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Here we go another weightloss question

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 15, 2012 at 10:04 AM

A little info first.

Please be kind about this I am not a paleo expert...

I have an issue with losing weight, unless I am extremely low calorie 700 to 500 calories a day, I cant loose weight, no matter how hard I try. I have tried all I can, very low carb, high fat, medium fat intake, no caffine, added caffine, high cardio, little cardio, walking, standing at my computer. I use only 1 table spoon of coconut oil a day, I have cream (4oz only) in my coffee when I am drinking it. I am eating low carb so that is not the issue.

I had lost over 105 lbs and last summer I hit my all time low of 155 I was feeling great but I lost most of it by eating very low calorie, then over the winter I gained 17 lbs back eating still healthy but around 1500 calories, and now I cant get rid of them. I know an increase in calories can make a person gain, but I dont understand why I cant lose eating 1500 to 1200 calories, why only if I eat 700 to 500? Its no way to live. :(

The two things I can't do are heavy lifting (straining) and sprinting (impact) but I walk slow and speed walk everyday in intervals for about 30 minutes. I am IFing about 18 hours 3 times a week.

I will start swimming this summer, and riding my bike more. I have a tight budget and training restrictions so I am limited.

Any ideas of why this is happening to me?

Edit:

I am 5.4 and at the moment 173lbs and most of it is body fat.

Fit-day over a 2 month period. while eating about 700 to 1000 calories a day:
Fat(64%)
Carbs(2%) Protein(34%)

When I am low calorie I eat:

Breakfast 1 or 2 eggs cooked in a tsp of butter or coconut oil

Dinner/lunch half a chicken breast and half cup of vegetables

Sometimes I would have 2 cups of coffee with 2 to 4 oz of cream (that means 1 or 2 oz per cup).

When I am eating "normally":

Breakfast:

Sometimes I would have 2 cups of coffee with 2 to 4 oz of cream (that means 1 or 2 oz per cup).

3 eggs cooked in 1 tablespoon of coconut oil with a half cup of frozen cubed kale.

Snack 12 olives

Lunch:

Baked pork-chop and baked sweet potato (only 2 or 3 times a week) butter.

snack small (palm sized) amount of wallnuts

Dinner:

Baked chicken breast and cup of broccoli

Every third day I would have 2 dried figs or 3 dried plums. as a treat.

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

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on April 16, 2012
at 07:57 AM

I had tried intermitted fasting for a long time and with little to no results. I still do it, at the moment I am not restricting as much I eat about 1500 to 1800 calories a day and I intermitted fast as well. I do not lose, but I do not gain.

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

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on April 16, 2012
at 07:56 AM

I had tried intermitted fasting for a long time and with little to no results. I still do it, at the moment I am not restricting I eat about 1500 calories a day and I intermitted fast as well. I do not lose, but I do not gain.

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

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on March 17, 2012
at 07:43 AM

No, I am not...

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on March 17, 2012
at 12:21 AM

@Uggla: Are you taking any medication of any kind?

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on March 15, 2012
at 04:24 PM

Planks are better for core strength, anyway...

9b47142b8ed1074a94b5654410740530

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on March 15, 2012
at 04:18 PM

It doesn't directly affect weight-loss. It does it in a round-about way. Chicken has higher ratio of omega 6. Excess omega 6 causes inflammation; in particular hypothalamic inflammation, which causes hormonal issues. Thyroid and leptin hormones out of whack will definitely affect weight-loss. I was very suprised to learn this myself. Omega 3/6 balance seems to be what helped me. Just sayin'. Might not be the same ticket to health for you.

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

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on March 15, 2012
at 04:00 PM

I never heard chicken could affect weight-loss. I do eat only butter and coconut oil already.

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

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on March 15, 2012
at 03:59 PM

Wow thanks for all the time and energy you too to help me here. You are very kind to take the time out of your day to help a stranger :) I will save all that you have said here so that I can look it all over. Thanks you Susan.

