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Trying to lose weight, can't figure out my own balance??

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created December 15, 2011 at 12:34 AM

I'm a 23 year old male, and i'm trying to lose some body fat. I know it doesn't matter where, body fat will disappear first in the last place it started coming in, but its around my neck and mid section. I just have a big beer belly, it sticks out and doesn't sag at all. Not to mention some flab around my sides (spare tire). I know the trick is to go low carb/high fat/moderate protein, but i just don't get the satiating effect from cramming fatty meats into my face that everyone else seems to. I can eat a huge helping of stir fry beef and peppers and mushrooms (mostly meat) done up in coconut oil, salt pepper and garlic, and an hour later i'm hungry again! And i don't seem to be losing any weight, i've been doing paleo for about a month, and my skin hasn't cleared up yet either! Terrible cystic acne on my chest and shoulders. I don't want to take some nasty medication for my skin, and i don't get much exercise, my job requires me to be on my feet most of the time (between 5-7 hours out of the work day). I have been sleeping much much better since going paleo, my insomnia is a thing of the past which almost makes up for my other road blocks altogether! What am i doing wrong?

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

A more detailed list of what you're actually eating would be very helpful. What types of fats and oils are you consuming?

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on December 16, 2011
at 02:15 PM

I feel sorry for your clients being fed a bunch of CW hogwash!

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on December 15, 2011
at 04:02 AM

Just so you know bell pepper/capsicum is considered a nightshade.

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on December 15, 2011
at 03:27 AM

I have been eating this way for a month, a lot of my information was from the web, i have yet to pick up a copy of Cordain's "The paleo diet". I chose this way of eating because it just makes sense, the types of foods i eat are pretty simple for now no eggs (i don't react well to them), no dairy, no starchy tubers (don't react well to them), no nightshade (giving it a shot for my skin's sake), brisket, london broil, porterhouse, bell peppers, onions, extra virgin olive oil, organic coconut oil, chicken breast, broccoli, leafy greens (mostly romaine lettuce and spinach), carrots, turnips

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on December 15, 2011
at 12:37 AM

If this doesn't pan out, give resistance training + lean meat & tubers a try. It works great.

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on December 15, 2011
at 12:37 AM

How long have you been eating this way? What guidance have you received, or what books have you read? Can't you fit some exercise in? I think you're going to be just fine, but those are some questions that jump out to me.

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B3e7d1ab5aeb329fe24cca1de1a0b09c

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on December 15, 2011
at 04:18 AM

Looks like your diet is in good order, you may want to consider some of the following:-

  • Try tracking your calories with something like fitday.com or cronometer. There is always the possibility that you're simply eating too many calories to lose weight.
  • Systemic inflammation is key factor in being overweight, it can take a while a reverse this inflammation - that said youth is on in this regard, you should be able to bounce back fairly quickly.
  • You could try going ketogenic, personally ketosis melts the fat of me, it's a sustainable method of having a decent calories deficit without being starving hungry.
  • Sleep has already been mentioned, but it is such an overlooked factor that is KEY to good weight loss not to mentioned general good health. Make sure you're getting plenty in a completely dark room.
  • Resistance exercise, of any form, seems to be unparalleled to promote weight loss. Get into it :)

Best of luck.

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on December 16, 2011
at 02:08 PM

Not that I'm suggesting IF is necessary, but fasting is a great way to gain perspective on the signals your body gives you. When I started paleo, one of the big things I had to do for a long time was wait after eating. If I felt hungry again within 2 hours, then I hadn't given the meal a chance to digest. Sometimes it was necessary to get a distraction, a walk with fresh air, or other exercise, or simply sleep. After which I wouldn't feel hungry, and feel very very comfortable. If I kept eating then I tended to get bloated and have intestinal discomfort which I would try to ease by eating something else. Even if I hadn't been hungry when I started my meal, sometimes within 10 minutes of finishing I'd have a 'need' to eat more.

It takes a certain level of trust to eat something and simply wait. SAD habituates us to fast response - particular the more addictive components for which many people experience relief within seconds of the food passing their gums. Protein and fat based meals take longer to digest, and when looking to lose weight, less is more.

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on December 15, 2011
at 02:13 AM

The only thing that has worked for me ( and I have tried all variations of paleo for 3 months at a time )is - low carb - moderate protein ( 1-1.5 gms per kg of your ideal weight) and LOW FAT - I still have 1 table spoon of cream and coconut oil a day though (cream in my protein soup ) but I just eat meat veg and eggs some fish - Protein at each meal - its most of the meal - eat 3- 4 times a day ( yes it goes against IF approach but IF does not work for me to lose weight if Leptin Resistant )

But really what has worked most of all is weights ( reverse pyramid method) 3 times a wk 20 min and getting good quality SLEEP!

I am still playing with Keto - not sure if it makes a difference for me to lose the weight - but I am still out on that decision

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on December 16, 2011
at 06:58 AM

If I may provide some short notes of advice from what I have found. There is a program called the 31 Day Fat Loss Cure which I believe was constructed by an army soldier and a nutritionist. It???s probably the best thing I???ve seen on the net about weight loss; there is so much redundant information around the place. I suggest you take a look at that.

There is an information website www.expertfatloss.com which has excellent easy to understand weight loss articles and guides. I send some of my clients there for homework reading. I???ve been a personal trainer for 6 years and have studied weight loss and nutrition, the websites I mentioned contain accurate information. At least it???s very up to date based on recent tests and theories, a rarity these days!

Anyone can do ANYTHING if they are prepared to invest a little of themselves.

-Matt

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on December 16, 2011
at 02:15 PM

I feel sorry for your clients being fed a bunch of CW hogwash!

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