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I'm not losing weight

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Created June 06, 2012 at 12:42 AM

So I'm pretty short for an average teen male. I'm 5'2 and I weigh approx. 120 lbs. Before I starting paleo, i weighed 113 lbs.

I've been doing paleo and exercise about 3 months ago. Some HIIT, and weight training. Recently, I've incorporated long, slow walks. (A few days ago) I feel great, love the food, etc. However, my main concern is losing weight. Specifically, losing body fat. I'm a bit chubby at around ~14% bf. I know some muscle gains have contributed to my weight gain.

I really don't know. I've reduced my carbs/sugar to around 20g or below and my dietary fats make the bulk of my calories. I believe I consume about 1200 cal. per day.

I've been thinking about upping my calorie intake. Help?

P.S. I need to lose weight to make my wrestling class in the winter.

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

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on June 07, 2012
at 12:35 AM

So true MathGirl and boy did I find out the hard way! I just posted on this and got a great link. This happens to a lot of people on lc or vlc diets! Who knew. I am adding more carbs as vlc has increased both my blood sugar and insulin-which solved the mystery of why I am not losing weight. This link was very helpful to me. http://perfecthealthdiet.com/2011/11/safe-starches-symposium-dr-ron-rosedale/ The whole article is good but he specific information is about a third of the way down under: Which Diet Minimizes Blood Glucose Levels?

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on June 06, 2012
at 06:52 PM

Agreed. Wrestle in whatever class you happen to be in. That's the way it should be anyways...

F9638b939a6f85d67f60065677193cad

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on June 06, 2012
at 05:11 PM

And if you reduce your overall height for your entire life you may also reduce your overall income along with it. Making weight for wrestling is not worth that.

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on June 06, 2012
at 02:42 PM

Not true, Kelly. Fat can lower glucose levels soon after eating, but increase it long after eating. If there are diminished insulin levels, protein can also cause an increase in glucose levels.

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on June 06, 2012
at 02:25 PM

As a teenaged male, gaining 7 pound in 3 months is nothing. How old are you exactly? There's a big difference physiologically between an 13 year old and an 18 year old. But regardless, take the advice of the other posters. You need to eat more and let your body grow.

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on June 06, 2012
at 02:20 PM

You blood sugar does not get too high from eating protein and fat.

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on June 06, 2012
at 02:03 PM

Few pounds of fat? Do you feel look muscular compared from last year?

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on June 06, 2012
at 01:15 PM

IMO teenagers also should not restrict their carb intake to that extent. What works for adults doesn't work out well for teenagers who are still actively growing. You need the nutrients that are in fruits and vegetables and tubers. Especially since you are physically active. Have a nice baked sweet potato with a pile of butter. You'll feel better.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on June 06, 2012
at 01:07 PM

Teenagers should not try to lose weight. It's incredibly bad for growing bodies. Concentrate on building muscle. And for your bodies sake, eat more!

5ef574d7893bc816ec52e04139e9bc09

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on June 06, 2012
at 03:19 AM

How in god's name do you only eat 1200 calories as a male teen?

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on June 06, 2012
at 01:08 AM

Currently 120. Want to go down to 106 or at least 113. I was 106 last winter until I went primal. Then I gained a few pounds.

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C6e32ff9978fe287aa8c1c6be52d9524

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on June 06, 2012
at 02:01 PM

If there is one thing I learned about wrestling (as a former wrestler in high school) is that my coach never cared about my health. He never cared that I was at a healthy BMI. He wanted me to lose weight to win a weight class with ease. It wrecked my healty for many, many months. Your growth and development at your age far exceeds making a weight class for a sport... I'm sorry, but that's truth. 14% BF isn't life threatening. Fat will come off as you get older, develop, and grow into your body.

I don't believe in "starvation mode" in America (generally) However, this post has me almost convinced it's a case. I'm almost 30 and eat 3x what you do. I probably ate 8x at your age.

Stay active. Eat a lot of (whole) food(s).

You are WAY too young to be worrying about this crap, let alone on a message board right now discussing it. You are going to get yourself sick "dieting down" excessively for wrestling.

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on June 06, 2012
at 01:01 PM

You should NOT prioritize making a certain weight class for high school wrestling above overall health. You are a teenager and growing. You WILL stunt your growth if you force a calorie restricted diet on yourself while growing. It is one thing to eat clean and another to stunt growth. You SHOULD be gaining weight, you are in puberty. You say you are short compared to the average male...I did not hit 5'9" until college. You could be reducing your overall height several inches for your entire life!

If you have to cut weight, lose water weight before weigh in. There are ways to do this. BF 14% is low. Do not starve yourself. The fact that a high school coach would pressure his students into reduced calorie diets to better his win percentage is a sad state of affairs.

If you outgrow a weight class, that should not be a problem if you are strength training and eating clean. You will be strong for that weight class!

