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Women: How to lose the last 10 pounds?

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Created August 03, 2012 at 2:15 AM

5'3" and 135 lbs. 36 years old, five kids. Have thick upper arms, saddlebags and love handles. Not lean.

Primal for last 12 months, between 50-80g carbs for last 6 months. In ketosis, with a cheat carb day every 10-12 days. Consistently eat about 2000 calories a day. Hate life when I go below that. On the other hand, hate life with this big butt. Am willing to suck it up and starve if that's the problem.

Morning: Bulletproof coffee. (Does this count as IF?) Afternoon: Dinner leftovers, sometimes bigass salad w/ avocado or scrambled eggs & bacon. Dinner: Protein, wine, green veggie, cauliflower, salad, 85% chocolate.

Mon Fri take HIIT class at the gym.

Pity me, I feel flabby and unsexy! Was an effortless 120lbs, size 4-6 with flat tummy in my 20's. Okay with the saddlebags forever, but the big butt and muffin top are stressing me out. Hubby makes comments. Feel unsexy.

Just want to be a size 8. Am small boned. This can't be too much to ask.

0b7c3e7fd96005f0b2dfd781e512fc2e

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on December 14, 2012
at 12:33 PM

Cut out the chocolate and wine, or substitute the processed chocolate for a whole alternative (raw chocolate?) and limit wine to once or twice a week. Alcohol affects your hormones such as to increase appetite and slow down your body's fat-burning system. Try to incorporate some exercise. A 20 minute walk every day can make a big difference.

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on August 08, 2012
at 08:31 PM

Love the sexy vibe !

5a1367e54bbf2d888aff7f4a3e892d5e

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on August 07, 2012
at 11:39 PM

Thank you for this. I had heard of some but not all of these tips. Very valuable!

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on August 05, 2012
at 06:40 AM

I forgot to add the link for Whole30 http://whole9life.com/category/whole-30/

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on August 04, 2012
at 07:43 PM

Ha, well I'm assuming they touched each other more than their computers.

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on August 04, 2012
at 07:05 PM

I'd like to see my husband pop out multiple children and still have flat abs. If he "made comments" I'd say as much. I agree with zoomia- I'm sure you look far better than you think. :)

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on August 04, 2012
at 06:58 PM

Perhaps some hate from the CAVEMEN DIDN'T GET MASSAGES camp.

C8b2136ef95ba6aac211825ff38cc0e9

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on August 04, 2012
at 06:44 PM

Ha thanks. Oh well, it appears I get them regularly. Luckily massage helps my self-esteem :-P

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on August 04, 2012
at 06:36 PM

I don't know... I upvoted you because you had good points and it was something that no one else had mentioned yet.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on August 04, 2012
at 06:34 PM

I wouldn't mind it so much if Livestrong didn't constantly contradict themselves. According to them, kombucha is dangerous, very healthy, and may cure cancer.

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on August 04, 2012
at 06:31 PM

What on earth could this be downvoted for?

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on August 04, 2012
at 05:18 PM

Also, shouldn't IF be intermittent if you do it? I mean if it's a regular schedule, won't your body just start holding on to fat in response to such planned repetition? It seems like each day your body would dictate what's best and that should be fluid.

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on August 04, 2012
at 04:52 PM

Great suggestion Juju. Of course I hope she can do this with the five kids since she really deserves it and needs it for her health!

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on August 04, 2012
at 04:49 PM

I actually don't mind reading some quick bite of info from livestrong, I mean it's not all wrong, but with the understanding that there is ZERO effort behind putting out a cohesive, thoughtful approach to health with real human insight or opinion to the material. It's very search-enginey and tries too hard to remain objective and encyclopeia-ish. The articles are watered down. I think it's a big positive though for trying to promote healthy food choices/lifestyle and I like the MyPlate app. I just wouldn't use it as a primary resource for anything. Certainly there's no political stance.

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on August 04, 2012
at 04:38 PM

With five kids if you can't find them time or $ for a massage I find foam rolling to provide many of the same benefits listed abpve. It's cheaper and I can do it on my own time. 5 minutes here and 5 minutes there really make a difference.

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(2043)

on August 04, 2012
at 04:35 PM

I also had (way) less than stellar results with IF (16/8). It works well for some, but not for me. If my goal with IF had been to gain body fat than I would have achieved my goal...and then some!

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on August 04, 2012
at 04:15 PM

And then Diane's cortisol levels will skyrocket! We'd pass ten pounds about like it's a game of "hot potato"! Except on PH, I guess it would be "hot sweet potato?"

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on August 04, 2012
at 04:02 PM

Causation is not correlation.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on August 04, 2012
at 03:51 PM

You're awesome, Lady_Arwen. I agree with all your points, especially about IF and the caffeine/alcohol combo. Just one addition - if sleep is a problem, try a sound machine/app for some white noise to drown out the little noises that happen at night in a family house. I've got an app on my phone for it (Lightning Bug, it's free and very customizable) but they have clock/radios pretty cheap that also play rain and river noises, and small decorative fountains are also inexpensive and even more natural. Makes all the difference in the world in my sleep!

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on August 04, 2012
at 02:52 AM

It's important to sleep in time that is divisible by 1.5 hours, as that allows your body to complete mini-cycles. I'm guessing your baby doesn't exactly time that properly, so I have confidence sleep after your husband takes over will at least help in losing the excess (particularly around your midsection...low cortisol encourages a curvy, feminine figure!).

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on August 03, 2012
at 09:36 PM

Canis Minor- why?

5a1367e54bbf2d888aff7f4a3e892d5e

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on August 03, 2012
at 04:51 PM

You're saying sleep is the magic bullet & not only the breast feeding? Worth a shot. Getting older sucks.

5a1367e54bbf2d888aff7f4a3e892d5e

(43)

on August 03, 2012
at 04:49 PM

Uh, well yes we do. He's appreciative about every dinner I make, some of which I'm sure he doesn't love, about how much I run around w/ the kiddos, &c. Brought me up short to have him agree that my flab is flab, to be honest.

