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I Keep Losing Weight!

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Created December 31, 2011 at 1:39 PM

I started the Paleo "Diet"/Lifestyle, about 15 weeks ago, and have lost 14 lbs, starting weight of 137, with a weigh in today of 123 lbs. My clothes no longer fit, and I am by my own definition now "skinny". I have lost almost all of my belly fat and of course my face is no longer bloated or puffy.

So what's the problem? I am just wondering when will the weight loss stop? I eat a big Paleo breakfast, apples for snacks, nuts and lots of chocolate, lunch is salad with meat, dinner is fish/meat, salad, greens, more chocolate. I supplement with Chlorella, Fish Oil, Vit D, & Resveretol.

I don't want to be a skinny dried up grandma at 55!!

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8574 · January 01, 2012 at 5:26 PM

I need to go back and listen to the episode but I think it may have been in the context of someone who is fairly athletic.

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1054 · December 31, 2011 at 8:33 PM

Everyone feels the same about 4 eggs and bacon and steak at breakfast at the beginning. But just try it. Get 50 grams protein at breakfast within 30 min of getting up. You will be amazed after a week how you feel. Tough it the first few days. There are many on MDA that do not accept mediocre health. We all want an A+ and the Leptin Reset does that for many. http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread32345.html Right now the discussion has centered around fixing thyroid problems.

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11152 · December 31, 2011 at 5:28 PM

Try eating a sweet potato every other day and see if it doesn't put a halt to your weight loss. If you're still losing, increase it to one potato per day.

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98 · December 31, 2011 at 5:10 PM

I just bought a huge jar of coconut butter, will add that as well!

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98 · December 31, 2011 at 5:09 PM

I eat a sweet potato once a week, loaded with butter. Its going to be interesting to see where I level out at. I'm steadily losing 1# or more per week (even thru Thanksgiving and Christmas meals)

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98 · December 31, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Sounds like a plan, but I am stuffed after the 2eggs/bacon. Will cut out snacks too! Thanks for all the helpful information.

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1680 · December 31, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Interesting. Butter doesn't stop my weight loss, but coconut butter (which I love) sure does.

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2890 · December 31, 2011 at 4:09 PM

That's interesting, as bodybuilders usually throw out 14-16 kcal/lb for maintaining, 10-12kcal/lb for losing. I guess Robb is hoping people will be very active and want to lose weight slowly.

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1054 · December 31, 2011 at 3:15 PM

Up the eggs to four and 4 slices of bacon and use coconut oil for cooking the eggs rather than bacon grease. More Sat fat in the co oil. Also add 2 oz of beef steak pan fried in co oil in the AM. No snacking...eat enough to avoid snacks. Use stevia if you must have a sweet. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HkqBxpPBeI for more of Robb Wolf. Use fitday.com to determine grams of protein in each meal plus your caloric intake. At your age, with moderate exercise activity I suspect you should consume around 1500 cal a day for stabilized weight.

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661 · December 31, 2011 at 2:41 PM

im losing too much weight too and its messing with my thyroid i believe.

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98 · December 31, 2011 at 2:37 PM

Thanks for the recommendations. For Breakfast, I eat 2 slices of bacon and 2 eggs, is this enough? (eggs cooked in bacon grease). I also try to eat about a tablespoon of coconut oil during the day. My recent snack has been a pumpkin pie, paleo style of course. (with coconut milk icing). only used about a tblsp of honey for sweetner. I just read Robb Worlk's book, incorporating what I have learned!

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15976 · December 31, 2011 at 2:22 PM

what Bruno says. seriously, simply eat more food than you currently are. This is not brain science.

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78422 · December 31, 2011 at 2:12 PM

Add some cheese in. Maybe just a few ounces a day. See how it works. I've never gained weight from dairy. It just stalls my weight loss. Don't be afraid of fat.

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98 · December 31, 2011 at 2:01 PM

The only dairy I do eat is butter. I don't want to gain weight, just want to not lose any more if I can help it!

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1026 · December 31, 2011 at 1:43 PM

More carbs, more calories :D

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78422 · December 31, 2011 at 1:51 PM

Becky, try some dairy. Full fat. Butter especially. I'm trying to lose weight, and diary seems to stall my weight loss completely.

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98 · December 31, 2011 at 5:10 PM

I just bought a huge jar of coconut butter, will add that as well!

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78422 · December 31, 2011 at 2:12 PM

Add some cheese in. Maybe just a few ounces a day. See how it works. I've never gained weight from dairy. It just stalls my weight loss. Don't be afraid of fat.

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1680 · December 31, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Interesting. Butter doesn't stop my weight loss, but coconut butter (which I love) sure does.

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98 · December 31, 2011 at 2:01 PM

The only dairy I do eat is butter. I don't want to gain weight, just want to not lose any more if I can help it!

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1054 · December 31, 2011 at 2:00 PM

If you will follow Dr Jack kruse's Leptin Reset Prescription of 50 grams of protein and all the fat necessary to cook the meal within 30 min of awakening in the AM and then eat a small lunch if needed and then as much paleo food as you need to be satiated, you will reach honeostasis in your weight.

