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    Hello everyone,

    Not sure where to begin, but I've just bought the book, although I've spent about a week or so on this site researching things. I think I have a pretty good grasp on it all, now to put it in motion.
    I have followed the PB plan now for 9 days and I am also 35 days into the P90X workout program.
    My main goal is to lose weight. I'm probably about 30-40 pounds overweight and it's gotten to the point I can't fit into clothes that I wore 7 months ago. I also have some health issues I've dealt with for a while and frankly, I'm done living like this. So here I am.
    One question though, is it normal to not see any change in weight the first 2 weeks? I'm trying not to get discouraged, so any words of wisdom would be great.

  • #2
    Tell us a bit about you: age, sex, height; then post a sample menu so we can have an idea what & when you're eating. That makes it easier to advise you about your weight loss, or lack thereof.

    BTW: Welcome!
    Newcomers: If you haven't read the book, at least read this thread ... and all the links!
    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread17722.html

    F/49/5'4"
    Jan. 1, 2011: 186.6 lbs PBSW Mar. 1, 2011: 175.8 lbs
    CW: 146.8 lbs
    GW 140 lbs
    A proud member of PETA: People Eating Tasty Animals

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    • #3
      I'm 27, female, weigh 160.4 lbs and I'm 5'-7"

      Yesterday's menu was:
      Breakfast 3 scrambled eggs, black tea (no sugar or cream) almond flour pumpkin muffin
      snack 1 apple, 2 slices of cheese (I know, cheese isn't great, but I'm having a hard time removing it just yet)
      snack #2: a protein bar
      Lunch: salad with grilled chicken, lettuce and some shredded cheese on top, no dressing
      snack: blueberries with sliced ham
      Snack: hand full of freeze dried strawberries and banana mix
      Dinner: rotisserie chicken leg and some mashed butternut squash

      That's a pretty typical day for me this past week. I was drinking 1 powdered water flavoring juice packets once a day in the afternoon for a little pick up, didn't do that yesterday or today. I also was eating about 3 cheese sticks over the course of a day and I haven't done that at all this week. I have really only been this strict for the last 5 days though. I am having a little trouble removing the post workout carb loaded meal, I probably ate about 40g of (bad)carbs after a weight training workout 3 days a week up until this week.
      Last edited by Selchie21; 05-11-2011, 03:47 PM.

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      • #4
        What are you doing eating a muffin? Even if not grain-based, it's still too carby. Cut out ALL carbs for now, including the fruit - you are eating too many carbs right now to lose any weight at all. Where's your fat? You are not eating enough fat to get your metabolism kickstarted.
        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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        • #5
          When you're looking to lose weight, you probably need to cut out the snacks. If you're constantly fuelling your body, it never needs to resort to using its fat stores for energy.

          There's nothing wrong with having a post-workout carb-y meal as long as it fits into your daily eating plan.
          Newcomers: If you haven't read the book, at least read this thread ... and all the links!
          http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread17722.html

          F/49/5'4"
          Jan. 1, 2011: 186.6 lbs PBSW Mar. 1, 2011: 175.8 lbs
          CW: 146.8 lbs
          GW 140 lbs
          A proud member of PETA: People Eating Tasty Animals

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          • #6
            Thanks for the help guys. I'm going to cut out fruit and all carbs and see where I end up. I need to really stop my snacking, weekends I never even think to snack, but sitting at a desk during the week makes it tricky, but I'm really going to try to push myself.
            Griff: What are some ways I can bring fat into my diet?

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            • #7
              Add butter to your eggs in the morning and your vegetables in the afternoon and evening. Eat more bacon. Eat high-fat ground beef (73/27 is great). Eat dark-meat chicken with the skin on. Eat coconut oil by the spoonful and cook with it, too. Get good marbled steaks and high-fat roasts for the slow cooker. Those are just a few ways to add good fats.
              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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              • #8
                I'll add: put olive oil on your salad and eat avocados; get a can of salmon or sardines and mash it all up, bones & skin included; put coconut milk on frozen berries; eat coconut bark as a snack. Yum!
                Newcomers: If you haven't read the book, at least read this thread ... and all the links!
                http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread17722.html

                F/49/5'4"
                Jan. 1, 2011: 186.6 lbs PBSW Mar. 1, 2011: 175.8 lbs
                CW: 146.8 lbs
                GW 140 lbs
                A proud member of PETA: People Eating Tasty Animals

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Griff View Post
                  Cut out ALL carbs for now, including the fruit - you are eating too many carbs right now to lose any weight at all.
                  That's an extreme method for extreme circumstances. At 5'7" and 160, Selchie is still better off replacing all processed foods with primal ones, upping fat as you say, and not worrying about carbs. Haven't there been a few threads lately about VLC and burnout?

                  However, Selchie, I do encourage you to ease off on the snacks until you don't need them anymore. Three meals is plenty. Two is probably ideal.
                  You lousy kids! Get off my savannah!

