Sorry for this lengthy post, and if it sounds stupid. I haven't found any real sound advice and need something more personal.
I am 6ft, 28 years old and I decided to lose weight in 2010 after countless failed attempts at diet. I had ballooned up to about 300 pounds and had been obese for many, many years, but not in my youth. I used a portion control system called MediFast and did about hour of Cardio about every day. I lost 130 pounds in 10 months from January to October 2010. I started CrossFit in December 2010 and have been doing it at least 5 times/week. I have a lot of loose skin. I have been battling to ward off the loose skin and waist and anything else that feels or looks fatty but nothing is working. I have been doing Paleo for 30 days now, and my loose skin feels a little more firm. I have been keeping my carb intake around 50-70 grams (some fruit, sweet potatoes/yam, Brussel sprouts, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, etc...), moderate protein (lean beef, chicken, eggs, salmon), and high fat (coconut, almond, avocado).
I have a bit more energy, but my abdomen caves in from my chest, like I look starved, and trying to fill out and I obsess about trying to look great for myself and I panic because I feel nothing has been working. I'm trying to work my waist off and anything to lean down. I don't know what to expect Paleo do for me except feel better and be better at my CrossFit WODs. Plus, I need to eat more as everyone has told me, but feel like I can't stomach what 3,000+ calories.
I don't know how to really and properly balance everything so I don't freak out, Help?
asked byDavid_39 (30)
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on January 08, 2013
at 12:26 AM
First of all, congratulations on having more energy. There's your first benefit there. As you mentioned, you've only been doing this for a month, after a lengthy period of obesity and failed diet attempts. You need to give yourself time to adjust to your new lifestyle, mentally and physically. As someone who comes from a background of disordered eating, I know the last thing I would want to hear is "don't obsess" but at the same time focusing on your appearance won't make you any healthier, nor will it make you lean out faster. In terms of forcing yourself to eat 3000 + calories, you shouldn't do it. You shouldn't force yourself to eat anything. Focus on eating nourishing foods that you find appealing until you feel sated. Trying to eat an unsustainable amount of food is only going to create more undue pressure. You need to give yourself more time and definitely treat yourself with a little more compassion!
I'm not sure if you have already read this but Sisson did a post on loose skin:
Also, have you looked into Great Lakes gelatin? If you're not doing bone broths, this is an easy way to get in some gelatin. I just dissolve it into my morning beverage. It might be useful in helping to resolve any skin issues.
I just want to reiterate that one month is not enough to decide "it's not working". Focus on nutrition, practice patience and a compassionate attitude towards yourself and it will fall into place. Once you've been at it for a while you can look at other posts and start tweaking.