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How long have you been doing paleo and how much have you lost?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created July 26, 2011 at 10:52 AM

Just curious as to other peoples results on paleo. How long have you been on paleo? And how much have you lost? Also a good motivator for people like myself who are just starting out, and for anyone else who reads this. Thanx :-)

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on November 09, 2012
at 09:34 PM

things worked out fine. i am still the same weight, i still have the same issues, and my activity level is the same. (moderately active). my body comp has not changed in any way in years. i no longer avoid all grain, but wheat is still off the table.

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on October 10, 2012
at 04:17 PM

+1 bazillion for the shift in perspective

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on October 09, 2012
at 10:27 PM

From the very beginning it was low-carb. It grew and changed while low-carb stayed low-carb.

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on October 09, 2012
at 06:29 PM

Just realized that you posted your response more than a year ago. Hopefully things have worked out for you!

Aa748fb43334ffd2db3934aa00874bbe

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on October 09, 2012
at 06:01 PM

My height and weight are about the same as yours. For what it's worth, after a brief initial weight loss, I plateaued the same as you. I work out, so we're different in that way. I stopped weighing myself eventually because nothing changed on the scale...and then my scale battery died and I decided it was just as well. I did, however, lose body fat from everywhere; even my fingers look thinner. I had to buy new pants because I was swimming in my old ones. I think paleo just 100% adjusted my body composition. You might be having a similar experience without even realizing it yet. Good luck!

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on October 09, 2012
at 12:53 PM

eat almonds by the gallon! Breakfast shakes? visit Paleomg.com and make loads of her recipes! I wish I had this problem bro!

25819079a9264c10bcba7cd592e16216

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on July 28, 2011
at 06:31 PM

Try eating more starchy carbs at every meal

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on July 28, 2011
at 06:21 PM

by the way I have 5% body fat

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on July 27, 2011
at 10:57 PM

My version of paleo.....26 months for 151 lbs lost. I now am all about body comp. Went from 44% BF to 14.5% currently

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on July 27, 2011
at 03:38 AM

Unbelievable guys. I didnt expect so many people to respond. Thanx so much for the advice and the testimonies. Soon i hope to be writing my own and encouraging others just as you have encouraged me.

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on July 27, 2011
at 12:22 AM

i feel exactly the same, HP. im off and on strict at this point. its hard in summertime, i think. ive tried ZC, VLC, moderate carb. carb cycling, dairy, no dairy, IF, calorie counting. i think thats it...after hacking the hell out of it, i feel like you do- maybe i should just be happy right here for a while? i dont know. like i said, in my weaker moments i get super impatient and angry and frustrated, but i dont want to gain or go back to feeling tired, bloated and weak all the time either. trying to be patient. its hard hearing about people who lost 100 pounds in 90 days!

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on July 26, 2011
at 10:40 PM

How strict are you (now)? I lost 40 pounds in 6 months w/ Paleo - and have been stuck ever since (5'6" 36 y.o. female, 145-150 range). I've added in occasional wine, played around with fruit/no-fruit, up and down carbs, but nothing really seems to stick. The weight loss prior was relatively easy. Some days I think my body just wants to get used to being in this range... I'd rather stay the same than go back to where I was. But, it's super frustrating to know I still have fat loss to accomplish, yet my body is hanging on.

5437163ddf70d4532f196bfb4333753e

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on July 26, 2011
at 08:23 PM

As with anything, your mileage will vary

5437163ddf70d4532f196bfb4333753e

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on July 26, 2011
at 08:23 PM

I agree in the short term. Fitday really helped me get a handle on things but once you get your metabolic machinery to become a primarily fat burning system, then you can let your hunger be your guide. For maintenance, I will plug a day's worth of info into Fitday once every couple of weeks just to see how things are shaking out.

Ef358801c7c5decdc2133b5369af08b2

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on July 26, 2011
at 07:50 PM

I started low carb on the 1st of May and that transitioned into paleo after reading Robb Wolf's "The Paleo Solution", which was a pretty easy change to make. I've been doing unweighed and unmeasured since the 1st of July. I've lost 25lbs in total, with 6 of it coming in the last 26 days since I switched to unweighed and unmeasured paleo.

Ef358801c7c5decdc2133b5369af08b2

(40)

on July 26, 2011
at 07:47 PM

I used to religiously weigh and track my food and made progress that way. I've been doing the unweighed and unmeasured approach for the last 26 days and lost 6 lbs, which honestly was a bit of a surprise. I do log what I eat still by taking a pic with my phone and adding a list of foods to it, but I don't bother with weighing it any more. I think the reason Robb recommends against it in general is that it can be an additional stress that can undo your efforts. He does acknowledge that for some people it is necessary if the unweighed and unmeasured thing doesn't work.

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on July 26, 2011
at 02:59 PM

Hey Christie Bravo for your efforts! I know what you mean re chocolate. My issue is with fresh bread and ice cream. If I have a bit, it is as if I cannot stop. Hubby doesn't get this because he is slim, athletic and lives naturally as Sisson speaks. It is an addiction for me and the only way to cope is to not have it, period, just like you and chocolate.

