I started a Primal?Paleo diet about two weeks ago. I am still STARVING all the time and am not losing weight. Eggs and bacon for breakfast, veggie, 1/2 serving of fruit and avocado smoothie for lunch, then some protein, fat and veggies for dinner. Most times I am starving within two hours of dinner and can’t sleep. I have snacked on nuts, pickles and hard boiled eggs.
The great news is that the more you increase your metabolism, the more fat your body will burn, not only when you exercise, but afterward, too! You burn body fat when you work out, and you keep on burning it at a higher rate than normal for hours afterward.
Strength training is crucial to weight control. This type of exercise helps build and support muscle mass which may increase your metabolic rate or how many calories you burn throughout the day. Muscle is active tissue that consumes calories throughout the day — whether you worked out or not. 
Hi Laura. The potential problem with reducing carbs and increasing healthy fats is the caloric increase. If you do really low carbs you’d go into ketosis and burn fat. But if you go for healthy fats while continuing with carbs, the insulin (that drives you blood sugar into your cells) will keep you from efficient fat-burning. So, one thought is that you’d want to consider either further carb restriction (to make you a better fat burner) or going a bit easier on your fats (to decrease overall calories until you reach that tipping point where you start to lose weight), IF you can do that and still feel satiety from your diet.
sarah – So if you’re coming from Atkins, I’m wondering what the differences are between what you were eating when you were on Paleo and what you’re eating now. If you weren’t eating dairy on Paleo, then you just have to make sure you substitute those calories and fat with approximately the same number of calories and fat on Paleo. So coconut milk is a great option for that. Nuts, seeds, coconut manna, olive oil, just more fat in general. I’d go to myfitnesspal.com and log what you’re eating on Atkins for a few days to get a baseline. Then start Paleo and log what you’re eating on it and try to match up the calories and everything as closely as you can. If you want to gain weight, then you’ll need to eat more calories, and in particular more carbs. And yeah, if you’ve lost weight and your body doesn’t like it, it could definitely be causing some cravings. We have a meal plan if you’re looking for structure. It’s at http://www.paleoplan.com/paleo-meal-plans/. Good luck!
Write up a meal plan. Even without following a specific diet, writing up a personalized meal plan may help you lose weight. You can design your own plan, whether you want to count calories, monitor carbs, or focus on protein. Use your meal plan to design your own easy-to-follow and enjoyable eating pattern.
I am curious of the work out options on here. I’m a female and I like my weight but I need to lean up quickly( 7 weeks). I need to replace about 15 pines of fat to 5 pounds of muscle, I am religiously doing the diet, started last week, but it doesn’t say how much cardio/strength training needs to be done. I do Zumba for about 45 minutes 3x a week and love it and weights 2x a week, and I’m middle Easter and love hummus! Any thoughts?
There’s one never-fail weight-loss trick: Keep a food diary. Just tracking helps prevent you from overdoing it. And now it’s easier than ever. Instead of having to meticulously write down everything you eat, you can snap a photo of your food with your phone—and a study published in the International Journal of Consumer Studies found that shooting photos of food actually worked better than the pen-and-paper method. Taking a photo ahead of time gives you a chance to improve on your choice, suggests a study from University of Wisconsin-Madison: When the participants looked at photographs of their food, they realized that maybe they could cut back on the serving size or skip the snack they were considering. As one of the study subjects reported, “Who wants to take a picture of a jumbo bag of M&Ms?”
Two-a-days, hitting the Crossfit gym six days a week, and hours of cardio a day are not sustainable and not healthy. Like mental and emotional stress raises cortisol levels, which contribute to hormonal imbalance and weight loss resistance, over-exercising creates a lot of physical stress. Our bodies respond to physical stress in a very similar way. We need to recover in order to function optimally.
If you’ve paid attention to weight loss trends or even just the Internet over the past few years, you’ve probably heard of the Paleo diet. Heavy on meat and vegetables and low on carbs, Paleo claims to promote weight loss and prevent disease. Although it hasn’t been around long enough for researchers to find out how it does on the disease front, some people report not losing weight on the Paleo diet.
Also, I’m fairly sure this is normal, but the first 3 or 4 days or so of going I felt very lethargic and just drained of energy. I wouldn’t say weak, but I had to take breaks while cleaning my apartment. It was terrible! Anyone else experience this?
…or one less treat a day, or one less glass of orange juice. Doing any of these can save you about 100 calories a day, and that alone is enough to prevent you from gaining the two pounds most people mindlessly pack on each year. Check out these other weight loss tricks that don’t require diet or exercise.