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Need help in how to start losing again and more? Weight stalled

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Created March 31, 2012 at 5:37 AM

Im 19, 5'5 or '6 and now weigh 130lbs. I went paleo feb 29,2012. I don't eat grains anymore, cut out almost all salt and sugar but still a little, eat protein in every meal (try to get about 100 grams), eat an avacado or two everyday, have been lifting weights 3-4times a week as my intense exercise also rowing and squatting, and deadlifting, along with walking all day college and as a waitress. I take 5-6 grams of fishoil daily. I Went from fluctuateing between 135 and 140 to a steady 130 in two weeks, but now I'm stalled at 130 and can't seem to loose anymore, any suggestions on what to change or ads? Am I not working out enough? Anything would be helpful! I'm still really new to paleo and don't know much! I'm trying real hard to get in the best shape possible by summer!

Cf32992bfa1907147c7cdc451bba9c63

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on April 01, 2012
at 06:29 AM

You shouldn't give out advice when you clearly don't know what you're talking about. Heavy resistance training in combination with high protein is a great tool to ensure minimal muscle loss.

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on April 01, 2012
at 05:35 AM

Well it's not do much that I have a problem with the number on the scale, it's just I hold all my weight in my midsection( hips, stomach, thighs, and back) and since I don't have a lot of muscle anywhere except in my legs the fat I do have really shows. If I were able to lose that and tone up I would be so proud of myself and actually feel confident in a bathing suit this year! And I have trouble with eating, with this high protein diet I eat so much less, some days I might only eat one meal. I try to get as much protein as I can, some days I'm able too some days I cant

E9b23c2fe07a602f1eae8e4af1ade2bc

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on April 01, 2012
at 05:28 AM

I know the scales not the best tool, it's just all I had for a while. I took measurements of my chest, waist, stomach, hips, and thighs. I honestly don't mind if my weight goes up as long as my measurements go down. I wish I would have had a tape measure when I started all this but I guess I'll just start now!

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on March 31, 2012
at 03:24 PM

You should. Lift heavy.

E9b23c2fe07a602f1eae8e4af1ade2bc

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on March 31, 2012
at 03:12 PM

I'm not 100 percent sure, my trainer who is also my older brother told me too. I guess because it helps in holding water weight?

E9b23c2fe07a602f1eae8e4af1ade2bc

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on March 31, 2012
at 03:10 PM

So you think I shouldn't really lift weights anymore? I thought the more your muscles built up the easier it was to burn fat?

E9b23c2fe07a602f1eae8e4af1ade2bc

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on March 31, 2012
at 03:08 PM

Yeah I'm scared to lose the little muscle I have. Generally I'm not so concerned with the scale number, I just want to get in better shape I lose my fat, which is primarily stomach and sides and back.

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on March 31, 2012
at 01:17 PM

If you don't lift while dieting you lose far more muscle as your weight drops.

Cf416725f639ffd1bb90764792ce7b8a

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on March 31, 2012
at 01:11 PM

I've always thought personal trainers have incentive to over train people since that's how they get paid. And my VLC lifting has been fine since I started having a few grams of carbs pre workout.

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on March 31, 2012
at 07:57 AM

Why avoid salt? According to Good Calories, Bad Calories, the "science" that is used to argue that salt is harmful was first of all flawed, and second, wasn't even clinically significant.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on March 31, 2012
at 06:25 AM

It's hard to say. I mean the Lift big/Eat big thing works, but that's for bulking. That doesn't cut weight, that gains it. But bulking on high fat is just inefficient.

E9b23c2fe07a602f1eae8e4af1ade2bc

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on March 31, 2012
at 06:11 AM

I'm doing squats and dead lifts once or twice a week, row twice sometimes long distance sometimes intervals, and arms once or twice a week qilhch consists of dips, bench press, and assisted pullups. The person training me said that's how much I should eat. Something about light big eat big and each a gram of protein for every pound of body weight. And Im sorry i messed up that post, I'm not carb free, I'm grain free, I guess I forgot there's more carbs than just grains, andbi try to eat that many grams of parties in general, not of only meat.

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on March 31, 2012
at 06:01 AM

+1 for "loosing" vs. "losing". :)

E9b23c2fe07a602f1eae8e4af1ade2bc

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on March 31, 2012
at 05:59 AM

I want to lose another 10-15 pounds of fat, don't mind if I gain muscle. Andbi eat carbs from veggies, I guess a better word would be grain free. And most of my weight is probably just fat, I just started weight lifting on 2-29 so I don't have a lot of muscle except in my legs. I know it is a typical question, but I've never been able to be confident in a bathing suit and I just want to be for once. I really want to actually meet my goal this time and not be embarrassed.