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

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on March 15, 2012
at 03:34 PM

PaleoGran, a friend told me the same thing about the post-obese, thanks for the blog tip. And I will sign up to the forum. :)

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

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on March 15, 2012
at 03:32 PM

Thanks for the info Dave I'll give it a look.

Fb677d93955eb0fac597e3d94db92980

(1115)

on March 15, 2012
at 02:59 PM

After just a week or two. Your body is a finely tuned machine and does not like rapid changes. Give your body the time it needs and it will reward you with a long healthy life with your family. Good luck!

Fb677d93955eb0fac597e3d94db92980

(1115)

on March 15, 2012
at 02:58 PM

Number on the scale. Youve overcome huge hurdles with your medical issues and have a family who loves you that needs you around and doesnt care what the scale says. Do not let the number define you or have power over you. Incorporate as much exercise (within reason) as you can - your daily walks are great. And I'm sure keeping up with kiddoes burns plenty of calories. Add strength training where you can. It will make you feel powerful, look hot, and burn calories. Win win win. :) last but not least, give it time. Don't be one of those people who weigh in daily and whine about being plateaued

Fb677d93955eb0fac597e3d94db92980

(1115)

on March 15, 2012
at 02:53 PM

First link. Not "fest" link. Stupid iPhone. Anyway. The goal of paleo is to not have to calorie count. Because focusing on calories day after day is mentally draining. So once you settle into a routine of eating in that range I mentioned, probably a few weeks, just stop counting. you'll have acclimated to the approximate food volume your body needs and should be able to know what right feels like. Once a week, go ahead and count as a check in. But no more than that. As or the scale, throw it away or weigh in once a month. Hard, I know. But that number is bullshit. You are so much more than a

Fb677d93955eb0fac597e3d94db92980

(1115)

on March 15, 2012
at 02:50 PM

Ok, here's what I'd do if I were in your situation with a screwy metabolism. Google "calorie calculator" and go to the fest link - it should be freedieting something.com. Plug in your stats. it will give you a calorie target for maintenance, fat loss and "extreme" weight loss. Then plug in your stats again but put in the weight you are aiming to be - be realistic here. We all have a number, but that number usually sucks. Anywho, compare the maintenance calorie level at the weight you want to be to the fat loss level for your curret weight and activity level. Stay somewhere btwn those numbers.

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on March 15, 2012
at 02:23 PM

If you are interested here is a good compilation of Peat's eating guidelines: http://forum.lowcarber.org/showthread.php?t=419742

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on March 15, 2012
at 02:11 PM

you sound just like me... i'm 5'8 and stuck between 168-170 FOREVER. despite everything i've tried to move the scale lower. i recently just decided "eff it" and am just eating whatever i feel like eating (still paleo). just relaxing about it, is doing wonders for my mind :-)

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on March 15, 2012
at 02:08 PM

Please come visit, if that appeals to you. http://www.lowcarbfriends.com/bbs/

D31a2a2d43191b15ca4a1c7ec7d03038

(4134)

on March 15, 2012
at 02:08 PM

Hi, Uggla. The reduced-obese (aka post-obese) have different metabolisms than other categories. Supplements might be of great help to you. There is a blog by a woman who knows a great deal about this, being post-obese and a nurse: http://itsthewooo.blogspot.com/ I have found her posts and comments most helpful. People who have never been obese, or who have not lost much weight, have completely different neurotransmitter signals, metabolisms, etc. And men are a whole different species. :) There are many other women with similar experiences who post at Low Carb Friends....

65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

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on March 15, 2012
at 02:06 PM

Got it.. If you're interested in adding more movement/ when your body is ready, Can they refer you to a physiotherapist who can guide you through some appropriate movements? Your plan for swimming is excellent as it covers a range of motions ( full body!) and helps with lung capacity. I'd suggest yoga, but only a yin class ( long holds) as sun salutations mimic too many of those motions.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on March 15, 2012
at 01:57 PM

You might consider looking at the work of Danny Roddy/Ray Peat to help ramp up your metabolism. The bonus would be you should be able to eat more (if it works). A few of their tips: some coconut oil at every meal, strong PUFA avoidance (not just n6), and eat some fruit. Dairy, coffee, OJ, salt, shellfish are also recommended. I'm still not convinced that Ray Peat isn't a wacko, but I have been trying it for a few days and I am much warmer and I am very surprised that (as a T2 diabetic) my blood sugar is more stable. I don't know if this will help you, but it might be worth giving it a try.

