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March 06, 2013

9 More Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight

By Mark Sisson
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It's not really about the scale...A few years back, I wrote an article explaining 17 possible reasons why you’re not losing weight. It was a troubleshooting guide of sorts, aimed at helping people identify some of things they may be doing (or not doing) that’s causing their stalled fat loss. The etiology of obesity and weight gain is multifactorial, and can be complex. Additionally, we’re all unique human beings. So it can be difficult to pin down one simple cause – or even seventeen simple causes. While unwanted fat loss comes effortlessly to most people that eat according to the Primal eating strategy – as the success stories and hundreds of thousands of positive user experiences indicate – sometimes we inadvertently sabotage our best efforts, stray from best practices, or don’t fully grok what we need to do to become efficient fat-burners. So let’s take a look at nine more possible reasons, shall we?

1. You’re engaging in too much mindless eating.

If you asked most people what made them overweight in the first place, it was that sneaky, tricky combination of eating and, well, doing everything else but focus on the food. It’s eating while watching TV. It’s eating while driving (I’ve seen a man eat a bowl of cereal on the 405). It’s eating while cooking (not tasting to stay abreast of the dish; full-on eating). It’s popcorn at the movies. It’s beer and wings and more beer during the game. In other words, it’s mindless eating. Eating that feels like breathing, like something you just do. You take a few chews, rarely enough to qualify as real mastication, and down the hatch it goes, with a follow-up handful close on its heels. Since increased frequency of eating (i.e. mindless eating or snacking) is strongly associated with the United States’ steadily increasing average energy intake, it’s plausible that mindless eating leads to eating more food.

Be more mindful when you eat; practice mindful eating. Eat food with others, sit down to dinner, take the time to appreciate the food you’re eating. Just because you’re scarfing down grass-fed beef and pastured eggs doesn’t mean you can get away with mindless consumption.

2. You’re eating too many “pleasure foods.”

Paul Jaminet really has a knack for coining phrases, doesn’t he (“safe starch,” anyone?)? A lesser known one is “pleasure foods.” These are things like nuts, dark chocolate, and raw honey – all foods that have gotten the stamp of Primal approval in the past, all foods that are calorically-dense and easy to overeat. This is hard to grasp, because these foods also confer some health benefits. Nuts are rich sources of micronutrients like magnesium, vitamin E, and selenium, and multiple studies suggest that nuts help weight loss. Dark chocolate got an entire post devoted to its impressive polyphenol content (and its fatty acid profile isn’t too bad, either), while honey is quite possibly the best sweetener around. At the very least, it and its bevy of bee-related compounds outperform other sweeteners like maple syrup and plain sugar and result in fewer metabolic issues. All that said, these foods are delicious, packed with calories, and can be overeaten, particularly because they have the reputation as “health foods.”

If you’re not losing weight, moderate your intake of these foods.

3. You’re eating too little.

It’s well-established that prolonged dieting – taking in fewer calories than your body expends – will eventually lead to a downregulation in the basal metabolic rate. This is simple stuff, really. Reducing your food intake will lower your body weight, usually, but it’s not a simple matter of dropping them lower and lower as you lose weight. The body isn’t a passive thing that you’re merely adding to and subtracting from. Instead, it’s a living, breathing, reacting, adapting entity that responds to the lowered caloric input by lowering its energy expenditure. Since you can’t lose weight forever (you’re not just going to waste away into nothingness), perpetually lowering your caloric intake will eventually work against your desire to lose weight.

Instead of sitting at a chronic caloric deficit, consider cycling your caloric intake. Eat less one day, more the next. You might also look into periodic refeeds, which may be able to kickstart a stalled weight loss.

4. You’re under “hidden stress.”

In the previous article, I explained how stress can make us gain weight, or stop losing it. Cortisol – which we release as a part of the stress response – inhibits weight loss, catabolizes muscle, worsens insulin resistance, and promotes the storage of fat. Although back then I was referring to the obvious sources of stress in our lives, like bills, traffic, jobs we hate, bosses we hate, relationship strife, there are other “hidden” types of stressors that result in the very same physiological responses as obvious stressors cause. Foremost among the hidden stressors is the lack of nature exposure. In the literature, researchers often speak of “forest bathing,” or spending a day or two or three in a forest setting to reduce cortisol, enhance immune function, and improve glucose tolerance. I prefer to look at this a different way. Instead of nature exposure being a positive anti-stress agent, urban living is an active stressor. Spending a day in the woods is a return to normalcy rather than an “intervention.”

If you’re not doing this already, take a day or two out of the week to get outside, preferably amongst unkempt, wild nature. It needn’t be a forest or a craggy cliff. The beach, the desert, or even a park will do just fine. In a pinch, you can even listen to nature sounds and look at nature scenes on your computer.

5. You’re too focused on diet to the exclusion of all else.

When you realize the wool that’s been pulled over the collective eyes of society regarding nutrition, it’s easy to become obsessed with your newfound knowledge. It’s easy to stay up late, night in, night out, perusing nutrition blogs, reading comment sections, devouring PubMed articles. You’ll hear about some arcane but totally essential nutrient and think that it’s the Answer. Am I getting enough magnesium? What about boron – I need some boron, right? How about vitamin A? Should I go for the preformed retinol or rely on the conversion from beta-carotene? Should I drive fifty miles out of town to get goose liver, or should I just take a vitamin K2 supplement and call it a day? Choline – that’s the stuff! Nothing but liver and egg yolks from here on out!

Diet is the obvious primary arbiter of body composition, but there’s more to life than worrying about what you put in your mouth. It’s counterintuitive, and there aren’t any randomized controlled trials showing it, but you might have more success just enjoying life, getting some exercise, and hanging out with good people instead of micromanaging your nutrient intake. Relax.

6. You’re getting too much exercise.

Although regular exercise is a necessary component of a healthy lifestyle, and smart training that includes lifting heavy things, walking lots, and sprinting occasionally can speed weight loss and improve body composition, there is such a thing as too much exercise. After all, effective exercise is effective because it’s stressful, because it challenges our physiology and propels us to rise to the occasion and improve ourselves by getting stronger, faster, and with more lean mass and less body fat. Taken to the extreme, exercise becomes a chronic stressor and a steady source of cortisol release (which as we discussed above makes us insulin resistant and promotes the accumulation of belly fat). Chronic stress in any form can also induce a hypothyroid-like state, where metabolic rate is lowered and weight loss slows or stops altogether, and exercise-induced chronic stress is no different.

Try to stick to the 4,000 calories a week (soft) limit, especially if you find your weight loss stalling.

7. Your macronutrients and training are mismatched.

For most people who stay reasonably active, doing lots of low-level movement as well as some lifting, a low-carb Primal way of eating is generally the most effective way to lose body fat. It tastes good, it’s easy to stick to, and, most importantly, it works. But some people like to push the envelope. They like waking up early and going for a run, then coming home at night and hitting the weights. They’re avid CrossFitters. They like seeing how far their bodies can go. They’re concerned with performance, above all else, and they want to maximize every last drop of physicality their bodies can muster. In that case, more dietary carbs are probably called for – especially if they’re trying to lose weight at the same time. Certain activities just require glycogen. I do plenty of activities that use up glycogen, but I’m not doing them day in, day out, so I don’t need to eat a lot of carbs.

