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Help with Teenage Paleo

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 13, 2013 at 11:56 PM

Hey guys, can you hack my new paleo lifestyle? I'm a 16 year old female, 5'3", and weigh 180-185lbs. As you can tell I am severely overweight (although I truly do have larger bones) and need to lose weight. Although paleo isn't a "weight loss" diet, I am very interested in better health and a long lasting lifestyle, not just a quick diet phase. I have been diagnosed with chronic migranes for more than 3 years (hormone related) and fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue syndrome for just about a year. This makes it difficult to do hard and super intense workouts. As well, I am not gluten intolerant but I think I am rather sensitive to high glucose/high carb/etc. food (I am insulin resistant). I KNOW I have a high amount of inflammation in my body. I am on a number of medicines.

My plan is to go on a low carb/sugar paleo diet. I plan to cut out all starchy food and only eat protein and fat with veggies and the occasional fruit. I also plan on swimming approx. an hour a day and walking. I also am going to calorie count. HOW DOES THIS SOUND TO YOU GUYS? What should my diet include or look like? How long will it take for me to see results? Thanks for the help!

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on July 12, 2013
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Agreed. Don't focus on counting calories; you're young enough that you should see pretty rapid changes regardless of whether you're managing your macronutrient ratios. On the flipside, if you spend a lot of time obsessively managing your calories, you're going to find that the stress resulting from it will actually STALL your weightloss progress. Focus on eating a balanced diet and hitting all your nutritional goals (get enough minerals, balance your O6:O3 ratios, etc) and you'll see great results quickly :)

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on June 29, 2013
at 12:38 AM

Good for you for being so cognizant of the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle at such a young age! You seem to have done your research and will no doubt get off to a great start.

Cutting out carbs and starchy foods is a good idea. I wouldn't worry about counting calories, as you may be feeling overwhelmed initially. I'm sure you'll see results within 30 days regardless of whether or not you count calories. If you feel like crap for longer than a couple of weeks, try to incorporate more carbs. I second what the previous poster said, LISTEN TO YOUR BODY, not to other people telling you what you're supposed to be eating. We're all different. If you feel stronger and have more energy when you up your carbs, eat carbs and eat them proudly.

Have you tried magnesium supplements for your fibromyalgia/migraines/chronic fatigue? It sounds like you might be deficient in something.

Good luck to you as you begin this journey! It is well worth it.

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on July 12, 2013
at 01:49 PM

Agreed. Don't focus on counting calories; you're young enough that you should see pretty rapid changes regardless of whether you're managing your macronutrient ratios. On the flipside, if you spend a lot of time obsessively managing your calories, you're going to find that the stress resulting from it will actually STALL your weightloss progress. Focus on eating a balanced diet and hitting all your nutritional goals (get enough minerals, balance your O6:O3 ratios, etc) and you'll see great results quickly :)

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on July 12, 2013
at 05:01 PM

Any updates Madi? How has the Paleo transition been going for you?

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on July 12, 2013
at 10:52 AM

Make sure you eat enough as the food is really nutrient dense... Over 1200 calories for sure. I just made that mistake. Good luck! We're all rooting for you!

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on June 29, 2013
at 01:47 AM

Your plan seems solid - my best advice is to take it slow and easy, and cheat sometimes. Don't be overly restrictive, just be smart. Your tastes will change from all the good fats and protein (don't forget fish like salmon and sardines) and you will stop craving things, so a bite or two of something that isn't paleo won't lead to a binge. Eat some safe starch to bolster your metabolism - maybe reading the Perfect Health Diet (google it, the blog is great) will give you some ideas on a slower, sensible way to lose weight that you can maintain over the long run. Don't expect immediate results - if you eat well and move your body, your body will thank you by getting smaller and healthier.

GOOD LUCK! :)

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on June 14, 2013
at 03:59 AM

Not sure what you are currently doing but I think you should start seeing some weight loss and reduced bloating within 30 days, maybe even sooner. I would cut out all grains, sugar, and most fruits. Don't worry about counting calories just yet. Just eat meat, eggs, and veggies (leafy greens preferably). As for exercise, swimming and walking everyday is great. If you are already in good enough shape to do this everyday for an hour then do so. If not, then start with 20 minutes and increase by 10 every other week. Don't burn yourself out with too much exercise, if your body is screaming in pain. Listen to your body and reassess how you feel every couple of weeks or so. Glad that you realize that you have the power to control your health, an important life lesson. Good luck!

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