Originally Posted by Juvysen
Can you point me to where you got the supplements or what what you're using? I'm only about 4 lbs "overweight" but despite eating paleo and exercising regularly, the scale doesn't budge. I'm WAY stronger, though. I still have a bit of a belly (doesn't help that the skin is all loose because of the pregancies/stretch marks). It could be "chronic cardio" - I just ran my first half marathon, but see, it bothers me because running supposedly causes people to lose a pound a week and I haven't lost anything, yk? I gained a few pounds, truthfully.
Anyway, my toddler is nearly weaned, but still going and I'm hoping that once he quits completely I'll have an easier time, but who knows.
i read that when you change your habits to ones that suddenly recruit more muscle (even if you're not building, but equally so if you are building muscle), the muscles will suck up fluids and it will stay there, more of the time. so if at the beginning of a period of doing a lot more working out, you find that the scale creeps up 5-10 lbs, much of that is water weight, due to it being stored in muscle. i cannot verify this, but i read it a number of places, so i'm tending to think it's true. there's also the fact that if your fat is replaced by muscle, the muscle is denser. but if you're early on in a new regimen, it's unlikely that it's muscle weight gain yet.
it might be kinda hard to convince yourself to do it this way, since the progress is noticed much more slowly (or maybe not noticeable at all if you're only thinking 4lbs of fat needs to go), but maybe consider keeping measurements? it at least can reassure you you're not getting pudgier! i had a bit of a brain trip when i started crossfit, where my weight jumped up 6 lbs seemingly overnight. i was consistently getting around 152, occasionally weighing in even around 148, but with daily fluctuations, never above 154. then i begin crossfit and it fluctuates between more like 155 and 160, with the most common weigh-ins at 157 and 158. UGH! i was JUST about to cross the threshold into below-150 territory and now i'm almost back up around 160? and it would have been bumming me out a lot, except that i'd been measuring. and my measurements were the same. and my newly purchased 32" pants (down from 38"!) still fit comfortably. so, no worries. even though i do really wanna get below that 150, b/c i had gotten so close, i have to accept that weight isn't nearly as important as fitness, and eating low-carb paleo + dairy and doing crossfit 3X a week is pretty much a guarantee of that. and i may never get the satisfaction of dipping into 140s territory. but that doesn't mean i'm not doing everything right! :D and the same could be true for you!
you already suspect it could be that you're overdoing the cardio, so you might check out this article for a few more ideas: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/9-more-reasons-youre-not-losing-weight/
i don't know if you've looked into green tea extract, but i've read it helps boost your metabolism. i bought some and have been taking it, only for about a week now. at first the very small dose of caffeine was making me anxious, but now that i've acclimated, i notice that even on days after a shabby night of sleep, i don't feel as tired, so i guess i'm in the ranks of the average american now, consuming daily caffeine! ha! but since i don't like the taste of tea, and green tea is supposed to have all kinds of other benefits to health, i figure it's not a bad thing. and it's supposed to help fertility (increase egg white cervical mucus), too. so, crossing fingers. TTC very VERY soon.