3dc940ac9be21e45cf83207814c8cd46

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on July 26, 2011
at 02:49 PM

I have an app for this and since my phone is with me all the time, it is very easy to track macronutrients (and calories), very handy to compare food intake with physical feeling/ reactions.

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on July 26, 2011
at 02:42 PM

I think he says that because it can be a chore and potentially a stumbling block for newbies. I find spot journaling helps. It's not necessary to journal all the time but periodically to see if anything is out of sorts.

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on July 26, 2011
at 02:38 PM

Happy birthday. 8)

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on July 26, 2011
at 02:31 PM

@jar jaravind the name changes are killin me. hah... @ben i think the more that leptin is understood, i think it will show that glucose tolerance and insulin resistance is tied to it as well. i think making changes to ensure leptin sensitivity takes care of glucose tolerance in most people also...

9adbf19e76ac38da796f29302c4be90a

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on July 26, 2011
at 01:46 PM

Agree on the health piece as well. If you are more muscular/diesel don't worry about the scale. How do your close fit and what is the body fat %.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on July 26, 2011
at 01:38 PM

i feel the carb-fear, too. Even though i was never overweight, after years of just eating pretty LC, if not hardcore LC, it was indeed difficult to eat more carbs when i wanted to gain muslce weight - for fear of just getting fatter. Took me quite a few months to really get over it.

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on July 26, 2011
at 01:30 PM

Awesome Lucky B!

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on July 26, 2011
at 12:58 PM

yeah, ben. especially with how relatively easy it was once i was used to cooking all my meals and knew all the paleo parameters. the only thing that is the tricky thing when you're doing paleo to lose weight is knowing how to listen to your body when it's time to cycle or up your overall carb consumption. it's scary at first for people who aren't used to being able to eat carbs like their skinny friends. very liberating once you find out that they're not the enemy though...

3f3c952a1a31a12fc2ac49528888c073

(135)

on July 26, 2011
at 12:20 PM

Me too. I started on May 2nd, and have lost about 18 lbs. Have been stuck at one spot for a few weeks now.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

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on July 26, 2011
at 12:20 PM

thats hardcore weight. awesome. life-changer, right?

C4e0f94c75f8f945cf166e005cb32331

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on July 26, 2011
at 11:58 AM

Totally serious. I had no idea how bad I'd been feeling until it went away... Won't be going back to that.

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on July 26, 2011
at 11:55 AM

awesome point. I really think the combo of strict paleo eating with tracking food is unbeatable.

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on July 26, 2011
at 11:40 AM

"feel better than I have in decades". Just...awesome.

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464e1c66609d402615ae2b3cf72d53fb

(1472)

on July 26, 2011
at 01:17 PM

1.5 years and 100lbs.

Jeff H

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677bf180dca60230f7bb01c07927e7df

on July 26, 2011
at 11:10 AM

Started Paleo on an 8 week challenge staring back on 1/15/11. Live it and breath it ever since. Lost 73lbs and 16% of my bodyfat. One thing I will have to disagree with Robb Wolf on however is that I feel like people looking to lose weight really should be using a food logger like fitday.com. It allowed me the control that I needed to see if I was where I needed to be. It's not necessary for maintenance, but for weight loss I found it helpful.

6371f0ae0c075ded1b8cd30aafd4bf16

on July 26, 2011
at 02:42 PM

I think he says that because it can be a chore and potentially a stumbling block for newbies. I find spot journaling helps. It's not necessary to journal all the time but periodically to see if anything is out of sorts.

5437163ddf70d4532f196bfb4333753e

(3614)

on July 26, 2011
at 08:23 PM

As with anything, your mileage will vary

3dc940ac9be21e45cf83207814c8cd46

(544)

on July 26, 2011
at 02:49 PM

I have an app for this and since my phone is with me all the time, it is very easy to track macronutrients (and calories), very handy to compare food intake with physical feeling/ reactions.

Ef358801c7c5decdc2133b5369af08b2

(40)

on July 26, 2011
at 07:47 PM

I used to religiously weigh and track my food and made progress that way. I've been doing the unweighed and unmeasured approach for the last 26 days and lost 6 lbs, which honestly was a bit of a surprise. I do log what I eat still by taking a pic with my phone and adding a list of foods to it, but I don't bother with weighing it any more. I think the reason Robb recommends against it in general is that it can be an additional stress that can undo your efforts. He does acknowledge that for some people it is necessary if the unweighed and unmeasured thing doesn't work.

5437163ddf70d4532f196bfb4333753e

(3614)

on July 26, 2011
at 08:23 PM

I agree in the short term. Fitday really helped me get a handle on things but once you get your metabolic machinery to become a primarily fat burning system, then you can let your hunger be your guide. For maintenance, I will plug a day's worth of info into Fitday once every couple of weeks just to see how things are shaking out.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on July 26, 2011
at 11:55 AM

awesome point. I really think the combo of strict paleo eating with tracking food is unbeatable.

