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Women: How did you lose weight? (I appreciate men's comments too!)

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created July 14, 2013 at 11:56 PM

Hello!

I'm feeling amazing on paleo, but I'm really not losing weight. I realized I wasn't eating enough. I was at 800-900 calories after plugging everything in to cronometer, but then I added in a bunch more calories, so I'm up to 1200-1800.

My diet:

Breakfast: 3 eggs with kerrygold butter or 1 tbsp ghee. Cucumber, pepper, or some other form of vegetable.

Lunch: 3-4 eggs with butter. Vegetable (carrots, peppers, cucumbers, etc).

Dinner: 4 oz ground beef or 3-4 eggs... A lot of vegetables. Sweet potato with butter.

Do you drink coffee?

I'm under a lot of stress, and I think that might be the reason for the lack of weight loss.

What are your tips and tricks? I only realized I was undereating about 1.5 weeks ago.

I'm a 5'2" female, approx 150 lbs. My normal body weight is 133-136 but I gained weight living at home January-April off of gluten free junk food my family bought me when I was poor before moving to Saint Kitts for veterinary school. I would really love to get down to 120 lbs. I was 100 lbs pre-celiac diagnosis (2 years ago). This weight is really bothering me, but I feel unstoppable otherwise.

I'm also in veterinary school. The chiropracter here seems to think that I'm stressed from the environment change to veterinary school in the caribbean from Boston, MA may have something to do with it!

I'm relatively active. I crossfit 3-5x/week, depending on exam schedule. I practice yoga 4x/week. I'm always doing push ups and trying to gain strength in any way I can. Thank you!

Thank you! Any suggestions appreciated!

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on August 12, 2013
at 07:35 PM

For real, heavy lifting and not poorly executed crosslift 'lifting' will get you jacked. Just remember to rest, rest, rest--muscle is created during rest periods. If you work out too much, you are going to keep destroying your hard-won muscles. Working out too much stresses the body and creates cortisol, which can lead to weight gain. Eat enough carbs, rest, and train properly=dream body.

7dab2d8c97e44d8d0c298e5c9d5d75bc

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on July 17, 2013
at 08:06 PM

Yay for fellow bostonian. :-) I don't believe I'm under reporting. I was trying to actually over-report to an extent. I use a gram scale to weight my food at home from following zone a little. I was trying to get my "portion control" right when I first started paleo, and I actually found I don't eat as much as paleo allots me. I have some autoimmune issues and cannot drink at all- Never have! I'm poor and if I have alcohol, I feel as if I've been hit by a bus for 3 days... Any alcohol. I have some kidney issues (unsolved idiopathic gross hematuria that seems to get better with paleo!)

7dab2d8c97e44d8d0c298e5c9d5d75bc

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on July 17, 2013
at 08:03 PM

OK. Thank you. That sounds great... Maybe I'll just stick with yoga and 1-2 crossfit workouts/week.

7dab2d8c97e44d8d0c298e5c9d5d75bc

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on July 17, 2013
at 08:03 PM

Thank you! That sounds like it could be a problem!

7dab2d8c97e44d8d0c298e5c9d5d75bc

(641)

on July 17, 2013
at 08:02 PM

I'm staying the same. Weight size is about 32 inches! I can't seem to get it to budge lately!

7dab2d8c97e44d8d0c298e5c9d5d75bc

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on July 17, 2013
at 08:01 PM

Right! Yes! But, even well muscles women of my size are only 125-135 lbs... So I really do need to lose even just the 15 lbs I've gained!

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on July 16, 2013
at 09:23 PM

I agree, definitely better to go by measurements than the number on the scale. My weight has stayed the same for a while, yet I have noticed smaller hip measurements and more muscle in the upper body

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on July 16, 2013
at 01:47 PM

You are incorrect, that the metabolic slowdown can be greater than 30% in some people.

C40ce8fc4392ea8ee1f8194f40540307

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on July 15, 2013
at 09:12 PM

This is great advice and mirrors my experience almost exactly. I walk really slowly for at least and hour and usually longer 4x a week. I crossfit too, but without the low intensity movement they scale won't move.

