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What's your fat loss secret(s)?

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Created October 25, 2011 at 10:02 PM

I know everyone's got that one little thing that they've found really helps them to lose weight. I've discovered mine is eliminating fruit. No matter how much I love fruit, I feel leaner when I don't eat it for a couple days. I guess this isn't such a bad thing because I eat very low carb anyway.
And weirdly, when I eat MORE, I feel skinnier (especially grass-fed beef. There is no limit to how much I can eat New York steak). I remember reading Neanderthin and the part where Ray Audette says hunger is a sign that your body is storing fat. I feel constantly hungry all the time so when I fulfill that hunger by eating (a lot), I guess it really gets my body into fat-burning mode.
And cardio. I know there is that one famous post out there that says cardio doesn't help but I just love to run. It's just me and the world.
So I'd love to know what are everyone's unique things/rules they swear by for optimal fat loss!

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78422 · September 07, 2013 at 1:28 AM

Or more simple, by ketostix

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499 · November 05, 2012 at 4:21 PM

what are the advantages of using only coconut oil to cook with?

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thirded........

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554 · November 30, 2011 at 7:01 PM

I love to run too - I feel free and primal and happy when I run, so I am sticking with it :)

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11254 · November 28, 2011 at 5:10 PM

Two tablespoons of walnut oil in the morning for four years or so. I had to hunt for an oil that wouldn't give me a headache, which is why I settled on walnut oil. Previous to that I found a nose-clip + chicken breast was an effective appetite killer too, but the extra step of cooking them was less convenient than the oil. Also, I can't really stand chicken breast anyway- it is the cardboard of the meat world.

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699 · November 28, 2011 at 3:00 AM

That was to say that I track calories in and calories out... not sure how you can disagree with that statement, because we've never even met! ;-) I'm definitely not endorsing the idea that calories are all that matter... just, as you said, that some have to be mindful of them, and the way I achieve that is to count them.

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17136 · November 24, 2011 at 12:37 PM

I am, but I tried going with decaf for a month which was more than enough to get over the caffeine addiction, but couldn't stay awake. So I accept it as a risk.

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1311 · November 23, 2011 at 9:54 PM

Interesting - I eat nuts everyday (about a 30g serve of usually either almonds or macadamias) and it hasn't impeded weightloss. But it does seem to be a general problem for a lot of people (maybe because they're using it more as a snack?). I use my nuts as part of a meal.

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10653 · November 23, 2011 at 8:29 PM

So you did the whole drinking oil or sugar-water thing?

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10653 · November 23, 2011 at 8:20 PM

Wow, had no idea that green tea contained PQQ. That's awesome! Also, are you not worried about coffee raising cortisol?

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24271 · November 23, 2011 at 7:34 PM

Nuts and seeds are a major weight loss blocker for me. I also had to cut them to lose weight (after a certain point anyway)

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24271 · November 23, 2011 at 7:33 PM

Other than your "calories in, and calories out" statement I agree with you. It is absolutely true that for some of us being mindful of caloric intake is essential.

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17136 · November 23, 2011 at 3:12 PM

Works very nicely for me.

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17136 · November 23, 2011 at 3:11 PM

While I don't have a standing desk, I do keep a dumbbell under my desk. Use it whenever I'm on a conference call to pass the time.

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17136 · November 23, 2011 at 3:08 PM

When you can go from morning to night without being hungry at all and have to remind yourself you'd better eat something or you'll trigger cortisol.

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1659 · October 31, 2011 at 2:48 AM

must be nice! I love almond and coconut butter but after taking a whole jar to my face during one episode of the Steve Colberet show one night I vowed to stay away from this stuff.

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39841 · October 28, 2011 at 4:15 PM

I just put my normal desk up on blocks (actually boxes filled with shipping boxes). I'm not saying it looks good, but it's a cheap and easy solution. I also stand on 2" or so of foam pads.

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527 · October 28, 2011 at 4:56 AM

Your attitude is great! Dieting is effortless when you don't make much of an effort (duh). As long as it's the right things you're focusing on, it works too! Life is too short...it's easy to try to avoid situations where you might mess up sleep/diet, but then you miss out on socialization and real living.

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78422 · October 27, 2011 at 11:57 PM

Just reduce dosage a bit then, but its probable that your body will start utilizing more, so you could soon bring it more up. 3x0.5 sounds like a good every day dose for you, and it might be that you are extremely healthy, who knows...

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78422 · October 27, 2011 at 11:55 PM

Yeah, C in orange juice is putting another 50mg :) 1 g from orange juice ?! You shouldn't drink that garbage. Natural orance juice doesn't have more then 120mg and if you don't drink it ASAP it diminishes in several hours: http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=300+ml+orange+juice

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3743 · October 27, 2011 at 11:39 PM

Oh, it's not diarrhea, just really loose but not watery or anything nasty like that. Not uncomfortable or painful. Just loose. TMI? :)

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3743 · October 27, 2011 at 11:37 PM

At least 1g gram from orange juice. Not counting lemonade.

