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    Not losing weight on Primal plan

    Hi, I'm 10 days in and not losing any weight on the primal plan so far. In fact, I've gained half a pound. About me: Female, 5'2, 250lbs, early 30s. I'm exercising 5 days a week doin Insanity (crossfit-esque workouts), burning about 500 calories a session (45 min a day).

    Typical day (what I ate today):
    Breakfast: 2 eggs, broccoli, tomatoes
    Snack: pistachios
    Lunch: salad with chicken, no dressing
    Snack: pistachios
    Dinner: 2 eggs, turkey bacon, 1/2 avocado
    Total food calories: 1665

    Yesterday:
    Breakfast: 2 eggs, 2 slices bacon
    Lunch: red curry w chicken, no rice
    Snack: almonds
    Dinner: Cobb salad w ham and turkey, no dressing
    Total cal's: 1383

    I'm averaging about 1300 -1500 calories in food/day, about 50 carbs per day, burning 500 cal's 5x per week, drinking about 70oz of water per day.

    Any ideas on what I could be doing differently?

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    Patience. Give it a few weeks. You're trying to undo years and years and years of unhealthy eating. Your body won't change overnight. I had a really slow start for the first couple of weeks, and then lost steadily. You can do this! You might also consider scaling back on those intense workouts as your body adjusts. I'm sure it's all a huge shock to your system right now.

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    First of all, ditch the nuts. Many people can't eat them while they're trying to lose weight. Eat an apple or have a piece of meat. Second, up the fat!!! From the two days of eating that you posted, the fattiest thing you've eaten is 2, count them, 2! pieces of bacon. You need more. Eat more beef and bacon. Throw in some extra coconut milk into that curry sauce! Be generous with the EVOO that you're using for that salad. Have an extra slice of ham! I think that'll solve your problem! Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by afsjesse View Post
    First of all, ditch the nuts. Many people can't eat them while they're trying to lose weight. Eat an apple or have a piece of meat. Second, up the fat!!! From the two days of eating that you posted, the fattiest thing you've eaten is 2, count them, 2! pieces of bacon. You need more. Eat more beef and bacon. Throw in some extra coconut milk into that curry sauce! Be generous with the EVOO that you're using for that salad. Have an extra slice of ham! I think that'll solve your problem! Good luck!
    Eat regular bacon instead of turkey bacon. Turkey bacon is processed with many carbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael M View Post
    Eat regular bacon instead of turkey bacon. Turkey bacon is processed with many carbs.
    Uhh, says who? I looked up some turkey bacon ingredients and they don't look too different from bacon, besides the pork instead of turkey thing.
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    I agree with the above comments. Up your fat intake just a bit, and of course the good fat. Add some olives to those salads too and some shredded carrots. Get some almond milk and/or coconut milk to drink or use in the food. Also, 10 days may not nearly be enough time to see a difference. Your body doesn't have to react that quickly to fat loss. I'll say one thing, once your body kicks in gear and starts, you'll see the lbs drop week after week. As long as you stay on that path of eating. If you were a heavy carb/grain eater, it can take a few weeks to settle into the fat burning stage. This is where you aren't "hungry" every few hours from the insulin response and that you are actually burning fat for your fuel. You'll get it, you'll feel it one day when you don't get the weak shakes/sweats and you have energy longer. You'll also feel your hunger feeling go to just a little rumble in the tummy rather than that "I need to eat NOW" feeling.

    The workouts don't need to be overly extreme like cross-fit to burn fat. You need to re-write that part of your memory. The little things like taking the stairs or parking at the back of the lot instead of the front go along way. I can almost guarantee you aren't enjoying 100% of those cross-fit exercises. Most of it has to feel like work. Remember to exercise in a fashion where you have fun and to also play more. Simple exercises that take up just a small part of your day can go a much longer way than over-exerting yourself in intensive exercises. You don't have to feel worn out, sore, tired, or exhausted after a workout for it to be effective.