More protein and fat in the morning. Carbs especially processed wheat based products and carbs in the form of sugar based products are not recommended unless you are highly athletic in your daily life. All carbs do is turn to energy in the form of sugars in the gut and that energy must be used immediately and if not it is stored as fat in the cells of the body.

http://jackkruse.com/my-leptin-prescription/

One of his recommendations is to buy and read Robb Wolf's book, The Paleo Solution.

Your weight loss will abate but you will have to increase your carlories in the form of protein and fat.

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1054 · December 31, 2011 at 8:33 PM

Everyone feels the same about 4 eggs and bacon and steak at breakfast at the beginning. But just try it. Get 50 grams protein at breakfast within 30 min of getting up. You will be amazed after a week how you feel. Tough it the first few days. There are many on MDA that do not accept mediocre health. We all want an A+ and the Leptin Reset does that for many. http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread32345.html Right now the discussion has centered around fixing thyroid problems.

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98 · December 31, 2011 at 2:37 PM

Thanks for the recommendations. For Breakfast, I eat 2 slices of bacon and 2 eggs, is this enough? (eggs cooked in bacon grease). I also try to eat about a tablespoon of coconut oil during the day. My recent snack has been a pumpkin pie, paleo style of course. (with coconut milk icing). only used about a tblsp of honey for sweetner. I just read Robb Worlk's book, incorporating what I have learned!

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1054 · December 31, 2011 at 3:15 PM

Up the eggs to four and 4 slices of bacon and use coconut oil for cooking the eggs rather than bacon grease. More Sat fat in the co oil. Also add 2 oz of beef steak pan fried in co oil in the AM. No snacking...eat enough to avoid snacks. Use stevia if you must have a sweet. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HkqBxpPBeI for more of Robb Wolf. Use fitday.com to determine grams of protein in each meal plus your caloric intake. At your age, with moderate exercise activity I suspect you should consume around 1500 cal a day for stabilized weight.

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98 · December 31, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Sounds like a plan, but I am stuffed after the 2eggs/bacon. Will cut out snacks too! Thanks for all the helpful information.

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360 · December 31, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Have you leveled out and stayed at 123 for a bit? Have you given it some time to see if you stop losing and stay at a steady weight for a bit? Who knows... you may hit 122 and stop losing. Give your body a chance to do what it does.

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11152 · December 31, 2011 at 3:52 PM

I was having the same problem, Becky http://paleohacks.com/questions/54187/hack-my-over-weight-loss#axzz1i4mgol2i . I've leveled out at 113-115lbs, which is what I weighed when I graduated high school, lol.

I needed to add starch to my diet, and it sounds like you do too! Dairy is not a necessity, but I do enjoy slathering my potatoes in butter ;) I don't generally bother with macros or calories, and some days I splurge on sugary foods like dark chocolate and fruits, and others I just don't feel like eating much. It all balances out. Cavemen didn't eat the same thing, day in and day out. Some days they got to pig out, other days they went to bed with a stomach full of nuts and greens ;)

You have to remember that you started Paleo with the intention of dropping a few pounds. Now that you've accomplished that, you need to adjust your diet accordingly.

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98 · December 31, 2011 at 5:09 PM

I eat a sweet potato once a week, loaded with butter. Its going to be interesting to see where I level out at. I'm steadily losing 1# or more per week (even thru Thanksgiving and Christmas meals)

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11152 · December 31, 2011 at 5:28 PM

Try eating a sweet potato every other day and see if it doesn't put a halt to your weight loss. If you're still losing, increase it to one potato per day.

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8574 · December 31, 2011 at 3:02 PM

Becky, I started Paleo about three months ago at 198 lbs (15% body fat) and just over a month I dropped to 182 lbs (13%). I too was worried that I would disappear but without making any real changes to my diet I have remained around the 185 lbs (13%) mark.

If there was a change it was that I upped the intensity of my workouts, hence my weight has increased but body fat remained fairly constant (actually dropping 0.5%).

What I did was spend some time and write down a general working day's meals, and then do a rough calculation of the total calorific breakdown.

Calories: 2342 kcal
Fat.....: 55.29% (144.0g)
Protein.: 38.87% (227.7g)
Carbs...: 5.84% (34.2g)

In Robb Wolf's Paleolithic Solution Episode 6, he mentions the following rough guide:

Protein consumption.: 1g per lbs of body weight.
Loose body fat......: 15 - 17 kcal per lbs of body weight.
Maintain body fat ..: 18 kcal per lbs of body weight.
Increase muscle mass: 20 - 21 kcal per lbs body weight.

Which for example means that for me (185 lbs) my goals should be:

Protein.: 185g.
Loose...: 2775 kcal.
Maintain: 3330 kcal.
Increase: 3700 kcal.

So now I have a kind of rough guideline within which to work.

I hope this helps.

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2890 · December 31, 2011 at 4:09 PM

That's interesting, as bodybuilders usually throw out 14-16 kcal/lb for maintaining, 10-12kcal/lb for losing. I guess Robb is hoping people will be very active and want to lose weight slowly.

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8574 · January 01, 2012 at 5:26 PM

I need to go back and listen to the episode but I think it may have been in the context of someone who is fairly athletic.

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