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3743 · October 27, 2011 at 11:36 PM

Yeah, but the C in orange juice is putting me over 2g. I will try a few days without orange juice and then see if my dose still produces the same results.

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78422 · October 27, 2011 at 11:17 PM

4x0.5 and toilet means that you are either of superb health, which I doubt, this dose is even within UL=2g which doesn't cause adverse effect in anybody OR it means you are intolerant to vitamin C and you need to take different form - liposhperic vitamin C which doesn't reach colon. Its far more expensive tho. Keep in mind that your tolerance will go much higher when you are sick or under stress so if you choose not to take C in healthy state in large doses, that doesn't mean you shouldn't do so in stressful situations. 3x0.5 is solid dose if it doesn't produce diarrhea.

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78422 · October 27, 2011 at 11:16 PM

Then keep carbs up I guess....

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78422 · October 27, 2011 at 11:14 PM

I don't know what then. Then keep it that way I guess.... 4x0.5 and toilet means that you are either of superb health, which I doubt, this dose is even within UL=2g which doesn't cause adverse effect in anybody OR it means you are intolerant to vitamin C and you need to take different form - liposhperic vitamin C which doesn't reach colon. Its far more expensive tho. Keep in mind that your tolerance will go much higher when you are sick or under stress so if you choose not to take C in healthy state in large doses, that doesn't mean you shouldn't do so in those situations. 3x0.5 is solid dose

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3743 · October 27, 2011 at 10:54 PM

Haha, what if you eat 2-3 times a day HiCHO and you're never hungry? Or what if your LC and hungry all the time no matter how much meat or fat you eat. Could my oranges and potatoes be less palatable then meat and fat? BTW... I tried 4 x 0.5g of Vitamin C and hit the backboard off the toilet. What does that mean?

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5477 · October 27, 2011 at 9:35 PM

+1 - Very nice, Dave. And thanks for the excellent links. As a post obese person, protein saves my bacon! Maintaining an optimum weight without it in higher quantities would be impossible for me.

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20411 · October 27, 2011 at 5:48 PM

I never could eat all the protein that Robb recommends - it would be 250g for me. On the leptin reset it's still less than 150g for me. And I am not advocating the reset - I am just trying it out. Yet another experiment... Thanks for all the support, btw.

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1377 · October 27, 2011 at 3:29 PM

I don't do pubmed, but here's a few links: www.youtube.com/watch?v=daO-xVhoYcg www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1890175,00.html

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78422 · October 27, 2011 at 2:03 PM

You forgot braunschweiger...

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78422 · October 27, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Hey Travis, what do you use as your standing desk?

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78422 · October 27, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Mallory should = ftard

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1072 · October 27, 2011 at 1:41 PM

My breakfast exactly...

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102 · October 27, 2011 at 1:11 PM

I agree on the heart rate monitor. I have a Polar brand one and it is great. I'm sure its not exact but at least it gives me a better estimate than the one on the treadmill that is usually 50 calories LESS than my monitor.

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3743 · October 27, 2011 at 9:52 AM

I have a standing desk as well. I have my office in with my weights. Every so often while I'm standing there I'll pick something heavy up or I'll stand there on one leg doing hip exercises. LOL. I'd like to see things like this implemented in more office jobs.

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78422 · October 27, 2011 at 5:40 AM

Like you, I was hungry my entire life. Just recently hunger started to be absent and now its strange to me that I don't feel it most parts of the day. First consequence is that I stopped all snacks which was never possible before. The other is that I can prolong food abstinence far longer then before.

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37187 · October 27, 2011 at 5:32 AM

I am constantly hungry but I think it's a crazy appetite and normal metabolism. Interestingly enough, my dad was constantly hungry but whipcord slim all his life so he had the crazy metabolism. I, on the other hand, was a FAT baby, a FAT kid, a FAT teen and a yo-yo adult. When I use extreme willpower to control my food intake, I lose weight quickly (although I go certifiably insane with food cravings) and I have normal blood sugar and low cholesterol no matter what I eat. I want my dad's metabolism!!!

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37187 · October 27, 2011 at 5:27 AM

I envy anyone who can sleep on the floor or ground and I'm speaking from experience in both cases. Even in my youth, when I was fit and slim, I would need help getting up the next morning and would endure several days of joint/back pain. I guess I was the inspiration for the invention of mattresses.

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37187 · October 27, 2011 at 5:23 AM

I forgot to say I am in weight loss mode, slow and steady. Slow because I don't count calories.

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37187 · October 27, 2011 at 5:22 AM

Pleased2meatchu, I'm definitely obese and IF works great for me. One meal at mid-morning and I'm fine 'til mid-morning the next day. I can take a 3-mile walk and I have great energy, and in fact when I have a good walk I'm not ready to eat for several hours. So, as in anything else re: humans, we're all different.

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3499 · October 27, 2011 at 4:18 AM

Or Raging Demon.

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1982 · October 27, 2011 at 3:31 AM

Studies to support the idea that cold water converts white fat to brown fat?

