, finances, love life, etc all as stress free as possible?
I am no expert here yet, but that seems like a tad too much food, unless you're incorporating a workout regimen of some kind. My typical day's meals look pretty similar, but I eat one meal less than you have listed, and I am no longer shedding fat at a fast rate on a moderate hot yoga, running and lifting workout reg. Could you skip one of the mid-day meals? Also, are you getting enough saturate fat? Cooking in coconut oil helps to get in the SF- I would use that instead of the olive oil.
I would also get rid of one of the midday meals and eat more saturated fat..some people do not start off too well on nuts as they stop some people from losing weight..you can always add them back later once you have reached the stage where you are simply maintaining your weight/size etc. I eat a piece of steak with fat on it and an egg for breakfast..cooked in coconut oil or tallow.
I am a newbie aswell, and since i eat less- - 2-3x a day, i get hungry in between, and the minute i feel that i drink green tea and work out on my problematic areas and i do feel the fat burning effect.
Your not alone
I am fairly new as well....I am a personal trainer who does Crossfit 2 times per week, plus weight trains about 2-3 times per week and does cardio (HIIT) about 1-2 times per week ususal after one of the weight training sessions.
My food plan looks nearly identical to yours except
1) i have about 3 coffees (topped with 1 tbspn of coconut milk)
2) I aslo add a little coconut oil (FAT burning properties) to my meals.
I am NOT losing AT ALL either. But i am going to stick to this food plan for a while due to the fact I AM NOT prepared to cut * wheat,dairy, fat, carbs, nuts, all processed foods, calories, meal size, and finaly meal frequency* just in ONE GO, in order to lose a bit weight....
I didnt think it was going to be this hard, BUT I AM feeling better!!! I am going to perserveer for about another month or so until i start cutting meals and do a bit more IFing....I will let you know if anything changes.
Good luck!!! :)
Too much protein could be culprit. Just like carbs, the body can only absorb (break down) so much per day. Any extra Is stored as fat. I see you are consuming a significant amt. of protein relative to your body weight. Try aiming for 90-100g per day if you are very active, or if mod. active 75-85 g. Make one to two meals a BIG yummy salad packed with tons of vegetables. It will fill you up less for less calories.
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