Hi! So I have been on Paleo for about 2 months.. However I do cheat and have shakeology every morning. I eat a decent amount of fruit, chicken, turkey, lots of veggies, fish and occasionally eggs. I excercise regularly about an hour 6 or 7 days a week, a majority of it is running. 23 yr old female weight = 120. I am looking to lose body fat. I have thought about on cutting back fruit since I usually have a banana and berries with my smoothie then a apple or peach for a snack a little later. Any suggestions would be greatly recommended! Thanks!
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on February 07, 2013
at 11:50 PM
You have been paleo exactly 0 months.
Drop the shxtology. Seriously. Out of the 40 or so ingredients it includes rice, peas, wheat, and barley and other horrible things. Just stop. Please.
on February 07, 2013
at 11:49 PM
Be sure to include a good amount of Omega-3's within your diet (oils, meats, etc). Omega-6's aren't so helpful when it comes to burning fat... as for Omega-3, it definitely is.
Cut down on exercise- I'd recommend lifting 3-4 times a week and less cardio (if you feel comfortable with that). Too much exercise isn't always a good thing... nor is too much of anything else.
Paleo isn't necessarily a "weight-loss"/"fat-loss" diet, but you will obtain your ideal weight if you maintain a healthful paleo diet that fits YOUR needs. I've lost a substantial amount of body fat from Paleo, but it's also been a substantial amount of time as well... I suggest being patient and seek health with this diet-- fat loss and weight stabilization will follow as it may.
Lots of greens; get creative and try new things, your taste buds will thank you!
on February 08, 2013
at 11:28 AM
I don't mean for this to come off as insensitive...at 5'7 and 120 lbs I can't imagine you have that much fat to lose! At a certain point, if your body fat is low enough and your caloric intake is also too low you will throw yourself into a world of hurt in terms of hormones. Trust me, you don't want to walk down that path. You are still in your 20s this is the time in your life where you are still building your maximal bone density, lift heavy weights! This will do (at least) 2 things for you: help strengthen your bones for the future and change your body composition.
Good luck and once again, it doesn't sound like you have much fat to lose based on your stats.
on February 07, 2013
at 11:57 PM
Hey. First off, I wouldn't really call Shakeology cheating. I've looked at the ingredients and it's basically like whey protien (or pea or brown rice protein depending on the variety) and a bunch of "superfoods." Not that bad and I doubt it is slowing fat loss. Judging by testimonials, if anything it is improving it.
However, the amount of fruit can sometimes halt fat loss. Some berries are fine, but I would personally ditch the banana as it does contain a hefty carb/sugar/fructose punch. Same goes for the apple and less so the peach.
Also, running is not a good activity for fat loss. If you want to lose fat, do interval training and walk daily. that is the most effective means for fat loss, IMHO. Interval training can be what you prefer- sprints I am guessing, but lifting weights can be a form of interval training as well. For instance, P90X or just higher volume weight training and taking your sets to failure.
Also, are you keeping track of your macros? It's likely that reducing your sugary fruits and switching your exercise routine will be all that is needed, but if that is not the case you may want to fine tune your macros. If you are running a strong deficit (10 cals/lb of bodyweight or less), it is not a bad idea to keep protein at 50% of calories, with the rest divided between carbs and fats as you see fit. Especially if your goal is to get lean and not just lose weight, the higher protein will make a huge difference when in a strong deficit. Once you are maintaining, protein can be lowered, but should still be kept at at least 0.75g/lb of lean body mass.
hope that helps.