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How do you not lose weight?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 28, 2011 at 2:45 PM

I'm 5'10" and 159lbs, which is perfect so I don't want to lose weight. Any suggestions on how to make this happen while still eating Paleo? I'm willing to let it go a bit further but at 150lbs I'm declaring defeat.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on September 30, 2011
at 12:00 AM

Not always true, Mike. Sometimes you get so accustomed to eating less, that when you finally reach your goal weight you have to "re-think" your daily food plan. I have to eat lots of start and fruits every day to maintain my natural weight at 112-115lbs.

510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

(20888)

on September 29, 2011
at 03:40 AM

Well if you keep dropping weight, you haven't reached maintenance yet...

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on September 28, 2011
at 10:04 PM

And that is connection to food reward theory. There are exogenous pathways that control this obviously - THC and similar, so food reward is real and it plays some role. Is it dominant ? I don't know, it might be in some cases.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 28, 2011
at 08:01 PM

See this: https://www.google.com/bookmarks/l#!threadID=G3WjJa7x6z38%2FBDYMP3woQ4aL_jKsm

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 28, 2011
at 07:57 PM

Forgot to say that apart from eating, anandamide also promotes blissful state.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 28, 2011
at 07:55 PM

Perhaps because the need to smoke a lot, might mean that you have lower anandamide production which promotes eating. That happens with schizophrenia where you might be depressed as your endocannabionid system is attenuated. That made some scientist to think that marijuana is cause of that disease while it is a consequence - if your CB neurotransmiters work correctly you don't enjoy weed that much and can live without it. Anyway, if you are nervous system is OK, it will promote eating as everybody knows [i.e. munches].

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on September 28, 2011
at 07:55 PM

not in my ER...

26b7615ef542394102785a67a2786867

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on September 28, 2011
at 07:32 PM

it's hard to figure out what maintenance is if you keep on dropping weight

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on September 28, 2011
at 06:06 PM

Doh! Almost forgot about squash :)

26b7615ef542394102785a67a2786867

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on September 28, 2011
at 06:01 PM

People who smoke a lot tend to have low BMI, oddly...

26b7615ef542394102785a67a2786867

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on September 28, 2011
at 05:42 PM

What they said. :D I prefer to mash my starches and use them as a fat vehicle.

072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

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on September 28, 2011
at 05:39 PM

While not as dense as roots and tubers, squashes are a good carb source too (butternut, acorn, spaghetti). Slap butter on all of it.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on September 28, 2011
at 04:22 PM

Off the top of my head: parsnips, carrots, turnips, radishes, onions, rutabaga, fennel, yams (there are more than just the orange kind!), yucca, jicama, etc.

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

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on September 28, 2011
at 03:44 PM

What tubers and roots would you suggest? I'm avoiding potatoes. Sweet potatoes are ok but you get tired of them after a while.

489477a914ef84ea1acad38cd3a488bd

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on September 28, 2011
at 03:02 PM

And that's it! Eat at maintenance and don't stress about a thing.

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26b7615ef542394102785a67a2786867

on September 28, 2011
at 03:33 PM

In order of importance:

1] Eat enough calories.

2] Eat starch/carbs - 'paleo' sources are tubers, roots, squash, and fruits. 150g daily minimum for weight maintenance (as per Mark Sisson's recs). Some (thin) people need much more.

3] Lift heavy weights and don't do too much cardio.

Not only is it possible to maintain, you can gain muscle quite easily this way. When I started paleo I weighed 95 lbs (at 5'5"!). I got to my all-time high of 108 lbs within a year. Unprecedented for me, I've been seriously underweight almost all my life and this is the only thing that's helped.

It is also very possible (common even) for lean/thin individuals to lose unhealthy amounts of weight trying to eat 'paleo'. Eating low-carb is the catalyst, not doing strength training doesn't help. You can gain muscle and pounds on zero carb or nearly so, but you have to eat astronomically high in calories and protein and bodybuild like a pro... not worth it, or even healthy, IMO.

