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I am very new to Paleo. I am on my 3rd week and I started out slow in this new lifestyle. I stayed consistently at 120 for 2 weeks straight. Every day learning and trying to eat strict Paleo plus working out every day.

Over the weekend I had a lot of beer and gluten and I knew i cheated but the next day I went back to strict Paleo (thinking i could just lose that 3 pounds I gained from the night before.)

Ever since that night 3 days ago I'm up on the scale 3 pounds and I cant seem to get the weight off. It's really bugging me and I don't know what to do.

Should I cut my calories even more than I am now? The the last 3 days I have been eating 1 egg with bacon, lunch- salad with turkey and just lemon juice, an apple and almonds (1/4 of cup) for snack. and chicken and steamed veggies for dinner.

I usually run between 2-4 miles a day.

What am I doing wrong? I'm getting nervous that I will never lose this weight because of the one night of drinking beer and eating gluten.

I decided Monday that i will follow strictly for 30 days no alcohol and no sugar (even no Paleo treats). Will this help me lose weight and get back to feeling better?

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110 · May 03, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Cococabana, anorexics get skinny but their bodies also eat their muscle along with the fat. And they are not exactly the bastions of good health... Tessagrey, it's based on basal metabolic rate--the calories that your body burns by just existing (Your BMR would be the calories required to maintain your body if you only laid in bed all day and did nothing but breathe). Women's average BMR is over 1400 calories, so you can see how eating under 1200 could negatively impact you, especially if you're being physically active. Men's average BMR is higher (>1600). More muscle mass=higher BMR

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1826 · May 02, 2013 at 12:34 AM

I hear ya. I'm 5'2 and prefer to be around 110, but was stuck at 120 for the longest time. I'm a celiac so I never indulge in anything with gluten. My husband and kids, however, tend to eat pizza, sandwiches, cake, etc once per week. It seems a little harder for them to continue losing fat than for me. I'm now around 116, after 6 mos of Paleo (I started out around 130 lbs).

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0 · May 01, 2013 at 2:23 PM

i'm 5 feet tall.

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0 · May 01, 2013 at 2:22 PM

thank you! i appricate your advice!

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0 · May 01, 2013 at 2:21 PM

yes it stresses me out too. I will just continue to change my lifestyle and learn from it. I did hide my scale under my bed because stressing doesnt help what i did. Just have to move on.

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0 · May 01, 2013 at 2:19 PM

thank you. i am actually 5 feet tall. I know it is time and patients and i have to give my body time. I read somewhere that it takes about 14 days to get the gluten out of you. the deed was done and now it just makes me want to exercise and eat strick paleo even more.

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24538 · May 01, 2013 at 8:08 AM

Women can expect to gain or lose up to 5 lbs. pretty much overnight depending on hormones, and time of the month. It is safe to keep freaking out reserved for much more significant weight fluctuations.

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975 · May 01, 2013 at 5:03 AM

"no woman should eat any fewer than 1200 calories a day" I'm curious why is that? What is the minimum calories for men and why is it different?

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4029 · May 01, 2013 at 4:30 AM

How tall are you? It's important to know what your 120 means.

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482 · May 01, 2013 at 3:46 AM

Agreed. If you are average height then 120 lbs is light, I'm not judging anyone but I doubt this person needs to lose any weight.

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482 · May 01, 2013 at 3:42 AM

I think the 'starvation mode' thing is a huge myth, your body doesn't hold onto fat is you less, how do you think anorexics get skinny?

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2904 · April 30, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Generally speaking, all carbs make you retain water.

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0 · April 30, 2013 at 3:50 PM

i know i need to stay off the scale and let my body adjust. its just hard changing my ways. Should i eat at least one serving of fruit or will the sugar not help my water retention

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7380 · April 30, 2013 at 8:05 PM

It's 3 pounds. THREE pounds! It could be water. Obsessing over three pounds is not good for you, nor is it conducive to healthy eating. Maybe your scale is three pounds off.

And you wouldn't gain that over night.

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110 · April 30, 2013 at 2:34 PM

I can't recommend enough staying off the scale when you do a paleo challenge. The scale is not your friend. It is highly unlikely that you gained three pounds of fat over the course of two days. You'd have to eat 10,000 calories MORE than your basic caloric needs in order to do that... What's more likely is that you're retaining water from the alcohol and excess carbs, which shows up on the scale as: ding ding ding WEIGHT GAIN :-O

The scale only tells you your relationship to gravity. It cannot tell you whether you've lost fat, water, muscle, or just had a big poop. I would challenge you to stay off of it, or at LEAST weigh in only once a week. It can take weeks to start noticing changes in your body from a healthy diet, the key is to be patient. Two weeks is not very long at all. Give it time. Also I looking at your daily meals, it seems like you could need to eat more calories.

It's counter intuitive, but if you don't eat enough calories, your body will think it's starving and that just makes it hold onto the fat even more (I know, silly body, trying to keep us from starving!). Don't be mad at it, it doesn't realize that we're surrounded by McDonald's and Krispy Kremes on every corner. For all it knows we could be wandering the Sahara Desert. It's just doing it's job. Almost no woman should eat any fewer than 1200 calories a day, and you need more than that if you're exercising too.

OK sorry for the essay...hope that helps!

