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    What gives?

    I no longer eat pasta, grains, diet coke. The three main things that caused a problem in my former diet I have cut out. Yet my scale continues to say I am not loosing, I'm holding steady with an additional pound once in a while. I walk on a more regular basis...not daily but at least 3 days a week. I have limited my dairy, eat meats, veggis and fruits yet nothing seems to be happening. I feel like I get full faster but confused as to why my scale stays the same...granted it is a cheap $6 scale from Family Dollar lol. Should I ignore the scale.

    What should I do?

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    There are a few things to think about:

    1) Yeah, cheap scale... check that.
    2) Make sure you're also cutting out SUGARS as well. If ketosis is what you want, be careful of the sugars found in fruits and other natural starches. Still good for you, just limited quantities.
    3) Start doing more than walking if you haven't already. I'm in a plateau phase right now as well (30lbs down, 20 more to go) and am going to be focusing a lot more on my "lift heavy things" and "run for your life" sessions.

    Also, just don't get discouraged. Sometimes your body needs to heal a bunch of other systems inside itself before it gets to (or back to) weight loss. I know my first week SUCKED when I cut out sugar, and I had zero weight loss to show for it, but my skin cleared up in about three days. Sometimes you've just got other stuff to work out.

    Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Avalon View Post

    Also, just don't get discouraged. Sometimes your body needs to heal a bunch of other systems inside itself before it gets to (or back to) weight loss. I know my first week SUCKED when I cut out sugar, and I had zero weight loss to show for it, but my skin cleared up in about three days. Sometimes you've just got other stuff to work out.

    Good luck!
    So glad you posted this! Like the OP, I'm also really bummed about not losing and my perfectionist mentality had me ready to quit. It's been 8 days of no grains, sugar, fruit and I have only lost 2 pounds (1 of which was back this morning). But I just keep reminding myself that I'm feeling better. I just noticed yesterday that acne I've had on my chest for as long as I can remember is completely gone! And I have lost an inch from my waist and have more energy. I resolved today to not weigh myself for a while and just focus on eating for wellness. Eventually, if I am eating whole Primal foods and not SAD foods, while maintaining a moderate exercise/activity level, some weight *has* to come off. (Right? RIGHT!?) Even if it's only a few pounds and it takes a year, it will be worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SugarBritches View Post
    ....It's been 8 days of no grains, sugar, fruit and I have only lost 2 pounds (1 of which was back this morning)...But I just keep reminding myself that I'm feeling better. I just noticed yesterday that acne I've had on my chest for as long as I can remember is completely gone! And I have lost an inch from my waist and have more energy. I resolved today to not weigh myself for a while and just focus on eating for wellness. Eventually, if I am eating whole Primal foods and not SAD foods, while maintaining a moderate exercise/activity level, some weight *has* to come off. (Right? RIGHT!?) ....
    I recommend a heaping serving of *patience* And ditching the scale. Society gets so hung up on weight loss at the expense of overall health...instead of "right sizing" as a result of optimal health.

    I've been eating this way for 4.5 months, and it was about 6 weeks before I noticed a difference in the way my clothes fit. Granted, I eased into Primal one food elimination/introduction at a time, so I wasn't expecting miracles. But the other benefits of eating for optimal health were clear from the first week....edema has disappeared, better sleep, no middle-of-the-night panic attacks and insomnia, less PMS, better hair, skin and nails, less 'carb' craving, more *meat* craving, almost no gas & bloating, less frequent hunger, more alert, etc., etc. I am reaquainting myself with my hunger cues, and enjoying lots of really tasty, high quality food.

    Sounds like you're experiencing the benefits as well

    Now my belt & bra are on the tightest notch, and I'm wearing pants I havent seen in a year. I have no idea what my starting and current weight are, since there is no scale in my house. I'm confident that eating and living well will eventually result in settling at a naturally healthy size/weight, and I'm willing to wait and see what that is. The only drawback to primal eating? I freaking LOVE food, always have, and waiting until I'm hungry to eat something mouthwatering is trying my patience!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SugarBritches View Post
    So glad you posted this! Like the OP, I'm also really bummed about not losing and my perfectionist mentality had me ready to quit. ...And I have lost an inch from my waist...
    This is, and will always be, more important than what the scales say.

    Weight isn't bad if it's larger muscles that are causing it.
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    Also can I take CLA while on this diet? Conjugated Lenolic Acid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joara View Post
    Also can I take CLA while on this diet? Conjugated Lenolic Acid.
    If you eat plenty of eggs and grass-fed animal meats, you probably wouldnt. What made you take that anyway ? It can have bad side effects including an increased chance of diabetes.
    But Im no doctor!!
    I'm not a complete idiot! There's parts missing!!

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    I haven't taken CLA but some one told me I should.

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    Do you have a food log or can you tell us what and when you eat during the day typically?
    Primal since March 2011

    Female/29 years old/5' 1"/130ish lbs

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    Weight from a scale is not an accurate measure of health. Ditch the scale, focus on measurements and (if possible) body fat %.

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