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best way to lose weight and minimise damage?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 08, 2013 at 5:22 PM

I want to lose weight (5'5, 190lbs, F) for the last week that I've started I've purposely only had quite a small calorie deficit so I lose weight very slowly

I know that sadly I'll have saggy boobs, more stretch marks all over the shop and skin that's not very tight by the end of this but I'm looking for ways to implement damage control

So far:

  • Weight loss very slowly, over years
  • Weightlifting for muscle underneath
  • Healthy food/antioxidants and all the rest of it

I've done some reading about eating paleo and apparently you don't count calories and that calories aren't equal (insulin and all that)? I'm too scared to not count calories and end up not taking in enough calories, but at the same time it would be nice to not have to weigh everything

Also, about antioxidants, apparently too much in your diet isn't a good thing, and too much of one type isn't good either. What's a sensible amount and how much variety are you supposed to have?

And is there anything else you can do to help your skin elasticity/collagen/etc?

Thanks

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on May 09, 2013
at 06:44 PM

Great response. This is what calorie counters need to hear.

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on May 08, 2013
at 09:37 PM

There's nothing inherently wrong with counting calories. The big difference I've experienced on Paleo is that I get to eat more of them because they are coming from quality sources.

For reference: I am 5'7 and went from 215 lbs to 155-ish pounds eating around 1200 calories per day and doing cardio a few times a week. However, at 155 lbs, I was a size 12 and 33% body fat. I started added weight training (eventually CrossFit) and then went Paleo about a year and half ago. Although I only weigh about 10 lbs less than before, I am a size 6 (sometimes 8) and usually hang out around 23-25% body fat. I don't normally count calories when I'm focusing on performance, but probably eat around 2200-2400. I'm currently working on leaning out a bit more and eat about 1800-2000 per day.

If you feel more comfortable counting your calories and can do so while maintaining a healthy relationship with food, it can be a useful tool. A big emphasis for me is to not eat a carb source without pairing it with a protein source.

Unless you lose weight incredibly rapidly, you likely won't have to worry too much about having crazy loose skin. I do feel like I have a small amount of loose skin around my midsection, but I've never been lean enough to know for sure if it's skin or pudge. Get used to a little cellulite and make peace with your stretch marks, though. They aren't going anywhere.

And keep in mind that the only way you can fail is to give up. I can't tell you how many times I fell off the wagon between size 18 and size 6. I have no extraordinary willpower, but persistence is definitely the key to all success.

C5d5cfab77a26fa17a56f2c62b99b879

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on May 09, 2013
at 06:44 PM

Great response. This is what calorie counters need to hear.

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on May 09, 2013
at 04:52 AM

I lost a chunk of weight a while back (30lbs) and for a while, my face looked a bit gaunt and my belly had an unpleasant 'loose skin' look. I found that my 'skin' did seem to catch up.

I'm not certain, but I have heard/read that 'looseness' is actually traces of fat under the skin that keep it from clinging to the tissue beneath. That explanation does seem to conform to my experience.

Patience, both in long term weight-loss and allowing time for secondary changes--like the skin--seem to be good approaches.

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