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1377 · October 27, 2011 at 3:05 AM

Art DeVany and Tim Ferris have a lot to say on that, but the short version is that exposure to cold water converts white fat to brown fat, which generates heat (aka burns calories). Submersion in cold water (as opposed to just showering) forces your body to burn more calories to maintain its temperature, as water is a huge thermal sink. And both make you feel great.

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39841 · October 27, 2011 at 12:29 AM

I like the idea of totally unpredictable high intensity versions of mundane activities.

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39841 · October 27, 2011 at 12:28 AM

You don't notice it at all. It feels the same as sitting at desk after the acclimation period.

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39841 · October 27, 2011 at 12:23 AM

Your username makes me think of Akuma/Gouki every time. Maybe someone will register with instant_hell_murder.

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3703 · October 26, 2011 at 11:58 PM

Deft observations!! I HUNGER to know more... HAAAA AH.

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987 · October 26, 2011 at 11:28 PM

Robb Wolf recommends overweight people eat their bodyweight in grams of protein. I'm 200 lbs, so I eat 200 grams of protein. That ends up being a very high protein diet for me, usually around 50% of my calories. Wolf also explains that lean protein is just so satiating that it's near impossible to over eat. I'm totally sold on high protein for fat loss at this point.

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10653 · October 26, 2011 at 11:10 PM

I'm not overweight or even chubby though. I've emailed my doctor and asked if leptin resistance could be a possible issue for me. I don't think I have a fast metabolism because when I was on SAD, I gained weight easily without eating much. But I've found I'm maintaining quite well on a high fat diet. I'm still extremely hungry and I eat maybe 2000+ calories a day.

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18635 · October 26, 2011 at 10:39 PM

key term "excess" weight...

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1716 · October 26, 2011 at 10:17 PM

This is my experience as well. When I want to lose weight, higher protein satiates more, thus lowering overall calorie intake. Higher fat is okay for maintenance though.

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1074 · October 26, 2011 at 9:47 PM

why nuts/seeds? i read nuts/seeds can also increase your blood sugar too, i thought its mainly protein and fat

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1074 · October 26, 2011 at 9:46 PM

"you fail" = you are leptin resistant

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1074 · October 26, 2011 at 9:45 PM

also avoid veggie oils (PUFA's), very inflammatory and oxidize easily

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1074 · October 26, 2011 at 9:43 PM

is there a particular reason not to lose excess weight? or are you thinking of the trouble? because if you follow The Quilt's (Jack Kruse) leptin prescription, you can literally lose weight and gain health without ever depriving yourself. no counting calories, only some effort buying/preparing food

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1074 · October 26, 2011 at 9:42 PM

only fruitarians/80yr old outdated nutritionists still advocate low-protein diets. anyone who is not for high protein diet (i should say moderate, 20-30%) is flat out wrong. that being said, maybe Mallory is thinking of the bro-science/bodybuilding crowd who try to ingest insane amounts of protein because they want instant results in the gym. the latter causes kidney stones

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1074 · October 26, 2011 at 9:38 PM

good tips esp with yogurt/sauerkraut/kimchi. i eat all sorts of fermented vegetables that are part of my chinese cultural diet. why cold showers though?

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1074 · October 26, 2011 at 9:37 PM

but once you're down to the normal range, then IF works fine. most ppl on LG aren't fat to begin with, they're looking for a lil extra boost + getting very lean

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1074 · October 26, 2011 at 9:36 PM

from my experience, IF doesn't help with weight loss as much as maintaining that loss. i would never recommend IF for an obese person starting out. they cannot fast for so long and have to be leptin sensitive first thru eating 3 meals/day Paleo style.

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1074 · October 26, 2011 at 9:34 PM

BAB for the win

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39841 · October 26, 2011 at 6:49 PM

What has Paleo Hacks become when someone speaking the truth and backing it up with peer-reviewed scientific papers gets down-voted?

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1377 · October 26, 2011 at 6:42 PM

I used to get 8 hours a night in the summer, but now that winter's arriving I get more like 10 (hibernation mode). I've been toying around with "diet abs" for the past month but I'm going to really buckle down in November and make this an experiment. I'll let you know how it turns out.

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3180 · October 26, 2011 at 6:32 PM

Must be personal. Pretty much all diets nowadays advocate big protein breakfasts to stave off hunger. My N=1 shows it works, too.

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3180 · October 26, 2011 at 6:29 PM

I totally agree. I was a wreck until I got my hunger under control. I was a chubby kid and chubby adult, always hungry. I was snacking so much it was ridiculous. Cut the carbs al-a Primal Blueprint and went from obese BMI to normal in 6 mo. First time in my adult life I was under BMI of 30.

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78422 · October 26, 2011 at 5:50 PM

dude, if you are constantly hungry, something is wrong, or you have crazy metabolism as i said. Fail means you will fail in weight loss if you are constantly hungry and trying to lose weight.

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56616 · October 26, 2011 at 5:19 PM

hehehe, the no driver's license has worked well for me.