5a1367e54bbf2d888aff7f4a3e892d5e

(43)

on August 03, 2012
at 03:02 PM

Should have specified, the 'bp' coffee regimen puts ~400 cals of fat into the coffee. I don't feel energetic w/ full fasting. Agree that it's not great for women.

5a1367e54bbf2d888aff7f4a3e892d5e

(43)

on August 03, 2012
at 03:01 PM

Have experimented with breakfast v bulletproof coffee over the last year. BP coffee has butter & coconut oil, supposed to keep the ketosis going without doing a full fast for women. About 400 calories. When I eat eggs & bacon, am hungrier and end up hitting 2400 calories a day.

5a1367e54bbf2d888aff7f4a3e892d5e

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on August 03, 2012
at 02:56 PM

Thx for this comment, even if it wasn't what I want to hear. Did you find it hard to keep the dream pounds off cause you were too tired? Hungrier? Body fought back?

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on August 03, 2012
at 01:59 PM

Ha ha ha. That would probably help me lose another 5lbs for sure. If nothing else, 5lbs of hair as I pull it out.

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on August 03, 2012
at 01:06 PM

Yikes. Every time I read something from Livestrong I just cringe.

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

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on August 03, 2012
at 01:02 PM

As someone with five more pounds to go for purposes of sheer vanity, I have mixed feelings about this. The concept of "if you are meant to" sounds a little like dietary karma or calvinism when in fact it's a goal that I simply haven't met yet.

5a1367e54bbf2d888aff7f4a3e892d5e

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on August 03, 2012
at 12:38 PM

'The unique stress of infants is a cortisol factory IMHO.' Great line! Thx for the support.

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on August 03, 2012
at 10:57 AM

That's an amazing blood lipid profile! Just keep listening to your body. Do not restrict as this aggravates stress. Your body will return to homeostasis.

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on August 03, 2012
at 05:34 AM

Yeah, I'm sure it gets harder with each child too! My mom jokes that she nicknames us "1 year", "2 year", and "10 year" because that's how long after each pregnancy for her to get even close to what her pre-baby body was vaguely like. Some things were different forever though- feet went up a size and all watches/bracelets stopped fitting!

35ba1f50dad25c85ac1aa2599fe5c5cb

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on August 03, 2012
at 04:45 AM

OH... I was going to make another comment, but I won't, this is a game changer. My experience was that I could NOT lose the last of the pudge until I could sleep continuously without being interrupted. It just wouldn't happen until I was getting solid sleep. I could push myself as hard as I wanted and I just got exhausted and sick. Tell him if he wants to support you, you don't want to fast with him, you just want him to make that night weaning happen so you can rest! It might have worked OK for your babies in your 20s, but at 36 you need to SLEEP to build muscle and lose fat.

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on August 03, 2012
at 04:44 AM

That was my response, too.

35ba1f50dad25c85ac1aa2599fe5c5cb

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on August 03, 2012
at 04:40 AM

Do you have a relationship where he feeds you flattering white lies about other things? (Budget, the kids behaviour, your cooking, how cute your shoes are.) Because my husband and I have a relationship where we don't do that to each other... we try to be kind in our honesty, but we're honest. Your husband's comments could be taken as fairly neutral and trying to support where you're coming from. If you already have a "conviction" that you need to lose 10 pounds, that's going to color how you interpret his remarks.

5a1367e54bbf2d888aff7f4a3e892d5e

(43)

on August 03, 2012
at 04:03 AM

Good thing I guess is that will cut out 300 calories of wine a day. Might have to swap out the wine glass for a pair of earplugs. I always say I'd have a dozen kids if I can manage to become progressively more deaf with each one.

5a1367e54bbf2d888aff7f4a3e892d5e

(43)

on August 03, 2012
at 04:01 AM

Now I feel guilty for maybe giving him a bad rap. I'll say stuff like 'this roll around my waist is bugging me' and he'll say 'well you're not 20 anymore after all,' or 'ok, why don't you try a 16 hour fast with me.' Husbands aren't supposed to acknowledge! They are supposed to deny. Everyone knows that. The fact that even he doesn't feed me flattering white lies also adds to my conviction that this isn't imaginary & I'm not asking too much.

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on August 03, 2012
at 03:48 AM

I hear you! Alcohol gets processed before carbs & fat, so you don't want to give your body too much while you are in fat loss mode. Once you get to maintenance level, you'll be able to enjoy a full glass again.

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on August 03, 2012
at 03:40 AM

please keep in mind that not all weight issues are caused by diet alone. Emotions play a big part, and perhaps dealing with the hubby (in whatever way that lessens anxiety) will be the answer.

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on August 03, 2012
at 03:35 AM

I agree, Sasha. People tend to work against themselves by working out too hard and taxing their adrenals. I would tone down the exercise to lower impact, like walking and yoga. Get more minerals in the diet and take it easy on yourself.

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on August 03, 2012
at 03:23 AM

Some peeps have found that _increasing_ their carb intake can help with weight loss. Also, some have warned about dangers for women doing IF (http://www.bulletproofexec.com/a-bad-combination-for-women-intermittent-fasting-and-paleo/). Personal experimentation is key, rather than following dogma, to finding what works best for you. http://thepaleopremise.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/troubleshooting-weight-loss-on-low-carb.html

5a1367e54bbf2d888aff7f4a3e892d5e

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on August 03, 2012
at 03:22 AM

I'm in bed 10pm to 6am but baby isn't sleeping through yet (lots of night nursing) so sleep is broken. Hubby's going to tackle night weaning her next week and then baby is his during the nights. Breast feeding or not hasn't made a difference for me before but maybe now that I'm closer to 40 it is a factor too, who knows? Baby is almost 2, don't feel sorry for her. :)

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

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on August 03, 2012
at 03:17 AM

Megan what Diane is trying to say here is that you should bring all 5 of your kids to her house for the rest of the summer and go climb a mountain :D

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

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on August 03, 2012
at 03:12 AM

uhmmmmm NO. I would say if her cortisol is high its from having 5 kids and a critical husband not two days a week of HIIT!

