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How long did it take you guys to get thin on Paleo?

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Created November 05, 2012 at 10:49 PM

So I'm a fifteen year old girl, 5'7, and I've been Paleo since June, so maybe 4-5 months. Before that I had lost 10ish pounds (from 150 to 140 over a few months) by eating low-carb. Eggs and cheese and sausage for breakfast, the school's chicken nuggets and ketchup for lunch (too lazy to pack, so I got what they had but didn't eat fries or chips), and meat+veggies for dinner, and milk with every meal. I've been happy with my results going since paleo, got down to 126, then went back up to 130 since school started, then 134 (was eating a lot of coconut and chocolate) then I cut those out and went back to strict paleo and got back to 130 and I've been steady since then, I'll check tomorrow morning. Much better than 150 at any rate, I'll post pictures if you ask me to. ANYWAYS, I've been paleo without very much exercise for four to five months, and my waistline is still like 29-30 inches, more like 32-33 if I relax my stomach, and I want to be thinner. Is it because I'm not exercising much or do I just need to be patient with it?

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on November 06, 2012
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This is a major point. I have 41 inch hips and I consider my hips on the small side for my frame. Yes, teen girls tend to run small, especially in the hips. Most the girls I knew, once they hit college, hit a (NECESSARY!) growth spurt, transitioned from a "girl" body to a "woman" body and gained some hips. This is natural and totally healthy. :) You may be like me and never really had much of a "girly" body.

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on November 06, 2012
at 01:16 AM

Good advice, though if 34 inches is that small, then the other girls in my grade are tiny :P Honestly I think some of them are too skinny, I mostly just want to be lean, I have practically no abdominal muscle. So yeah I'll probably just start exercising and see how that goes. I'll need to, my sister was evil and ordered pizza and it smelled delicious, figured it would be better for me to loosen up and have a couple slices than to be stressed by it : ) It has been awhile anyways, it won't kill me.

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on November 06, 2012
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True true, my body might've just reached the point where it's happy. I feel pretty good health-wise these days, hardly ever get sick, though I haven't had a period since may, which is kind of weird, though my mom said she was very irregular. And it might also just be my body type, my mom has a big-ish frame, my hips are like 34-35 inches, ribs are 28 if I had a 24 or so inch waist my bones would probably be sticking out. At any rate, I think I'll start exercising because it's healthy, and my muscles are currently pretty tiny. Tone my stomach and arms with cycling and pushups or something.Ty :)

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on November 05, 2012
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your diet sounds awesome. here are some ideas from mark sisson: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/17-reasons-youre-not-losing-weight/#axzz2BOTkfybx. one thing he doesn't mention, and I don't know how scientifically sound this is, but if you've been eating low carb for a long time, you might try a few days of higher carb (but still paleo) and then return to low carb. i have heard and experienced this to help with plateaus. but don't stress too much! your body could just be happy at that weight.

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2 eggs in butter, 2 slices bacon/some kind of meat, and a few veggies for breakfast. Some kind of leftover meat and vegetable for lunch, my friends are used to the weird lunches I pack : ) Today I had broccoli and salmon. Meat and some veggies for dinner. Today I made soup with chicken broth and coconut milk and some frozen vegetables, and a hamburger patty. I also have a spoonful of almond butter here and there, and I get a fourteen hour fast since I make supper around 4-ish because I have lunch around 11:30 and I'm hungry shortly after I get home. It's less stressful for me to cook sooner.

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on November 05, 2012
at 11:59 PM

I'm 5'7", 150 lbs, and have a 31 inch waist. That's nothing to be ashamed about.

I'm at 22% body fat. My hip-to-waist ratio is in the desirable range. My cycles are finally normal. I'm ovulating when I'm supposed to. My skin is the most clear it has ever been in the past 10 years. That's far more important than "thin!" Also remember, paleo isn't primarily about weight loss. It's about optimal health. For many, weight loss is a byproduct of living healthier this way. For others, necessary weight gain is the byproduct. Remember that "thin" does not always translate into "healthy."