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20411 · October 26, 2011 at 4:37 PM

I provided evidence that protein is satiating. I stand by my assertion that protein kills hunger. Do you dispute that? Or do you have a personal issue with Dr. K.?

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20411 · October 26, 2011 at 4:35 PM

Why would you say that my brain is not leptin resistant? And what evidence do you have that his leptin protocol is incorrect?

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1774 · October 26, 2011 at 4:24 PM

@ben - I'm glad this works for you too :-) I was doing pretty well on a fat based diet - initially. However, once I became fat adapted, i no longer needed external sources of fat to sustain me. I rarely make it a point to "up" my fat consumption as I have in the past because it's now unnecessary - this just happens to fall into a lower fat ratio diet category. (also, even though it's blasphemy to say this here, but the calorie issue DOES matter)

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1774 · October 26, 2011 at 4:23 PM

@ben - I'm glad this works for you too :-) I was doing pretty well on a fat based diet - initially. However, once I became fat adapted, i no longer needed external sources of fat to sustain me. I rarely make it a point to "up" my fat consumption as I have in the past because it's now unnecessary - this just happens to into a lower fat diet. (also, even though it's blasphemy to say this here, but the calorie issue DOES matter).

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10653 · October 26, 2011 at 4:19 PM

@Farmer's Daughter, how many calories would you say you eat with your big-ass breakfast?

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10653 · October 26, 2011 at 4:14 PM

What do you mean you "fail" if you're hungry? I'm not trying to lose weight, but I find I'm constantly hungry even after a big meal.

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1371 · October 26, 2011 at 3:47 PM

dr k's leptin reset should = downvote. protein is not doing anything for your non leptin resistant brain...

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688 · October 26, 2011 at 3:27 PM

Not going to lie, before I started the leptin reset, I ate dark chocolate for breakfast a lot. Delicious.

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20411 · October 26, 2011 at 3:25 PM

I don't mind being downvoted, but an explanation of why you disagree would be in order and might lead to a useful discussion. And by the way, protein killing hunger is one of the primary reasons for the big breakfast of Dr. K's leptin reset. (The other purpose is to reset the diurnal rhythm of leptin.)

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688 · October 26, 2011 at 3:25 PM

+1 for not driving!

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78422 · October 26, 2011 at 2:05 PM

Yeah, I do that every day for a year or so.

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78422 · October 26, 2011 at 2:03 PM

Its lame just to stand there...

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78422 · October 26, 2011 at 2:02 PM

Ofcourse there is: http://tucsoncitizen.com/morgue/files/2008/02/l76381-1.jpg

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78422 · October 26, 2011 at 2:00 PM

When you start to smell like acetone.

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78422 · October 26, 2011 at 1:52 PM

I hate to stand still... is there moving desk :P

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113 · October 26, 2011 at 7:03 AM

Oh my god, dark chocolate & nuts for breakfast? Heaven! I will be trying this one out on my next 'cheat day'! :D

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20353 · October 26, 2011 at 6:43 AM

Travis, What would a days eating look like? For me it is 4eggs breakfast and 12-16oz of meat either at dinner or spread between dinner and lunch. Some fat from dairy with each meal and veggies for dinner sometimes veggies with lunch...

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1716 · October 26, 2011 at 6:13 AM

I only lose fat if I eat higher protein, moderate fat and carbs. Previously tried mostly fat, moderate protein and carbs, didn't work (same calories each time, just different macronutrients) Fat does not satiate me whereas protein does. So I totally agree with lowering dietary fat intake to lose body fat. Everyone is different, so it pays to experiment.

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725 · October 26, 2011 at 5:32 AM

well if you eat low carb, then it could just be that eating fruit would make you gain water weight. Any carbs would do that..

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10653 · October 26, 2011 at 3:10 AM

I second what Oranges said, please explain further.

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10653 · October 26, 2011 at 3:08 AM

I'd love to hear your progress on if you can prove that "abs are made in the kitchen." :) A few people have said getting a lot of sleep helps. How many hours do you sleep?

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10653 · October 26, 2011 at 3:04 AM

How do you know when your body is in ketosis?

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951 · October 26, 2011 at 2:36 AM

@Travis: If you are eating fat just to get enough calories are you going to see this non-fat loss?

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1702 · October 26, 2011 at 2:11 AM

By zero effort do you just mean Paleo diet + IF or are you including crazy weight lifting in there with the zero effort?

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4258 · October 26, 2011 at 1:30 AM

I'm the same way. Except I'm stressed too much. Or sleep deprived.

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1716 · October 26, 2011 at 1:29 AM

The 50g protein breakfast, along with about 3 tablespoons of coconut oil absolutely kills my appetite during the day, leading to decreased calorie intake overall (without compromising energy levels)

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15976 · October 26, 2011 at 1:18 AM

I have found this keeps me running lean, too sunshine. I know all about the benefits of fat, etc and I do of course eat it but it's about equal with protein and carbohydrate. And if given the choice I'd always rather eat more starchy tuber than have a spoon of coconut oil straight. Many paleo folk who complain about plateau regarding weight loss I'd wager don't realize how many calories they're taking down with heavy fat-consumption

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688 · October 26, 2011 at 12:52 AM

I hate you! (just kidding, just kidding) I just wish I could do that!

