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Body fat won't budge!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 28, 2013 at 6:21 PM

I am about 90% paleo, and have been trying to lower my body fat percent by about 5%. However, I can't get it to go anywhere! I am about 5'3 and 125 lbs, about 25% body fat. I'm starting to think that my body just likes to be at those numbers, and maybe that is where I am healthiest? Has anyone ever dealt with this issue before?

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on April 11, 2013
at 11:39 PM

+1 Reduce Stress. Also make sure you get adequate rest and sleep

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on March 30, 2013
at 02:55 PM

Thanks for your input! I agree, not everything is for everyone! I'm the opposite of you, I HAVE to eat breakfast or my whole day is screwed up. and I am not a dinner person, which isn't good I guess? I think there is something to be said for just listening to your body. I've had to turn to a lot of pilates since my knee surgery, and you're right-it really puts you to work!

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on March 30, 2013
at 02:52 PM

Thanks for that! So helpful. I know IF probably isn't the call, I won't eat enough in the time I'm not fasting (I know this because when I get busy and only have enough time, I resort naturally to veggies, and there is no possible way to get enough of those in a small amount of time-my metabolism adjusts to what I eat really quickly) I think I will try the Leptin Reset, then start lifting heavier and doing less interval things for a little while, I have some strength to gain back and that might help too! Thanks so much for your input!

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on March 30, 2013
at 02:46 PM

I just had knee surgery, so now I am restricted to upperbody workouts. I do tabatas a lot, with pushups, pullups, T2B, sit ups, rings dips and a few muscle ups here and there, but the kip is hard on my knee. Before surgery I was at a box that mixes in heavy oly lifting and regular crossfit workouts usually 5 days a week.

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on March 30, 2013
at 02:44 PM

I want to be at 20%, I've been there before, but I was not eating enough starches or fats (cut out all types of potatoes and rices etc.) and that just made me feel like crap, so I eat those again in moderation, to where my body likes it.

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on March 28, 2013
at 10:50 PM

Compromising nutrition in order to lose a few vanity pounds isn't a good idea.

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on March 28, 2013
at 07:53 PM

Would that mean going from 25%BF to 23.75%BF, or from 25%BF to 20%BF? The latter would be about a 20% loss.

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on March 28, 2013
at 07:49 PM

I think she meant lower it by 5%, not to 5%.

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on March 28, 2013
at 06:36 PM

5% is pretty low, maybe try 15% first?

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on March 28, 2013
at 10:34 PM

YES! I have dealt with this! I was stuck at 5'3, 125lbs for almost a year, because I listened to all of this crap about eating breakfast. Once I stopped eating breakfast and went back to my natural instinct to just have a plain salad with a handful of protein on top for lunch (sometimes I add soup) and a hearty homemade dinner, I dropped the extra 5lbs hanging on in a month. At 5'3, with a slow metabolism, I just don't need to eat 3 times a day. That whole leptin-reset/ breakfast to restart metabolism thing just made me fatter. I am recovering from the flu, but will add morning pilates back in pronto. It really firms you up!

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on March 30, 2013
at 02:55 PM

Thanks for your input! I agree, not everything is for everyone! I'm the opposite of you, I HAVE to eat breakfast or my whole day is screwed up. and I am not a dinner person, which isn't good I guess? I think there is something to be said for just listening to your body. I've had to turn to a lot of pilates since my knee surgery, and you're right-it really puts you to work!

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on April 11, 2013
at 11:33 PM

Read Jenny Ruhl's Diet 101: The Truth About Low Carb Diets.

It covers a bunch of issues related to weight loss that aren't fully addressed by other paleo/low carb authors.

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on March 28, 2013
at 07:13 PM

A lot of people have this problem, so you're not alone. The tough part is that no 1 thing seems to break a plateau, but here are some of the most common things people have done (note: some work better for men (fasting) than women):

IF with barbell training: leangains.com

Whole30: whole9life.com

Leptin Reset: http://www.jackkruse.com/easy-start-guide/

Join A regimented workout program i.e. crossfit, yoga, zumba, etc.

Reduce Stress

Any (and all) of these things could help. And you could also be right in that you've just naturally found the right place for your body. The only one who can really tell is you!

Ddf73883f8dfef2c3e561361d0f0af7f

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on March 30, 2013
at 02:52 PM

Thanks for that! So helpful. I know IF probably isn't the call, I won't eat enough in the time I'm not fasting (I know this because when I get busy and only have enough time, I resort naturally to veggies, and there is no possible way to get enough of those in a small amount of time-my metabolism adjusts to what I eat really quickly) I think I will try the Leptin Reset, then start lifting heavier and doing less interval things for a little while, I have some strength to gain back and that might help too! Thanks so much for your input!

508a4ebd259022f415326f7a6baec00c

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on April 11, 2013
at 11:39 PM

+1 Reduce Stress. Also make sure you get adequate rest and sleep

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on March 28, 2013
at 06:39 PM

What do you eat and what sort of workouts do you do?

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on March 30, 2013
at 02:46 PM

I just had knee surgery, so now I am restricted to upperbody workouts. I do tabatas a lot, with pushups, pullups, T2B, sit ups, rings dips and a few muscle ups here and there, but the kip is hard on my knee. Before surgery I was at a box that mixes in heavy oly lifting and regular crossfit workouts usually 5 days a week.

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