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Am I not doing something right???? Help!!!!!

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Created April 20, 2012 at 2:29 AM

I have been doing paleo for a month-weighed first time this morning and basically have only lost 3 pds-what am I doing wrong??????

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11557 · April 20, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Why would something be wrong? My boyfriend started eating paleo to gain weight, as he was quite underweight, and he is HAPPILY up 10 lbs. I didn't lose any weight when I switched, besides 2-3 lbs water weight, weight loss is not my goal.

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11557 · April 20, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Yeah, I'm a classic mesomorph and I'm with Nance- people are always completely surprised by how much I weight, and I can gain muscle mass that will make a dent on a scale in 1-2 weeks. I think it's a total body type thing.

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37177 · April 20, 2012 at 3:21 PM

@tdgor, I haven't created a lot of muscle bulk in a month but there have been several times that a month of exercise took my muscles from wimpy to much, much harder and I always gained weight and was much heavier on the scale than I looked in person. So I guess the next question is, am I really unusual?

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19120 · April 20, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Voted back up -- this is a fair question, however ill-stated. As @tdgor said, 3 lbs in a month is a fair amount of weight loss, and without knowing where you started, your stats, etc, all we can do is congratulate you!

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2056 · April 20, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Most people lose 3-10 pounds the first week? Really?

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2056 · April 20, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Nance--don't you think it would be really unusual for a woman to add a significant amount of muscle tissue in one month? Although upping one's exercise might lead to water retention in the muscles during recovery from a hard workout, which could affect the scale depending on the timing of the weigh-in vis-a-vis the workout. I've been lifting weights since 1974 and it is HARD for me as a female to create muscle tissue.

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2056 · April 20, 2012 at 1:16 PM

PS--Sorry, the potential for gallbladder problems, certainly not a guaranty!

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2056 · April 20, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Actually, three pounds in a month wouldn't necessarily signify that something is wrong for someone who is 100 pounds overweight. If she loses three pounds each and every month, all will be well. There are significant drawbacks IMO in extremely rapid WL--e.g. gallbladder problems.

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242 · April 20, 2012 at 8:37 AM

I completely agree.

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78417 · April 20, 2012 at 5:13 AM

You might want to edit and tell us what you've been eating, doing for exercise, supplementing with and how big you are. 3lbs in a month if you are 15lbs overweight is great. If you are 100lbs overweight something wrong....

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70 · April 20, 2012 at 3:33 AM

How much is too much fruit? Is one banana or one apple or a bowl of grapes too much a day? I'm kinda in the same boat as the original poster. I lost about 5 pounds in the first two weeks and haven't lost much since. Been on it about a month. I'm really just trying to lose my gut. I typically skip breakfast and I may have some cold cuts for lunch with some salad(usually spinach with oil/vinegar) and either chicken or beef for dinner. Will snack on some nuts and maybe a piece a fruit throughout the day. Workout 3-5 times a week, some lifting, some cardio. I'm 5'3" and at 157. Male

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37177 · April 20, 2012 at 3:29 AM

Whew, I think we were a little hard on you tonight, but it's true the more information you share the easier it is for us to offer ideas.

In general, I don't use a scale as there is too much normal variation in a person's weight--and you don't know how much is lean tissue and how much is body fat. If you've been more active in the past month you might have traded some fat for muscle and while very desirable that could actually increase your weight. Do you have more muscle than you did before?

One good idea is to measure key bod.y parts such as waist, hips, midriff, etc., so you can track them from month to month. Or, you could have a particular outfit that is snug and try it on once a month to see if it's getting looser in nice ways.

If your primary goal is fat loss, you will probably need to plan meals that will satisfy your hunger without excessive energy. I like to start with low-density fruit like citrus, then have a leafy salad so that moderate portions of meat and cooked vegetables feel like plenty. Over time, that's helped me lose quite a lot of fat without feeling starved.

Hope that helps.

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11557 · April 20, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Yeah, I'm a classic mesomorph and I'm with Nance- people are always completely surprised by how much I weight, and I can gain muscle mass that will make a dent on a scale in 1-2 weeks. I think it's a total body type thing.

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37177 · April 20, 2012 at 3:21 PM

@tdgor, I haven't created a lot of muscle bulk in a month but there have been several times that a month of exercise took my muscles from wimpy to much, much harder and I always gained weight and was much heavier on the scale than I looked in person. So I guess the next question is, am I really unusual?

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2056 · April 20, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Nance--don't you think it would be really unusual for a woman to add a significant amount of muscle tissue in one month? Although upping one's exercise might lead to water retention in the muscles during recovery from a hard workout, which could affect the scale depending on the timing of the weigh-in vis-a-vis the workout. I've been lifting weights since 1974 and it is HARD for me as a female to create muscle tissue.

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334 · April 20, 2012 at 8:25 AM

I've been paleo/primal since November and have only lost 10lbs so my weightloss has been very slow. However, my body composition has changed considerably so that I look as if I've lost much more than that and I feel better than I have done in years.

In my opinion, following a general 'paleo diet' (whatever that might mean as there are so many different variations) is not a guarantee of losing weight. I believe that we have to adapt the general paleo principles to our own individual needs if we want to lose weight - for example, I'm beginning to think that I may need to introduce more carbs, whereas for many they will lower carbs to lose weight.

