So this is my first go round with the paleo diet. And while the scale gives me a great feeling (lost 32 lbs in 2 months) the tape measure is saying something different. I haven't lost hardly any belly fat. My clothes fit me much better, I'm on the last notch on my belt however I've only lost 1-2 inches off of my stomach. The last time I was at the weight I'm at now my abdomen measurement was 3 inches smaller. Is there something else I can do? This was the main thing that attracted me to the paleo diet, the loss of body fat. While I know that I had fat scattered throughout my body that needed to go first, I figured some more woulda been burned off my tummy and love handles. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.
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on June 30, 2013
at 03:51 AM
If I understand correctly you are wondering if there is a way to focus any fat loss to certain areas (in this case subcutaneous fat in the abdomen).
This is commonly referred to as "spot reducing" and, sorry, but it is not a real thing. The body will generally put on and take off fat in its own order, with some areas going first and others going last. This "pecking order" of fat appears to be largely dictated by gender and hormones. Abdominal fat, especially lower abdominal fat, is typically the last difficult bit for males to burn through. Post-menopausal women can also have this same abdominal fat issue. Younger women may notice their leg and butt fat are the trouble spots. It may be nice to think that we can somehow "scorch that ab fat" with a specific workout like so many ads promise but it simply is not the way our body works (actually, I chuckle at how bizarre a person would look who was allowed to consciously control what fat gets burned). There is a long line at the fat burning furnace and the fat that you want gone may be near the end of that queue. C'est la vie.
That said, 32lbs in two months is very respectable. What's great is that a large portion of the fat lost was likely visceral fat - the type packed around your organs. Reducing visceral fat is a huge boon to your health, future and current. It may not have given you the aesthetic results that you expected from 32lbs but I can guarantee that you will reap GREAT health benefits from having lost it.
Take comfort in that no fat is permanent. It may seem like the last to go and that you keep losing fat that you "don't care about" first, but it WILL go if you keep it up. Again, it's a long line at the furnace. You don't get to chose where the coal (fat) comes from, you just have make sure it gets burned. Keep burning and you'll get to it.
on July 01, 2013
at 01:51 AM
Is there something else I can do?
Yes. I believe it's called exercise :)