9b47142b8ed1074a94b5654410740530

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on March 15, 2012
at 01:54 PM

Fish and/or grass-fed beef. You can also start upping your Omega 3's with supplements, but don't go crazy with it or you'll tip the balance the other way, which will also cause problems. Oh ... coconut oil! Cut out all other non-meat fats and go with coconut oil. I do about 3 tablespoons full per day. The leptin reset also requires a big protein and fat breakfast, lighter lunch and lighter dinner. Take a look at jackkruse.com website. He has a forum now, so you can ask questions and get answers too.

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

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on March 15, 2012
at 01:52 PM

Yes Dave, I am. Why do you ask?

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

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on March 15, 2012
at 01:51 PM

I am told not to so sit-ups or push-up by my doctors because it is too much pressure on my stomach and pelvic organs.

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

(1585)

on March 15, 2012
at 01:50 PM

I am told not to so sit-ups by my doctors because it is too much pressure on my stomach and pelvic organs.

65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

(3049)

on March 15, 2012
at 01:43 PM

If you do choose to do the full body sit ups I mentioned, ramp up slowly- start with only 5 slow, mindful sit ups and see how your body feels the next day. Add another set of 5, then a third, then gradually up you sets. Too much of that motion at once without working up to it and you will feel every muscle in your abdomen and pelvis.

65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

(3049)

on March 15, 2012
at 01:43 PM

Thank you for sharing this - I understand where you're coming from. I'm sure you know to stay far, far away from soy products of all types, and interestingly I learned a short while ago that chocolate ( even the highest quality raw, organic, 85% or higher cocoa content) can put our lady bits into disarray!

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

(1585)

on March 15, 2012
at 01:39 PM

What other options than chicken would you suggest?

9b47142b8ed1074a94b5654410740530

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on March 15, 2012
at 01:30 PM

Uggla, I was the same way. Couldn't eat over 1200 calories without gaining. Starved myself down from 250 to 135, and then gained back 25 lbs. Started Paleo, with a very close watch of my Omega 3/6 ratio. I now eat 1800-2000 calories per day with no gain! Not losing, but not gaining. Trying to heal my body at the moment, so am really happy about eating til I'm satisfied. I also follow Kruse's leptin reset, and started Kruse's cold thermogenesis last week. One important thing. Get rid of the chicken! It's high in omega 6! I really think watching the omega ratio was the turning point for me.

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

(1585)

on March 15, 2012
at 01:24 PM

Yes Dave, I am.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on March 15, 2012
at 01:22 PM

Are you cold all the time?

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

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on March 15, 2012
at 01:20 PM

Now the hard part is what amount of food should I be eating? What is a good intake for someone in my situation?

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

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on March 15, 2012
at 01:13 PM

Hi Deb, I am 35 years old, had my blood tested not long ago and there seemed to be no issues. I am 5 foot 4 inches.

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

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on March 15, 2012
at 01:12 PM

Hi Deb, I am 35 years old, had my blood tested not long ago and there seemed to be no issues. I am 5 foot 4 inches. I weigh 173 and most is fat.

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

(1585)

on March 15, 2012
at 12:54 PM

I had cancer in my reproductive organs which inturn I have had many surgeries to remove it. Afterwords they had to repair my inside my belly area, to hold everything in place, straining or impact can knock it loose and cause big problems.

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

(1585)

on March 15, 2012
at 12:52 PM

Great post Susan. I know eating low calories is bad, but I could not see results otherwise. I just dont understand it.

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

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on March 15, 2012
at 12:50 PM

Susan, thank you for all your kindness and sound advice. You really give me hope. It is vary hard to eat so little and focus on whats important like keeping up with my children or getting work done. I am tired, sick, and grumpy/emotional all the time. Although it is hard to see the scale rise 17 lbs I feel better knowing that eating is..ok.