7
66e6b190e62fb3bcf42d4c60801c7bf6

on July 26, 2011
at 12:20 PM

1 year: 70 lbs. Kept all but about 5 lbs of lbm. So about 65 lbs of fat. I love to go in my grocery store and luck at the butter and put 65 lbs of fat into context.

D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on July 26, 2011
at 01:30 PM

Awesome Lucky B!

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on July 26, 2011
at 12:20 PM

thats hardcore weight. awesome. life-changer, right?

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on July 26, 2011
at 01:38 PM

i feel the carb-fear, too. Even though i was never overweight, after years of just eating pretty LC, if not hardcore LC, it was indeed difficult to eat more carbs when i wanted to gain muslce weight - for fear of just getting fatter. Took me quite a few months to really get over it.

66e6b190e62fb3bcf42d4c60801c7bf6

(12407)

on July 26, 2011
at 12:58 PM

yeah, ben. especially with how relatively easy it was once i was used to cooking all my meals and knew all the paleo parameters. the only thing that is the tricky thing when you're doing paleo to lose weight is knowing how to listen to your body when it's time to cycle or up your overall carb consumption. it's scary at first for people who aren't used to being able to eat carbs like their skinny friends. very liberating once you find out that they're not the enemy though...

66e6b190e62fb3bcf42d4c60801c7bf6

(12407)

on July 26, 2011
at 02:31 PM

@jar jaravind the name changes are killin me. hah... @ben i think the more that leptin is understood, i think it will show that glucose tolerance and insulin resistance is tied to it as well. i think making changes to ensure leptin sensitivity takes care of glucose tolerance in most people also...

6
70cfaf60357b67f82fdf8a298796540f

on July 26, 2011
at 11:22 AM

Hi there :)

After 6 months of Paleo - I'd say 80% most of the time, with a couple of 30 day stints of closer to 100%), and I've lost 30kgs (66 bs). This has been coupled with some pretty serious gym training, and two fabulous crossfitter trainers, but the real results have been directly related to my diet - when it's clean, I drop the weight, when it's not so clean, then I don't drop as much.

I started at 132kgs (290lbs), and am currently at 102kgs (224.4lbs) - so I have about the same again to go - but it's not slowing down. Chocolate is my main enemy.. when I have a little bit I want it all the time, but when I'm off it I'm fine... so that's where my will power needs to sit!

My best advice is this - it's not about the food - it's about you - if you make good choices, and are consistent in your training and food then it will absolutely happen!

Good luck!!! x

3dc940ac9be21e45cf83207814c8cd46

(544)

on July 26, 2011
at 02:59 PM

Hey Christie Bravo for your efforts! I know what you mean re chocolate. My issue is with fresh bread and ice cream. If I have a bit, it is as if I cannot stop. Hubby doesn't get this because he is slim, athletic and lives naturally as Sisson speaks. It is an addiction for me and the only way to cope is to not have it, period, just like you and chocolate.

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Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on July 26, 2011
at 08:02 PM

ive been paleo for 9+ months with 75 pounds to lose. i lost 35 in the first 5 months, and have been stalled since then with 40 more to go. i have always had a body that absolutely CLINGS to fat, and this is the most ive ever lost on any "diet", and the longest ive maintained a loss. im totally ok if it takes another year to lose the rest, even though i have my moments of total frustration and pissed-offed-ness at my body.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on July 27, 2011
at 12:22 AM

i feel exactly the same, HP. im off and on strict at this point. its hard in summertime, i think. ive tried ZC, VLC, moderate carb. carb cycling, dairy, no dairy, IF, calorie counting. i think thats it...after hacking the hell out of it, i feel like you do- maybe i should just be happy right here for a while? i dont know. like i said, in my weaker moments i get super impatient and angry and frustrated, but i dont want to gain or go back to feeling tired, bloated and weak all the time either. trying to be patient. its hard hearing about people who lost 100 pounds in 90 days!

1b85b7649707eb07f26bb0fb0dc874c1

(125)

on July 26, 2011
at 10:40 PM

How strict are you (now)? I lost 40 pounds in 6 months w/ Paleo - and have been stuck ever since (5'6" 36 y.o. female, 145-150 range). I've added in occasional wine, played around with fruit/no-fruit, up and down carbs, but nothing really seems to stick. The weight loss prior was relatively easy. Some days I think my body just wants to get used to being in this range... I'd rather stay the same than go back to where I was. But, it's super frustrating to know I still have fat loss to accomplish, yet my body is hanging on.

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Ae4d2eb4ca16ca45d98cd199837de092

on July 26, 2011
at 02:08 PM

i'm not a big fan of scales, so i don't weigh often at all. i was big before i started paleo, but i really just wanted a way to simplify my life. in a little under a year of paleo i went from a size 42 waist to having some nice room in a 36. not sure what the weight numbers are there, but 6 inches around the waist tells me paleo is the gospel... and so does steak... and eggs... and bacon... hahaha

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on July 26, 2011
at 11:36 AM

I've been mostly paleo about a year- I used to be about 20 lbs overweight, lost 15 on weight watchers and about 10 more on paleo (I fluctuate within a few lbs). I've taken up weightlifting (mostly Oly and kettlebells) and occasional Crossfit-style metcons; I think I've put on 2 or 3 lbs of muscle.

