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Am I losing too much weight?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created May 20, 2013 at 2:30 PM

I'm a 28 year old woman and I started a paleo diet about a week ago. I am reading the "Primal Blueprint" book.

It's done great things for me so far: I have more energy and my chronic stomach pain has disappeared almost entirely. When pain comes back, now, I can easily identify the food that triggered it and eliminate it--there's gluten hidden everywhere.

My concern is that I'm losing weight very fast. I was 116 lbs for 5 ft. 4 in. and in just a week, I lost 4-5 pounds without even noticing. It usually takes me 2 weeks of hardcore dieting to achieve these results, and it usually exhausts me. But since I started the paleo diet, I no longer feel hungry, and I no longer have sugar crashes. I feel alive, in fact.

If I lose 4 more pounds, I'll have a BMI of 18.5 which is technically underweight.

Should I worry about this weight loss and start eating more, or can I expect my weight to stabilize after a few weeks?

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

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on May 20, 2013
at 11:20 PM

Good luck figuring it out. Going to the gym is good advice, just make sure you're getting in your calories.

80b54bff97a286a03adb567079a9888f

(38)

on May 20, 2013
at 11:00 PM

I can't say I exercise, I go to the gym 3 or 4 times a month and I sometimes do pushups or stretch in the morning. I walk a lot, however, probably 8 to 10 hours a week as I was saying in a previous post. I think you are raising good points. I may have to eat a little more and exercise more frequently.

80b54bff97a286a03adb567079a9888f

(38)

on May 20, 2013
at 10:53 PM

Thank you for the feedback. The things is, I'm not feeling or looking sick at all. I have 25% of body fat, maybe I just need more muscle as some people were suggesting? I walk at least 8-10 hours a week at a brisk pace, but almost never go to the gym. I don't think I have eating disorders. I'll see how I feel in another week. If it is as everyone else says, it's mostly water.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on May 20, 2013
at 09:40 PM

There's also, the "if you have to ask..." part about it.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on May 20, 2013
at 09:40 PM

Right. The idiea that "the BMI is useless" is said because muscle weighs more than fat, so many people may be clinically overweight but not be metabolically. If you are losing weight rapidly (and were once not lean and had excess fat) and now you're on the verge of underweight, it's guaranteed that you are not lean. But you're underweight. So, therefore you're likely "skinny-fat." Sorry, but that's the way it works. So, BMI is useless on one end of the extreme, but not on the other.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on May 20, 2013
at 09:38 PM

Right. The idiea that "the BMI is useless" is said because muscle weighs more than fat, so many people may be clinically overweight but not be metabolically. If you are losing weight (were once not lean and had excess fat) and now you're underweight, it's guaranteed that you are not lean. But you're underweight. So, therefore you're likely "skinny-fat." Sorry, but that's the way it works. So, BMI is useless on one end of the extreme, but not on the other.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on May 20, 2013
at 09:37 PM

Right. The idiea that "the BMI is useless" is said because muscle weighs more than fat, so many people may be clinically overweight but not be metabolically. If you are losing weight (were once not lean and had excess fat) and now you're underweight, it's guaranteed that you are not lean. Therefore, you must be skinny-fat. Sorry, but that's the way it works.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on May 20, 2013
at 09:23 PM

I wouldn't tell someone they have a serious problem if they were slightly overweight. I'm considered right on the border of normal weight and overweight at 6'3" low 200's but I have a very low bodyfat and low waist circumference. Being underweight is a whole nother beast. I used to be underweight (2 years ago) and trust me when I say it isn't good. If you've never been underweight you simply will not understand.

5e5ff249c9161b8cd96d7eff6043bc3a

(4713)

on May 20, 2013
at 09:17 PM

By the standard of BMI, which is not a great standard. My BMI is technically overweight even though my bodyfat is relatively low because I lift and have some muscle. It doesn't account for the key factor of leanness, which is why I jumped all over your comment. Telling someone they have a serious issue based on the above is pretty alarmist imo.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on May 20, 2013
at 08:59 PM

@J3wcy, Cecile literally says "If I lose 4 more pounds... 'I'll be' underweight...."

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on May 20, 2013
at 08:58 PM

@j3wcy, if you're talking to me then clearly you missed the line where she said " ** If I lose 4 more pounds**, I'll have a BMI of 18.5 which is technically underweight ** ."

