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Inches...Lose it!

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Created January 20, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Hey guys!

So I need to ask advice, I know that it is not possible to spot reduce, of course, it only happens all over. I have been tweaking my strict Paleo diet for about 6-8 months now, not really seeing much difference, I am within 10 lbs of my natural biological weight, so my body really wants to fight me on this.

BUT...and remember this is not being done in unhealthy ways, there are many girls that would just starve themselves to get the results, but I want to do this the healthy way...

I am in modeling, and have been told that to get work i need to lose another 3 inches off my hip/butt/thigh area (just so to even out the measurements)...this is really important to me because I REALLY want to be working. About 6months ago...I was at those measurements, but for some reason (without changing anything re: calories or workouts) I have put on these inches in my lower body. (possibly hormonal?)

Anyway..of course continuing to do what i am doing, reducing calories gradually, and balancing training with resistance, cardio and HIIT hopefully I can achieve this..

But is there anything in the Paleo diet I should avoid that has been known to store fat in women's lower bodies? What workouts/exercsies specifically would you advise? I am thinking not Quad dominant movements, and more glut/hams ?

59ee717de524f921efb7f2984157339f

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on January 22, 2012
at 01:32 AM

Thanks Phil, i have been doing some HIIT sprints 2-3 times a week...and IF'ing really helps...hopefully this will work

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on January 22, 2012
at 01:31 AM

Bill, haven't eaten nuts, liquids with calories, a drop of honey, a drip of dairy in about a year...so I'm clear in that department. as for Dead lifts, squats - I build muscle incredibly fast, and the current circumference of my legs is what I'm trying to reduce, will this increase size ( i mean literal inches) my gaining muscle?

59ee717de524f921efb7f2984157339f

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on January 22, 2012
at 01:29 AM

Jitz...unfortunately 135 was where I was...i am now around 145...135 is where i am trying to get back to... I eat similarly most meals, just protein and veggies...but I'm trying to get my body to release some fat in my lower body...

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on January 22, 2012
at 01:27 AM

@Fonda - I am in my first month off of my pill, i stopped it because i knew it would be healthier to be off. So we will see what happens. @TRAVIS - getting leaner is happening, I have been IF-ing but my upper body gets so lean, you can see my collar bones and chicken arms, but my bum/thighs/hips WILL NOT give up their fat...I'll post my diet in the edits. @ Tatty - ill never shy away from tough love. thank you. someone who loves me says the same thing to me, i guess I'm just a bit stubborn. I am receiving help though, for my tendencies..i promise.

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on January 21, 2012
at 06:48 AM

High Calorie Density (juice has more sugar than fruit, etc), lower satiety value (hard to feel full afterward), more calories in shorter period of time (race me, ill drink milk, you eat broccoli, whoever eats 500 calories first wins $1.0 million, ;) , low oral activity and less transit time, and finally, evolution does not support it. And regarding nuts, they are too nutrient dense and mainly contain fat. Wouldn't you rather burn your own fat than the nuts fat?

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on January 21, 2012
at 06:36 AM

I think you are at an ideal weight for your height. For exercise check out http://www.amazon.com/You-Are-Your-Own-Gym/dp/0971407614

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on January 21, 2012
at 06:21 AM

I think you are at an ideal weight and height. For exercise you might check out bodyrock.tv

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on January 20, 2012
at 09:33 PM

Very interesting Bill1102inf! Can you explain why the liquid calories are bad? Is Stevia considered an artificial sweetener? I'm 58 and having the same problem losing that last 10-15 pounds. Thanks for your input!

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on January 20, 2012
at 09:31 PM

Hate to bring some tough love but fighting your body and trying to reach a lower than optimal body-weight is always unhealthy no matter HOW you are trying to go about it. I understand you want to get into modeling but I have read many of your questions on here and it pains me because I see so much of myself and previous eating disordered behaviors and obsessions in your writing. Please forgive me if I am saying this out of turn or completely wrong. I just think it would really be better for you to try find focus in another area of your life. Being strong and vibrant is so better than slim.