If you are, if you’re doing WODs every day and playing in a basketball league on the weekends and doing jiujitsu twice a week, you’ll need to replenish those glycogen stores more often or else risk that chronically-stressed state that stops weight loss.

8. Your eating schedule is too disordered.

I tend to get hungry at different times throughout the day, and I have no issues eating meals at different intervals depending on when hunger strikes. That seems to be pretty typical. Although many Primal eaters relish the freedom from having to keep snacks on hand in order to stave off hunger and enjoy the fact that they can skip a meal or two and just rely on their hunger signals, there is a considerable amount of evidence that maintaining a regular eating schedule can improve the metabolic response to meals in some people. Women in particular seem to benefit most from a “regular meal pattern.” In one study of lean women, an “irregular” meal pattern resulted in lower postprandial energy expenditure than a regular meal pattern. In another study, lean women who ate meals on a regular schedule had better insulin sensitivity and improved blood lipids. And in one other study of healthy obese women, regular mealtimes increased postprandial thermogenesis, insulin sensitivity, and blood lipids.

Sometimes, you might need a little order to your eating, whether you’re IFing or not. And that’s totally fine.

9. You’re actually at a healthy weight and your body is “keeping” you from dropping any more.

I know, I know: your body is a huge jerk and he says mean things to you. But sometimes the body knows best. Sometimes, our current body composition is where we’re supposed to be, even if we only have a four or a two-pack (or none at all). Recall the natural bodybuilder who, upon dropping from 14.8% body fat to 4.5%, also dropped his metabolic rate, his body temperature, his heart rate, his testosterone levels, and his moodiness. Recall that women deposit fat differently than men and actually need some body fat for optimum fertility and health. Instead of obsessing over a few more percentage points on the body fat scale, think about how good you’re feeling, how your health issues have cleared up, and how you enjoy movement more. And if you want to alter your body composition, focus on addition – lifting heavy things, sprinting – rather than subtraction. You might be right where you’re supposed to be.

One final point: Note that I’m not saying eating too few calories or exercising too much or focusing too much on diet to the exclusion of all else will make you gain weight. I’m saying that it can lead to or exacerbate a stall in your weight loss. It’s a small distinction, but an important one.

That’s it for today, folks. Anything look familiar? Anything jump out at you? What have I forgotten? Be sure to skim the last article after reading this one to make sure it’s not something I’ve already covered.

Thanks for reading!

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Susie
3 years 6 months ago

I especially love #9. I huge turning point for my life was accepting that I am never going to weigh 100 pounds. I’m 5′ 7″ and have a… “solid” build. My life has been radically happier since I stopped focusing on being lean and started focusing on being healthier and more accepting of my body. Which coincidentally, led me to be leaner 😉 Well would you look at that!

bjjcaveman
3 years 6 months ago

Also… don’t forgot to mention that you can climb a rope and do pullups.

Two things only people who are healthy and fit can do!

Sarah
Sarah
3 years 6 months ago

Susie – way to be! I can definitely relate. I’m 5’7″ as well and also have a “solid” build. Sometimes I get caught up comparing myself to my much thinner (read: twiggy) friends, but when I really look at what I’m doing in Crossfit and Paleo, I feel better knowing that as long as I’m happy and treating my body right, I will get lean and be just right for me.

Also, you were the first to comment on both of the new articles I read today (here and PaleOMG). Small world!

Steve
2 years 3 months ago

Susie, where are you? I want to meet you. I think you are beautiful.

Renee
Renee
1 year 5 months ago

Me too! This was good to hear today. I look so much better than I did a couple of years ago but the number on the scale has not changed much and that has bothered me for months. I’m going to work harder on building muscle and feeling better. I just kicked my sleeping pill after four years, so winning the insomnia battle is huge. I just need to keep focusing on all the positive stuff. THANKS!

Paul
3 years 6 months ago

Right on with number four. The more you align yourself with nature’s intention (specifically spending lots of time outside and eating well), the less you’ll need to worry about any sort of number on a scale.

Groktimus Primal
3 years 6 months ago

It can be hell when you’re metabolically broken!

Nocona
Nocona
3 years 6 months ago

It leaves you diabolically shaken.

Animanarchy
3 years 6 months ago

Cure it with.. bacon.

Bella Porter
Bella Porter
3 years 6 months ago

I agree. I have Metabolic Syndrome, Insulin Resistance, PCOS, Fatty Liver Disease and High Cholesterol. I am totally BORKED! lol It’s gonna take me eons to fix all the wrong.

em
em
3 years 6 months ago
I hear ya. I don’t have Fatty Liver, but everything else. I’m in a bad place now, but I’ve seen really good results on Paleo/Primal. So good, that I have gotten pregnant, gained 70lbs, and had to start over again while sleep-deprived and taking care of an infant… Twice now… But I know it works! It takes about a month for my fertility signs to improve, and three months for my lipids to improve. I can pretty much count on feeling like a different person five months in, even if I am still obese. Just being on the trajectory to… Read more »
dan
dan
3 years 6 months ago

My wife was the only one out of the women she works with that kept up her production of milk after going back to work and losing weight. She is now leaner and fitter than prepregnancy by figuring out she needed 2500-2800 calories a day. All the other women had to switch to formula and haven’t lost their “baby”. All the older women tolder her she would never have a flat stomach again. She proved them wrong.

Maritza
Maritza
3 years 6 months ago

I have PCOS and after 3 years of Metformin, Spirinolactone & Yaz, I decided to heal myself through paleo/primal and natural anti-androgen supplements. My menses returned after quitting the meds and eating a bit better. But I struggle with continuing to exercise and eating primal all the time, I fall off frequently, but am still trying, but when I’m paleo/primal I feel so much better and trimmer. Hang in there.

Mary Anne
Mary Anne
3 years 6 months ago

Nora Gedgaudas’ book “Primal Body, Primal Mind” is very good at sorting out all this stuff. And yes, Bella Porter, it is icky to be ‘broken’, but Gedgaudas has pointers on how to make the fix happen. I highly recommend the book. It’s been helpful for me, anyway.

Sabrina
Sabrina
3 years 6 months ago

I second your recommendation. Nora’s book has been enormously helpful to me. It’s extremely well written and researched.

HilliardJoe
HilliardJoe
3 years 6 months ago
I think #4 is the biggie for me right now. Living in Ohio means I don’t get much outdoor time during the winter. I did get a nice workout this morning though, 30 minutes of shoveling heavy, wet snow from my drive way had me work up a good sweat. Not much sun exposure though. The wife and I like to take walks and we have a ‘Rails to Trails’ pathway we use when it gets nicer out. Can’t wait to be able to have our daily walks again. Since the path was a former rail line it is pretty… Read more »
Alexander
3 years 6 months ago

HilliardJoe,

It could also just be from generic stress — I also don’t get much sunlight (especially in the winter), but I know that my stress levels tend to run pretty high.