5a1367e54bbf2d888aff7f4a3e892d5e

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on August 03, 2012
at 03:12 AM

I'm doing 2 workouts a week. Maybe 1 HIIT class and one day w/ only weights?

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

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on August 03, 2012
at 03:11 AM

Sage HIIT means High Intensity Interval Training

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on August 03, 2012
at 03:08 AM

this doesn't even barely touch on an answer to the question she asked. She didn't ask anyone to hack her marriage, she ask for diet advice. Losing weight is different for everyone, and terribly frustrating. if you have diet advice, lets hear it, otherwise stop dolling out negitive vibes

5a1367e54bbf2d888aff7f4a3e892d5e

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on August 03, 2012
at 03:07 AM

Half glass, that makes me want to cry. Good suggestions though. Thx.

5a1367e54bbf2d888aff7f4a3e892d5e

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on August 03, 2012
at 03:05 AM

I feel great and healthy, just upset about not being lean. I'm the one complaining about my trouble spots, he agrees & suggests tweaks. He's a man though. The stuff that works for him doesn't make a dent w/ me. He's big on IF.

5a1367e54bbf2d888aff7f4a3e892d5e

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on August 03, 2012
at 02:59 AM

1 hour class, mixed free weights and short jump rope or stepping sprints. I was doing 5 days/week at the gym but got exhausted & felt like I was overtraining. Added more sleep and cut back on gym, no effect on weight.

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on August 03, 2012
at 02:50 AM

what is a HIIT class exactly? i'm about the same as you except that i was over weight my entire life and the only time i managed to get to 120/size 3 was doing 1.5mile all out treadmill running daily in addition to my weights.

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on August 04, 2012
at 03:37 PM

Some thoughts: You have a tough plate with 5 kids but...

1) Cut out IF (intermittent fasting). Some research shows that IF for females (human and animals) makes glucose tolerance WORSE but is better for men.

http://www.paleoforwomen.com/shattering-the-myth-of-fasting-for-women-a-review-of-female-specific-responses-to-fasting-in-the-literature/

2) Stress reduction and cortisol normalization. Consider meditation like emwave for Desktop by HeartMath Institute. Make sure you're sleeping in a dark room. Use free Flux program for the computer. Shut off all digital media 1 hour before bedtime. Use blue-blocking lights (amber color)as nightlights if you have to get up during the night. https://www.lowbluelights.com/index.asp?

3) Intense training (like weight lifting) for 30-60 minutes a week maximum twice a week. Too much intense exercise will increase cortisol and burn out the adrenals. Do not do cardio - just walk (NO JOGGING/RUNNING). Hubby and I hated cardio and GAINED weight with it.

4) Do low-level and fun activity like walking with kids in park - especially with nature - parks, etc. This will help with stress reduction.

5) Do 2 carb refeeds a week - ideally on your intense training days (post work-out). MDA - great posts (recent: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/dear-mark-should-i-increase-carb-intake-for-weight-loss/#axzz22LnOtoKk

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/carb-refeeding-and-weight-loss/#axzz21hBUtC00

Consider upping your daily carbs to 75-125 g/day, and increasing by another 50 g on carb refeed days. Play around with this. Everybody has a sweet spot for carbs and you have to test this out.

6) Sleeping 8-12 hours a night. As much as you can. I know it's hard with your 5 kids. Poor sleep can cause weight gain/plateau weight loss in ANYBODY. Shift workers and people with young kids have the hardest time with weight loss.

7) cut out sweeteners (other then 1 teaspoon max a day of raw honey or sugar). Xylitol, stevia, and artificial sweeteners can cause an insulin response in as many people and in my experience (among friends, family, and ourselves) - I've seen it happen with all the above. No dried fruit or fruit juices. The hubby and I plateaued on xylitol but no issues with sugar.

8) Get your Vitamin D between 50-70 because that boosts insulin sensitivity

9) Make sure you are eating 1 pound of oily fish (skin-on, ideally wild) such as from salmon and sardines a week. Stay away from the high mercury seafood. EPA and DHA help boost insulin sensitivity.

10) Gradually reduce and if possible eliminate caffeine AND alcohol. Somebody's going to downvote me because most everybody loves the booze and caffeine. Both will interfere with sleep! If you need caffeine to get you up in the morning and alcohol to relax you so you can sleep at night, you are using uppers (stimulants) and downers (depressants) to mask your health issues. My husband used to drink 2-3 energy drinks a day pre-Paleo. Now we have NO caffeine. Wean off slowly so you minimize withdrawal effects. Caffeine tends to increase cortisol and alcohol blocks weight loss. Beer belly = carb belly. In maintenance stage, you can slowly add caffeine and/or alcohol but if you start to have symptoms and/or gain weight you know your threshold! Consider only eating dark chocolate in the morning, because it has caffeine, don't have it at night!

Best of luck. I don't have 5 kids but my hubby and I have been there done that and seen a lot of people stuck on the last 10 pounds!

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on August 04, 2012
at 05:18 PM

Also, shouldn't IF be intermittent if you do it? I mean if it's a regular schedule, won't your body just start holding on to fat in response to such planned repetition? It seems like each day your body would dictate what's best and that should be fluid.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on August 04, 2012
at 03:51 PM

You're awesome, Lady_Arwen. I agree with all your points, especially about IF and the caffeine/alcohol combo. Just one addition - if sleep is a problem, try a sound machine/app for some white noise to drown out the little noises that happen at night in a family house. I've got an app on my phone for it (Lightning Bug, it's free and very customizable) but they have clock/radios pretty cheap that also play rain and river noises, and small decorative fountains are also inexpensive and even more natural. Makes all the difference in the world in my sleep!