I struggled with my weight for years and made many half-assed attempts to lose; nothing worked for me until Weight Watchers, but I got burned out after a couple months. I am extremely grateful to have found this lifestyle because I know this is how I'm going to be eating forever (I also figured out about a year and a half ago I have non-celiac gluten intolerance, and it had been making me miserable for several years). Some family and friends thought it was a little nutty at first, but now a lot of them are trying it too! Good luck! :)

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C4e0f94c75f8f945cf166e005cb32331

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on July 26, 2011
at 11:14 AM

6.75 months of mostly paleo with exception of some cheese and full fat yoghurt and an occasional cheat meal or beers (that I usually regret fairly quickly as am fairly grain/gluten sensitive) and have lost about 30 pounds. Still have 20 to go. Also, feel better than I have in decades (in my forties). Kinda felt like I was always in a fog and walking in a pool of jello before...

1c4ada15ca0635582c77dbd9b1317dbf

(2614)

on July 26, 2011
at 11:40 AM

"feel better than I have in decades". Just...awesome.

C4e0f94c75f8f945cf166e005cb32331

(305)

on July 26, 2011
at 11:58 AM

Totally serious. I had no idea how bad I'd been feeling until it went away... Won't be going back to that.

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on July 26, 2011
at 08:46 PM

My fiance and I have been loosely paleo (dairy, fruit, wine, chocolate...so, primal?) for almost five full months now. He's 6'4" and has lost 55 lbs, I'm 5'7" and have lost 25 lbs. He does IF almost every day, which is something I have discovered I simply cannot do without a binge later in the day, but I work out more than he does and I have been seeing more muscle tone development (he's still b!tching about his gut, etc.). My goal is to lose another 25, and be at 165 or so, down from 205 in February of this year. It's been a tough process, but he's a wonderful cook and we've had each other's backs all the way. Good luck and stay positive!

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5437163ddf70d4532f196bfb4333753e

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on July 26, 2011
at 08:07 PM

I have been primal/paleo for a year and a half. I lost roughly 30 pounds within the first 90 days and have kept it off. I am 6' 170 lbs and I am right now actually trying to gain some muscle, which for me is really hard on paleo because the food is so satiating that it is difficult to get enough calories down the pie hole in order to gain significant mass.

Paleo works well for shedding fat and, most importantly, KEEPING IT OFF! Best of luck, Nick!

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on July 26, 2011
at 07:52 PM

I started low carb on May 1st and transitioned into paleo in mid-June after reading Robb Wolf's book. First of July I transitioned away from weighing and measuring my food to the unweighed and unmeasured approach Robb recommends, which made me a little nervous.

I've lost 25lbs in total, with 6 of that coming since the 1st of July (the last 26 days).

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on July 26, 2011
at 02:44 PM

Type 1 diabetic. 18 months and I've lost 60 lbs. 195 lbs to 135 lbs.

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on July 26, 2011
at 01:53 PM

6 months and 10 lbs. Slowly transitioned over December. Weighed-in at 165 in December, then reweighed a couple months ago and found I had accidentally lost 10 lbs. Lost some strength with that, but now I'm stronger than I've ever been and I'm at 154. (5'9" male who definitely did not need to lose any weight)

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on July 26, 2011
at 01:49 PM

Been on paleo since February (WAPF for 2 months before that) and I've lost about 40 pounds. I still have another 50-60 to go. I'm breastfeeding and one of the most important things for me was that I not have to starve myself to do this since nutritionally that's bad news for my baby and I haven't ever had to.

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on July 26, 2011
at 01:41 PM

Two years - lost 30lbs - mostly in the first year and then have maintained a steady weight. I'm pretty much at the "right" weight for me, and no longer trying to lose.

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on July 26, 2011
at 01:16 PM

About 2 months paleo, 12 pounds lost so far. I start am female, 5'6", started at 199 lbs. According to Fitday, I've averaging 1.38 lbs. per week loss. I average about 70 g carb per day.

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on July 26, 2011
at 01:04 PM

I have been paleo for 6 weeks. I have lost 15 pounds. I started at 288, down to 273.

I am pretty strict, except when I eat salad, which have to include dressing and cheese or I wont eat them. I dont eat a lot of salad though.

I am using livestrong to monitor my food intake.

www.livestrong.com/profile/uwhguy

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on July 26, 2011
at 01:00 PM

8 months now and 30lbs down. I'm done! Hoping to maintain myself this way, loving the way I can eat and feeling much better in general. For the first time am seeing signs of lack of intestional inflammation, this is about 8 yrs in the making!

