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How long did you tweak (your diet) 'til desired satisfaction?

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Created March 21, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Female - 24 y/o - 5'6 - 135.6lbs - particularly looking to get into shape, which of course, is usually supplemental to losing weight. One month of Paleo in (80/20) - exercising 3 times a week - the scale says almost 5 lbs lost, but I try not to measure via scale. Anyway, I'm cutting out fruits and nuts as much as possible in the meantime to see more of a result - but I wonder how much more I'll have to tweak before results REALLY take off. How long did it take for you to come to a consistent nutrition plan before getting really excited with your continued success?

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on April 05, 2012
at 12:39 PM

I am 5'9" and weighed ~185 (sometimes 190...). I was stuck between 155 and 160 for about a year and then just a week or so ago I stepped on the scaled and was surprised to see it say 148! My goal weight has been 150 from the beginning, and I was practically prancing around the house when I read the scale that day. 8) If you get away from the scale and focus more on healthy, I think you will start to see the results you want.

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on April 05, 2012
at 01:48 AM

That is very helpful, thank you .. would you mind if I asked where you were at before the loss? Sometimes I just feel so discouraged, creeping up on 2 months but not seeing a SIGNIFICANT difference

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on March 21, 2012
at 07:13 PM

(cut the nuts, leave the fruit)

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on March 21, 2012
at 07:12 PM

I'm still on the "Something New Every Two Weeks Diet"tm after several years...

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on March 21, 2012
at 06:48 PM

Same here, Beth; Constant Upheaval Diet.

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on March 21, 2012
at 06:06 PM

Also cortisol for belly fat. Make sure you're reducing stress as much as possible (easier said than done) and sleeping enough.

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on March 21, 2012
at 04:29 PM

It's been over a year and I'm still tweaking. #alwayssomething

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on March 21, 2012
at 03:44 PM

Reevaluate how you feel every month or so. 5lbs is definitely progress. After another month, maybe it's 7lbs total, or maybe it's 12. Regardless, you're doing it right. Unlike "maintenance mode", however, I would minimize binges-as-cheats - easiest way to throw yourself off track. Fat-loss and body recomposition is a hard-won goal.

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on March 21, 2012
at 03:44 PM

Okey doke, thanks for the clarification. For belly fat, you can't beat restricting carbs. Of course, exercise is wonderful too, to firm everything up, but for lightening up the belly, I'd say try to keep a close eye to your carbs, and see if cutting back for a few weeks pushes you in the right direction.

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on March 21, 2012
at 03:25 PM

I suppose I just get discouraged when looking (or reading) others who reportedly lost somewhere around 15+ lbs in their first month ... not looking to lose weight for the attractiveness of it, just trying to get toned over-all, and be generally pretty healthy - so I wonder when the unnecessary fat's gonna shed off so I can see the muscles or something lol

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on March 21, 2012
at 03:23 PM

Wellll, not looking to get skinny, but to get in to shape. I carry most of my weight mid-section, 36" belly - so it's nowhere close to being healthy. I imagine losing fat comes with toning up, but I'm mainly concerned w just getting in shape over-all

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0266737ea1782946902fd3f8e60fa0b9

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on March 21, 2012
at 03:06 PM

How much weight are you trying to lose? I'd imagine you're not too far from your goal weight. I'm similarly built, and can't imagine that you need to (or even should ) lose a ton more weight--what's your vision/plan/hope?

I tend to think that Paleo isn't a great diet for people trying to get super skinny-it's more a way of life that helps people come to a strong and healthy base weight, which is different sized for different people. 5'6", 135# doesn't sound overweight at all to me, so you may or may not lose much more weight. You may just start feeling stronger and healthier, which would be amazing too, right?

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on March 21, 2012
at 03:23 PM

Wellll, not looking to get skinny, but to get in to shape. I carry most of my weight mid-section, 36" belly - so it's nowhere close to being healthy. I imagine losing fat comes with toning up, but I'm mainly concerned w just getting in shape over-all

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

(7660)

on March 21, 2012
at 06:06 PM

Also cortisol for belly fat. Make sure you're reducing stress as much as possible (easier said than done) and sleeping enough.

0266737ea1782946902fd3f8e60fa0b9

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on March 21, 2012
at 03:44 PM

Okey doke, thanks for the clarification. For belly fat, you can't beat restricting carbs. Of course, exercise is wonderful too, to firm everything up, but for lightening up the belly, I'd say try to keep a close eye to your carbs, and see if cutting back for a few weeks pushes you in the right direction.

