I had an emotional moment the other day and was wondering if anyone else has had the same thoughts. As a bit of background, I'm 19 years old, I started Primal/Paleo back in May, and I am hoping to compete in Crossfit competitions. I am VERY hard on myself, and have very bad body image...I can't stand not being "the best." Because of my goals with Crossfit and my own personal goals for appearance I would like to get my BF to 12%-15%. I am around 20% right now. I still look as if I have about 30% BF...which I had back in March because of birth control.
During my meltdown the other day I began to wonder if anyone else feels like Paleo is not working for them...I don't feel very different because I've always been super "healthy" and highly active and it frustrates me because I skip out on a lot in order to stay on my Paleo path while in College but I am not able to drop my body fat, which stops me from going out at all because I continue to get more muscular during Crossfit, but Im no dropping BF so I just look, and feel, big...and this stops me from fitting into all of my clothes.
I've tried no carb, VLC, LC, and just "eating Paleo" to no avail....does anyone else feel that Paleo really isnt doing as much as one would hope.
Let me clarify that I am not looking to achieve a "Waiflike" appearance. I am currently 155 at appx 20% BF and I would like to lower BF while continuing to gain muscle and improve performance(I realize this is a difficult and contradictory task when it comes to calories in/calories out)...while I am aware I do have obsessive tendencies, I am in no way trying to lower BF for unhealthy aesthetic purposes (however the lean, muscular look is one i would like to eventually achieve). I would be fine putting on 10 pounds of muscle if that meant less BF. Paleo has helped in other areas, such as immunity and performance and I am not ever looking to stop it...I am just at a point of mega frustration