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Last Updated on April 12, 2021

Not Losing Weight on the Paleo Diet

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?



Saturday 1st of February 2014

LOVE T-tapp! Started cleaning up my diet about 6 months ago (cut out pop, sugar, white flour) using the Trim Healthy Mama book (lots LESS restrictive than PALEO and women are dropping weight without supplements and with a huge support system). Separate your carbs and fats :)

Kelly Bejelly

Sunday 2nd of February 2014

Thanks for you comment Jess. I really love the workout and am just amazed by how well it works :)


Friday 3rd of January 2014

well..having questions and feeling nervous. just signed on for your site. have just started eating no grains or sugars or starchy foods after reading "the calorie myth" so i would not have to count or weigh. i am allergic to milk, gluten and eggs but eat butter and aged cheeses( try not to overeat cheese. ) would this be considered primal? i will be upset if gaining on this..i eat three times no hunger for snacks. do people usually lose weight in your experience? i would be so very delighted to lose 15 -20 lbs! thanks

Kelly Bejelly

Friday 3rd of January 2014

Hi Jill! Yes, your diet would be considered Primal. I follow a primal diet. For the most part, people do lose weight when they start the diet. Have you seen a loss already?


Tuesday 8th of October 2013

Calories do matter! People seem to want to believe that they don't....that eating a certain diet makes you exempt from ever thinking about them again. But it's simply not true- one must create a calorie deficit in order to lose weight, pure and simple. This is a good post, Kelly!

Kelly Bejelly

Tuesday 8th of October 2013

Thanks Winnie :) Seriously, I HATE counting calories but I have to if I want to lose weight. I wish more people knew this about the Paleo diet.


Friday 19th of July 2013

Tracking everything you eat is a good way to see why the pounds don't come off. It makes you accountable.


Sunday 14th of July 2013

Watching what you eat is important, but exercise is even more important.