I went cold turkey in January, lost about 15lbs in the first month. After that it was slow going, but well worth the wait. Took a few months after that to get the right % that worked, and after about 3 months I began trying to go more paleo than primal. I'm still working on that. I eat around 50-60g carbs per day, I can't seem to do VLC, I crave veggies. When I was loosing I kept it at 50 or slightly lower but always around that mark.

For the first time this weekend I allowed myself a cheat, due to a kind old lady working so hard to make a dessert for me. Needless to say I'm just now coming out of the bathroom this morning! Not sure what was in it (we asked for the recipe, as it was delicious, but now more to know what killed me) I suspect flour and sugar and lime. Lesson learned!!

This does melt the fat right off your body if you find what works for you!

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on July 26, 2011
at 12:22 PM

I've been mostly paleo since February with the exception of full fat dairy, a few epic cheat meals here and there, and a problematic obsession with tacos. I have also been watching my carbs and trying to keep them under 75g daily. I've been lifting weights using programs from DailyBurn.com and taking some Zumba classes. Despite spraining my ankle a few weeks ago, I've lost 27 lbs. I feel much better -- I used to have sore aching muscles after a workout and my recovery time is basically unnoticeable now, and I have better energy and I'm more consistent and even-tempered, which is good because I have a two-year-old. It's hard to stick with sometimes because I have been a lifetime foodie and had practically a romantic relationship with bread and pasta, but I don't imagine I'll be changing anytime soon. My new obsession is Salsa Verde...

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on July 26, 2011
at 11:17 AM

Been somewhat paleo since May of this year. I have lost 20 pounds. I assume if I go extremely strict paleo I could lose even more.

And I agree with what Andrew said, do it for your health first!!!

9adbf19e76ac38da796f29302c4be90a

(209)

on July 26, 2011
at 01:46 PM

Agree on the health piece as well. If you are more muscular/diesel don't worry about the scale. How do your close fit and what is the body fat %.

3f3c952a1a31a12fc2ac49528888c073

(135)

on July 26, 2011
at 12:20 PM

Me too. I started on May 2nd, and have lost about 18 lbs. Have been stuck at one spot for a few weeks now.

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E3729a8ced86b9c7e133eb5de570abc8

on July 26, 2011
at 11:06 AM

I have been playing with Paleo for almost two years on and off. Most recently I needed to do this seriously and I challenged my clients to come along for a 30 day challenge.

In my personal challenge I lost just under 5kg starting at 84 ending at 79. My client lost just under 12kg. Amazing. Starting weight was 126kg.

She was strict Paleo for the full 30 days and as her boys have nut allergies, didnt use nuts as a snack. She did not exchange her bad food for paleo-fied foods like paleo muffins or pancakes.

Good luck with your journey! Do it for your health first. The weight loss is almost accidental when your body is given the chance to normalise.

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(15976)

on July 26, 2011
at 11:57 AM

I was totally strict paleo with no dairy for one year. I added dairy then and have been on and off dairy for another year. So, kind of two years.

I haven???t lost any weight. Weight-loss was not my goal, though.

I think using paleo as a general guideline for what is edible is a great path toward weight-loss for those looking to lose. Eating paleo food choices will undoubtedly improve your general well-being, digestion, energy level, outlook, mental clarity, etc. Then you can tailor your caloric-intake as you need and you???ll be very able to take bodyfat off.

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on July 26, 2011
at 07:45 PM

I'm 5'5, female, and fairly muscular and active. I started 2 months ago at 193, and I've at 176 now. The first 13 came off in about three weeks. Around that time, I sprained my knee, dropping my exercise/mobility to almost nothing for two weeks. I stayed within a pound or so of 180 for about a month. In the past week or so, I've been able to get back to my regular skating/exercise routine, and dropped few more lbs. I can tell I'm getting stronger (can do pullups now! And skate fasted thanks to PT!), so I'm pretty sure I'm adding muscle as well.

I'm not terribly strict- I indulge in something wonderful at least once a week. But I've replaced my sugar snacking with spoonfuls of Kerrygold with a light sprinkle of pink himalayan sea salt...

I'm happier about the fact that I can do 3 consecutive chinups than the number on the scale. But watching the change in how my clothes fit is good too!

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on July 26, 2011
at 07:17 PM

I started at 6' 228# about 3 months ago and wanted to lose about 20 pounds. I switched to Paleo from a "Nourishing Traditions" diet (pretty close to Paleo, but with selective grains and some bread, allows much higher carbs and starch). Upon switching I lost about 6-7 pounds almost immediately, like in a week. You may call this "water weight", but it has stayed off, and my waist line went down an inch too. About the only thing I changed was to drop the relatively small amount of grains that I was eating (oatmeal most days and occasional rice or bread) and drop all sugars. I was amazed that what I thought was a relatively small change made a big difference in my weight.

At the time I was running about 10-11 miles per week and was feeling fantastic, better than I have in years. Apparently the grains were really keeping me down. I kept this up for about 6 more weeks and didn't lose any more weight. As an experiment, I switched from running to strength training (kettlebells, floor exercises, etc) and again lost weight, about 6-7 pounds almost immediately, like in a week.

