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Weight loss for women

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Created April 12, 2012 at 7:05 PM

I've been trying to eat paleo the best I can for about two months now. I have to admit I have the occasional slip up here and there on the weekends, but it's nothing that crazy. Once I get back on track I notice I lose a few pounds, between 3-5 in the first few weeks and then it just stops and it's very discouraging. I'm a tall girl at 5'10 and 160lbs. I'd ideally like to get down to 145lbs and be able to maintain that, fluctuating naturally a few pounds here and there. I'm a size 8/9 jean now and the number on the scale doesn't really matter as much to me as being able to comfortably fit into my old size 6 jeans again! I work out a few times a week with high intensity strength training for no more than 15-30 minutes and am starting to walk more regularly now. I've never been one to lose weight quickly anyway, but I just feel I stop after the 5lbs and I get stuck. Anything else I can do to kick it up without feeling like I have to cut so much out of my diet? I just don't want to feel like there's nothing I can eat.

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on April 19, 2012
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Thanks for all of your feedback. I usually get between 7-9 hours of sleep a night. I have normal everyday work stress like most, but nothing out of the ordinary or crazy. Also, no health issues. I will definitely try to cut back on the fruit and nuts as I feel those are the high calorie things stopping my weight loss. Thank you again.

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on April 12, 2012
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+1 - don't ever drink your calories, that stalls weightloss like nothing else.

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on April 12, 2012
at 10:09 PM

Are you sure it is fat and not muscle that you have? I noticed a big change in my body when I lost fat but gained muscle. There was no difference on the scale, my pants were actually tighter, but I LOOKED better and felt better. It was hard to tell at first, but when I flex my thighs I can feel that the added girth is mostly bad-ass muscle. From your routine and protein intake, I am wondering if you aren't building some wonderful muscles yourself!

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Hi Donna, I don't speak from experience, but from what I've read on here, people say to watch the nuts if you're struggling with weight loss. They pack a big caloric punch in a deceivingly small package.

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on April 12, 2012
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I admit I add a little vanilla whey protein to my shake in the morning. Mainly because I have this huge tub of it that I paid a lot of money for (pre paleo) and want to use up. I've also heard that it is very effective in muscle building post workout. I'm not trying to be a body builder or anything, just want to live a healthier, more energized lifestyle and hopefully lose some weight and get lean muscle as an added benefit. : )

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As for food, I usually make a protein shake in the morning after my workout with fruit. Banana, strawberries, black/blue and raspberries, a little greek yogurt, almond butter, sometimes I'll add some benefiber powder and some coconut milk. Other times I'll eat apples and almond butter, bacon and eggs or if I'm not hungry, I won't eat until lunch. Lunch is usually a big salad or more recently I've been loving sauteed kale and spinach with some garlic and olive oil. Dinner is usually grass fed rib eye steak and veggies. (asparagus, broccoli, peppers) Snacks are cashews, macadamia nuts, seeds.

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at 07:37 PM

Hey Donna, don't mean to push it about your diet but can you provide more detail about what you do eat? What does your average day look like?

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I don't eat pasta, bread, grains or really anything that starchy. I work out 3-4 times a week with a personal trainer who teaches crossfit classes, but I have not been to a class yet, she's training me one on one first. (it's been about 2 months) We do lots of squats, push ups, planks, kettelbells, lunges, short terms sprints all within a half hour training session. The days I'm not with her I'll do a 12 minute interval run of fast for 20, rest for 10. I never thought 12 minutes could feel so long either! I walk about a half hour-an hour a few times a week.

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on April 12, 2012
at 07:18 PM

You may want to give us an idea of how carby your diet is, what "High Intensity strength training" means to you, what walking "regularly means" etc... If you are eating 90% starch and fruit, almost no meat and no added fat Vs. high meat, near ketogenic diet makes a difference. Also, High intensity can mean crossfit or it can mean 1 rep, 3 sets, 90% 1rm. So....

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on April 12, 2012
at 10:49 PM

Oh that big fruit smoothie is prob killing yor weight loss effort ?!! I would drop the fruit in favor for non dairy protein. The rest of your day is good if then you are still hungry and needing the fruit carbs because of your workouts then add it back in.I do heavy weights and some interval training on less than 20 carbs a day with ease.

The nuts also have a lot of cals I would drop them to once or twice a week.

I know everyone on here hates protein shakes but I find them very useful for weight loss as its protein without the fat and it's make it easy to get your 100 gms of protein a day without the high cal and fat count you need to watch to lose the weight.

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on April 12, 2012
at 10:58 PM

+1 - don't ever drink your calories, that stalls weightloss like nothing else.

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on April 13, 2012
at 12:52 PM

Eat less food. Whatever you are doing now via diet is maintaining your current weight. Eat less, and you will see results.

Calorie count if you have to, but you must train your body to consume less.

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on July 28, 2012
at 01:06 AM

Maybe your body is at its natural weight. According to the BMI scale you are at a normal weight (BMI 23) and not overweight at all.

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on April 13, 2012
at 07:24 AM

Sometimes only time and patience is needed to see results, but it is hard to know whether there is anything you could do to help you achieve your goals more quickly in a healthy way without having the full picture.

Do you sleep enough? Are you managing your stress well? Do you have any health issues that could be getting in the way? Any digestion problems that could trigger inflammation?

Maybe working with a qualified Paleo dietitian could help you make some sense of it all.

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on April 19, 2012
at 02:47 PM

Thanks for all of your feedback. I usually get between 7-9 hours of sleep a night. I have normal everyday work stress like most, but nothing out of the ordinary or crazy. Also, no health issues. I will definitely try to cut back on the fruit and nuts as I feel those are the high calorie things stopping my weight loss. Thank you again.

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on April 13, 2012
at 05:04 AM

You are not alone. I'm in a very similar situation myself (although at 5'8" 170 your stats are enviable to me). The last 15-20 lbs are very stubborn, esp for women and more so past 35 or so. I've read all the threads on this site relating to women and weight, and come to the conclusion that I should try a whole 30. Others have said they have to be extremely strict, no dairy, no chocolate, no nuts, very limited fruit. All I know is 80/20 ain't cutting it anymore for me. Guess I'll try the experiment for a month and report back.

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The Kruse leptin reset has been used successfully for many on a plateau.

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