Since October, I've been on the Paleo diet. I strictly ate vegetables, berries, nuts, and proteins (fish, meat, dairy, etc.). I'm 17 year-old girl and have been relatively chunky for most of my teen years, with my weight fluctuating from 155-160 lbs. Since starting the Paleo diet, I've lost absolutely NO weight, and have noticed no change in my body whatsoever.
Six weeks ago, I cut out all fruit from my diet, since I've heard that the fructose can slow down weightloss.
About three weeks ago, I cut out dairy completely and have still noticed no changes. Throughout this, I exercise at least every other day for at least 45min of intervals, cardio, and strength training.
I know weightloss is possible for me, since last year I was able to reach and maintain 141 lbs. when I was a full-time rower and trained 18hrs a week. At that time, I ate nowhere near as healthily as I do now.
I go through a normal amount of stress, as much any college-bound high school student would, and my immediate family are all significantly thinner than me, and in shape. With my genetics, I shouldn't be having any problems with this.
I stand 5'5" and am naturally muscular with medium bone structure. Logically, I should be able to comfortably weigh 135 lbs and maintain it.
Honestly, I've had "cheat days". Around one a month, at most. Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving, etc. People my age tend to socially shun you for refusing to eat their sugary gluten-ridden foods. I know, it's ridiculous.
In December and January I tried Intermittent Fasting, fasting for 24hrs once or twice a week for 3 weeks. Still, no results.
My question is: What am I doing wrong? and Why haven't I seen any results?
Others who have posted about the Paleo diet stated either immediate results, or changes within a couple months. So, why have I not seen any results after 5 months of this?
For those of you who may want a see a day of my usual diet, here it is:
On days that I have early morning class:
Morning: Coffee with a Tablespoon of coconut oil, 1scoop of whey protein powder in water.
Afternoon: Some sort of protein (grassfed lamb or 2 eggs or lunch meat) with a lot of vegetables (carrots, squash, zucchini, onions, etc) and some sort of sauce mixture of spicy mustard and soy sauce. (baked vegetables lose their glamor quickly, ya know?)
Snack: Nuts (I try to limit these, but it's usually brazillian nuts or almonds) or leftover vegetables.
Dinner: Some sort of protein and more vegetables.
On days that my classes don't start until later, the only difference is that I eat breakfast (2 eggs and vegetables) and have a smaller lunch.
My portions are probably too large, but, as I understand, regardless of portion sizing, I should have seen some sort of results by now.
Yes, this is an excessively long post. I'm desperate. Any help/advice/opinions are greatly appreciated! :)