Hi all! I've been utilizing the Paleo/Primal principles for about 6 months. I am a 46 year old female, currently carrying about 32% fat (ugh, I hate to even type it).
My issue is that I have done exceptionally well maintaining my current weight/size, but I've yet to move the scale downwards at all. I Crossfit about 4 times a week and occasionally have another training run thrown in during the week. I've been a Crossfitter for over 3 years, so I doubt I have put on much additional muscle in the last 6 months. I'm just unsure if I'm applying the principles as well as I could, if I'm not eating enough calories (or too many calories), if I should go even lower carb (per PaNu/Dr. Harris), or if my metabolism is just all broke to hell from a lifetime of dieting and the best I could ever hope for is equilibrium.
For the past 6 months, I've tracked my intake using Fitday and I generally hit about 1700 cals per day, trying to stay between 50-70g carbs, about 100-110g protein, and then the rest fat. And on that, I've been able to stay within a 2 pound tolerance of the same weight. In general, I have a good level of satiety being off grains/fructose and having increased fat. I've started looking at Harris' approach of going to about 80% fat and <5% carbs, having one-two major meals in a day to satiety, and then engaging in intermittent fasting. I've only just started this, so can't tell how successful I will be yet.
Basically, I have a lot of faith in my ability to maintain weight, I just don't have a lot of confidence in losing fat/weight at the moment. So my major questions would be:
has anyone else experienced good success on the Paleo/Primal/PaNu approach and if so, what did you do to be successful? Was the loss incredibly gradual and was super-strict compliance required to achieve success? (i.e., am I just being impatient)
is there a way I can tell whether I'm hitting the sweet spot on calories? I'm not sure I trust my satiety switch any longer.
is there a way I can tell if my metabolism is just totally wonky and I should just give up on the dream of losing 9% of body fat? :(