So close to my goal weight, but last 5# are fighting me. Suggestions?

Answered on March 25, 2014
Created March 24, 2014 at 9:38 PM

I'm so close to my goal weight but can't lsoe those last 5#. I can put on 5# no problem. I need to get to my goal and get on to mainteneance. I know Paleo is a lifestyle, I'm prepared to do that. But I'd like to get to my goal sooner than later. 5# on a short person is like 15 on another person. Suggestions? Thinking about going straight non starch veggies and lean meats only, but am open to other ideas.


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on March 25, 2014
at 10:39 AM

I would recommend a more in depth look at your body composition rather than weight alone. Firstly, how have you set your goal weight, and why? if you have lost a lot of body fat previously, but aren't any more, it suggests that you are much closer to your ideal body fat. Second, are you measuring weight alone? I say this becase I have been far more strictly primal/paleo than previously the past 3/4 months and have lost perhaps 3 pounds. Now, weight loss hasn't been my primary goal as a type 1 diabetic, for me its health first. I have however lost maybe 3-4 inches from my waistline and am far leaner than before. Perhaps measuring body fat would be more beneficial to you. Third, what is your exercise regime? If you use weights, you will be building muscle (and burning the fat off) and so the scales are a less reliable indicator of body composition.

My main suggestion which you may or may not agree with (due to personal goals and such) is to ditch the scales. If you need an observable measure to assess your health, use body fat/lean body mass, or even jeans size. These help to avoid the pitfalls of 'i must loose an extra pound'. Ultimately, it is hard to do, but I would change your goals as what is more important is the healt benefits of eating primal/paleo. Do you feel good? is the important thing.

Weight alone is not a good measure of health. Look up Scott Sonnon, who ranges between something like 180-200 pounds (I think someone quoted 210 at one point), but with a body fat of 6-7%. Paleo shouldn't be about weight, but how healthy and strong you feel.

I hope you find what works for you, as the paleo journey is unique to each of us.

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