It was strange to lose the weight so fast. My low is now 212#, and I'm up around 215# now, and I'm down 3 notches on my belt, in fact I'm on the smallest notch. When I was above 212#, I had a very decreased appetite. But when I hit 212#, suddenly my appetite increased a lot, and I had a hard time controlling what I ate.

My goal of 20 pounds was kind of arbitrary but would require me to be 208#, which incidentally would probably be my lowest weight in > 15 years. Obviously my body wants to stay at 212# or above, so it might be tough going. I still have fat around my middle that I'd like to lose, and I entered my height and weight into a BMI calculator and it still tells me I'm overweight.

My next goal is to try to get back to 212# in a way that I'm not constantly starving, and just try to establish a comfortable plateau at that level. I am considering giving up alcohol for a couple of weeks... which will be tough...

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on July 26, 2011
at 06:40 PM

There is more to lose than just weight. I lost a mere two kilos (4 pounds) not really wanting to but feel better this way.

More important:

I lost the sense of being controlled. (by habits, society, sugar, customs, people) I am now fully (well almost) in control of my body and I think this gives me more energy both physical and psychological to take more control of my life.

Maybe I lost the fear of being alone, since I seem to love being rebelious(nutritionally) now.

I'm not sure if this immense energy from eating Paleo comes from the physical side or from freeing the mind. Maybe both.

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on July 26, 2011
at 06:30 PM

Started around the beginning of the year. I think scales are counter productive and so I only go on how I look and feel. Since I started I have run numerous 5ks, where a flight of stairs would have me winded before. I am 3 notches to the good on my belt, one more and I'll need to buy a new one. Ive had to purchase new jeans twice so far, only shopping at Old Navy now since no need to spend eral money on something I'll only get to wear for a couple of months.

On top of that I sleep better, I'm more positive, I have better skin, I'm stronger, and just over all happier and more confident.

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on July 26, 2011
at 05:08 PM

Me: 14 months, 95% strict lacto-paleo, moderately low carb (70-100g/day) -- I'm 5'7" and lost 25 lbs (185->160 lbs). Been 3 weeks on VLC (<20g/day) and lost another 5 now.

Hubby: 20 months, 95% strict lacto-paleo, low carb (50-80g/day) -- he's 6' and lost almost 50 lbs (245->198 lbs). Ditto a few more pounds in the last few weeks of VLC.

Both of us lost all that weight in the first 8-10 months, but have been stable for the last few months and decided to try VLC for a while. I'm starting Crossfit as well -- I'd like to get strong, and lose a couple more sizes :)

We avoid wheat 100%, but both have continued to enjoy a couple of alcoholic drinks a week, some fruit, very dark chocolate, and very occasional high quality sweet treat.

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on July 26, 2011
at 02:43 PM

I started paleo on Sept 15 2010, weighing 194 lbs. I lost 15 lbs in the first 30 days and since then I have gradually lost more and more and now I am at 154, total of 40 lbs lost, just over 10 months later. I'm 5'5" 27 yo female, I probably should lose 20 more lbs of fat but I need to add muscle, too, so I don't know what my end ideal weight is going to be.

To compare with conventional wisdom/dieting, on Jan 4 2010 I was 207 lbs (my heaviest) and I started with the whole chronic cardio (running....ugh) low-fat/high-grain nonsense, and in 6 months of being MISERABLE and torturing myself, I lost a whopping 13 lbs, to get to the 194 I started at when I began paleo.

I was a size 16/18 when I started paleo, now I am solidly a size 8, but I do fit into some size 6. And holy cow I FEEL so much better.

Good luck!!

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(190)

on July 26, 2011
at 02:13 PM

About a year. Pretty strict Primal but without serious regulation of cheese, wine, or nuts. I lost 20 lbs in the first 4 months, which took me 10 lbs below my goal and to 11-12% BF. Maintaining pretty easily since then. I have almost certainly gained some muscle throughout. None of it has been particularly challenging. The weight loss just happened. I am now in that curious mode of playing with different things just to see how my body reacts. All in all, I am completely happy with where my body is; not too bad for someone who turned 53 today.

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(2682)

on July 26, 2011
at 02:38 PM

Happy birthday. 8)

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on October 10, 2012
at 10:02 AM

27 Year old male 6'3". Started Paleo at 340 lbs 8.5 Months ago. Down to 240 and never felt better. Also, never counted a single calorie.

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on October 09, 2012
at 06:09 PM

Things I lost on paleo:

  • About ten pounds, but I'm not sure because I also lost...
  • The desire to weigh myself.
  • Two dress sizes.
  • Fear of fat and calorie-dense foods.
  • Adult acne.
  • Constant gnawing hunger, mood swings, energy ups and downs.
  • A lot of "conventional wisdom."

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(435)

on October 10, 2012
at 04:17 PM

+1 bazillion for the shift in perspective

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(158)

on October 09, 2012
at 11:40 AM

4months down with 15kg of fat loss. I'm now doing crossfit which has stalled the weightloss, but I'm gaining muscle fast.

