I agree with the “cut yourself some slack” advice. Your body is holding onto those 5lbs for a reason, and maybe because it needs them! I’d recommend sticking with the Paleo food you’ve been eating (obviously it’s working given the weight loss you’ve had) and adding more strength training to your exercise. You might not lose those 5lbs, but instead increase your “tone” which is probably what you really want anyway!
at 5’9 I was weighing 137 lbs, I went on Paleo and quickly lost 12lbs without even trying. Now at 125 lbs I have to ensure I keep muscle mass so my BMI does not drop into an unhealthy weight..Perhaps a lot of it still has to do with genetics.
A simple way to explain the paleo diet or the ‘caveman‘ diet, is that it is based on the notion, that for optimal health and performance, we should be eating the way that cavemen would have eaten. Eating ‘paleo’ means only eating items that they would have had available, such as meat, fish, berries, nuts, leafy greens and regional vegetables.
There is also good science behind why apple cider vinegar would encourage weight loss even more effectively than eating raw apples. In general, acids help with the digestion of protein, the building blocks for some of our hormones, especially growth hormone.
With this in mind, you should aim to improve the quality of the microorganisms in your gut, whether that’s eating more fermented vegetables like sauerkraut—I love sauerkraut—or supplementing with a good-quality probiotic.
robyn, maybe it is not too late for you to undo the damage done by being vegetarian. if you had a child, you can’t be too old yet 🙂 a young body can take a lot of abuse before it starts to fail. otherwise we’d be all dead, me too :-). exactly the fact that your problems started during/after pregnancy is the telltale sign that should raise the red flag. the pregnancy drained your body of whatever it was lacking already and it tipped the balance. last drop in the cup before it overflows, if you like. you can’t be healthy without meat, especially not if pregnant. if you don’t start eating quality meat (doesnt need to be too often or too much) it will be downhill for you from here. And if you lead your child to vegetarianism too (bad examples are catchy), you will do a lot of damage to him too. Don’t take my word for it but pls start investigating the pros and contras for yourself. I would recommend starting with Mark Sissons Primal Blueprint, then continue with Paul Jaminets Perfect Health Diet. From there, you will find your own path. You can’t fool nature, humans need meat. There is no vegetarian wild living tribe out there, no indigenous population that refuses to eat meat. Not one. And there is a very good reason for that. Period.
I’m not going to yell at you and force you to only eat grilled chicken and steamed vegetables for every meal – I’m not your mom (phew, that would be weird). Besides, you’re a grown individual and you can make choices for yourself.
I know that, “You’re exercising too much to lose weight” may sound counterintuitive, but I actually see this phenomenon a lot, and it happens to me personally. If I exercise too much, I gain weight. It happened when I started doing CrossFit last year, and as soon I stopped CrossFit, I lost the weight. If you’re exercising more than 3 days a week, I’d ratchet it down to 3 days a week – or even less if you have diagnosed adrenal issues – for a while and see how that goes.
Just as saturated fats, trans fats increase the amount of bad cholesterol and decrease the amount of good cholesterol in the body. Also, consumption of trans fats limits absorption of healthy fats which is essential for the development of important organs.
I am 75 last year went on the Paleo program lost 30 lbs felt and looked great. fell off the wagon and have put about 5lbs back on I have had 3 knee replacements and both hips replaced, can’t seem to excercise enough to feel fit like I used to, did a lot of walking but now have a bone growing in my foot and very painful any suggestions are there any Sebastopol area people around? thanks Linda