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  • One Month Down and I Feel Like I Have Made NO PROGRESS!!!

    So I'm pretty much exactly a month in and I am getting REALLY frustrated!!! I read through all the Paleo info I could find, applied it pretty darn religiously, have lifted heavy things, have sprinted frequently, started supplementing with Vitamin D and Fish Oil, I haven't touched a grain, dairy, or legume, I practically don't eat fruit, and never even had a nut.....yet, I feel like my body has not only NOT improved, it has gotten worse.

    I'm 37, 6'2, 230 lbs, and a former athlete. I have always been able to cut down to at least 220 and put on muscle fairly quickly. Now I feel like my fat is resisting everything. In fact, I'm convinced that the lack of carbs has instructed my body to start burning muscle at a rapid rate. My body is turning into a bowl of Jello!! I have increased my protein to try to fix it but I don't know....I just FEEL LIKE SOMETHING IS WRONG!!!

    How is it even humanly possible to cut out so many bad foods and have it not make a damn bit of difference?!?!! I'm at the point where I eliminated my morning coffee because of the Splenda. I cut out gum cause of the artificial sweetener. I used to have pasta 3 or 4 times a week and now I don't touch the stuff. I would even have pizza and crap on weekends. How can I be cutting out all of this GARBAGE from my diet and not lose weight automatically???? I tracked my calories on Fitday for a few days just to check on my portions and my calories are coming in at around 2,300 or 2,400. That's right in line I think!!

    Seriously Forum, I need some advice. I'm starting to go crazy. I have started to convince myself that I have too much estrogen in my body. That I'm Leptin resistent. That I'm insulin resistent. Maybe it's Iodine?! Too much stress....ahhhhhhh!!!! I watch these YouTube videos of 70 year old guys with six pack abs. I read all of these blogs where everyone loses insane kinds of weight. I'm not obese or anything, but I have bodyfat.......why is it not burning off??? I read through LeanGains, and Simple Strength, and Body By Science, and all of these intermittant fasting articles. It's information overload.......yet, after all this, and all of these changes, and my body doesn't lose ONE SINGLE POUND?!?!? How is that even human possible?!?!? THIS SHOULDN'T BE THAT DIFFICULT!!!! SOS!!!!

  • #2
    I'm just a girl and not even working out a lot right now........... I don't know, maybe try intermittent fasting and eating more some days and less others:
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Spinman View Post
      I'm convinced that the lack of carbs has instructed my body to start burning muscle at a rapid rate.
      Eat more carbs then. You won't die and it's worth the try.

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      • #4
        I have been eating sweet potatoes and squash and a ton veggies in my salad for lunch.

        Here's my conundrum: I cut out ALL artificial sweetener, ALL sugar, ALL grains, have exchanged my lunch sandwiches for a big salad, cut my meals down from 5 to 3 or 2, and have barely drank any alcohol. And my body responds by doing absolutely nothing? It's illogical. I should be melting away just by eliminating those foods alone.

        Has anyone experienced such poor success following this lifestyle? Is there a blood test that I need or something? It's like my metabolism is completely broken??????

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        • #5
          Already try one meal a day? Easy to do once you're keto-adapted. You want at least a pound of protein most days, with lots of saturated fat, and a big side of greens, veggies etc. Eggs are in, and duck, lamb, heart, fish, liver, etc. I do that for eight days in a row, every other week, and it feels amazing. I have energy while burning fat. Try to get lots of medium chain triglycerides, too! Helps the mood and energy.

          Took my body over a month to figure out how do digest and use fat. I have done this 1 year and lost 20 pounds. Relax. Take it easy. You don't have that much weight to lose, so your body is just taking its time. Definitely focus on getting that daily PROTEIN. Made all the difference for me.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Knifegill View Post
            Already try one meal a day? Easy to do once you're keto-adapted. You want at least a pound of protein most days, with lots of saturated fat, and a big side of greens, veggies etc. Eggs are in, and duck, lamb, heart, fish, liver, etc. I do that for eight days in a row, every other week, and it feels amazing. I have energy while burning fat. Try to get lots of medium chain triglycerides, too! Helps the mood and energy.

