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Not Losing Weight

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Created November 07, 2012 at 7:44 PM

I don't understand how this works--so we switch our bodies into a fat burning mode, but we eat SO much fat, then wouldn't our bodies just use the fat we're putting in instead of burning reserves?

I'm eating about 80-100 grams of fat a day, approx. 50 grams of carbs (usually less) NO sugar, NO dairy, and over 100 grams of protein a day. I'm keeping my calories to around 1400.

And not losing ANY weight.

I work out about 3 days a week doing Pure Barre, and walk about 4-5 miles a week.

Am I eating too much fat so that my body isn't burning reserve fats? I'm about to quit.

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11048 · November 07, 2012 at 10:57 PM

Oh, please. It works for both men and women.

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1688 · November 07, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Sorry, even on paleo you need to create a calorie deficit in order to lose weight. Some people do this instinctively because they find paleo more satiating, but you'll find that a lot of people do count calories, and do try and create a calorie deficit.

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1688 · November 07, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Did you mean 4 to 5 miles a day, by any chance? Otherwise, it's not much walking.

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1601 · November 07, 2012 at 9:58 PM

interesting experience yasmin! thanks for sharing.

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11048 · November 07, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Two weeks is not enough time to gauge anything. Two weeks is not enough time to become the fat burning machine you are trying to become.

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11254 · November 07, 2012 at 8:43 PM

The 100g a day of protein is probably nuts for you. I doubt you have enough muscle mass to justify that much protein. Oh wait, it is a little much, but according to Wolframalpha, it isn't that far off. Maybe things will look a little different if you add more of your stats (age) to it, but you can multiply that 95.8 by anything from .7g to 1g.

In fact it looks like the reason you aren't losing weight is that you are kind of where you are supposed to be. So, you will probably feel better and begin to perform better by sticking to paleo, but dropping that body fat further will just be hard no matter what you do.

This has happened to me, though since I am a man, my sticking point is a bit lower percentage wise. I shall console myself by remembering I am a totally awesome outlier anyway, and those single digit bodyfat people are really just genetic freaks.

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80 · November 07, 2012 at 10:31 PM

There was a great post not too long ago on Mark's Daily Apple http://www.marksdailyapple.com/9-ways-sabotaging-weight-loss/#axzz2BZvQ3LWt

In interesting point was eating too little carbs can also stall weight loss, especially if you're working out heavily. During these workout days, he suggests increasing the carb intake.

I eat about 1450 calories (and I count them) and was not losing anything on Paleo for a while. I realized I was eating way too much protein for my muscle mass (like 2 to 3 times too much). I reduced it to between 50 - 60 g of protein a day and the weight is coming off. Slowly, but steady.

But your problem might be that at 5'5 and 130 lbs, you might be at a good weight. (I'm 5'4 and 140, so I'd love to get to 130 and stick there).

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10 · November 07, 2012 at 9:51 PM

I was Paleo for 6 months and didn't loose very much weight. I started to eat low fat, and I started to loose weight again. BUT my boyfriend did loose fat and his muscles became more defined. From my experience and those from my friends, Paleo is best for men. But it was a really fun diet :)

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1601 · November 07, 2012 at 9:58 PM

interesting experience yasmin! thanks for sharing.

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11048 · November 07, 2012 at 10:57 PM

Oh, please. It works for both men and women.

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25 · November 07, 2012 at 8:10 PM

I've been doing it for about two weeks. (I know--you'll say keep going, right?) :) I'm 5'5", 130 pounds, low stress level, sleep 7-8 hours a night, 9 hours on weekends.

With most "new" ways of eating, I usually see (and believe this is typical for everyone) the best results in the first two weeks. I know this is all about a lifestyle change, but honestly, eating this much fat and not losing weight is making me feel pretty hopeless.

That being said, every paleo website I've been on has told me NOT to count calories, and NOT to count fat, and to get a certain amount of protein (over 100 grams) a day. So, to do that, I've been eating around 1600-1800 calories a day. Recently I've been thinking that's just nuts for weight loss, but there's little information available about calories on Paleo for weight loss. Yes, I'm not experiencing intense hunger so I could slim down the calories. But everyone seems to say, "don't do that," (slim calories).

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11048 · November 07, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Two weeks is not enough time to gauge anything. Two weeks is not enough time to become the fat burning machine you are trying to become.

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1688 · November 07, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Sorry, even on paleo you need to create a calorie deficit in order to lose weight. Some people do this instinctively because they find paleo more satiating, but you'll find that a lot of people do count calories, and do try and create a calorie deficit.

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20411 · November 07, 2012 at 7:54 PM

The magic of eating fat and protein is the relative lack of hunger it produces. But if calories are too high, you still won't lose. I can't say that 1400 is too high for you or not. How long have you been doing this? What is your BMR? Are you getting enough sleep? How is you stress level?

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1601 · November 07, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Do you enjoy eating this way? I don't see anything wrong with counting calories if you want to.

ALSO - you can have quick weight loss by cutting calories to just protein+fat, but do you want to lose permanently? I think that's a harder question. Some theories say if you're not well nourished, your body will pack on the weight you lost again or something else will start to drag - your sleep will become less refreshing, your cholesterol might go up eating this way long term because of stress, etc. etc.

I like perfect health diet, where your calories should be more moderate in protein....and higher in carbs. 100 g of protein is a lot and yet wasn't satisfying for me. yes, calories matter, but so does the composition ofyour diet.

it's also better for your health and mental sanity, in my opinion, to have some carbs.

I can turn you to advocate intermittent fasting - basically confining your eating to 8-10 hours per day. There is a lot of science behind eating this way.

But basically, are you well nourished? do you have all your nutrients and minerals? or are you eating egg whites and chicken and spinach and lean steaks....

From perfect health diet:

"The three keys for an effective and healthy weight loss diet, as I see it, are:

1.Elimination of food toxins. Food toxins are the primary cause of obesity and you can’t expect to cure a condition by causing it! 2.Perfect nourishment. The diet should be as nourishing as possible. The dieter should be in the “plateau range” of every nutrient – vitamins, minerals, organic molecules, carbs, protein, and fats. 3.Calorie restriction. You have to be in energy deficit to lose weight."

http://perfecthealthdiet.com/2011/02/perfect-health-diet-weight-loss-version/

read their post, I think it could help.

Also, have you read this: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/what-does-it-mean-to-be-fat-adapted/#axzz2BZqFgEsq

If you can handle missing meals and are able to go hours without getting ravenous and cranky (or craving carbs), you’re likely fat-adapted

Read more: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/what-does-it-mean-to-be-fat-adapted/#ixzz2BZqZGioG

If you can handle exercising without having to carb-load, you’re probably fat-adapted. If you can workout effectively in a fasted state, you’re definitely fat-adapted.

Read more: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/what-does-it-mean-to-be-fat-adapted/#ixzz2BZqaGxGo

so...when paleo comes down to it, it's like every other diet plan, you have to eat less. except you're eating more nourishing food, so you are healthier and you you won't yo-yo. also your hunger and satiety are REAL, not based on fake food, bars, shakes, etc.

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