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will eating paleo really make a difference?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 09, 2013 at 2:17 AM

I'm just getting into the Paleo diet, i think it's wonderful and makes perfect sense.

I'm already a pretty healthy eater: i don't eat any grains, beans, yogurt on special occasion.

I am physically very active: i don't have a car, i live a mile from work and walk everywhere. At work i never sit and am constantly carrying heavy boxes.

However, i have been struggling with my weight for some time now. I'm not fat, but i feel that i would like to lose 10 ish lbs. I'm 20 year old female, 5ft 4in, weight 140 lbs.

My question is, do you think that my going Paleo will really make much of a difference? I always thought that the people who have success with weight loss on the paleo diet are those who before their switch to paleo ate the standard american diet full of grains dairy and sugar.

how were your diets before switching to paleo? did you lose weight ?

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on March 10, 2013
at 01:44 PM

Perhaps of the drive-bys, but the regular people seem to be more evenly divided into the "Paleo cause my tummy hurt" camps and "Paleo cause my tummy is too big" camps, with a few outliers of "Paleo for athleticism / longevity."

24c27817ad9ac518946dda4a131737b5

on March 10, 2013
at 02:10 AM

“Man is a rope stretched between the animal and the ubermensch - a rope over an abyss."

24c27817ad9ac518946dda4a131737b5

on March 10, 2013
at 01:13 AM

“Man is a rope stretched between the animal and the ubermensch - a rope over an abyss." Or, as Prigogine said more plainly, man is a far-far-from-equilibrium system.

24c27817ad9ac518946dda4a131737b5

on March 10, 2013
at 01:03 AM

“Man is a rope stretched between the animal and the ubermensch - a rope over an abyss. A dangerous crossing, a dangerous wayfaring, a dangerous trembling and halting. What is great in man is that he is a bridge and not a goal, an overgoing and a downgoing." Or, as Prigogine might have said more succintly, man is a far-far-from-equilibrium system.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on March 09, 2013
at 06:55 PM

Someone who call themselves diabeticbinger is alluding to Nietzsche. Huh. The internet is full of wonders.

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on March 09, 2013
at 03:50 PM

you're one of the few, 90% of people here are americans looking to lose weight

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on March 09, 2013
at 03:38 PM

Speak for yourself. I'm not here to lose weight, I'm here to feel good and have a happy tummy.

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on March 09, 2013
at 01:08 PM

I agree with this... trade a couple food items a day with another item with a bit less calories and you may notice a difference. As is constantly mentioned, I would definitely focus on the way your clothes fit and not just your weight. My mom and I have the same height and weight and naturally have a similar build. We both tested our body fat last week and I was 21% while hers was 25%. She eats SAD but is active. Paleo makes a difference in body fat and you may lose body fat without losing much weight.

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on March 09, 2013
at 02:33 AM

because yes, with all the grains and sugar you are telling your body its in starvation mode. when you switch to paleo you are getting all the nutrients you need. all the nutrients in a much smaller caloric package, so you end up eating less.

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on March 09, 2013
at 02:33 AM

If you trade some of the low-satiety foods you're currently eating for foods that have a better ratio of energy density to satiety and end up eating fewer calories total as a result, you'll lose body fat. You'll probably get better nutrition along the way as a nice side effect and will probably be healthier overall. Just remember that you don't need to restrict carbohydrates in order to do this.

2e777bbcd49262eb31a24f821abec6bc

(1974)

on March 09, 2013
at 01:08 PM

I agree with this... trade a couple food items a day with another item with a bit less calories and you may notice a difference. As is constantly mentioned, I would definitely focus on the way your clothes fit and not just your weight. My mom and I have the same height and weight and naturally have a similar build. We both tested our body fat last week and I was 21% while hers was 25%. She eats SAD but is active. Paleo makes a difference in body fat and you may lose body fat without losing much weight.

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on March 09, 2013
at 03:14 PM

Before I went Paleo I did not eat a very SAD diet but I didn't watch grains and sugars very carefully, probably had them in some form 5-ish times per week. I ate a lot of vegetables and protein, my diet was sort of close to Paleo besides the occasional grains and sugars. For exercise I was running about 9-15 miles per week (3-4 miles 3-4 times per week). I was 6' and about 228# and was looking to lose about 20 pounds. I was frustrated that the running wasn't helping me to lose weight, and didn't want to get into calorie counting to try to lose weight and be hungry all the time.

