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Lose 80 lbs in a year with Paleo + exercise?

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Created January 29, 2013 at 1:41 AM

Hi, I'm a Paleo newbie. Well, sort of. Officially I started last month, but with the holidays and all, I fell completely off the wagon. My main problem is not with eating Paleo, but with eating more than I should (also, shopping when I'm hungry). The only gain that I kept since then was cutting out most forms of dairy (yogurt, cheese, cream, ice cream)--I have a definite intolerance to most forms of it anyway, so it wasn't a very big deal. I'm ok with butter but if I drink cream in my coffee I instantly am nauseous.

I made myself a promise that I would optimally lose 80 pounds in a year. I am a 5"8 woman, 230 lbs, have asthma. I also live in a very cold climate, so running/walking is not an option when it's -40! I will be eating on a budget: eggs, grass-fed beef, chicken, fish, hormone-free butter, EVCO, dark green veggies (ok, most veggies, I love 'em), and 1 piece of fruit a day. I also take vitamins and drink herbal tea. Right now my only exercise is walking the dog & yoga.

In your opinion, what is the best exercise to lose weight & keep it off while eating Paleo/Primal? Is 80 lbs in a year a reasonable goal? Thanks!!

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on February 17, 2013
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if you want to keep the carbs, go for glucose (potatoes, sweet potatoes, banana) instead of fructose (fruit). i personally as well as many others find that fruit gives a sugar rush and crash followed by hunger within an hour or so

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on January 30, 2013
at 06:05 PM

Fruit has never been shown (in a study) to be problematic for weight loss. But your mileage may vary...

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on January 30, 2013
at 05:21 PM

I second this. What if you lose 1/2 the weight you intend, 40 pounds. That's a HUGE success and would put you under 200. And yet, you'd set yourself up for disappointment.

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on January 30, 2013
at 02:46 PM

I watched and read up on this after reading your comment. Normally, during cycling weather, I sprint on my bike, but not in a focussed way like this. I'm going to give it a try, though, so thanks for possting it.

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"Make goals which you can control." +1 for that

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on January 30, 2013
at 10:18 AM

Weightlifting is not optional.+1 for that!

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on January 29, 2013
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daily fruit might cause problems..

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on January 30, 2013
at 10:34 AM

As Shari Bambino said, having a weight loss goal is not realistic. Let's say you end up losing 50-60lbs, which is a massive amount. You will still be disappointed with yourself because you haven't hit the 80.
Make goals which you can control.
For example, say to yourself i will aim for x amount of clean eating days &working out.

Best exercise, lift weights.

Paleo is a lifestyle, not a shortcut to weightloss.

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on January 30, 2013
at 02:22 PM

"Make goals which you can control." +1 for that

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on January 30, 2013
at 05:21 PM

I second this. What if you lose 1/2 the weight you intend, 40 pounds. That's a HUGE success and would put you under 200. And yet, you'd set yourself up for disappointment.

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on January 29, 2013
at 02:47 AM

I lost over that in a year. It's possible, but not guaranteed.

I walk five miles a day, and weight lift 2-3 days a week. The walking could be changed for swimming, or a cardio machine, but the weightlifting is not optional, as far as I am concerned. I don't do yoga, so I can't comment on that. Where do you walk your dog if it's so cold out?

You might have to adjust your plans as you go along. Don't get hung up on pounds, instead focus on how your body changes.

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on January 30, 2013
at 10:18 AM

Weightlifting is not optional.+1 for that!

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on January 30, 2013
at 02:29 PM

I agree with the other answers - especially the idea that setting a goal of x pounds by some deadline is setting yourself up to fail. You might get 10 or 20 pounds off in a few months and then stall - this is actually pretty typical.

The real point of paleo (as I see it) is to feel better and be more healthy. For many of us that includes losing weight. Just be paleo (or primal/phd/whatever) and learn what foods make you feel good and what foods don't. You'll want to move more when you feel better. You'll eat less because you are more satisfied.

The rest will follow.

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on January 29, 2013
at 03:32 AM

That is not a realistic goal IMO. Why is that your promise to yourself? Promise yourself that this time you will take the time necessary to do the work necessary to change your life. The weight will follow. That's a better promise. I'm sorry but when you set time goals with weight loss it is almost always a recipe for disaster. 95% still lose at this game. Please don't be one of them.

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on January 30, 2013
at 08:07 PM

It's possible, I lost 140 in just shy of 10 months after going Paleo. You'll need to do more than just walk the dog and Yoga to do it though. I would start doing bodyweight workouts in your home and then at some point lift some weights. Lifting will really kickstart your body burning more fat.

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on January 30, 2013
at 05:26 PM

The #1 best exercise for losing weight and keeping it off is exercise that you will DO because you find the love for it. You may not love it every time you do it, but you're fundamentally drawn back to it because it brings a sliver of joy into your life. Yoga might end up being a great example, it's certainly easy on your joints and you already practice. If you're looking to yoga to lose weight it might help to incorporate more vinyasa flow type yoga that keeps you moving at a vigorous pace. And then around that you probably want to add in some moderate weight lifting a couple times a week, and more "cardio"-ish outdoor exercise when the weather is good (like hiking, bicycling or longer, more vigorous walks with your dog).

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on January 30, 2013
at 05:12 PM

I lost about that much in one year a few years ago. It took me about two years for the 113lbs to come off. This was a combination of Shangri La Diet, low carbohydrate paleo, and calorie restriction. If I ever write a weightloss book, it will be a book pointing to other books- a curriculum of knowledge about weightloss. One of the authors would be Gary Taubes- who, among other things, would tell you exercise isn't necessarily a good idea if your goal is weight loss, and I can attest to this, since I have been adding exercise in for other reasons- exercise will make you hungry.

So, your exercise goal should be to do just enough to keep whatever lean muscle you have now. You should also make sure you are eating enough protein to keep that muscle mass. Any more will just mess you up.

Okay, so, let me also say a better goal would be around 52lbs per year. If you calculate a calorie deficit for 1lb a week and stick to that, you'll likely have plenty of room for appropriate nutrition in the diet and you won't be wondering if you hurt yourself by going too hard. Just yesterday I went through some bad nerve/migraine stuff that the doctors can't seem to explain. Part of me was worried enough to wonder if I was having a stroke- the rest of me was remembering I've dealt with this hell before. Don't know if I hurt myself, or if I should blame my dentist, or what. Go a little slower and be able to enjoy it when you get it.

You can read my experiences on the Shangri-La Forums here.

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on January 29, 2013
at 02:30 AM

Sprint 8 protocol by Phil Campbell. 80 lbs in one year?.... Maaaaaaybe. But the most efficient fat burning protocol that's ever been observed in a clinical setting to my knowledge is Sprint 8. -http://www.mattmetzgar.com/2012/02/amazing-sprint-8-study.html

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on January 30, 2013
at 02:46 PM

I watched and read up on this after reading your comment. Normally, during cycling weather, I sprint on my bike, but not in a focussed way like this. I'm going to give it a try, though, so thanks for possting it.

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on January 30, 2013
at 04:58 AM

Bulletproof rapid fat loss protocol found on bulletproofexec.com.

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