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    I don't know if this is the right location for this post. I have been "paleo" in the past, was not totally committed lost a little weight but then went back to CW and failed on that. Recommitted to primal this past March and have been living the lifestyle 80-90%. As a result I have noticed major changes as well as lost about 15 lbs. I am male and started at about 240 lbs. on a 6 ft frame. A couple weeks ago I weighed in at 225 my lowest BW in years. Of course I was happy and seriously motivated. However since about 7-10 days ago I have been slowly gaining weight and so far in that time frame I have gained 5 lbs. and as of this morning I am 230.6. Of course I am bummed that my weight is going the other way. I re-evaluated what I was putting in my mouth and figured I was consuming way more nuts then is reccommended. I have been trying to eliminate them but my weight is steady climbing. I lift heavy weights 3 day a week and I walk and sprint (okay I don't walk and sprint like I should but I wasn't even when my weight was falling). Could it be the small piece of dark chocolate I eat almost everyday as a treat? WTF? Has anyone else experienced this and how did you right the ship?
    All time high weight 262 lbs
    Primal since Spring 2012
    Start PB Weight: 240 lbs ish
    Current Weight: 220lbs ish
    Goal Weight:190-200 lbs
    All on a 6ft. 1/2 inch frame.

    I can't wait to meet my abs for the first time in my life. We gotta lot of catching up to do.

    I love this way of eating and hope to be able to help others.

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    the chocolate is not the problem (though, the nuts be if it's a lot), the problem is your scale. get rid of it. if you want to know how much you weigh, fine, but don't weigh yourself for at least a month. measure your progress by looking in the mirror, how your clothes fit, with a measuring tape, and how you feel. there are plenty of reasons for your weight to crawl back up...but your weight doesn't tell you how healthy you are. take notice of your body fat, your energy, your sleep, etc. i'm not saying that your bodyweight isn't important, i'm just saying that it's not as important as it's made out to be.
    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread60178.html

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    • #3
      Originally posted by primalrob View Post
      the chocolate is not the problem (though, the nuts be if it's a lot), the problem is your scale. get rid of it. if you want to know how much you weigh, fine, but don't weigh yourself for at least a month. measure your progress by looking in the mirror, how your clothes fit, with a measuring tape, and how you feel. there are plenty of reasons for your weight to crawl back up...but your weight doesn't tell you how healthy you are. take notice of your body fat, your energy, your sleep, etc. i'm not saying that your bodyweight isn't important, i'm just saying that it's not as important as it's made out to be.
      Hey thanks Rob. My clothes are fitting very good in fact I need a new gunbelt (I am a cop) no longer will a large fit me have to get a medium! PPL have been commenting on how "lean" I look lately and I feel good most of the time. I could commit to more sleep still working on that. The nuts (almonds) were a bit crazy for a while. I was prob eating soething like 10 oz. a day along with 6 oz. or so of dried apricots. I have since stopped both altogether. As far as the scale. I guess ppl have been using the scale as the standard of success/failure for as long as there have been scales that its hard to not stress about the numbers displayed on the little screen. I'll try not to weigh myself as often but it will kill me to not know week to week.
      All time high weight 262 lbs
      Primal since Spring 2012
      Start PB Weight: 240 lbs ish
      Current Weight: 220lbs ish
      Goal Weight:190-200 lbs
      All on a 6ft. 1/2 inch frame.

      I can't wait to meet my abs for the first time in my life. We gotta lot of catching up to do.

      I love this way of eating and hope to be able to help others.

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      • #4
        Weight loss => no nuts, zero. What's your dairy situation like? Are you snacking? Try taking a longish walk every day, that's a weight loss key. I don't see a problem with weekly weigh-ins, but more than that is just OCD behavior and best avoided (no offense, it's very common).
        If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/ and this (personal fave): http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

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        • #5
          Block the PUFA with generous amounts of coconut oil and butter- several tablespoons of each per day.

