I have been doing paleo for 2 months now. I really like it but my weight loss is very slow. I'm 5'4", 185lbs and I've only lost 6lbs. I've done lots of research and feel like I'm doing everything right. What am I missing?
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I need 1700 calories a day to stay as I am so your 1200 would tend to lose me a pound every 2 weeks. That be the same as you - 6 pounds in 2 months sadly. I am your height. You might though take more exercise than I do so use more calories. At least you are losing. I would keep at it if I were you. I'm just getting started again after a difficult Autumn and some bad eating.
The first 3 weeks of paleo I had no fruit of any kind. All I ate were meat, veggies, fat. I ended up never being hungry and subsequently didn't eat as much. I didn't lose even one pound, even while upping exercise.
Then one day I just decided to add in some berries, and actually a little apple. I ended up having a better appetite and ate more meals a day. Suddenly dropped 10 pounds. In my case, this helped immensely, but I have started from a higher weight than you.
You've lost weight eating bananas and cashews? I wish I was you. If I eat bananas or starchy stuff I slowly gain back up.
Your diet sounds great and quite healthy, I say keep it up. How often do you cheat on it? Ice cream, desserts, etc?
Ok. My day of food looks like this. Breakfast usually a shake with 1 cup unsweetened almond milk,1tbls chai seeds, half a banana, 10 cashews. Lunch is 6oz of meat (steak, chicken or pork) about a cup or two of vegetables with olive oil. Snack 2 eggs. Supper, the same. Usually there is an avocado in there somewhere as well. On fitness pal I'm eating around 1200-1300 cal a day. Im pretty full after that to eat a whole lot more.i exercise 2 times a week which might be a 1 hour walk or a jog walk combo. I have to small kids, run a business and do wood work so I rarely sit down. Im always on the move.
The average weight loss of a person starting a Paleo Diet is directly proportional to average amount of weight a person has. I would recommend you to focus on healthy target weight for your body. The number isn’t really important. The Paleo diet usually gets you close to that weight if you stick with it and exercise. It's more about overall health and fitness rather than just weight loss.
Also you had mentioned that you have done research. But you haven’t mentioned any of your specific diet or any exercise you do with your diet plan. Unless we come to know about all this point we cannot help you in suggesting be possible tips.
Depending on how much weight you have to lose the weight loss will be faster/slower. Initially the weight drop that heavier people achieve is water/inflammation, not so much fat. Fat wise it's really only viable to lose 1-2lbs a week max unless you're coming from a really messed up state or cutting your calories to an unhealthy level. ( The weight watchers 10lbs a week just isn't realistic or healthy for more than the first week )
If you think about your base rate of calories then cut by 500 calories you will hit 1lb/week of weight loss, so 6 lbs over 2 months is a bit short of that but not horrible imo.
You really didn't include any information...so asking what you're doing wrong, or what you can fix is really, um...stupid. In general you want to exercise with the intent of building muscle and remove excess sugar and don't overeat calorie wise. ( Not really an issue if you're working out )