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Advice to a friend for weight loss?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 18, 2013 at 4:20 PM

So a relatively obese friend of mine heard about Paleo and switched as she heard that it was a successful diet for weight loss. She hasn't had much success so far, though it's only been three to four weeks. Is it too soon to tell? I'm thinking of suggesting to her to eliminate all sweeteners (100% honey, 100% maple syrup, etc) figuring this may help to hasten it.

Any other advice for her? Thanks.

My personal experience:

I'm a 5'11" male and I lost 36 pounds in one month on Paleo, then have maintained 160 pounds ever since. Though weight isn't a huge factor for me and isn't why I started this lifestyle.

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on January 19, 2013
at 06:35 AM

It is great I highly recommend it.... If you eat well most of the time, you can have some 'bad' foods.

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on January 18, 2013
at 05:22 PM

Nope, not entirely sure but thanks for the advice

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on January 18, 2013
at 04:52 PM

Are you sure of what she's eating? These days "paleo" means many different things...she could be eating potatoes and rice for all we know...maybe safe for some folks, but not necessarily for the obese and (likely) insulin resistant.

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on January 18, 2013
at 04:34 PM

Yeah I figured haha, weight loss is definitely harder for women.

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564468f093b36d9cdeb8adb138446363

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on January 18, 2013
at 05:54 PM

Tell her to read The Paleo Solution and do strict paleo for 30 days with no exceptions. If I hadn't read it, I'd probably still be eating "just a little" cheese, sugar, etc and wondering why I can't lose weight.

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on January 18, 2013
at 05:34 PM

As a female, I would recommend that she eliminate all sugar, fruit, and nuts. Carbs should come from veggies. Keeping less than 50g of carbs per day will help as well. That's what I've done and have been losing weight at approximately 1-2 pounds per week for almost 3 months. I'm not obese but probably still have 30 pounds to lose before I'm happy. I'm 5'6" 178lbs.

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on January 18, 2013
at 05:07 PM

ELIMINATE SUGAR! Sugar is ok in small doses, but it definitely does not aid (or can interfere) in weight loss. Providing a more in depth look at her diet would be very helpful as well. A lot of carbs (even Paleo friendly carbs) are also generally not good for weight loss.

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on January 18, 2013
at 05:01 PM

I'm a 5'11 male, also... I lost 215lbs in a year and credit it to keeping my carbs and sugar low, re-feeding on carbs once a week or so, and toying with intermittent fasting. I know that's a hard thing for women but eating only when she's hungry might change things up a bit for her. It's doable, I've lived it!

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on January 18, 2013
at 04:29 PM

Well the fact that you lost 36lbs in one month is an accomplishment, but you need to remember that since your friend is female chances are weight loss will be much slower due to female hormones. As long as she isn't using a huge amount of sweeteners it probably isn't a problem, however, weight loss might be a bit faster if she completely eliminated them because she'll probably reach keytosis easier. I didn't lose much weight the first month either, it took me about 5 months to lose thirty lbs, but I wasn't that overweight to begin with, so it will probably start to go faster for your friend. Good luck!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on January 18, 2013
at 04:34 PM

Yeah I figured haha, weight loss is definitely harder for women.

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