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Answered on October 10, 2014
Created March 16, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Just beginning Paleo but eat in a "similar" fashion already (just not strictly). I don't eat bread or dairy but have occasionally had cheese on something...you know what I mean.

Anyway, how much should I be eating to lose weight. Here's what I'm currently doing:

  1. Teach Jazzercise (40 mins aerobics (high impact) + 20 mins weight training) 4-6x week
  2. CrossFit 3x week
  3. Running 4-5x week in prep for my 4th 1/2 marathon

I'm wondering if I"m not eating enough and that's why I'm not losing weight. I'm 52, 155lbs, 5'4"

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I'm about the same stats as you (5'5", 160, but I'm 38). Wondering the same thing. Here are some rabbit trails I've gone down:

(1) varying calories; I've gone from 1200-2000. No difference. Years ago when I was very overweight and went paleo I was eating 3000 cal a day and lost a ton of weight. But I think that was a hormonal correction and not easily repeated now that I'm healthy.

(2) varying macronutrient ratios. I've tried everything from 30/30/40 (c/p/fat) to 20/15/65, and again it seems to make no difference. But I prefer the 20/15/65 for energy and skin appearance. I use carbs selectively for bursts of energy when doing more exercise, but I would still be considered low carb (around 75g/day). I just feel better that way.

(3) eliminating certain foods. This seems to help the most. When I eliminate ALL fruit I tend to lose weight. But I can only do it for about a week before I start having intense cravings for something sweet. I'm considering trying it again, but adding in some safe starches like potatoes to see if that helps the cravings, but still cuts the fruit. Also you mentioned cheese - I have to 100% cut that as well. Not even a sprinkle on top (which I love on my eggs). Nuts seem to be okay for me and not hinder weight loss.

(4) here's an idea from Paul Jaminet from the Perfect Health Diet. He recommends restricting fat, which I find very hard to do now that I'm paleo! This is for low-activity people also. You might want to dig and see what he says about athletes. He is definitely more high carb that I like, but I may try it at some point. http://perfecthealthdiet.com/2011/02/perfect-health-diet-weight-loss-version/

(5) i've had a lot of interesting conversations with my mother, who eats semi-paleo and is 60. she mentioned that as she went through menopause she found that she really had to decrease calories to keep from gaining weight. Her favorite way of eating is to concentrate on seafood, soups, squashes, and black beans ... she prefers the beans for her carbs, and they seem to work for her.

(6) here's a great article that makes me smile and relax! http://everydaypaleo.com/attention-scale-addicts-part-2/

Overall, I get frustrated because all the ideas I see are geared toward those who are overweight OR those who are athletic. Not a lot of ideas for those of us who are BOTH! Other than, "maybe that's your ideal weight." I do have a strong muscular build ... but I also have a layer of fat on top that is really stubborn.

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on October 10, 2014
at 01:07 PM

"I'm wondering if I'm not eating enough and that's why I'm not losing weight."

No. Eating less makes you lose weight. You're eating more than enough.

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on October 10, 2014
at 11:35 AM

Well what you are doing I guess that's enough but only the thing is you should follow a proper diet chart. Which will give you healthy life.

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on October 10, 2014
at 10:54 AM

Well what you are doing I guess that's enough but only the thing is you should follow a proper diet chart. Which will give you healthy life.

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