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Rate of Loss with Body Fat %

Commented on January 20, 2013
Created January 18, 2013 at 6:39 PM

I was wondering what your rate of loss with your body fat % was. I know everyone is different, but I just wanted to get an idea of how paleo is working for you in that regard?

And is it possible to lose body fat without losing too much weight?

I use an Ozeri Digital Bath Scale to track my measurements. I don't know how accurate it is, but I figured it's better than nothing. :)

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on January 20, 2013
at 12:40 PM

Mostly calipers. In my experience they are usually 1-1.5% lower than reality. At my start I did one of those water estimates, and did a DEXA scan at the lowest.

B9887647a925681856c074b317188d87

on January 19, 2013
at 12:24 AM

Thanks! What tools did you use to measure your body fat %?

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on January 18, 2013
at 07:21 PM

You're welcome. It's not silly, and to answer your question I think a diet can only get you a license, but add a proper lifestyle to that and you get the car to take you there.

B9887647a925681856c074b317188d87

on January 18, 2013
at 06:57 PM

Thanks! This might be a silly question, but do you think the paleo diet/lifestyle would fix "damaged" metabolism? In hind sight, I'm sure this would also depend on a number of variables but nonetheless would be good to know :)

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on January 18, 2013
at 06:48 PM

Here are my thoughts on the topic.

  1. The leaner you are, the more noticable any X% change in body fat is. That is, if you're 7% body fat, losing 1% of body fat is going to be a lot more noticeable than if you are 20% body fat and losing 1%. This is why leaner people know more about how foods and macros and exercise affects the body- because they can see the affect almost instantaneously.
  2. How quickly you lose body fat will depend upon how much muscle mass you carry and how undamaged your metablosim is.
  3. How quickly you lose body fat will also depend upon your exercise and diet regiment

B9887647a925681856c074b317188d87

on January 18, 2013
at 06:57 PM

Thanks! This might be a silly question, but do you think the paleo diet/lifestyle would fix "damaged" metabolism? In hind sight, I'm sure this would also depend on a number of variables but nonetheless would be good to know :)

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on January 18, 2013
at 07:21 PM

You're welcome. It's not silly, and to answer your question I think a diet can only get you a license, but add a proper lifestyle to that and you get the car to take you there.

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on January 18, 2013
at 07:04 PM

is it possible to lose body fat without losing too much weight?

[soap box] This question is why ditching a scale is a good idea. Do not get caught up in a number. Who cares how much you weigh, lean mass is what is important.

Here's two scenarios. Man, 170 lbs 15% body fat (Lean Mass 145lbs Body fat 25lbs) - goal 10% body fat.

He can either:

  1. Lose 10 lbs body fat (lean mass still 145 lbs, body fat 15 lbs)
  2. Gain 85 lbs of lean body (lean mass 230 lbs, body fat 25 lbs)

Look to lose body fat, do not try to maintain a certain weight.

btw, I started at 25% body fat, dropped to 9.4%, and now am at ~12% which I am comfortable at) [/soap box]

B9887647a925681856c074b317188d87

on January 19, 2013
at 12:24 AM

Thanks! What tools did you use to measure your body fat %?

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on January 20, 2013
at 12:40 PM

Mostly calipers. In my experience they are usually 1-1.5% lower than reality. At my start I did one of those water estimates, and did a DEXA scan at the lowest.

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