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Not losing weight

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Updated September 16, 2014 at 8:02 PM
Created January 23, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Hello.

I have been on the Paleo diet for 35 days.

I lost 6 pounds in the first week or two but since then I have remained the same weight.

I am currently doing quite a strict version of the diet. So no dairy, caffeine, starchy foods, no gluten.

I eat 2x eggs for breakfast. 7 AM Home Made Soup for Lunch, with meat in it. 2PM I snack on vegetables and nuts between meals - cashews, walnuts and almonds, celery, carrot, pepper, tomato. Dinner 7(PM) I eat meat with a home made sauce and vegetables. - either meat stock sauce, nut butter, tomato or coconut based. I sleep 10/11PM to 6 AM. - I work at a desk job 8-4.30. I exercise by doing weights every two days. At least 30 min walk up to 1h 30 min walk. I am being calorie deficit.

I have the occasional TSP of Honey. I drink only natural teas and water. I have PCOS, not sure if this is effecting me on this diet too.

Is there something I am doing wrong? Any help would be appreciated.

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25 · January 24, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Thanks a lot for all the advice. Taking it all at board and will go home and do some math after work today. I have already decided to cut honey out, so I think i'll try cutting the nuts out too tomorrow. Is there something you advise snack wise to have to replace nuts? Maybe simply more veg is the answer.

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25 · January 24, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Also with my new diet, i only ever really feel hungry in the morning. I don't have any issues with hunger. My soups fill me alot. I cook them in fat to help and always add meat, with out moving the fat from the meat.

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25 · January 24, 2013 at 12:23 PM

I will give that a go. I only recently added nuts to up my calorie intake should not be hard to remove them.

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25 · January 24, 2013 at 12:22 PM

I am 100% sure that I am eating calorie Deficit. I have been trying to loose weight for 12 years so I am very good at calorie counting. More then anything else I am wondering if my issue is too few calories, due to my watching. I am eating under 1000 cals a day naturally and I am trying to feed myself another 200-500 calories to push it up, mainly with nuts, I will try avoid them from now on.

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25 · January 24, 2013 at 12:20 PM

I am 100% sure that I am eating calorie Deficit. I have been trying to loose weight for 12 years so I am very good at calorie counting. More then anything else I am wondering if my issue is too few calories, due to my watching. I am eating about 1000 cals a day naturally and I am trying to feed myself another 200-500 calories to push it up, mainly with nuts, I will try avoid them from now on.

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1826 · January 24, 2013 at 6:20 AM

That should say " I don't know why nuts stall his weight LOSS but it does."

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4218 · January 23, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Nuts, nut butters and coconut always stall my weight loss, always. I'd ditch those and the honey.

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1826 · January 23, 2013 at 6:11 PM

I would try more meat or fatter cuts of meat to feel fuller. Maybe your soups are too thin or low fat. My husband loses weight on lots of meat but no nuts. Don't know why nuts stall his weight gain, but it does.

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25 · January 23, 2013 at 3:05 PM

thanks alot, I will check it out.

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25 · January 23, 2013 at 3:05 PM

I am over weight at 12 stone 3. Height 5"5. I may try lay off the nuts but I need to find another way to increase my calories as with out them i'd be going on under 1000 cal a day. I am not putting any grains in my soup its just vegetables and meat. I tried on my a pair of pants one dress size down and they did not fit still.

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2022 · January 23, 2013 at 2:39 PM

Don't know about your question, but check out www.paleoforwomen.com. She has a lot of great info on pcos over there.

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170 · January 23, 2013 at 7:47 PM

Hi Siobhan, Looks like you are experiencing a "stall", which is common. I think it would be very difficult for anyone to analyze your specific situation and find THE answer. But in an attempt to be helpful, might I suggest a return to the basics, followed by some experimentation: it often helps to re-examine your fundamentals to ensure you are still on the right track. This re-examination also helps to rule out some possible reasons, via a process of elimination.

A quick googling of "basal metabolic rate calculator" and your numbers (172lbs, 5'5", age and gender) will give you a general calorie need (the general caloric load needed to maintain your current state).