            Took my body over a month to figure out how do digest and use fat. I have done this 1 year and lost 20 pounds. Relax. Take it easy. You don't have that much weight to lose, so your body is just taking its time. Definitely focus on getting that daily PROTEIN. Made all the difference for me.
            Thanks man. How do I know if I am burning fat for energy? I don't think I am. I think my body has ignored my body fat and went straight for the muscle. How long does it typically take for a body to adapt?

            And when u say "keto-adapted", how do u know for sure? I did some IM a couple weeks ago and it seemed to make matters worse. I was doing the 16/8 split but felt like my body was pushing back. This may be the most frustrated that I have been in a long time.

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            • #7
              Is it possible you are just eating too many calories? Maybe just on the cusp of maintenance/weight loss? I would give it a couple more weeks, I bet you see a change after 6-7 weeks.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Fernaldo View Post
                Is it possible you are just eating too many calories? Maybe just on the cusp of maintenance/weight loss? I would give it a couple more weeks, I bet you see a change after 6-7 weeks.
                2300 calories doesn't sustain 230 pounds through LHT and sprinting. OP just isn't burning fat yet. Isn't L-glutamine supposed to help during the transition from sugar burner to fat burner? Or am I confusing that (like I often do) with something that sounds similar, glutathione, or something?
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Fernaldo View Post
                  Is it possible you are just eating too many calories? Maybe just on the cusp of maintenance/weight loss? I would give it a couple more weeks, I bet you see a change after 6-7 weeks.
                  That's possible I guess. I'm gonna give it a couple more weeks and then I'm going to trim down the calories a bit. I was looking for a lifestyle where I didn't have to micro-manage my calories and thought maybe that Primal would be it. I guess maybe the calorie counting is unavoibale for some people with sensitive metabolisms. Or maybe I'll just introduce a fasting day into the routine and then perhaps that will trim my weekly calories without having to make too many daily adjustments.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by RichMahogany View Post
                    2300 calories doesn't sustain 230 pounds through LHT and sprinting. OP just isn't burning fat yet. Isn't L-glutamine supposed to help during the transition from sugar burner to fat burner? Or am I confusing that (like I often do) with something that sounds similar, glutathione, or something?
                    I just checked my fitday results. I'm anywhere between 2,300 and 2,800/day. That doesn't sound extreme to me either. I feel like any less than that and I'll prevent myself from building any muscle whatsoever.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Fernaldo View Post
                      Maybe just on the cusp of maintenance/weight loss? I would give it a couple more weeks, I bet you see a change after 6-7 weeks.
                      +1

                      Originally posted by Spinman View Post
                      .....yet, I feel like my body has not only NOT improved, it has gotten worse.
                      Originally posted by Spinman
                      My body is turning into a bowl of Jello!!
                      your fat WILL get squishy for release. if you've had the fat for any length of time it will have hardened so it has to be softened up/broken down to get released for energy. so it does seem like you are going the wrong way. don't worry

                      Originally posted by Spinman
                      How is it even humanly possible to cut out so many bad foods and have it not make a damn bit of difference?!?!!
                      i have said ALL of these things.....and then some like:
                      "i am not drinking alcohol, eating cupcakes, soda, etc...wtf?"
                      "what the hell...if i am going to stay the same or worse i could be putting a lot less effort into it!...like NONE and eat/drink as i was before!"

