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Offline CoachB

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Two weeks in
« on: January 27, 2013, 05:28:40 PM »
I am two weeks into my Paleo eating plan. I thought  I would record some observations;
1. You do not realise how restrictive the food choices are until you walk into a 7Eleven and look around for something to eat or drink! I haven't got organised enough for food while I am out and about. Eventually did find some cashews.
2. If you don't eat big enough meals you go looking for snacks, which usually leads to fruit, not ideal during the early attempt to lose weight.
3. The enemies lurk everywhere, hidden in sauces, being offered to you at cafes and restaurants. Friends and clients suggesting beer and wine are better options than water!

Despite wrestling with the logistics I have lost 6.5 kg or 14ibs in two weeks. Plus 3 cms around the waist. This can be frustrating too as you can eat clean for a few days with no change whatsoever or go up in weight and then have a couple of small cheats and lose a kg! No rhyme or reason to how your body changes.

Anyway going OK so far.

Cheers

CB

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Re: Two weeks in
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2013, 06:34:02 PM »
All par for the course, coach.  You're doing well, keep it up!


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Re: Two weeks in
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2013, 02:14:53 PM »
Three Weeks in!

I have lost 7.0kg or !5.5lbs, plus 7.0cm's (2.75inches) from my waist.

Progress has been good but has slowed and for most of the last week it was a flat line or fluctuations up and down. Not seeing daily progress is risky for me because if I am not confident about getting results my resolve weakens and I see little cheats creaping into my diet.

A few observations:
 - I have not been exercising during the weight loss phase to ensure I don't stimulate appetite and over eat or chase non Paleo stimulants eg sugar.
 - Eating out has challenges! A steak I ordered this week came with a creamy sauce on it that wasnt disclosed in the menu.
 - My body is now telling me it needs more sleep (which is very unusual for me)

CB

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Re: Two weeks in
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2013, 05:09:12 PM »
I am also two weeks in.  I have lost 8 pounds and 2'' from my hips.  My energy is higher than ever.  I find that I must always plan-for everything.  Could be my personality or the fact that I have 3 young boys, either way, planning is always key.  Nuts, seeds, and portable fruit are my go to snacks.  Water, water, water....everywhere!  Keep up the hard work coach!

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Re: Two weeks in
« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2013, 10:48:39 PM »
Progress has been good but has slowed and for most of the last week it was a flat line or fluctuations up and down. Not seeing daily progress is risky for me because if I am not confident about getting results my resolve weakens and I see little cheats creaping into my diet.

Good progress!

I would advise against weighing every day. After losing initial carb/water weight, you won't see huge drops all the time, and if you're relying on the scale to motivate you, a lot of the time it won't. I would recommend weighing and taking a waist measurement monthly at most. Put that energy into finding good fresh food suppliers and cooking yummy meals instead!

I found it more helpful to focus on how much I was enjoying my paleo food, and how good it made me feel - clean and energetic, with a digestive system that worked so well I wasn't even aware of it. (After 20 years of IBS that was a luxury!) When I had something non-paleo for any reason, I'd think about the aspects of taste/texture I didn't like, and dwell on any negative side-effects I experienced from eating it. Basically you want to train yourself to prefer paleo food, so that other foods become unappetising. Then you don't need self-control any more.


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Re: Two weeks in
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2013, 09:46:47 AM »
Awesome job with the weight loss!

As Jean stated, I highly recommend you stay away from the scale. When dieting, your weight will fluctuate regularly depending on your carb intake and water weight retention.

A good friend of mine always freaks out when he eats a large meal that has carbs. The next day he gains 4 lbs or so and he freaks. He will go on a carbs free diet again (only eating 1000 calories a day) until all the water weight is lost and he feels better mentally.

This is an endless cycle that leaves his body in a fat storing state. It craves energy all the time!

In the long run simply reducing calories just below your homeostasis level is the best way to lose weight in the long run.

Extreme dieting loses weight initially but screws up your metabolism. Doing it correctly and over time turns your body into a fat burning factory that never stops working.

That's what the paleo diet is all about.