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on May 20, 2013
at 08:57 PM

@j3wcy, if you're talking to me then clearly you missed the line where she said " **If I lose 4 more pounds**, I'll have a BMI of 18.5 which is technically underweight** ."

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on May 20, 2013
at 08:57 PM

j3wcy, if you're talking to me then clearly you missed the line where she said "**If I lose 4 more pounds**, I'll have a BMI of 18.5 which is technically **underweight**."

80b54bff97a286a03adb567079a9888f

(38)

on May 20, 2013
at 05:53 PM

Thanks!! I'm French so grammar and vocabulary fixes are welcome. I'll edit my post.

5e5ff249c9161b8cd96d7eff6043bc3a

(4713)

on May 20, 2013
at 05:40 PM

Which you can't tell. That's a ridiculous comment based on the scarcity of information presented.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

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on May 20, 2013
at 04:29 PM

Yes you are. Being on the verge of becoming clinically underweight is a serious issue.

15dfddb2195385569014b970890b12ad

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on May 20, 2013
at 03:57 PM

+1 for the losing/loosing - I'm that girl too :)

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Cc3ce03985eac5ebcbb95fc2329f13b0

on May 20, 2013
at 06:53 PM

At this point, a lot of that weight might be water weight. Do you exercise, especially weight lift? Because I would expect you to start gaining weight in muscle if your diet is good (which I can't tell from this post). I wouldn't rely too much on the BMI, and give it 3-4 weeks to see how it's going. Track your meals in Cronometer to see if your calories are high enough.

80b54bff97a286a03adb567079a9888f

(38)

on May 20, 2013
at 11:00 PM

I can't say I exercise, I go to the gym 3 or 4 times a month and I sometimes do pushups or stretch in the morning. I walk a lot, however, probably 8 to 10 hours a week as I was saying in a previous post. I think you are raising good points. I may have to eat a little more and exercise more frequently.

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651b74dfbf378ac90ff3eb183f54944e

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on May 20, 2013
at 03:11 PM

My BMI is technically underweight but I eat a ton and feel great! I wouldn't worry about it as long as you feel ok!

P.S. I hate to be this girl but it's losing not loosing. Sorry!

Happy Eating!

15dfddb2195385569014b970890b12ad

(120)

on May 20, 2013
at 03:57 PM

+1 for the losing/loosing - I'm that girl too :)

80b54bff97a286a03adb567079a9888f

(38)

on May 20, 2013
at 05:53 PM

Thanks!! I'm French so grammar and vocabulary fixes are welcome. I'll edit my post.

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2e777bbcd49262eb31a24f821abec6bc

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on May 20, 2013
at 06:25 PM

Just about everyone loses 5 lbs of water weight the first week. You should stabilize.

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606f2967e2ada25eb0bc2ed677ec2845

(364)

on May 20, 2013
at 02:40 PM

Forget the BMI stuff, body fat % is a much more accurate representation of health and even still I would say for get the body fat %, use the mirror and use how your body feels from day to day to measure your progress.

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5e5ff249c9161b8cd96d7eff6043bc3a

(4713)

on May 20, 2013
at 02:40 PM

These questions blow my mind, even if you are underweight, although for the record BMI is a terrible measure of anything and you'd do well to completely ignore it. Inches and bodyfat% are really all you ever need to measure. If you're concerned about being underweight, go lift something heavy a few times a week (low repetitions at the limit of your strength) and build some muscle. Also, you state in your question you feel great, so that's a pretty good indication you're doing just fine.

If you hit the search function there are a ton of these, but the answers is: yes it's normal, it's likely just water weight and you will likely stabilize after a week or two. Don't freak out.

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Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on May 20, 2013
at 09:06 PM

Yes Cecile you are losing too much weight. It is not healthy to be clinically underweight. You lost 4-5 pounds in 1 week and you are 4 pounds from being considered clinically underweight. You may or may not have an eating disorder, are you seeing a doctor for one? You very likely need to work on gaining weight, and I'm sure many doctors might agree, being clinically underweight puts you at a marked increase for all cause mortality.

