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I started sharing my Paleo post-pregnancy weight loss journey a year and half ago and I’m still the same weight. Yeah. That’s pretty sad. Now I have had success already on the diet and went from a size 28 to my current size 16 but I am nowhere near my goal. One of the things that I love about the Paleo diet is that I don’t have to count calories. You don’t have to track anything you just stick to the plan and the weight falls off of you, right?
Well, not when you’ve followed the diet for 3 years and you’ve gotten complacent. First, I’m primal which means I eat dairy. I LOVE Butter. I LOVE raw milk. I LOVE Cheese and quite honestly, most of my fat and calories come from dairy ( please believe that I miss a good mac and cheese). I don’t have any reactions from dairy so I’m never going to stop eating it. Never.
Anyhow, back to the idea of complacency. Do you know what you’re really eating everyday? Perhaps you start off your day eating a veggie omelet and then, like me, you find yourself eating a paleo cookie, then having a full lunch, dinner, snacking on sweet potato chips, a smoothie, etc. Yeah, I finally broke down and starting using a food tracking app and found out that I’m eating 3500 calories a day. Yep. 3500.
First, it’s a amazing to me that I can eat that much and stay the same weight and size. I know that if I was still a grain chomping gal, I’d be back to a size 28 in a minute. So, I put in my app how much I want to lose a week – 2 lbs and stuck to the 1900 calories a day. The first day was hard and a rude awakening. I was out of calories by lunch time so I stopped eating. The thing is I was not hungry for the entire day. Not one single gurgle of hunger. I wanted to eat because I was supposed to eat but I was not hungry.
The next day I stuck to the plan and I was actually hungry before each meal. Food tasted better because I was hungry and I wasn’t just mindlessly shoving food in my mouth. After doing this for 1 week, I lost 3lbs. By the way, I am not limiting fat or carbs. I’m simply eating as I always have but not exceeding my calorie budget.
Do you know what you’re really eating every day? Is this why you’re not losing weight on Paleo?