5a1367e54bbf2d888aff7f4a3e892d5e

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on August 07, 2012
at 11:39 PM

Thank you for this. I had heard of some but not all of these tips. Very valuable!

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on August 03, 2012
at 02:52 AM

I have no recommendations other than smacking your husband for making comments. Let's see how HE would look after having five kids. Sorry, but that just irks me.

And for what it's worth, I bet you look much better than you think you do.

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on August 03, 2012
at 04:44 AM

That was my response, too.

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on August 04, 2012
at 07:05 PM

I'd like to see my husband pop out multiple children and still have flat abs. If he "made comments" I'd say as much. I agree with zoomia- I'm sure you look far better than you think. :)

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on August 03, 2012
at 03:04 AM

More protein, a bit less fat. Aim for 80 gm protein/day.

Walk more/move slowly at least 2 hours/day.

Sprints/dance wildly for at least 15-20 min once a week.

Lift heavy weights for no more than 20 min 2 x /week.(body weight is fine)

Get D3 level up to 60-80 ng/ml via sun/supplements.

Get good sleep.

Limit wine & chocolate. 1/2 glass & 20 gm/day.

Reduce excessive stress. Stop weighing & start measuring (once a month.)

Tell DH to shut up!

5a1367e54bbf2d888aff7f4a3e892d5e

(43)

on August 03, 2012
at 03:07 AM

Half glass, that makes me want to cry. Good suggestions though. Thx.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on August 03, 2012
at 03:48 AM

I hear you! Alcohol gets processed before carbs & fat, so you don't want to give your body too much while you are in fat loss mode. Once you get to maintenance level, you'll be able to enjoy a full glass again.

5a1367e54bbf2d888aff7f4a3e892d5e

(43)

on August 03, 2012
at 04:03 AM

Good thing I guess is that will cut out 300 calories of wine a day. Might have to swap out the wine glass for a pair of earplugs. I always say I'd have a dozen kids if I can manage to become progressively more deaf with each one.

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on August 03, 2012
at 02:57 AM

If your hubby makes comments about your body and makes you feel bad for how you look after five kids, losing weight is not your biggest issue.

I understand wanting to be a size 8 but maybe focus more on bein g fit and healthy and dealing with negative criticism.

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(1784)

on August 03, 2012
at 03:40 AM

please keep in mind that not all weight issues are caused by diet alone. Emotions play a big part, and perhaps dealing with the hubby (in whatever way that lessens anxiety) will be the answer.

35ba1f50dad25c85ac1aa2599fe5c5cb

(2485)

on August 03, 2012
at 04:40 AM

Do you have a relationship where he feeds you flattering white lies about other things? (Budget, the kids behaviour, your cooking, how cute your shoes are.) Because my husband and I have a relationship where we don't do that to each other... we try to be kind in our honesty, but we're honest. Your husband's comments could be taken as fairly neutral and trying to support where you're coming from. If you already have a "conviction" that you need to lose 10 pounds, that's going to color how you interpret his remarks.

5a1367e54bbf2d888aff7f4a3e892d5e

(43)

on August 03, 2012
at 03:05 AM

I feel great and healthy, just upset about not being lean. I'm the one complaining about my trouble spots, he agrees & suggests tweaks. He's a man though. The stuff that works for him doesn't make a dent w/ me. He's big on IF.

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(134)

on August 03, 2012
at 03:08 AM

this doesn't even barely touch on an answer to the question she asked. She didn't ask anyone to hack her marriage, she ask for diet advice. Losing weight is different for everyone, and terribly frustrating. if you have diet advice, lets hear it, otherwise stop dolling out negitive vibes

5a1367e54bbf2d888aff7f4a3e892d5e

(43)

on August 03, 2012
at 04:01 AM

Now I feel guilty for maybe giving him a bad rap. I'll say stuff like 'this roll around my waist is bugging me' and he'll say 'well you're not 20 anymore after all,' or 'ok, why don't you try a 16 hour fast with me.' Husbands aren't supposed to acknowledge! They are supposed to deny. Everyone knows that. The fact that even he doesn't feed me flattering white lies also adds to my conviction that this isn't imaginary & I'm not asking too much.

5a1367e54bbf2d888aff7f4a3e892d5e

(43)

on August 03, 2012
at 04:49 PM

Uh, well yes we do. He's appreciative about every dinner I make, some of which I'm sure he doesn't love, about how much I run around w/ the kiddos, &c. Brought me up short to have him agree that my flab is flab, to be honest.

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on August 04, 2012
at 04:27 PM

I think you should get a massage. Not kidding, it can greatly affect water retention, blood flow (nutrient and waste distribution) and cortisol. I'd suggest finding one hour a week (yes, every week) to go to a massage school if you have access to one. In my area the schools charge about $30 for one hour, a typical tip is only $5.

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on August 04, 2012
at 04:38 PM

With five kids if you can't find them time or $ for a massage I find foam rolling to provide many of the same benefits listed abpve. It's cheaper and I can do it on my own time. 5 minutes here and 5 minutes there really make a difference.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on August 04, 2012
at 06:36 PM

I don't know... I upvoted you because you had good points and it was something that no one else had mentioned yet.

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(971)

on August 04, 2012
at 06:31 PM

What on earth could this be downvoted for?

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(971)

on August 04, 2012
at 04:52 PM

Great suggestion Juju. Of course I hope she can do this with the five kids since she really deserves it and needs it for her health!

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(10490)

on August 04, 2012
at 06:58 PM

Perhaps some hate from the CAVEMEN DIDN'T GET MASSAGES camp.

C8b2136ef95ba6aac211825ff38cc0e9

(971)

on August 04, 2012
at 06:44 PM

Ha thanks. Oh well, it appears I get them regularly. Luckily massage helps my self-esteem :-P

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(971)

on August 04, 2012
at 07:43 PM

Ha, well I'm assuming they touched each other more than their computers.