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                  • #10
                    I agree that very low carb is for extreme circumstances (like Griff's), but isn't necessary for most.

                    Here are the tweaks I would make:

                    Yesterday's menu was:
                    Breakfast 3 scrambled eggs, black tea (no sugar or cream) almond flour pumpkin muffin [cut this muffin]
                    snack 1 apple, 2 slices of cheese (I know, cheese isn't great, but I'm having a hard time removing it just yet)
                    snack #2: a protein bar [cut this]
                    Lunch: salad with grilled chicken, lettuce and some shredded cheese on top, no dressing [add fat to this meal--1/2 avocado and "clean" salad dressing]
                    snack: blueberries with sliced ham
                    Snack: hand full of freeze dried strawberries and banana mix [cut this]
                    Dinner: rotisserie chicken leg and some mashed butternut squash [cut amount of squash in half and add a lot of greens; eat whole leg quarter]


                    Cheese: from what I've seen and have experienced myself, most women here can lose weight in the beginning with cheese still in the mix, but then a lot of us get to the point where we stall out with it still in the menu. You very well might be able to lose with it in there. Try it with and see how you do, but know that it's a possibility that it might have to go at some point in the future.

                    Are you hypoglycemic? One of the beauties of eating more fat (besides it making you look young and your skin and hair lovely) is that it keeps you full for a long time, so you won't need as many snacks.

                    Don't worry about being perfect in the beginning. I certainly wasn't. But I'm sitting here today, having turned my whole life around. This isn't a diet and, if done right, should be easily sustainable and dare I say enjoyable for the rest of your life. If things start feeling diet-y or miserable for you, then back off and reassess.
                    Last edited by TigerLily; 05-13-2011, 07:02 PM.
                    "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." -- Hippocrates

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Grumpy Caveman View Post
                      That's an extreme method for extreme circumstances. At 5'7" and 160, Selchie is still better off replacing all processed foods with primal ones, upping fat as you say, and not worrying about carbs. Haven't there been a few threads lately about VLC and burnout?

                      However, Selchie, I do encourage you to ease off on the snacks until you don't need them anymore. Three meals is plenty. Two is probably ideal.
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                      • #12
                        Welcome Selchie! Keep up the good work.
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                        • #13
                          Thank you everyone! I guess I thought I was getting enough fat from meats... guess I was wrong
                          I do have hypoglycemia, and I think I've trained my body to want snacks every 2 hours. I gave up most refined carbs about a year ago, and it did help keep it at bay, but I still have a ways to go.
                          I'll try to add in more fat to my diet, and keep the fruit out at least for now and see where I end up.
                          I really do appreciate everyone's help!

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                          • #14
                            Selchie: I used to be hypoglycemic, too (past tense). I think it took about 1-2 months for that to right itself. Until that happens, snacks (always with protein, fat, and carbs every time you eat--just eating fruit alone will actually make you even hungrier afterwards and will also spike and crash your blood sugar) are OK in the beginning. You'll soon find you won't actually need the snacks any longer, and you can wean yourself from the psychological aspect of "needing" them and having something for your mouth to chomp on throughout the day. I am down to two meals a day with no snacks and occasionally even just one meal, blood sugar steady as she goes, and often go to 1 p.m. before the thought of food even occurs to me. (When I started, if I didn't have food by 10 a.m., I'd have a hypoglycemic spell.) Give it a bit of time. You are changing your life, after all....not dieting. You'll get there. Oh, and welcome to the tribe!
                            "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." -- Hippocrates

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                            • #15
                              Hi,

                              After reading the following posts, I would say that what you need to do is try to keep the carbs to 300 cal (midrange of the 200 to 400 lose level as is outlined in the book.) TigerLily's edit of what you wrote seems like a good place to start, and Belinda's point of the snacking also has a lot of merit. Figure out your BMI, add to it the caloric requirements that you need to be ambulatory as the BMI is for if you were only lying in bed, and from that total subtract the amount of calories you want to lose to meet your weight loss. For example if your adjusted BMI total is 2500 calories, and you want to lose about 2 pounds a day then you need to cut out about 1000 calories per day for each day for a total of 7000. This translates to 2 pounds. BUT make sure your carbs are between 200 and 400 a day, and that your protein level is correct (1/2 to 1 gram per pound) There are 4 calories per gram of protein, so you can figure that out. Let's say then you are 2500 calories and you want to lost 2 pounds a week, then subtract ~1000 calories from you adjusted BMI total of 2500 and your imput should be 1500 calories. Subtract about 300 carb calories, them about 500 from protein (you can figure out the amount for yourself - this is just a ballpark example) and then you have 700 calories left for fats.

                              I've been on it for 7 weeks and I've lost about 15 pounds. I've done nothing else out of the ordinary. I've made a spreadsheet to keep track of what I eat and the calories consumed, along with a list of foods that I've eaten with their carbs, protein, and fats. I'm doing this just for data, and not as a requirement for the program.
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