Smaller and ... denser?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 19, 2012 at 2:12 PM

A few weeks ago, I started eating primal. I've noticed that my clothes are fitting much more loosely (WAY more than I would have believed could happen in a few weeks). The scale says I haven't lost any weight, so I'm ruling out the typical significant water-weight loss. My activity level has remained about the same: a sedentary job and an active after-work/weekend life (a few jogs a week, some tennis, a little hiking, lots of gardening, that sort of thing), but no especially vigorous exercise. So, I would think that I could rule out the whole exchanging-fat-for-muscle/scale-not-moving-but-still-getting-smaller obviousness, but my body is definitely changing and the only input difference is my diet. This doesn't really make sense to me, but could it be something like, I dunno, my body is miraculously combining my normal activity level and new diet into burning fat and building muscle at a faster rate than it was doing with my old diet?

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on July 19, 2012
at 02:46 PM

Sound like you answered your own question. Your new diet optimized your body's functions and helped to alter your body composition with very little effort.


on July 19, 2012
at 03:13 PM

Similar thing happened to me in my first few weeks of going from GF/DF to paleo. Then I miraculously lost about 5 lbs overnight. I think the size difference had to do with inflammation. And the delay in the weight loss was just my body adjusting to the change in nutrition. But I have no medical background and it's just my take on it from what I've read and experienced.

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