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Weight loss question.

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 30, 2013 at 1:14 AM

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 July 01, 2013
at 09:27 PM

Sounds like an excellent choice!

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on July 01, 2013
at 09:26 PM

.... only be used for salad dressings as it oxides quickly:) I am so happy for you putting your own health in your hands!!

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on July 01, 2013
at 09:25 PM

You need to dump the peanut butter and all nuts the omega 6s are no good. Have you tried coconut butter (coconut manna by Nutiva)? I highly recommend. Secondly, no mayo absolutely the seed oils are gmo and awful!! Lastly, cooking in coconut oil would be fantastic! The MCTs alone and the paleo diet allowed my mom to drop 80 pounds with no exercise and with no loose skin. It is definitley a learning curve but the best bet is to buy nothing from a box or can except good fats (i.e. kerrygold butter, nutiva coconut oil and butter and some coconut milk thrown in). Extra virgin olive oil should

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on July 01, 2013
at 03:42 PM

Wasn't intending on doing cardio. I was running 5k here and there (jogging) but I've since cut that out. Starting the gym this evening back to my routine which consists of low rep heavy lifting. Also want to do sprints twice a week. Worked the best for me on a regular diet.

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on July 01, 2013
at 03:37 PM

PB is peanut butter. Got the lowest carb natural kind I could find. I'm currently using store bought mayos. I cook in extra virgin olive oil or butter. I usually try not to snack between meals however the period between lunch and dinner gets tricky at times. Should I add more fat to lunch? I picked up the almond milk as I read it was an easy way to add fat intake. Was using coconut milk but my local grocer stopped carrying it for some reason.

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on July 01, 2013
at 02:38 PM

Abs are made in the kitchen, if you don't have a good foundation exercise will do you no favours. Also no cardio!! Heavy lifting, functional movements and walking.

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on July 01, 2013
at 02:37 PM

Ok fluffy fat means its about to melt off so that is really good! Secondly, drop the almond milk its doing you no favours, water only! Also whats in your mayo? What does PB stand for? Lastly what oils are you cooking in? I wouldn't snack at all between meals so you can incinerate fat, whereby make your meals a decent size. Also do you workout? You may need a little more carbs?

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on July 01, 2013
at 01:57 AM

Who woulda thought it was THAT simple?! Haha

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on July 01, 2013
at 01:32 AM

That's a very basic view of my meals off top of my head.

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on July 01, 2013
at 01:31 AM

Stomach is definitely fluffy. I haven't really been counting calories and such, just usually watch the scale and adjust accordingly. Breakfast consists of 3 eggs fried in butter and either 3-4 sausage links or 3-4 pieces of bacon. Usually wash that down with a glass of almond milk. Lunch varies from tuna(mayo) to egg salad to pork salad (try to stick with the mayo chicken pork tuna egg ham salads) or ill grab a couple pieces of grilled chicken and bacon and dip them in mayo for fat I take. Dinner always a dif cut of meat with broc or caul or greens in a salad. Almonds or PB in between if hungr

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on June 30, 2013
at 12:41 PM

Noi totally get it, and trust me 32 lbs being gone I'm VERY happy with. It's just that last year when I was cardio'ing and such hardcore I was at the same weight with a 38" abdomen. Maybe I wasn't and I had more muscle mass. I haven't really been training.

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on June 30, 2013
at 12:39 PM

34 year old man... 6'1" tall and 205lbs.

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are you a woman or man and what's your current weight and height?

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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.

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on June 30, 2013
at 12:41 PM

Noi totally get it, and trust me 32 lbs being gone I'm VERY happy with. It's just that last year when I was cardio'ing and such hardcore I was at the same weight with a 38" abdomen. Maybe I wasn't and I had more muscle mass. I haven't really been training.

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on July 01, 2013
at 01:51 AM

Is there something else I can do?

Yes. I believe it's called exercise :)

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on July 01, 2013
at 01:57 AM

Who woulda thought it was THAT simple?! Haha

2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

(3043)

on July 01, 2013
at 09:27 PM

Sounds like an excellent choice!

2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

(3043)

on July 01, 2013
at 02:38 PM

Abs are made in the kitchen, if you don't have a good foundation exercise will do you no favours. Also no cardio!! Heavy lifting, functional movements and walking.

D6daac533e89dd2712f343d56e55927b

(0)

on July 01, 2013
at 03:42 PM

Wasn't intending on doing cardio. I was running 5k here and there (jogging) but I've since cut that out. Starting the gym this evening back to my routine which consists of low rep heavy lifting. Also want to do sprints twice a week. Worked the best for me on a regular diet.

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on July 01, 2013
at 12:35 AM

Is your stomach fat solid or fluffy? This is a serious question and will help me figure out whats going on. Also what is your diet like, could you provide me with a typical days worth of meals.

2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

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on July 01, 2013
at 02:37 PM

Ok fluffy fat means its about to melt off so that is really good! Secondly, drop the almond milk its doing you no favours, water only! Also whats in your mayo? What does PB stand for? Lastly what oils are you cooking in? I wouldn't snack at all between meals so you can incinerate fat, whereby make your meals a decent size. Also do you workout? You may need a little more carbs?

D6daac533e89dd2712f343d56e55927b

(0)

on July 01, 2013
at 01:32 AM

That's a very basic view of my meals off top of my head.

2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

(3043)

on July 01, 2013
at 09:25 PM

You need to dump the peanut butter and all nuts the omega 6s are no good. Have you tried coconut butter (coconut manna by Nutiva)? I highly recommend. Secondly, no mayo absolutely the seed oils are gmo and awful!! Lastly, cooking in coconut oil would be fantastic! The MCTs alone and the paleo diet allowed my mom to drop 80 pounds with no exercise and with no loose skin. It is definitley a learning curve but the best bet is to buy nothing from a box or can except good fats (i.e. kerrygold butter, nutiva coconut oil and butter and some coconut milk thrown in). Extra virgin olive oil should

D6daac533e89dd2712f343d56e55927b

(0)

on July 01, 2013
at 01:31 AM

Stomach is definitely fluffy. I haven't really been counting calories and such, just usually watch the scale and adjust accordingly. Breakfast consists of 3 eggs fried in butter and either 3-4 sausage links or 3-4 pieces of bacon. Usually wash that down with a glass of almond milk. Lunch varies from tuna(mayo) to egg salad to pork salad (try to stick with the mayo chicken pork tuna egg ham salads) or ill grab a couple pieces of grilled chicken and bacon and dip them in mayo for fat I take. Dinner always a dif cut of meat with broc or caul or greens in a salad. Almonds or PB in between if hungr

D6daac533e89dd2712f343d56e55927b

(0)

on July 01, 2013
at 03:37 PM

PB is peanut butter. Got the lowest carb natural kind I could find. I'm currently using store bought mayos. I cook in extra virgin olive oil or butter. I usually try not to snack between meals however the period between lunch and dinner gets tricky at times. Should I add more fat to lunch? I picked up the almond milk as I read it was an easy way to add fat intake. Was using coconut milk but my local grocer stopped carrying it for some reason.

2a00b9a42e4cb6e489a0e69d20714576

(3043)

on July 01, 2013
at 09:26 PM

.... only be used for salad dressings as it oxides quickly:) I am so happy for you putting your own health in your hands!!

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