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Healthy vs. Looking good naked, which is more important to you?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 14, 2011 at 4:32 AM

I would assume as Paleo dieters health comes first for most, but are any of you more concerned with looking great and maintaining decent health over being not as ripped/cut/lean and getting to optimal health. I guess i'm asking, does anyone here have a bodybuilder or superficial mindset? Of course this will be different for those with major gut problems allergies etc. who can't eat many non Paleo foods.

Cfa2637d1b6ec288d32379de06415792

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on December 15, 2011
at 10:15 AM

Completely agree. I see looking good naked as a consequence of being healthy and that is the main reason that drawn me to the paleo lyfestyle. I was very thin and pretty while on Atkins diet, but uttely miserable the whole time. Much better now, and far more sustainable, even if it takes me longer to get back in shape :)

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on December 15, 2011
at 02:36 AM

Change does a body well.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on December 15, 2011
at 12:28 AM

Well, of course! Someone has to keep the web site going. :-))

B33f7c04c09d8bbbf181dd8aca04f373

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on December 14, 2011
at 05:45 PM

Pink Aurora, can't resist :) Although if I can figure out a way to actually make a half and half costume... :)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on December 14, 2011
at 05:12 PM

You've come up with a very good question. People are writing very good answers.And they are actually answering the question that is asked, not making up one similar to the question asked, and then answering that one.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on December 14, 2011
at 05:09 PM

Let me note I'm not talking about "blue or pink Auroras",rather health /naked objectives. :)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on December 14, 2011
at 05:05 PM

I use both objectives to motivate me at different times.Whichever ratchets up the compliance better I use. Two Hammers are better than one.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on December 14, 2011
at 05:01 PM

The op is 21! Nough said!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on December 14, 2011
at 05:00 PM

PaleoWorld is indeed divided between young/old, low carb/moderate carb. low food budget/unlimited budget, sick/well( pre paleo), pro Quilt/anti Quilt, et al. .........Think I'll make it into a question.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on December 14, 2011
at 04:55 PM

Haha that's awesome! I'm small-chested and have recently started going bra-free so I seem to feel a bit sexier than I did before (even though my wire-free bras would give me a bit more "shape" in the boob department). Also, Maleficent is indeed pretty awesome, and I wish I still had my long hair so I could go as Aurora! Are you going to be a blue or pink Aurora? :D

B33f7c04c09d8bbbf181dd8aca04f373

(554)

on December 14, 2011
at 04:09 PM

I agree that they are linked, it is what motivates me. I want to look so good that the hubby drools when I walk around nekkid. BTW, love your avatar - favorite movie & favorite villian :) When I do the Disney Princess Half Marathon next year I am dressing as Aurora :)

24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

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on December 14, 2011
at 03:57 PM

Cool, thanks! :)

B33f7c04c09d8bbbf181dd8aca04f373

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on December 14, 2011
at 02:35 PM

really nobody looks that good naked :) at least not most people.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on December 14, 2011
at 02:28 PM

+1 nice hook. I'll use this with my clients and in future presentations. Thanks

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on December 14, 2011
at 07:27 AM

Strategically dressed -- I love it!

25b139cc1954456d9ea469e40f984cd3

on December 14, 2011
at 06:11 AM

Healthy>looking good naked, for me. But for most people, the two are virtually synonymous, unless your version of the latter involves looking like an IFBB pro on contest day...

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77ecc37f89dbe8f783179323916bd8e6

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on December 14, 2011
at 04:04 PM

In the long term, looking good and being healthy are the same thing.

My experience suggests that health arrives first, while looking good naked arrives more slowly.

That said, looking good occurs in two ways: weight loss and muscle gain.

Losing weight can occur quickly. At 6ft I went from 200lb to 175lb in a few months. Though I stopped looking like the early stages of overweight, I certainly didn't look good naked.

Looking good naked takes longer. With steady strength training (531) for 10 months I've climbed back up to 192lb.

A combined 12 months in, and 2 weeks into Crossfit Football, I'm just now starting to see an athletic, muscular form emerge from an body that had been neglected and abused for 29 years.

I learned two unexpected things from this experience:

  1. Some beginners might think that they merely want to lose weight. However, in my experience, one of the odd things about becoming thinner and healthier is that you start to crave or desire physical activity.

  2. Humans are especially prone to overconfidence bias when it comes to estimating how long we expect weight loss and muscle gain to occur. These things take more time than we expect. The paradigm of diets or fixes doesn't make sense here given the required timelines. The right paradigm is one that entails a total and permanent shift. This is why the weight loss and diet buzzword lifestyle change has purchase. Interestingly, though, I probably would haver never gone paleo if I'd known this. I was expecting to look cut in 6 months - for once, being stupid and unrealistic was a good thing.

