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Weight(fat) loss? Sex? And most importantly STARTING WEIGHT with Paleo?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 25, 2011 at 9:58 PM

Good Morning Hacks,

I have a few questions in regarding weight loss.

1) What is your sex?

2) What was your starting weight when you started Paleo?

3) Height?

4) How long did it take for you to start losing?

The reason for this question is i have noticed people talking about their weight loss journey and talking about losing alot of weight, sometimes straight away, sometimes at a slower pace, but everyone seems to have HAD ALOT of weight to lose to begin with.

I have only MAXIMUM, 15LB to lose. Have been doing paleo for about the last few months and HONESTLY NOT 100% but have cut all grains, legumes, only eat ff cream in coffee about 3 -4 times per week, have a couple of scoops of whey protein isolate per week.

I eat alot of coconut, maccadamia, and olive oil about 1 cup per day of these.(not each one). Eating about 2.5kg (5.5lb) of meat weekly in the form of beef, fish, chicken, lamb. Having vegies with most meals (not tubers or carby foods) I dont eat fruit. I eat shredded coconut. Drink coconut cream in my 3 coffees dailys 0 carbs besides carbs in my NON starch veggies

I have not lost cms, but am not worried at this stage, because of my non 100% compliance. The times when i have not eaten paleo are times like before my cycle is due and having emotional eating issues for eg i had 5 bits of toast, a piece of cheesecake and some icecream the day before my cycle came.

In your opinion, if you only have about upto 15lb to lose, do i need to BE 100% COMPLIANT with no NON PALEO DAYS in order to start seeing the cms come off.

ps i do crossfit 2x per week weight train 2x per week low intensity cardio 2x per week

Thank you all :)

ps i am a female 5"6

currently 75kg(165lb) alot of muscle

Goal 68kg(150lb)

E7fc768abe673562268fefc529f62d89

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on August 29, 2011
at 08:51 PM

I think it's more about the dairy. Same happens with a glass of milk.

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on August 27, 2011
at 03:58 AM

Thank You Dr. K!

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on August 27, 2011
at 03:21 AM

Great advice......

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on August 27, 2011
at 03:18 AM

Travis great comments

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on August 27, 2011
at 03:03 AM

Wow! Incredible stats. :)

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on August 27, 2011
at 03:00 AM

Great job Julie...

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on August 27, 2011
at 01:28 AM

I also agree with Don. 1 cup of oil a day? That's a boatload of calories. ~2000 or so? It doesn't look like you're eating much more than that so maybe it's fine but if you aren't losing the way you'd like that might be a place to cut back and replace with veggies. At your weight caloric manipulation may be necessary to reach your goals as Olivia said.

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on August 27, 2011
at 01:23 AM

Not that dragonfly needs me to defend her but I think her point is a good one. The answers to these questions are irrelevant. You seem to be asking this question in order to gauge your expectations and I agree with her that you can't gauge your body by anyone elses. Not sure why people got so defensive but I think she's right.

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on August 26, 2011
at 01:49 PM

Could not resist. Good luck to you!

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on August 26, 2011
at 01:48 PM

Great comment about the treats...has helped me a lot to make my cheat treats paleo. Paleo food I love but won't eat everyday due to higher calorie (carbs) or expensive.

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on August 26, 2011
at 07:32 AM

You are very welcome Ness!

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on August 26, 2011
at 07:26 AM

Eric, so generous of you!!! :) :) :)

132966e25fc0fea184ed0895f6d28ad4

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on August 26, 2011
at 07:21 AM

Hahaha BHC..."Sex? Yes" Have just started researching IFing so will give that a whirl soon.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

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on August 26, 2011
at 04:06 AM

6ish months in..

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on August 26, 2011
at 02:38 AM

This isn't a very popular opinion here but if you only have 15 lbs to lose, calories matter. And from your post it looks like you're eating way too many.

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on August 26, 2011
at 01:39 AM

whoa, really??? a *slice* of swiss bloats you back up?! it's like 1g carb! i don't get it.

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on August 26, 2011
at 01:30 AM

Hey Don, I am also surprised i have not gained weight!!! Which is why i have kept the fat at this level. I am going to start reducing slowly. Overall health is my goal, and weightloss is my secondary(but still important) goal.

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on August 25, 2011
at 11:36 PM

I'm impressed you have not gained weight

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on August 25, 2011
at 11:31 PM

http://apjcn.nhri.org.tw/server/APJCN/volume12/vol12.2/fullArticles/Kasai151.pdf

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on August 25, 2011
at 11:29 PM

http://www.ajcn.org/content/37/1/1.short

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on August 25, 2011
at 11:28 PM

DF you're crazy. wtf is wrong with you.

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on August 25, 2011
at 11:27 PM

I may be wrong about it not being possible for lauric acid to be esterified in adipocytes, but I'm sure there's a preference for ketone-body production during a low-carb diet.

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on August 25, 2011
at 10:39 PM

Unfortunately, you are not alone in this!

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on August 25, 2011
at 10:39 PM

Your POST is relevant, for sure--just not the first 4 questions.