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on March 31, 2012
at 05:53 AM

I think that kind of came across as mean so I just wanted to apologize. I guess I'm just frustrated because I'm on this other community (non-paleo related) and every spring, there is like a mass influx of inquires from women dieting, overly restricting something to "look cute for summer." It's a touchy topic for me because it's the same pattern EVERYWHERE I go, and it makes me sad/triggered, whatever...it's really a flaw on my end. I'm sorry.

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on March 31, 2012
at 05:39 AM

I don't eat dairy either

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0266737ea1782946902fd3f8e60fa0b9

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on March 31, 2012
at 03:24 PM

I see that you're trying to drop 10-15 more pounds, which would make you pretty thin. If you're trying to get down to a low weight like that, paleo may or may not bring you there, as it may go against your natural healthiest place for your body. Each person has their natural place their body likes to be, weight-wise, when they are eating the right balance of healthy stuff, and some people's bodies naturally become quite thin, but other folks' bodies don't.

Presuming you want to push to a thinner place, it may well be a slower process, as you may be going against your body's inclination to hold on to a certain amount of body fat.

I'm wondering if you might find the answer lies more in your workouts than in your diet (which already sounds like you've tweaked it towards weightloss) you mention that you have not very much muscle. If you focus on your exercise strategy, you might find that as muscle grows, the same body weight might please you a lot more. In other words, not losing weight, but adding muscle.

Good luck!

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on March 31, 2012
at 03:56 PM

I have to say, I'd use my scale as a pedestal for a potted plant and start using my measuring tape. Really, no matter how it's distributed that weight on your frame means you are in a very desirable range so all you need to do is eat healthy, enjoy natural/intense movement and keep an eye on your waist/hip ratio, etc.

How is the fit of your clothes changing? For example, I've lost a lot of weight but more from my waist and belly than from my bust and hips--that's a desirable pattern and indicates my metabolism is healthy or moving in that direction.

I am 5'4 1/2". When I was younger, when I was lean and sedentary I'd weigh in the mid-120s; when fit and muscular, I weighed between 135 and 150--and looked thinner than when I'd been at the sedentary weights. With that range, how could pounds be a valuable measurement?

If you feel great, with lots of strength and energy, and your waist/hip ratio is great or moving that way, the last thing I'd worry about would be pounds on a scale. It's a great way to have yourself living in a state of anxiety.

E9b23c2fe07a602f1eae8e4af1ade2bc

(15)

on April 01, 2012
at 05:28 AM

I know the scales not the best tool, it's just all I had for a while. I took measurements of my chest, waist, stomach, hips, and thighs. I honestly don't mind if my weight goes up as long as my measurements go down. I wish I would have had a tape measure when I started all this but I guess I'll just start now!

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D99531f54ff352a501df0cd0ba1256ae

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on March 31, 2012
at 03:34 PM

I also don't really know why you would want to lose more weight at 5'5, 130lbs. Well, perhaps I should rephrase that. I know everyone is built differently, but it seems best when you are already thin to start focusing on building more lean muscle, looking at body fat %, etc. Your diet looks great, just be sure you're fueling yourself and workouts adequately. I'm sure with increased exercise, strength training, etc. you'll some results. And, just from personal experience, I'd say ditch the scale and just see how you feel after a few weeks. Also, depending on how much you really are working out your body can hit a plateau and you need to increase your caloric intake.

E9b23c2fe07a602f1eae8e4af1ade2bc

(15)

on April 01, 2012
at 05:35 AM

Well it's not do much that I have a problem with the number on the scale, it's just I hold all my weight in my midsection( hips, stomach, thighs, and back) and since I don't have a lot of muscle anywhere except in my legs the fat I do have really shows. If I were able to lose that and tone up I would be so proud of myself and actually feel confident in a bathing suit this year! And I have trouble with eating, with this high protein diet I eat so much less, some days I might only eat one meal. I try to get as much protein as I can, some days I'm able too some days I cant

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78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

on March 31, 2012
at 05:44 AM

Eat carbs. There are lots of questions like these that are pretty much exactly the same...lots of exercise, elimination of carbs...I'll let someone else go into detail with it. I'm guessing that there will be lots of these questions coming with women wanting "bikini bodies" by this summer now that it's spring...