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on December 14, 2011
at 05:01 AM

I started Paleo mainly because it just made sense to me after stumbling upon Mark's Daily Apple. And then when I tried it out and noticed an immediate improvement in my acne, I figured I did have underlying gluten problems that were causing some type of inflammation. Since then, I went from eating every 2-3 hours, to having two big meals a day and also doing IF and LC, and I had a horrible "wheat belly" before and have noticed that it has flattened out a little. Mind you, this is from very little exercise (some walking/hiking, some weight lifting, some bodyweight exercises but nothing that you would classify as high intensity) and so I'm figuring my flattened tummy has mostly to do with my diet. However, I have only been on Paleo for about 3 months so I'm definitely giving it more time to see more improvement. So adopting Paleo at first was about being healthy but now, it's shifting a bit towards looking good naked ;) But regardless of whether or not I get abs like Megan Fox, I'm learning to love my body no matter what it looks like.

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518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on December 15, 2011
at 12:11 AM

For me, it's not so much "looking good naked" as much as "feeling good naked", and by that I mean not being bloated with gastric reflux, acne, etc. It's hard to head to bed at the end of the day when your stomach is swollen and you feel so gross. Though my appearance hasn't changed much since changing my diet- I am at a slightly higher weight than I was as an athlete, but I like the way I've filled out so my goal isn't to lose weight- I certainly feel better when I am naked, which goes a long way!

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on December 14, 2011
at 04:10 PM

LOL LOL LOL

I'm a 64-year-old woman who started at least 70 pounds overweight, so forgive me for collapsing with laughter at your question.

In my mind, my overall goal is to go from hippo-to-rhino-to-bloodhound because there's no way my poor skin is going to shrink that much at my age. It can only do so much.

So, for me it's about health but I admit if I had found this lifestyle at 25 it might have been the mirror too. Clothes are my best friends these days and it's just nice to feel great and have tons of energy so I can live an active, playful life.

So if you're still young enough to LOOK good in a mirror, go for it!

(still laughing)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on December 14, 2011
at 05:01 PM

The op is 21! Nough said!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on December 14, 2011
at 05:00 PM

PaleoWorld is indeed divided between young/old, low carb/moderate carb. low food budget/unlimited budget, sick/well( pre paleo), pro Quilt/anti Quilt, et al. .........Think I'll make it into a question.

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24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

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on December 14, 2011
at 01:21 PM

I used to be 25 lbs heavier and feel bloated and crappy every day. If forced to choose, I'd rather look the way I used to and feel how I do now, than look the way I do now, and feel the way I used to. Glad I don't have to choose though!

24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

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on December 14, 2011
at 03:57 PM

Cool, thanks! :)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on December 14, 2011
at 02:28 PM

+1 nice hook. I'll use this with my clients and in future presentations. Thanks

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B33f7c04c09d8bbbf181dd8aca04f373

on December 14, 2011
at 05:49 AM

Naked. :) Or even just "strategically dressed". I want to be healthy, and as I am so unhealthy/overweight my naked appearance should improve with my health :).

But yeah, I want to look good naked.

B33f7c04c09d8bbbf181dd8aca04f373

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on December 14, 2011
at 02:35 PM

really nobody looks that good naked :) at least not most people.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on December 14, 2011
at 07:27 AM

Strategically dressed -- I love it!

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Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on December 15, 2011
at 12:24 AM

Neither.....Longevity is my goal.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on December 15, 2011
at 12:28 AM

Well, of course! Someone has to keep the web site going. :-))

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25472)

on December 15, 2011
at 02:36 AM

Change does a body well.

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E167c0387a5f0b87bb1f2c3e6aec73a8

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on December 14, 2011
at 06:13 PM

CAn I haz both pleaze?

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1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on December 14, 2011
at 02:30 PM

Looking good naked reinforces my desire to stay healthy, so for me at least, they are inextricably linked.

That being said, I'm slim but I should lift some weights and get more toned.

B33f7c04c09d8bbbf181dd8aca04f373

(554)

on December 14, 2011
at 05:45 PM

Pink Aurora, can't resist :) Although if I can figure out a way to actually make a half and half costume... :)

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on December 14, 2011
at 04:55 PM

Haha that's awesome! I'm small-chested and have recently started going bra-free so I seem to feel a bit sexier than I did before (even though my wire-free bras would give me a bit more "shape" in the boob department). Also, Maleficent is indeed pretty awesome, and I wish I still had my long hair so I could go as Aurora! Are you going to be a blue or pink Aurora? :D

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on December 14, 2011
at 05:09 PM

Let me note I'm not talking about "blue or pink Auroras",rather health /naked objectives. :)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on December 14, 2011
at 05:05 PM

I use both objectives to motivate me at different times.Whichever ratchets up the compliance better I use. Two Hammers are better than one.

