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How long do I try something?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 17, 2012 at 12:32 AM

Along my paleo journey, I have had a lot of difficulty finding something that just flat out works for me. Nothing so far has made me feel great and made me lose weight and feel healthy all at the same time.

Whether it is high protein, low carb, high fat, or a combination of two, I just can't seem to find my niche.

But then I thought, maybe I'm not waiting long enough for symptoms to go away, or the transition period to happen.

So, with that being said, how long should I stick with a routine before I try something else?

For example, I have been in ketosis for four weeks, and have seen no changes in my mood, energy, or weight loss like I expected, and I don't know if I should give it up.

Also, does anyone have a ratio I can try to get the fat off from around my abdomen? I am 125 Ibs, 5'5", 18, female.

Another thing, I have been logging my food to try and determine where some of my digestive problems come from. When I have cramping or bloating, how far back in my food log do I look to determine the cause? 16 hours?

Thank you!

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on November 18, 2012
at 12:52 AM

You're very welcome! Glad I could help.

5f678ffff153bfc8a17ac1ee438c054f

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on November 17, 2012
at 10:40 PM

Alright, thank you!

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on November 17, 2012
at 10:30 PM

You might do some research on heart-rate monitors. Burning deep into the glycolytic pathway can be rough on a newly keto person. Stay Aerobic until you adapt....

5f678ffff153bfc8a17ac1ee438c054f

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on November 17, 2012
at 07:00 PM

I eat red meat like a wolf. I do kinda miss sweet potatoes, so I could add them in. I live in the dorms at my college, and so it is only when they offer fish that I get it, but when they do, I always make sure to have a bunch! Thank you!

5f678ffff153bfc8a17ac1ee438c054f

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on November 17, 2012
at 06:58 PM

You're right, it isn't weight loss that I want. It is just fat loss. I will look more into body recomposition. Thank you!

449e19bbd371a87b653b9b8b56736005

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on November 17, 2012
at 02:15 PM

I would give it at least a month, preferably six weeks for both diet changes and exercise routine changes. You probably want to make gradual changes to both (thus making it take longer) so that you can identify trouble, rather than jumping in and then trying to figure out the one thing out of many that is causing a problem.

5f678ffff153bfc8a17ac1ee438c054f

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on November 17, 2012
at 04:18 AM

How long do I try something new before I know if it works or not? A few weeks?

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on November 17, 2012
at 02:38 AM

I think cardio is great. I am 5'8 127 and maintain that while eating all I want because I do daily cardio. I realize many paleo people say it doesn't work but it does amazing things to my figure. I think everyone reacts differently to different excercises so I think playing around with different workouts could help.

449e19bbd371a87b653b9b8b56736005

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on November 17, 2012
at 02:10 AM

Well, just like diet isn't a one size fits all thing, neither is exercise. If lifting weights alone isn't giving you the results you want, you could try HIIT or find some WODs to do. Personally, I found doing some basic crossfit-style exercises really made a difference for me. There's actually a WOD generator out there you might find useful.

5f678ffff153bfc8a17ac1ee438c054f

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on November 17, 2012
at 12:56 AM

I lift weights three times a week. I have been apprehensive to do any sort of cardio or something like that because I have heard from a lot of people that cardio isn't effective, but now I don't know if it is what I need. Should I try more HIIT?

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on November 17, 2012
at 04:50 AM

Give it a month and see what works. What it actually sounds like you need is changing your body compisition: trade fat for muscle by doing activity that works out your core to lean out your stomach. I'd also practice toning your inner stomach muscles; the ones behind the six-pack showing muscles. The inner muscles are worked by practicing holding in your stomach. They're the same muscles necessary for good posture.

Also, cardio is good, but you can try low-intensity, too, like simply walking for an hour. Just remember that you're already at an ideal weight so 'weight loss' shouldn't be a goal right now.

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(1097)

on November 18, 2012
at 12:52 AM

You're very welcome! Glad I could help.

5f678ffff153bfc8a17ac1ee438c054f

(1405)

on November 17, 2012
at 06:58 PM

You're right, it isn't weight loss that I want. It is just fat loss. I will look more into body recomposition. Thank you!

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on November 17, 2012
at 06:00 PM

I'll usually only wait as long as I don't notice measurable results. I would recommend that YES you try more HIIT, in fact I'd recommend <30 second intervals <4 sets with 2 minute rests. You might not really need to do VLC, maybe add some potatoes/carrots (definitely not wheat/grains imo). Maybe introduce more zinc and vitamin a into your body via oysters/red meat to boost your anabolic hormones which will help burn fat along with the hiit.

5f678ffff153bfc8a17ac1ee438c054f

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on November 17, 2012
at 07:00 PM

I eat red meat like a wolf. I do kinda miss sweet potatoes, so I could add them in. I live in the dorms at my college, and so it is only when they offer fish that I get it, but when they do, I always make sure to have a bunch! Thank you!

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449e19bbd371a87b653b9b8b56736005

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on November 17, 2012
at 12:39 AM

In my opinion, for your height, your weight is perfect. I'm 5'3" and consider my ideal weight to be around 135, but it's a personal thing, really.

Women naturally have more fat around their abdomen and hips, so getting super lean can be difficult. It will probably have less to do with diet and more to do with what exercises you do. Diet is not the answer to everything, it is just one part of a healthy lifestyle. What does your exercise routine look like?

For your cramping and bloating, all I can say is "it depends". I have been affected by something I've eaten before I've even finished the meal, other times I don't have issues until the next day. I would say just make a note of it and then start looking for trends or common causes.

449e19bbd371a87b653b9b8b56736005

(1567)

on November 17, 2012
at 02:15 PM

I would give it at least a month, preferably six weeks for both diet changes and exercise routine changes. You probably want to make gradual changes to both (thus making it take longer) so that you can identify trouble, rather than jumping in and then trying to figure out the one thing out of many that is causing a problem.

5f678ffff153bfc8a17ac1ee438c054f

(1405)

on November 17, 2012
at 04:18 AM

How long do I try something new before I know if it works or not? A few weeks?

2e777bbcd49262eb31a24f821abec6bc

(1974)

on November 17, 2012
at 02:38 AM

I think cardio is great. I am 5'8 127 and maintain that while eating all I want because I do daily cardio. I realize many paleo people say it doesn't work but it does amazing things to my figure. I think everyone reacts differently to different excercises so I think playing around with different workouts could help.

449e19bbd371a87b653b9b8b56736005

(1567)

on November 17, 2012
at 02:10 AM

Well, just like diet isn't a one size fits all thing, neither is exercise. If lifting weights alone isn't giving you the results you want, you could try HIIT or find some WODs to do. Personally, I found doing some basic crossfit-style exercises really made a difference for me. There's actually a WOD generator out there you might find useful.

5f678ffff153bfc8a17ac1ee438c054f

(1405)

on November 17, 2012
at 12:56 AM

I lift weights three times a week. I have been apprehensive to do any sort of cardio or something like that because I have heard from a lot of people that cardio isn't effective, but now I don't know if it is what I need. Should I try more HIIT?

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on November 17, 2012
at 03:46 AM

I agree, you are at perfect weight. However, if you are sick, I would consider getting a test done. Maybe you have some condition you do not know about. I agree with Miriam - diet is not the answer to everything. You might needs some medicine AND a very specific diet to address your particular needs.

What are the symptoms you are trying to alleviate?

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