On a whim (after reading this site) I went full-on Paleo, and gave up all grains and sugars completely. It was like flipping a switch, I lost about 10 pounds in a hurry, like a few weeks, and also a couple of inches off of my waist. I felt super energized all the time, and had so much energy that I started running every day. To my surprise, a bunch of minor health issues disappeared too. I had dry and scaly skin in a few places and that disappeared, my hair started to look a lot more vibrant and healthy, nagging muscle and joint aches and soreness totally disappeared, etc. This last one was huge, I used to walk around with a crick in my neck all the time and my shoulders were perpetually sore and tight, but all of a sudden that went away completely. My digestion got a LOT better, again like flipping a switch, I had for a long time had problems with diarrhea and bloating, and that disappeared. Frankly I was surprised by the wide range of benefits from the diet, I thought I might just lose a few pounds.

My weight loss stalled at this point, and after a bunch of reading here and elsewhere decided to switch to strength-based exercises, I got a kettlebell, dropped running completely, and started doing high-intensity workouts for about 20-30 minutes 3 times per week. Again, it was like flipping a switch, I lost about 10 more pounds in a hurry and began to look noticeably leaner, and felt a lot better too. In retrospect, the running was doing nothing for either my weight loss or muscles, in a way it was keeping me fat. Eventually I started doing crossfit, which is a LOT more intense than the exercises I was doing. The first kettlebell I bought was a 20-pounder, but yesterday I worked out with a 32kg (about 70 pounds). After starting crossfit, I did not lose any more weight, but lost yet more girth around my waist, all told I've lost about 6-7 inches, which let me tell you is amazing.

Part of what I find so interesting about this is that I thought my diet was pretty good to begin with. I have known for a while that a lot of carbs aren't good for me and didn't eat a lot of them, but it turns out that going from eating them seldom to not at all made a huge difference. Also, I was getting pretty decent exercise with the running, but changing the type of exercise and actually working out less often (I spend about half as much time working out now than I did then) made me feel and look a lot better.

So to answer your question, yes, eating paleo can make a huge difference. Not everyone has the same experience as me obviously but for me it was huge.

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on March 09, 2013
at 03:37 AM

i gained 20 pound since adopting this healthier way of eating. i am 5'5" and 135lbs. just prior to dropping my whole grains low fat ways, i was under 120lbs wearing size 3 jeans and complaining about how fat i felt. today without all the inflammation i feel light. you may never lose the last 10lbs; it seems women store it by design once they hit the child bearing years. but i think you will feel well.

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on March 09, 2013
at 02:36 AM

Usually, for the last few pounds it might require Paleo with calorie restriction, and more toning with targeting exercise (especially for women). Eating Paleo alone doesn't equate constant weight loss. I'm on Paleo for 1.5 years now (and I will be for life, for health reasons), but I'm still 40 lbs over my goal, I've only lost 20 lbs in all that time, and I don't lose weight at all, unless I calorie-restrict myself. Carb-restricting and ketosis didn't do anything for weight loss for me, only calorie restriction at 1100 cal/day did -- which of course I couldn't keep it up for long, I need 1400-1600 cals/day to feel satiated -- especially since my gut is damaged and can't absorb nutrients, so it constantly asks for food.

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on March 11, 2013
at 02:19 AM

Thank you all very much for taking the time to answer my question. I appreciate all points of view, and will take in to consideration all that you have said. I'm quite excited !

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on March 10, 2013
at 01:38 AM

I was eating a very healthy organic, free-range, WAP-style diet before going lacto-Paleo.

Just dropping the sourdough bread I was eating allowed me to lose 4 pounds the first week (likely water weight/inflammation.)

However, getting my Vitamin D3 level dialed in and focusing on nutrient-dense foods like liver, salmon, eggs, hard cheese, meat, gelatin/bone broth and oysters has made the biggest difference. Also adding in some intermittent fasting after 6 months.

I went from a 30 inch waist to 26 in and 40 inch hips to 36 inches.

