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I really need help on losing weight.

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created September 02, 2012 at 5:11 AM

Hey everyone. I know you guys get the question of "how can I lose weight?" well my question revolves around that but I'm so frustrated. I am 18 years old and weigh 260 pounds. I used to weigh 180 last year but have put on so much weight in a year. I've been trying to lose weight for years now. I would run and gym every day but my diet would be poor. No matter what I've been trying so hard to lose weight but it seems impossible for me. Currently I am running 2-4 times a night for a mile. I tried crossfit but all my friends told me I should just focus on running for now. My goal is too reach 140-160 pounds. The faster the better but I am willing to do whatever it takes to lose all this weight and just want to be fit again. Please help! Thank you. I feel so out of shape when it comes to being with my friends. I am desperate to lose this.

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on December 09, 2012
at 04:20 PM

Yes, you are right, I forgot.

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on December 09, 2012
at 03:05 PM

I'd also drop the nuts and all nut-derived products.

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on December 09, 2012
at 03:04 PM

Great answer. I'm a chronic walker myself, and agree that calories absolutely do matter.

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on November 20, 2012
at 12:14 PM

Have you tried going Whole30? Perhaps you feel terrible because you're hanging onto the last 20% of grains which is stunting your paleo progress and so weight loss; it's also perhaps why you're finding it tough going. Rid yourself of SAD and eat clean, you'll feel much better for it. It imparts a sense of prode and achievements which gives you motivation to continue. How are you doing now, 2 months later?

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on September 19, 2012
at 01:48 AM

Yeah, I agree that's a lot of weight in a year, you should definitely get your thyroid checked if that hasn't already come up with your doctor.

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on September 07, 2012
at 06:41 AM

So I'm doing everything and still see no weight loss. There's days when I feel skinnier then days when I feel bloated again. And I see no difference on treadmil either. This past week been eating nothing but chicken, salmon, almond milk. Substituting some meals with watermelon . Still continuing on the cardio. I cut down on grains about 80% ugh this is real hard ):

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on September 03, 2012
at 04:10 AM

@Michael: Not necessarily, especially in the beginning. It isn't unheard of to lose 5-10 lbs of water weight in a week.

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on September 02, 2012
at 08:08 PM

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on September 02, 2012
at 04:16 PM

dont lose weight too fast, keep it 1-2 pounds per week, anymore than that would be muscle mass

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on September 02, 2012
at 03:15 PM

As others have pointed out, diet is more important than exercise for fat loss. Focus on eating high-quality foods (tons of meat and veggies, a little fruit and nuts, and no processed foods at all), and cut back on the running for a little while. CrossFit 2-3 times a week would be better than running (in my experience), but good food and sleep are absolutely critical.

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on September 02, 2012
at 01:08 PM

running 2-4 miles every single night? make that a once a week thing and stick heavy lifting / cross-fit esq (though not as long) style work outs 1-3 times a week tops

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on September 02, 2012
at 10:28 AM

I agree - no fruit and no grains at all.

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on September 02, 2012
at 10:27 AM

Diet is the most important thing for managing obesity. Have you tried dropping carbs, and sticking to meat, eggs, fish and vegetables - with coconut oil and butter?

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on September 02, 2012
at 06:25 AM

NO GRAINS!!! NONE!!!

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on September 02, 2012
at 06:16 AM

Stop eating bananas and ... nuts too (sorry to say this). Just stick with 3 food groups for now: fats, protein (meat/fish) and veggies (kale and onions are a must, carrots are good too). Try it - your cravings will pass.

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on September 02, 2012
at 06:12 AM

Stop eating bananas if you want to lose weight. Replace the grains with almond and coconut flour based recipes. This is a really good one: http://www.elanaspantry.com/gluten-free-bread-20/

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on September 02, 2012
at 05:59 AM

Lately I have been eating paleo. Mostly baked salmon, chicken. Still hard on giving up most grains such as rice and bread sometimes. I haven't drank soda or any juice in over a month. Just water. I gained the weight because my family currently moved states and I had no physical activity as I used to when I was back home. Just eat and sleep and go to school so that was a major contribution to my weight gain. I eat fruits such as bananas and strawberries in replace of a meal at times. And I stopped dairy and drink almond milk once in a while.