26b7615ef542394102785a67a2786867

(7967)

on September 28, 2011
at 05:42 PM

What they said. :D I prefer to mash my starches and use them as a fat vehicle.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on September 28, 2011
at 04:22 PM

Off the top of my head: parsnips, carrots, turnips, radishes, onions, rutabaga, fennel, yams (there are more than just the orange kind!), yucca, jicama, etc.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on September 28, 2011
at 06:06 PM

Doh! Almost forgot about squash :)

072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

(3717)

on September 28, 2011
at 05:39 PM

While not as dense as roots and tubers, squashes are a good carb source too (butternut, acorn, spaghetti). Slap butter on all of it.

De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

(3747)

on September 28, 2011
at 03:44 PM

What tubers and roots would you suggest? I'm avoiding potatoes. Sweet potatoes are ok but you get tired of them after a while.

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E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

(12857)

on September 28, 2011
at 02:57 PM

Eat enough calories

489477a914ef84ea1acad38cd3a488bd

(169)

on September 28, 2011
at 03:02 PM

And that's it! Eat at maintenance and don't stress about a thing.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on September 30, 2011
at 12:00 AM

Not always true, Mike. Sometimes you get so accustomed to eating less, that when you finally reach your goal weight you have to "re-think" your daily food plan. I have to eat lots of start and fruits every day to maintain my natural weight at 112-115lbs.

510bdda8988ed0d4b0ec0b738b4edb73

(20888)

on September 29, 2011
at 03:40 AM

Well if you keep dropping weight, you haven't reached maintenance yet...

26b7615ef542394102785a67a2786867

(7967)

on September 28, 2011
at 07:32 PM

it's hard to figure out what maintenance is if you keep on dropping weight

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on September 28, 2011
at 03:21 PM

Paleo isn't necessarily this 'magic' weight loss diet. Sure, it can be used to lose weight, but it's much more of a diet for health and longevity. Most people have no problem maintaining at a healthy weight. There are some folks who do have issues with maintaining weight on paleo. It's quite easy to eat at a deficit on paleo and be completely sated.

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Fe535c4994ac6176f76e1ff6d29eb08a

on September 28, 2011
at 03:23 PM

Just dont sweat it, you may gain a little or lose a little, its just a number. Once you get your diet correct, meaning getting the bad stuff out and the right stuff in, your body will find where it wants to be. Your composition should change, most likely for the better. Therefore, you may get a little leaner, but make sure youre getting in good hard workouts and that will put on a little mass. With all that the number on the scale will move a bit, but its just that, a number.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 28, 2011
at 05:19 PM

Weed. Can't be simpler then that.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 28, 2011
at 07:57 PM

Forgot to say that apart from eating, anandamide also promotes blissful state.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 28, 2011
at 07:55 PM

Perhaps because the need to smoke a lot, might mean that you have lower anandamide production which promotes eating. That happens with schizophrenia where you might be depressed as your endocannabionid system is attenuated. That made some scientist to think that marijuana is cause of that disease while it is a consequence - if your CB neurotransmiters work correctly you don't enjoy weed that much and can live without it. Anyway, if you are nervous system is OK, it will promote eating as everybody knows [i.e. munches].

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25482)

on September 28, 2011
at 07:55 PM

not in my ER...

26b7615ef542394102785a67a2786867

(7967)

on September 28, 2011
at 06:01 PM

People who smoke a lot tend to have low BMI, oddly...

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 28, 2011
at 10:04 PM

And that is connection to food reward theory. There are exogenous pathways that control this obviously - THC and similar, so food reward is real and it plays some role. Is it dominant ? I don't know, it might be in some cases.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 28, 2011
at 08:01 PM

See this: https://www.google.com/bookmarks/l#!threadID=G3WjJa7x6z38%2FBDYMP3woQ4aL_jKsm

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