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  • Not for me?

    First a little background...

    January 201,1 I decided enough was enough and from January 2011 until Aug 2011, I lost 35 pounds through exercise and basic calorie counting. Then the weight loss stopped even though I was still trying hard to lose.

    Needing to still lose 35-40 pounds, some dear friends who have had amazing success with eating primal and the Primal Blueprint talked my husband and I into trying it. We started March 2012. I lost 10 pounds the first two months, and then stopped. Starting in July the weight (and inches) started coming back and as of this morning I have officially gained back all of the weight and inches I originally lost switching to the diet. I haven't been cheating and have continued to work out through the diet transition.

    I am active, going to a yoga class twice a week and at least 3-4 other days in the week are filled with jogging, Zumba, hiking, biking &/or swimming. I drink tons of water.

    I'm at a loss and am beginning to think maybe this isn't for me.

    Can anyone offer any advice?

    My eating usually consists of
    Breakfast: two eggs, sometimes banana
    Lunch: left over meat from dinner, fruit (usually apple and almond butter)
    Dinner: meat and tons of veggies
    Snacks: bananas, nuts, seeds, carrots
    Last edited by jbledsoe42; 08-15-2012, 07:52 AM.

  • #2
    Perhaps your calories have creeped up on you. I know it happens to me if I am not careful. Paleobird has a long thread somewhere about calorie counting revisited and some suggest that for some, especially women, counting calories even while primal is important. Nuts, nut butters etc are easy to overeat for many.

    Also, and this is a small thing, you refer to this as the 'caveman diet' which it is not. Have you read the Primal Blueprint? If so great, if not please read it as often going by what friends say is not the same as doing it correctly. I know this from experience as the friend who turned me onto Primal told me what the way of eating consisted of and then I read the book and they were not the same.

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    • #3
      I make it a habit to always weigh and measure what I eat, and I definitely have to limit things like nuts. I also nixed bananas entirely, and now eat berries or other fruit instead. Have you tried tracking what you are eating in a program like Cronometer? I like that one because you can see if you're getting all your vitamins and minerals too.

      But yeah, if you're eating nuts liberally (especially nut butters), and snacking throughout the day on things like bananas, those could be the source of the problem. If you can track exactly what you are eating for a couple of weeks, it will be a lot easier to identify the problem areas though. :-)

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      • #4
        Ooops! Yes I have read the book and sorry for the misnomer. I was wrestling my toddler and obviously not focusing completely. It has been corrected

        I use myfitnesspal.com to track my food and I eat about 1200 calories a day (a little more if I get a lot of exercise). I will check out Paleobird's post if I can find it. Thanks!

        Oh and I am on thyroid medicine but just had an appt and my count is good.

        Any more advice would be great! Thanks.

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        • #5
          Yeah I do eat bananas and nuts often. I'll try to cut down

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          • #6
            Just my $0.02...but 1200 isn't even your BMR. You aren't eating enough, and yet according to your first post, you are pretty darn active. You have told your body what it is getting every day, and it has to figure out a way to get you through all that activity, on less than what you need to just lay in bed and breathe. It can't afford to burn any more fat stores than absolutely necessary, because it doesn't have any extra coming in to fill it up. My first suggestion would be to up your calories via more fat, and an increase of protein, cut the sugars completely, and then examine what areas in your life may be stressing you out, if any. But a diet of 1200 calories is way too low for pretty much any healthy person, especially for someone as active as you are.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by jbledsoe42 View Post
              My eating usually consists of
              Breakfast: two eggs, sometimes banana
              Lunch: left over meat from dinner, fruit (usually apple and almond butter)
              Dinner: meat and tons of veggies
              Snacks: bananas, nuts, seeds, carrots
              Maybe try shaking it up for a while. Do something drastic. Here's my basic meal plan:

              Breakfast: fatty meat (not too much, often organ meats)
              Lunch: fatty fish (canned salmon) or macadamia nuts (one large handful)
              Dinner: meat, vegetables
              Snacks: none

              I've been able to keep off some recently lost weight with this. I have been on a very long plateau and it looks to me like the only way I can lose weight now is to get out of my normal routine and go backpacking with relatively low carb backpacking food, basically force my body to use its fat stores. I can't seem to accomplish that in daily life very well. But I can keep it off. So I'm hoping to do that from time-to-time to nudge the weight down and use the stable periods to reinforce these new lower weights as new normals. It's worth a shot. I have no idea if this will work.
              Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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              • #8
                I don't see a weight training program on your list nor do I see a sprint type workout. These two things are the fountain of youth. They promote fat loss, a leaner better body composition and make one look and feel younger in general. There is nothing wrong with the other things you are doing. They would most fall into moving, regularly though.