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on January 20, 2012
at 09:05 PM

You're battling against a return to a healthy hormonal milieu that is consistent with your evolutionary design. It's going to be tough. You'd likely have to just get leaner in general, because anything that would reverse these changes would be unequivocally less healthy. Post your diet; perhaps there's some unnecessary crap in it somewhere.

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on January 20, 2012
at 09:00 PM

are you on birth control.. i know many women who store lower tummy weight from that alone. If so try looking into a non hormonal version on BC like an IUD or fem cap

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on January 20, 2012
at 07:48 PM

Wonem's bodies want to store weight around the hips and butt to give a fertility cushion; my understanding is that it's encouraged by female hormones, and unfortunately in your case, better nutrition makes out bodies more eager to be fertile.

Having looked through your prior questions, if you're being asked at 5'9" and 135 to lose even more weight, it seems you're looking for runway and fashion modeling, and that industry really favors waifish malnutritioned 16 year olds. I don't think you'll be particularly healthy trying to cut below your normal 1500 calories...in other words, just don't do it. Putting your body through all you would need to just to get a possible year of work (or perhaps no work at all) is not worth it when you look at the whole of your lifetime.

FWIW, I am the leanest when my diet is around 50/20/30 fat/protein/carb, with many meals just protein and veggies or light carbs, with minimal fat.

Congrats on your thirty pound loss since starting primal! It seems to me your body has found its happy place, and bringing your mind around to the same spot will bring you the most longterm happiness.

59ee717de524f921efb7f2984157339f

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on January 22, 2012
at 01:29 AM

Jitz...unfortunately 135 was where I was...i am now around 145...135 is where i am trying to get back to... I eat similarly most meals, just protein and veggies...but I'm trying to get my body to release some fat in my lower body...

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on January 20, 2012
at 07:03 PM

Food: Remove nuts and dairy and liquid calories such as cream or honey. If its liquid and has calories, don't consume it. Yes, the little bit of coconut oil to cook stuff is ok. And yes, the eggs are ok. Remove any artificial sweeteners also, if not done already.

Dead Lift. Squat. Pull ups. Those 3 allow you to lift the most weight and therefore allow for the most increase in strength and hormone response you are looking for. Out of those 3, Dead Lift is the best one there is.

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on January 20, 2012
at 09:33 PM

Very interesting Bill1102inf! Can you explain why the liquid calories are bad? Is Stevia considered an artificial sweetener? I'm 58 and having the same problem losing that last 10-15 pounds. Thanks for your input!

1c67bc28f4e44bbb8770b86df0463df3

(6719)

on January 21, 2012
at 06:48 AM

High Calorie Density (juice has more sugar than fruit, etc), lower satiety value (hard to feel full afterward), more calories in shorter period of time (race me, ill drink milk, you eat broccoli, whoever eats 500 calories first wins $1.0 million, ;) , low oral activity and less transit time, and finally, evolution does not support it. And regarding nuts, they are too nutrient dense and mainly contain fat. Wouldn't you rather burn your own fat than the nuts fat?

59ee717de524f921efb7f2984157339f

(871)

on January 22, 2012
at 01:31 AM

Bill, haven't eaten nuts, liquids with calories, a drop of honey, a drip of dairy in about a year...so I'm clear in that department. as for Dead lifts, squats - I build muscle incredibly fast, and the current circumference of my legs is what I'm trying to reduce, will this increase size ( i mean literal inches) my gaining muscle?

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on January 20, 2012
at 08:55 PM

Sprint sessions twice a week and the above reccomendations from Bill around both food tweaks and functional movement. You might also try skipping dinner once a weak ala Art De Vany. I usually do this Sunday's.

59ee717de524f921efb7f2984157339f

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on January 22, 2012
at 01:32 AM

Thanks Phil, i have been doing some HIIT sprints 2-3 times a week...and IF'ing really helps...hopefully this will work

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