I think I need to move to the country haha.

Rob Wolf cleverly called stress/lack of sleep (and the resulting cortisol increase) “cock blocking your fat loss.”

Don’t think I ever forgot that, hahha.

Animanarchy
3 years 6 months ago

My sister used to choose to watch The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. Dwayne The Rock Johnson guest-starred in an episode and the twins’ mom was coming onto him. Somebody did something to interrupt/intervene .. I just remember the general idea .. and then I wholeheartedly took the chance to exclaim, “She’s a rock blocker!”
Only laugh I got was a soundless neurotransmitter one in my own head. As long as we meet our own personal standards of clever, the brain can putter on happily enough, even if our etymological eruptions are corny.. or a kernel zeiny.

TeresaG
TeresaG
3 years 6 months ago

That is a great path…know that and the park well, too. I had a similar workout today, shoveling that heavy whit stuff. I just kept telling myself that it was good I was lifting heavy stuff and later my daughter and I played in the snow and pretended we were cavemen. 🙂
Mark’s post was very timely for me today!, I need to pay attention to several of the points…

bjjcaveman
3 years 6 months ago

I also live in Ohio and have to echo your statement. It’s been friggin cold lately! I can’t take my normal lunch time walks outside!

PaleoMom
PaleoMom
3 years 6 months ago

Is this your way of responding to my forum posts? lol 🙂

Dr Jason
3 years 6 months ago

I fundamentally disagree with glycogen need. Glycogen can be depleted if you are active for a long period of time, but even during a marathon, strict removal of all carbs (experimental) has been shown to INCREASE blood glucose during a race.How? If no carbs are eaten? The human body makes what it needs from fat. Yes, your body produces the blood sugar you need as long as you are an efficient fat burner. Just agree to disagree Mark.

Graham
Graham
3 years 6 months ago

I definitely jack up the sweet potato and fruit intake after resistance/strength/lifting sessions, but I’m with you on the endurance side–I can easily go for lengthy mountain bike rides in a fasted state and be completely comfortable just burning fat. My general rule of thumb is post lifting, more carbs, less fat, resting or running/walking/biking/swimming, more fat, less carbs. I’ve leaned up big time that way.

ben
ben
3 years 6 months ago

The human body cannot convert fat into energy quickly enough for it to be a primary source of energy if the exercise is intense enough. Don’t get energy quickly enough, your brain and muscles start to decrease performance.

I’d be interested to see who these marathoners were in the studies. I’ve known many a marathoner who felt sluggish, then turned to some quick glucose and immediately felt significantly more energetic.

rdzins
rdzins
3 years 6 months ago
I find this interesting, I was gaining weight despite following a pretty strict food diet. I had not watched my blood sugars since I was pregnant so for curiosity I went out and bought a meter and some test strips. I found my blood sugars were HIGH and it was from not eating enough, after any type of excersize my numbers would climb to the 150 range and sometimes in the morning it was in the 150 range, NOT GOOD! So now I started watching my numbers there coming back down to the 80-100 range where they should be and… Read more »
E. Daniels PA-C
E. Daniels PA-C
3 years 6 months ago

Completely agree. Our body will supply us with the glycogen we need without an extrinsic supply. I carb deplete before triathlons and wod daily with a paleo/primal diet. I feel great, am in the best physical and mental state of my life, and throwing my hat in the ring for the worldwide crossfit open. No carb loading/supplementing needed.
E. daniels PA-C

Cortney
3 years 6 months ago

I love these posts! This is something I work on with my clients – if they haven’t been losing weight after making lifestyle changes, we look to the hidden reasons they might be stalled. One thing I wanted to mention that can also inhibit weight loss are medications. I have a couple of clients of anti-depressants and that can have an impact as well.

You have hit the nail on the head with this post as well as your previous one!

Thanks so much for the blog,
Cortney Chaite

Amy
Amy
3 years 6 months ago

Just from some personal observations, it seems many (most??) behavior or mood improving drugs encourage fat formation.

BV
BV
3 years 6 months ago
You are right in some cases. I would stay away from the topic unless you have a lot of experience with psychiatric medications. People make all kinds of comments and assumptions without really having any first hand experience or knowledge. Furthermore, it would be terrible to encourage someone to go off a specific medication to lose weight. This should only be considered within the care of a Dr. You have no idea what kind of damage that could do to their emotional well being. I’m saying all this because I have first hand experience and am extremely fit and active… Read more »
Amy
Amy
3 years 6 months ago

I was making an observation based on extensive personal contact with the mental ill and 2 very close family members. I’m pretty sure I wasn’t encouraging anyone to ditch their medication just to lose weight. 😉 What interested me mostly is the inter-connection between drugs that alter mental states and metabolism.

JulieB
JulieB
3 years 6 months ago
My personal experience with depression and with severely dysfunctional friends and family members with personality disorders and mood instability disorders corroborates Chris Kresser’s research and clinical experience. He’s done a whole series on depression at http://chriskresser.com/depression , and he concludes that there’s almost never justification for prescribing anti-depressants. So yeah, I think anybody who takes them is extremely naieve and very lazy, frankly; there are other, free, better options for treating depression than pills. On the other hand, there’s plenty of evidence in favor of prescribing anti-psychotics and mood stabilizers for people like Bipolars/manic depressives, Borderlines, Schizophrenics, etc, who are… Read more »
Cindy
Cindy
3 years 6 months ago

Julie B, that’s a little harsh don’t you think? Calling people who are on antidepressents lazy? I can buy the naive, because I was on Prozac for 15 years before I found a natural doctor who got me off of it. People in the mainstream are told what to do by their doctors and believe them becasue it’s what you are supposed to do. It’s only when you find someone who knows different that you can take action.

em
em
3 years 6 months ago

But also, weight gain is listed in the drug monographs as a side effect of many psychotropic drugs, including, I believe, all the SSRIs and MAOIs, most of the tricyclics, and Xanax.

It’s not a judgement. It’s just a fact.

womanon
womanon
3 years 6 months ago
Regarding #9 … depending on what weight chart you look at, I am 20-50 lbs overweight (42 yo female). I am clinically obese, with a body fat percentage probably in the upper 30s, maybe lower 40s. My weight is stable, however, I’m healthier than almost everyone I know, and I’m a lot stronger than people think I should be – I’ve got some freaky serious strength in my quads, in particular – quads that are covered in cellulite and spider veins. But in spite of my health, what person could honestly tell me that I look good naked? With back… Read more »
me
me
3 years 6 months ago
1) Are you healthy? How do you know it? Could you be healthier? Health/wellness is not a yes/no, it’s a scale. 2) Could you be stronger? More mobile? I’m not going to push at all for you to lose weight to be more attractive. Obviously, I’m a random person, and what I say shouldn’t matter to you. I’m simply curious what your point is. If you lose 20 lbs., or if you became more attractive, would it make you less happy, less strong, less healthy? Also, would someone 35 pounds overweight would have a body refusing to let it lose… Read more »
Charles
Charles
3 years 6 months ago

While it is good that you feel healthy, just because your weight is stable doesn’t mean you are necessarily at the lowest healthy weight for your body. I’d say that you could still lose some weight, but I say that without any knowledge of whatever hells you’ve afflicted upon yourself trying to kickstart the fat burning again.

