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    So, my first week on, I lost seven pounds in one week! It was awesome, and I'm feeling great. The only thing is that the weight loss seems to have stalled, and I'm thinking my diet may need some tweaks.

    Basically, breakfast, lunch, and all snacks are strictly primal--eggs, meat, vegetables, some soy, no legumes, no grains, extremely limited dairy. Dinner is almost always perfectly primal. I usually eat about one piece of fruit a day, and I usually include about 1 oz of organic 85% dark chocolate and a little bit of red wine as well.

    Also, I'm exclusively nursing my five month old son, so I don't want to diminish my supply in any way.

    Should I continue as I am, eliminate some or all of the fruit, eliminate the wine, eliminate the chocolate, or eliminate some combination? Increase the exercise? What do you guys think?

  • #2
    Oh, way early for pressing the panic button! Just keep on as you are.

    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


    • #3
      Also, you should measure yourself. It's quite possible that you're packing on muscle. It's kind of a better litmus test for weight loss. For example, I haven't lost any weight so far this week, but I have lost 2 waist inches. Go figure.
      5 foot 5 female.
      Starting weight 187 (10/4/10)
      Got knocked up; Had 3rd babby.
      Current weight 128 (8/20/2012)
      Goal weight 150 (pre-pregnancy weight); Goal weight #2 135 (ideal); Newest goal? RIPPED. I WANNA BE RIPPED.

      "Bring a knife to a gun fight--stab them while they're laughing"
      "You were born a winner- you were the fastest sperm"
      I prefer to take life advice from courage wolf


      • #4
        Don't stress about the week to week, just keep on keepin' on and it will happen. I lost 7 lbs in week 1, 1 in week 2, 0 in week 3, 2 in week 4, etc. There are so many other factors to consider.

        And I totally agree with Katzilla! I didn't measure myself when I started and wish I had. I am down from a size 10 to 6 and would love to see the inches!


        • #5
          agree with Morgan above. After the initial start, I would look for a pound a week as a reasonable goal. This is a journey not a race,lol.
          Primal/Paleo is not for everyone, it's for those who have committed to understand.
          READ THE BOOK! Robb Wolf says: "Trying to convince people to save their own ass will burn you out."

          Vegetarians are the enemy of everything good and decent in the human spirit, and an affront to all I stand for -- the pure enjoyment of food. Anthony Bourdain

          and yes, calories DO count my little piggies


          • #6
            All of the above... keep in mind you're not "losing weight" you're changing your body composition... losing FAT and gaining muscle. This means the scale is not a good measure of what's going on in your body. You may lose fat and gain muscle at a rate that sometimes will see you GAIN weight... yet LOSE size. So measurements for sure... and patience! There will never be a "steady" weight loss for the most part. As your body works it may have time where you've lost weight, but your cells are holding onto the water for a couple of weeks... then the water will be released and you'll see a weight loss... it's not consistent.

            It really helps if you learn a lot about what's going on and get out of the CW track of x calories should lead to x pounds lost per day which is x pounds per week. Cuz your body really doesn't work that way...
            sigpic "Boy I got vision and the rest of the world is wearing bifocals" - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid


            • #7
              second WEEK??? Nothing has even HAPPENED yet. Give it time already!


              • #8
                Thanks, everyone! I appreciate the feedback. I think I was just afraid that when the weight loss stopped, it indicated that I was doing something wrong. I'll keep on as I am for now and see how things go. Also, I like the idea of measuring! I think that'll be really motivating.


                • #9
                  Originally posted by NKatz View Post
                  Thanks, everyone! I appreciate the feedback. I think I was just afraid that when the weight loss stopped, it indicated that I was doing something wrong. I'll keep on as I am for now and see how things go. Also, I like the idea of measuring! I think that'll be really motivating.
                  such a big amount of weight loss in the first week is most likely water weight. as you decrease your carb intake, your body will hold less and less water. the weight should continue to come off if you're staying primal, it will just come off a little slower (including not at all sometimes).


                  • #10
                    Stay on the primal horse and stay the course. And I echo the others in saying that you need to MEASURE yourself not only weigh yourself, especially if you are doing PB Fitness (try it if you haven't). Same thing was happening to me (weight loss stalling) but my measurements are changing and one week later the weight loss started up again.


                    • #11
                      I was just reading the part in the book about the weight loss sweet spot. And according to the graph, rapid weight loss comes with 0-50g of carbs and IF. The sweet spot is 50-100g and 100-150 is effortless maintence.
                      I really believe that if you want to lose weight you have to watch your carbs. If you want to be healthy, then you don't really have to watch your carbs other then eating primal, but if you're eating 100-150, that is maintenance, not weight loss. I've been tracking my carbs on fitday and I get my daily intake of carbs with just vegetable and a little bit of nuts. You'd be suprised how fast those carb counts add up.


                      • #12
                        This is the "Biggest Loser" effect. Every season, every body loses a huge amount the first week, then nothing the second week.

                        Complex things are going on in your body right now, which are not measurable by a scale. To paraphrase what someone here has said, your body is not doing simple addition or subtraction; it is doing calculus.

                        Best/healthiest thing you can do for yourself is to throw that scale away.
                        "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." -- Hippocrates


                        • #13
                          This thread has really made me feel better - I am in week 3 and after dropping almost 10lbs in the first 10 days (I have 100+lbs to lose), my weight has been fluctuating for the past week. I put the 3+lb weight gain last week down to my time of the month, but now thats over and I still seem to have stalled. I am very very strict with my eating and I am one of those lucky people that don't feel hunger. My weight problems are down to poor eating habits from childhood. Aaaaaaanyways, as I said - it's encouraging that this does happen because I was beginning to think that PB was just another thing that isn't going to work for me and that I'm destined to be overweight for the rest of my life.


                          • #14
                            do not eliminate anything.

                            you must squat the heavy things.