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weight loss on paleo

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 05, 2012 at 8:13 PM

What is the best way for a fit person (5"6 120 lbs) to lose weight or inches on the Paleo? I have cut out dairy, gluten and sugar the last month...run or elliptical five days a week...etc

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on February 07, 2012
at 02:26 AM

@Jenny J, no no, I don't weigh that now but it was my weight when I was younger and in shape. I hope to weigh around that by fall but who knows? I'm still "stocky normal" and I agree it's just fine--my motivation for losing the rest of my extra fat is for free and light motion and less strain on my joints.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on February 07, 2012
at 02:20 AM

Nice, we are the same height! Plus, I'm in my early 20's and weigh at least 15 lbs more than you, haha, good on you! Of course, I like my weight where it is, most comfortable here, what's a stocky girl to do but just love it like it is!

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on February 06, 2012
at 07:55 PM

5'6 and 120 is a BMI of 19.4. On the low end of normal. 95% of women your height weigh more than you. You DO NOT need to lose. And trying will only screw up your body in horrible ways (take it from me).

B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

(10255)

on February 06, 2012
at 05:11 PM

you are trying to get me in trouble again :))))

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on February 06, 2012
at 04:13 PM

Stop, you guys, I'm blushing here--and thanks.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on February 06, 2012
at 03:51 PM

Does PH stand for "Paleo Hecklers"?

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on February 06, 2012
at 03:50 PM

Next PH question: "What should I amputate to lose that last 10 pounds?"

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on February 06, 2012
at 03:48 PM

The wise just seem taller...

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on February 06, 2012
at 03:43 AM

LOL, wider not taller--well, I was. I'm doing pretty good at getting rid of wider too now.

B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

(10255)

on February 06, 2012
at 02:50 AM

wow! i always thought of you as being taller ;)

B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

(10255)

on February 06, 2012
at 02:49 AM

that too.......

B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

(10255)

on February 06, 2012
at 02:48 AM

thanks suzanne :) i understand the ops pain- at 5'5" and 130lbs i sometines feel amputation is the only way i will ever loose the last 10.

Ff0676c8c4d57e148447fb70da64f5fb

(75)

on February 06, 2012
at 12:12 AM

i know that this isn't all that helpful to the op, but i just had hot tea come out my nose as i was trying to protect my computer screen from my "laughter". ;) thanks.

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on February 05, 2012
at 10:50 PM

that is way too much cardio

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on February 05, 2012
at 10:46 PM

Hey, give the rest of us a chance to catch up ;)

B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

(10255)

on February 05, 2012
at 09:06 PM

oh yes and sleep

A97493548bc1daae6e477bfd66b593c8

(120)

on February 05, 2012
at 08:45 PM

I agree. Don't just cut out gluten...cut out all grains. This will help along with SRICE's recommendation to lift weights and not do chronic cardio. I do about 20 minutes of kettlebell complex exercises using a Gymboss set on 40sec/20sec beep cycle. Once I started doing this...much better results.

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9140810eb28b318fb081c1f98c0989c8

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on February 05, 2012
at 09:20 PM

Even if you have a slight frame, 5'6"/120# isn't you carrying extra weight. I'm 5'8", with a medium build, and I was bones-sticking-out-skinny at 125#. Personally, I'd reassess what your goal weight is.

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5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

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on February 05, 2012
at 09:27 PM

My suggestion, less cardio, more high intensity interval training.

B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

(10255)

on February 06, 2012
at 02:49 AM

that too.......

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88a3d907cfbe4cb0a23fd5da36161f9b

(614)

on February 05, 2012
at 08:21 PM

Lift weights! I was not getting results at all with just chronic cardio. But when I started weights the inches started coming off. Good luck!

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on February 05, 2012
at 10:24 PM

You already have some great answers. Now, I am an old granny but I am 5'4" and when I was fit 125-130 was a very lean-and-muscular weight for me. So I think Jenni's point is worth your thought.

Also, unlike you I was very fat when I started. Still, I had already lost 30 pounds by early September and I've lost at least 5" from my waist since then. I am strict no-wheat but I eat a modest amount of local honey plus heavy cream in my coffee AND I eat home-made extra-fat yogurt daily.

I told you those things because losing weight on real foods is more like staying on a sidewalk than walking on a line--it's as bad to eat too little as it is to eat too much. It's as bad to exercise too much as it is to exercise too little. Make sure you understand the down-side of heavy exercise and starvation.

For me, it's definitely important to eat varying amounts from day to day--a lot one day, less the next and once in a while nothing.

EDIT: You should check out the new post at Paleo Solution

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on February 06, 2012
at 03:48 PM

The wise just seem taller...

