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Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 17, 2013 at 3:58 PM

For everyone on here trying to lose weight, I thought it might be helpful to see some stories of people who managed to lose weight with a paleo diet. Every time I see a weight loss question asked, the responses are completely varied with some people advocating calorie counting, some people are in favor of high calorie but only clean eating, different exercise advice. For those of you that lost weight or are losing, how much weight have you lost? How long did it take? Do you count calories and, if so, how many do you average a day? Macro ratios or diet description? Exercise routine?

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Oh I forgot to post exercise! I'm doing push ups and squats every other day. I started with 30 push-up and 100 squats, and I'm adding 2 every time. I have not had much time for cardio with work/family/life for the last 10 days, but I normally try to bike 20-30 mins a day.

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on July 17, 2013
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I lost 35lbs since February. I went from 245 to 210. My body composition at my current weight of 210 is worlds better than when I weighed 190 a few years ago. That is in part due to Crossfit 4-5 times a week. I am far from the model Paleo eater though. Monday through Friday my diet is very good. I eat basically meat/fish, veggies and fat. The weekends are not my strong point. I love craft beer and I brew beer so I indulge in some of my delicious brews. Because my diet is so good the rest of the time the beer really doesn't have any negative side effects that I can feel (other than the occasional hangover).

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on July 17, 2013
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I weighed 325 lbs last July. I now weigh 228. I'm a 5'11" man. I figure I have around 40 lbs left to go. 97 lbs in one year, or about 8 lbs per month. I did it mostly by diet--I would say I'm about 80% paleo. Also, I started walking a lot last fall; I bought a fitbit and aimed for 7,000 steps a day at first. Upped it to 10,000 steps a day and now average about 15,000 steps a day. In the beginning it was a chore and I would find myself walking around the house at night to hit numbers. Now I genuinely enjoy going for walks and don't really have to worry about the numbers anymore.

I look better and more importantly, I feel better. I stopped taking Prilosec about 30 days after I cut out the grains and sugars. I stopped taking my blood pressure medication after about 120 days. My BP is 120/80--perfect. My resting heart rate is down from the 90s (Poor) to 56 (Athlete). I went from the worst category to the highest category in about 6 months--just from walking!

This way of life is second nature now, and I can easily maintain it for the rest of my life. That's not to say there isn't room for improvement. I need to start incorporating some resistance training and sprints. I'll get there. And if I can do it, anyone can!

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on July 17, 2013
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I'm just getting started with Paleo, I'm on day 10 and down 6 pounds. I have been following the 6 week PaleoPlan challenge. We are trying to eat everything grass-fed/organic. We are using coconut milk (I can't stand almond). I have pretty much eaten what the plan allows me plus some additional snacks in the form of fruit and nuts. Nectarines, bananas, raw nut trail mix, cherries, and apples. I have had a few tablespoons here and there of the So Delicious coconut ice cream for sugar cravings. I am in ketosis, I am not really sure if I am supposed to be or not? (I did get keto strips and have been testing every couple of days to monitor it stays between trace and moderate) I seem to get mixed reviews on that from the different sources I have read/people I have asked about it. I think I am eating around 1500-1600 calories a day but I am not counting. I may not quite fall into the success category but I'm excited about my results lol! I'm excited to see what others have to share =-)

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on July 17, 2013
at 05:24 PM

Oh I forgot to post exercise! I'm doing push ups and squats every other day. I started with 30 push-up and 100 squats, and I'm adding 2 every time. I have not had much time for cardio with work/family/life for the last 10 days, but I normally try to bike 20-30 mins a day.

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on July 18, 2013
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290 at age 21 to 185 at age 25. I got about 20lbs more to go. I've been eating Zero Carb (no sugars, carbs, minimal vegs, no FODMAPS, no dairy) and it really changed my health and life.

get enough sleep, limit yourself to moderate exercise (too much stress), no caffeine/processed foods, eat a high fat moderate protein diet. I eat alot of fresh lamb, beef and seafoods with olive oil and coconut oils.

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on July 18, 2013
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I've been eating primal ( I eat some dairy) since last November and have lost 30 pounds. 5'6" female starting out at 197 pounds. 49 years old. I haven't really changed my activity level but have reached a plateau on my weight loss. I've been doing a bit of extra reading in the past couple of weeks and have realized that I have to give up my occasional treats - ice cream, extra cheese, or a cold beer by the pool. My arthritis pain is gone and so has my muscle pain in my shoulders (I've had injuries over the years....). I am so sold on this type of lifestyle that it's crazy! I personally wouldn't give up my new outlook on life for any cheats!!

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on July 17, 2013
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If you are truly eating 150 grams or less of carbs a day and being active every day with a few periods of intense activity each week, the problem quickly becomes how to stop losing weight. At least that is mine and many others' experiences, I'm sure there are exceptions.

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