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on April 04, 2012
at 07:18 PM

I'm still tweaking, I think that's one of the things that drew me to paleo. It wasn't a cut and dry "diet" full of restrictions, but more about finding out what works best for you and your situation.

It took me 3-4 months to lose about 30 lbs. and then I held on to the infamous "last 5 lbs." for nearly a year. I wasn't too concerned about weight loss, but I continue to tweak for various health reasons. For instance, I eliminated dairy completely to see if I noticed any difference, specifically with acne, but it didn't change anything. It also took me several tries to stop drinking diet soda, but I don't know if that's a tweak so much as perseverance! My next tweak will be eliminating nightshades, but I love potatoes/peppers/tomatoes and I'm having a hard time starting that challenge.

I was surprised when I stepped on the scale the other day and those "last 5 lbs." had finally disappeared. I think what finally did it was amping up my exercise in preparation for a Warrior Dash event (which was awesome, btw).

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on April 05, 2012
at 12:39 PM

I am 5'9" and weighed ~185 (sometimes 190...). I was stuck between 155 and 160 for about a year and then just a week or so ago I stepped on the scaled and was surprised to see it say 148! My goal weight has been 150 from the beginning, and I was practically prancing around the house when I read the scale that day. 8) If you get away from the scale and focus more on healthy, I think you will start to see the results you want.

E15c5c2d17c4a5d723ce7bb4437062e6

(789)

on April 05, 2012
at 01:48 AM

That is very helpful, thank you .. would you mind if I asked where you were at before the loss? Sometimes I just feel so discouraged, creeping up on 2 months but not seeing a SIGNIFICANT difference

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on March 21, 2012
at 04:15 PM

I agree with everyone that you're not overweight, but also agree with you that the mid-section probably needs a little redistribution. I'm not quite paleo, but I am low carb, so here's an answer from that pov.

First, an answer to the "tweaking" question: For the first 2 - 4 months I was tweaking pretty regularly. Sometimes it was dropping foods, and sometimes it was cautiously adding them back in. I stayed pretty happy with the weight loss and inches lost until a couple of months ago. After two months of slow-down, I've tweaked again. (This is month 11 of low carb for me. I should also note I am already on a slower-than-"normal" weight loss/inches loss regimen, because I'm breastfeeding. So slowing down below my already snails' pace got really frustrating!)

BTW: This month's main tweak? Cutting an over-consumption of decaf coffee that I should have cut ages ago! So it's not like I'm giving up something entirely.

And now, one major tip: Take your body measurements once a month! As you burn fat and rebuild muscle, the scales may stall or even show an increase. Muscle is denser than fat; it weighs more. At the weight you are now, it's quite possible that you will gain a little and still lose inches. My advice is to use the inches as your main benchmark for progress.

I hope this helps. Hang in there; you're doing great!

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on March 21, 2012
at 03:08 PM

You are not overweight (although maybe not where you want to be) and managed to lose 1.25lbs a week in a 4 week time span. Your results have taken off.

I'm in the same boat -- technically, I had been just at the "overweight" mark before I was able to exercise again (long term condition, then surgery fixed that). Once I was able to exercise, coupled with the diet I had been eating already, I maintained steady weightoss.

I do lessen my carb and fat intake on non-exercise days, but that's about the only diet modification I make other than sticking to a paleo shtick.

You are doing great! Don't let those numbers overwhelm your desire to be fit. Scales are a handy tool, by we abide by their readouts a little too much, imho.

E15c5c2d17c4a5d723ce7bb4437062e6

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on March 21, 2012
at 03:25 PM

I suppose I just get discouraged when looking (or reading) others who reportedly lost somewhere around 15+ lbs in their first month ... not looking to lose weight for the attractiveness of it, just trying to get toned over-all, and be generally pretty healthy - so I wonder when the unnecessary fat's gonna shed off so I can see the muscles or something lol

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on March 21, 2012
at 03:44 PM

Reevaluate how you feel every month or so. 5lbs is definitely progress. After another month, maybe it's 7lbs total, or maybe it's 12. Regardless, you're doing it right. Unlike "maintenance mode", however, I would minimize binges-as-cheats - easiest way to throw yourself off track. Fat-loss and body recomposition is a hard-won goal.

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