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

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on March 15, 2012
at 12:48 PM

Yes, shoots I remember we were eating almost the same. I can not cross-fit and am restricted from straining or impact.

65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

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on March 15, 2012
at 12:46 PM

Also : can you tell us why you can't do heavy lifting? I'm curious, and though it will help add muscle you don't need heavy weights for weightloss. I was so weak when I started with weights, I had to use 2 lb dumbbells. Then 5, 8, 10, 15 and now 20. Squats, pushups, sit ups ( lie on back, raise your upper body, lie back down, raise legs slowly off ground as high as you can , repeat) and trampolining were my go- to activities until I hot stronger.

Fb677d93955eb0fac597e3d94db92980

(1115)

on March 15, 2012
at 12:44 PM

@shoot: seriously? Did you read her question? She has a tight budget and can't strain or sprint... I'd say all three of those things rules out crossfit. Yes, they can modify, blah blah, but if you can't lift/sprint, what's the point? (side note: I crossfit 6x a week and I'm an advocate, but not in this situation.)

75051260ff90bccec44d6a6bbba97fd1

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on March 15, 2012
at 12:39 PM

Wow we ate almost the same! I have joined cross-fit and they fixed my diet, I eat better now. Maybe you could join a cross-fit?

Fb677d93955eb0fac597e3d94db92980

(1115)

on March 15, 2012
at 12:22 PM

Yeah, you are eating WAY too little - even when you say you're eating "normally." Your body is probably begging for more protein and veggies! I'm sure others will chime in, but see my comment below. Eat more. Never dip under 1200-1300 calories on avg per day, and give it time. You'll get there. Just don't expect drastic/fast losses. Slower is better.

75051260ff90bccec44d6a6bbba97fd1

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on March 15, 2012
at 11:36 AM

I have almost the same problem! I have posted about it here before, I remember you saying that you too had this problem. I don't understand why you or I would have to be so low calorie to achieve weight-loss. I feel sorry for you, nobody should have to endure that, I know what you must be going through. Maybe it's deeper than just calories, maybe a medical condition?

75051260ff90bccec44d6a6bbba97fd1

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on March 15, 2012
at 11:30 AM

I don't understand why you would have to be so low calorie to achieve weight-loss. I feel sorry for you, nobody should have to endure that. Maybe it's deeper than just calories, maybe a medical condition?

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Fb677d93955eb0fac597e3d94db92980

(1115)

on March 15, 2012
at 12:16 PM

I think the reason that you gain weight eating so little is because of your body's resiliency. When you ate very low calorie to lose all that weight (congrats btw) you were effectively training your body to learn how to survive on less food. Now if you went from averaging 700 cal per day (which honestly is bordering on starvation) and then more than doubled that to hit 1500 cal per day, your body thinks "woohoo! Excess!! Lets store this stuff away for the next time we are starving!"

How to combat this? Well a few things: 1) time. Yoyo dieters are notorious for creating this scenario. If you think you can eat 1500 calories for years, stick with it. Your body will reach equilibrium. Eventually. You just have to wait it out. But if you drop calories to lose weight and add them back in again, expect the same thing to happen. 2) build lean mass. No need for super heavy lifting. Heck, body weight exercises are the best and cheapest thing to do. Push ups (or push ups on your knees or against a wall if that's too much), squats (don't go to low or modify if it's too intense), and planks are a great way to start out. And the more muscle, the higher your metabolism. Although only slightly - no free pass to eat in excess. 3) relax. If you're following a generally paleo diet, you're doing the best thing for your body and making an investment on your life. Keeping stress low can really help with leaning out.

Good luck!

Fb677d93955eb0fac597e3d94db92980

(1115)

on March 15, 2012
at 02:59 PM

After just a week or two. Your body is a finely tuned machine and does not like rapid changes. Give your body the time it needs and it will reward you with a long healthy life with your family. Good luck!

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

(1585)

on March 15, 2012
at 12:52 PM

Great post Susan. I know eating low calories is bad, but I could not see results otherwise. I just dont understand it.

