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    LA28 got a reaction from Mariah Baseman in 3rd whole 30 and STILL not losing weight - what am I doing wrong?   
    I am overwhelmed with all the responses:) thank you so much! I am an analytical thinker and just needed to understand I guess, the sciency version of how it could be possible to slow down - yet still lose. What you have explained makes sense and I will definitely tone things down and try to incorporate all your suggestions and above all stress less! It is afterall, the one thing I haven't tried yet:)
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    LA28 reacted to praxisproject in 3rd whole 30 and STILL not losing weight - what am I doing wrong?   
    Don't forget muscle weighs more than fat, so numbers are not going to move a lot if you're working out a lot. If you want a really accurate body composition, get a DEXA scan. Useful for measuring your lean body mass (if yours is higher than average, you may require more protein).
    I lost a lot of weight by eating more, don't get hung up on calories-in, calories out (although calories do matter). Lack of calories creates stress in the body, eat regularly (even if your schedule isn't regular) and sleep regularly. Stress will stop you losing, even if everything else is working well, ask anyone taking cortisol medication, your body can produce it 24x7 if it's not happy.
    Don't be so afraid of fruit, add in some berries (raspberries, blueberries) and eat them with your meals, including vegetables, fat & protein. Eating fruit on it's own will give you more of a spike, so have it with other things to reduce the impact if you're sensitive. They have great antioxidants too, which fight inflammation and stress. Cammomile Tea might be good for you too.
    If you consume a lot of caffiene, try eliminating it, I saw a huge change when I cut out all caffiene (it can trigger stress response and even blood sugar spikes in some people). I added back in 1-2 cups coffee later, but went without for a couple of months to slay the caffiene dragon.
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    LA28 reacted to Zoodles in 3rd whole 30 and STILL not losing weight - what am I doing wrong?   
    I'm not an experienced Whole30er and have never set foot in a gym (blush) but to me it sounds like you just need to be patient. You're only 10 days or so into this round, and you said in your last whole30 you dropped 5 pounds in the extra 10 days at the end. Maybe your body just takes a bit longer to switch gears into weight loss mode. Don't panic yet
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    LA28 reacted to Mariah Baseman in 3rd whole 30 and STILL not losing weight - what am I doing wrong?   
    You're going in the right direction!!! It's such a hard concept, I totally get it! Through caloric restriction (seriously, I aimed for 1400 calories) and HIIT/CrossFitting 4-5 times a week, plus extra lifting and a bit of cardio, I did lose weight. For about a week. Until my body went into preservation mode, and I gained weight, body fat, and inches. In an effort to "lose the weight," I punished myself by going further, harder, longer with my workouts and restricting my carbs to 30g/day pushing myself into severe ketogenisis. This whole process took 4 months.
    I stopped weighing myself at that point because my pants kept getting tighter, my developing abs disappeared, and I started getting nagging injuries. And I got so strung out into adrenal fatigue, I wasn't sleeping well and went into the busy season with my job (I'm a self employed wedding photographer) that way.
    Finally, I was so fatigued and broken, I ran a red light and had an accident because I was simply zoning. No texting or anything. And then my body shut down. Depression, physical ailments, joint/muscle injuries, weight gain, even hysteria a few times from the changes in my body. I couldn't work out for month.
    6 months later, today: I gave up CrossFitting for a deadlifting/strength program which my body is loving me for. I still miss sprinting-incline intervals, but my body doesn't. And I'm about as lean (finally!!) as I was a year ago, before everything happened.
    I'm still not cleared for pushups because it jacks my shoulders up and gives me migraines, which I haven't had in a month now. But I can do pullups and toes to bar with a modified grip. My nagging hip thing *still* isn't cleared, but my chiro/sports & recond. specialist is working on it to the point where my squat weight is back up to where it was a year ago. And my hamstring tendonitis, which is the first major injury I received almost a year ago, has minimal time left with the rehab protocol.
    My body forced me to take a step back and heal. It was brutal.
