I've been paleo for just short of a year - 18 Feb is my 1 year anniversary of easing into it, and I probably went completely paleo about 2 weeks after that. I started at 101kg (about 223 lbs), not because of the weight (well, not completely ;) ) but because I was in constant pain from IBS mixed type, as well as joints. I slept poorly, couldn't concentrate, had mood swings . . . life was getting to revolve around medications. I was 47.
Over the last year I've done the whole30 twice, followed Robb Wolf's autoimmune programme to sort out what needed to be eliminated, and now follow the basic PHD. I've eliminated (in addition to the usual Paleo stuff) nuts, all dairy, coffee, alcohol, and most FODMAPS - I can tolerate small amounts of broccoli, or an apple for example. I did low carb and VLC, which resulted in depressed mood and no energy, worsening after the first week until it was almost unbearable by week 3.
Now my IBS is almost completely under control, my sleeping is just blissful, my moods are steady and upbeat. I've gone from being totally sedentary to being able to do assisted squats, girly pushups, and inverted pullups. I can be in the garden for hours and hours, and can similarly walk for ages with no ill effects. My blood work is perfect.
I've lost 10 kgs in all this time. I'm sitting at about 90kg (198lb). I've begun to IF most days, usually having 2 meals a day - this makes me feel really good, and my gut seems to like the extended rest it provides, but it hasn't helped to shift the weight.
My question is, like the title, just how important is weight anyway?? Obviously for aesthetic reasons I'd like to lose more, but I'm at a loss about how to do it without sacrificing the health I've achieved. I'm very proud of how far I've come - does remaining overweight negate those benefits??
asked byJac_1 (1196)
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on February 12, 2012
at 10:45 PM
Hi, Jac! Congrats on finally feeling great. That's to be celebrated for sure.
How long have you felt good? In my case, feeling good didn't mean I was fully healed but it did indicate I was headed in that direction. I had some ups and downs and it was about 6 months into feeling great--and, like you, adapting to IF--that saw me healed enough to start tolerating more foods and having my metabolism behave much closer to "normal" as in remission/end of binge eating and great fasting bg, much lower bp/pulse, etc. I went from lifelong gut turbulence to a gut so quiet it spooked me for a while. I'm no longer cold all the time and even went out into mid-40s in a tee and cutoffs this morning without suffering.
Now, to your question--weight was pretty important to me when I couldn't cross a foot across the other thigh, or stand up from a chair without using my arms, or get up from the ground without heroic effort. Now, 40+ lbs lighter I do all those things without effort so weight is a little less important. I still hope to lose the other 25-30 lbs--just because--but I suspect I've already achieved 90% of the health gains I will enjoy.
on February 12, 2012
at 11:49 PM
Congrads on getting the IBS under control. Unfortunately, you are finding the same thing that many women in their late 40s are finding- that weight loss is harder than it is for younger women. There are many biological reasons for it, but in older women, some (not a lot) of extra weight is associated with some better health outcomes. Healthier bones and less vulnerability to infections, for example. My grandmother outlived all her skinny siblings, who died of broken hips and pneumonia. She's not obese, but she is definitely not thin either.
Too much weight though and you have a higher risk of arthritis and some other things. So I would keep doing what you are doing and you will probably see weight come off, albeit quite slowly. That's what my mother has found.