This is the most unhappy I had ever been with my body. I hit the running agenda hard, and kept a moderately level of calories. I lost weight to an extent (140lbs, 29" waist at my lowest), but ultimately it wasn't something I could maintain. When 2011 started I began my training for a half and full marathon. I was running 40-50 miles a week from March 2011-August 2011. I was always hungry and refused to restrict myself to a low calorie diet. In August of 2011 I weighed 150lbs and had a nearly 30" waist. I was very frustrated and didn't understand how someone running half and full marathons could still be chubby, especially in the stomach area, on their 5' 5" body.
In August of 2011 I discovered CrossFit. I went three days a week for August to the end of the October. In November I decided to start going 5 days a week, and transition to a paleo diet. I went the month of November transitioning, and it was mostly seamless and easy. In December I was full paleo, and dropped down to 142-145lbs range and a 27" waist.. I've continued training at my crossfit gym 5 days a week since, and my weight falls around 145lbs. If I had to estimate (and I have superb estimating skills based on my calorie counting past) I'd say I eat anywhere from 2500-3000 calories a day. I currently have a 27" waist. I am wearing the exact same pants I wore when I weighed 127lbs.
I've probably 'fallen off the paleo bandwagon' 2 times since I started. I've found wheat is what causes the most problems: I feel sick, bloated, and have problems going to the bathroom. I am unable to feel full, and despite knowing my stomach hurts and is physically filled, I want to keep eating. Ironically, although it makes me feel terrible, I actually crave wheat. It's incredibly difficult to remove the wheat for about 2 days, but once removed, the thought of eating it disgusts me.
Cutting out wheat.
What advice (if any) would you give to someone interested in trying a carbohydrate-restricted or paleo diet? Were there any obstacles that you overcame that could help future dieters?
Take 3-4 weeks to transition into the nutrition plan. Start by adding one paleo meal per day during your first week (breakfast is an easy place to begin). The second week, add a second paleo meal a week, and so on. Give yourself 4-6 strict weeks and then start to slowly reintroduce foods and see what works for you. Tailor the diet to your body and figure out what works for you.