I'm pretty clean - with occasional rice, milk, yogurt, wine, scotch ;)

Okay now I think about it not as clean as I should be - but I feel great and in hitting all my goals one by one.

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on July 27, 2011
at 04:32 AM

28, female, 5'4, currently 125 pounds. Been paleo since Feb 2010, starting at a weight of about 140 pounds. Took me 1.5 years to lose the 15 pounds. Still have quite a high bodyfat level (mostly held in midsection and thighs)

Currently working on the last 5 pounds (reluctant to say pounds, its more like percentages of body fat) and its going extremely slowly - but this is for life and I am not in a race to lose bodyfat - I don't mind if it takes me 2 years to lose these last 5 pounds :) From my observations weight loss seems slow going and problematic for women on Paleo (Like any other way of eating), as it's a little more complicated than for guys.

My goal is to eventually have a faint line down the middle of my midsection, which I have never had in my life - my belly has been puffy since as long as I can remember, lol! Abs would be great but I am thinking that's being unrealistic. That linea alba will do me just fine :)

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on October 10, 2012
at 08:37 PM

19 year old male, 6'1, 175 pounds, I'm 9 months in, 55 pounds down, and I've doubled most of my lifts. On top of that, I've never felt as healthy and energetic as I do now, and I've been in a place where it hasn't been work for a long time, it's just been eating. Good luck! Welcome to the paleo lifestyle and good luck! We're all here if you need any help.

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on October 10, 2012
at 05:57 PM

3 months 7 pounds. husband just started 3 weeks and lost 12 pounds.

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on October 10, 2012
at 04:07 PM

Paleo since Sept 1, 2012. 20lbs down from 266 to 246 in 5 weeks.

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on October 10, 2012
at 02:46 AM

5 months down 57lbs. No dairy, pretty strict.

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(489)

on October 10, 2012
at 01:54 AM

A little over one year, and no weight change really, though my body fat % has decreased a bit. I was already lean to begin with, and weighed around 100lbs. I started eating paleo and IF to help with energy during workouts and cravings. I still weigh around 100 lbs, but I definitely see more muscle definition than before.

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(78467)

on October 09, 2012
at 10:26 PM

2 years, 150lbs.

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on October 09, 2012
at 10:23 PM

Today, I'm about 75/25 Primal/WAPF respectively, and as gluten free as I can control (I work in a coffeeshop/bakery. I inhale.). I've been gluten free for about a year, and Primal/WAPF for about 6 months. I haven't lost any weight, but that wasn't my aim. I lost 30 lbs through a whole food, low-calorie approach three years ago, so I'm already at a healthy weight/BF%. But about a year ago I was diagnosed with mild PCOS and gluten intolerance. I adopted a gluten-free/higher-protein/lower-carb diet and at the point I started teaching Zumba everything sort of fit into place and my cycles started coming like clockwork for the first time in my life. I've adopted more and more "paleo" ideals since then (I adhere to ideals better when I more slowly adapt to them), and I can't say I've experienced much added benefit since the change a year ago, but not all health improvements are visible to the naked eye.

But in a year, I've also experienced far fewer sugar/carb cravings, I'm not hungry all the time, I actually ovulate at reasonable points in my cycles, and they've become regular, I have FAR fewer headaches, I have more energy, and I actually gained back 88% of the libido that disappeared after spending 6 months on the pill three years ago. I'm less irritable and moody, and I no longer have chronic sinus infections. Plus, my skin is clear. That says a lot for a girl who started getting acne in 4th grade.

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on October 09, 2012
at 05:30 PM

4 months, 5'5", 121 lbs, and I gained 3 lbs since becoming paleo. My goal is to gain another 4!

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(638)

on October 09, 2012
at 08:42 AM

10 months. Maybe 10-15lbs (from around 130 to 115-117) but gained muscle and have better body composition. Went from never working out to lifting weights and circuit training 4-5x a week. Went on Paleo as I was on the search for a permanent healthy lifestyle change. Small investment, great return :)

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on October 09, 2012
at 06:55 AM

60lbs (27.2kg) in eight months, from 228lbs (103.4kg) at the start of the year to 168lbs (76.2kg) today. I was 80% Primal in January, 100% Primal from February to July and then 100% Paleo from July until now. More importantly than the weight loss, my waist measurement has gone from 41" to 32", my resting heart rate from 68 to 43 beats per minute and my IBS has virtually disappeared. In addition to the diet, I've become a runner (completed my first half marathon on Sunday in 1:47:20) and I'm now looking ahead to becoming a triathlete in 2013.

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on July 29, 2011
at 06:31 AM

Paleo with rare dairy treats since Sept 13 2010. Starting weight 127kg, current weight 86kg. Heaps of other health benifits outside of weightloss as well , lower BP, lower resting heart rate, better sleep, less alergies, clearer sinuses. I would still like to lose more, and I am - slowly, but Im at a poit where my health is great and Im very happy. Its also great to feel no desire to eat crap food anymore. The sense of control and disipline is flowing into other areas of my life. I wish I had found paleo in my twenties, I can't help but think paleo+youth+positive attitute=unstoppable force lol.

