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    Portions

    So here it is, even though i've been almost completely paleo/primal since last November apart from the odd treat here and there, I haven't lost any weight which I think is partly to do with not being able to exercise due to injury for some of it but also because my portions are too big. I do cycle to work and back everyday but it's only a flat 20-25 min cycle.

    I'm struggling to eat out of sync as in, i'm having to eat three meals a day really because of work during the week, weekends is slightly different. Here's an example of my intake yesterday, and i'd appreciate some feedback as I think i'm eating way too much. Also, is anyone else having problems not frying stuff? We seem to pan fry so much more these days, with coconut oil obviously but still.

    Breakfast: 2 x boiled eggs, slice of pork belly, big avocado

    Lunch: roasted butternut squash, cabbage and bolognese (not huge portions)

    Dinner: Piece of fish and stir fried vegetables

    Snacks - 85% dark chocolate (half a bar) and a slice of paleo banana bread.

    go on... shoot me down...

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    Exercise doesn't have much to do with weightloss, or at least it doesn't have to. It can, but it's certainly not necessary.

    It's difficult to know if your portions are too big based on your descriptions ("piece of fish" and "stir fried vegetables" could be anything), but what is likely causing your problems are the snacks (probably 450+ calories right there, depending on the "slice of paleo banana bread") and the frying. If you're not getting the results you want, I would first try changing the snacks and baking/steaming/boiling/crock pot instead of frying or roasting with oil. You could try more protein and/or more carbs and less fat, as well.

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    I just never seem to get the balance right. I mean don't get me wrong, we eat really really well and stick to the paleo diet, but whenever I see pictures of other people's paleo food i'm like "wow i'm eating too big portions" because they seem to eat nothing, like tiny handfuls.

    my vegetables were probably a cup of veggies and a hand sized piece of haddock just cooked in the oven with a bit of coconut oil. The paleo bread was more like a little square really but still. We usually do a lot of slow cooker or on the stove in a pot stews etc but as summer is comign we're trying to change it up a bit.

    What else could we roast the veggies in to stop them being so fatty?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Screamer View Post
    What else could we roast the veggies in to stop them being so fatty?
    Why on earth would you want to do that??? Keep the fat in your meals and ditch the evening snacks and paleo-fied desserts. If you're hungry in the evening, you didn't eat a big enough dinner.

    Without seeing actual portions its hard to say if you're eating too much. A cup of veggies and a palm sized piece of fish seems like NOT ENOUGH FOOD.

    If you think you're eating too much then pay close attention to your body when you eat. Stop eating when you're no longer hungry. Serve yourself smaller portions. Were you even hungry to begin with when you started eating? Eat for hunger, not by the clock. Skip a meal now and then and experience what true hunger feels like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandra in BC View Post
    Why on earth would you want to do that??? Keep the fat in your meals and ditch the evening snacks and paleo-fied desserts. If you're hungry in the evening, you didn't eat a big enough dinner.

    Without seeing actual portions its hard to say if you're eating too much. A cup of veggies and a palm sized piece of fish seems like NOT ENOUGH FOOD.

    If you think you're eating too much then pay close attention to your body when you eat. Stop eating when you're no longer hungry. Serve yourself smaller portions. Were you even hungry to begin with when you started eating? Eat for hunger, not by the clock. Skip a meal now and then and experience what true hunger feels like.
    She's 5'2....probably not enough food if you're a gentleman, but definitely enough food for a lady. I had a meal today that I thought was going to be way too small, but part of feeling full is the satisfaction you receive from enjoying the meal. I thoroughly enjoyed my meal and found that I was pleasantly satisfied satiety-wise. The portions were about what was recommended on Precision Nutrition, and I'm happy to say I will be using them from now on to further my weight-loss goals.

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    Your foods are quality primal foods and you have the slow movement covered.

    So you probably either need to add in sprints or weights and/or reduce your portion sizes if you want to lose weight.

    Alot of things you haven't mentioned will have a bearing on this. Are you male or female? What is your height and current weight? Amount you want to lose?

    You could try trimming a few calories from each meal. eg breakfast two eggs but replace the pork and avocado with green vegetable; lunch bolognaise on steamed cabbage (drop the pumpkin); dinner of fish and stirfry veges; snack just two pieces of chocolate and ditch the bread.
    Last edited by Annieh; 06-04-2013 at 01:32 AM.

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    Cool that's some really good tips thanks so much. I'm female and haven't weighed myself for a while but I imagine i'm about 10stone 4 again. Ideally, i want to get into the 9 stone mark again, or atleast 9 stone something. I have a massive appetite! Especially around time of the month time, also because I have PCOS, so i'm struggling with the portions because I seem to always feel hungry!

    Will definitely try what you suggested. Thanks guys!

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    As far as veggies go, are any of these quite bad for keeping the weight on?

    Kale
    Cabbage
    Butternut Squash
    Courgette (zuccini)
    Celery
    Carrots
    Peppers
    Cucumber
    Cauliflower
    Broccoli
    Peas
    Green beans

    Thanks,
    Jodie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Screamer View Post
    As far as veggies go, are any of these quite bad for keeping the weight on?

    Kale
    Cabbage
    Butternut Squash
    Courgette (zuccini)
    Celery
    Carrots
    Peppers
    Cucumber
    Cauliflower
    Broccoli
    Peas
    Green beans

    Thanks,
    Jodie
    Butternut squash is starchy...like a sweet potato. You can have a little fruit perhaps instead of the banana bread, which is another high sugar starch fruit. Stick with low glycemic like berries and probably not more than a 1/2 cup.

    Take a look at her list....

    Sugar Free Sheila.com: Finally, my own Atkins Induction Foods List!

    She does Atkins, but her veggies and meat are spot on for what you should be doing to lose weight. Just ignore the dairy advice, which makes people retain weight a lot of times and ignore all those unhealthy oils and such obviously.

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    You haven't told us about you. The one insight I have from my obsession with health over the last four years is that you can't get healthy by losing weight - you have to get healthy to lose weight. This takes time. How long depends an several factors - how badly have you broken your metabolism and what are you doing to repair it being the main ones.

    Your focus needs to be on understanding what ails you and adjusting your diet to fix it. At the same time, keep up the moving slowly and address any issues with sunshine, sleep, play and stress.
    Four years Primal with influences from Jaminet & Shanahan and a focus on being anti-inflammatory. Using Primal to treat CVD and prevent stents from blocking free of drugs.

    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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