Susie
Susie
3 years 6 months ago

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Taking good care of yourself is the most important goal so if you feel great, that’s what matters. Everything else is secondary.

Grok on!

Lynn
Lynn
3 years 6 months ago
I’m right there with ya! I do not deny that I’m “obese” by the numbers (5’8-1/2″ and 200#, but I work out as much as my 60 yr old body will permit with arthritic knees and hips, and VERY weak ankles, and I swim a minimum of 1/2 mile daily when Michigan weather allows me to use my outdoor pool. I also have thyroid disease, which I insist is a silent and permanent foil to weight loss. I have recently changed to Paleo eating, and consider myself in the transition stages. I’m tired of beating myself up mentally and emotionally… Read more »
Fiona
Fiona
3 years 6 months ago
I remember a few years ago my sister said to me, “I know I’m overweight but I’m healthy!” She then expounded on how most people she knows get sicker, and she’s fit and strong etc. and yet, just a couple of months later she was diagnosed with type II diabetes. I’m not saying you’re NOT healthy, but just feeling healthy and being physically strong, and not getting sick with colds and flus etc. doesn’t mean there aren’t other problems you may have related to being overweight. (For the record I’m overweight too, and need to lose a good 20+ lbs…… Read more »
Amy
Amy
3 years 6 months ago
Health also includes mental health. This paragraph doesn’t suggest particularly carefree body image. 🙁 My aunt and father have been at a “stable” and are obese weight, too. My father in particular is very strong and health despite the layer of fat. But he’s not really happy because there’s stuff he can’t do and hates having his picture taken. (Which pains me because I don’t see him as “fat man” — I see my Dad.) From personal experience on the “overweight but healthy” front, the cellulite goes away when you eat and exercise right. Your body will never be perfect,… Read more »
heather
heather
3 years 6 months ago

I dont know… ive kind of accepted that im going to b slightly overweight forever. Last year i started at 232, lost a lot of weight and for 5 months ive been sitting between 159 and 165. Im healthy and fit. I eat well and my crossfit times are at the top 5 of our group. Im strong. I have a “solid” build but 165 is not where i want to b. My bf% is 31. Id like to see my weight at 145 and bf 25%. And this belly has got to go!!

womanon
womanon
3 years 6 months ago
Well, I mainly posted to just whinge about being overweight and therefore (based on popular culture) unattractive, while eating better and being stronger and healthier than I ever have in my life. I’d bet a big chunk of change that I’m even healthier than most of the young women I see who would be considered hot (hotness supposedly correlating to health, which in my experience often does not!). It’s just hard to reconcile that I am putting considerable effort into being healthy yet I can’t claim to be physically attractive. Life’s just not fair … I know that. Thanks for… Read more »
Chaz
Chaz
3 years 6 months ago

You could try following a Leptin-reset protocol. Sean Croxton (among others) has a good video about how leptin controls your body’s weight “set point”, and how everyone who is considered “overweight” likely has some degree of leptin resistance. Sean’s “Leptin: fat loss for smart people” video is a good starting point if you’re interested!

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Bryan
3 years 6 months ago

I’m at #9 and happier than hell about it. I float between 195 and 198. I have a good system in place with my eating and exercise habits….if it’s not broke, don’t fix it. I’ll have to make a couple changes shortly when I start running every other day again. But, until then I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing.

Luke DePron
Luke DePron
3 years 6 months ago

In regards to number 2. I remember hearing some good advice (was more in regards to conventional junk food) but might still have some merit.

Eat that food at your table. Take the time to sit and enjoy it. Particularly true if you’re using the 80/20 rule. Pretty easy to mow through a bag of cheetahs on th couch and not realize your getting more than your 20.

Charles
Charles
3 years 6 months ago

I’m usually done after one cheetah, much less a bag.

Happy Paleo Girl
Happy Paleo Girl
3 years 6 months ago

Ah, thanks for that laugh out loud chuckle! Hilarious visual. 🙂

Cheralyn
Cheralyn
3 years 6 months ago

Too funny!

Paleo Bon Rurgundy
3 years 6 months ago

I too love mowing down cheetahs. There is nothing more primal than killing animals. The rush! I had to pay off the Botswananian game official with a rhino horn to go over the 1 cheetah limit. Now if only I could get some bolts for my river boat!

Tonya
Tonya
3 years 6 months ago

lol this!

Paleo Bon Rurgundy
3 years 6 months ago

Rivets, not bolts. Tough getting old.

Charles
Charles
3 years 6 months ago

The 20 cheetah bag limit is ruining African couch hunting.

Dani
3 years 6 months ago

#6! I feel like over exercising has become popular, and not just for people who are doing excessive cardio. I’ve even seen crossfit gyms lately promoting hard workouts 5-6 days a week.

Carla
Carla
3 years 6 months ago

Now we have “insanity” and other trends that are confusing, even to those of us who are no stranger to exercise. I do remember being my fittest and smallest when I did heavy workouts most days of the week, so the various messages are a bit confusing.

me
me
3 years 6 months ago

But, was fittest and smallest healthiest? You can pretty much beat your body into submission with exercise. Work through nervous system overload and fatigue to get the results you want, at the expense of health/well-being, and diminishing returns.

Carla
Carla
3 years 6 months ago

You definitely have a point there, LOL. Though it was just a few years ago I was at a different point in my life – I didn’t have (or wasn’t symptomatic) MS at the time. There’s no way I could do that now and I still do a LOT.

Alexander
3 years 6 months ago

Dani.. Agree 100%.

My girlfriend is the latest to get suckered into this overexercising culture, even though she only sleeps 5 hours a night.

I keep trying to tell her that exercise isn’t going to do much when she is chronically sleep deprived, but she’s a stubborn one. Too much time listening to bodybuilders and people passing on BS.

Fiona
Fiona
3 years 6 months ago

This is true… when I started CrossFit I was going three times a week which I thought was more than enough for an overweight, unfit person… and now I go 4 times a week (to allow time for rest, and also because I do roller derby and I don’t want to overtrain), and I do feel that there’s this “push” to train every day they’re open rather than taking some time off each week.

Amy
Amy
3 years 6 months ago
Crossfit has always pushed a 3 days on/1 day off schedule as far as I know. The founder is into “elite athleticism”. I assume working your athletes like crazy is the way there, I have no idea. When I started out, I tried to do their schedule as closely as possible (thinking that would also be effective for my more modest goals.) I was cranky and overtired a lot. With time, I also noticed that when I took significant amount of time off, I would come back the same or stronger. (There’s not much in the online community that discusses… Read more »
BillP
BillP
3 years 6 months ago

Very good idea, customizing your Crossfit attendance. We’re all different.

Personally, I’m on a 5-days-off/1-day-on exercise schedule, and that’s +/- 2 days! Even when I was in college (40 years ago), I didn’t lift or run more than 2x a week. This was not from some fitness superiority, but just from a longer neccessary recovery period (the second day after a workout was a killer.)