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Sleep and rest are important as is lifting some weights and eating well. There are some tips here: http://paleohacks.com/questions/46722/how-do-i-lose-weight#axzz25HssLIMa

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on September 02, 2012
at 05:28 AM

Welcome to Paleohacks!

I'm sorry that you're having such a rough time. I have a few thoughts.

I'm concerned that you're writing about wanting desperately to lose weight and you only write about the exercise part of the equation and not diet. While exercise is great at many things, without a serious focus on diet, exercise won't help you to lose weight. Many people say that diet is 80% of the weight loss equation. That's been my experience. The problem that many people run into with exercise is that they do too much cardio, which makes them hungry, and the calories they burned in the cardio comes back as soon as they eat something.

Are you under a doctor's care? Putting on 80 pounds in a year concerns me that something may be seriously out of whack in your body. I would work on getting to the root of the physical and/or emotional issue and not be in a hurry to lose the weight, unless of course your doctor tells you otherwise.

Are you journaling what you eat? What does your diet look like? Do you eat for emotional reasons?

Yes, paleo is a great diet, but it's not a magic cure for weight loss, although it might be great for you depending on what diet you're coming from and how your body does with paleo.

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on September 19, 2012
at 01:48 AM

Yeah, I agree that's a lot of weight in a year, you should definitely get your thyroid checked if that hasn't already come up with your doctor.

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on September 02, 2012
at 12:52 PM

I would not recommend running, but a lot of walking instead. Try to get up to 3-4 miles each day. When you are not walking, stay on your feet as much as possible, even at work or school. Try a standing desk if they allow one. Every effort you make to stay active and on your feet will help you lose fat.

As far as diet, you can go low carb, no carb, high carb, high fat, low fat, no fruit, etc., but in the end it comes down to eating less. I find that it's easier to eat a balance of different foods rather than eliminating or dramatically reducing one thing. If you keep it natural, then reducing the amount you eat should result in weight loss.

Tracking does help to at least give you an idea of how much food you are consuming. To lose fat, you probably need to keep your calories in the 1700-1800 range, but only you can really figure that out based on trial and error. It might be more, it might be less. Just don't rush it. You didn't get to where you are in 4 weeks, so don't expect to lose it in 4 weeks.

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on December 09, 2012
at 03:04 PM

Great answer. I'm a chronic walker myself, and agree that calories absolutely do matter.

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on September 02, 2012
at 01:54 PM

I have not read the other responses but here's my take on it.

Last year i weighed 180 pounds, being 5'9 and at the age of 18 i was overweight too. That's when i adopted the paleo lifestyle and managed to lose 30 pounds in 2 months and have maintained this weight for the past year now and have gained a decent amount of muscle too.

How i did it?

Routine is very important! I made a plan and stuck to it.

1)Lifted heavy things, i recommend checking out Stronglifts or Starting Strength.

2)Cut the cardio, there's no point in doing that much cardio. In fact i don't do cardio at all but i slow walk 4-5 days a week for about 30 minutes. Highly recommended :)

3) Nutrition, well i ate paleo 90% of the time. It was really easy for me. Why? Because i never obsessed about it. I never looked at it with disgust. I embraced the new healthy lifestyle and i think that it is very important.

4) Rest and keep yourself busy!

That's all i have. Don't look for quick fixes, taking it step by step.

"What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve" - Napoleon Hill

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on September 02, 2012
at 11:54 AM

Focus on the food. I usually run about six months/year including two half marathons. But I also stop running for 2 or 3 months at a time during the coldest & hottest weather. I see almost no weight loss difference (other than through diet). Studies have shown that people (& animals in lab tests) usually make up the calories burned through cardio by slightly increasing their food intake over the day or two following running. Cardio is heathy, but not effective for weight loss. Focus on eating naturally (no grains, no sugar, limited fruits & nuts). Do it for 2 or 3 weeks & you'll see a big difference. You won't want to go back.

