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by 1132 · about 4 hours ago

We've all heard and seen stories of people being fat and becoming leaner on Paleo diet. What about the reverse? Is there anyone out there who's gone from "skinny thin" to "lean thin" purely by eating paleo? I'd really love to see if so.... (more)

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animalcule 0 · February 24, 2011 at 11:07 AM

I am a 25-year-old woman and have been underweight since I was 3 years old. I have a small frame and look fairly healthy at my low weight, but still consider myself too thin. I think I'd look my best in the 'ideal' BMI range, and I'm only 5 lbs... (more)

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by 5 · about 4 hours ago

hey:)    I have a few questions about hormones.  I am female, 22 years old, with hormonal acne, that I somewhat manage, but it is HARD.  I have high cortisol (around 20% above the norm) and high testosterone (2.02 and the... (more)

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CD 0 · September 05, 2014 at 6:49 PM

it is almost certain that your acne is caused by a hormonal imbalance.  My guess is that systematic inflammation is causing your body to over-produce androgen.  This is causing the rise in testosterone, which causing the drop in... (more)

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by 0 · about 4 hours ago

Hi, I'm 14 years old and a girl. I'm 170cm and I weight around 56 kg. I have been feeling VERY uncomfortable in my body lately to the point where I don't like seeing myself in full body mirrors. I eat a balanced diet and try to run daily. And when... (more)

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by 2949 · about 4 hours ago

Is there an ideal body fat percentage for each individual? Many idealize sub-10% for men, while average is somewhere between 15-25%. The reason I'm asking I cut down to below 12%, and my fat loss rate started stalling. I take this to be a... (more)

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CD 0 · October 09, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Fat loss rate is not going to be uniform. The lower the body weight, the less body fat and weight you can drop given the same stimulus. There are dozens of reasons for this. On to your actual question, "optimal body fat". To what are we... (more)

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by 7292 · about 4 hours ago

There is a certain poster that keeps making fun of my bodyweight of 145 as an adult male. What would be the optimum weight for someone of my height and build. BTW, as of yesterday with a 7 site skinfold test, I am at 5.8% bodyfat. For... (more)

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TruthinessInc 0 · August 04, 2013 at 6:39 AM

I know you haven't asked this at all, but after reading your questions, all that keeps popping into my head is "Do I need to return my "man" card cause, I'm 145 lbs, 5'7, 5.8% body fat and hanging upside down for the better part of a... (more)

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by 10 · about 4 hours ago

I have been on the Paleo diet for about 6 weeks now and following a pretty strict diet. I have recently completely cut out fruit, and I work out with weights about 4 days a week with about 20 minutes of intense cardio in each of those days. I try... (more)

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Renee_2 0 · July 06, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Some strong eating disorder red flags in this email (and I speak from experience). You're a woman - we naturally have fat on our highs, thighs and bellies to protect our reproductive organs and allow us to have babies. If you're down to 16.8%... (more)

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by 70 · about 4 hours ago

Hey all, I don't know if I'm going to word this right because I'm not 100% sure about the question in the first place. Basically I feel like I've inferred some of this from other posts but haven't seen anything that discusses it directly. Onto... (more)

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AxialGentleman 0 · July 02, 2013 at 4:13 PM

In theory it should be somewhere in between. You need to consume more calories than when you were losing weight because your body was previously making up some of the deficit by burning more fat than it was storing, and now you want it to even... (more)

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by 30 · about 4 hours ago

Hi there, I have been doing Leangains for roughly a month now by slowly implementing it. My questions are: I can't seem to find many female success stories? Are there any women out there with success on Leangains? If so how long did it take and... (more)

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BobK 0 · June 30, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Check this out, lots of female dialogue about Leangains. http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/597083-women-doing-leangains I'm not sure I'm fan of IF for women, the information I've read gives mixed indications. I know IF works for me...it's... (more)

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by 0 · about 4 hours ago

I am trying to get my body-fat percentage to around 16%. My body-fat is at 20% right now (135 lbs, 5'4") and here's my active schedule and eating plan: Crossfit 3x a week Yoga (vinyasa) 2x a week give or take. I might take a gentle yoga class... (more)

