Since simple, raw energy bites have been some of the most popular recipes here on PaleoGrubs, I was excited to come up with another version of the recipe to share. This time the delicious round bites include pumpkin, in the spirit of the fast-approaching fall. Ready to enjoy in minutes, these pumpkin pie energy bites make the perfect sweet snack. Read more
Q: Hey Jess, I’ve got a big question for you today. About two months ago, a friend suggested that I try the Paleo diet. He had lost over 60 pounds since he “went Paleo” and was eager for me to try it. I jumped on board, and in the first 2 weeks I lost 10 pounds! Needless to say, I was ecstatic.
However, since then, I have not been able to lose any more weight, and actually have put 5 pounds BACK ON!
I thought Paleo was supposed to be the easy solution for weight loss? Any tips for me?
A: Hey Karen! Thanks so much for your question.
Believe it or not, you are not the first person to have a weight loss plateau while eating Paleo.
And yes, while I think Paleo is far and away the most effective way to lose weight and improve your health, sometimes you need a little extra to achieve your weight loss goals.
So there are many reasons why a weight loss plateau on Paleo can happen, and in this post, I’m going to give you 3 of MY top reasons, and at the end, give you a resource where you can find out more information to break through any weight loss struggles that you’re going through.
Alright, let’s jump in.
REASON #1 WHY YOU’RE NOT LOSING WEIGHT ON PALEO: CALORIES.
Oh no! Did I lose you as soon as you read that?
“But Jessica, if I’m eating Paleo, I thought calories don’t matter? Cavemen didn’t focus on calories, right?”
Here’s the truth. Calories are important. Period.
Yes, their source is extremely important (in fact, the phrase “a calorie is a calorie is a calorie” is very misleading, as far as I am concerned), but ultimately, if you are eating too many, you WON’T lose weight.
Here’s where calories can get in the way.
When you start to lose weight, your body gets to a lighter ‘set point’, and you need to eat even LESS calories in order to lose weight.
Oftentimes, people plateau because they lose 30 pounds, and continue to eat the same amount of food they were eating while they were still carrying those extra 30 pounds around.
And no, we’re not accusing you of being some sort of glutton…
The truth is, it can be REALLY hard to track how many calories you’re actually eating. In fact, I’d estimate that over 90% of people have NO idea how many calories are in the foods that they eat.
A simple solution is this: sign up for a service like MyFitnessPal.com, and track your calories – just for a week or two.
That will show you EXACTLY how many calories you’re eating – and you’ll know whether you’re over your recommended calorie intake (which they will provide you with) for your bodyweight.
If you’re eating too much for your current weight, lower your caloric intake, and you should start losing the weight again.
Simple. Easy. Done.
REASON #2 WHY YOU’RE NOT LOSING WEIGHT ON PALEO: CAFFEINE.
Oh man. This is a controversial one, and one that many of you may not be able to accept.
As much as coffee has recently been into the limelight as a ‘health drink’ (with the advent of butter coffee, etc.) unfortunately, it CAN hold you back from losing weight.
Here’s the thing.
Caffeine is a stimulant. As much as it is amazing at helping us get up and go in the morning (or in the afternoon, if that’s your thing), it also affects our cortisol levels and our adrenals.
And messing with our cortisol can dramatically affect (and inhibit) our weight loss.
If you’re a big coffee/tea drinker, you might want to try cutting it out of your diet for a few weeks and see if it improves your situation.
You might actually find that *gasp* you have more than enough energy simply from eating Paleo!
Without Caffeine, you may also find that you sleep better, which brings us to reason #3….
REASON #3 WHY YOU’RE NOT LOSING WEIGHT ON PALEO: SLEEP.
I know that in our fast paced, high-stress lives, sleep can come at a premium.
And even more, I know that some people can feel ASHAMED for actually sleeping a full 8 hours – because they think they aren’t working hard enough.
Well I’m here to tell you that’s all a load of phooey.
No matter what your coworkers, friends, or family tells you, you should MAKE SURE to get 8 hours of sleep every night. In a dark room. With no noise.
If you are only getting 5,6,7 hours of sleep each night – this can catch up to you in a big, bad way.
And it will FOR SURE stop your weight loss in its tracks.
If you don’t get enough sleep, you will put a ton of strain on your adrenals, your cortisol levels will get completely screwed up, and, your weight loss will stop.
So please follow the aforementioned advice, and SLEEP!
Doing all of these, but still unable to lose weight? Here’s a FREE resource to get you pointed in the right direction…
My good friend Neely Quinn and the team over at Paleohacks.com (one of the largest Paleo communities on the web) put together a FREE report for you called:
Which will elaborate on the above, and provide you with 7 MORE reasons you might not be losing weight – along with ways to fix them.
This report is part of a BRAND NEW online weight loss event for women called “For Women Only: The Weight Loss Solution” – though much of the information in this report applies to men, as it does to women.
You can get instant access to this report RIGHT NOW when you register (for free) for the event here.
It starts October 21st, and features 35 of the top weight loss experts, covering topics like:
• What to eat (and which foods to avoid)
• How to balance and take control of your hormones
• How to heal digestion, thyroid, and autoimmune conditions that are sabotaging your weight loss naturally
• How to “cheat” and still lose weight
• How to exercise (and more importantly, how NOT to exercise)
It’s FREE to attend while the event is going on, and of course, the report is free as well.
I’ll be watching the sessions myself, and I think you should too.
P.S. To celebrate the launch of this event, Neely & Paleohacks have allowed us to give away 3 sets of the event recordings (that’s videos, audios, and PDF’s of all of the event sessions), along with 1 set of their Paleo Cookbooks, which include over 300 delicious recipes that you can cook as soon as tonight.
All you need to do to enter the giveaway is to register for the free online event here, and then enter the email you used to register in the giveaway widget below. Good luck everyone!
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