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    I began really well... lost three pounds in two weeks. Felt great... joints began aching, perhaps after eating huge amounts of tomatoes. Cut them out and joints now feel better.
    But, I've put the three pounds back on and another two. I'm so peed off! It can't be muscle cos I've not been working out. I haven't been drinking enough lately so don't know if that's got anything to do with it.
    I feel absolutely bloated in stomach area and it's usually flat.
    Sample diet for last few days:
    Wed... 1 egg, 2 rashers bacon
    mushroom and blue cheese salad
    kale cooked in coconut milk, green beans, roast squash with cheese, rib eye steak
    Thur... No breakfast
    strawberries and blackberries with double cream
    2 chicken thighs, squash, broccoli, carrots
    Fri... 1 cupcake
    tomato, mozzarella and lettuce
    steamed salmon, lettuce cucumber
    3 spoonfuls tiramisu.

    Don't know what I'm doing wrong. Also, my thyroid meds have just been increased from 75mcgs to 100 mcgs. And, (the cherry on the bloody cake) I'm menopausal.

  • #2
    I hope someone addresses this sentence ... It can't be muscle cos I've not been working out ... because I have a nebulous notion that if treated optimally, our bodies will build themselves optimally. That would mean a nice ratio of muscle to fat without a concerted effort to physically body-build.

    I don't really have anything helpful. I fluctuate 2 or 3 lbs all the time. Despite the fact that I haven't really lost any weight for months, these freshly washed jeans are ridiculous big! Sorry, no wisdom just a little support.

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    • #3
      I've been at this for 2 weeks and I haven't lost any weight - but I definitely feel that I have put on muscle, without doing too much of anything. I think the body will build muscle even if you aren't lifting weights. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong. Sure, you won't be totally ripped from doing just day-to-day activities, but I think the body will create muscle when given the proper nourishment.

      I bet that is what is happening - gaining muscle, losing fat. How do your clothes fit? Like I said, I am the same weight, but my clothes are way baggier now and I just 'feel' more muscle-y and less fatty!

      Edited to say: Maybe you need to up your calories too? I'm not sure the breakdown of it all, but I know I eat a lot more than that in a day. Every person is different, of course, but it doesn't seem like much food to me.
      Last edited by Heather R; 09-26-2010, 07:03 AM.
      Starting Weight: 160 lbs (07/27/12)
      Goal Weight: 120 lbs
      Height: 5'5"

      Celiac Disease: Diagnosed in 2000 Gluten-Free: Off and On, and Off, and On... over the years. *sigh*
      Primal AND Gluten-Free: As of 07/27/12

      ***Recovering Vegetarian***

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      • #4
        How does your diet from losing 3 lbs in 2 weeks compare to the diet you have been eating since you put back on 5 lbs? What are the differences? Does anything stand out? How do your stress and activity levels compare too?
        Find me at aToadontheRoad.com. Cheers!

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        • #5
          The weight you've "lost" and "gained" was probably all water. You can fluctuate several pounds over the course of the day just from water.

          tooround - muscle is a pretty expensive tissue for the body to build and maintain....I don't think it's going to spontaneously build muscle if activity levels aren't present to stimulate it or otherwise need it.
          Heather and the hounds - Make a Fast Friend, Adopt a Greyhound!

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          • #6
            To answer Heather R... my clothes feel tighter.
            To answer Primal Toad... Weirdly, I've been eating less this week than last week, and drinking a lot less water.
            I'm five foot six and weigh 151 pounds. I'm not fat... just large.... quite athletic looking with broad shoulders and since I hit the menopause six months ago, I'm getting love handles where there were none.... yet I don't overeat. I feel desperate to feel comfy in my own body again. Pre menopausal weight was 144 pounds.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by tooround View Post
              I hope someone addresses this sentence ... It can't be muscle cos I've not been working out ... because I have a nebulous notion that if treated optimally, our bodies will build themselves optimally. That would mean a nice ratio of muscle to fat without a concerted effort to physically body-build.

              I don't really have anything helpful. I fluctuate 2 or 3 lbs all the time. Despite the fact that I haven't really lost any weight for months, these freshly washed jeans are ridiculous big! Sorry, no wisdom just a little support.
              Thanks for the support, Tooround!