If you have trouble eating more quality food, then might I recommend making broths to help your digestion. French used to be famous for their broths and it's as easy as boiling some veggies/bones/meats on a stove. It makes it easier to digest and with a little luck you can add some healthy solid muscular weight on your frame.

Wish you the best of luck, but don't listen to half these people on here telling you it's not an issue. If you're on the verge of becoming clinically underweight then it IS an issue.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on May 20, 2013
at 11:20 PM

Good luck figuring it out. Going to the gym is good advice, just make sure you're getting in your calories.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on May 20, 2013
at 09:37 PM

Right. The idiea that "the BMI is useless" is said because muscle weighs more than fat, so many people may be clinically overweight but not be metabolically. If you are losing weight (were once not lean and had excess fat) and now you're underweight, it's guaranteed that you are not lean. Therefore, you must be skinny-fat. Sorry, but that's the way it works.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on May 20, 2013
at 09:40 PM

There's also, the "if you have to ask..." part about it.

80b54bff97a286a03adb567079a9888f

(38)

on May 20, 2013
at 10:53 PM

Thank you for the feedback. The things is, I'm not feeling or looking sick at all. I have 25% of body fat, maybe I just need more muscle as some people were suggesting? I walk at least 8-10 hours a week at a brisk pace, but almost never go to the gym. I don't think I have eating disorders. I'll see how I feel in another week. If it is as everyone else says, it's mostly water.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on May 20, 2013
at 09:38 PM

Right. The idiea that "the BMI is useless" is said because muscle weighs more than fat, so many people may be clinically overweight but not be metabolically. If you are losing weight (were once not lean and had excess fat) and now you're underweight, it's guaranteed that you are not lean. But you're underweight. So, therefore you're likely "skinny-fat." Sorry, but that's the way it works. So, BMI is useless on one end of the extreme, but not on the other.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on May 20, 2013
at 09:40 PM

Right. The idiea that "the BMI is useless" is said because muscle weighs more than fat, so many people may be clinically overweight but not be metabolically. If you are losing weight rapidly (and were once not lean and had excess fat) and now you're on the verge of underweight, it's guaranteed that you are not lean. But you're underweight. So, therefore you're likely "skinny-fat." Sorry, but that's the way it works. So, BMI is useless on one end of the extreme, but not on the other.

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Af9ccf67f4d0178ac94c874b17e69fdb

on May 20, 2013
at 03:57 PM

How MUCH are you eating and how much are you exercising? Are you taking in enough calories per day? I've seen people eat any number of ways and they aren't eating nearly enough for their activity level. I'm 5ft - 144lbs (still losing) and eat about 1400-1600 calories per day. I eat a TON of veggies and such - timing it throughout the day etc. If I go below 1400 you can tell... I get wishy-washy. If I go over 1600 right now, I just don't lose anything.

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Bf2cf74141a6bf39c86d82539e3556c6

on May 20, 2013
at 08:51 PM

test non so cosa scrivere ma questa intanto è solo una prova.

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Dc6407193ba441d1438f6f0c06af872b

on May 20, 2013
at 08:13 PM

I agree with everybody that it's probably primarily water weight. Also, though primal needn't be low carb, it's easy to do it that way at first. Try building some meals around potato/sweet potato/squash. You'll gain back some of the water weight if nothing else.

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A0c6d1e41fc0441b593a05050aefada7

on May 20, 2013
at 07:00 PM

I'm 5'6. I'm under 115 pounds for sure (don't own a scale), and am still losing. I've been about 80-100% paleo for the last 2 months. Was only 80% before that. I eat dark chocolate when it's available, and eat sushi when my friends pay for it... haha. So, not much cheating. I eat over 3000 cals a day, and I still lose weight. I'm hoping to stabilize soon...

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67871ef2326f29da48f1522827fc0f80

(704)

on May 20, 2013
at 02:52 PM

I agree with the earlier posters. If you're eating Paleo, not hungry, feeling great, then it doesn't look like there's a problem.

If you felt dizzy or nauseated, etc., then you may have concerns. As a bit of a warning, when your doctor sees you, they may give negative feedback.

BUT if your blood levels are great, then there's not a problem. Building muscle will give you a sexier shape and will probably increase your appetite. It will also increase your scale weight. This is not a bad thing. You want a healthy body fat % and your body loves muscle, so pack that on.

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