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Losing 5 lbs. per week for the next 17 weeks?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 01, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Am I insane, or can it be done in a healthy way? I have a few reservations, hence the question.

I'm 5'6, 19 years young, and am trying for daily workouts (strength training) with cardio for a half hour every other day. Today's intake ratio of fat/carbs/protein is 56.1/5.2/38.8 because it's been a really good day. Quite possibly the best out of two weeks or so (major fruit and chocolate binge, and then Dad brought home rye bread.) I'm also trying to kick my body back into ketosis since I somehow managed to drop out of it between now and the last time I posed a question.

If losing 5 lbs. per week for the next 17 weeks IS insane, what's a healthier alternative? I'm mainly looking at waist-line reduction as the overall goal, as I need to fit into a certain size by the time those 17 weeks are up.

I'm totally up for suggestions and corrections. Thanks in advance!

Oh yeah, I wound up losing about 20 lbs within the first couple of weeks, and have been stuck at the same point for the past two. This is a big factor of frustration in my weight-loss endeavors.

EDIT Thanks everyone, you all delivered the confirmation I needed to say that this was an insane scheme that would all but kill me if I tried. I realize that going Paleo is much more than just a diet. It's a lifestyle change I'm more than willing to make, and keep. So I guess I'm just going to have to tailor the costume a bit more!

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on March 08, 2012
at 04:11 AM

160-180 is actually the range of my goal weight. I'm currently stuck at 250 by last measure, won't know what I am exactly until Friday. I do have a wide-set frame and have a good amount of muscle, which is why I have the upper end at 180. I've been Paleo since January, a typical day of food for me is bacon and eggs for breakfast (sometimes an omelet with peppers, mushrooms, etc. instead), a snack of veggies or fruit, a hell of a lot of water, and some sort of meat/veggie combo for dinner. Exercise, admittedly, isn't much. Yoga in the morning, cleaning, sometimes running errands. That's it.

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on March 01, 2012
at 10:17 PM

As a guy who was 400lbs and lost that sort of weight I can tell you it isn't healthy for us either. Still trying to get my adrenals back after that....

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on March 01, 2012
at 09:21 PM

You are pretty much like me. I'm 19, 5'6, and at 183 lb. right now. I'm telling you right now that is too much in too little time. Eating Paleo is more than about weight loss, it's about your health for the long term. What is the rush for?

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on March 01, 2012
at 06:58 PM

No this cannot be done in a healthy manner. I don't think it can be done period as many will fast and won't loose this much. Unless you weight in the 400+ lb range I think you need to come up with a plan B that doesn't involve forcing your body to become a certain size by a certain date.

Oh and just so you know I've been where you are and totally get it. Honey trust me you are playing a game you will not win. Settle down and work on changing your life. Forget the calendar and this "due date" and start looking to rebuild a life so that you never again have to even think about dropping 5 lbs a week for any length of time and for any reason.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on March 01, 2012
at 10:17 PM

As a guy who was 400lbs and lost that sort of weight I can tell you it isn't healthy for us either. Still trying to get my adrenals back after that....

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on March 01, 2012
at 07:08 PM

I agree with Shari and Danny. I'd add that you can achieve some nice re-arranging, as in converting some fat to muscle, but that will reduce your amount of loss if you use pounds as a measure.

Using a tape measure, to record increased size in muscle groups and reductions in waist size, is the sane way to go. I wouldn't use a scale as my go-to index of results.

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on March 01, 2012
at 09:49 PM

Weightloss is a marathon, not a sprint.

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on March 01, 2012
at 07:17 PM

All wrong, but I admit, it's possible. Late Aug 2007, about 285#. Jan 1, 220#. But, I this was after detailed blood tests, dr supervision, and lots of hormones. I'm M and was 48 at the time.

The right approach is do Paleo, do it right, and don't set goals like that.

