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    I have started eating all fruits, vegetables, meat, eggs and nuts for 2 weeks. I am getting discouraged as I have only lost 3 lbs. I have not had any starches, breads, grains and sugars since day one. I have just been going off the website but ordered the book just the other day. Any advice for me to keep me going?


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    Hi, Tracibee,

    I'm new, too, so I am probably not the one to really give advice, but I'm sure others will respond, too. I can give support, though!! Sounds like you are doing well -- do you think it would help to log your food on fitday and see what kind of ratio of fats, protein, carbs you are getting?


    I am on day 13, and have not lost much weight yet(even less than your 3 pounds) but can feel my body changing for sure. I have pants and shorts that are fitting better/differently, and can visibly see a more defined waist and neckline.


    Two ideas that I am going to try next: having a few days of just meat and veggies and eggs (cutting out fruit and dairy, which I'm eating quite a bit of right now) and then having a few days where I fast for either one or two meals. Those might be things for you to try?


    Also, how/ what kind of exercise are you doing?


    Keep it up, and don't get discouraged!!!

    -Wendy1

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      You're doing great!! Mark talks in the book about losing 1-2 pounds a week, and you're right in there. And, in addition to losing weight, you're making yourself extremely healthy. I know it seems like a long road at first, but you can do it--my experience has been that the weight loss stays consistent. (I've lost 12 pounds in about as many weeks--and that's a happy thing!) Keep coming back to the forum and staying involved. . .you'll get to where you want to go, and if you ever stall, folks here can help you take a look at your foods and exercise and suggest adjustments. The more you do it, the more you'll enjoy the food you're eating, too.

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        If it's any consolation, I haven't lost any weight in 1 month. I'm not sure if I've lost body-fat either. But I'm definitely eating healthier and my arms look a little more toned than before.

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          3 pounds in 2 weeks is great... how much do you have to lose? What is your workout schedule like?

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            "Any advice for me to keep me going?"


            It's not a sprint, it's a marathon. Feel confident because there has already been a change. I'd also suggest fitday or daily plate to start tracking your food intake. It made a huge difference for me to have tools like that. Keep up the great work.

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              Keep your intake below 50g of carbs for the first few weeks at least. I'd bet you're eating starchy vegetables and too much fruit. Stick to leafy greens only, and no fruit for a few weeks - remember, when Grok found fruit it was an occasional, not an everyday, thing.

              Primal eating in a nutshell: If you are hungry, eat Primal food until you are satisfied (not stuffed). Then stop. Wait until you're hungry again. Repeat.

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                Tracibee 3 lbs in two weeks is actually not a bad result. On many diets you might lose more weight in a shorter period of time but it is mostly water weight and not body fat.


                Also your body is going through an adjustment phase and you might see weeks with small changes on the scale and weeks with big changes. My advice, stay off the scale! Let weight loss be a side effect of getting healthy, vibrant, and strong.

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                  I am too a little discouraged as far as weight loss goes. I started two months ago with a weight of 120lb. I lost 3 lb in the first week, but then slowly but surely started to go up. Today I weighted myself and I was 125. I don't work out THAT much, so I really don't think it's a muscle weight. I'm confused.


                  I used to eat dairy, raw and organic, but now I cut it out completely to see what happens. I get 1-2 servings of berries or fruit a day. Mostly it's blueberries with ocassional peach.


                  I consume anywhere between 1,550 to 1,850 calories a day, give or take, and my breakdown on average is 50-100 carbs, 80-120 g of fats, and 75-120 g of protein. I eat free-range meats and cage-free eggs every day, and consume a lot of coconut oil, lard, and butter.


                  I walk pretty much every day for about an hour, do 1 day of weight lifting, one sprint a week, and usually go hiking on a weekend. What in the world is going on with my body and why is it moving the opposite direction? I don't have that much to loose but I certainly don't want to weight more than I did when I was eating crap.

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                    @chocolatechip: That could easily be muscle gain. I would suggest restricting carbs down below 50g a day and avoiding fruit for a while. Also, use Ketostix to check to see if you're in ketosis.


                    Also, I'd avoid the scale except on a once-a-month basis. Any more than that and it's like checking your stock prices every day; it becomes meaningless.

                    Primal eating in a nutshell: If you are hungry, eat Primal food until you are satisfied (not stuffed). Then stop. Wait until you're hungry again. Repeat.

                    Looking for my Cholesterol Primer? Here it is: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...mer-(Attempt-2)


                    Ditch the scale!: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread33283.html

                    My Success Story: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread30615.html

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                      chocolatechip-- you sound like you're in the exact same boat as I am! I started at 120 and gained weight. Stalled at 124 - it would not budge. I too cut out the dairy - and then I cut out the fruit. Nothing would happen.


                      Then I figured it out. Too many nuts! I cut the nuts and dropped 2 lbs.

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                        Chocolatechip, scale weight doesn't tell the whole story and can be very misleading. A better indication is how your clothes fit. Measuring your body fat percentage, though not as easy to do as stepping on a scale, is a better indicator of your health and fitness than a scale number.


                        By the way those scales that also measure body fat percentage can be wildly inaccurate.

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                          DaveFish, unfortunately my clothes don't fit very well That's how I even noticed that my weight was going up.


                          Ecala, I can't say I eat that many nuts. I'll try that approach. I do have a tablespoon of nut or seed butter every day, but not whole lot on top of that. I will have to try to take that approach and see what happens. It would be very helpful to figure finally figure out which foods my body reacts to in this way.


                          Griff, these are all valuable points and I will try doing that. But my whole disappointment with weight-loss alone stems from the fact that I stopped eating grains and sugars and I guess I thought just that along would help me drop some lb. Well, I ended up gaining Other than that, I feel great and not planning on going back at all.

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                            I agree that it sounds like you're doing well. 1 pound per week is a very reasonable, safe rate of fat loss. Remember, it's FAT loss you're after, not WEIGHT loss. If you're losing fat but gaining muscle, your weight may not change much even though you're shrinking and getting healthier. Scrap that scale and focus on how your clothes fit and how you feel.


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                            I'm not on the fruit-is-evil bandwagon, but it does make sense to me to limit it to 1-2 pieces per day if you're trying to lose fat. (Less fruit means lower sugar/carbs, assuming you're replacing it with dietary fat or protein.)


                            Also, add in some strength training if it's safe for you to do so. You'll be amazed how your metabolism races as you build muscle. Bodyweight training is great: a few pushups, some squats, lunges, pulldowns, etc. Just do what you can manage. If you can only do two "girly" pushups in a set to start with, that's perfectly fine. Just keep doing them, and within a few months you'll be banging out 15 full pushups and looking hot!

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                              Record you food intake. You don't know what you are doing until you do that.


                              Certainly nothing wrong with 1.5 pounds a week! Especially if you aren't fat to begin with.


                              Ditch the fruit. Even a plum a day sort of killed any weight loss for me. It's the sugars, especially any fructose.


                              Don't over exercise. (A common theme for not getting results.) You body will keep the fat in reserves and make you eat more.


                              Your mileage may vary from mine, but those are my hard earned lessons. I've lost 45 pounds since the end of April. Now seeing 238, 239 on the scale. Woo hoo!

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