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3159 · October 26, 2011 at 12:44 AM

Man, I wish .... but yeah ... no ... doesn't work that way for me. :(

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39841 · October 26, 2011 at 12:16 AM

Fair enough, but what happened last time you ate mostly lean red meat? I just don't understand physiologically how it wouldn't produce good satiety and fat loss.

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16131 · October 26, 2011 at 12:05 AM

What is interesting is that BFing helped me with losing weight but I could not gain muscle not matter how hard I worked. Hormones are weird.

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10194 · October 25, 2011 at 11:59 PM

For me hunger has always been a sign that I was losing fat.

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10194 · October 25, 2011 at 11:55 PM

50/50 genetically. If Atkins-esque doesn't work try Ornish-esque. I think you can build paleo weight loss diets that work either way. Keeping the protein (meat) up is key for both.

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4632 · October 25, 2011 at 11:52 PM

I totally agree - lots of sleep helps the fat melt off of me. I shoot for 9 hours!

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1288 · October 25, 2011 at 11:48 PM

Me too did not start to lose weight till after I stopped BF and I tried while doing it too!

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3315 · October 25, 2011 at 11:41 PM

Even though I'm extremely jealous that this worked for you, I'm giving you +1 anyway. I breastfed for 6 years straight and not only did I hold on to every preggo pound, I gained weight too. ugh...

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11986 · October 25, 2011 at 11:40 PM

Travis, most of us "doubters," I'm guessing, know perfectly well that this approach works for some people. We all know WW success stories, vegetarian success stories, cut-out-dessert success stories, etc. I'd wager that most of us "doubters" simply know from many, many years of personal experience that this doesn't work for *us.* We didn't just try ketosis *first*, ya know. Most of us did every standard low-fat, low-cal diet out there, plus a lot of non-standard ones, before finally lowering carbs. Just sayin'.

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39841 · October 25, 2011 at 11:29 PM

Take heed all ye doubters

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20411 · October 26, 2011 at 1:29 PM

Protein.

Protein kills hunger:

Satiety related to 24 h diet-induced thermogenesis during high protein/carbohydrate vs high fat diets measured in a respiration chamber.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10403587
"CONCLUSION: In lean women, satiety and DIT [diet induced thermogenesis] were synchronously higher with a high protein/high carbohydrate diet than with a high fat diet. Differences (due to the different macronutrient compositions) in DIT correlated with differences in satiety over 24 h."

The Effects of High Protein Diets on Thermogenesis, Satiety and Weight Loss: A Critical Review
http://www.jacn.org/content/23/5/373.short
There is convincing evidence that a higher protein intake increases thermogenesis and satiety compared to diets of lower protein content. The weight of evidence also suggests that high protein meals lead to a reduced subsequent energy intake.

Macronutrients and satiety: the effects of a high-protein or high-carbohydrate meal on subjective motivation to eat and food preferences
http://agris.fao.org/agris-search/search/display.do?f=1987/US/US87256.xml;US8731369
"These findings support the view that protein is more satiating than carbohydrate..."

Ghrelin and glucagon-like peptide 1 concentrations, 24-h satiety, and energy and substrate metabolism during a high-protein diet and measured in a respiration chamber
http://www.ajcn.org/content/83/1/89.short
"An HP [high protein - 30% of calories] diet, compared with an AP [adequate protein - 10% of calories] diet, fed at energy balance for 4 d increased 24-h satiety, thermogenesis, sleeping metabolic rate, protein balance, and fat oxidation."

Protein, weight management, and satiety
http://www.ajcn.org/content/87/5/1558S.short
"Potential beneficial outcomes associated with protein ingestion include the following: 1) increased satiety???protein generally increases satiety to a greater extent than carbohydrate or fat and may facilitate a reduction in energy consumption under ad libitum dietary conditions; 2) increased thermogenesis???higher-protein diets are associated with increased thermogenesis, which also influences satiety and augments energy expenditure (in the longer term, increased thermogenesis contributes to the relatively low-energy efficiency of protein); and 3) maintenance or accretion of fat-free mass???in some individuals, a moderately higher protein diet may provide a stimulatory effect on muscle protein anabolism, favoring the retention of lean muscle mass while improving metabolic profile."

Higher Protein Intake Preserves Lean Mass and Satiety with Weight Loss in Pre-obese and Obese Women
http://www.nature.com/oby/journal/v15/n2/abs/oby2007531a.html
"Consuming a higher-protein diet and accomplishing weight loss before becoming obese help women preserve LBM [lean body mass]. Use of a higher-protein diet also improves perceptions of satiety and pleasure during energy restriction."

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1371 · October 26, 2011 at 3:47 PM

dr k's leptin reset should = downvote. protein is not doing anything for your non leptin resistant brain...