When I started Paleo, I didn't run for the first two months & I lost weight. When I started running again, I noticed a definite increase in my appetite & no change in my rate of weight loss. I'm still losing weight, the only difference is I have to be more vigilant with my diet because I crave carbs more often when I run. I always say that I tried to run so I could lose weight, but it turned out that I had to lose weight so I could run.

Good luck!

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on September 02, 2012
at 05:47 AM

Hi - don't worry, you are on a right track.

  1. Limit carbs. The only carbs I would keep - raw carrots, no more than one beet per day, and rutabaga.

  2. Eliminate all sugars. Yes, all fruit and all sweeteners - you cannot have them.

  3. Have vegetables with some fat - lard/whatever fat source works for you.

  4. Eat more fish.

  5. Include cabbage family, green leafy, onions, garlic, kale, colored vegetables for more nutrients.

  6. Add probiotics (make sure they are alive, not dead).

  7. Eat as many raw things as possible - raw veggies, raw fish (sashimi), rare steak (but cook your chicken). If you have to cook - use the lowest setting possible.

  8. Eliminate nuts.

Don't worry, you will do fine and good luck.

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on September 02, 2012
at 06:12 AM

Stop eating bananas if you want to lose weight. Replace the grains with almond and coconut flour based recipes. This is a really good one: http://www.elanaspantry.com/gluten-free-bread-20/

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on September 02, 2012
at 06:16 AM

Stop eating bananas and ... nuts too (sorry to say this). Just stick with 3 food groups for now: fats, protein (meat/fish) and veggies (kale and onions are a must, carrots are good too). Try it - your cravings will pass.

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on September 02, 2012
at 05:59 AM

Lately I have been eating paleo. Mostly baked salmon, chicken. Still hard on giving up most grains such as rice and bread sometimes. I haven't drank soda or any juice in over a month. Just water. I gained the weight because my family currently moved states and I had no physical activity as I used to when I was back home. Just eat and sleep and go to school so that was a major contribution to my weight gain. I eat fruits such as bananas and strawberries in replace of a meal at times. And I stopped dairy and drink almond milk once in a while.

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on September 02, 2012
at 10:28 AM

I agree - no fruit and no grains at all.

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on September 02, 2012
at 06:25 AM

NO GRAINS!!! NONE!!!

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on December 09, 2012
at 04:20 PM

Yes, you are right, I forgot.

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on December 09, 2012
at 03:05 PM

I'd also drop the nuts and all nut-derived products.

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on September 18, 2012
at 11:52 PM

create a caloric deficit over a long period of time, that will do it! go nuts with non starchy veggies and meats

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on September 02, 2012
at 03:43 PM

I can't speak for what others have said about this thing called running. I hate it. But, I love me some weights. I know that most ladies look at weights and scream and run the other direction, but there is something powerful about sculpting your body. Weights does it. Running leaves you a sagging pile of skin IMO when you have a large amount of weight to lose. I've lost 150lbs myself and I don't run...ever. I walk, lift heavy stuff and hike or bike. I've always done this, way before I knew what Paleo was. Just because I hate running. It's so hard on your knees, ankles and feet.

Now on to the diet part. You have to work on that. It's not a should I kind of thing. HAVE TO. :) Can't solve a puzzle without all the pieces, right? Comprehensive exercise (including weights or some form of weightbearing exercise) and get your diet in check. And it's a lifestyle so it will take some time and you will need to continue it forever.

