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Will the Paleo Diet help eliminate my lifelong belly?

Answered on October 23, 2013
Created October 20, 2013 at 9:47 PM

Hey Everybody,

I just started the Paleo Diet and WOW! I feel really awesome; so much energy! Anyways, let me give a little bit of background on myself. For so many years I have experienced huge ups and downs in my fitness levels. I've always been a runner and at times I've been able to achieve some pretty commendable race times. On the other hand, I've also experienced some major weight gain caused mainly by depression which ed to poor eating habits. I was also extremely thin (think 105lbs on a 5'8" male frame) and weak at one point. Now, throughout both ends of the spectrum; high and low, I've always had a bit of a belly (or, in some cases, a lot of a belly:), there has always been a layer of fat covering my abs. I'd like this to change. I am wondering can this paleo diet get rid of my seemingly permanent belly?

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on October 21, 2013
at 11:44 PM

your body isnt a calculator, if you limit your calories your body is going to attempt to make up for it by making your body hold onto as many calories as it can. will also cause many other unpleasant side effects, lack of energy, brainpower, warmth,degrading muscle, general malnutrition and all the associated issues.(lots)

in general you probably shouldnt ignore calories all together, but paleo dictates that people should build muscle and earn your carbs as the pillars of weightloss.

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on October 21, 2013
at 11:22 PM

If your eating way to few calories consistently every day for a long time, your body goes into 'starvation mode'. This mechanism, which evolved as a defence against starvation, means the body becomes super efficient at making the most of the calories it does get from food and drink. It does this is to protect its fat stores. Instead of burning fat, it uses muscle to provide the calories the body needs to keep functioning. This leads to a loss of muscle, which lowers metabolic rate so that the body needs fewer calories and fat loss slows down drastically.

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on October 21, 2013
at 11:13 PM

What type of exercise did you do? Cardio? Weights?

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on October 21, 2013
at 11:12 PM

Ironic how nuts are quintessentially Paleo.

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on October 21, 2013
at 11:11 PM

Funny I just read an article that recommended MUFA's to lose body fat, which often come from nut sources (the same source for PUFA's). http://www.oprah.com/health/Get-Rid-of-Belly-Fat-Dr-Oz/2Mark Sisson also talks about more of MUFA/PUFA on his blog here: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/polyunsaturated-fat/#axzz2iOtSMsBC.

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on October 21, 2013
at 10:59 PM

What's wrong with the starvation mode again?

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on October 21, 2013
at 10:56 PM

Have you tried crunches, core workouts? Not sure if this helps lose fat, but I wouldn't mind having a little belly fat if my core was strong and muscular. Let the muscle overshadow the fat.

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My belly fat is the first to come on when I gain weight, and the last to come off when I lose. It usually takes me about 9 months to get a flat tummy.

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on October 23, 2013
at 08:48 PM

A long term healthy diet should help redistribute your body fat into healthy locations, yes. Exercise helps, too. Especially cardio. Humans are built for running.

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on October 22, 2013
at 03:46 AM

It could be that having some fat around your abdomen is both normal and healthy. It could also be that your body was stressed by the running and thought it always had to have a reserve tank, and so always kept some food stored as fat. Another possibility is that you have been sticking to a relatively high carb, high sugar diet, which encourages fat retention.

Many find that a Paleo diet makes them leaner, but not necessarily movie star lean. The combination of the diet and crossfit definitely made me leaner and stronger with more muscle, but you are never going to mistake me for Sylvester Stallone.

I guess what I'm saying is keep you're expectations reasonable. if you want to get lean-ER and strong-ER while getting a lot healthier then this is a good plan. But if you want six pack abs and 8% body fat there is a lot more luck and work that has to go into that.

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on October 21, 2013
at 10:58 PM

I have to wonder if that's got a lot to do with PUFA's... Look into Omega 6 and/or excessive PUFA effects on body fat and consider a few months on a very low-PUFA version of Paleo (avoidance of most nuts in addition to veggie oils, avoidace of grain fed beef or pork or foul, etc...).

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on October 21, 2013
at 11:11 PM

Funny I just read an article that recommended MUFA's to lose body fat, which often come from nut sources (the same source for PUFA's). http://www.oprah.com/health/Get-Rid-of-Belly-Fat-Dr-Oz/2Mark Sisson also talks about more of MUFA/PUFA on his blog here: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/polyunsaturated-fat/#axzz2iOtSMsBC.

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on October 21, 2013
at 11:12 PM

Ironic how nuts are quintessentially Paleo.

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on October 21, 2013
at 06:09 PM

I don't know what your weight is now, but first of all make sure your at a healthy weight of at least 120 pounds for your height. If you are too underweight, your hormones will be out of whack and send your body into a starvation mode that promotes fat burning. Next, to lose the belly fat lift weights and do high intensity interval training twice a week while following a moderate carb paleo diet. Also, try doing daily intermittent fasting of fourteen hours (not eating) to further promote fat burning, get stronger, and put on muscle!

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on October 21, 2013
at 10:59 PM

What's wrong with the starvation mode again?

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on October 20, 2013
at 11:52 PM

The answer is "maybe." I, for example, cannot get below 17% BF without looking gaunt, and I never get washboard abs (which requires 12% BF in men), although I've been told that I look pretty good by that point.

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on October 20, 2013
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My belly fat is the first to come on when I gain weight, and the last to come off when I lose. It usually takes me about 9 months to get a flat tummy.

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on October 20, 2013
at 10:54 PM

while paleo may be able to help this, i would imagine adding HIT would be invaluable... possibly as much or more so than the diet itself. more muscle = more burn = less skinny/fat syndrome.

you cant exercise your way out of a bad diet, but it certainly gives you some latitude aswell as many many other benefits.

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