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Just can't budge the bulge!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 13, 2013 at 1:35 AM

Hi guys,

I just can't budge it! I'm 5'5 and 147pounds and have been Paleo for about 5 weeks now. I workout 4 times a week -10 mins walk warmup, 30 mins high interval exersizes bodyrock.tv style, 10 mins abs and 10 mins interval sprint cycling.

This is my usual day eating

B- 1 fried egg, small portion of smoked salmon, 3 strawberries

S- Pear or apple

L- 1/2 can sardines (mashed with 1TBS egg mayo, sundried tomatoes and red onion) and celery stick, few cheery tomatoes and 1 carrot

S- Boiled egg

D- Some form of protein with either zucchetini or cauliflower rice

S- few almonds and dried apricots

During the day I drink black coffee and as a "dessert" I have tea with 1tsp honey and almond milk at night.

What am I doing wrong!?!

Natalie

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on June 18, 2013
at 03:48 PM

Your "that much muscle" only has to mean muscle that weighs the same as the fat that has been lost, which may indeed be very little as you say, but still an improvement that is not measurable on the scale.

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on June 17, 2013
at 09:04 PM

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't believe a woman can add that much muscle that quickly, so I doubt if the problem is muscle gain. Yet.

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on June 17, 2013
at 03:47 PM

I hear ya on sugar addiction! Mine was really bad around 3-4p everyday, about the time my kids come home from school. It's such a bad habit that we've been practicing for over a decade before I finally broke it a few months ago.

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on June 15, 2013
at 03:38 AM

So (as far as I've seen) the concern people raise with HIIT and weight-loss is that too much can impede your progress, rather than expedite it. Keep in mind that the High Intensity of HIIT is going to put a lot of stress on your body - a good sprint workout will really tax your body. This is great for stimulating hormone production, which can speed up burning of fat and encourage muscle growth, but it's also going to increase production of cortisol in the days following the workout. Cortisol (the "stress" hormone) is a big factor in stopping usage of body fat for energy and

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on June 13, 2013
at 07:18 PM

I might have to try the white rice idea... I am also a recovering sugar addict and have frequent fruit binges... Thanks for sharing!

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on June 13, 2013
at 04:49 PM

I found that when I added a 1/2 c serving of white rice for lunch, my addiction to the daily afternoon sugar binges went away. The small serving of rice helped me lose weight by eliminating snacking on sweets in between lunch and dinner.

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on June 13, 2013
at 12:17 PM

Natalie, in my opinion you are at a pretty healthy weight given the amount you are exercising. Why are you trying to loose weight? body composition should be your goal.

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on June 13, 2013
at 05:10 AM

Thanks for that! Fruit was a step down from a serious sugar addiction... I guess I take take a step further!

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on June 13, 2013
at 03:41 AM

If your clothes are looser, then you're winning. Reducing abdominal fat and putting on at least a little muscle will do a heck of a lot more for your health and long-term mortality risk than changing a number on a scale.

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on June 13, 2013
at 02:23 AM

My clothes I guess are slightly looser but my weight hasn't changed at all

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on June 13, 2013
at 01:55 AM

you have been eating a paleo diet for 5 weeks? and you weight has not changed at all? body composition changed? clothes feeling looser?

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197651282ddd8d675b974ee811d2269e

on June 13, 2013
at 04:49 AM

You might be losing fat but gaining muscle, which is heavy. Nevertheless, if you want quicker results, ditch the dried apricots, fruits (other than berries), and nuts for a couple of weeks to see if that helps. Fruits and nuts make me gain weight. Dried fruits are the worst, unfortunately.

463e09e6e28c4f2591aaca88bf0c3cef

(248)

on June 13, 2013
at 07:18 PM

I might have to try the white rice idea... I am also a recovering sugar addict and have frequent fruit binges... Thanks for sharing!

197651282ddd8d675b974ee811d2269e

(1836)

on June 17, 2013
at 03:47 PM

I hear ya on sugar addiction! Mine was really bad around 3-4p everyday, about the time my kids come home from school. It's such a bad habit that we've been practicing for over a decade before I finally broke it a few months ago.