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D31a2a2d43191b15ca4a1c7ec7d03038

on March 01, 2012
at 07:09 PM

Hi, Sarah. To me, when it comes to losing weight, it makes more sense to have goals of things we choose, rather than a goal of the results of those choices which has a built-in factor of lots of pressure.

How about a goal to choose to do particular things and to choose to avoid particular things?

Also, with a goal of losing a substantial amount of weight, how about long-term goals, and short-term goals?

And ongoing attention to what is in the food and lifestyle plan. :)

I avoid certain categories of foods, as well as certain foods within categories.

Examples: I do not eat grains, sugars, nuts/seeds. I do eat nutrient-dense food to strengthen mitochondria.

I choose to avoid certain kinds of stresses which I find unhealthy for me, and instead, choose stress which builds strength and poise.

Examples: I don't go to the cinema or other loud places. I take walks up steep hills sometimes, or carry things which are a bit heavy for me, to build strength. I do exercise which I find calming and regenerative.

Hope this gives you a few ideas. :)

Many of us have found that behavioral goals for health bring better results than putting too much pressure on ourselves to try to reach a results goal that is unrealistic, only to be disappointed and discouraged.

You are welcome to join in at Low Carb Friends. There are many support threads there of various types.

I wish you much success in taking good care of yourself.

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on March 01, 2012
at 07:02 PM

Assuming from what you've said that you are 85 pounds overweight, at 5'6, I would imagine it's not as insane as it might appear at first. However I cannot see any way to go about it other than serious fasting, and to be honest there are too many health risks with that to make it a good option in that space of time.

Don't kill yourself trying to work out too often, you need all your energy and focus on making every day a really good day. But I would suggest you accept right now that it is extremely unlikely that you will reach your target in time, and instead concentrate on doing everything the best you can, in the safest way you can, taking as long as you need to to stay healthy, and then see what the outcome is.

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on December 19, 2012
at 12:59 PM

I am on a medically supervised weight loss program right now. I started at 446.3 pounds. I am 50 years old, 6'3" tall. I am doing nothing but eating significantly reduced calories (1300 - 1500 per day) with moderate exercise at least 20 minutes per day. My calorie intake prior to my diet and exercise plan was approximately 4600 calories per day. I have been on my plan for six weeks as of today. I have lost 43 pounds so far. My goal is to lose 210 pounds. I am averaging over 7 pounds per week. I see a nuse practitioner every other week and the doctor once a month. I have routine lab work done once a month. Doctor says I am very lucky being in good health (excellent in all bloodwork catagories and non-diabetic) except for my morbid obesity. So far so good.

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on March 02, 2012
at 08:05 PM

Hi Sarah,

I need you to listen to me when I say focus on your health and well being first and the rest will come. I am 19, 5'6" and 155 pounds. I started Primal/Paleo in May after a stint on birth control ruined my hormones and caused me to go from 138 to 155 lbs. While my weight has not changed on the scale I look and feel so much better than I did when I was 155 on SAD. If youre 183 at 5'6" and you lost 5 lbs per week for 17 weeks youre dropping below 100 pounds(Im guessing thats where your weight is b/c Kelly said she was "just like you"?!). At 5'6" you should be no less than 125 pounds, if you have a small frame. Set an attainable goal that is HEALTHY!

Can you give me your weight and what a typical day of food/exercise looks like? How long have you been doing Paleo?

Ba0a2e0b8d189e5a4045e6404e777ad9

on March 08, 2012
at 04:11 AM

160-180 is actually the range of my goal weight. I'm currently stuck at 250 by last measure, won't know what I am exactly until Friday. I do have a wide-set frame and have a good amount of muscle, which is why I have the upper end at 180. I've been Paleo since January, a typical day of food for me is bacon and eggs for breakfast (sometimes an omelet with peppers, mushrooms, etc. instead), a snack of veggies or fruit, a hell of a lot of water, and some sort of meat/veggie combo for dinner. Exercise, admittedly, isn't much. Yoga in the morning, cleaning, sometimes running errands. That's it.

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