I recently received a comment on one of my posts from a reader (Laura from slowcarbfoodie.com) concerned about her plateauing and not seeing much weight loss.
I’ve been on Slow Carb for 6+ weeks. I lost 5 lbs the first few weeks and then plateaued. I’d been reading up on Paleo/Primal and am 3 days into a two week trial of it. Curious to see how it goes. I would suspect that neither is better, but one may be better suited to each individual. I’ve toyed with the idea of switching off between the two just to keep from getting bored and keeping my body confused.
I asked her to post her typical eating plan and maybe some of the readers would be able to review it and help her out.
Although I have (what I consider) a good understanding of health and nutrition – I am always leery of saying that this thing or the other thing should be done…with that in mind I asked her permission to use her comment as a “case study” type post – in which I would basically copy it into the body and open up the comments for advice, suggestions, insights or other ways of helping her (and others struggling with the same or similar issues).
I’m happy to post my typical eating plan. I’m now 4 days into Paleo. I started Sunday after my cheat day. I haven’t added fruit in. I gained 1 lb from my cheat day and wanted to go fruit-free, very low carb until I lost that weight. It took until today (4 days) to lose the 1 lb I gained from cheat day. Here’s a sample of my typical meals. I normally drink about 4 liters (ed. note: ~1 gallon for us American types 😉 ) of water and tea every day… lots of green tea. Occasionally a glass or two of red wine or vodka, but that’s rare during the week. I mostly save it for cheat day.
Food-wise, I really don’t cheat, except the occasional minimal amount of cheese described below. No fruit yet for Paelo. I plan to start adding a small apple or berries in with breakfast soon. As much as possible I try to cook organic grass fed beef and free range chicken and random game meats, but I don’t sweat it too much.
Option A : 2 organic free-range eggs cooked with a tiny bit of macadamia nut oil + 1 cup raw baby spinach or cooked leftover veggies from the night before. Veggies are likely sautéed in macadamia nut oil and some spices. I probably need more protein here. I can’t stomach any more eggs than this… so maybe I’ll add some chicken?
Option B: Protein Shake (134 cal, 30 g protein, 1.6g carb, 1.6g sugar) + 1 serve roasted almonds (169 cal, 6.3 g protein, 5.5 carb, 1.4 g sugar)
Option A: Homemade chilli (have swapped out beans for extra veggies zuchinni)
Options B: Chicken or Fish + Plain Steamed Broccoli or Salad Greens and some other raw veggies+ Macadamia Nut Oil/Spices
Options C: Chicken or Lamb curry. (Emergency Food only! 1-2x per week tops, and I’m careful to ask if there’s added sugar or flour. I usually pick a savory Indian type curry to minimize the chance of sugars. This is if I’m out and about and didn’t bring lunch.)
Option A: Chicken, Lamb or Beef + Veggies (normally a side of green veggies and a side of something else like pumpkin, squash, red bell peppers.) Veggies are normally cooked with a small bit of macadamia nut oil, garlic, onions, spices.
Option B: Some time of homemade curry or chilli. I like doing one pot meals during the week. If I cook my own curry, it’s usually loaded with vegetables and chicken. I cook from scratch so I know what’s going into the paste. Occasionally I might add coconut milk for a Thai style curry.
Snacks – rare!
1 serve of almonds (only if I didn’t have them with breakfast)
Cottage cheese with cinnamon. A bit weird, yes, I know.
1 serve of Cheese ( I know this isn’t Paleo/Primal, but if I found myself limited to 7-11 type food today with hours to go before I could get home for a meal. I figured it would satiate me and shouldn’t spike my blood sugar. )
So fellow readers and 4HB-ers (and primal/paleo types) – let’s look this over and start helping our compadre.
Remember – this is not me, this from a fellow reader – please be kind, she was nice enough to open up herself to us so we may also be able to learn. That being said, unnecessarily mean or nasty comments will be removed.
What do you think readers? Any advice we can offer? Similar problems that you’ve overcome in your fat loss journeys?