I didn't lose any weight eating this way. I lost weight several years back doing calorie-restriction. I eventually got into some disordered eating behaviors in effort to lose "those last 10 lbs" and try to whittle my middle. I was too concerned with jean size. I did lose that weight, but it was impossible to maintain. I had to starve myself on low-calorie franken-foods, exercise constantly, and avoid any social situation that might involve food. That's no way to live. I started to nourish myself and gained 10 of the 40 I lost back. But I've maintained that weight effortlessly since, nourishing myself with real food. The fat I gained back situated itself appropriately on my body, slightly favoring my boobs, butt and thighs over my midsection. My waist-to-hip ratio is actually more "favorable" now than it was when I was 10 lbs lighter!

Now, all that considered, if you do have excess fat your body might deem worth losing, exercise does help, particularly weight training. I prefer Mark Sisson's Primal Fitness plan in terms of living an active life without being absolutely ridiculous.

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on November 06, 2012
at 12:17 AM

True true, my body might've just reached the point where it's happy. I feel pretty good health-wise these days, hardly ever get sick, though I haven't had a period since may, which is kind of weird, though my mom said she was very irregular. And it might also just be my body type, my mom has a big-ish frame, my hips are like 34-35 inches, ribs are 28 if I had a 24 or so inch waist my bones would probably be sticking out. At any rate, I think I'll start exercising because it's healthy, and my muscles are currently pretty tiny. Tone my stomach and arms with cycling and pushups or something.Ty :)

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on November 06, 2012
at 12:57 AM

You are also at the age when your body is changing from a child to a woman. At 5'7" your 130lbs is very healthy, and if you hips are that small (34-35"), I would say don't be dieting to lose weight - exercise to build lean muscle mass and take it slow.

When I was 16 and began menstrating, my body changed and I gained fat in places I didn't like and I REALLY messed my body up by trying to lose weight at a time my body biologically needed to be shifting it around. I yo'yo'd all through my 20s and it was not good.

So consider that perhaps you don't need to lose weight so much as change your body composition? Increase lean muscle and find a balance of healthy, female and of child-bearing age fertile body fat %.

Just my opinion :) Feel free to disregard.

D41bd7b3d3b962eb0146f471eb632f56

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on November 06, 2012
at 06:59 AM

This is a major point. I have 41 inch hips and I consider my hips on the small side for my frame. Yes, teen girls tend to run small, especially in the hips. Most the girls I knew, once they hit college, hit a (NECESSARY!) growth spurt, transitioned from a "girl" body to a "woman" body and gained some hips. This is natural and totally healthy. :) You may be like me and never really had much of a "girly" body.

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on November 06, 2012
at 01:16 AM

Good advice, though if 34 inches is that small, then the other girls in my grade are tiny :P Honestly I think some of them are too skinny, I mostly just want to be lean, I have practically no abdominal muscle. So yeah I'll probably just start exercising and see how that goes. I'll need to, my sister was evil and ordered pizza and it smelled delicious, figured it would be better for me to loosen up and have a couple slices than to be stressed by it : ) It has been awhile anyways, it won't kill me.

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on November 05, 2012
at 11:03 PM

exercise certainly catalyzes weight loss, but it isn't absolutely necessary for it. what do you typically eat in a day?

7b20db75b09540914bd0c852e868a9d6

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on November 05, 2012
at 11:35 PM

your diet sounds awesome. here are some ideas from mark sisson: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/17-reasons-youre-not-losing-weight/#axzz2BOTkfybx. one thing he doesn't mention, and I don't know how scientifically sound this is, but if you've been eating low carb for a long time, you might try a few days of higher carb (but still paleo) and then return to low carb. i have heard and experienced this to help with plateaus. but don't stress too much! your body could just be happy at that weight.

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on November 05, 2012
at 11:12 PM

2 eggs in butter, 2 slices bacon/some kind of meat, and a few veggies for breakfast. Some kind of leftover meat and vegetable for lunch, my friends are used to the weird lunches I pack : ) Today I had broccoli and salmon. Meat and some veggies for dinner. Today I made soup with chicken broth and coconut milk and some frozen vegetables, and a hamburger patty. I also have a spoonful of almond butter here and there, and I get a fourteen hour fast since I make supper around 4-ish because I have lunch around 11:30 and I'm hungry shortly after I get home. It's less stressful for me to cook sooner.

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