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too overweight for paleo and crossfit?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 06, 2013 at 6:05 AM

my name is tara, I am 260 pounds and was on paleo but backed off from it, (don't know why) but I was curious would it benefit me to do paleo and crossfit together and would I even see any results? I mean I see just skinny and bulky people at the box, and I didn't know if it was just for some extreme athletes. please help?

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on January 31, 2013
at 08:33 AM

I don't meant to suggest that crossfit is unsafe, but I don't believe it's the fitness program for (what I assume to be) her level. I guess I was trying to tailor my answer slightly.

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(15833)

on January 23, 2013
at 01:39 AM

Don't agree that crossfit is a negative, workouts that tax your large muscles both burn fat and are taxing. I have yet to see an injury at my crossfit gym in 8 months but have seen plenty of injuries in lifters and runners.

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on January 07, 2013
at 07:26 PM

I think if you are starting out significantly overweight, you can eat without much thought to calories. Esp for women, as the hormone regulation brought on by proper nourishment goes a long way. As you get closer to your goal weight (like 20 lb to go) then you really do have to cut calories more.

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on January 07, 2013
at 05:19 PM

I had the opposite experience - when I went paleo I upped my calories and lost a huge amount of weight. I had been eating 1500 cal a day for decades, and slowly gained weight. On paleo I ate between 2000-3000 cal a day and lost 2-3 lb a week, overall losing 30 lb before the loss stopped.

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(1055)

on January 06, 2013
at 03:48 PM

here is my success story on MDA - i was 250+ at my higheest. Tons more stories there too if you look around - it's great motivation! http://www.marksdailyapple.com/the-aha-moment-when-clarity-happens-and-real-change-begins/#axzz21qebk0iY

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on January 06, 2013
at 08:01 AM

Tara - You are very welcome. I also added some edits of things that help.

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(1101)

on January 06, 2013
at 06:56 AM

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/the-unconquerable-dave/ A lot of people have had success. MarksDailyApple has great bios on 'em. :)

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on January 06, 2013
at 06:49 AM

Thank you all so much, I really appreciate your input!

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(842)

on January 06, 2013
at 06:48 AM

I agree with Eric. Some of these skinny people you talk about were eating fake food and weighed a lot. Eating paleo foods and starting with whatever exercise you can handle will get you healthy. You are never too overweight for paleo. Might be a little tough with cravings the first few days if you eat a lot of processed foods or sugars, but you can do it!

6c01f92492a35c859e2d1639ac37abb8

on January 06, 2013
at 06:46 AM

Thank you so much for your input, I do really love the idea of paleo I just havnt really seen anyone with weight loss success stories with it that's all. and I already do crossfit and am obsessed. just didn't know if I would actually see a drop in weight!

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Cc3ce03985eac5ebcbb95fc2329f13b0

on January 06, 2013
at 06:39 AM

Your weight doesn't give us any indication of your fitness level. I am guessing that you don't currently exercise, or you wouldn't be asking. So, coming from a guess that you are just starting an exercise program, I would advise against starting with such an extreme one. IMO, it's better to start with more manageable exercises to build strength and habit, and to enjoy regular successes. Walking and weightlifting are good. It's also not as expensive, so changing stuff around won't hurt your wallet. Start by walking five miles a day. OR one mile, then work up to five.

If you are already in great shape, certainly you shouldn't NOT do CF just because you're larger. When I started at the gym, I was your weight, and all the other heavy lifters were men (at my gym). They gave me weird looks, being the only fat, 40+ woman in the room. But when it would bug me, I'd just think, "Screw you, I had a 10lb 7oz baby vaginally with no meds, I'm the toughest one in here!" That was a year and a half ago, and I still go regularly.