                      I really think that your body is still adjusting. stressing over fixing something that doesn't need fixing will just make you batty.

                      i think i am about 6 weeks in and i had more than one random person say "you're skinny!" yesterday and i am noticing less "junk" (cellulite) on the backs of my legs (without exercise! LOL)
                      I say i "think" because i really stopped worrying about the numbers and "data tracking".....(sooo not like me LOL)
                      calories, scale, weeks, sizes, etc

                      i no longer worry that i am doing something *wrong*....
                      i eat when i am hungry and don't stress if i "miss" a meal or have an "extra" piece of dark chocolate or bite of almond butter.
                      i LIKE the cooking, tweaking recipes, and the shopping "game" (1.5lb of broccoli for $.42 is exciting! - a little pathetic huh? LOL) AND after however many weeks i am finding myself downright *craving* more activity...running from zombies perhaps?

                      i don't know if this will help at all (i hope it does!)but.....
                      i would loosen the reigns a little and see what happens in the next few weeks

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                      • #12
                        Hottierockstar....you do ROCK!! I think I just needed someone else to tell me that I wasn't losing my mind and that my body isn't somehow this unique creature that dosn't respond like any other human alive!! I'm really going to stop stressing so much about it and keep at it. I know intellectually that what I am doing is going to help me get healthy so that keeps me motivated to continue down this path. And at the end of the day, I don't look so bad. I'm sure my friends and family would tell me that if I got "skinny" that I would look weird or something. Can't win with them. I have my goals and I intend to reach them but maybe Rome wasn't built in a day. If I lost 4 lbs of body fat a month I would be at my target by summer. That's not a horrible realization. And I'm praying for what you said about how the fat gets squishier before it burns off. I have read similiar theories. From your mouth to God's ears.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Spinman View Post
                          If I lost 4 lbs of body fat a month I would be at my target by summer. That's not a horrible realization. And I'm praying for what you said about how the fat gets squishier before it burns off. I have read similiar theories. From your mouth to God's ears.
                          I have to agree with this theory- and our Rockstar friend here. I always think I'm backpedaling in my progress just before those squishy lumps smooth out and I drop a pound or two. Stress=cortisol=fat retention. I am a huge advocate of chilling out! I feel like *that* is what Primal is all about- going with nature, learning to listen, and letting time do it's thing.
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                          • #14
                            stress can be very powerful hormone...and like others say on here, bodies adjust on their own time

                            and you say you think your body is using muscle for energy, when you lift heavy things are you having to lift lighter and lighter each time or have you been able to increase the weight? it may just be you are putting on lean muscle *shrugs*

                            also you can check if you are burning fat and protein as energy by checking your ketones in your urine, there should be testing strips at most pharmacy stores

                            also try to think of other positives, sleeping better? any extra energy? its only a month too

                            you can try taking measurements and then check them again in another 2 weeks...

                            just some thoughts
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Spinman View Post
                              ....that my body isn't somehow this unique creature that dosn't respond like any other human alive!! I'm really going to stop stressing so much about it and keep at it. I know intellectually that what I am doing is going to help me get healthy so that keeps me motivated to continue down this path..
                              right??!!
                              i did hcg two years ago and i was the only person that wasn't "-1.0!!" on a daily basis...and these chicks are/were drinking wine and blah blah...i was being *perfect* and struggling so i did feel like a freak of nature.....in the back of my mind i was like "can't mix veggies? no broccoli? no brussel sprouts? count EVERY single calorie?!"
                              I did lose 12lbs...scale weight not necessarily fat...gained it back and then some because...it had NOTHING to do with this "magical" hcg but the 500c a day AND it totally tweaked my brain to food/eating being "bad"
                              that is not sustainable in practice or results(it worked ONE round for me and never again LOL) a friend that started hcg a week after i did...has been on it for TWO years and isn't stable..gain/lose/gain/lose

                              primal/paleo IS sustainable...the more veggies i can throw into a dish the better, eat when hungry, move, sleep (i miraculously let go of the idea that i was possibly doing something wrong LOL)

                              family/friends are always going to have *something* to say....funny how they rarely say anything if you are doing what they do

                              i am glad my ramblings helped

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