OK I've been Paleo/Primal for about 3 months, lost about 10lbs in the first 4-6 weeks and feel wonderful eating this way. Have another 30 to go to not be 'overweight'. Have been stuck on a plateau for 6 weeks but can't work out what to do to break it. Have tried a few things, as follows, but can't find one to work to break the plateau..
- Started Paleo including dairy, fruit, seeds and daily wine (no starchy veg). Success for a few weeks, weight coming off. All very exciting. As weight loss slowed, I tried to up my game...
- Cut out daily wine (only drink on Friday and Saturday, in moderation). Some more success, v. slow now but then..... it all stalled!!!
- I cut out fruit (maybe 1 orange a week as a treat - but I hadn't been eating that much anyway). Also decided to cut out dairy, nuts and seeds.
Still stalling. Scales haven't budged at all for some weeks.
I do 2-3 short resistance training sessions a week and 2 HIIT sessions. I want to get the eating right as I should be able to lose weight regardless of exercise activity.
What am I doing wrong?
I am 5ft4" weighing 173lbs. Typical day's food might be:
Breakfast 2 eggs (fried in coconut oil), 2 cups coffee (admittedly with some milk, it's the only dairy I have). I don't naturally like breakfast so the 2 egg breakfast feels MASSIVE for me - I think it would be a struggle to fit more in in the morning.
Lunch Tuna and salad - avocado included a couple of times a week. Dressing made with olive oil. Lots different veg mainly green eg. spinach, broccoli and some cabbage. Or instead I might have a prawn cocktail made with prawns plus tablespoon of mayo/ketchup/lemon juice with salad/lettuce. One cup of coffee with milk.
Chicken breast roasted with skin on, some salad or steamed veg. Or chicken soup with coconut milk and greens.
Drinking water all day. Red wine 2-3 nights a week.
IF and Mastering Leptin I tried IF for a few weeks, made me very cold (!) and I still didn't lose weight... Also, I found it hard not to eat loads when fast finished... AFter reading 'mastering leptin' I now make a point of eating regularly (3 meals a day with 5 hours in between, no snacks) - but not so good at the 3-4 hours clear before going to bed (I eat around 7-8 an and go to bed around 10). Take a good multivitamin and Omega 3s daily. I looked at the Dr Kruse option for Leptin resistance but was a bit skeptical to be honest. Tried it for about 10 days and put on weight and totally lost my bottle on that one, preferring to stick with the 'mastering leptin' version of events...
Has anyone been in this situation and successfully resolved the problem? Can anyone see the glaring mistakes I am making? Would cutting coffee milk really transform the problem? I don't think I am massively over-eating am I? I don't feel hungry with what I am eating either.
Suggestions please? I am willing to try anything but if I don't see success soon I am worried I will start to lose my bottle. Am trying to stay determined to make this work... Really grateful for any support you can offer. Thank you.