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on July 15, 2013
at 07:45 PM

Macronutrient breakdown doesn't matter, it is total calories that will affect body composition. The only way fat could be an issue is if she is under-reporting her calorie intake due to the density of fat calories.

091423a30c0188fbff51e39397e7e056

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on July 15, 2013
at 07:43 PM

If her caloric intake was that low she'd be losing weight slowly regardless. Weight loss doesn't just stop even if we account for the 10-15% metabolism slowdown.

091423a30c0188fbff51e39397e7e056

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on July 15, 2013
at 07:42 PM

What is your body fat percentage? If you're 150lbs with 10% body fat then weight is just going to come off really slowly and all the advice below is less useful. What you're saying is you want to be less chubby but it is body composition, not weight, that contributes most to that.

7dab2d8c97e44d8d0c298e5c9d5d75bc

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on July 15, 2013
at 12:41 PM

I'm on an island so sometimes eggs are the only clean form of protein available. Or mahi mahi. It's fresh and clean, but expensive for my caloris needs. I think with the eggs and butter I've upped it to about 1500-1800 calories minimum!

7dab2d8c97e44d8d0c298e5c9d5d75bc

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on July 15, 2013
at 12:39 PM

Sorry. Most days one of the veggies is a sweet potato! I said it in previous posts. On the island here, we have a lot of sweet potato and pumpkin!

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on July 15, 2013
at 07:09 PM

Fellow Bostonian here!

In a week and a half, I don't think you'd see very much change but weight loss is all about consistency. I'll reiterate a bit here: if you want to lose weight try eating more carbs as opposed to fat, especially since you are active. Eggs are great, but if you're eating about 6-8 a day that's a decent amount of fat right there. You probably don't need additional fat when you have a meal with eggs, maybe try hard boiled or poached. You could also trying eating a larger portion of sweet potato or fruit. I know many people have said that eating fruit has stalled or derailed their weight loss, but I've always eaten fruit at least once a day and was able to lose weight/lean out, and they are carb sources.

Other things that have helped me are: consistent food journaling and portion control. I drink coffee too, and did during weight loss. Speaking of drinking, you don't mention alcohol and your weekend activities. One thing I know for certain, when I was my leanest was the semester that I was too poor to go out on weekends and drink Natty Lite or Skinny Girl margaritas ha!

091423a30c0188fbff51e39397e7e056

(384)

on July 15, 2013
at 07:45 PM

Macronutrient breakdown doesn't matter, it is total calories that will affect body composition. The only way fat could be an issue is if she is under-reporting her calorie intake due to the density of fat calories.

7dab2d8c97e44d8d0c298e5c9d5d75bc

(641)

on July 17, 2013
at 08:06 PM

Yay for fellow bostonian. :-) I don't believe I'm under reporting. I was trying to actually over-report to an extent. I use a gram scale to weight my food at home from following zone a little. I was trying to get my "portion control" right when I first started paleo, and I actually found I don't eat as much as paleo allots me. I have some autoimmune issues and cannot drink at all- Never have! I'm poor and if I have alcohol, I feel as if I've been hit by a bus for 3 days... Any alcohol. I have some kidney issues (unsolved idiopathic gross hematuria that seems to get better with paleo!)

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on July 15, 2013
at 08:13 AM

hm. maybe your body is keeping on to the weight because you are crossfitting so much (from what I understand, crossfitting is a high intensity sport). maybe tone it down alittle?

Also... because of the fact you are crossfitting, don't create weight goals. if you want to lose fat, that is different. but you'd probably gain muscle, which can increase your weight.

honestly, i do best with a little more carb in my diet. potatoes, sweet potatoes and bananas. Everyone is different though.

You might already be losing fat... try looking at yourself in the mirror to measure your fat loss instead of using the scale.

i'm open for criticism, so if you downvote, please comment. :]

7dab2d8c97e44d8d0c298e5c9d5d75bc

(641)

on July 17, 2013
at 08:02 PM

I'm staying the same. Weight size is about 32 inches! I can't seem to get it to budge lately!