F9638b939a6f85d67f60065677193cad

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on June 06, 2012
at 05:11 PM

And if you reduce your overall height for your entire life you may also reduce your overall income along with it. Making weight for wrestling is not worth that.

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on June 06, 2012
at 03:41 AM

Great answers above, besides, what is your current body fat percentage? Is it 14% post or before Paleo? If so, the only way to go with your weight and the age frame you're in is up. This happens to proffesional athletes in many sports, and epecially martial arts (where you strength and weight train..), who are already well outside of their puberty. Wrestlers are so hardcore about weight cutting, but your body is still developing and growing, you should by no means try to interfere with this process. Chances are with the path you're on, you'll keep reducing body fat (and pretty rapidly at that) but will keep gaining weight (muscle), and thats a good thing, even if it bumps you up one weight class.

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on June 06, 2012
at 01:04 AM

As a teenager, you are going to gain weight because your body is growing. Your strategy should be to aim for muscle & strength gain because you're at the most anabolic stage of your life. You should up your carbs if you plan on wrestling. What weight are you now & what weight do you want to wrestle?

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on June 06, 2012
at 01:08 AM

Currently 120. Want to go down to 106 or at least 113. I was 106 last winter until I went primal. Then I gained a few pounds.

C3bc92e6b5eba45dc55f43ac3c70cc25

on June 06, 2012
at 02:03 PM

Few pounds of fat? Do you feel look muscular compared from last year?

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on June 06, 2012
at 01:09 AM

Ethan I sure hope the weight goal you have in mind is realistic and healthy for you. That is very low calories for sure. Your body may think its starving and holding onto every last pound of fat. Anyway, I wonder if you might have the same issue that I just discovered in myself since going very low carb and higher protein and fat. That is that in some people who go on a low carb or very low carb diet and so are eating a lot of protein and fat, their blood sugar and insulin get too high. You will not lose weight/fat with high insulin.
I don't think you are eating enough.
Please talk to a sports nutritionist.
take care.

F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

(3850)

on June 06, 2012
at 02:20 PM

You blood sugar does not get too high from eating protein and fat.

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on June 07, 2012
at 12:35 AM

So true MathGirl and boy did I find out the hard way! I just posted on this and got a great link. This happens to a lot of people on lc or vlc diets! Who knew. I am adding more carbs as vlc has increased both my blood sugar and insulin-which solved the mystery of why I am not losing weight. This link was very helpful to me. http://perfecthealthdiet.com/2011/11/safe-starches-symposium-dr-ron-rosedale/ The whole article is good but he specific information is about a third of the way down under: Which Diet Minimizes Blood Glucose Levels?

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on June 06, 2012
at 02:42 PM

Not true, Kelly. Fat can lower glucose levels soon after eating, but increase it long after eating. If there are diminished insulin levels, protein can also cause an increase in glucose levels.

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on June 06, 2012
at 07:58 PM

From another person who competed in a weight class below their natural weight in high school- it's not worth it. In sports where there are multiple weight categories (mine had only two, wrestling has a bit more room for variety) you WILL perform better if you can be strong instead of just skinny. I know that it seems impossible to go up a weight category and still succeed, but the fact is at a higher weight category you have waaaaay more room to grow and build muscles- muscles and agility are your friend, and if you are dehydrated with a foggy brain and wasted muscles, you will not perform well, end of story.

"Lucky" for me, I was forced to quit my sport due to a heart condition, and it wasn't until I stopped that I realized I never finished puberty. By focusing on healing my body, with diet being a major component of that healing, I actually grew an inch and my body composition changed drastically. If I kept rowing through all of early adulthood? Might not have ever happened.

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on June 06, 2012
at 01:08 AM

From first glance, without knowing more.

  1. Only 3 months Paleo
  2. HIIT and weight training
  3. Under 20 grams of carbs or fewer a day
  4. Only 1200 calories a day
  5. What other changes?

Addressing them in order:

  1. 3 months is enough time to become adapted, but depending where you are coming from, it may not be enough time to introduce different diet, eating pattern/timing and exercise. Lots of changes going on inside at once. Obviously compliance isn't an issue since you've been at it 3 months, but now is the time to really start tweaking as you have obviously stalled in progress.

  2. HIIT and weight training, if starting both from a base level, can be very taxing. Doing both at the same time can throw you completely out of whack. Did you exercise BEFORE Paleo?

  3. Under 20 grams of carbs per day + HIIT may be okay in the short-term, especially during certain fasting protocols for fat loss, but not consistently, at least for most people.

  4. Even for someone with a small stature, you're definitely in a calorie deficit. Adding any training in there is only making this more restrictive.

  5. Do you feel better? Do your clothes fit better? Have you noticed a decrease in waste size? Increase in energy? Any other significant health improvements/markers? It's not always as blatant as "weight stable = no progress."

I'd definitely look into your caloric intake and energy expenditure. At 5'2, 120, you don't really need to lose weight, instead, you probably want to restructure how you carry that weight. Post more information and I'll weigh in. I'm sure others will also comment...

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