    My pants still don't fit, but that's cause I'm a deadlifitng machine. Time to get new pants. And I'm okay with that because skinny-fat girls can take their skinny jeans and muffin top, sit on my bar, and I'll lift them up.
    And honestly, like everyone is saying... Start noticing and paying really close attention to your workouts and your performance, stamina, attitude, etc. Notice your skin, hotice your jeans getting looser, or heck, even notice the cellulite (hey, we ALL have it, right?? ) start disappearing. Let THOSE be your benchmarks. Weight is nothing.
    Please pardon the rambling story, but your story really touched me... let yourself rest before it's too late! The W30 is a perfect time to do that.
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    LA28 got a reaction from Mariah Baseman in 3rd whole 30 and STILL not losing weight - what am I doing wrong?   
    I am overwhelmed with all the responses:) thank you so much! I am an analytical thinker and just needed to understand I guess, the sciency version of how it could be possible to slow down - yet still lose. What you have explained makes sense and I will definitely tone things down and try to incorporate all your suggestions and above all stress less! It is afterall, the one thing I haven't tried yet:)
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    LA28 got a reaction from Allisen in 3rd whole 30 and STILL not losing weight - what am I doing wrong?   
    This is my 3rd whole 30 and I am currently on day 8. I TOTALLY understand the magic, that you're not supposed to focus on scale, etc. I promise I get all that. I have seen the magic, the clear skin, etc and I love it. But what about the people who just genuinely need and want to lose weight and who just aren't seeing it? If it's not whole30 that will get me there, then do I need to try weight watchers?? I mean I get the point of whole30- but at some point, I would like to get rid of this tire around my mid section and it's just not budging and I am getting extremely frustrated:(
    Here are the stats:
    I crossfit about 3-5 times a week (I would say its usually 4-5 but occasionally with work I drop to 3 days in which case I'll try to make up with a run):
    Did my first whole30 in June 2012 - ate way too much fruit and didn't lose a pound but lost about 1 inch around my waist. felt great, looked great,etc and saw the magic.
    Did my 2nd whole 30 in October- cut out fruit and sweet potato for 10 days where I finally managed to lose 5 pounds, and by day 30 I was a total of 5 pounds down and an additional 2 inches down on my waist. I extended whole 30 for an additional 10 days (minus a glass or two of wine) and somehow lost another 5 in those 10 days. my body fat went from 26% to 23% during this whole 30.
    Over the holidays (nov-dec), went through some serious emotional stuff and ate my heart out unfortunately and put back on the 5 additional pounds I had lost in those last 10 days. So at this point was only down the first 5 I lost.
    My gym was doing a whole 30 in January, so I started my 3rd one Jan 2nd and I haven't lost a pound since. Not budged on my waist either. I decided I'll cut out fruit and sweet potatoes, again to see if that will help and it hasnt. I'm just at the point where I understand this isnt about weight loss- but what if you really just want to lose some?! And everyone around you is dropping it on whole30,except you!? My boyfriend without working out at all has managed to lose 19 pounds just by eating what I cook
    We log our meals at my gym, so I included a sample:
    Breakfast: 3 eggs, cucumber
    lunch: bowl of chili and 2 oz chicken breast, bunch of grape tomatoes
    snack (pre-WOD): 2 eggs
    dinner: about 4-6oz chicken breast with 1 avocado, bell pepper and onion wrapped in a few pure wraps; bunch of asparagus and broccoli
    Breakfast: 3 eggs
    Lunch: 2oz chicken with 1/2 avocado in a pure wrap, 1 bowl of chili, 1 tsp almond butter
    Snack: 3oz carrots
    Dinner: chicken shawarma salad, pint of grape tomatoes, cucumber
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    LA28 reacted to Rachael2288 in 3rd whole 30 and STILL not losing weight - what am I doing wrong?   