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on August 03, 2012
at 05:22 AM

My wife had 2 kids. It took well over a year after she stopped nursing for her body to start thinking "normal" vs. "milk-making-machine". I've seen similar with friends. After a year or two the body returns to a "I don't need to store fat to feed the baby" state. I have no research or studies to back this up - just an observation. Curious if this resonates with anyone.

My wife is 5'1" and was ~100lb pre pregnancy. 2nd kid took her to 145lbs (45% gain). At the end of nursing she was "stuck" at 115 for over a year. 3 years later she drifted to 105 with no real effort other than normal routine. The unique stress of infants is a cortisol factory IMHO. I don't know how any of us survive those first 2 years! Having 5 kids and seeing where you're at - holy crap you should be stoked!

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(11577)

on August 03, 2012
at 05:34 AM

Yeah, I'm sure it gets harder with each child too! My mom jokes that she nicknames us "1 year", "2 year", and "10 year" because that's how long after each pregnancy for her to get even close to what her pre-baby body was vaguely like. Some things were different forever though- feet went up a size and all watches/bracelets stopped fitting!

5a1367e54bbf2d888aff7f4a3e892d5e

(43)

on August 03, 2012
at 12:38 PM

'The unique stress of infants is a cortisol factory IMHO.' Great line! Thx for the support.

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on August 03, 2012
at 03:06 AM

Your cortisol levels maybe raised due to all the hit training. This will encourage your body to hold fat around the middle. You may want to ease up on the hit and just do some easy to moderate cardio, along with weights. Do a hiit workout once a week. Rest is also important. Try and stay focused on your well being, we all want to look good, but sacrificing your health to do it is not worth it.... Keep your chin up and don't find your worth in a number on a pair of jeans. You got this!!

5a1367e54bbf2d888aff7f4a3e892d5e

(43)

on August 03, 2012
at 03:12 AM

I'm doing 2 workouts a week. Maybe 1 HIIT class and one day w/ only weights?

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(4413)

on August 03, 2012
at 03:12 AM

uhmmmmm NO. I would say if her cortisol is high its from having 5 kids and a critical husband not two days a week of HIIT!

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(775)

on August 03, 2012
at 03:35 AM

I agree, Sasha. People tend to work against themselves by working out too hard and taxing their adrenals. I would tone down the exercise to lower impact, like walking and yoga. Get more minerals in the diet and take it easy on yourself.

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(638)

on August 03, 2012
at 08:21 AM

Second all the comments about your husband, he should support you!

As for losing the weight ??? if it's to make YOURSELF happy: Lift heavy weights a couple of times a week and go for walks. Cut back on the wine (wine disrupts my sleep, even a glass or 2!) For what it's worth, I never 100% gave up red wine or dark chocolate and I went from skinny fat to toned in about 6 months. Took longer but was worth the slow progress! Good luck!

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on August 04, 2012
at 04:08 PM

Working out LESS, and dealing with my cortisol issue is the only way I've been able to drop weight, especially on my belly. When I'm not sleeping, and stressed, the weight is there. I started taking NOW brand cortisol supplement, which has helped just as much as being Paleo does. Intermittent fasting was not for me - I actually gained weight that way. I'm moderate carb, and don't stress out anymore if I eat a gluten free muffin every now and again. The don't stress out part is the important part, and with your hubby and that much exercise, you might be stressing out a lot. If you mentally feel like you can't stop exercising, switch half your days to a Vinyasa style yoga, or something similar.

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on August 03, 2012
at 11:45 AM

Did you happen to catch the last episode from Underground Wellness? I actually got a different perspective about the "last 5 pounds". Will losing 10 more pounds make you more healthy or is it all vanity? I myself always want to lose the last 10 pounds but then it is always 10 more and then 10 more. When does it stop? If the body isn't responding, am I going too far?

Stefanie and Diane talk about the last 5 pounds towards the end of the podcast. Just a different perspective that got me thinking...Maybe it will help you. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/undergroundwellness/2012/08/02/womens-health-with-stefani-ruper

Hang in there and keep working but don't beat yourself up if it takes months to even a year to lose it. You will get there if you are meant to! Good luck.

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(4238)

on August 03, 2012
at 01:02 PM

As someone with five more pounds to go for purposes of sheer vanity, I have mixed feelings about this. The concept of "if you are meant to" sounds a little like dietary karma or calvinism when in fact it's a goal that I simply haven't met yet.

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on August 03, 2012
at 03:16 AM

I'm sure it's hard with having five kids, but how much sleep are you getting? If you aren't getting enough, or you're stressed in other ways, your cortisol levels will be raised.

Tell your entitled husband to take care of the kids like a partner should and let you relax! Then you'll lose the weight, promise :)

5a1367e54bbf2d888aff7f4a3e892d5e

(43)

on August 03, 2012
at 03:22 AM

I'm in bed 10pm to 6am but baby isn't sleeping through yet (lots of night nursing) so sleep is broken. Hubby's going to tackle night weaning her next week and then baby is his during the nights. Breast feeding or not hasn't made a difference for me before but maybe now that I'm closer to 40 it is a factor too, who knows? Baby is almost 2, don't feel sorry for her. :)

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(2485)

on August 03, 2012
at 04:45 AM

OH... I was going to make another comment, but I won't, this is a game changer. My experience was that I could NOT lose the last of the pudge until I could sleep continuously without being interrupted. It just wouldn't happen until I was getting solid sleep. I could push myself as hard as I wanted and I just got exhausted and sick. Tell him if he wants to support you, you don't want to fast with him, you just want him to make that night weaning happen so you can rest! It might have worked OK for your babies in your 20s, but at 36 you need to SLEEP to build muscle and lose fat.

5a1367e54bbf2d888aff7f4a3e892d5e

(43)

on August 03, 2012
at 04:51 PM

You're saying sleep is the magic bullet & not only the breast feeding? Worth a shot. Getting older sucks.