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

(1585)

on March 15, 2012
at 01:20 PM

Now the hard part is what amount of food should I be eating? What is a good intake for someone in my situation?

Fb677d93955eb0fac597e3d94db92980

(1115)

on March 15, 2012
at 02:50 PM

Ok, here's what I'd do if I were in your situation with a screwy metabolism. Google "calorie calculator" and go to the fest link - it should be freedieting something.com. Plug in your stats. it will give you a calorie target for maintenance, fat loss and "extreme" weight loss. Then plug in your stats again but put in the weight you are aiming to be - be realistic here. We all have a number, but that number usually sucks. Anywho, compare the maintenance calorie level at the weight you want to be to the fat loss level for your curret weight and activity level. Stay somewhere btwn those numbers.

Fb677d93955eb0fac597e3d94db92980

(1115)

on March 15, 2012
at 02:53 PM

First link. Not "fest" link. Stupid iPhone. Anyway. The goal of paleo is to not have to calorie count. Because focusing on calories day after day is mentally draining. So once you settle into a routine of eating in that range I mentioned, probably a few weeks, just stop counting. you'll have acclimated to the approximate food volume your body needs and should be able to know what right feels like. Once a week, go ahead and count as a check in. But no more than that. As or the scale, throw it away or weigh in once a month. Hard, I know. But that number is bullshit. You are so much more than a

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

(1585)

on March 15, 2012
at 03:59 PM

Wow thanks for all the time and energy you too to help me here. You are very kind to take the time out of your day to help a stranger :) I will save all that you have said here so that I can look it all over. Thanks you Susan.

Fb677d93955eb0fac597e3d94db92980

(1115)

on March 15, 2012
at 02:58 PM

Number on the scale. Youve overcome huge hurdles with your medical issues and have a family who loves you that needs you around and doesnt care what the scale says. Do not let the number define you or have power over you. Incorporate as much exercise (within reason) as you can - your daily walks are great. And I'm sure keeping up with kiddoes burns plenty of calories. Add strength training where you can. It will make you feel powerful, look hot, and burn calories. Win win win. :) last but not least, give it time. Don't be one of those people who weigh in daily and whine about being plateaued

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65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

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on March 15, 2012
at 12:37 PM

Susan is right... I say this from experience. Years ago I did this to my body too - I am a 5"2 female and weighed 185 lbs. By eating no more than 600 cals a day, I dropped 80 lbs. I was happy about it - at the time - but was 'skinny fat'. I was afraid of fat during that time in my life, and was still eating wheat - this was before I knew I am a celiac and intolerant of dairy.

Now I am. A healthy, muscular 120 lbs. I added weight workouts, vitamins, fats (coconut oil especially, and lots of it) and dropped dairy, gluten, all processed foods. Low car works for me, but I need to eat a lot of kale/ spinach/ greens to keep things moving.

By adding strength elements to your workout, you will also stoke your metabolism and use more energy, as Susan said.

I understand why you ( and I) believed fewer calories was responsible for what appears on the surface to be healthy changes, but Uggla, we are making ourselves miserable following such a low cal plan and wasting away. Our bodies begin to latch on to every calorie after a certain point- as you are experiencing now.

Personal advice: you need to eat more, but add more food in slowly, and add it in as you add in exercises. In my experience, this 'tempered' the effect of coming out of starvation mode, so my body didn't gain a ridiculous amount of weight at once. The weight I did gain was muscle. Good luck! :)

65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

(3049)

on March 15, 2012
at 12:46 PM

Also : can you tell us why you can't do heavy lifting? I'm curious, and though it will help add muscle you don't need heavy weights for weightloss. I was so weak when I started with weights, I had to use 2 lb dumbbells. Then 5, 8, 10, 15 and now 20. Squats, pushups, sit ups ( lie on back, raise your upper body, lie back down, raise legs slowly off ground as high as you can , repeat) and trampolining were my go- to activities until I hot stronger.