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on August 25, 2011
at 10:27 PM

Thank you! All i keep reading is add fat, and add more fat, so i cook in oil, cover salads with oil and thought i was doing the right thing...you know, eat fat to burn fat!

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on August 25, 2011
at 10:24 PM

BTW, I only had 15 lbs to lose and I did this being about 95% Primal (lacto-Paleo) and maintaining a calorie deficit with IF (Intermittent Fasting).

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on August 25, 2011
at 10:24 PM

Thank you Dragon fly, they may be "irrelvant" to you, but i am just CURIOUS...IS EVERY post here relevant to EVERYBODY???

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on August 25, 2011
at 10:20 PM

Your first 4 questions are irrelevant --we all have different metabolisms.

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on August 25, 2011
at 10:22 PM

If you are really eating 1 cup of oil a day, you are taking in about 1800 calories right there!

If you reduced this to 1-2 tablespoons of oil a day, you would probably see fat loss without any other changes.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on August 25, 2011
at 10:39 PM

Unfortunately, you are not alone in this!

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on August 25, 2011
at 10:24 PM

BTW, I only had 15 lbs to lose and I did this being about 95% Primal (lacto-Paleo) and maintaining a calorie deficit with IF (Intermittent Fasting).

132966e25fc0fea184ed0895f6d28ad4

(131)

on August 25, 2011
at 10:27 PM

Thank you! All i keep reading is add fat, and add more fat, so i cook in oil, cover salads with oil and thought i was doing the right thing...you know, eat fat to burn fat!

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on August 25, 2011
at 11:06 PM

Were I of the mind that high fat/low carb was the way to go, I would try to restrict all my fat intake to ketogenic fats, namely coconut oil. The full fat cream, macadamia nut oil, olive oil, and fat attached to meat that you're eating is all largely long chain fatty acids that will mostly be packed into adipocytes. I don't believe that the 2/3rds of coconut oil that is lauric acid can be stored as body fat at all. As such, this is the type of fat you ought to be eating for the most part.

I'm no expert, but it is my contention that when high fat works the best, it's because the majority of fat being consumed is in the form of lauric acid. In any case, it's worth a try since what you're doing isn't working apparently.

Good luck.

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on August 25, 2011
at 11:29 PM

http://www.ajcn.org/content/37/1/1.short

Medium avatar

(39821)

on August 25, 2011
at 11:27 PM

I may be wrong about it not being possible for lauric acid to be esterified in adipocytes, but I'm sure there's a preference for ketone-body production during a low-carb diet.

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on August 25, 2011
at 11:31 PM

http://apjcn.nhri.org.tw/server/APJCN/volume12/vol12.2/fullArticles/Kasai151.pdf

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on August 27, 2011
at 03:18 AM

Travis great comments

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on August 26, 2011
at 06:53 AM

You might read through this:

http://paleohacks.com/questions/46722/how-do-i-lose-weight#axzz1W3Hbk5mr

The closer you are to your goal the harder it becomes.

I would stop eating the olive oil and maccadamia oil.

For the emotional eating. Eat a large breakfast. Perhaps three eggs and some coconut oil or 2 Tbs butter.

Get to the point where you can eat 3 meals a day with no snacks. Eventually you may fast a meal and go below three meals on ocassion. However until then. Eat three meals each with protein and fat.

Avoid all carbs at breakfast to help with the emotional eating. Also designate one food that you will eat when emotional that has the least compromises and is high in fat and low in carbs and contains no grains.

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on August 26, 2011
at 07:32 AM

You are very welcome Ness!

132966e25fc0fea184ed0895f6d28ad4

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on August 26, 2011
at 07:26 AM

Eric, so generous of you!!! :) :) :)

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

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on August 27, 2011
at 03:58 AM

Thank You Dr. K!

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on August 27, 2011
at 03:21 AM

Great advice......

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on August 26, 2011
at 02:34 AM

Answers to your questions - you can find out about how and what we did on our site...

Stacy 1) What is your sex? FEMALE 2) What was your starting weight when you started Paleo? 336LBS 3) Height? 5'7" 4) How long did it take for you to start losing? Immediate (134lbs in 15mo)

Matthew 1) What is your sex? MALE 2) What was your starting weight when you started Paleo? 236LBS 3) Height? 5'10" 4) How long did it take for you to start losing? Immediate (66lbs in 15mo)

Matt & Stacy - 200lbs in 15months paleoparents.com

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on August 27, 2011
at 03:03 AM

Wow! Incredible stats. :)

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on August 26, 2011
at 01:41 PM

Female 5'2" starting weight: 145, final weight 115

lost some weight initially pretty quickly just by removing grains, then slowly removing sugar. Then going about 80-90% primal at 1 month it was pretty slow going, about 2 lbs per month. But it was slow and steady and I kept with it.

At month 2 I was learning to tweak my diet, started IFing at almost 3 months and learning to put myself into ketosis. Weight was still coming off 2lbs a month but fat was literally melting off by body now.

Month 7 I hit my weight goals and feeling pretty good.

I lost most of my extra body fat but needed to heal my intestines. I am still healing.

Simply walking, some sprinting done for a few weeks, not doing now, but need to. No exercise routine established throughout. But I keep moving all day and don't sit.

