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Five pound weight loss in three days? Is this really possible?

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Created August 29, 2012 at 1:33 PM

I may have just had my mind blown...I'm not sure why I'm skeptical, but I guess it comes with the human thing...

I have been transitioning to paleo for about a week now...Total newbie here...Three days ago, I decided I'd weigh myself and keep track...Well, just figured I'd step on the scale for giggles and laughs and almost fell over to see a number a full five pounds lower!

Is this normal?

I have found that my cravings have totally shifted...I am not craving carbs or junk or really much of anything...Yesterday I had three eggs and ham (probably not strictly paleo, but I wanted to use it...it was a hamsteak) for breakfast and wasn't hungry until 8ish.

I'm totally in awe.

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on August 30, 2012
at 01:17 AM

It's from the Blood Type Diet...I think there's something to that whole concept...I'll let you check into it if you're interested...It's a good book... I feel like there is something to be taken away from a lot of ways of eating...

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on August 30, 2012
at 12:56 AM

I'm confused. What does your blood type have to do with it?

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on August 30, 2012
at 12:55 AM

It isn't Paleo, but many of us imbibe once in a while.

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on August 29, 2012
at 10:54 PM

I have no intention of maintaining a pound a day weight loss...I would like to follow this way of eating for a lifetime, and I plan on living way more days than that ;-) When I get to a better weight, I probably will lay off the scale, but I'm not ready for that yet...If I put on weight at this point, I think there would be a problem...I have enough to lose (I'm 207.5 and 5'5.5" (I was 5'6" before they took disc material out of my back)

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on August 29, 2012
at 10:51 PM

Good info on the glycogen, thank you :-)

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on August 29, 2012
at 10:50 PM

Aw, I hope it wasn't just that I was dehydrated...Meh That's interesting though...Thank you :-)

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on August 29, 2012
at 10:48 PM

August...Drinking wine? I thought wine wasn't paleo...And are you serious? I looooove me some red ;-)

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on August 29, 2012
at 10:47 PM

Thanks :-) I'm committed at this point...I have a friend who has had amazing results and she inspired me...I'm also an O blood type, so it makes sense all around that I eat heavy on the meat...the thing that will take some getting use to is that fat part :-/

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on August 29, 2012
at 06:10 PM

You beat me to it, Michael. I've seen months where the scales didn't budge, and now they're budging again they're going the wrong way. If I was new to Paleo I might be in danger of getting very discouraged.

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on August 29, 2012
at 03:31 PM

I can drop 5lbs by drinking wine.

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on August 29, 2012
at 02:48 PM

I lost 1-1/2 lbs last night, all water weight. Three months ago I used a diuretic for blood pressure and dropped 5 lbs in a couple of days....when I stopped taking it the water weight immediately came back. Fat loss is much slower, and in losing 50 lbs the best I could do was 2-3 lbs a week.

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on August 29, 2012
at 02:43 PM

Good for you! Just don't get discouraged when that weight loss stalls 2 weeks in. 1-3 lbs a week for the long haul is typical after some huge losses in the first week or two.

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on August 29, 2012
at 02:15 PM

The lower water retention is awesome. I used to wake up every morning with sausage fingers and it would be an hour or so before it would move back in to my blood stream, usually only after drinking a giant glass of water. Now, I only retain water when I eat something I shouldn't!

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on August 29, 2012
at 01:41 PM

The first week is some fat, but mostly water weight. That's perfectly OK, because as your glycogen levels drop, your body retains less water too.

The cravings vanishing is the best part of Paleo, for me anyway. I'm down 30 pounds in about 4 months and RARELY crave anything, other than steak and eggs.

Keep it up, there are plenty of resources out there. Don't be surprised if weight loss stalls the second week as your water weight stabalizes, but fat loss will pick up and you'll drop 1-2 pounds a week without any of the cravings or hunger.

Congrats!

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on August 29, 2012
at 02:48 PM

I lost 1-1/2 lbs last night, all water weight. Three months ago I used a diuretic for blood pressure and dropped 5 lbs in a couple of days....when I stopped taking it the water weight immediately came back. Fat loss is much slower, and in losing 50 lbs the best I could do was 2-3 lbs a week.

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on August 29, 2012
at 10:48 PM

August...Drinking wine? I thought wine wasn't paleo...And are you serious? I looooove me some red ;-)

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on August 30, 2012
at 12:55 AM

It isn't Paleo, but many of us imbibe once in a while.

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on August 29, 2012
at 03:31 PM

I can drop 5lbs by drinking wine.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on August 29, 2012
at 02:15 PM

The lower water retention is awesome. I used to wake up every morning with sausage fingers and it would be an hour or so before it would move back in to my blood stream, usually only after drinking a giant glass of water. Now, I only retain water when I eat something I shouldn't!

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on August 29, 2012
at 02:59 PM

Yeah, this is mostly water weight. When I have a competition or something coming up, I carb load pretty heavily and will gain about 10 lbs in a week. Likewise the week after when I cut the carbs again I'll drop those 10 lbs in a week. It's mostly the water that's attached to the glycogen. So your 5 lbs in 3 days is totally reasonable. Remember a pint of water is about a pound. So you can be up or down a couple of pounds just based on how hydrated you are. On any given day I'm somewhere between 175 and 180 just depending on hydration.

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on August 29, 2012
at 10:50 PM

Aw, I hope it wasn't just that I was dehydrated...Meh That's interesting though...Thank you :-)

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on August 29, 2012
at 02:39 PM

I second JB's comment on water weight. I usually eat very low carb. Occasionally when I'm on vacation or something, I'll end up eating/drinking a lot more carbs, and I'll come home to find I've gained 5 lbs. But then my weight drops back to normal in 2-3 days, just from resuming my usual diet.

From my understanding, when your body stores glycogen in your muscles (which it does when you are consuming more carbs than you can use immediately), it also stores water along with it. And this comes right out as your glycogen stores are depleted, which doesn't take very long if your are consuming very few carbs!

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on August 29, 2012
at 10:51 PM

Good info on the glycogen, thank you :-)

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on August 29, 2012
at 06:06 PM

I have to be a bit of a downer. The problem occurs when you lose only two more pounds over the next month. Seven pounds in a month is fantastic, but if you feel like you're going to keep losing a pound a day you'll lose your motivation and feel like it's no longer working for you.

Eating well is a lifelong project. Experimentation and patience are key. Maybe you've found the answer for you and everything will go smoothly, but this pace, or anything close, cannot keep going. Many paleos recommend throwing the scale away. If you begin to work out much, you'll gain muscle mass, a good thing, but the scale will be discouraging. If you decide to keep the scale as a motivator, that's fine, so long as you are prepared for days and weeks at a time where nothing happens. That's especially likely when you lose a quick five pounds of water!

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on August 29, 2012
at 10:54 PM

I have no intention of maintaining a pound a day weight loss...I would like to follow this way of eating for a lifetime, and I plan on living way more days than that ;-) When I get to a better weight, I probably will lay off the scale, but I'm not ready for that yet...If I put on weight at this point, I think there would be a problem...I have enough to lose (I'm 207.5 and 5'5.5" (I was 5'6" before they took disc material out of my back)

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on August 29, 2012
at 06:10 PM

You beat me to it, Michael. I've seen months where the scales didn't budge, and now they're budging again they're going the wrong way. If I was new to Paleo I might be in danger of getting very discouraged.

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on August 29, 2012
at 02:21 PM

Awesome start. Congrats! Keep up the great work!

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on August 29, 2012
at 04:35 PM

Excellent! Good for you.

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