I am a 31 year old female. I weight 226 lbs. at 5'7" And I carry alot of weight in the middle. My bellyfat hangs, while my legs are slim. Guess I am top heavy. I started Paleo eating 3 weeks ago. As of Saturday, I decided to go VLC in order to go into ketosis. I crossfit twice a week, mind you I started that 3 weeks ago as well. I also walk twice a week. So far I have lost 8 lbs.
To add, I am a nurse and I work the night shift, 11pm - 7:30 am. I understand the importance of sleep, so I try and make my space as dark and as quiet and cold as I can stand it. I get about 7 hours of sleep and sometimes I take naps before work.
So my question is..Am I doing too much exercise or not enough? Should I incorporate weight lifting in my routine? If so, weight train on walking days or should it have it's own day? I want the bellyfat to go!
asked bySherry30 (30)
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on April 02, 2012
at 10:45 PM
Welcome to PaleoHacks!
Patience is key.
8 lbs loss is great! As you get closer to your preferred body size, stop weighing & start using the tape measure.
Given the amount of moving (I assume) you do as a nurse, I wouldn't recommend VLC. Not necessary for fat loss, anyway. Just stay lowish carb, 95-100% Paleo and don't overdo nuts.
The more slowly you lose your body fat, the easier it will be for your skin to shrink, too. Make sure you are getting enough zinc, magnesium, Vitamins D, A & K.
In a few more weeks, add in another gentle walk if you feel the need for more activity. If you are doing Crossfit, I don't see the need to add in weight training at this point, though you may decide to do more focused work later.
on April 02, 2012
at 11:06 PM
I don't think LC/VLC (ala Primal Blue Print) would be a problem as a nurse, though the first few weeks might be rough. The keto-thing has the benefit of hitting intra-abdominal fat pretty hard, and pretty quick which is good for health in general.
I do think VLC + Shift-work + crossfit is a lot of physical stress. Were I in your shoes I think I'd be looking at something like 5x5 or Starting strength rather than crossfit. Build some muscle and don't push your adrenals too much. Go on plenty of walks, get some air, maybe think about commuting via bike 1-2x a week (if distance allows).
Offal and seafoods are amazing for energy and well being.