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I've spent the weekend researching about the Paleo diet after discovering it in a magazine about a week ago. I finally got the time to really delve into it and am so excited. I'm female, late twenties, 5 foot 5 and 130 lbs. I'm not overweight but am sort of skinny fat, with thin-ish arms and a bit of a belly and larger thighs and butt. I want to tone up and feel more confident in my body. Ever since college, I've been killing myself with cardio 5-6 days a week, but it clearly didn't work. I'd stick with Greek yogurt, granola and fruit, maybe a salad or chicken wrap for lunch, kill myself on the treadmill in the evening and then eat TONS afterwards, absolutely starving and feeling deprived. I feel like this lifestyle will allow me to lose fat without being incredibly hungry and depressed. I've looked at blogs like Nom Nom Paleo and Paleomg and am SO excited to see healthy, happy people eating delicious food and enjoying life. Anyway, I do want to lose some fat, not just solve autoimmune issues or something. Right now, I'm eating a pretty high carb, high sugar diet with a lot of fruit and whole grains. I can't afford to join a box but I've also researched a lot of strength training workouts and plan to start lifting heavier at the gym (probably cardio once a week, lifting 3 or 4 days). Does anyone have any weight loss tips for me? I'm still a tad skeptical that I won't lose weight without restricting calories. I've read a few of these topics here and see low carb, no fruit and no nuts as things that can help with weight loss. Any other suggestions? Right now I'm planning to include some fruit and nuts but no dairy or grains

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on October 21, 2013
at 07:29 AM

What do you mean by "fattening foods"? I'm assuming you don't mean fats, but what are the evils you speak of in particular so I can avoid them! :)

I enjoy some exercise as a stress reliever, but I'm definitely hoping to stick to more sprint-like/intense but shorter cardio and heavier weights, with some long walks thrown in once or twice a week, than huge cardio sessions on the elliptical (I used to spend over an hour on there. Kill me now). I think I'm also going to stick to morning workouts. Working out at night just made me super hungry and at risk for binges

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on October 21, 2013
at 03:59 AM

I actually get my gym membership through work, so it's a pretty good deal :) But that does sound like a good investment for your family!

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on October 21, 2013
at 03:42 AM

The used Bowflex was $200 and 3 people using it for several years makes it a screaming deal. Not sure I'd but it new. My wife's gym membership was $80 /month, so payback was 3 months when I talked her into staying home to workout.

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on October 21, 2013
at 03:28 AM

Thanks SO much for the info. I've always seen those infomercials for Bowflex but never knew if it was really a good investment. For now, I think I'll stick with more conventional free weights/body weight stuff simply for budget's sake, but it's definitely something I'll keep in mind

And as for Tabata, I'm going to start tomorrow. I really appreciate the help!

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on October 21, 2013
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My wife, son and myself use a Bowflex I snagged off of Craigslist, former owner was a well ripped young fireman so I knew it worked for him. I mostly do the 10 lifts they recommend and spend 15 minutes every three days. Progress was slow and steady over a years time, but we have all done well with it. Of course my 17 year old son who has almost zero fat on his body shows the muscle definition best, hate that kid LOL.

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on October 21, 2013
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Tabata is 2 minutes warm up then 20 seconds full out sprint, 10 seconds slow, 20 seconds, full out..... do this for 8 reps, then 2 minutes cool down. Best to run, bike, elliptical. Some use weights, I just do elliptical or bike. Google it for more details, it has been proven to work over plain old cardio.

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I'd love to spend as little time as possible @samc! Do you have any recommendations for good beginner's lifting routines or resources for Tabata workouts? It's so hard to find fitness tips for women that aren't from mainstream sources like Self/Women's Health/Shape magazines, which push the whole heavy cardio, light weights, high carb, high protein? Thanks so much!

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on October 21, 2013
at 08:51 AM

That's right. Fattening foods often contain high amounts of refined carbs, like flour and added sugar. But if you avoid processed foods -- that's basically what going paleo is all about -- you'll largely remove fattening and unhealthy foods from your diet.

I think increasing fitness and losing weight at the same time are problematic for many people. But it's best to self-experiment and find out what works for you.

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on October 21, 2013
at 06:34 AM

If you want to lose weight, you might want to quit working out!

Exercise drives appetite, and this can lead to strong cravings for unhealthy and fattening foods if you are addicted to them. (And it sounds like you are).

Break your food addictions first, then ramp up the exercise.

When you can refuel yourself with paleo/whole foods in the absence of cravings, you'll know you are doing it right.

Good luck!

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on October 21, 2013
at 07:29 AM

What do you mean by "fattening foods"? I'm assuming you don't mean fats, but what are the evils you speak of in particular so I can avoid them! :)

I enjoy some exercise as a stress reliever, but I'm definitely hoping to stick to more sprint-like/intense but shorter cardio and heavier weights, with some long walks thrown in once or twice a week, than huge cardio sessions on the elliptical (I used to spend over an hour on there. Kill me now). I think I'm also going to stick to morning workouts. Working out at night just made me super hungry and at risk for binges

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on October 21, 2013
at 03:03 AM

I've become a big believer in the theory of limiting your lifting time in the gym. Start out slowly but frequently until you build up some muscle and a good routine and then drop it back to as few times a week as you can get by with. I know for sure that lifting every other day was not allowing my body to heal from each session and I am an easy going lifter. Also look into Tabata which is high intensity short duration work outs instead of the typical cardio which doesn't do nearly as well for your body. In 8 minutes 3 times a week I am accomplishing more than my 30 minutes everyday routine of the past.

I agree with the grains elimination, can keep yogurt or kefir if your body tolerates it for probiotics and calcium.

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on October 21, 2013
at 03:11 AM

I'd love to spend as little time as possible @samc! Do you have any recommendations for good beginner's lifting routines or resources for Tabata workouts? It's so hard to find fitness tips for women that aren't from mainstream sources like Self/Women's Health/Shape magazines, which push the whole heavy cardio, light weights, high carb, high protein? Thanks so much!

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on October 21, 2013
at 02:39 AM

I'd try to just the grains and dairy before you start exploring no nut/fruit/etc. Good luck!

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