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987 · October 26, 2011 at 11:28 PM

Robb Wolf recommends overweight people eat their bodyweight in grams of protein. I'm 200 lbs, so I eat 200 grams of protein. That ends up being a very high protein diet for me, usually around 50% of my calories. Wolf also explains that lean protein is just so satiating that it's near impossible to over eat. I'm totally sold on high protein for fat loss at this point.

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20411 · October 26, 2011 at 4:35 PM

Why would you say that my brain is not leptin resistant? And what evidence do you have that his leptin protocol is incorrect?

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3180 · October 26, 2011 at 6:32 PM

Must be personal. Pretty much all diets nowadays advocate big protein breakfasts to stave off hunger. My N=1 shows it works, too.

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1716 · October 26, 2011 at 10:17 PM

This is my experience as well. When I want to lose weight, higher protein satiates more, thus lowering overall calorie intake. Higher fat is okay for maintenance though.

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20411 · October 26, 2011 at 3:25 PM

I don't mind being downvoted, but an explanation of why you disagree would be in order and might lead to a useful discussion. And by the way, protein killing hunger is one of the primary reasons for the big breakfast of Dr. K's leptin reset. (The other purpose is to reset the diurnal rhythm of leptin.)

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20411 · October 26, 2011 at 4:37 PM

I provided evidence that protein is satiating. I stand by my assertion that protein kills hunger. Do you dispute that? Or do you have a personal issue with Dr. K.?

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39841 · October 26, 2011 at 6:49 PM

What has Paleo Hacks become when someone speaking the truth and backing it up with peer-reviewed scientific papers gets down-voted?

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1074 · October 26, 2011 at 9:42 PM

only fruitarians/80yr old outdated nutritionists still advocate low-protein diets. anyone who is not for high protein diet (i should say moderate, 20-30%) is flat out wrong. that being said, maybe Mallory is thinking of the bro-science/bodybuilding crowd who try to ingest insane amounts of protein because they want instant results in the gym. the latter causes kidney stones

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78422 · October 27, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Mallory should = ftard

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20411 · October 27, 2011 at 5:48 PM

I never could eat all the protein that Robb recommends - it would be 250g for me. On the leptin reset it's still less than 150g for me. And I am not advocating the reset - I am just trying it out. Yet another experiment... Thanks for all the support, btw.

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5477 · October 27, 2011 at 9:35 PM

+1 - Very nice, Dave. And thanks for the excellent links. As a post obese person, protein saves my bacon! Maintaining an optimum weight without it in higher quantities would be impossible for me.

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5242 · October 25, 2011 at 10:11 PM

Ketosis - It melts the fat of me. I think as much as anything it allows me to hold a decent caloric deficit with little hunger. Or in other words it suppresses my appetite.

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10653 · October 26, 2011 at 3:04 AM

How do you know when your body is in ketosis?

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78422 · September 07, 2013 at 1:28 AM

Or more simple, by ketostix

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78422 · October 26, 2011 at 2:00 PM

When you start to smell like acetone.

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17136 · November 23, 2011 at 3:08 PM

When you can go from morning to night without being hungry at all and have to remind yourself you'd better eat something or you'll trigger cortisol.

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24538 · October 25, 2011 at 11:21 PM

Going to sleep early. This is something I haven't been very good at since becoming a mama, but back in the old days, lights out by 9 mixed with a ketogenic diet, and the fat just melted off.

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4632 · October 25, 2011 at 11:52 PM

I totally agree - lots of sleep helps the fat melt off of me. I shoot for 9 hours!

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Whenever I eat a big-ass breakfast with at least 50 grams of protein, a la Jack Kruse, I feel a lot slimmer and eat less throughout the day. Sometimes I'm not even hungry for it, but I do it anyway because I tend to feel a lot better.

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1716 · October 26, 2011 at 1:29 AM

The 50g protein breakfast, along with about 3 tablespoons of coconut oil absolutely kills my appetite during the day, leading to decreased calorie intake overall (without compromising energy levels)

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1074 · October 26, 2011 at 9:34 PM

BAB for the win

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10653 · October 26, 2011 at 4:19 PM

@Farmer's Daughter, how many calories would you say you eat with your big-ass breakfast?

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1377 · October 26, 2011 at 12:05 AM

Here's a few I'm doing, I'm working on hitting single-digit bodyfat over the winter.

  • Stay somewhat low-carb, 25g-75g/day. No fruit. (already mentioned)
  • Use coconut oil exclusively for cooking.
  • Yogurt, Kimchi & Sauerkraut. Good gut bacteria helps with staying lean.
  • 2 meals a day, 8-hour eating window.
  • Full-day fasts 1x/week, half-day fasts whenever I don't feel like making breakfast/supper.
  • Lots of walking, but no cardio.
  • Used to take face-numbingly cold showers, but I just moved and to my great consternation my water here doesn't get below mildly warm. I'm going to buy some ice for baths and look for a russian banya (sweat for a while, jump into freezing pool, repeat).