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0 · April 30, 2013 at 3:50 PM

i know i need to stay off the scale and let my body adjust. its just hard changing my ways. Should i eat at least one serving of fruit or will the sugar not help my water retention

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975 · May 01, 2013 at 5:03 AM

"no woman should eat any fewer than 1200 calories a day" I'm curious why is that? What is the minimum calories for men and why is it different?

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482 · May 01, 2013 at 3:42 AM

I think the 'starvation mode' thing is a huge myth, your body doesn't hold onto fat is you less, how do you think anorexics get skinny?

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110 · May 03, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Cococabana, anorexics get skinny but their bodies also eat their muscle along with the fat. And they are not exactly the bastions of good health... Tessagrey, it's based on basal metabolic rate--the calories that your body burns by just existing (Your BMR would be the calories required to maintain your body if you only laid in bed all day and did nothing but breathe). Women's average BMR is over 1400 calories, so you can see how eating under 1200 could negatively impact you, especially if you're being physically active. Men's average BMR is higher (>1600). More muscle mass=higher BMR

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2904 · April 30, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Generally speaking, all carbs make you retain water.

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1826 · April 30, 2013 at 11:19 PM

Unless you're 4 ft tall, 120 lbs isn't fat by any standards. Losing the 10 lbs of the last traces of fat is significantly harder and takes more time than losing 10 lbs if you are overweight. Patience. Having said that, whenever my hubby eats gluten (a sandwich, for example) he gains 5-6 lbs and it takes him 10 days to lose the weight.

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0 · May 01, 2013 at 2:19 PM

thank you. i am actually 5 feet tall. I know it is time and patients and i have to give my body time. I read somewhere that it takes about 14 days to get the gluten out of you. the deed was done and now it just makes me want to exercise and eat strick paleo even more.

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1826 · May 02, 2013 at 12:34 AM

I hear ya. I'm 5'2 and prefer to be around 110, but was stuck at 120 for the longest time. I'm a celiac so I never indulge in anything with gluten. My husband and kids, however, tend to eat pizza, sandwiches, cake, etc once per week. It seems a little harder for them to continue losing fat than for me. I'm now around 116, after 6 mos of Paleo (I started out around 130 lbs).

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482 · May 01, 2013 at 3:46 AM

Agreed. If you are average height then 120 lbs is light, I'm not judging anyone but I doubt this person needs to lose any weight.

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102 · August 03, 2014 at 1:03 AM

Glycogen (stored sugar) is stored with about 3-4 parts water, so if someone has depleted their glycogen by 400g then it's possible to lose an additional 1600g of water, a total of 4.4 pounds. A study by Bergstrom et al (1967) showed that a sudden high-carbohydrate diet after a low carbohydrate diet caused glycogen to rise more than twice normal. This is how people fluctuate their weight by 5-10 pounds up or down and drive themselves crazy with the bathroom scale. Use your mirror not your scale.

I'm not sure how much beer/gluten you had but it could have caused a sudden "loading" of glycogen, especially if you had been previously low-carbing. I am, however, almost positive you didn't eat/drink enough to gain 3 pounds of fat in 1 night, given that 3 pounds of stored fat would be over 10,000 excess calories (assuming the generalized 3,500 cal per pound of fat)

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0 · August 02, 2014 at 12:44 PM

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0 · May 07, 2013 at 8:15 AM

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6 · May 02, 2013 at 10:34 AM

As you said, your weight is 120lbs and just based on this I am unable to tell anything about your weight loss. As Weight loss depends upon age, height, activity levels, calories intake and weight goal. If you provide the details of age and height, then I can share about diet plans which will be applicable for you. Alcohol and sugar have more calories, which will cause to gain weight. You must give up alcohol and sugar for weight loss.

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0 · May 01, 2013 at 5:02 AM

Hi! I started the Paleo three weeks ago. I lost 3kg within first 10 days, and then proceeded to put back on 2kg. It would have been easy for me to say Paleo was not working, but time of month, trying new foods with coconut oil and milk had a lot to do with it I think. I had a meltdown when we were taking a journey out of Sydney (2 hours away). My husband and I forgot to pack for journey (as we'd missed lunch at home) and we both got so frustrated when we could not find ANYTHING other than McD's, Kentucky Fried Chicken off the motorway. It has encouraged us to be more prepared with snacks in the fridge when we are going to be away from home! Stay off the scales. I have to say although my weight does not seem to have reduced that much, it is definitely noticeable on my stomach that I am slimmer, so good news there. Good luck!

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0 · May 01, 2013 at 2:22 PM

thank you! i appricate your advice!

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1097 · April 30, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Aha. Here, first... slow deep breaths... stop freaking out.

I have experienced the same issue, and it's water. It's water, and dang it, my body likes to hold onto it for dear life. Good news is, it'll go away.

Eat some fruit if you want it. Just go back to regular paleo like you have been, and as also suggested, stay off that scale. It's a tool that our minds turn into a demon too often. I just avoid it all together if 1. I've eaten too much salt/carbs, or 2. it's those two times of the month where I inevitably hold onto water. Which really just leaves me two opportunities in the month to weigh myself, but then again, do I really need more? No. Jumping on that scale every day just makes me stressed, which in turn probably helps me hold onto even more weight.

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0 · May 01, 2013 at 2:21 PM

yes it stresses me out too. I will just continue to change my lifestyle and learn from it. I did hide my scale under my bed because stressing doesnt help what i did. Just have to move on.

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