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(130)

on August 04, 2012
at 02:52 AM

It's important to sleep in time that is divisible by 1.5 hours, as that allows your body to complete mini-cycles. I'm guessing your baby doesn't exactly time that properly, so I have confidence sleep after your husband takes over will at least help in losing the excess (particularly around your midsection...low cortisol encourages a curvy, feminine figure!).

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on August 03, 2012
at 02:29 AM

I should add, don't mean to trash paleo, last cholesterol test was HDL 110, LDL 52, triglycerides 40. Five kids conceived on first month of trying. I'm a pinnacle of f'king health. I'd trade some of this health for some skinny. Help me hack.

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on August 03, 2012
at 10:57 AM

That's an amazing blood lipid profile! Just keep listening to your body. Do not restrict as this aggravates stress. Your body will return to homeostasis.

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on August 05, 2012
at 06:40 AM

Similar situation. Im 5'1" and have a almost 4 year old and a baby who is one years old..still breastfeeding a LOT. I had stopped losing weight and it was bugging me so much. I got skinny fat on paleo and figured since I was breastfeeding that last bit of fat around the belly and thighs were not going to budge. Enter The Whole30. I am on day 27 of 30..and HOLY MOLY..the fat is melting away..Ive always done pretty strict paleo..although I admit I ate a lot of dairy..Organic cream, grass fed butter. And sugar. With the Whole 30 thats basically all I gave up was dairy and sugar (except fruit..they suggest you eat minimal fruit). Either way I HGHLY recommend it if you want to lose those few extra lbs. It will reshape your body! Good luck!

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(844)

on August 05, 2012
at 06:40 AM

I forgot to add the link for Whole30 http://whole9life.com/category/whole-30/

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on August 04, 2012
at 05:57 PM

I'm still trying to figure this one out too!

I'm 42 and have noticed a benefit lately from taking liver support vitamins (Indole-3 carbinol and calcium gluconarate) and eating liver foods in my nightly salad (dandelion greens, cabbage, kale, etc.) The reason is to help my liver clear the excess estrogen from my body instead of recycling it (a cause of holding on to that belly and thigh fat).

Also, I'd been doing whey protein isolate daily and decided to cut it out and see what happened. With both these things I did not get the mothly bloat and sore boobs which when you're already feeling bloated with the extra around the middle, adding on is uncomfortable.

And I agree with everyone else: lower stress, sleep more, rest when you need to, work out hard and smart but don't go crazy with it. You need all your available chi for yourself and being a mom and wife. Anything you can do to nourish the adrenals is good.

One last thing: sexiness is a state of being. I've seen rubenesque women who were just super sexy in their energy, and thin or even athletic women who were so unhappy in their skin that the energy was just stuck/stagnant. Just sayin (to myself included) that somehow we've gotta find that self love balance so that even if we never lose that last 10 or 15, we still enjoy our own beauty and potential for the sexy vibe.

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(45)

on August 08, 2012
at 08:31 PM

Love the sexy vibe !

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(383)

on August 03, 2012
at 09:15 AM

I lost a lot of weight a year ago, got down to my dream weight, got so lean and felt great, but just could not keep up the diet and exercise regime, i have kids too and they are still small and very demanding, i know my kids definitely get my cortisol levels up, i got down to 120lbs and am 5ft 2 now i'm back up to 130 and the difference is huge, its only 10lb but it feels a lot more, anyway when kids get back to school in sept i am going to try again, just too hard for me at the moment, what worked for me was exercising on an empty stomach, i would take a caffeine supplement before workout, i would walk, run, sprint, do some kettlebells, i would not eat until 2pm, i found this very effective, also keep the carbs low, my husband is like yours and i often tell him he needs to do more weights when he makes any remarks, that puts him in his box, anyway wish u all the luck in the world x

5a1367e54bbf2d888aff7f4a3e892d5e

(43)

on August 03, 2012
at 02:56 PM

Thx for this comment, even if it wasn't what I want to hear. Did you find it hard to keep the dream pounds off cause you were too tired? Hungrier? Body fought back?

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(75)

on August 03, 2012
at 08:55 AM

You are still nursing. Your fat reserves aren't going anywhere but into your baby's mouth until he or she weans. Your fat reserves exist to provide your baby with good nutrition even if your own diet suffers. The fat deposits around your hips--e.g., your butt and "muffin top"-- are repositories of DHA, which is crucial to the development of your infant's brain. You absolutely do not want to whittle those deposits down now; evolution has accordingly made it exceedingly difficult for you to do so.

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on January 31, 2014
at 06:34 PM

Get your thyroid (free T3, not just TSH) checked by a naturopath (not a regular doctor). Especially if your energy is low, and you tend to feel cold a lot. You should be much leaner with your diet and calorie intake. Check out stopthethyroidmadness.com for good info about thyroid problems and the impossibility of using most regular doctors to address these issues. Good luck.

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on January 31, 2014
at 06:27 PM

Have your thyroid checked. If you're really eating as you say you are, and your metabolism is working, you should be much leaner. Yes, it could be cortisol too. Often times it's both. Cortisol issues are lifestyle oriented, and these you can address immediately. I would definitely look into the thyroid though, as there is effective medical treatment for this. Unfortunately a regular doctor is not much help for this. They use unreliable testing (TSH instead of free T3) and almost always will treat with synthetic thyroid instead of natural thyroid (which is much more effective for most people). Stopthethyroidmadness.com is a good resource. Good luck.

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on August 03, 2012
at 02:24 PM

Within 4 weeks, I gained 5 lbs doing a 19/5 IF. Many state that IF does not work the same for women and men and that it is dangerous for women. Drop the IF.

5a1367e54bbf2d888aff7f4a3e892d5e

(43)

on August 03, 2012
at 03:02 PM

Should have specified, the 'bp' coffee regimen puts ~400 cals of fat into the coffee. I don't feel energetic w/ full fasting. Agree that it's not great for women.