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on February 07, 2012
at 02:20 AM

Nice, we are the same height! Plus, I'm in my early 20's and weigh at least 15 lbs more than you, haha, good on you! Of course, I like my weight where it is, most comfortable here, what's a stocky girl to do but just love it like it is!

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on February 06, 2012
at 04:13 PM

Stop, you guys, I'm blushing here--and thanks.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on February 07, 2012
at 02:26 AM

@Jenny J, no no, I don't weigh that now but it was my weight when I was younger and in shape. I hope to weigh around that by fall but who knows? I'm still "stocky normal" and I agree it's just fine--my motivation for losing the rest of my extra fat is for free and light motion and less strain on my joints.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on February 06, 2012
at 03:43 AM

LOL, wider not taller--well, I was. I'm doing pretty good at getting rid of wider too now.

B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

(10255)

on February 06, 2012
at 02:50 AM

wow! i always thought of you as being taller ;)

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4ec0fe4b4aab327f7efa2dfb06b032ff

(5145)

on February 06, 2012
at 07:57 PM

If you're a fit 5'6", 120, how do you have any inches to lose? Seems to me like you're an ideal weight already. I throw my lot in with the others saying maybe you need to reassess your goals.

I'd also second the suggestion to lift weights if you aren't already. A lot of my female friends mistake a total lack of muscle definition for having extra fat. I lived in a 5th floor walkup with a girl once who wasn't able to take the trash out because her arms were too weak to carry it down the stairs. She went to the gym 4-5 times a week, but when I suggest she maybe start lifting some weights, she said she didn't want to end up with "Madonna arms". I love the girl, but that was one of the stupidest things I've ever heard

My point is, a lot of girls seem to be scared of lifting weights and bulking up. If you're one of them, I would tell you to get over it. Muscle is good, and doing reps a couple times a week won't turn you into a muscle bound bodybuilder.

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B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

(10255)

on February 05, 2012
at 09:05 PM

amputation maybe?

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on February 06, 2012
at 03:50 PM

Next PH question: "What should I amputate to lose that last 10 pounds?"

B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

(10255)

on February 05, 2012
at 09:06 PM

oh yes and sleep

B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

(10255)

on February 06, 2012
at 05:11 PM

you are trying to get me in trouble again :))))

Ff0676c8c4d57e148447fb70da64f5fb

(75)

on February 06, 2012
at 12:12 AM

i know that this isn't all that helpful to the op, but i just had hot tea come out my nose as i was trying to protect my computer screen from my "laughter". ;) thanks.

B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

(10255)

on February 06, 2012
at 02:48 AM

thanks suzanne :) i understand the ops pain- at 5'5" and 130lbs i sometines feel amputation is the only way i will ever loose the last 10.

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11b7b7ba720a5cd43c74a0ef99a16adb

(3448)

on February 06, 2012
at 07:45 PM

Stop exercising; eat more food.

If you're only now cutting out sugar, my guess is you have been on a traditional reduced calorie diet (technically called a semi-starvation diet). The first thing you have to do is get your body out of starvation mode by letting it know the famine is over. That will cause your body to return to a normal metabolism level (instead of the reduced metabolism level produced by semi-starvation diets).

Once you've returned to a normal metabolism level, you should get on a full blown paleo diet. Cut out the carbs, eat vegetables, fruit, and meat (including the fat). You'll start losing weight on this diet without any exercise.

Now, you can add back in the exercise. It will make you hungrier, but since you'll be eating when you're hungry (and not counting calories) you won't over eat. Nor will you under eat, which would cause you to go back into starvation/lowered-metabolism mode.

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B23318c968ac589b87131d5b489d6e16

(1294)

on February 05, 2012
at 08:26 PM

You said you cut out gluten, but are you still eating other grains?

A97493548bc1daae6e477bfd66b593c8

(120)

on February 05, 2012
at 08:45 PM

I agree. Don't just cut out gluten...cut out all grains. This will help along with SRICE's recommendation to lift weights and not do chronic cardio. I do about 20 minutes of kettlebell complex exercises using a Gymboss set on 40sec/20sec beep cycle. Once I started doing this...much better results.

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85e50aac6888aa3b9c87444ce0b9d2fe

on April 07, 2013
at 11:42 AM

I am 5'7" weighing 140. I am muscular and wanted to lose weight, too. But when I started working out, I realized that losing inches was the way to go. It is impossible for me to lose any more weight but it is VERY possible to lose inches. Look to paleo to lose those inches and you will succeed. It took me about a month to see real results with paleo, though. Good luck:) Use bells and you will see results.

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