Does the CrossFit gym get paid more, the more often you go?

Amy
Amy
3 years 6 months ago

I’m not part of a CrossFit gym but usually no – it’s a flat fee from what I’ve seen. Occasionally punch cards, but it’s not the usual thing either. (I’m a DIY because at first there were no CrossFit gyms near me and then I couldn’t justify the cost once I knew how to do it.)

Sarah
3 years 6 months ago

This winter is killing me! Mindless eating is so easy to do when it’s too cold/wet/miserable/dark to get outside and enjoy oneself. 🙁

I have put on a few (just a couple, but still…) thanks to my love for almonds and dark chocolate and my utter boredom waiting for winter to *go away*.

Come spring, I’ll have lots of action to keep me busy, but waiting for it without over eating the “paleo comfort foods” is nearly impossible.

Carla
Carla
3 years 6 months ago

I can relate to #3 all too well. I went from consuming too little to just enough and more and dropping inches within a couple of weeks after increasing my food intake. I do recall being my smallest when I ate the *most* food (especially a high amount of good fat ironically enough).

Shary
Shary
3 years 6 months ago
Here’s what works for me: No sweets (either artificial or otherwise), no grains of any kind, no snacking. Eat breakfast late in the a.m. and dinner early in the p.m. I never had to lose a lot of weight, but I recently eliminated all grains and grain products in the hope that it would eliminate a flare-up of IBS–which it did do astonishingly well. In the process I lost the last 10 or 15 pounds I needed to lose. I eat various types of protein and low or moderately low glycemic veggies plus a little whole fresh fruit, such as… Read more »
Alexander
3 years 6 months ago

Shary —

These are all really good points. But you said you never really had to lose a lot of weight.. so I suspect your journey is going to be a little bit different from someone who was never healthy (for example).

If you’ve lived a relatively healthy lifestyle your whole life, you can probably get away with a lot more than someone who hasn’t.

I’m with you on the “When my GI tract is happy, I’m happy — hahaha.

IBS Breathren, unite. Sigh..

Shary
Shary
3 years 6 months ago
Alexander, you’re right. Weight loss wasn’t my priority. I eliminated sweets because, for me, they are very addictive, and I was concerned that I might become diabetic. I eliminated grains because of the IBS-D I’ve had off and on for several years. I don’t worry about fats; I know I get plenty. I don’t eat seeds or nuts right now because I’m still in the process of healing my plumbing. That said, I do think that this type of low carb, quasi-Atkins eating plan would work for most people needing to lose a lot of weight. One advantage is that… Read more »
Sonia
Sonia
3 years 6 months ago

Hey- it doesn’t sound like you’re particularly low carb -Atkins with all the fruit intake.

Shary
Shary
3 years 6 months ago

Sonia, I guess I wasn’t specific enough. I said I eat “a little” whole fresh fruit. That doesn’t mean I eat a lot of fruit or that I eat it every day. In view of the fact that I eat zero sweets and zero grains, the carb amounts I do eat average out to be very low. Even on the original Atkins diet you don’t have to avoid fruit indefinitely

Carla
Carla
3 years 6 months ago

Alexander – You are so right. I have PCOS/insulin resistance and gluten intolerance so weight loss has always been an uphill climb for me. We all have a different load to bear.

Dee
Dee
3 years 6 months ago

I love MDA and Primal eating, but after my last pregnancy and gestational diabetes, I needed to look at Atkins because I was still consuming too many carbs for weight loss. Primal alone gave me too many options for over eating. I needed to lose about 30 pounds total. Atkins has really helped me get a better picture of what I eat and why I eat since it strips it down so much. Primal keeps it healthy. Using a combination of the two works best for me in the weight loss department.

Amy
Amy
3 years 6 months ago

Dee – Yes, totally. Dr. Atkins focus on weight loss (and his work with messed up metabolisms) really is outstanding. He designed a weight loss diet that works.

Doing it Primally keeps you out of the Atkins bars/shake world, which was always the sketchiest part.

The amount of carbs *do* count, as well as portions, as well as the kind of food you’re eating. People seem to really want one “simple” trick (all Paleo, all calorie counting, all low carb, etc) to weight loss. Depending on who are, it’s just not that simple.

rdzins
rdzins
3 years 6 months ago
I was gaining weight eating paleo. After buying a glucose meter I could see even eating a few vegetables would send my numbers above the comfortable zone, and when I would go along time without eating it was the same thing, so no fasting for me at this point. I have found that I was not eating enough, and when my blood sugar was high in the morning it quickly came down with some bacon and eggs. So I find 1 carb will raise my glucose by 5 points. So yes they definitely count. Years of screwed up metabolism of… Read more »
Carla
Carla
3 years 6 months ago

@rdzins – What kind of vegetables were you eating that raised your blood sugar? was it greens or more colorful veggies? (peppers, carrots, squash, etc)

rdzins
rdzins
3 years 6 months ago

I was eating spinach and s mostly greens, I cut out the onions because they seemed to be more of the culprits. I think once I get my numbers in line, and hopefully lose a little weight I can bring them back in to the picture.

Ingvild
Ingvild
3 years 6 months ago
I wish I could eliminate sweets as easy as I eliminated grains! When I first discovered Paleo and primal eating (being 27 yo) I was shocked and relieved at the same time: all my childhood and early teen years I was the “weird” kid who’d only want to eat the salad, meat/fish on the plate and refuse to touch the rice/wheat/pasta/bread/etc. Even with cakes I just scooped the cream with a spoon and left the buscuit layers untouched – must have been fun for my parents thing back now 🙂 Needless to say that all those years everybody from my… Read more »
Meg
Meg
3 years 6 months ago

The only way I can not eat sweets is to not purchase them.. Why are you buying sweets? Why can’t they be replaced with whole fruit to start with? Or bliss balls made with a few dates or dried apricots and blended nuts and cocao powder? I don’t understand binge eating because I bet if all that was in the house was fresh veg, meat, fruit, eggs and fish it wouldn’t happen and the habit would be broken?

JessA
JessA
3 years 6 months ago

Meg, I agree with you! Out of sight, out of mind! The problem for me is when someone else buys them for me. For example, my mom bought me bags of my favorite candies for Valentine’s. Sweet thought, but it absolutely ruined everything I’ve been working towards since starting PB 2 months ago. I just couldn’t control myself Now the harsh cravings are back in full force, plus I noticed some terrible mood swings! This was actually positive reinforcement that I have to stop!

Ingvild
Ingvild
3 years 6 months ago
O, Meg, thanks so much for your comment! I guess I failed to get my point across, though (maybe it’s the language; English is not my mother-tongue) I don’t understand binge eating either. Having a dessert after meal is not what I view as ‘binge eating’. Binge eating happened on Day 3 after I ‘ordered’ myself not to eat sweets for 2 days in a row… But even in this case our understanding of binge eating can be different. I don’t have a weight problem/over-eating problem (never had) and going Paleo and primal is what I am trying to do… Read more »
McKel
3 years 6 months ago

Great post Mark! Especially bringing light to #2 and #4 which most of us “forget” about! As always, I look forward to your posts, thanks for sharing 🙂

Joanne
3 years 6 months ago

#3 and #5 are big ones for me!!