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(2043)

on August 04, 2012
at 04:35 PM

I also had (way) less than stellar results with IF (16/8). It works well for some, but not for me. If my goal with IF had been to gain body fat than I would have achieved my goal...and then some!

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194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on August 03, 2012
at 01:02 PM

From Livestrong:

"You've probably heard the adage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This is not just a saying -- scientific research backs it up. Breakfast eaters are apt to be leaner and those who are dieting are more successful at weight loss. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a study found that lifelong breakfast-skippers had higher cholesterol levels and carried more mid-section weight than breakfast eaters. In addition, breakfast is shown to improve mood and concentration."

http://www.livestrong.com/article/523716-how-soon-after-waking-up-should-you-eat/#ixzz22UIFxa1i

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(4238)

on August 03, 2012
at 01:06 PM

Yikes. Every time I read something from Livestrong I just cringe.

5a1367e54bbf2d888aff7f4a3e892d5e

(43)

on August 03, 2012
at 03:01 PM

Have experimented with breakfast v bulletproof coffee over the last year. BP coffee has butter & coconut oil, supposed to keep the ketosis going without doing a full fast for women. About 400 calories. When I eat eggs & bacon, am hungrier and end up hitting 2400 calories a day.

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(3979)

on August 03, 2012
at 09:36 PM

Canis Minor- why?

C8b2136ef95ba6aac211825ff38cc0e9

(971)

on August 04, 2012
at 04:49 PM

I actually don't mind reading some quick bite of info from livestrong, I mean it's not all wrong, but with the understanding that there is ZERO effort behind putting out a cohesive, thoughtful approach to health with real human insight or opinion to the material. It's very search-enginey and tries too hard to remain objective and encyclopeia-ish. The articles are watered down. I think it's a big positive though for trying to promote healthy food choices/lifestyle and I like the MyPlate app. I just wouldn't use it as a primary resource for anything. Certainly there's no political stance.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on August 04, 2012
at 06:34 PM

I wouldn't mind it so much if Livestrong didn't constantly contradict themselves. According to them, kombucha is dangerous, very healthy, and may cure cancer.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on August 04, 2012
at 04:02 PM

Causation is not correlation.

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F9638b939a6f85d67f60065677193cad

(4266)

on August 03, 2012
at 03:06 AM

More exercise, like 12 hours a day of strenuous exercise at high altitude. Give it about 10 days. You'll get it all off. Trust me. I did it for 5 days and got 5lbs off. Don't know if it will stay off, though, but I had a great time. I went backpacking.

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on August 03, 2012
at 03:17 AM

Megan what Diane is trying to say here is that you should bring all 5 of your kids to her house for the rest of the summer and go climb a mountain :D

F9638b939a6f85d67f60065677193cad

(4266)

on August 03, 2012
at 01:59 PM

Ha ha ha. That would probably help me lose another 5lbs for sure. If nothing else, 5lbs of hair as I pull it out.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on August 04, 2012
at 04:15 PM

And then Diane's cortisol levels will skyrocket! We'd pass ten pounds about like it's a game of "hot potato"! Except on PH, I guess it would be "hot sweet potato?"

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on April 24, 2013
at 03:34 PM

Your hubby should shove it, and be a little sensitive.

Eat breakfast. Here's my recommendation... This is what I do to stay slim (and I do have to work at it, but I'm very slim with this routine (5'8, 120 lbs):

Chia pudding for breakfast OR an egg omelet (2 whole eggs, a little cheese if you must, lots of greens, spinach tastes best in an omelet... don't forget onions. Broccoli is also good). As for the chia pudding, you can make coconut, chocolate, it's great. Recipes are all over the internet. Coffee is fine, with a LITTLE bit of cream or milk, and no sugar. ESPECIALLY not sweetener.

For lunch, I eat a salad every single day. You can do a mushroom, red pepper, romaine, ranch, onion type thing if you want salty, and a tomato, avocado, hemp heart, alfalfa sprouts, walnut, balsamic one for something a little sweeter. Easy on the dressing, no low-fat varieties because they mess up your metabolism, and screw with your appetite.

Dinner = lean protein and veggies, and that doesn't always mean meat. Aim for meat once or twice a week. The rest of the time go for beans+grains. Quinoa and black beans with a little salt and olive oil is pretty delicious.Throw some spinach in there, and you're getting most of the nutrients, and all of the amino acids you would in meat. Or even occasionally some tofu. Hemp seeds are good, fish, etc. and don't go too crazy with the extra-yummy vegetables. Haha by that I mean the tasty, starchy ones. Sweet potatoes are better than regular potatoes.

Snacks = a handful of nuts (unsalted, raw) and a piece of fruit. Apple and a tbsp. of almond butter is my favourite snack. Lots of water, another cup of coffee if you're feeling really hungry, tea is a good filler-upper too.

Try to do an hour of moderate cardio OR 45 mins of HIIT, and I'd do some strength training. Yoga or Pilates if you want to tone up, or a weight class a couple times a week if you want to rev up your metabolism.

I'm not an expert or anything, but I've struggled with my weight for years, and when I adopted this lifestyle, I got SKINNY! (And toned, in a good way). Finally! And after a few months of it, I honestly prefer a salad to any other kind of lunch. If I skip my salad, it's all I can think about until I eat one. (Don't be afraid to make your salad a family-sized one. I use a giant mixing bowl. :) It'll fill you up, and I don't think there's such thing as too many veggies. And the gym becomes addictive if you go 5-6 days a week.

GOOD LUCK with whatever method you decide to try! :)

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(-6)

on December 14, 2012
at 10:29 AM

Oh and, 'research' on this being more healthy than that; thats called a fad.