How much are you trying to lose anyway? If you didn't have that much to lose in the first place, your body is going to try and hang onto those last few pounds no matter what you do.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on March 31, 2012
at 05:53 AM

I think that kind of came across as mean so I just wanted to apologize. I guess I'm just frustrated because I'm on this other community (non-paleo related) and every spring, there is like a mass influx of inquires from women dieting, overly restricting something to "look cute for summer." It's a touchy topic for me because it's the same pattern EVERYWHERE I go, and it makes me sad/triggered, whatever...it's really a flaw on my end. I'm sorry.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on March 31, 2012
at 06:02 AM

Are you doing a routine that has Deads, squats and rows 4x a week? Because that is way too much. If I didn't misunderstand find a good basic full body program and try 2x a week. 6g of fish oil is also probably overdoing it. Not sure what the current recommendations are but I'm 6'5" 300lbs and I take half of that, and only on days I don't eat seafood.

100g of protein worth of meat + 1.5 avacados (depending on if they are little or big) is a pretty good whack of calories. If you cook the meat with another 1-2TB per meal you are probably isocaloric or even slightly hyper.

100g of protein from stewed chicken breast is 739kcal 1.5 big green avacados are 734kcal (70g of fat)

If this is all you are eating you are low in both nutrition and calories. If you are eating more fat on top of that it's very easy to go over. 3TB of coconut oil is cica 400kcal. That's part of why high fat can be a challenge for the last 10 lbs, it's easy to misjudge.

I'd also agree with Sunny. If you are lifting you can't go VLC, especially lifting 4x a week. Walk even more. Cut back weights or add in carbs and cut back fat. Track your food so you know what you are eating. Don't sweat salt to taste.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on March 31, 2012
at 06:25 AM

It's hard to say. I mean the Lift big/Eat big thing works, but that's for bulking. That doesn't cut weight, that gains it. But bulking on high fat is just inefficient.

Cf416725f639ffd1bb90764792ce7b8a

(2799)

on March 31, 2012
at 01:11 PM

I've always thought personal trainers have incentive to over train people since that's how they get paid. And my VLC lifting has been fine since I started having a few grams of carbs pre workout.

E9b23c2fe07a602f1eae8e4af1ade2bc

(15)

on March 31, 2012
at 06:11 AM

I'm doing squats and dead lifts once or twice a week, row twice sometimes long distance sometimes intervals, and arms once or twice a week qilhch consists of dips, bench press, and assisted pullups. The person training me said that's how much I should eat. Something about light big eat big and each a gram of protein for every pound of body weight. And Im sorry i messed up that post, I'm not carb free, I'm grain free, I guess I forgot there's more carbs than just grains, andbi try to eat that many grams of parties in general, not of only meat.

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on March 31, 2012
at 11:15 AM

Last ,comment had the exercise right. Think about your goals. If your trying to lean out, forget the heavy lifting for awhile. Robb Wolfe says it all the time. You cant bulk up and lean out at the same time. To lean out, go low carb.. Pretty much Atkins. stay away from nuts, carrots and starchy vegetabls. Row and walk, until gour lean. Then carbs and weights.

E9b23c2fe07a602f1eae8e4af1ade2bc

(15)

on March 31, 2012
at 03:08 PM

Yeah I'm scared to lose the little muscle I have. Generally I'm not so concerned with the scale number, I just want to get in better shape I lose my fat, which is primarily stomach and sides and back.

Cf32992bfa1907147c7cdc451bba9c63

(2890)

on April 01, 2012
at 06:29 AM

You shouldn't give out advice when you clearly don't know what you're talking about. Heavy resistance training in combination with high protein is a great tool to ensure minimal muscle loss.

Cf416725f639ffd1bb90764792ce7b8a

(2799)

on March 31, 2012
at 01:17 PM

If you don't lift while dieting you lose far more muscle as your weight drops.

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on March 31, 2012
at 06:00 AM

As far as exercise goes think intense and short. Keep the squats and benchpress (dumbells are fine for that). The rowing machine is great once or twice a week and then walk on other days. Adding cardio is not going to help. The rowing machine is cardio and is very all body. Rest from exercise one or two days a week.

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on March 31, 2012
at 03:24 PM

You should. Lift heavy.

E9b23c2fe07a602f1eae8e4af1ade2bc

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on March 31, 2012
at 03:10 PM

So you think I shouldn't really lift weights anymore? I thought the more your muscles built up the easier it was to burn fat?

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