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 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.
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.