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CelticCaveGirl 0 · May 24, 2013 at 8:16 PM

It might not be possible to get to 16% bodyfat while being safe and healthy! If you can get to that low a bf without losing you cycles, then it's fine for you, if not, you might want to rethink, unless its temporary Regarding fruit, cut it and... (more)

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by 5 · about 4 hours ago

I have read so much on Paleo and seem to get mixed messages. Please let me know if you see anything in my plan that I can change or need to be doing different. I have not lost any weight but my body fat percentage has dropped from 38% - 34%. I do... (more)

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aelephant 0 · May 18, 2013 at 5:35 AM

Who cares about weight loss if your body fat percentage has gone down & your stomach has shrunk?

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by 209 · about 4 hours ago

I've posted here loads, but it's hard when your mum thinks wheat is healthy and fat is bad. Anyway. I want to lose weight, but I'm not seeing much progress. I'm now weight training 2-3x per week and running 1x.I can feel my muscles getting... (more)

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greymouser 0 · May 01, 2013 at 3:57 PM

the key to losing weight is to cut down on everything Yes ... but not too much. If your body is craving food and you can't shake that feeling, then you are simply not eating enough. Dieting for weightloss is trying, but lowering food intake... (more)

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by 83 · about 4 hours ago

I'm 23 years old, male, workout everyday. I follow LeanGains protocol of everyday fasting. I have 6.5%BF measured by bioimpedance, but some time ago, I fell that I'm more "covered", even with the low %BF. After eating, I get more defined. Water... (more)

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Ryan_36 0 · April 18, 2013 at 2:07 PM

If you're more defined after eating, especially if it's carbs, it's probably the carbs replenishing muscle glycogen. Water retention also plays a role of course.

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by 35 · about 4 hours ago

I am not left-handed, yet, for some reason, my entire left side body is fatter than my right. I know it is not muscle because I am Stonger on my right. Yet, my thigh, shin, breast, arm, and ankle--all bigger on my left. However, I actually just... (more)

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Dan_23 0 · April 11, 2013 at 11:26 PM

Because you're right-handed, it is likely that your right side is more efficient at movements, so your left side requires more muscle to be equally efficient at those movements.

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by 0 · about 4 hours ago

I compete in physique /figure and am preparing for my first competition of 2013 in 5 weeks. I have really been struggling with my food and training thus far. What worked for me last year I just can't get my head around it,hours of cardio,... (more)

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Bobby_Shazzam 0 · March 09, 2013 at 2:41 PM

The scale is not your friend here. A female friend of mine transitioned over to paleo from SAD after watching me lose weight on Paleo and she actually gained a few pounds over the first month but she was absolutely losing fat. I don't think she... (more)

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by 5 · about 4 hours ago

Hi Guys, Long time reader, first time poster. Zone Paleo Diet I am currently undertaking a Zone Paleo style diet, making the jump from straight paleo for the first time. The main reason for this is the portioning, tracking and performance gains... (more)

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Mash 0 · February 20, 2013 at 10:09 AM

This doesn't answer your question directly, but perhaps gives you something to think about. Lyle McDonald's Body Composition Calculations[1]. Fat Mass (kg) = Body Mass (kg) × Body Fat (%) Lean Body Mass (kg) = Body... (more)

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by 45 · about 4 hours ago

So, in brief, I am 32 5'6" 136# and according to an omron handheld bf test I am at about 11%. I have just finished the whole30 and I was strict, and mostly low to very low carb. I walked about 35-40 miles per week over the month (in fact I just... (more)

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bjjcaveman 0 · February 01, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Blockquote Is it possible that I have lost fat and just kept in step with lean body weight gains? What can I do to push myself over the edge without resorting to insane performance athlete type fitness endeavors? YES! Basing everything off... (more)

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by 627 · about 4 hours ago

I have been paleo for around 5 months and I believe it to be the only way to live now; I feel more healthy and have a better relationship with food: I feel more Grok! I have made progression into weight lifting as well as having gone from not... (more)