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on September 07, 2012
at 06:41 AM

So I'm doing everything and still see no weight loss. There's days when I feel skinnier then days when I feel bloated again. And I see no difference on treadmil either. This past week been eating nothing but chicken, salmon, almond milk. Substituting some meals with watermelon . Still continuing on the cardio. I cut down on grains about 80% ugh this is real hard ):

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on November 20, 2012
at 12:14 PM

Have you tried going Whole30? Perhaps you feel terrible because you're hanging onto the last 20% of grains which is stunting your paleo progress and so weight loss; it's also perhaps why you're finding it tough going. Rid yourself of SAD and eat clean, you'll feel much better for it. It imparts a sense of prode and achievements which gives you motivation to continue. How are you doing now, 2 months later?

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on September 02, 2012
at 02:10 PM

I've lost 20 pounds in nine months by eating strict Paleo, watching calories at first (now I don't need to because my body has adjusted to eating less and I feel full on less -- so long as the food is on the Paleo diet). And now the kicker: hardly any exercise. I'm not able to exercise due to health problems. So, in my experience, you can lose weight based on diet and not exercise. Of course, exercise has other benefits so I'm not suggesting that anyone cut that out of their lifestyle, but the key to losing weight is what you eat, not how much you exercise.

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on September 18, 2012
at 10:28 PM

350zjdm,

To be healthy is (as defined by the World Health organization and something that I truly believe) to be in ???a complete state of physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.??? To have good health, therefore, is multi-factorial.

While physical activity is good even people who set aside time for exercise regularly but are otherwise sedentary, may not be active enough to combat chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity and fatty liver disease. As a society we are getting sicker and sicker, with preventable lifestyle diseases the main causes of illness and death.

There are a few things I recommend to anyone wanting to be healthier and more in control of their lives:

First of all, you must prioritize your health. If it???s not on the top of your list (it should be) then you are always going to find you run out of time or have excuses.

Secondly, it's so important that you eat a balanced diet rich in non-processed foods with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. The Paleo diet is one that I actually agree with. Still struggling to drop any weight? Consider a meal replacement shake like Shakeology (www.shakeology.com/jfit4life). It's 100% natural, gluten-free, non-GMO and contains over 70 vitamins and minerals to help you lose weight, improve regularity and digestion, lower cholesterol and gain energy. The shake contains a proprietary blend of digestive enzymes and prebiotics which help your body progressively eliminate the toxins that build up over time from eating today's highly processed foods. I drink it every single day for breakfast and sometimes even a snack. It sounds too good to be true to say this, but it has changed my life. I could go on and on about how great I feel and how my cravings for sugary foods are gone, but you really need to try for yourself. I think it might be the answer to the bloatedness you are experiencing too. I'd be happy to mail you a sample, just let me know.

Also, fill up on water. Water is important to the mechanics of the human body. The body cannot work without it, just as a car cannot run without gas and oil. In fact, all the cell and organ functions that make up our entire anatomy and physiology depend on water for their functioning. An estimated seventy-five percent of Americans have mild, chronic dehydration. Pretty scary statistic for a developed country where water is readily available through the tap or bottle water.

Next, well you have heard this time and time again, you have to move. There is, however, a fat-burning stage that you want to enter into when you are working out. Check out this link for more info: http://www.livestrong.com/article/278418-fat-burning-phase-workout/

Finally, be positive. Maintaining a positive outlook on life will help reduce your stress levels (and the stress levels of those around you). I am a huge advocate for meditation, yoga, or any other hobby or activity can help achieve this.

At the end of the day, ???Healthy people are not healthy by chance. They are healthy because they make good lifestyle choices???. You can do this.

God Bless.

Yours in health and healing,

Jaime Lack Independent Beachbody Coach e) jfit4life@beachbodycoach.com w) www.jfit4life.com

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on September 02, 2012
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I just came from a meeting where 3 people released over 100 lbs, some 50 some 10-20. People shared their stories. It was very moving. You are very courageous! The body is the miracle when we put proper nutrition into it.

Check out a video on what they did Email me your thoughts at whitewave72@ymail.com

Www.isamovie.com and video is to the left on the body challenge. You are able!

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