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on March 09, 2013
at 02:21 PM

Keeping in mind that everyone is coming from a different starting point in body comp and diet - I think most people experience a good clip of weight loss over the first few months (2-3) going paleo without too much effort. The key with paleo is that it isn't so much a diet but a lifestyle you can maintain. Diets don't work because you are constantly hungry which leads to cravings. Paleo diet if done right and given at least a few weeks to a month will leave you more satisfied, eliminate cravings for carbs/sugars, and bring various health benefits. After that initial weight loss it seems most have to then get into a little bit more detail to lose 'that remaining weight' if they choose to do so. Minor calorie restriction? Nuts? Amount and type of carbs (fruit?)? Exercise? Etc. are things you have to consider depending on goals.

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24c27817ad9ac518946dda4a131737b5

on March 09, 2013
at 01:19 PM

I see Paleo as ambrosia for the ubermensch, and not only a "disorder treatment" diet. It's all of the following:

I. A performance optimization diet (both physical and cognitive.)

II. A longevity diet. Paleo might not prove itself as absolute best for life span, but it's a promising candidate. (One of these unlivable caloric restriction or vegan may ultimately beat out Paleo.)

(a) As a health maintenance diet that minimizes age-related decline at the micro-level. Such as from inflammation and free radicals.

(b) Paleo prevents or reduces the likelihood of many major diseases, including the leading causes of mortality in the U.S.; i.e., heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes.

III. And only lastly, as treatment for existing conditions. Paleo cures many in making whole the underlying nutrition deficiencies (almost incidentally, as a nutrition maximization diet), or in removal of toxins and allergens (as a poison minimization diet; e.g., gluten, pesticides). For obesity, Paleo offers a superior, better elaborated version of Atkins.

24c27817ad9ac518946dda4a131737b5

on March 10, 2013
at 01:03 AM

“Man is a rope stretched between the animal and the ubermensch - a rope over an abyss. A dangerous crossing, a dangerous wayfaring, a dangerous trembling and halting. What is great in man is that he is a bridge and not a goal, an overgoing and a downgoing." Or, as Prigogine might have said more succintly, man is a far-far-from-equilibrium system.

24c27817ad9ac518946dda4a131737b5

on March 10, 2013
at 01:13 AM

“Man is a rope stretched between the animal and the ubermensch - a rope over an abyss." Or, as Prigogine said more plainly, man is a far-far-from-equilibrium system.

24c27817ad9ac518946dda4a131737b5

on March 10, 2013
at 02:10 AM

“Man is a rope stretched between the animal and the ubermensch - a rope over an abyss."

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on March 09, 2013
at 06:55 PM

Someone who call themselves diabeticbinger is alluding to Nietzsche. Huh. The internet is full of wonders.

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7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

on March 09, 2013
at 10:14 AM

Results will come from adding foods, not restricting

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having said that, try to restrict pufa, even omega 3

You are confirming what I've long suspected though, paleo is not about health, it's about weight loss ...

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

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on March 09, 2013
at 03:50 PM

you're one of the few, 90% of people here are americans looking to lose weight

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on March 09, 2013
at 03:38 PM

Speak for yourself. I'm not here to lose weight, I'm here to feel good and have a happy tummy.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on March 10, 2013
at 01:44 PM

Perhaps of the drive-bys, but the regular people seem to be more evenly divided into the "Paleo cause my tummy hurt" camps and "Paleo cause my tummy is too big" camps, with a few outliers of "Paleo for athleticism / longevity."

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24c27817ad9ac518946dda4a131737b5

on March 09, 2013
at 04:49 AM

It makes a big difference in performance, both cognitive and physical, as compared to the SAD diet.

However, as to longevity, I look over at my grandparents, all 4 of whom have reached their 80s eating a basically clean diet that includes beans, grains, some sugar (including Coca Cola! - but only a cup a week, approximately), lots of stir-fry in corn oil, without much exercise, and suspect you can get pretty far simply by not overdoing the bads.

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on March 09, 2013
at 02:32 AM

yes, not just for weight loss and health reasons:

http://www.ted.com/talks/allan_savory_how_to_green_the_world_s_deserts_and_reverse_climate_change.html?source=facebook#.UTeIUuhdC5h.facebook

I lost so much weight when I first started paleo.

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on March 09, 2013
at 02:33 AM

because yes, with all the grains and sugar you are telling your body its in starvation mode. when you switch to paleo you are getting all the nutrients you need. all the nutrients in a much smaller caloric package, so you end up eating less.

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