""More exercise, like 12 hours a day of strenuous exercise at high altitude. Give it about 10 days. You'll get it all off. Trust me. I did it for 5 days and got 5lbs off. Don't know if it will stay off, though, but I had a great time. I went backpacking.""

Yeah, just go be insanely psychotic and wipe out half of your day for ten days even though you hwve five children by running around on a mountain; since you have to have a backpack with you while doing it, its called backpacking-Trust me, I have no life so I do this and had a great time, dont know if itll stay off but I hope it does"

Great Plan! No, surely! This will totally work! Just go run around on some mountain for 800 hours straight.

'Vegans are leaner and have less cancer than American women on average' Well no sh-t. When you have only grass to eat, youre going to look like what you eat; Grass. You really think that vegans, being at a lower body weight by nature of their core personalities that MADE them practioners of veganism (thats the key) are eating the saem caloric intake as regular American women-with their kale? No. Lower bodyweight=less cell activity and lower menstruation and thus lower risk of female-related cancers; No Sh-t.

By the way, in my teenage years, to boost my legitimacy, I was a national olympic-weightlifter doing CandJ's at 80 kilo; Snatches at 65 kilo. I am now a figure and art model and artist by profession at 5'10, 128-130 lbs. I am daresay, adventurous. Ive learned a lot, Ive met Poliquin, Ive been close to thus industry weekly and daily since I started private training at 12 years old.

Also to all those posters above that are telling this poor woman attempting to get control of her diet these heinous Ridiculous stressful bulletpoint summaries n what you think she needs to do to look better? Go F--- Yourselves Silly. You guys are BULLIES. Youre the same women that look down on the women who DONT follow your little bulletpoint summaries on how to be perfect in your eyes. No; You do not have to take fish oil supplements/flax seed supplements to get lean. NO, nobody will talk about the gunmetal sharp scientific confirmations on how exercise DOES NOT TAKE OFF BODY FAT nor Help Your Weight Loss, the only way to lose weight is to restrict your caloric intake: PERIOD. Exercise does not build muscles enough in both men And women to constitute you eating whatever quanitity of food you want to stick in your mouth, the amount of calories that muscles do burn post workout is TRIVIAL but would it or would it not surprise you that that is Exactly what youre personal trainer Or that fitness magazine you just bought for 5 bucks or those celebrities Just Like Us articles, wouldnt want you to think that? It boosts their God complex and marketing if they can cnvince you they just have this natural advantage due to things they do as people that you do not do that if you did you could be as amazing as they are and eat McRibs everyday. Exercise DOES bulk women up relative to their size before they started exercising since it DOES build muscle which thus pushes out your fat; Cardio builds your thigh muscles-Thats why you keep running to trim down your trouble-spot, i.e., Your THIGHS yet here you are going to the gym to get on the treadmill after that big meal at Thanskgiving; Where do you think all of those calories are going to localize themselves in your body? Your Thighs, because youre On The Treadmill Using Your Thighs, thus it is placing the fat In Your Thighs, pushing out any tiny bits of fat out for all to see with your thigh muscles, aka, Thunder Thighs. This isnt rocket science; But some women and the fitness industry indefinitely wants you to think as such! If they could get the other 50% of the population (women) into Crossfit, look at those profit margins.

FACT: Eat one lunchbag of cheetos every day, only one bag of Cheetos for the full day; Youll lose weight.

It doesnt matter if youre a vegan, vegetarian to lose weight is to restrict cals, and 'paleo' is Wrong and thus a fad as well because in historical accuracy, if you were to actually be doing a 'paleo' diet; you would Rarely-to-Mostly-Never touch meat, eat loads and loads of insects, raw veggies and some fruit. Dont go with the fad, just get on a low dosage of uppers, Im dead serious. Medication is to improve your life, and thats what you need to help you. You cant br spending 5 hours a day fretting over thid and talking to neurotic Powerpoint Diet of Perfection people on the web who'll just make you feel worse about yourself; Go to a psychiatrist and get help.

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(-6)

on December 14, 2012
at 10:24 AM

Not to bust all of your bubbles, but you really do not have to do all of this crap everybody is telling you. Get prescribed uppers and IF. You won't 'hate yourself' regarding your diet if you could control it better, am I right? Did you know obese people are prescribed Ritalin? Adderal? Just because you are not That Severe does not mean you can not take a harmless (if you have low blood pressure) 10 mg Ritalin. And then, even if you do have a high blood pressure; On 10 mg during IF, you'll lose weight which will then lower the blood pressure and all of this pressure on your self overall. Like, seriously? Five kids, an ass husband, and your own pressure on your self? Give your self a break. Its ridiculous. Youre shortening your life by fretting over this so much.

These people who tell you IF doesnt work for them aren't doing IF; They are binging, they just are not owning up to that fact and cover it up by calling what they are doing 'IF'. Its called 'denial'. Then they say IF is 'dangerous' to women, grow some vulvas-Please. No eating isnt dangerous if you are regularly eating; If you are anorexic-restrictive which would constitute for a 4-day fast imo; You arent IFing, youre a severely restrictive rehab-needing anorexic. THATS dangerous, but THATS anorexia; Not IF. Ok, I have no clue who these women are by my work is done in front of the camera, if you get what I mean, so take it from me; The f do you think the 'Special-K' diet is? Vitamin R isnt a vitamin you get from being a rootatarian. Every skinny girl like me that I know doesnt ever think about her diet during the day more than twice and thats the da-n truth; You know why? Uppers. What do you think strippers are taking? Uppers. Dont do meth, dont do street drugs, dont be an idi-t loser; Get them prescribed due to stress, take a low dosage and be consistent and never go above your dosage; Ever. If you do not abuse it, Its Fine. There is a reason why Ritalin is safely given to children, ok? Stop listening to these women; You want to be skinny? Do as I say and stop BShitting about your feelings and chakras on an online chatroom with people. Im on here only bc I was trying to find science to back of gluten tolerance with IF. Do as I say, Im smart and I know my sh-t.

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