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Dairy or no dairy? Who has lost weight?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 27, 2012 at 7:09 AM

Aside from the fact that our ancestors did not eat dairy, is there any scientific study as to why some paleo folks don't eat it? I figured weight would be falling off after almost 2 weeks and the scale has barely moved. I have been having 1/2 an avocado every morning with eggs or sardines. Now reading there could be too much Omega 6. Any suggestions? I do feel better on this diet (thought eliminating dairy would do the trick) and it isn't. I am 5'2 and 129 lbs. Don't like this weight. Cut out coffee but nothing seems to work.

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on September 30, 2012
at 07:13 PM

More yogurt than cheese. Once in awhile I have a little cheese. I like real parmesan, Swiss, and aged cheddars. Have to watch it with the aged cheese and the migraine issue though.

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on September 28, 2012
at 06:56 AM

Do you eat yogurt or cheese?

3a289656a1aa8d487ebfbe24c359f146

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on September 28, 2012
at 06:55 AM

When did you start this diet? I do exercise but could do more. How much weight have you lost? I am not using dairy now -- just wondered if adding Greek yogurt, kefir, or cheese would be harmful. Thanks.

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on September 27, 2012
at 07:55 PM

At 5'2" and 129, the weight is NOT going to be "falling off." Depending on your body fat percentage, you could very well be just fine where you are and your body doesn't *want* to go any lower on the scale.

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on September 27, 2012
at 09:48 AM

My ancestors ate dairy and as a result I'm lactose tolerant. I lost 50 lbs eating dairy, mostly as homemade yogurt. Dairy didn't trigger the weight loss but it certainly didn't prevent it.

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81181cab058dd652659e4bb2e6f25843

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on September 27, 2012
at 01:16 PM

It's only been "almost 2 weeks", patience grasshopper. Seems like your already entering an overanalyze/ endless tweaking/ questioning phase, thats a bad place to be

Eat whole foods. lift heavy things. rest. wait.

Also, when you measure your weight you need to make certain that the measurements are consistent e.g. sunday mornings (after a pee or something) on an empty stomach and on the same scale. otherwise regular fluctuations can mask or mislead weight gain or loss goals.

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on September 27, 2012
at 03:09 PM

First, don't put so much emphasis on weight. Weight can fluctuate wildly. Probably the best test is how you look in the mirror and how your clothes fit. Mirrors don't lie and your clothes don't grow bigger.

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on September 27, 2012
at 06:29 PM

I consume raw cheese, kefir, Kerrygold butter, and occasionally use raw milk while cooking. Since April, I have lost 30+ pounds (please note that I had a LOT of weight to lose). Yes, you can lose weight while consuming dairy. Go with how you feel after eating it and how your clothes fit!

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on September 27, 2012
at 12:16 PM

I have always included dairy. I lost lost weight, and am now around 10% BF. So it has not been something that has kept me from getting to a healthy weight.

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on September 27, 2012
at 12:06 PM

For some time we had raw organic Jersey milk from a friends farm, but they moved away, so alas our milk supply was gone. After years of trying to lose weight on skim and 2%, I hadn't really made that much progress. When I went to paleo I didn't have any milk for awhile, then decided to do whole organic dairy. Expensive, but well worth it in my opinion. Anyway, I actually lost weight drinking it. To date have lost over 30. I don't know if that answers the questions you had, but yes, it is possible to lose drinking milk. I have problems with congestion eating wheat and for a long time thought it was the dairy. Now I know better. Off the wheat I feel amazing and have cured lots of issues.

3a289656a1aa8d487ebfbe24c359f146

(70)

on September 28, 2012
at 06:56 AM

Do you eat yogurt or cheese?

Bece741db5f5fed6bafa12e3548f973f

(715)

on September 30, 2012
at 07:13 PM

More yogurt than cheese. Once in awhile I have a little cheese. I like real parmesan, Swiss, and aged cheddars. Have to watch it with the aged cheese and the migraine issue though.

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on September 27, 2012
at 11:57 AM

I'm the same weight and 5'3, I use whole milk in my tea. But I crossfit 3 times a week so my question is are you doing any exercise? Also how much dairy are you consuming. I found less than a cup a day of milk I feel fine. Yogurt is better as someone mentioned. Portions matter. I did not find pounds falling off but I feel tons better. Like a jig saw you gotta keep fiddling some and refining the diet. Congrats to you for making the leap!

3a289656a1aa8d487ebfbe24c359f146

(70)

on September 28, 2012
at 06:55 AM

When did you start this diet? I do exercise but could do more. How much weight have you lost? I am not using dairy now -- just wondered if adding Greek yogurt, kefir, or cheese would be harmful. Thanks.

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on September 27, 2012
at 10:50 AM

You can lose bodyfat with or without dairy. It comes down to total calories vs TDEE. Why would you want to drink fat while trying to get your body to burn fat is another questions altogether, and to answer it for you. You would not. So, can you lose on skim milk? Sure can. However, if you really want to lose body fat, don't drink any of your calories.

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on September 27, 2012
at 10:09 AM

Dairy fats are like coconut fats, they are quickly absorbed without bile, and probably kick up your metabolism. There are studies linking dairy consumption with lower BMI.

Of course if your better without dairy, you can use coconut oil for the same purpose. Many people dont do dairy because of various intolerances (casien, lactose to name a few). It kinda depends on whether your particular anscestors had it or not, how your body deals with it.

As for your weight...do you exercise? Are you lower carb (at or under 100 grams/day)?

I dont think two weeks is all that long for weight loss. But I think at or under 100 grams carbs, and a primal blueprint style exercise pattern (some lifting, some spriting, lots and lots of walking/slow moving) is probably what id recommend for weight loss personally.

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on September 27, 2012
at 07:57 AM

This does not really apply to the dairy part of your question, but I have been following paleo for about a month and have only lost 2 lbs BUT I have lost almost an inch off of my waist...and I do not exercise! (am I allowed to say that here?)I would highly suggest going by measurements instead of the scale. I am not big to begin with so I am thrilled with the smaller waist.

As for the dairy I do not eat it because it makes me congested. Dairy Is the top food allergy and you could be experiencing allergy symptoms that you do not even realize it is causing. A lot of "seasonal" allergies are actually food allergies. Give yourself at least 3 weeks with no dairy and see if any mysterious symptoms improve. I gave up dairy way before paleo and would highly suggest it.

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