    Remember to listen to your body. It has a great way of giving you signs of what it needs. It knows when it needs fluids and it knows when it needs food. You do not need to hammer your body with water all day. If you're thirsty, drink. If not, not necessary to drink a lot. Just the exception of drinking a little more while working out (although your body will tell you it's thirsty rigth away!).

    You are doing it, you are communicating on this forum, therefore you are on a great path already. Just remember to be patient!

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    Yes listen to your body, stop when it says you have had enough, and don't eat if not hungry.
    Also time is important.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katchup57 View Post
    Hi, I'm 10 days in and not losing any weight on the primal plan so far. In fact, I've gained half a pound. About me: Female, 5'2, 250lbs, early 30s. I'm exercising 5 days a week doin Insanity (crossfit-esque workouts), burning about 500 calories a session (45 min a day).

    Typical day (what I ate today):
    Breakfast: 2 eggs, broccoli, tomatoes
    Snack: pistachios
    Lunch: salad with chicken, no dressing
    Snack: pistachios
    Dinner: 2 eggs, turkey bacon, 1/2 avocado
    Total food calories: 1665

    Yesterday:
    Breakfast: 2 eggs, 2 slices bacon
    Lunch: red curry w chicken, no rice
    Snack: almonds
    Dinner: Cobb salad w ham and turkey, no dressing
    Total cal's: 1383

    I'm averaging about 1300 -1500 calories in food/day, about 50 carbs per day, burning 500 cal's 5x per week, drinking about 70oz of water per day.

    Any ideas on what I could be doing differently?
    Are those net calories? IE, calories consumed after exercise has been taken into account. Sounds to me like a classic case of not eating enough.

    IMHO, you shouldn't be counting calories. I'm actually a little confused as to how the MarksDailyApple Nutrition board is all about macros, calories and the like rather than be about eating real food, and eating real food intuitively. Ditch the scale, ditch calorie counting and just eat whole foods.
    Seriously. I think you'll find most of the "Success Stories" came without calorie counting. Hell, Mark even created the PrimalBlueprint so people would be able to get down to and maintain a healthy weight and live a healthy lifestyle without counting.

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    Too much stressful exercise. Read The Primal Blueprint. You need time to recover from high intensity exercise.

    But most important - you don't get healthy by losing weight, you lose weight by getting healthy. Relax, take it easy by moving slowly often and eat for health. You'll lose the weight once you work out what it takes to get you healthy
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    Eat creatures nose-to-tail (animal, fowl, fish, crustacea, molluscs), a large variety of vegetables (raw, cooked and fermented, including safe starches), dairy (cheese & yoghurt), occasional fruit, cocoa, turmeric & red wine

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    Quote Originally Posted by peril View Post
    But most important - you don't get healthy by losing weight, you lose weight by getting healthy. Relax, take it easy by moving slowly often and eat for health. You'll lose the weight once you work out what it takes to get you healthy
    Thanks for this. I'm also trying to drop some weight and this is really helpful.

    I will add to the chorus and say you aren't eating enough and enough fat. Sounds to me like you would like to move into the Primal WOE but you are afraid to drop the old low cal, no dressing, plain chicken breast, exercise like mad CW weight loss plan. They are hard habits to break. We have had this stuff drilled into us from every angle for many years.

    But take the plunge. I was eating this way (though I wasn't aware of the name or the fine points) a couple years ago, weight melted off and I got down to a body I hadn't seen in years. I didn't have a super intense workout regime either--some walking, some yoga, some non-stressful weight-baring exercise.

    I just started again after having my second child and, after dropping sugar and grains, I started feeling so easily sated I haven't been eating enough. No scale movement. Yesterday I made an effort to pile on the fat and lo and behold, I lost two pounds overnight.

    I will only disagree about nuts. After my son was born I ate raw almonds almost every day (I would weigh them though to make sure I was within reason) and I lost weight fine. If you need to eat more fat I don't see how nuts could hurt this. Plus, to my mind, they seem just as primal as a side of raw meat.

    Eat the fat! Use some fat on your salad!
    Last edited by Beets; 02-28-2013 at 04:17 AM.

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