I gain weight on 1800 cal/day, and I'm an active, 128 lb female who runs, lifts, and walks in addition to being on my feet for 3 12-hr shifts a week.....you don't need as much food as you think you do. Honestly, most of the female Paleo bloggers I see are not thin, but tending towards chunky. I'm not sure that you can get where you want to be without seriously working at it, and that means being hungry. Your resting metabolism probably needs less than 1000 calories to survive, assuming that you sit more than 4 hrs/day and sleep 8.....fat is essentially metabolically inactive tissue.
fitday drives me bananas. Go to dailyburn.com or myfitnesspal.com, they're much more user friendly.
That said, try applying what you're already doing to [url=http://eatmore2weighless.com/]Eat More 2 Weigh Less[/url] concepts. Figure out your RMR and TDEE. My TDEE is about 2400 cals, so I try to eat 2000 cals minimum (especially since I'm breastfeeding). Fat is coming off, clothes are fitting better, even if my actual weight hasn't changed.
Thanks for the responses. I think that I may have taken the "eat more fat" mantra too far. I think cutting back on some of the oils and butters I use, some fruit, and portion sizes will be a great place to start as well as keeping track of everything to get a better sense of where I am at. Any tips for when I feel hormonal and ravenous?
[QUOTE=Lunalotus;1123312]Thanks for the responses. I think that I may have taken the "eat more fat" mantra too far. I think cutting back on some of the oils and butters I use, some fruit, and portion sizes will be a great place to start as well as keeping track of everything to get a better sense of where I am at. Any tips for when I feel hormonal and ravenous?[/QUOTE]
I agree with your approach, once I started embracing the fats I stopped losing weight, and I think it's because I was overdoing it and the calories were sneaking up on me. I have the metabolism of a slug--my base for losing weight (when sedentary) is 1200 calories a day. I can eat more when I'm exercising regularly, but I still seem to gain if I go over 1500-1600 calories a day, period.
Strangely, I figured out that allowing myself some extra Primal carbs around that time of the month helped. Initially I was bloated and freaking out that I'd gained 3-5 lbs, but I'd lose those and a couple more by the end of my period. Sometimes I think the body does know what it needs, so I allow that in moderation. I keep my carbs on the low side the rest of the month though--not VLC, but I do limit things like fruit and sweet potatoes.
Definately drop the sweet potatoes, legumes, and alcohol (made from grains). paleotrack.com is really simple.
I find that i wasn't losing when I was in the mindset of "fat and protein don't count, eat lots of them". Cause there is a fine line between "eat until full" and "the sin of gluttony". Try to eat normal amounts of fat...don't smother the food in butte,r just add a normal pat. Also, try limiting fruit to one serving a day.
So for instance, sure, I cook my veggies in coconut oil. But I don't make them swim in it. I add a normal pat of butter to my food, not half the stick. I have a little cream with my berries, but not half the container. Make sense? You still have to watch portions and not pig out. The difference is that if you are eating this way you should have that will power now to eat a normal amount and be satisfied.
Finally, are you using any artificial sweeteners? I gave up diet coke and the weight started falling off. Go figure.
I stopped losing because I was still eating too much, even though it was 100% primal. I really listen to my body now and only eat what I need, now I am losing again, I still have over 100 lbs to lose too.
I become miserable if I don't eat enough carbs. You may need more carbs. You should be eating enough at meals that you don't need to snack. Also consider that your body is healing other things after your initial loss. It sucks, but you will stall at times because your body puts weight loss on hold to fix problems you can't see. No harm in tracking, be sure you are eating enough overall. I gain weight if I don't eat enough!
I'm 30, 5'3", 173lbs so I understand your plight!
[QUOTE=primalrob;1123150]weight loss stalling after starting exercise makes sense, but not if you've plateaued on fat loss too. sounds like you're eating a pretty decent diet. cutting back the carbs, or just the fruit, might help to kick start that loss a little more. also, have you considered tracking your food on something like paleotrack or fitday? you might find that reducing your calories or adjusting your ratios to what works best for you (once you figure that out) is easier at first by keeping all that information somewhere.
if it's been a month, then just shaking things up a bit will probably do the trick...reduce your calories, change up your macros, eat similarly, but with different foods, try calorie cycling, very low carb with refeeds, etc.
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I've plateaued out too and am finding myself not having to track calories :(
[QUOTE=Lunalotus;1123312]Any tips for when I feel hormonal and ravenous?[/QUOTE]
You know, it's OK to be hungry sometimes, even for some period of time every day. After 20+ years of being overweight/obese, I was way too timid about hunger. Changing my attitude and learning to wait a couple of hours for my next meal now and then was extremely liberating for me.
What percentage of the human population is never hungry, even in modern times? Pretty darn small. It's part of the human condition. The fact that most of us are swimming in food is not primal, probably not even natural.