I used to do heavy lifting once or twice a week (and I really should still be doing that), but now it's almost a pet project of mine to see if I can get abs from diet alone.

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10653 · October 26, 2011 at 3:08 AM

I'd love to hear your progress on if you can prove that "abs are made in the kitchen." :) A few people have said getting a lot of sleep helps. How many hours do you sleep?

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1377 · October 27, 2011 at 3:29 PM

I don't do pubmed, but here's a few links: www.youtube.com/watch?v=daO-xVhoYcg www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1890175,00.html

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1074 · October 26, 2011 at 9:38 PM

good tips esp with yogurt/sauerkraut/kimchi. i eat all sorts of fermented vegetables that are part of my chinese cultural diet. why cold showers though?

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1982 · October 27, 2011 at 3:31 AM

Studies to support the idea that cold water converts white fat to brown fat?

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1377 · October 26, 2011 at 6:42 PM

I used to get 8 hours a night in the summer, but now that winter's arriving I get more like 10 (hibernation mode). I've been toying around with "diet abs" for the past month but I'm going to really buckle down in November and make this an experiment. I'll let you know how it turns out.

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1377 · October 27, 2011 at 3:05 AM

Art DeVany and Tim Ferris have a lot to say on that, but the short version is that exposure to cold water converts white fat to brown fat, which generates heat (aka burns calories). Submersion in cold water (as opposed to just showering) forces your body to burn more calories to maintain its temperature, as water is a huge thermal sink. And both make you feel great.

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499 · November 05, 2012 at 4:21 PM

what are the advantages of using only coconut oil to cook with?

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1774 · October 25, 2011 at 10:40 PM

I have a diet consisting of a greater ratio of both protein and carbs relative to fat. Weightloss is effortless for me

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15976 · October 26, 2011 at 1:18 AM

I have found this keeps me running lean, too sunshine. I know all about the benefits of fat, etc and I do of course eat it but it's about equal with protein and carbohydrate. And if given the choice I'd always rather eat more starchy tuber than have a spoon of coconut oil straight. Many paleo folk who complain about plateau regarding weight loss I'd wager don't realize how many calories they're taking down with heavy fat-consumption

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951 · October 26, 2011 at 2:36 AM

@Travis: If you are eating fat just to get enough calories are you going to see this non-fat loss?

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10194 · October 25, 2011 at 11:55 PM

50/50 genetically. If Atkins-esque doesn't work try Ornish-esque. I think you can build paleo weight loss diets that work either way. Keeping the protein (meat) up is key for both.

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39841 · October 26, 2011 at 12:16 AM

Fair enough, but what happened last time you ate mostly lean red meat? I just don't understand physiologically how it wouldn't produce good satiety and fat loss.

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39841 · October 25, 2011 at 11:29 PM

Take heed all ye doubters

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1716 · October 26, 2011 at 6:13 AM

I only lose fat if I eat higher protein, moderate fat and carbs. Previously tried mostly fat, moderate protein and carbs, didn't work (same calories each time, just different macronutrients) Fat does not satiate me whereas protein does. So I totally agree with lowering dietary fat intake to lose body fat. Everyone is different, so it pays to experiment.

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11986 · October 25, 2011 at 11:40 PM

Travis, most of us "doubters," I'm guessing, know perfectly well that this approach works for some people. We all know WW success stories, vegetarian success stories, cut-out-dessert success stories, etc. I'd wager that most of us "doubters" simply know from many, many years of personal experience that this doesn't work for *us.* We didn't just try ketosis *first*, ya know. Most of us did every standard low-fat, low-cal diet out there, plus a lot of non-standard ones, before finally lowering carbs. Just sayin'.

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1774 · October 26, 2011 at 4:23 PM

@ben - I'm glad this works for you too :-) I was doing pretty well on a fat based diet - initially. However, once I became fat adapted, i no longer needed external sources of fat to sustain me. I rarely make it a point to "up" my fat consumption as I have in the past because it's now unnecessary - this just happens to into a lower fat diet. (also, even though it's blasphemy to say this here, but the calorie issue DOES matter).

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1774 · October 26, 2011 at 4:24 PM

@ben - I'm glad this works for you too :-) I was doing pretty well on a fat based diet - initially. However, once I became fat adapted, i no longer needed external sources of fat to sustain me. I rarely make it a point to "up" my fat consumption as I have in the past because it's now unnecessary - this just happens to fall into a lower fat ratio diet category. (also, even though it's blasphemy to say this here, but the calorie issue DOES matter)

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20353 · October 26, 2011 at 6:43 AM

Travis, What would a days eating look like? For me it is 4eggs breakfast and 12-16oz of meat either at dinner or spread between dinner and lunch. Some fat from dairy with each meal and veggies for dinner sometimes veggies with lunch...

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39841 · October 25, 2011 at 11:32 PM

I rarely sit. I have things that could be called exercise like the 6-8 miles I walk Ralph per day, but having a standing desk and just not sitting around in general causes so much lipid oxidation over the course of a day. There's a fairly brief acclimation period where your legs, feet, postural muscles etc. strengthen and then it's effortless.