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          • #6
            You also could be putting on lean weight. You are lifting weights. The first six months of being Primal, I only changed my eating and walked a lot. Lost 90 pounds, I then started lifting and put on 15 pounds within 3 weeks. I bought one of those electronic fat testers and have been watching my body mass change.... Don't really pay much attention to the scale anymore. Clothes and body fat tell me what I need to know.
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            • #7
              Hopefully you have a copy of Mark's book. It cautions about both items. Too much dried fruit (very sugary) and nuts look like the problem to me. When I was losing, I'd eat 1 oz of nuts a day while eating my fruit to control the insulin response. Read about insulin. Mark's book? or another, don't remember. Weighing yourself every 2 weeks is my recommendation. Don't give up!
              Female back to the basics: 11-12-16
              CW: 10-11-16: 144
              GW: 130 a dream, I know
              Muscle soreness surrounding Neck, Thyroid and Rosacea issues.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by fiercehunter View Post
                Block the PUFA with generous amounts of coconut oil and butter- several tablespoons of each per day.
                "you can't just eat extra coconut oil and butter on top of everything else and expect to stop gaining weight, let alone start losing weight." - reality police
                Last edited by jakey; 06-14-2012, 09:13 AM.

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                • #9
                  A nutrient dense diet adds not just muscle but also bone.
                  Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                  • #10
                    Actually the whole bone density thing is wishful thinking. Mark had a post a while back that went on an on about an amazing bone density increase in someone- that translated to 1/2 lb of body weight more bone, or something like that.

                    Also, OP, please ignore the "PUFA Blocking" content above - that is not a thing that exists in reality. Just stop eating nuts.
                    If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/ and this (personal fave): http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

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                    • #11
                      To answer some of the questions yes I did read the book and I have it on my Kindle. I know I shouldn't have started eating them but they are so good and such a quick and easy snack when I am sitting in my patrol car. I am sure it was the nuts and dried fruit that put on the weight cuz I was chowing down on them. I'm all out now have been for a few days so that won't be a problem anymore. I have noticed some nice muscles popping out especially on my back. So I think most of the weight gained is water weight and not much fat (I hope). So what are some snacks yall like to eat throughout the day?
                      All time high weight 262 lbs
                      Primal since Spring 2012
                      Start PB Weight: 240 lbs ish
                      Current Weight: 220lbs ish
                      Goal Weight:190-200 lbs
                      All on a 6ft. 1/2 inch frame.

                      I can't wait to meet my abs for the first time in my life. We gotta lot of catching up to do.

                      I love this way of eating and hope to be able to help others.

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                      • #12
                        You shouldn't ever snack at all if you are trying to lose weight. Eat one to three times per day, and just drink water only when thirsty. If you get hungry between meals, eat bigger meals.
                        If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/ and this (personal fave): http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by tfarny View Post
                          You shouldn't ever snack at all if you are trying to lose weight. Eat one to three times per day, and just drink water only when thirsty. If you get hungry between meals, eat bigger meals.
                          Your fat-burning ability doesn't even really get going until hours after you eat. Anything you eat in between is going to throw you back a bit. Eat meals. If you aren't hungry enough to prepare and eat a meal, then you aren't really hungry.

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                          • #14
                            I'd like to state a reminder that people are all different. I lost 25 pounds (female, 5'0", 141lbs to 116) over 8 months eating meals and snacks, some of those snacks nuts and dried fruit, and not working out. My weight loss has slowed to a half pound per week in the last month or so, but it's still going steadily. I've added more walks and workouts into my routine because I'd like to stay healthy and gain muscle. OP, it sounds like you figured out what the problem was; the next time you stall try your variables one at a time, but beware absolutes.

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                            • #15
                              When I noticed an increase in lumpy, subcutaneous fat, I re-evaluated what I was eating. Way too low on protein. I started eating three eggs in the middle of the day in addition to what I had for breakfast and the fat went away. I've slipped up the last week or so and I've noticed that it is coming back.
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