Please also note that scale weight is not the only way to measure your progress. If you haven't done so already, get a tape measure and measure the following:
- hips - upper thighs - upper waist - lower waist - calves - upper arms - under the breast rib cage (right under the breast in the crease) - neck
take your measurements once a month and even if the scale says otherwise, if you have lost in inches you are making progress. If you are lifting weight you will be building muscle as well. Pay attention to how you clothes fit. If they fit looser, you are making progress.
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Good luck to you! ~ Dee
Edited by: JAZZID at: 12/26/2012 (13:51)
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I'd suggest since you have a personal trainer, you're probably strength training, too...
I never believed people who said muscle weighs more than fat til I went from a size 10 to a 4 weighing the same. That may not be what's happening right now to you but it will be. If you get the fat off your body and replace it with oh-so-tight, smaller and dense, functional, energy-giving muscle? You'll be happier paying attention to how much SMALLER you're getting and not paying attention to the scale. All it measures is body mass. Your body is made of more than one thing, so it's not a great measure of 'how fat' you are.Of course there a a million other ways to measure health, too! Keep working whatever works for you!
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ok I went to my personal trainer today to be weighed to make sure my scales arent broken (lol) i am down to 186 and his scales had me at 199 a month ago. I think my scales are getting tossed. thank you all for listening to me whine and offering me amazing advie
you can get a cheap A!C test at the drug store that is much cheaper than having the doctor order if from a local lab. I did it and it's very accurate. you put drops of blood on the blotting paper and send to the lab according to directions and get the results either by mail or email. FWIW, Kitty
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I found out that my body is insulin-resistant enough that I now need to cut my carbs down to 20 grams/day to lose any more weight. If I had never eaten sugar or grains in my life I would be much more insulin-sensitive and could just eat a moderate paleo diet and be fit and slim. So temporarily, as a therapeutic diet I'm eliminating most carbs until my body can handle a few more of them again. I expect this may take anywhere from 4weeks to 3 months. To find out if you are insulin-resistant it helps to know your HA1c level. If you have not been tested get it done and that will help a lot to guide you. If your level is above 5.7 your are in the pre-diabetic range, 6.4 and up is diabetic. I'm hoping to get mine down to 5 or at least close from currently 5.8 It's not primarily about weight loss but about losing fat and gaining muscle so if possible get your body fat percentage tested with a DEXA scan. Many hospitals can do this.
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.
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):
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):
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).
Sometimes our bodies adjust to changes in this way, especially if you exercise and muscle is strengthening.
It happens to us all so don't take it personally...relax and enjoy the rest of the holidays. I notice if I am too strict with my body it will stand still, when I relax and step off the grid a tiny bit, I lose a lb...go figure...LOL.
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