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Losing weight too fast?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created July 16, 2012 at 2:33 PM

I've been Paleo for two and a half weeks. I'm a 5'5" female, and started at (ulp) 170. This morning I was 154. 16 lbs in 18 days...should I be alarmed by this? I'm not hungry, feel perfectly satisfied, have not increased activity at all. What do you think?

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on July 18, 2012
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I'm not strict Paleo; I'm converting from being vegetarian for over 25 years. I eat fish and eggs and cheese (don't kick me out, please!) and raw nuts and seeds (I LOVE these). For the first time in my life, I'm not calorie counting and it's freeing as heck. Tomorrow will be 3 weeks and as of this morning I'm down another pound, so 17 lbs total. I do bodyweight resistance exercises. I've managed a small amount of beef and some turkey as well. I went gluten free at the same time so I've been experimenting with GF cooking. I really am not a cook so it's been challenging! I feel so good now.

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on July 16, 2012
at 07:53 PM

Thank you both!

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on July 16, 2012
at 06:59 PM

@elguaposbj Note that 2-3 lbs per week is still extremely rapid weight loss once you've lost the water weight. It would be even more rare to lose like that for a woman. And weight in and of it's self is a poor measure of fat loss. Add some resistance exercises (weights) and go by how your clothes fit over time.

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on July 16, 2012
at 02:43 PM

Most of the early weight loss is fluid. You will slow soon, might even plateau for a bit or bounce up as your body adjusts. Just keep doing what you are doing and you will be fine.

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on July 16, 2012
at 02:52 PM

When I started (207) I lost 5.5 lbs a week for the first three weeks (so 16.5 lbs in 21 days). Then plateaued for two weeks with no change in weight. After that I was pretty consistent at 2 - 3 lbs per week until I hit my current weight (165) where I have been for about 6 weeks.

You are doing great, you may hit a plateau (as I did), just stick with it!

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on July 16, 2012
at 06:59 PM

@elguaposbj Note that 2-3 lbs per week is still extremely rapid weight loss once you've lost the water weight. It would be even more rare to lose like that for a woman. And weight in and of it's self is a poor measure of fat loss. Add some resistance exercises (weights) and go by how your clothes fit over time.

1bd5cfd8c137c93dfdbd159319e5ead5

(164)

on July 16, 2012
at 07:53 PM

Thank you both!

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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

It could have been some excess water weight and edema, not necessarily all fat, but that is still great to get in balance! What are you eating? Are you low carb or counting calories?

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on July 17, 2012
at 09:10 AM

Can u tell us what u are eating? i.e. low carb or calorie counting, I have the opposite problem to u, i'm struggling to lose weight..

1bd5cfd8c137c93dfdbd159319e5ead5

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on July 18, 2012
at 12:07 PM

I'm not strict Paleo; I'm converting from being vegetarian for over 25 years. I eat fish and eggs and cheese (don't kick me out, please!) and raw nuts and seeds (I LOVE these). For the first time in my life, I'm not calorie counting and it's freeing as heck. Tomorrow will be 3 weeks and as of this morning I'm down another pound, so 17 lbs total. I do bodyweight resistance exercises. I've managed a small amount of beef and some turkey as well. I went gluten free at the same time so I've been experimenting with GF cooking. I really am not a cook so it's been challenging! I feel so good now.

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