For minor weight loss, you need to track calories/%. Once I started doing that I was able to see where I was going wrong (was completely surprised by this), this helped me IF and be successful.

Being 100% compliant isn't necessary but depends on what you are breaking the rules with too. Aim for 90% compliant and once a week give yourself a small well deserved treat (even better if the treat is compliant)

I suggest trying to do it in stages just to get your head wrapped around it all and not to put too much strain on yourself. Start slowly and work up to compliancy or as close as you can get. It shouldn't be a chore, it should be a change that you want to make and make without suffering.

Carb flu varies for everyone, I suggest if you are experiencing symptoms, stay with what you are doing, get over the effects and then start tweaking. By putting too many changes on your body at once, it might be harder to stick with it. Allow yourself a month to get over it, and then move forward.

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on August 26, 2011
at 01:48 PM

Great comment about the treats...has helped me a lot to make my cheat treats paleo. Paleo food I love but won't eat everyday due to higher calorie (carbs) or expensive.

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E7fc768abe673562268fefc529f62d89

on August 25, 2011
at 10:50 PM

I've started paleo a couple times (30 day Whole 9 challenge) and this has been my experience each time (3 so far)

1: Female

2: 138 lbs

3: 5' 5 1/2"

4: On day three when I can't stay away from the scale anymore I've always dropped 5 or 6 lbs. After that the weight slows down and I'll be stuck in the low 130s and SLOWLY inching down to the 120s.

Those are without workouts.

My "happy weight" historically has been between 120 and 125 while being a vegetarian and doing cardio 5x a week and full body (light) weights 3x a week. Now that I'm attempting to eat paleo and when I do workout I do crossfit, I'm not concentrating on the weight so much as my measurements.

Right now at 138 lbs I'm 36/27/40. I'd like to get down to 36/25/37 (bc I've been there before) and low enough body fat to have some toning show up in my stomach. That may mean that I still weigh 135, but if the measurements fit and my clothes look good, I'm a-okay with that.

Edited to add: If I'm not 100% compliant, the weight doesn't come down and neither does the waist. My waist will go from 27" to 26" in those first few days when I drop the water weight. One slip up (adding a slice of swiss to my other-wise paleo "sandwich") bloats me back up.

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on August 26, 2011
at 01:39 AM

whoa, really??? a *slice* of swiss bloats you back up?! it's like 1g carb! i don't get it.

E7fc768abe673562268fefc529f62d89

(370)

on August 29, 2011
at 08:51 PM

I think it's more about the dairy. Same happens with a glass of milk.

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on August 27, 2011
at 02:54 AM

1) What is your sex?

Female

2) What was your starting weight when you started Paleo?

171 around the end of June

3) Height?

5'2

4) How long did it take for you to start losing?

I was losing 0.5 b per day for the first 2 weeks or so. Since then, I seem to go 5-6 days without any loss, then suddenly I'm down a pound or more. I stopped paying close attention to the scale- I know my clothes are fitting better even though I don't see a regular decrease on the scale. I've lost 18 lbs since the end of June (2 months).

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on August 27, 2011
at 03:00 AM

Great job Julie...

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on August 26, 2011
at 02:54 AM

Sex? Yes

Starting weight? at probably 175 and down to 138 now

Height? 5'4

Started losing right away but steady. I'm trying to get down to 125 or so with muscle. I IF now and recently gave up dairy, cut nuts to once a week and cut the coconut oil out of my coffee in the morning. I still eat dark chocolate and I recently kicked my cheetoes craving. (Cheetoes are the perfect food and I don't care who knows it.)

Yes I think the less weight you have to use the harder it is and no I don't think you have to be 100% compliant. You will have to experiment to find what knocks the fat off but cutting your fat and doing some intermittent fasting helps.

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on August 26, 2011
at 07:21 AM

Hahaha BHC..."Sex? Yes" Have just started researching IFing so will give that a whirl soon.

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on August 26, 2011
at 01:49 PM

Could not resist. Good luck to you!

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on August 26, 2011
at 02:37 AM

M, 165, 5'9", Wasnt trying to, but the very first week. Lost about 2lbs a week down to 148. Family (wive, brother, and parents) told me I'd better stop losing weight. I added back in fruits and sweet potatoes and and a full on cheat day every week to stay round 150lbs.

I've always been strong for my size though. I've gotten into all bodyweight routines this past 3 months or so.

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559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on August 26, 2011
at 01:58 AM

1) What is your sex?

F

2) What was your starting weight when you started Paleo?

150

3) Height?

5'6"

4) How long did it take for you to start losing?

N/A! still waiting...

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

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on August 26, 2011
at 04:06 AM

6ish months in..

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on August 27, 2011
at 08:23 AM

Male, 127kg, 168cm, the first week.

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on August 26, 2011
at 01:31 AM

1- female 2- 108 3- 5'7 or 8 4- paleo is not about lbs....health matters to me

i eat a lot for the most part, it varies a lot. im about 125 now and can force myself up to 130 or down to 112 just by ignoring food and eating only if i am hungry

exercise doesnt play a big role, if your fat you prolly got muscle under it

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