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              • #8
                Fortunata,

                IMO, you are not following the MDA diet plan. Please review this article by Mark:
                http://www.marksdailyapple.com/how-t...mal-blueprint/

                Please note the Carb Chart where Mark recommends you take 50 to 100 carbs a day. Are you eating 3 meals a day in accordance with Marks article?

                * Carb listing by name
                http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcom...t/sr18a205.pdf
                http://www.glycemicindex.ca/glycemicindexfoods.pdf
                * listing by carb numbers
                http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcom...t/sr18w205.pdf
                * Bad Carbs + Good Carbs List - Everything on this list has a healthy low carb substitute
                http://www.vincesmuscleshop.com/Bad-Carbs.htm

                Grizz

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Grizz View Post
                  Fortunata,

                  IMO, you are not following the MDA diet plan. Please review this article by Mark:
                  http://www.marksdailyapple.com/how-t...mal-blueprint/

                  Please note the Carb Chart where Mark recommends you take 50 to 100 carbs a day. Are you eating 3 meals a day in accordance with Marks article?

                  * Carb listing by name
                  http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcom...t/sr18a205.pdf
                  http://www.glycemicindex.ca/glycemicindexfoods.pdf
                  * listing by carb numbers
                  http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcom...t/sr18w205.pdf
                  * Bad Carbs + Good Carbs List - Everything on this list has a healthy low carb substitute
                  http://www.vincesmuscleshop.com/Bad-Carbs.htm

                  Grizz
                  Hi Grizz. Thanks for replying. Why do you think I'm not following MDA? Am I still eating too many carbs? Or am I not eating enough food in the day?
                  The cupcake and tiramisu were aberrations because it was my daughter's birthday.

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                  • #10
                    Where's the fat? I don't see nearly enough fat, and a lot of carbs.
                    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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                    • #11
                      Too many carbs?

                      Originally posted by Griff View Post
                      Where's the fat? I don't see nearly enough fat, and a lot of carbs.
                      Are the veggies I'm eating too carby?

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                      • #12
                        I'm in a similar position. I pretty much eat meat and vegetables (mixed, sometimes just string beans). I've been at it for 13 days and I've only lost 3 - 5 pounds (fluxuates). I walk about 45 minutes a day (not hard walking, just kinda walking around the neighborhood) unless I get a rash or something, then I take a day off.

                        Maybe I'm not getting enough carbs, or maybe not enough fat?

                        It's a bit discouraging.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Eteric View Post
                          I'm in a similar position. I pretty much eat meat and vegetables (mixed, sometimes just string beans). I've been at it for 13 days and I've only lost 3 - 5 pounds (fluxuates). I walk about 45 minutes a day (not hard walking, just kinda walking around the neighborhood) unless I get a rash or something, then I take a day off.

                          Maybe I'm not getting enough carbs, or maybe not enough fat?

                          It's a bit discouraging.
                          You've been at this for 2 weeks and have lost 3-5lbs? Even at the lower end--losing 1.5lbs a week--that's AWESOME and sustainable and a fantastic start. What kind of weight loss were you expecting?
                          Liz.

                          Zone diet on and off for several years....worked, but too much focus on exact meal composition
                          Primal since July 2010...skinniest I've ever been and the least stressed about food

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                          • #14
                            It may very well be your hormones. I could not lose weight and often gained, for no apparent reason, until my thyroid meds were optimized for over a year.

                            Your thyroid med increase is a fairy large increase. Was it based on TSH only or FT4 and FT3? The increase can "shock" the body as you gets used it. It usually takes 6-8 weeks for meds to stabilize.

                            Weight gain during peri-menopause and/or menopause is also very common:
                            http://www.epigee.org/menopause/weight_gain.html
                            http://www.webmd.com/menopause/guide...se-weight-gain

                            Have you had your female hormones checked-- estradiol, progesterone, testosterone, FSH?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by lizch View Post
                              You've been at this for 2 weeks and have lost 3-5lbs? Even at the lower end--losing 1.5lbs a week--that's AWESOME and sustainable and a fantastic start. What kind of weight loss were you expecting?
                              Well, I weigh 326 pounds, so usually for people my size it goes a bit faster. >_>

                              And I also lost that weight in the first 3 days, which is kind of... Weird...

                              It's also been fluxuating. Like one day, it'll be 325, then 326, then the next day 325, etc.
                              Last edited by Eteric; 09-26-2010, 09:52 AM.

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