5af4bc9d2c390b0bcad9524f149c1b4f

(1101)

on January 06, 2013
at 06:56 AM

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/the-unconquerable-dave/ A lot of people have had success. MarksDailyApple has great bios on 'em. :)

Ab566019baa884ec9e3327c108586ff8

(1055)

on January 06, 2013
at 03:48 PM

here is my success story on MDA - i was 250+ at my higheest. Tons more stories there too if you look around - it's great motivation! http://www.marksdailyapple.com/the-aha-moment-when-clarity-happens-and-real-change-begins/#axzz21qebk0iY

6c01f92492a35c859e2d1639ac37abb8

on January 06, 2013
at 06:46 AM

Thank you so much for your input, I do really love the idea of paleo I just havnt really seen anyone with weight loss success stories with it that's all. and I already do crossfit and am obsessed. just didn't know if I would actually see a drop in weight!

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A2693332259298b9c8f06f9e6c46b079

on January 06, 2013
at 08:11 AM

Losing weight is like 80% diet and 20% exercise. Exercise is a must-have to keep your body in "processing" mode to deal with what you eat, but what REALLY matters is your diet!

Paleo is great but I generally dislike crossfit.

Crossfit's rapid-fire movements can be very hard on your body, especially if you're lacking adequate strength in certain muscle groups.

For your 20% (exercise) I'd suggest starting out light with walking, treadmill, cycling, yoga, etc.. anything to get you moving. Just be active.

For the 80% (diet), stick with Paleo! Just keep trying! You might stop, but then just start again when you're ready. I go back and forth all the time because processed sugar is delicious.. but even when you're "off paleo" just work on portion control, craving control & moderation.

Honestly, it's just a big head game. I feel that exercise isn't really important until you're 3-4 months into a weight loss regimen, and it's best to start working on dietary modifications first!

Hope some of these ideas help!

9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

(15833)

on January 23, 2013
at 01:39 AM

Don't agree that crossfit is a negative, workouts that tax your large muscles both burn fat and are taxing. I have yet to see an injury at my crossfit gym in 8 months but have seen plenty of injuries in lifters and runners.

A2693332259298b9c8f06f9e6c46b079

on January 31, 2013
at 08:33 AM

I don't meant to suggest that crossfit is unsafe, but I don't believe it's the fitness program for (what I assume to be) her level. I guess I was trying to tailor my answer slightly.

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1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

(20378)

on January 06, 2013
at 06:45 AM

Paleo food works great. You might start out with walking 5 days a week for a month and then add in some weight training. You can start with dumbells or weight machines and work up from there. You are going to do great.

Best Wishes - Eric

EDIT:

Also start with the protein and fat in the morning. Also for lunch (except adding vegetable carbs at lunch is fine). Start the carbs in the middle of dinner. This will help keep hunger away. In addition sleep 7.5 or more hours a day.

6c01f92492a35c859e2d1639ac37abb8

on January 06, 2013
at 06:49 AM

Thank you all so much, I really appreciate your input!

C657d176db6f11f98aeb2a89071e3281

(842)

on January 06, 2013
at 06:48 AM

I agree with Eric. Some of these skinny people you talk about were eating fake food and weighed a lot. Eating paleo foods and starting with whatever exercise you can handle will get you healthy. You are never too overweight for paleo. Might be a little tough with cravings the first few days if you eat a lot of processed foods or sugars, but you can do it!

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

(20378)

on January 06, 2013
at 08:01 AM

Tara - You are very welcome. I also added some edits of things that help.

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on January 06, 2013
at 12:37 PM

One of the coaches at my Crossfit started when she was obese. Now SHE is one of those skinny people at the box! If you haven't worked out in a while, you won't be able to do the workouts as prescribed---and I wouldn't go more than 3x a week to start---but Crossfit is very scalable. Supplementing with a walking program is a great idea.

You can certainly do Paleo and do Crossfit! All of the Paleo people I know in real life are Crossfitters.