65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

(3049)

on March 15, 2012
at 02:06 PM

Got it.. If you're interested in adding more movement/ when your body is ready, Can they refer you to a physiotherapist who can guide you through some appropriate movements? Your plan for swimming is excellent as it covers a range of motions ( full body!) and helps with lung capacity. I'd suggest yoga, but only a yin class ( long holds) as sun salutations mimic too many of those motions.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on March 15, 2012
at 04:24 PM

Planks are better for core strength, anyway...

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

(1585)

on March 15, 2012
at 12:54 PM

I had cancer in my reproductive organs which inturn I have had many surgeries to remove it. Afterwords they had to repair my inside my belly area, to hold everything in place, straining or impact can knock it loose and cause big problems.

65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

(3049)

on March 15, 2012
at 01:43 PM

Thank you for sharing this - I understand where you're coming from. I'm sure you know to stay far, far away from soy products of all types, and interestingly I learned a short while ago that chocolate ( even the highest quality raw, organic, 85% or higher cocoa content) can put our lady bits into disarray!

65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

(3049)

on March 15, 2012
at 01:43 PM

If you do choose to do the full body sit ups I mentioned, ramp up slowly- start with only 5 slow, mindful sit ups and see how your body feels the next day. Add another set of 5, then a third, then gradually up you sets. Too much of that motion at once without working up to it and you will feel every muscle in your abdomen and pelvis.

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

(1585)

on March 15, 2012
at 01:50 PM

I am told not to so sit-ups by my doctors because it is too much pressure on my stomach and pelvic organs.

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

(1585)

on March 15, 2012
at 01:51 PM

I am told not to so sit-ups or push-up by my doctors because it is too much pressure on my stomach and pelvic organs.

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on March 15, 2012
at 11:44 AM

I am about the same situation as you. I lost 50 pounds got to 118 and without changing what I was eating or exercise level gained 20 pounds in a very short period. No matter what I do it just isn't going down. I am grain, legume and dairy free too. I am currently doing Dr. Kruse Leptin RX and going to start his Thermogensis cold adaptation. You might give the Leptin Rx and go and if that doesn't get your weight loss going then the Thermogensis. He was interviewed by Sean Croxton at Underground Wellness recently. It really isn't good for you metabolism to restrict calories that low for long periods of time. You could become very deficient in minerals and vitamins. Do you supplement with any minerals?

Also you don't say how old you are and any medical issues you might be facing. Do you have thyroid issues? How tall are you? I know you don't want to read this but you might be at your optimal weight.

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

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on March 15, 2012
at 01:39 PM

What other options than chicken would you suggest?

9b47142b8ed1074a94b5654410740530

(330)

on March 15, 2012
at 01:54 PM

Fish and/or grass-fed beef. You can also start upping your Omega 3's with supplements, but don't go crazy with it or you'll tip the balance the other way, which will also cause problems. Oh ... coconut oil! Cut out all other non-meat fats and go with coconut oil. I do about 3 tablespoons full per day. The leptin reset also requires a big protein and fat breakfast, lighter lunch and lighter dinner. Take a look at jackkruse.com website. He has a forum now, so you can ask questions and get answers too.

8b982d4beccca9fcb85affe8d4bd4ff2

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on March 15, 2012
at 04:00 PM

I never heard chicken could affect weight-loss. I do eat only butter and coconut oil already.

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on March 15, 2012
at 01:30 PM

Uggla, I was the same way. Couldn't eat over 1200 calories without gaining. Starved myself down from 250 to 135, and then gained back 25 lbs. Started Paleo, with a very close watch of my Omega 3/6 ratio. I now eat 1800-2000 calories per day with no gain! Not losing, but not gaining. Trying to heal my body at the moment, so am really happy about eating til I'm satisfied. I also follow Kruse's leptin reset, and started Kruse's cold thermogenesis last week. One important thing. Get rid of the chicken! It's high in omega 6! I really think watching the omega ratio was the turning point for me.

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on March 15, 2012
at 01:12 PM

Hi Deb, I am 35 years old, had my blood tested not long ago and there seemed to be no issues. I am 5 foot 4 inches. I weigh 173 and most is fat.

