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I'm worried I won't lose weight

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Created December 30, 2012 at 5:34 AM

This is only my 3 rd day on the paleo plan. I'm doing great but again it's only the 3rd day. I was always a weight watchers fan and always did very well on it but after so long on and off I have learned how to cheat without technically cheating. Basically weight watchers stopped working for me. Paleo is just the opposite of what I have ever done to lose weight. I decided to try it after seeing my step brother on Xmas eve, he lost 120 lbs in 1 year. My aunt did Atkins a few years back and lost 200 lbs. I try looking up success stories and all I find is women who were already skinny that got toned and buff. I am 27 years old I weigh 249 lbs and I horseback ride quite intensely for 1 hour per day. I am doing strict paleo and am interested in any thoughts or advice. I realize paleo is about health and that is great but I'm getting married in April and I don't want to be a big fat bride. I was hoping for a 40lb loss considering my first time on weight watchers I lost 50 lbs in 4 months. Any input to calm my anxious mind?

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on December 30, 2012
at 07:32 PM

Thank you. You have been very helpful

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on December 30, 2012
at 06:28 PM

i know the convo is about weight, but i was wondering if you have to take meds for your crohn's along with following diet?

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on December 30, 2012
at 04:06 PM

I don't do well on low carb, but would agree that if you're trying to lose a lot of weight in a hurry, it's probably the best method.

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on December 30, 2012
at 09:57 AM

I suggest you read this: http://paleohacks.com/questions/141594/what-are-the-top-5-things-every-paleo-newbie-should-know-but-probably-doesnt#axzz2GTs3t0J5

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on December 30, 2012
at 09:30 AM

don't worry we're here to help you if you stall :D

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on December 30, 2012
at 06:37 AM

Agreed, try low carb, and avoid fruit. I had good luck on Whole30.

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at 05:57 AM

Have you ever really horse back ridden for professional sport It's hard very hard. You sweat it hurts and it's extremely athletic, I have to rest often to catch my breath because I have come close to passing out.

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at 05:49 AM

Instead of focusing on losing weight, focus on improving your health. The weight will come off with that. I don't know if I would really consider horseback riding as intense exercise.

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on December 30, 2012
at 05:57 AM

You're worried you won't lose weight, but you're obviously wanting to "lose weight" for a reason. It takes years to put on "bad weight." You can't lose it overnight. Focus on health. Focus on losing fat. Focus on gaining and maintaining muscle. Focus on getting quality food. Focus on managing other aspects of life including stress, sleep, relationships and balance. 80% or more of the results you want will come from this. The last 20% or so can be worked on once the rest is in-line, but you can't achieve everything in a day, a week or even a month.

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on December 30, 2012
at 06:04 AM

Try some VLC paleo and see if it agrees with you. Don't let the low carb haters scare you off.

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on December 30, 2012
at 06:37 AM

Agreed, try low carb, and avoid fruit. I had good luck on Whole30.

366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

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on December 30, 2012
at 04:06 PM

I don't do well on low carb, but would agree that if you're trying to lose a lot of weight in a hurry, it's probably the best method.

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on December 30, 2012
at 05:59 AM

No one here can predict your weight loss, and I don't think we should try. I do agree that you should add walking and eventually weightlifting to your exercise program.

I agree with Roth. You might want assurances, we can't give them. I think you should try to feel good no matter what your weight is.

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on December 30, 2012
at 03:00 PM

Don't worry, it might not happen.

'Paleo' in certain forms might be conducive for weight loss, but so are many other 'diets'. I take 'paleo' as relating to more of a lifestyle thing, directed towards cultivating overall health and wellbeing, than as relating to seeking weight loss. If you do to, I daresay weight loss will probably follow. If you're not committed to cultivating health though as you can it may well come back though too. Be aware of your priorities and pursue them. If weight loss trumps and precedes health as your concern then there are many ways to pursue it. They may not be healthy though, or good for wellbeing longterm...

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on December 30, 2012
at 06:13 AM

My stepmom has went paleo finally. She lost two pants sizes in the first two weeks. She lost 8 lbs total but there is a transformation already taking place. I told her not to worry about weight worry more about the way she feels and the physical transformation not the scale. 8lbs isn't much but two pants size in two weeks is good and she is not starving herself like previous fad diets. She eat when she is hungry and doesn't when she is not.

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on December 30, 2012
at 04:41 PM

Ex-equestrian over here! I never got to the professional level but I do agree that it is a sport, and a very physically demanding one at that.

You already know how to lose weight, and you've lost weight before so you can do it again. WeightWatchers teaches you to track your food and portion sizes, right? Keep doing that. It doesn't have to be fancy; get a notebook or use your smartphone if you have one. Weight loss comes from a calorie deficit. And to echo everyone, you can lose weight in any sort of calorie deficit; I lost a lot of weight eating Kashi cereal and canned beans (not together of course!) but I wasn't healthy and I couldn't keep up with it. Smart, healthy and sustainable weight loss comes from a calorie deficit coupled with good nutrition, which paleo will give you. You can't slather anything and everything in coconut oil, yet, but I think you have the right mind set.

Plus, there seem to be a number of people here who have lost, and maintained, considerable weight. It's possible.

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on December 30, 2012
at 07:32 PM

Thank you. You have been very helpful

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on December 30, 2012
at 02:44 PM

I tried Weight Watchers twice. They told me I needed to lose 15-20 lbs to be in the "healthy range." I would lose around 8 lbs, then hit a plateau and not be able to take any more off. Something was wrong. My friend introduced me to Paleo and I was totally amazed how well I felt and how my body was changing in only three to four weeks.

After a month or so I started weight lifting. I've lost 25 lbs of fat and gained 12 lbs of muscle and I have been able to manage Crohn's disease so much more effectively. The scale hasn't moved all that much but the changes I've seen in my body are amazing. I would need to start intermittent fasting (IF) to lose more fat at this point but I'm where I need to be as far as the "healthy range." I've been eating Paleo for almost a year now.

Take some pictures of yourself now and don't worry about anything but your food choices. Everyone is different so your fat loss is hard to predict, but I know you will start feeling better and looking better soon.

Good job choosing this way of eating!

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on December 30, 2012
at 06:28 PM

i know the convo is about weight, but i was wondering if you have to take meds for your crohn's along with following diet?

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