B33f7c04c09d8bbbf181dd8aca04f373

(554)

on December 14, 2011
at 04:09 PM

I agree that they are linked, it is what motivates me. I want to look so good that the hubby drools when I walk around nekkid. BTW, love your avatar - favorite movie & favorite villian :) When I do the Disney Princess Half Marathon next year I am dressing as Aurora :)

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on December 14, 2011
at 08:06 AM

I have to admit, I was really hoping that VLC Paleo with IF would be the thing that finally conquered the flab monster. It may very well turn out to be that, but if going by pounds is the metric, my progress is slow, about 5 pounds every 3 months. (clothing size, however, is a more charitable metric)

So instead I'm focusing on the health impacts, because they're more immediate: elimination of reflux, for example. Reduced severity of colds since I started supplementing Mg and K2. Consistent energy during the day, instead of the doldrums. Finally coming to understand that corn has no place in my diet, and having fewer lower GI issues as a result. There are more but these are the ones off the top of my head.

Then there's the faith I have that, even though I can't prove it, I'm doing the best that I can for longevity and good health into old age.

But yeah, I'm still hoping for abs someday. :)

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on December 15, 2011
at 02:32 AM

Health. But improvements in my health have directly resulted in me getting hotter - my skin cleared up, my boobs and hips got curvier, my hair is growing in thicker and I gained a few flattering pounds on my skinny frame.

Also, I have a different opinion about what looks good naked than some people seem to. Bulging striated muscles and extra-low body-fat look awful to me. I find it most attractive when men and women look fit and lean, but normal.

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B9637ddb9a9a5c6a7306e3c804fcd21d

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on December 14, 2011
at 02:58 PM

For me, being healthy while also looking good is the awesomeness of paleo. I'm a model, and I need to stay trim. I used to do that through rigourous calorie counting, killing myself with endless cardio, and I was anything but healthy. Now I can maintain my figure without a stressful lifestyle.

HOWEVER - a lot of paleo/primal advocates also advocate programmes like CrossFit, and have slogans such as 'strong is the new skinny'. Now I do the occasional WOD, and I do not by any means say a bag of bones is the ideal figure. But I must limit any heavy lifting in order not to look bulky. I must stress that I am not saying crossfit women are 'bulky' in the same way that women on steroids in bodybuilding are; but they are still too muscular for me. I try to have a good strength to bodyweight ratio, and I can do a full pull-up, push-up, etc., but I still have to maintain a body frame which is much smaller than that of some women doing crossfit. Even if my job didn't depend on it, I wouldn't want to look that muscular, even if it's healthy. Call it vanity, but I'm just being honest about my personal view of aesthetics - for me. Just my opinion, feel free to disagree.

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Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on December 14, 2011
at 04:48 AM

I'm looking for health first. I wouldn't mind having the body of a Goddess, but realistically, that's just not gonna happen. :) Anyway, radiant health is its own kind of hawt.

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on December 14, 2011
at 06:44 PM

Health first, always was the focus, even before going paleo. Though I must say, I do like what I see in the mirror as opposed to before going paleo. :D

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on December 14, 2011
at 05:54 PM

Health. "Look good naked" (or clothed, for that matter) is subjective (and some people are attracted to body types which are often associated with worse health), and more about what others think than about how I feel myself.

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on December 14, 2011
at 05:46 PM

Both.

But I've been obese my entire life, so the "looking good naked" part is kind of relative. Without plastic surgery, the 80 pounds I have lost plus the 50-60 more I hope to lose will still be evident in the form of sagging skin. With plastic surgery they'll be evident in the form of scars.

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on December 14, 2011
at 05:32 PM

call me selfish but i wanna look good in what i wear and look even better when i take it off!

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on December 14, 2011
at 02:57 PM

I agree that it is really synonymous in my mind: if I am truly honoring my health than I will look good naked. Either way, for me both are a lot of work and dedication due to underlying health issues but it is worth it. And of course, I consider lifting heavy objects frequently to be part of that so my idea of a good looking naked body is a toned one- not a skinny fat one. Again, I think this goes hand-in-hand with achieving optimal health.

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on December 14, 2011
at 01:45 PM

Health is most important, but I admit I would like to know what it's like to be vain-worthy for the first time in my life.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on December 14, 2011
at 01:15 PM

If you seek health (and attain health),looking good naked is a naturally occuring side effect. If you seek to look good naked,lots of crazy cultural "Perversions" can crop up. Botox, breast implants, use of anabolic steroids,tatoos,plastic surgery, eating disorders,strange hair issues (hair /body). Best to shoot for health. ........ Though Mark Sisson had an interesting take for 57 year old men (and women). This was on my first day of Paleo reading when he mentioned that at 57 , looking good was a real important to him! It was the old Billy Crsytal, Doing Fernando "Better to loooook gooood , than feel gooooood." Looking good is not something that you can really "fake" after the age of let's say 25!

Cfa2637d1b6ec288d32379de06415792

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on December 15, 2011
at 10:15 AM

Completely agree. I see looking good naked as a consequence of being healthy and that is the main reason that drawn me to the paleo lyfestyle. I was very thin and pretty while on Atkins diet, but uttely miserable the whole time. Much better now, and far more sustainable, even if it takes me longer to get back in shape :)

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on December 14, 2011
at 09:31 AM

Both are important to me. Eating nutrient dense foods will lead to improved health and some fat loss and muscle gain hopefully. To get the lean and cut look you have to be more dedicated.

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