Don't be too hard on yourself... you are doing great! Paleo isn't an easy answer for many... it wasn't for me... though I am feeling better than I have ever felt in all of my adult life, my fat elimination is VERY slow. Also, it's important to play around with your macronutrient ratios... if you're not eating enough fat, and too many carbs, you can still gain weight eating Paleo.
Here's an article by Chris Kresser, M.D. (Paleo doc) that may help:
"For some people, the transition to Paleo is a piece of cake. Their energy skyrockets, the extra pounds fall off effortlessly, their digestion clears up and their cravings disappear. But for others, the transition isn't so smooth - and they're often left wondering if Paleo is the right diet for them after all.
In my work with hundreds of patients around the world, I've found three common obstacles to fully adopting a Paleo diet.
Issue #1: Low stomach acid
If you're switching to Paleo from a standard American diet, or even from a "healthy" vegetarian or low-fat diet, chances are you've been eating a lot more carbohydrate and a lot less animal protein. This can lead to a decrease in stomach acid production, which in turn reduces the output of digestive enzymes required to breakdown and assimilate everything we eat.
When you switch to a Paleo diet your digestive system will go through a transition period while you're "re-training" it to eat more nutrient-dense foods. If your stomach acid and enzyme production are low, this can be quite a shock to the system.
Issue #2: Sugar cravings and energy dips
It's not uncommon to experience intense sugar cravings and energy dips when you first transition to Paleo. This makes perfect sense from a scientific perspective: your body has become adapted to burning carbohydrates for energy, and it takes time to make the switch to burning fat as the primary energy source.
When your energy dips, your body craves quick sources of energy - usually sugar and other carbohydrates. This can make sticking with a Paleo diet extremely difficult.
Issue #3: Nutrient deficiencies
Some people do see amazing results immediately after adopting a Paleo diet. But often your body has some catching up to do before you'll begin to see these more tangible results.
Both the standard American diet and plant-based, low-fat or vegetarian diets are deficient in key nutrients that keep your body in balance and functioning smoothly on a cellular level. These cycles control important process like energy production, detoxification, and hormonal balance.
If any one of these cycles is disrupted, the symptoms of that imbalance could mask any progress you make as you transition to a healthier diet. In short, it may prevent you from enjoying the benefits of your efforts.
In a few weeks, I'll begin a series of posts discussing each of these challenges in more depth.
(sign up to have the series delivered to your inbox here - scroll to the bottom: paleologix.com/?inf_contact_key=9028522270
Most of us aren't coming to the Paleo diet from a "blank slate". We've been on nutrient-deficient diets, exposed to environmental and food toxins and worn down by chronic stress, sleep deprivation and other aspects of the modern lifestyle. This is why making dietary changes alone is sometimes not enough, and we need additional support if we want to feel our best."
Also, the conversion of protein to glucose can stall out weight loss, is very individual (formulas may not help depending on the health of your liver... if your liver is very fatty and needs to recover, you may need to give it time and really watch how your body responds to macro/micro nutrients rather than worry about calories... you might find sensitivities you would never have guessed at) and is related to body size, activity level age, stress level, and most directly to fat/protein ratios and stems from eating cuts of meat that are too lean... not well marbled, or not eaten in conjuction with naturally saturated fat (i.e. eating breast meat, rather than thigh meat... I solve this by cooking chicken breasts in LOTS of butter, LOL):
"Avoid lean protein. Eat protein that has fat attached, as a focus on protein (rather than meat, which has both fat and protein) could lead to your body converting excess amino acids to glucose."https://www.marksdailyapple.com/what-does-
How Much Protein Can You Absorb and Use from One Meal? www.marksdailyapple.com/dear-mark-how-much
Here are a few other threads/links/resources you might want to check out (the conversations are GREAT, and they all have tons of links... sometimes your body does some really interesting things as it adjusts, and it's helpful to know where to go for answers):
Women, Paleo and your cycles www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messagebo
More Fat Please www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messagebo
I think I ruined my relationship with food... www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messagebo
~ Recipes only ~ www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messagebo
PALEO... Do you REALLY know what you're talking about?www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
Amazing Resource - Food for Thought www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
CALORIES... Do you REALLY know what you're talking about? www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
I really, truly believe that this way of eating can only benefit ANYONE and am committed to sharing all I've discovered with anyone wanting information. Also, if you're interested, I've put together a library in my photo gallery... just click on any picture... in the comments you will find links to all sorts of resources that I've found especially helpful (the Paleo stuff starts with the 'it's time to get PRIMAL' Grok picture).
| current weight: 135.0