197651282ddd8d675b974ee811d2269e

(1836)

on June 13, 2013
at 04:49 PM

I found that when I added a 1/2 c serving of white rice for lunch, my addiction to the daily afternoon sugar binges went away. The small serving of rice helped me lose weight by eliminating snacking on sweets in between lunch and dinner.

6d728be03edf5f8e3dfd69484ff04027

on June 13, 2013
at 05:10 AM

Thanks for that! Fruit was a step down from a serious sugar addiction... I guess I take take a step further!

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37cc142fbb183f2758ef723a192e7a9d

(1353)

on June 13, 2013
at 02:54 AM

You are working out enough to possibly be replacing fat with muscle as you lose it, resulting in no weight change. Try measuring your progress in waist measurement or "pinching an inch" rather than in pounds.

6498694060d879a7960b35913539b75f

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on June 17, 2013
at 09:04 PM

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't believe a woman can add that much muscle that quickly, so I doubt if the problem is muscle gain. Yet.

37cc142fbb183f2758ef723a192e7a9d

(1353)

on June 18, 2013
at 03:48 PM

Your "that much muscle" only has to mean muscle that weighs the same as the fat that has been lost, which may indeed be very little as you say, but still an improvement that is not measurable on the scale.

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7c09a44d334ef8a8c7c2644b0b7e1383

on June 13, 2013
at 02:15 PM

I would try adding a small portion of sweet potato to a couple of your meals. I found that to be very helpful for my body composition. Going too low carb as a young woman didn't work for me.

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on June 13, 2013
at 02:59 AM

You may want to try a small amount of safe starch instead of the cauliflower rice. Also keep in mind that Paleo isn't about being ripped, its about being healthy. YMMV

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on June 16, 2013
at 06:57 PM

You need to concentrate on fat loss not weight loss!

Also change your training regime regular as your body has an amazing way of adapting to it!

look up "elliott hulse lose body fat forever" on youtube as he gives some great advice!!

I am currently losing around 1% body fat a fortnight which is a healthy amount to lose and i workout 4/5 days a week and follow the paleo diet religiously with no cheat meals and i keep my carb intake very low!

Hope this advice is some use you ?!

Ryan

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on June 15, 2013
at 03:40 AM

So, this was going to go as a comment on your question about Paleo's anti-HIIT stance Natalie, but it ended up being too long to be a comment.


So (as far as I've seen) the concern people raise with HIIT and weight-loss is that too much can impede your progress, rather than expedite it. Keep in mind that the High Intensity of HIIT is going to put a lot of stress on your body - a good sprint workout will really tax you. This is great for stimulating hormone production, which can speed up burning of fat and encourage muscle growth, but it's also going to increase production of cortisol in the days following the workout. Cortisol (the "stress" hormone) can stall weight loss and should be minimized if you're trying to lose weight. So, HIIT isn't always bad when you're trying to lose weight, but too much of it can inhibit the process (I usually see about once or twice a week recommended, along with heavy lifting a couple of times a week).

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on June 14, 2013
at 11:58 PM

I really struggle with the Paleo push against hi-intensity workout suggestions, I guess it goes against everything I've ever known for fitness and weight loss. Why is this and what should I do instead, workout wise?

C6648ab69e5a1560c7585fe3ba7108fb

(880)

on June 15, 2013
at 03:38 AM

So (as far as I've seen) the concern people raise with HIIT and weight-loss is that too much can impede your progress, rather than expedite it. Keep in mind that the High Intensity of HIIT is going to put a lot of stress on your body - a good sprint workout will really tax your body. This is great for stimulating hormone production, which can speed up burning of fat and encourage muscle growth, but it's also going to increase production of cortisol in the days following the workout. Cortisol (the "stress" hormone) is a big factor in stopping usage of body fat for energy and

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on June 13, 2013
at 08:34 AM

You might want to stop the high intensity exercise and the snacking. Just work on your diet. It should be a lot easier to lose the weight.

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