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Slightly frustrated with my weight loss.

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 04, 2013 at 10:26 PM

Ok, I've been paleo since June, and I got down to 126 lbs (I'm 15 and 5'7). Since school started I've gained like 10 pounds, though my waist hasn't really changed at all. I'll post my weight when I check tomorrow, though it's probably up a bit since Christmas and delicious cookies. (My body's chill with gluten, pretty much anything really). I'm just frustrated that I've been stuck at a waistline of 29-30 inches since September, and that's when I suck in my gut ><. I eat very paleo, couple eggs in butter and salsa with some meat and maybe a pickle for breakfast. Lunch is typically some leftover meat and veggies, then when I get home 4 hours later at 3:30 I snack on some beef jerky and a pickle. Dinner is meat and veggies. Not much exercise at all, I'm not very athletic. I want to be just a bit thinner. So, advice?

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on January 06, 2013
at 01:41 PM

Ok, apparently I lost a few pounds over the holiday, and I'm back to the weight I was in Sept, 132ish. At any rate, I'm going to start doing a workout before breakfast every other day. Maybe get a small job I can bike to, I have too much free time >< Thanks for the advice people's ^_^

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on January 05, 2013
at 12:46 PM

No, if I were 116 I'd be tiny >< Right now I'm 135 or so. Just clarifying.

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on January 05, 2013
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@Melmac: Most of the people in your classes are smaller than you are? Welcome to high school, my dear, welcome to high school. Be grateful...it'll be over in a few years and you never have to do it again. (Too bad the real world isn't all that different some days!) ;-)

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on January 05, 2013
at 05:16 AM

Most of the people in your classes are smaller than you are? Welcome to high school, my dear, welcome to high school. Be grateful...it'll be over in a few years and you never have to do it again. (Too bad the real world isn't all that different some days!) ;-)

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on January 05, 2013
at 05:14 AM

So are you saying you were actually 116 and are 126 *after* the 10-pound gain? Either way, *both* are already on the quite slim side for 5'7".

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on January 05, 2013
at 05:13 AM

So are you saying you were actually 116 and are now 126 *after* the 10-pound gain? Either way, it's still on the slim side *already.*

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on January 05, 2013
at 03:21 AM

No no, I've gained 10 pounds over the last few months, since late August. I didn't gain 10 pounds just over Christmas, at least not that I know of, I haven't checked since before Christmas. And yeah, I'm thinking that I'll start exercising. Maybe start doing yoga or martial arts. Something interesting and close by.

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on January 05, 2013
at 12:08 AM

I'm a girl, I should have said that xD And of course I'm going to have cookies on Christmas! You suggesting that I should just watch my mom bake them all and not have a single one? Forget it! xD Besides, I 'cheat' very rarely. Only on holidays. I'm not going to completely obsess over my diet all the time. My fam already thinks I'm weird. My body is fine with occasional cheats.

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on January 05, 2013
at 12:02 AM

I hardly ever measure my weight anymore actually, I only know what I do because of gym class. And I am almost happy with my weight. I'm just a little annoyed that I still have a gut, and most of the people in my classes are smaller than I am, some are really too small. I know it doesn't really matter, but still. I think I just need to get in shape, and I was thinking about martial arts. Seems like an I interesting way to go about it ^_^

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on January 04, 2013
at 11:27 PM

I've gained a bit more than ten pounds since the summer (not really sure why, no change in diet)

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on January 04, 2013
at 11:24 PM

126 for 5'7" is pretty thin. Could be you have a body image issue? If you want to feel better, work on being healthy and exercise a couple days a week…long walks or runs to start.

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on January 05, 2013
at 03:20 PM

5'7 and 135ish is a perfectly healthy weight. If you do choose to lose 10 pounds, you will still be at a healthy weight. I recommend just watching what you eat (including cutting out that gluten) until you are comfortable with your weight. I am 5'8 and I feel comfortable when my weight stays under 130, so I do understand how those few pounds can affect self esteem.

I think your suggestion at adding excercise is a great idea. You mentioned yoga or martial arts which are both great ideas. Choose something you will find interesting so you will push yourself to improve. I am a runner and love watching my pace and distance improve which is great motivation for getting out the door regularly.