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Matt_11 0 · January 22, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Paleo is not necessarily ketogenic. Insulin is not necessarily a bad guy. It's simply a hormone. Transient blood glucose/insulin spikes are normal. The problem is when blood glucose stays elevated longer than necessary and more insulin than is... (more)

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by 88 · about 4 hours ago

So I just saw a question posted on here regarding body fat. I just recently lost a good amount of weight in the past few months and am almost at goal. I still have body fat I want to get rid of, but not lose too much more weight. Anyone care to... (more)

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Tony_g 0 · January 20, 2013 at 7:18 AM

You might also want to try intermittent fasting; eat within a 8-hr window each day (noon to 8pm). During the fast, you might have coconut oil and coffee, which should produce ketones and can accelerate metabolism.

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by 694 · about 4 hours ago

I've been thinking about getting a DEXA scan for body composition and was wondering if anyone here has gotten it and if it has helped them in terms of motivation.. or addressing asymmetries in muscle mass.. Did you use it as a way to track... (more)

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CD 0 · January 07, 2013 at 5:52 PM

DEXAs are the gold standard for body fat composition. It would be very beneficial in a clinical environment or for someone looking to get liposuction. Beyond that, how your clothes fit, and how you look naked are just as beneficial, and at a... (more)

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by 1195 · about 4 hours ago

This may start out sounding like a Car Talk question, but I have a disagreement with my husband about perceived temperature that I am hoping my fellow PH's will help me with, namely I am always hot and he cold. This means fighting over the... (more)

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Stephen_4 0 · December 11, 2012 at 1:50 PM

http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/32/7/1423.full.pdf , http://www.precisionnutrition.com/members/showthread.php?t=14586 , http://www.jacn.org/content/21/1/55.full My sister has been vegan for 6 years and has a very hard time regulating her body... (more)

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by 85 · about 4 hours ago

I don't know if I just have a wide torso or if it's love handles, but I'm really frustrated with the width of my waist right now. I'm pretty short too (5'1"), so it makes me look even stockier. It might be my body type - I'm half Japanese and my... (more)

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elf27 0 · October 29, 2012 at 1:55 PM

right with you, smeags. Half asian. Was very straight but wide, and not as curvy before. now I have curves/love handles. but i'm healthier. But I guess I would just ask you, "how do you feel? (On VLC/LC?)" and also congrats on getting your... (more)

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by 173 · about 4 hours ago

I've been following Paleo for about half a year now and I've seen significant improvements in my running and overall fitness, which is definitely a plus. I'm a growing 15-year old who's running everyday and goes to the gym three times a week... (more)

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Jenny_9 0 · October 10, 2012 at 10:46 PM

Note: very few girls smack in the middle of puberty will be able to approach a low body fat in a healthful way that does not impact their development. If you want to cycle regularly and support further growth/development into your 20's, you are... (more)

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by 20 · about 4 hours ago

Hi All, I've been pretty strict paleo for ~2.5 weeks now and have seen some decent progress as far as how I look and feel. Definitely feeling less bloated than before. I was gluten-free for about a month prior to going full paleo, so these first... (more)

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BoneBrothFast 0 · October 04, 2012 at 11:58 PM

Lower carb = less need for sleep. In ketosis I can get away with 5 hours of sleep. That would never happen if I raised my carb intake past ketosis.

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by 53 · about 4 hours ago

7 % body fat percentage would correlate with small fat tissue and large muscle tissue in body. Does it mean a higher lipid and glucose circulation in blood stream after a meal, as the body can not store considerable amount of energy in fat cells? ... (more)

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CD 0 · September 16, 2012 at 12:29 PM

No. Your body fat is the amount of fat you currently have stored. It has nothing to do with whether and to what extent you can store body fat (take it from me I went from 35% to 10% bf. I can definitely store more than I currently have).... (more)

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by 4283 · about 4 hours ago

I know the common conception in the paleo community for a long time has been that one really should get their food from whole sources and avoid processing of any kind. This conception continues when it comes to protein drinks. It has been said... (more)

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nthmost 0 · September 14, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Protein shakes consumed any other time aside from the post-workout window and maybe during carb refeeds can often be the source of unwanted fat gain... Mostly because of how people use them. It is a fact that the usable calories from a meal... (more)

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