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on March 15, 2012
at 04:18 PM

It doesn't directly affect weight-loss. It does it in a round-about way. Chicken has higher ratio of omega 6. Excess omega 6 causes inflammation; in particular hypothalamic inflammation, which causes hormonal issues. Thyroid and leptin hormones out of whack will definitely affect weight-loss. I was very suprised to learn this myself. Omega 3/6 balance seems to be what helped me. Just sayin'. Might not be the same ticket to health for you.

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on March 15, 2012
at 01:13 PM

Hi Deb, I am 35 years old, had my blood tested not long ago and there seemed to be no issues. I am 5 foot 4 inches.

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on March 15, 2012
at 12:55 PM

I'm the same way as you. I can't lose weight. I'm 5'6" at 160 pounds...I was 150 when I started Paleo. Granted I do Crossfit, and have a huge amount of muscle for a female, BUT my body fat has remained constant. I've tried VLC/Keto, LC, High Carb, super caloric restriction, eating "normally", restricted calories AND restriced carbs together....nothing works for me when it comes to "losing" weight. I've started to IF ala Leangains and am seeing some improvements, but maybe because Im "not worrying" as much I might finally be starting to relax enough where Im not screwing my hormones.

You might want to get your levels tested. I plan to get mine looked at...my yoyo-dieting and the birth control I was on + the stress probably threw mine off. This can make it really hard to function properly/let go of excess fat.

You definitely need to eat more. If youre worried about weight gain while upping calories walk for 45 minutes a day and do a few body weight exercises. Dont stress your body out, but try to counteract what is the norm with a few more minutes of activity. You might gain weight, but muscle weighs more than fat. I always tell myself Id rather be 170 pounds of lean muscle than 140 pounds of skinny fat.

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on March 15, 2012
at 02:11 PM

you sound just like me... i'm 5'8 and stuck between 168-170 FOREVER. despite everything i've tried to move the scale lower. i recently just decided "eff it" and am just eating whatever i feel like eating (still paleo). just relaxing about it, is doing wonders for my mind :-)

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on March 15, 2012
at 11:47 AM

We could use a little info on your height and exactly what your meals are etc. but the simplest explanation is probably that you don't need to lose more weight. What I mean is that your body prefers not lose everything. If you eat 1500 calories then your body will adjust to manage with that - and if you are restricted from doing high intensity activity then there's no real way round that. There's two things you can do. You probably need to eat more - at least sometimes. Chronic undereating just slows everything down.

But you probably also want to eat less. Most doing partial IF would be doing 14 hours every day, or doing a full 24/32 hour fast once a week. For me that's the trick to eating both more and less. Exactly how many calories it adds up to doesn't really matter, but it allows your average for the week to be where it needs to be, without feeling deprived.

I'll bet someone will answer suggesting that you should try carbs as well. And if it's been over a year since you had a significant amount of them then I'd probably agree it's about time you gave your body a break and persuaded it life was easy.

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on March 15, 2012
at 11:39 AM

Probably a good place to start is to give us as exact amounts and items of everything you consume....be very very specific and don't leave anything out. Also include activities etc.

Are you tracking your food intake using something like fitday? do you know what your exact % of carbs/fat/protein are? you'd be surprized how things differ if just self-calculating.

The more specific information you share the more helpful people can be for you!!!

feel free to post as soon as you can so we can get into it and see if we can discover something for you!

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on March 15, 2012
at 08:00 PM

Mark has his post today about fasting, and it seems that for a lot of people, especially women, it may be easier to fast outright than just restrict calories. Just a thought. I didn't know this... Here's the link: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/fasting-weight-loss/#more-27872

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on April 16, 2012
at 07:57 AM

I had tried intermitted fasting for a long time and with little to no results. I still do it, at the moment I am not restricting as much I eat about 1500 to 1800 calories a day and I intermitted fast as well. I do not lose, but I do not gain.

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on April 16, 2012
at 07:56 AM

I had tried intermitted fasting for a long time and with little to no results. I still do it, at the moment I am not restricting I eat about 1500 calories a day and I intermitted fast as well. I do not lose, but I do not gain.

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