Bfd70bb38267fcc2d762063d691fa226

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on July 16, 2013
at 09:23 PM

I agree, definitely better to go by measurements than the number on the scale. My weight has stayed the same for a while, yet I have noticed smaller hip measurements and more muscle in the upper body

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on July 15, 2013
at 12:19 AM

First I'll say this. I have found out that weight loss comes in stops and starts. I lost 60 lbs over 7ish months, but it definitely wasn't slow and gradual. I would plateau at a weight for a few weeks, then bam in 4 days I'm 6 lbs lighter. Stuff like that.

I would add that I think you need more carbs to support your activity levels. In my opinion, vegetables don't count as carbs. You are already under a lot of stress, and Crossfitting often and eating only veggies for carbs is only adding to that. I would add at least 100g of quality starch (sweet potato and white rice mainly) every day. Just keep your carbs primarily pre and post workout. Fuel your performance, the fat will come off as you get stronger and faster. I highly recommend you check out the website eattoperform.com.

7dab2d8c97e44d8d0c298e5c9d5d75bc

(641)

on July 15, 2013
at 12:39 PM

Sorry. Most days one of the veggies is a sweet potato! I said it in previous posts. On the island here, we have a lot of sweet potato and pumpkin!

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on July 15, 2013
at 04:18 PM

I found that I started to lose weight when I upped my calories(like you have done), traded crossfit for heavy lifting and stopped drinking caffeine for a while and rested more! If you are already stressed from school, etc. then I would suggest maybe minimizing crossfit or stopping for a bit. Your body probably needs time to recover from under eating so try to focus on some goals like getting sleep and reducing stress.

7dab2d8c97e44d8d0c298e5c9d5d75bc

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on July 17, 2013
at 08:03 PM

OK. Thank you. That sounds great... Maybe I'll just stick with yoga and 1-2 crossfit workouts/week.

B2eb3ff4456b2408e6db558072e7d3f2

(414)

on August 12, 2013
at 07:35 PM

For real, heavy lifting and not poorly executed crosslift 'lifting' will get you jacked. Just remember to rest, rest, rest--muscle is created during rest periods. If you work out too much, you are going to keep destroying your hard-won muscles. Working out too much stresses the body and creates cortisol, which can lead to weight gain. Eat enough carbs, rest, and train properly=dream body.

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on July 15, 2013
at 04:05 PM

As an active woman, I found that I only started leaning out with more carbs and less fat and moderate-high protein.

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on July 15, 2013
at 04:04 PM

Lower intensity exercise, and a lot of it. I'd suggest hours of walking, biking, running and/or swimming daily. My weight loss via food restriction slowed way down when I was about 25 lbs above normal weight. The exercise made me hungrier and I started eating above my BMR to support it. By the end almost all of my weight loss was coming from exercise.

C40ce8fc4392ea8ee1f8194f40540307

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on July 15, 2013
at 09:12 PM

This is great advice and mirrors my experience almost exactly. I walk really slowly for at least and hour and usually longer 4x a week. I crossfit too, but without the low intensity movement they scale won't move.

7dab2d8c97e44d8d0c298e5c9d5d75bc

(641)

on July 17, 2013
at 08:03 PM

Thank you! That sounds like it could be a problem!

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on July 15, 2013
at 12:46 AM

You are definitely not eating enough, so your metabolism is trying to hold on to fat. My other concern is variety, as it seems like you are eating eggs for at least two of your three meals. Eggs are great, but mix up your main protein source a little more. you probably need at minimum 1500 calories per day, probably even more than that. If you aren't feeling low energy, you don't need to up your carbs much, but the occasional sweet potato, butternut squash, banana, etc would do you good.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 16, 2013
at 01:47 PM

You are incorrect, that the metabolic slowdown can be greater than 30% in some people.

7dab2d8c97e44d8d0c298e5c9d5d75bc

(641)

on July 15, 2013
at 12:41 PM

I'm on an island so sometimes eggs are the only clean form of protein available. Or mahi mahi. It's fresh and clean, but expensive for my caloris needs. I think with the eggs and butter I've upped it to about 1500-1800 calories minimum!

091423a30c0188fbff51e39397e7e056

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on July 15, 2013
at 07:43 PM

If her caloric intake was that low she'd be losing weight slowly regardless. Weight loss doesn't just stop even if we account for the 10-15% metabolism slowdown.

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