Mina
Mina
3 years 6 months ago

I am sure I have been under a lot of stress lately, but what I always miss and hardly ever get any reply to is peri/menopause. How about that? Is there really no way not to gain, or even to loose weight during this period? I have been weighing 20 Lbs less, but suddenly without changing diet I started to gain and what ever I try I can’t get it off!

Charles
Charles
3 years 6 months ago

Your hormones play a key role in how your body decides what an ideal weight is for you, so the diet and habits that used to work probably won’t work anymore. If the weight isn’t focused in one area of your body, you probably aren’t going to get rid of it. If it is focused in one part of your body, you can most likely lose it but it isn’t easy, especially if you’ve already tried the obvious solutions.

Angie unduplicated
Angie unduplicated
3 years 6 months ago

As your estrogen levels drop, your body will attempt to add fat, which actually secretes a small amount of estrogen. If you take off too much weight, the mistake I made at age 42, it will send you directly into early menopause, not good since it increases risk for cardiac disorders and osteopenia.

Steph
Steph
3 years 6 months ago
Mina, I agree there isn’t much on menopause. I ended up gaining 30 pounds during my journey through that part of my life. I finally lost most of the weight just stopping the grains and beans. I write down my weight after I get up in the am everyday to keep it within one or two pounds. If I am up I watch my salt intake as well as look for anything that it out of the normal eating. I notice that I can gain weight on chicken but not beef. Just keep track of what you eat and weigh… Read more »
Lee
Lee
3 years 5 months ago
Here’s one for you. I’ve been primal for about three years, heading that way for about two prior. Five years ago, menopause got rid of any excess fat on my body overnight, and being primal has maintained that leanness with no effort at all. In fact, I had to be conscious to keep the weight on, which I’d never experienced in my life. Now, five years later, same lifestyle, a few pounds came back on as quickly as they dropped five years ago. Weirdly, though I only weigh about five pounds more, I have ballooned in size through my torso… Read more »
Ross
Ross
3 years 6 months ago

Numbers 1 and 3. I have a terrible time waiting to eat until I’m hungry, so I end up eating when I’m bored, angry, stress, etc. I have also made it a habit to cut out things when my weight loss stalls. I’ve gone from eating 3 eggs every morning to skipping breakfast every day and fasting one day a week. The problem for me is, I gain weight when I eat more. I am trying to focus on adding exercise and learning to respond properly to my hunger or lack thereof. It’s the hardest part of this process.

Alexander
3 years 6 months ago

Ross –

Do you try eating some nice protein and fat every time you’re hungry? Any effect?

The problem is that when you go ahead and add exercise, if you’re already hungry a lot, you’re going to be a hell of a lot more hungry.

Lindsay
Lindsay
3 years 6 months ago
Great read. I personally struggled with #6 when I was younger and still do from time to time. I LOVE being active daily and getting lots of tough sweaty exercise in because you just feel so darn good afterwards — but I’ve come to realize that its not a good thing to never stop moving. It was a hard concept to wrap my head around as a young teenage girl with every magazine and article (mainstream) is telling me about all the working out I SHOULD be doing. Your body need a break and I’ve learned to find more of… Read more »
Patty
Patty
3 years 6 months ago

Mina, I agree with you. I am menopausal and the weight just sticks to me. I am so envious of the people who dropped 30 pounds just eliminating grains. Well, I eat only primal foods, move frequently and no weight loss. I feel good, but I still have a fat tummy. I do not look good naked!

Pam
Pam
3 years 6 months ago

I’m right there – I’m to the point of calling to see if my thyroid is still working in case that’s been my problem. I’ve also chosen March to eliminate alcohol in case that was impeding my progress. I’m hoping it helps with the hotflashes (so far I’m sleeping better which is wonderful). “The Food Hospital” recommends adding soy and chickpeas to the diet for the hotflashes, as well as minimizing alcohol and caffeine. I’ve started with removing alcohol for a month.

Cindy
Cindy
3 years 6 months ago

Your thyroid being low can mess you up. Mine was not working (at all really) years ago and I couldn’t lose weight to save my life, but my hair was falling out all kinds of other weird stuff (pre-primal of course). I will say though my Dr. has had to reduce my thyroid dosage since going primal.

Pam
Pam
3 years 6 months ago

that’s it – I’ll make the appt to check it out. I’ve noticed that my tummy is flattening, but I’m not actually losing weight and I don’t think my horse work is enough to be increasing muscle mass (darn it).

James
3 years 6 months ago

I think it’s interesting that the scale in the photo is stuck at exactly the same weight as I am. 235…

Brendan
Brendan
3 years 6 months ago

Just a question. Has anyone noticed any difficulty with women who have had 2+ children losing weight with a Primal eating plan?

I ask because I noticed that in 4 Hour Body, Tim Ferris noted that women who have had two children or more had little success losing weight on his 4HB plan (Think Primal, plus beans minus fruit).

Keep it coming, Mark!

Decaf Debi
Decaf Debi
3 years 6 months ago
I had two kids and lost weight after switching to a paleo diet from a vegetarian one. I’m only 5′ tall and was 95 lbs pre-kids. I gained 50 pounds with each one, thanks to Lyme disease complications keeping me from exercising, adding to my inflammation and pain issues, etc. I stalled at 115 lbs for 4 years post-kids. Then when I switched to paleo eating, I dropped 15 lbs in 2 months without thinking about it. It could be because I didn’t know what to eat from such a drastic change! 😉 But I think it was the paleo… Read more »
Chris
3 years 6 months ago
It would be interesting to know if those women participating in the study were breastfeeding? Their bodies would be geared to store fat for producing milk. Plus, mothers who manage more than one child, don’t tend to get a lot of down time, so stress becomes a factor in not losing the weight. Rather than it being a hormonal issue with child bearing, I wonder if it’s more environmental? I’m currently pregnant with #2 (due in a few months) and 38 – yet I’m personally losing weight through diet and slow movement, more than I did when I was 10… Read more »
BootstrapsOnMyFivefingers
BootstrapsOnMyFivefingers
3 years 6 months ago
I’ve been primal for a year and have lost and gained the same 5lbs. I finally realized that nuts & cheese actually increase my hunger and I tend to overeat them. So, I followed Mark’s 17 steps and eliminated both 4 weeks ago. I’ve been eating only meat, fat and vegetables and one fruit/day. No sugar, no alcohol either. As of today, I’ve lost an inch off my hips and chest and 2 inches off my waist. Regardless of the weather, I’ve made sure I walk for 3 hours/week and lift heavy twice. I haven’t cut calories, at least not… Read more »
Jared
Jared
3 years 6 months ago

“Just because you’re scarfing down grass-fed beef and pastured eggs doesn’t mean you can get away with mindless consumption.”