    Just wanted to chime in
    I completed my first Whole30 back in October after 2 years of NO BUDGING on the scale even counting every single calorie and working out HARD 5-6 times a week with yoga thrown in for good measure. I decided to do the Whole30 to see what could happen since obviously what I was doing only got me so far (15lbs lost but plateau for 9ish months)
    I worked out 2x a week but with much less intensity (more yoga) and followed the meal plan to a T. Guess what? I lost 8lbs!!!! AND I dropped two pants sizes, looked WAY more toned and felt better than I ever had in my life.
    Guess who went paleo, quit cardio-obsessing, and is back for another Whole45? This girl.
    I promise it works, but you have to stop obsessing about your weight, the scale, and give it 30 days of maybe not working out at all to see what can happen. The worst thing is you lose 16 crossfit sessions... right?
    Good luck!
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    LA28 reacted to Renee Lee in 3rd whole 30 and STILL not losing weight - what am I doing wrong?   
    You're still sort of thinking about it incorrectly. Like you said above, you don't have a lot of WEIGHT to lose. You just have some abdominal fat that you'd like to get rid of. This means that "calories in, calories out" doesn't REALLY apply to you. The more important thing is setting yourself up hormonally to access the right resources an shed the fat that you're holding onto.
    Not overtraining/giving your body the opportunity to rest/relax is going to signal your body that it doesn't have to worry about impending disaster, so it doesn't need the protective fat that it's been hanging onto because it's been so stressed, and will focus its efforts on something else, like making testosterone/DHEA and other great steroid hormones, which will help you with your performance as well, instead of making cortisol.
    (that's not EXACTLY how it works...but it's the gist)
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    LA28 reacted to Tom Denham in 3rd whole 30 and STILL not losing weight - what am I doing wrong?   
    When you push your limits physically, your body tends to go into conservation mode, which means you hold onto fat (in case you need it in the future). When you relax, your metabolism may actually increase, which means you burn more fat.
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    LA28 reacted to puffycookie in 3rd whole 30 and STILL not losing weight - what am I doing wrong?   
    Friend, I'm completely new around here and to the Whole30 and Whole9 lifestyle. I'm only in Day 3 of my very first Whole30. What I am not new to is the fitness, health and weight loss scene. If I may, I'd like to add a couple of things to the discussion. Please take what I say with a grain of salt, and know that this comes from my experience and observation.
    1. Exercise should be "loving movement" that we do to care for our bodies. It should not be used as punishment because we are unhappy with our appearance, and neither should it be done out of fear for what our bodies may look like. I definitely fall into the first category, and my husband is solidly in the second. It sounds like he has the exact same body type; athletic and a healthy weight for his height, with a little bit extra around his tummy. He will run his body into the ground because he is terrified of gaining any amount of weight. Perhaps a shift in your motives for excersising, and how you view exercise, can help alleviate some of the stress related to letting some of your workouts go in favor of rest and recovery.
    2. In both of the cases I mentioned above (punishment and/or fear), the underlying force that fuels the impulse to exercise is an inability to accept our bodies as they are, right this very minute. I can say that because that's where I was. I exercised twice a day, six days a week because I could not accept how my body looks right now, rubbing-thighs and muffintop and everything else. If we cannot accept ourselves right now, and make the choice to use exercise as a tool to love our bodies, then forward progress is slow, if it comes at all.
    Both of these things can keep you trapped, taking away the freedom you need to find what works for your body. Several people have said it, and I'm going to say it again. Relax. Consider all of the information you have been given, slow down your thoughts and relax into a routine that fits your lifestyle and your body. Remember to approach this from a wholisitic place - the health of your mind is just as important as the health of your body. Take some time to consider why it is you push yourself so hard, and use that knowledge to build new habits that are good for you all over.
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    LA28 got a reaction from vanessarose in Sweet potato "muffins?" SWYPO?   
    I was reading through all the discussion about the crepes and i was wondering about this concoction I make as sort of a quick post WOD meal. All it is is sweet potato, eggs and ghee. I pour the mixture into muffin tins (out of simplicity really) and top with a piece of berry (blueberry or strawberry) and sprinkle some cinnamon and bake. I figured since they are fat, protein and carbs they are a good "whole" mini meal? Is this SWYPO?