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on January 05, 2013
at 03:25 PM

It could be your sodium intake, consider changing your snacks. Exercise will help the tummy area.

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on January 05, 2013
at 02:23 AM

My wife is 5'8" and 125# and is very fit, a bit thin, and healthy and happy. I don't think you'd want to lose 10 pounds from there. You might be at or near your body's ideal weight.

You say that you are chill with gluten, but after eating a lot of gluten-rich treats over the holidays you gained 10 pounds. A lot of people don't realize they have a problem with gluten because it isn't like you eat a bite and feel the urge to throw up. You eat it and it tastes great and feels fine... but then you can't seem to shake those pounds or annoying health issues. Then one day you give up gluten and 30 days later you're 10 pounds lighter and feel the best you have in years. That is how it affects most people (including me). Not to sounds like your annoying uncle, but when you're 15 you can eat and do all kinds of things and not really feel the ill effects, but it starts to catch up to you more and more each year.

Maybe what you're saying is that you want to feel fitter and stronger and look better even though that might not necessarily mean losing weight. For that you probably need exercise, specifically strength-based exercise, that will build muscle and trim a little fat. You might end up gaining weight overall, because the same volume of muscle weighs more than fat, but with more muscle you'll look a LOT better and feel a LOT better.

They say that health, weight, and happiness are 80% diet and 20% exercise. In my experience the opposite is true -- it's 80% exercise. The right exercise program will make you feel 10x as good, almost regardless of diet (IMHO).

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on January 05, 2013
at 03:21 AM

No no, I've gained 10 pounds over the last few months, since late August. I didn't gain 10 pounds just over Christmas, at least not that I know of, I haven't checked since before Christmas. And yeah, I'm thinking that I'll start exercising. Maybe start doing yoga or martial arts. Something interesting and close by.

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on January 04, 2013
at 11:59 PM

One word...exercise

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on January 04, 2013
at 11:48 PM

I don't want to sound condescending or anything but you sound fine. 5'7 and 127 is well within the normal range.

Don't be so fixated with the number on the scale. Just because you gained weight doesn't mean you got fatter. In fact since your waist is the same despite gaining 10 lbs tells us that you put on lean weight which is a good thing!

You are at a phase in your life where your body is still growing and changing. Don't become so fixated on the number the scale says that it impedes you from doing the things needed to keep your body healthy.

Other things that may help would be incorporating some resistance training in your exercise regimen... Or even a martial art such as BJJ!

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on January 05, 2013
at 05:16 AM

Most of the people in your classes are smaller than you are? Welcome to high school, my dear, welcome to high school. Be grateful...it'll be over in a few years and you never have to do it again. (Too bad the real world isn't all that different some days!) ;-)

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on January 05, 2013
at 12:02 AM

I hardly ever measure my weight anymore actually, I only know what I do because of gym class. And I am almost happy with my weight. I'm just a little annoyed that I still have a gut, and most of the people in my classes are smaller than I am, some are really too small. I know it doesn't really matter, but still. I think I just need to get in shape, and I was thinking about martial arts. Seems like an I interesting way to go about it ^_^

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

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on January 05, 2013
at 05:16 AM

@Melmac: Most of the people in your classes are smaller than you are? Welcome to high school, my dear, welcome to high school. Be grateful...it'll be over in a few years and you never have to do it again. (Too bad the real world isn't all that different some days!) ;-)

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on January 04, 2013
at 11:51 PM

A few things: 1. cookies could be all that did it. Be honest, did you eat many and did you eat other non-paleo stuff? 2. You should exercise, walk, sprint, push ups, pull ups, etc. You don't need to be athetic to do that stuff and all those movements are something you are designed for. Don't think about your weight, think about how you feel. Muscle is good! 3. if you are eating gluten, you are not paleo. More to the point, if you think you are chill with it you are likely just not noticing any ill effects. But over time you will regret it. 4. I am assuming you are a male, yes? Time to put some muscle on!

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on January 05, 2013
at 12:08 AM

I'm a girl, I should have said that xD And of course I'm going to have cookies on Christmas! You suggesting that I should just watch my mom bake them all and not have a single one? Forget it! xD Besides, I 'cheat' very rarely. Only on holidays. I'm not going to completely obsess over my diet all the time. My fam already thinks I'm weird. My body is fine with occasional cheats.

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