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(547)

on July 29, 2011
at 04:32 AM

In 2009, when I first started Paleo I didn't lose any weight. 5'8" - 125lbs. On and off the Paleo wagon until January 2011. At that point, I had a 3 month old with 30lbs to lose (gained 60lbs during my pregnancy). Lost the 30lbs the week my baby turned 6 months, Went back to SAD - gained 10lbs in 2 months. Back to Paleo and back to 125lbs!

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on July 28, 2011
at 06:57 PM

I've only lost 5-6 pounds (didn't need to loose anything except for vanity reasons). However I have lost a size and a half in clothes from a combination of primal diet and crossfit and I feel great.

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(446)

on July 28, 2011
at 06:30 PM

I've been on Paleo since October 2009, so almost two years. I switched from vegetarian/raw-vegan and have lost 27# overall and 9 more inches in just the past 3 months. My acne disappeared, intestinal problems are gone, and energy is through the roof! I love that "food can do all that".

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on July 28, 2011
at 06:20 PM

hi,

I started february 2011, and I have lost 8 kilos, I am 1.68mts and I was 60 kilos in January, I did it because I was suffering Hypertension. Now I am perfect, but Too skinny...I have found that it is virtually impossible to gain weight on the palodiet..... any recommendations? PLEASE HELP!!!!

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(5)

on July 28, 2011
at 06:21 PM

by the way I have 5% body fat

25819079a9264c10bcba7cd592e16216

(446)

on July 28, 2011
at 06:31 PM

Try eating more starchy carbs at every meal

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(638)

on October 09, 2012
at 12:53 PM

eat almonds by the gallon! Breakfast shakes? visit Paleomg.com and make loads of her recipes! I wish I had this problem bro!

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(414)

on July 27, 2011
at 12:47 PM

I went paleo last Sept as part of an 8-week challenge at my gym. I'm 5'5", and I was 164, 40% body fat. Ugh! I joined the challenge because my son (my second C-section) was almost 1 1/2 and I was not "getting my body back" despite severely restricting calories and killing myself at the gym.

I lost 18 lbs in the first eight weeks, and I've stabilized at about 140 now, and high 20s for bodyfat (not sure, it's been a while).

I'm currently reading the Primal Blueprint, because I can tolerate dairy, and I can easily find good cheese made from raw, grassfed milk - yum!

I work out a lot less and eat a lot more and I feel really good. It's amazing.

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(3808)

on July 27, 2011
at 04:11 AM

7 months, not actually trying to lose (no conscious carb or anything else restriction), lost ~30lbs. But I'm breastfeeding a baby, so that complicates that matter a little.

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(3631)

on July 26, 2011
at 09:55 PM

I don't know how long exactly... several months. The change in diet was gradual; basically a phase-out of grains and sugar and a phase-in of meat. I've been gluten-free for about a year, and was a long-time vegetarian, so I didn't come from the SAD. Maybe that's why my weight is unchanged. I'd like to lose 20+ lbs, even though that's not my reason for eating this way. I'm 5'6", holding rock-steady at 150lbs. goddammit.

VLC didn't even make a dent.* I generally don't count calories - i loathe tracking, and restriction makes we want to binge. I think I average 1800-2000 kcal/day, give or take a couple hundred? I haven't experienced that "never hungry" thing people talk about. But, I don't get that shitty hypoglycemic STARVING feeling anymore, which is a bonus. I don't work out, but I'm gonna....tomorrow. ha

*this seems unusual.

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(78467)

on July 27, 2011
at 03:38 AM

Unbelievable guys. I didnt expect so many people to respond. Thanx so much for the advice and the testimonies. Soon i hope to be writing my own and encouraging others just as you have encouraged me.

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(458)

on October 09, 2012
at 06:01 PM

My height and weight are about the same as yours. For what it's worth, after a brief initial weight loss, I plateaued the same as you. I work out, so we're different in that way. I stopped weighing myself eventually because nothing changed on the scale...and then my scale battery died and I decided it was just as well. I did, however, lose body fat from everywhere; even my fingers look thinner. I had to buy new pants because I was swimming in my old ones. I think paleo just 100% adjusted my body composition. You might be having a similar experience without even realizing it yet. Good luck!

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(458)

on October 09, 2012
at 06:29 PM

Just realized that you posted your response more than a year ago. Hopefully things have worked out for you!

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(3631)

on November 09, 2012
at 09:34 PM

things worked out fine. i am still the same weight, i still have the same issues, and my activity level is the same. (moderately active). my body comp has not changed in any way in years. i no longer avoid all grain, but wheat is still off the table.

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on October 09, 2012
at 04:45 AM

When the F#$# did Paleo become low carb? You guys are idiots.

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(78467)

on October 09, 2012
at 10:27 PM

From the very beginning it was low-carb. It grew and changed while low-carb stayed low-carb.

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