Read this while “mindlessly” eating eggs cooked in grassfed tallow. Lol

Julie
Julie
3 years 6 months ago
Great list! Homeostasis is such a fascinating friend/bugaboo. May I also add the viewpoint of a peri-menopausal woman? I recently started balancing my hormones using bioidentical replacements … and gained unwanted weight. I was already flabby, and now some of my clothes don’t fit. However, my energy went way up, I truly LOVE playing hard now such as mimicking Ido Portal, and my sex drive went from nearly zero to WOW! My zest for life is through the roof. Yet, I am quite a chubby dumpling, and can pinch more than an inch. So for those in a time of… Read more »
David
David
2 years 9 months ago

Julie, hormone balancing is a confusing world especially if you are pre-menopausal. Great that you got such good results, but you could be estrogen dominant which could be the culprit of your weight gain. You might discuss with your physician about decreasing testosterone which can convert to estrogen. Also, try taking advantage of your new energy with increased intensity and varied workouts. Good luck!

Bald and Angry
3 years 6 months ago

Definitely a great list. I would also agree adding hormones to the list. Low testosterone can prevent weight loss.

Cindy
Cindy
3 years 6 months ago
We are doing a weight loss competetion at work. I was tops for the girls last round, but this round, the weight is coming off a LOT slower. 4, 5 and 8 could be part of my problem, but I often wonder if the pressure to repeat that I’m putting on myself is part of the problem… I have to keep reminding myself, the people that are losing a lot this round are probably losing the same 15 lbs they lost last time and gained back over the holidays. And how much muscle mass are they losing while I am… Read more »
Leah
Leah
3 years 6 months ago
I did the 28 day challenge in January and began weight training once a week and walking more. The scale didn’t budge! I did lose inches though. Finally after 8 weeks of living the Primal lifestyle I have lost about 6 lbs. I was eating too much food the first month, I had a bad almond butter habit! I thought it would be a faster weight loss, I have a BMI of 33. Regardless of slow losing I feel great. I have Hashimoto’s thyroid disease and everything I read had pointed me to eating this way. I am trying to… Read more »
Amgino
Amgino
3 years 6 months ago

I was so guilty of #2 last night! Nuts, dark chocolate and raw honey. Was Mark peeking in my window?

inge
inge
3 years 6 months ago

I enjoyed reading both articles, I don’t think I could’ve come up with 26 reasons! So lessons learned 😉
However, I must say (surprisingly) I miss one very important reason, namely not drinking enough water! One of the most important things our body needs to work properly!

Amy
Amy
3 years 6 months ago

I’m not sure how not drinking enough water would impede weight loss. Most people dealing with water and weight are trying to get rid of bloating. That is, the water that’s retained at a semi-high to high permanent level of carb intake. Drinking lots o water doesn’t really help that.

Otherwise, drinking when I’m not thirsty just makes me pee a lot. I guess walking to the bathroom burns up extra calories or something.

Heather
Heather
3 years 6 months ago
I have found that I don’t need that much water. In the very beginning (6 months B.P. – before Primal) I made sure to get my 6-8 glasses a day and I was running to the bathroom every half hour. My body now tells me when it needs water. Which isn’t very often so I guess my body is good at hydration. It doesn’t seem to matter how little water I have. If I drink some I have to pee within a half hour. We had no power/water/cooking ability the last two days and decided to just order delivery yesterday.… Read more »
Dragonfly
Dragonfly
3 years 6 months ago
I’m with the menopause group who are mentioning the weight gain , but most noticeably the huge change in body shape without any gain. Back and torso fat the biggest culprits for me. I have exercised my whole life (pool manager/swim coach for 13 years) hiking, walking, kayaking, plus garden and yard work with remodeling thrown in the mix. Most days do some body weight exercises (have to be careful now with too heavy a weight and need to modify overhead exercises) squats, lunges and such. Also I have eaten low carb for close to 18 years with emphasizes on… Read more »
Mary Anne
Mary Anne
3 years 6 months ago

If you like reading, Primal Body, Primal Mind by Nora Gedgaudas. She doesn’t discount us elders (I’m almost 60).

Amy
Amy
3 years 6 months ago
Dragonfly – How much are you willing to spend on clothing? If the real problem is that you’re not happy with the garments out there, then it can be solved if there’s money to throw at the problem. I’m about 99.9% sure you can find a bra with proper support, but it might not be at Wal-Mart. You may need to shop at a real lingerie store either in person or online. A specialty store would be used to accommodating weird band/cup combinations. (For the record, I have a hard time with bras, too My band size is very large… Read more »
Beccolina
Beccolina
3 years 6 months ago
I’m going to second the bra fitting. I went from flat at the end of 6th grade to DD by the end of 7th. Mom got me a professional bra fitting, with a lady who also showed me how to measure myself and pick properly fitting bras from then on out. When I wasn’t nursing, I particularly liked the Wacoal brand from Dillards, but they are pricey. (Don’t get me started on my nursing bras fitting properly rant. I so wish I could give the industry a piece of my mind on that.) If you find a good solution to… Read more »
Emmy
Emmy
3 years 6 months ago
“You’ll say buy a bigger size, but it doesn’t work because it doesn’t fit elsewhere and looks like a sack or worse like I’m pregnant!” Get fitted at a real lingerie store. (not Victoria’s Secret or a similar place) It should have all sizes from 28-50+; AA-M (or whatever the max size is).. You might need a small band/large cup size like I do, one that isn’t carried by mainstream stores. (I’m a 34FF) A good bra should fit relatively tight around the back but fit the entire breast in the cup. So the solution isn’t simply “a bigger size”… Read more »
Chris
3 years 6 months ago

I’ve got the same figure type, all shoulders and back, with little thighs. It’s impossible to buy womens clothing for me which fits.

Rather than hate my body though, I decided to appreciate it more by learning to alter my clothes. Learning to sew was less frustrating than trying on all the store clothes which never fitted.

One recommendation about diet though, have you given up gluten? I found it messed with my hormones. Giving it up meant I saw the weight suddenly shift from the top half of my body. I don’t store it there anymore.

J
J
3 years 6 months ago

I’ll agree with the others about getting a real bra fitting. I’m a 34F, also not a size one finds in typical lingerie lines.

Here’s a secret that suits both lingerie and clothing goals: Nordstrom! They still do the old-school department store services that others have cut. They are WORTH IT.

They will fit your bra, and once you know a few brands that work for you, you can look for them elsewhere if you like. And Nordstrom will alter clothing. Look into it if you have one in your area.

Rachel
3 years 6 months ago

Starting to think I’m #9 as well. I’m 5ft tall and have been as large as 145lbs to as low as 110lbs. Current weight is 120. And for the last year I’ve been obsessing over why I can’t seem to drop those last 10lbs. The answer might just be because I’m not supposed to. When I was 110lbs, I was a professional dancer and training 3 hours a day. Just hard to accept that this weight is healthier.

Lea
Lea
3 years 6 months ago

As a woman in her child-bearing years, I have discovered I do best on an eating schedule. I don’t eat snacks, but I eat three squares a day every day. If I go so much as 20 minutes passed a normal eating time, my body lets me know. It’s like, “hey, um excuse me, don’t you know what time it is?”