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on January 06, 2013
at 12:07 PM

You should lurk on the CrossFit Brand X forum for a while. They scale the CrossFit WODs for all ability levels and are among the friendliest/most responsive towards overweight people beginning with CrossFit. They may be able to point you in the direction of like-minded boxes if you're currently doing CrossFit at home. At the least, they will quickly disabuse people of the idea that CrossFit is necessarily an extreme workout or only for extreme athletes.

http://www.crossfitbrandx.com/index.php/forums/viewforum/16/

There are a tremendous number of people who have radically changed their body composition through paleo/crossfit; however, I do tend to agree that you should focus more on your diet than the exercise. The suggestion for Mark's Daily Apple success stories is a good one. The Latest in Paleo podcast also checked in with someone who was succeeding at extensive weight loss through paleo/exercise.

This question about success stories has some good answers and links: http://paleohacks.com/questions/79630/looking-for-some-serious-success-stories#axzz2HCA4czvm

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on January 07, 2013
at 01:49 AM

I went to crossfit once and looked too skinny/weak to do most of the moves with weights. the trainers actually wouldn't let me use the weights- i was pretty annoyed actually haha they are all about correct form when you are starting out. all the exercises are easily modified to your level. just trust yourself. you can do it if you want to.

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32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on January 06, 2013
at 03:07 PM

I started CrossFit 60 lb overweight and 3 months after having surgery. I had lost about 30 lb with paleo, but I was stalled, mainly with motivation. I LOVE crossfit! We have several girls in there who need to lose 50+ lb. The coach is wonderful about scaling and working with you where you are. I have seen my body change with crossfit in ways it never has by dieting, or running, or regular "gym" stuff. I think it's actually a great workout for us stocky girls ... it is very strength-based, and it gives me that boost that I am strong and capable ... my extra pounds work for me in a lot of the lifts. :)

I started going once a week for about a month, then went to twice a week for a long time, usually walking on my days off. Now I'm up to 3x a week.

Most boxes will let you visit for a class or two for free ... find all the boxes in your area, and start trying them out. Look for coaches that talk a lot about scaling the workouts. My coach actually forces us to scale down until he sees that we have correct form. Then he will let us start to add.

And if you do paleo with it, you will see MUCH faster gains, and ability to do the workouts. They definitely work together.

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on January 06, 2013
at 01:09 PM

obviously on this site your are going to get an overwhelmingly positive recommendation for paleo. I love crossfit, and you have to start somewhere. A guy i workout with has dropped tons of weight just crossfitting a few times a week. crossfit and walk. eat right and don't give up

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on January 22, 2013
at 11:48 PM

I was very overweight (more than 50lbs) when I started Crossfit, but I was determined. What I found at my box was the support and encouragement of the other Crossfitters, and individual coaching like I'd never had. I used to walk into a gym, look at all of the machines and think "where do I even start?" With Crossfit, they actually coach you so it's like having a personal trainer with each WOD. If you visited a box and didn't find this to be the case- then keep looking. You're obviously interested or you wouldn't have asked. :) Why not give it a try and see if it's for you?

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Db4f4768f06e8e5cd95dffa536c2a9ab

on January 07, 2013
at 12:35 AM

You should definitely give paleo a try! It's not just for people who are already skinny. I've lost 12 lbs since I started paleo in November, without counting calories and only upping my exercise a tiny bit. Like other people said, crossfit might be a bit too intense to start out with, I would recommend starting out with walking, biking, or yoga and working your way up to more intense work outs.

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on January 06, 2013
at 04:01 PM

Word of caution: paleo is not a weight loss diet unless you restrict calories. Counting calories is beneficial. Exercise is helpful, but going all out Crossfit is probably not necessary. Just increasing activity over all (i.e. walking) is probably your best bet.

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on January 07, 2013
at 05:19 PM

I had the opposite experience - when I went paleo I upped my calories and lost a huge amount of weight. I had been eating 1500 cal a day for decades, and slowly gained weight. On paleo I ate between 2000-3000 cal a day and lost 2-3 lb a week, overall losing 30 lb before the loss stopped.

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on January 07, 2013
at 07:26 PM

I think if you are starting out significantly overweight, you can eat without much thought to calories. Esp for women, as the hormone regulation brought on by proper nourishment goes a long way. As you get closer to your goal weight (like 20 lb to go) then you really do have to cut calories more.

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