The second factor that I consider is that, after years and years of eating firstly a crappy diet and then later a diet that I perceived as healthy but which patently wasn't providing my body with what it needed, I'd say that I'm pretty 'broken' and need time to heal. I personally feel confident that improvement in health is the primary goal and once health starts to get to where it should be, my body will drop the unnecessary fat and I'll get down to a healthy weight.

Give it time - stick with it and don't forget to experiment to see what is right for you.

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242 · April 20, 2012 at 8:37 AM

I completely agree.

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242 · April 20, 2012 at 8:36 AM

I have been primal almost 7 months now, and strict paleo 2 months and I gained 2 lbs. But I also dropped 2 dress sizes, so weight isn't everything. I am 5'8" a size 4/6, but weigh almost 150. This might not answer your question I understand. I slowly became leaner and leaner and my workouts slowly became longer.

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5043 · April 20, 2012 at 5:06 AM

Whoever said Paleo was primarily a weight loss program, anyway? Like the others said, you're only going to lose weight if you adapt it specifically. And no one can help you unless we know what it is you're doing.

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150 · April 20, 2012 at 2:49 AM

Something you are not doing right: formatting a question so that others can help you. Consider the following:

  1. Some sample daily menus would help determine if something in your diet is causing issues.
  2. More information about your everyday life- sleep, exercise, stressors, supplements/ medication. It's more than the food, how is your mental/physical/emotional health?
  3. Some context for your weight loss would be nice. Are you trying to lose 100 lbs or 10? 3 lbs in a month isn't too bad if you're at a healthy weight already.

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10 · April 20, 2012 at 11:01 AM

I wouldn't worry too much about what the scale says... muscle weighs more than fat and takes up less room. Do your clothes feel looser when you put them on? I rarely step on a scale.

I have been trying to keep my carb intake down to less than 50 grams a few days a week and between 50-100 the rest of the week. If you are eating a lot of fruit your carb levels may be too high. To loose weight your carb intake shouldn't exceed 100 grams per day. Mark's Daily Apple is a good site to get some additional information on this. Sign up for his emails, they really helped me. I've pasted the link for the Primal Blueprint Carbohydrate Curve...

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/how-to-succeed-with-the-primal-blueprint/#axzz1pfI5pgPG

I hope this helps you :-)

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399 · April 20, 2012 at 3:31 AM

I lost like 7 lbs 3 days after starting. I don't count that because I chalk it up to be water weight from eating grains. I am pretty strict paleo so I only eat lean meats, veggies, fruits and nuts. If I have to add oil for cooking, it's olive oil. That's all. No grains of any kind, no dairy -not creamer, not yogurt, not whole cream etc. I have been losing 2 lbs a week since starting.

Depending on how close you are to goal, you may actually have some good numbers there. It also depends how strict you're being with paleo. Paleo can reduce inflammation but if you're eating inflammatory foods you may have trouble dropping the weight due to that.

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10 · April 20, 2012 at 3:12 AM

I've found that it has to "kick in". For me, it's nothing, nothing, nothing and then bam! 5-10 lbs. From there you just dial in your diet. Happens every time I stop and then get back on Paleo.

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268 · April 20, 2012 at 2:45 AM

Asking a question without giving any information is one thing you are doing wrong. Give us your daily meal plan, exercise routine, daily supppliments ...

from what they tell me it takes awhile for your body to adjust to the new diet. Good things come to those who wait and eat healthy natural food.

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2873 · April 20, 2012 at 2:34 AM

Are you eating a bit too much Wendy's?

JK, give it time. That's all anybody can really tell you with the lack of information in your question.

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0 · April 20, 2012 at 3:21 AM

If you only lost 3 lbs in a month, something is wrong. Most people lose 3-10 lbs in the first week, so maybe you're eating too much fruit, or you are eating too much in general. You really need to follow the guidelines strict, there is no cheating on a 6 week Paleo challenge. Stick with it, it really does work.

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11557 · April 20, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Why would something be wrong? My boyfriend started eating paleo to gain weight, as he was quite underweight, and he is HAPPILY up 10 lbs. I didn't lose any weight when I switched, besides 2-3 lbs water weight, weight loss is not my goal.

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2056 · April 20, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Most people lose 3-10 pounds the first week? Really?

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70 · April 20, 2012 at 3:33 AM

How much is too much fruit? Is one banana or one apple or a bowl of grapes too much a day? I'm kinda in the same boat as the original poster. I lost about 5 pounds in the first two weeks and haven't lost much since. Been on it about a month. I'm really just trying to lose my gut. I typically skip breakfast and I may have some cold cuts for lunch with some salad(usually spinach with oil/vinegar) and either chicken or beef for dinner. Will snack on some nuts and maybe a piece a fruit throughout the day. Workout 3-5 times a week, some lifting, some cardio. I'm 5'3" and at 157. Male

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50 · April 20, 2012 at 2:56 AM

Agree with everyone else -- post what you are eating first!

As an aside both me and my husband lost 10 pounds or more within the first week of eating strict paleo/primal.

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