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  • 1 month since going Primal and....

    I've been primal since jan 4th and still no movement in the scale or measurements. I use myfitness pal to judge how much I'm eating(1500-1700cal) a day as a 43yo male 5'10" tall. Im eating no grains or dairy at about 50-60 grams a day of carbs. I buy almost all of my meat and chicken as free range or grass fed. My energy levels are good and I'm never really hungry like I was as a carb eater. I just thought I should be starting to drop the fat by now. 41 inch waist is too much!

    breakfast: 2 eggs and 4oz of shrimp with spinach and 1/2 grapefruit

    Lunch: 5oz of either chuck roast or chicken and steamed kale in coconut oil

    dinner: 6-8oz of meat with veggies and a pat of butter

    snack: usually a paleo muffin( made with almond flour and eggs (200cal each).

    maybe I'm missing something ? 12 miles a week walking

  • #2
    Your calories seem low, I eat way more than that and I am a female, 38 yo, 5'10", 222lbs.

    You could try adding more fat and see if that helps? Lots of great information here The Eating Academy | Peter Attia, M.D. The Eating Academy | Peter Attia, M.D. that might help.
    My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread70684.html

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    • #3
      Thanks Kymma maybe that is the problem

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      • #4
        Maybe try cutting back on the muffins? They may not be that many calories, but it takes a lot of almonds to make enough flour for a muffin. Paleo baked goods are generally considered to be an okay occasional treat, not an everyday snack.

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        • #5
          I am in Kymma's court. Since 6/15 I have lost an average of 1.2 pounds a week at ~2000 calories a day. I don't feel great at the very low carbohydrate level. I target 100-150 for carbohydrate.

          Male
          53 years old
          SW 215
          CW 174
          Some of you may die, but that is a risk I'm willing to take.

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          • #6
            I think Kymma may be onto something with the calories. I've been Primal for a month as well and am down 10lbs. I am 6'4" and quite active, and I eat roughly 3000 calories per day. I tracked everything for a couple weeks, and I am usually 60% fat, 30% protein, and 10% carbs.
            "It's a great life, if you don't weaken.". John Buchan

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            • #7
              Agree with the others--I lost about 2-3lb.s per month for over 6 months eating around 2500 cal/day (some days 1500, some 3000), though I'm 6'-2" and 48 years old. In addition to walking I do the occasional sprinting and bodyweight training. The thing I must do, though, to keep the weight off, is sleep enough. Lack of sleep raises cortisol (stress hormone). Not eating enough might make your body go into starvation-hoard mode.

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              • #8
                I knew i would get some great responses . I will cut down on the muffins to a couple times a week and increase my calories and see how that works. Thanks everyone

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                • #9
                  Also give it some time, really you are still new at it..

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                  • #10
                    Also if you are eating more fat at each meal, you will find you will not need to snack.

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                    • #11
                      and the funny thing is , is that I have been averaging almost 4 hours a week of walking plus doing push-ups and pull-ups and other bodyweight exercises but as some of you have said a month is not that long

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                      • #12
                        I was on the regimen for 6-7 months before I got weighed, and was disappointed that I had not lost an ounce. Then in the next couple of months, I started to see that I had less fat on me, and sure enough, I had dropped 10 pounds. The body doesn't always provide instant gratification.

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                        • #13
                          Going against the grain here but the way I see it, if your goal is fat loss then why add more fat to your diet, work on burning off your stored body fat instead. More veggies. More weightbearing exercise. Lots of slow movement. Four hours in a week isn't really much, do you sit at a desk the rest of the day. Ditch the muffin. Go easy on the added coconut oil, time enough later to increase fats when you really begin to feel hunger again.
                          Annie Ups the Ante
                          http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread117711.html

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                          • #14
                            I eat about 50-60% of calories from fat a day and never hungry. So I'll just have to experiment and see how much and what percentage of fat I need. still my calories are under 2000

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                            • #15
                              I think it depends on the person. I was on a low fat diet for 2 years went from 225 to 191 but i got stuck, so I decided to give primal a try. I have found the more fat I add the faster the weight comes off. I am down to 176 now. I have also read posts where vegetarians or vegans have done very well with higher levels of protein. I think you should experiment and find what works for you.

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