As you likely know, to lose weight you generally (but not in all instances) need to lower that number. You can do this via less food, or more exercise. However, remember that you want to lose fat, and not muscle, so you should avoid trying to lower the number of calories too much. A frequently cited aim is a deficit of 500 calories daily, for a total of 3500 calories per week, which is roughly 1 pound (0.071 stone). Please do bear in mind that calorie quality also means a lot.

So how many calories are you eating each day? How about when you subtract the calories burnt during any meaningful exercise? Try cronometer.com or another tracker to get a number you are pretty sure of. This will give you an idea of macronutrient ratios: how many fats, carbs and proteins you are eating. Then the fun begins!

  • What happens when you increase protein and fat a little, but lower carbs? Try it.
  • What happens when you shift the bulk of your carbs to the meal immediately following your daily workout? Try it.
  • What if you cut nuts, increase fatty fish (less Omega6, more Omega3)? Try it.
  • What if you ate no breakfast a few times a week, but instead ate those calories at lunch and dinner instead?

In other words, once you have a good idea of your basic numbers, experiment with the rest, until you find what works for you. All the best!

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25 · January 24, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Thanks a lot for all the advice. Taking it all at board and will go home and do some math after work today. I have already decided to cut honey out, so I think i'll try cutting the nuts out too tomorrow. Is there something you advise snack wise to have to replace nuts? Maybe simply more veg is the answer.

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203 · January 24, 2013 at 4:15 AM

Are you logging EVERY single calorie you eat? You won't loose any weight until you truly eat at a calorie deficit regardless of paleo or not. The fact your not loosing any weight means you are eating at maintenance. You need to eat less its that simple.

Start a my fitness pal account and log everything you eat. I started one over a month ago and am down 10 lbs. Logging is the key if your serious about weight loss.

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25 · January 24, 2013 at 12:22 PM

I am 100% sure that I am eating calorie Deficit. I have been trying to loose weight for 12 years so I am very good at calorie counting. More then anything else I am wondering if my issue is too few calories, due to my watching. I am eating under 1000 cals a day naturally and I am trying to feed myself another 200-500 calories to push it up, mainly with nuts, I will try avoid them from now on.

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25 · January 24, 2013 at 12:20 PM

I am 100% sure that I am eating calorie Deficit. I have been trying to loose weight for 12 years so I am very good at calorie counting. More then anything else I am wondering if my issue is too few calories, due to my watching. I am eating about 1000 cals a day naturally and I am trying to feed myself another 200-500 calories to push it up, mainly with nuts, I will try avoid them from now on.

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1826 · January 23, 2013 at 2:31 PM

1) Are you eating any grains or pseudo grains at all in the soups? Those need to be eliminated for weight lost. 2)Some people gain weight on nuts so go light on those or eliminate for a couple of weeks and see. 3) Are you losing fat and gaining muscle with the workout? My daughter was not overweight so she only lost 10 pounds at most but 2 pant sizes and looks completely different.

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25 · January 24, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Also with my new diet, i only ever really feel hungry in the morning. I don't have any issues with hunger. My soups fill me alot. I cook them in fat to help and always add meat, with out moving the fat from the meat.

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25 · January 24, 2013 at 12:23 PM

I will give that a go. I only recently added nuts to up my calorie intake should not be hard to remove them.

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1826 · January 24, 2013 at 6:20 AM

That should say " I don't know why nuts stall his weight LOSS but it does."

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1826 · January 23, 2013 at 6:11 PM

I would try more meat or fatter cuts of meat to feel fuller. Maybe your soups are too thin or low fat. My husband loses weight on lots of meat but no nuts. Don't know why nuts stall his weight gain, but it does.

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25 · January 23, 2013 at 3:05 PM

I am over weight at 12 stone 3. Height 5"5. I may try lay off the nuts but I need to find another way to increase my calories as with out them i'd be going on under 1000 cal a day. I am not putting any grains in my soup its just vegetables and meat. I tried on my a pair of pants one dress size down and they did not fit still.

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