                Also, your thyroid is a huge issue!! Having your number in the normal range in many cases means nothing. How are your symptoms? You are clearly having trouble with weight. That is a major symptom. Do you see a doctor that REALLY understands the thyroid or did he or she simply put you on Synthroid? Good thyroid doctors are VERY hard to find. Most know little and get little or no results while their patients suffer endlessly.

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                • #9
                  remove completely all fruit.

                  moderate starchy vegetables 2- 3 meals max

                  balance the calories lost from above with fat and protein.

                  see results
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                  • #10
                    Try upping your calories to 1600-1800 per day and see what happens! I was just reading about how going too low-cal will prompt your body to store all it can. Upping your calories can make all the difference!
                    I'm a 5'-6" tall female.

                    SW: 212.4 lbs. February 14, 2013 (My second baby was born)
                    CW:166.4 lbs.
                    GW: 143 lbs.

                    Just keep going.

                    New goal:

                    Get back to 80-90% Primal and back down to my lowest recent weight of 158 lbs. while doing as much moving and strength training as I can get in.

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                    • #11
                      I don't think the 1200 calories is terribly concerning, unless you are NOT eating when you're hungry. I'm also in the process of losing weight, and I average between 900 and 1200 calories per day (really high quality super nutritious calories). I track what I eat to make sure I get plenty of vitamins and minerals. I mostly stay away from nuts and bananas and excessive amounts of fruit. No dairy at all. So anyway, I think it's less about how many calories you are eating and more about the quality of what you're eating. You may well need to increase your intake if you're as active as you say, but you may not. Maybe you could analyze your past eating habits and see if you can isolate a problem?

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                      • #12
                        x2 on cutting out the nuts and most fruit. Fine for maintenance, but not for fat-burning.

                        And never snack. Ever. If your meal wasn't big enough, then eat more at the next meal. See if you can get used to bigger meals. While women don't tolerate fasting as well as men, grazing like a cow all day is still a bad idea. I do well eating once a day (male), though lately my schedule is leaving me dazed and confused so I don't know what to eat when! But two or even three nice, fatty meals a day is a useful approach for many people.

                        You also might not be eating enough fat. That should help your calories get higher, adding fat. I recommend coconut milk, tallow and the like. Daily avocado or three, too!

                        If you're going to have that banana, definitely don't have it at breakfast! Eggs and bacon are traditional breakfast foods for a reason. Very low carb for more even energy through the morning.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by palebluedots View Post
                          I don't think the 1200 calories is terribly concerning, unless you are NOT eating when you're hungry. I'm also in the process of losing weight, and I average between 900 and 1200 calories per day (really high quality super nutritious calories). I track what I eat to make sure I get plenty of vitamins and minerals. I mostly stay away from nuts and bananas and excessive amounts of fruit. No dairy at all. So anyway, I think it's less about how many calories you are eating and more about the quality of what you're eating. You may well need to increase your intake if you're as active as you say, but you may not. Maybe you could analyze your past eating habits and see if you can isolate a problem?
                          This is interesting advice. Maybe it explains why my meat-centered approach works so much better for me. Bananas and fruit don't really have all that many vitamins. And vegetables don't really either because their versions of vitamins aren't as well absorbed as the versions in various variety meats. I eat a lot of organ meat and variety meat, usually something strange every day. So my meats are high in vitamins and other odd substances you can't even get from plants like essential fatty acids, real vitamin A and D, collagen and gelatin and CoQ10 among other things.

                          In the past I've tried to satisfy myself with big portions of low calorie foods (aka salads and veggie stir-fries), as if volume in the stomach could make you full. But I'm finding that minimal volume with higher calories and greater vitamin content actually works a lot better, plus it feels better not to be full.
                          Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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