Amanda
Amanda
3 years 6 months ago
Thanks so much for this article! It came at such a timely time for me! It’s good to think of it as a Multi factorial problem because it helps me realise the few areas I really need to work on! 1. Stress 2. Sleep 3. Irregular eating pattern I’ve just started a new job with crazy hours (just finished 80hrs in 6 days!) so these first three I’m really struggling with. Have made some healthy paleo meals and left them at work, as well as well as paleo snacks (mobile ones I can carry with me like a handful of… Read more »
Nicole
Nicole
3 years 6 months ago

I’ve been struggling to get the last 5 lbs off and I think its the nuts for me. I find myself eating to much if I eat them at all. I think I need to learn to eliminate them completely for awhile. Yogurt was another issue. Once I cut that out I was able to lose a little more fat.

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Jennapher
Jennapher
3 years 6 months ago
This was so timely for me.. I’ve been teetering on the edge of full on primal eating and low carb dieting. Then last night while I was spending forever in the kitchen trying so very hard to create something that was supposed to taste like cool ranch doritos but was chock full of processed crap I thought to myself…. WHY? Here I am spending forever doing this and now I have missed out on an evening that I could have spent time with my husband and my little bubbies but here I am trying so very hard to replicate some… Read more »
Nocona
Nocona
3 years 6 months ago

Good for you Jennapher. You are in the right place and ready to go. Screw the Doritos. In 3 weeks of true Primal, most of those cravings will disappear forever.

Ara
Ara
3 years 6 months ago

+1

Edward Giles Brown
3 years 6 months ago

I think I’ve suffered from a bit of #4 and I find that #1 tragically goes along with #4. Definitely those have been the hardest for me to overcome. And lack of sleep ties into #4 and subsequently #1. Great points these, I hadn’t considered #9. I often wonder about this because I’ve definitely added on muscle and likely some bone density from resistance training.

Cathy
Cathy
3 years 6 months ago

Pretty much negates “eat less, move more”.

Patrice
Patrice
3 years 6 months ago
I had been on primal for about 6 months without much success. I decided to get serious, so I moved from 80/20 to 95/5 but after 3 months of this, I was still gaining and losing the same 3 lbs (I needed to lose about 20lbs). Also I have some digestive issues (indigestion, bloating, constipation, abdominal cramping) that improved greatly after I eliminated wheat and dairy, but were still bothersome. I am currently breastfeeding, and I had resigned myself to not being able to go further with weight loss until I weaned when I read about ayurveda, and it suggested… Read more »
cbooth
cbooth
3 years 6 months ago

I had to laugh at #5. That is SO me. Or at least is has been over the past year. I appreciate the reminder to relax. Now that I “know”, it’s time to chill and just live it.

Elizabeth Good
3 years 6 months ago

Or….maybe it’s all the toxins in the environment these days. We need lots of detox, or the fat does us a favor and stores it away from our vital organs. Forgive me if others have made this comment~~don’t have time to read them all today! 😉

michael
michael
3 years 6 months ago

“all the toxins in the environment these days”

Only young people say this. The rest of us remember the unbreathable air of the ’70s (even inside, thanks to smokers) and there may be a few around who recall when street lights had to be on all day in major cities because the pollution didn’t let sunlight in.

The fact is that we live in a much cleaner environment than our city-dwelling grandparents and great-grandparents.

And if you’re really convinced that our bodies are being taken over by “toxins”, feel free to name those toxins and cite your documentation.

Amy
Amy
3 years 6 months ago

+1

Nocona
Nocona
3 years 6 months ago

+1. Growing up in So. Cal. in the 60’s I could not even see the mountain right next to our house. The smog was just horendous back then.

oxide
oxide
3 years 6 months ago

Today, the air is cleaner but the food is much dirtier. GMO corn and GMO soy and dwarf hybrid wheat and pesticides galore.

But that’s CW food. Don’t know how much of the crap makes it into Primal.

rachel
rachel
3 years 6 months ago

Read the 100 Year Lie by Randall Fitzgerald and Fluoride Deception By Chris Bryson.

There are worse things out there than Lead and DDT nowdays

Jared
Jared
3 years 6 months ago
I’ve been doing interval training for a pretty long time – 6 days a week at the gym (Body for Life type of stuff). With the high-stress industry I was in, about 2 years ago I gained 30 lbs that I could never quite shake off. I went from never being able to gain weight and shot up from 165-195 – to the point where the middle of my thighs started touching and it REALLY pissed me off! Then I recently switched from lifting weights to the exercises you recommended and haven’t felt any pain since I started this new… Read more »
Ashlys Gone Primal
Ashlys Gone Primal
3 years 6 months ago
Another great one Mark! Definitely struck a chord with 1, 2 and 6. I’ve definitely decreased my mindless eating but I still catch myself completely absorbed in something else while I’m eating. As for #2, my love of chocolate and nut butters might be the death of me. Combine those two and forget it! In fact, sometimes #1 and #2 go hand in hand (ie: mindlessly dipping my spoon into the sunflower butter jar over and over and sadly realizing it half way through). As for #6, I started CrossFit about six months ago. At first I went practically everyday… Read more »
Mary
Mary
3 years 6 months ago
Mark, I switched to the Primal Blueprint way of eating last year and lost 10 lbs but then gained 10, lost 10, gained 10. I got nowhere (although, my energy is certainly better!) So, I decided to do something sacrilege and joined Weight Watchers again two weeks ago this past Monday. Since then, I’ve lost 2 lbs. Before you think me a defector from Grok’s camp, not true. I’m following Weight Watchers “Primal Style” or, as I like to a say – I’m following the Primal Blueprint while on Weight Watchers. Fortunately for me, Weight Watchers has stepped into the… Read more »
Beccolina
Beccolina
3 years 6 months ago

The best thing Weight Watchers did for me was teach me to pay attention to why I am eating, and portion control. I would eat because I was bored, or sad, or for a reward, or celebration, or grieving, etc. Food was the go-to for emotions. I had to break that. It’s still hard when emotionally, I want something unhealthy, but I know better.

Brent
3 years 6 months ago

I always worry about #4. I’ve taken to setting myself a bedtime this month as well as taking time at least a few times a week to meditate for 10-15 minutes. I think this is helping with my overall stress levels and wellbeing.

Kimberley
Kimberley
3 years 6 months ago

#9 – I have lost 43 lbs. in about a year and a half and my body seems to like it here, although I still weigh about 27 lbs more than I did when I married 25 years ago. =/ This discussion, however, has made me hungry!

gibson
gibson
3 years 6 months ago

Whatever you do, don’t stop trying. I followed every bit of advice that floated past, but when I finally pried my stubborn fingers off dairy products, I started losing again after a seven-year stall. Also make sure I have a protein breakfast.

Amy
Amy
3 years 6 months ago

I tend to think the reason why veganism works for people at the beginning is precisely because they are forced to pry those stubborn fingers off the dairy. Dairy is one of those foods that I think more people react to at a low level than medical community will admit.

Hassan
3 years 6 months ago

#2 is the reason why I plateaued and couldn’t lose weight for the longest time.I made some changes to my diet and have dropped 19lbs in the last 8 weeks and still going. Thank you for this great article!

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