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78422 · October 26, 2011 at 2:02 PM

Ofcourse there is: http://tucsoncitizen.com/morgue/files/2008/02/l76381-1.jpg

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78422 · October 27, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Hey Travis, what do you use as your standing desk?

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78422 · October 26, 2011 at 1:52 PM

I hate to stand still... is there moving desk :P

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78422 · October 26, 2011 at 2:03 PM

Its lame just to stand there...

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3743 · October 27, 2011 at 9:52 AM

I have a standing desk as well. I have my office in with my weights. Every so often while I'm standing there I'll pick something heavy up or I'll stand there on one leg doing hip exercises. LOL. I'd like to see things like this implemented in more office jobs.

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39841 · October 27, 2011 at 12:28 AM

You don't notice it at all. It feels the same as sitting at desk after the acclimation period.

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39841 · October 28, 2011 at 4:15 PM

I just put my normal desk up on blocks (actually boxes filled with shipping boxes). I'm not saying it looks good, but it's a cheap and easy solution. I also stand on 2" or so of foam pads.

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17136 · November 23, 2011 at 3:11 PM

While I don't have a standing desk, I do keep a dumbbell under my desk. Use it whenever I'm on a conference call to pass the time.

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Intermittent Fasting a la LeanGains.

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37187 · October 27, 2011 at 5:23 AM

I forgot to say I am in weight loss mode, slow and steady. Slow because I don't count calories.

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37187 · October 27, 2011 at 5:22 AM

Pleased2meatchu, I'm definitely obese and IF works great for me. One meal at mid-morning and I'm fine 'til mid-morning the next day. I can take a 3-mile walk and I have great energy, and in fact when I have a good walk I'm not ready to eat for several hours. So, as in anything else re: humans, we're all different.

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1074 · October 26, 2011 at 9:36 PM

from my experience, IF doesn't help with weight loss as much as maintaining that loss. i would never recommend IF for an obese person starting out. they cannot fast for so long and have to be leptin sensitive first thru eating 3 meals/day Paleo style.

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1074 · October 26, 2011 at 9:37 PM

but once you're down to the normal range, then IF works fine. most ppl on LG aren't fat to begin with, they're looking for a lil extra boost + getting very lean

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17136 · November 23, 2011 at 3:12 PM

Works very nicely for me.

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11111 · October 26, 2011 at 6:21 AM

Simplicity: 9 hours+ sleep every night (sleeping on the floor), low levels of stress (cortisol), LC-VLC (never counted anything). Dropped over 50 lbs and has stayed off for years, I work circles around guys 1/2 my age every day. A myriad of physical ailments have disappeared. This is what has worked for me and I don't sweat the details, Life is too dam short to be caught up in such nonsense :) I have developed a Zen influenced out look on life.

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37187 · October 27, 2011 at 5:27 AM

I envy anyone who can sleep on the floor or ground and I'm speaking from experience in both cases. Even in my youth, when I was fit and slim, I would need help getting up the next morning and would endure several days of joint/back pain. I guess I was the inspiration for the invention of mattresses.

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527 · October 28, 2011 at 4:56 AM

Your attitude is great! Dieting is effortless when you don't make much of an effort (duh). As long as it's the right things you're focusing on, it works too! Life is too short...it's easy to try to avoid situations where you might mess up sleep/diet, but then you miss out on socialization and real living.

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699 · October 27, 2011 at 12:19 AM

Well, I don't think this answer will be very popular in these parts, but it's a fact: in order to reliably lose weight, I have to count calories. Calories in, and calories out, aiming for a mild weekly deficit (this allows me to indulge when out with friends or whatever then to make up for it later).

I'm a believer in the paleo approach to nutrition (I follow PHD most closely) but that way of eating has not been sufficient for me to lose weight. I love food, I am obsessed with it, and I have a tendency to eat too much of it, regardless of how healthy it is. Squaring up calories on a weekly basis works for me because it keeps me accountable and forces me to eat a reasonable amount, and to be mindful of my caloric intake, while still allowing me to get plenty of enjoyment out of food.

I know that most people on this site are down on calorie counting. I am glad they are able to make it work without tracking calories, because doing so is a bit of a pain. But it seems necessary for me.

In case it helps win me back into the PH community's good graces, I will note that I find it noticeably easier (in terms of hunger) to maintain a caloric deficit when eating paleo than I did on the SAD.

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24271 · November 23, 2011 at 7:33 PM

Other than your "calories in, and calories out" statement I agree with you. It is absolutely true that for some of us being mindful of caloric intake is essential.

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699 · November 28, 2011 at 3:00 AM

That was to say that I track calories in and calories out... not sure how you can disagree with that statement, because we've never even met! ;-) I'm definitely not endorsing the idea that calories are all that matter... just, as you said, that some have to be mindful of them, and the way I achieve that is to count them.

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78422 · October 26, 2011 at 1:57 PM

Fixing up satiety.

If you are hungry more then 2 or 3 times per day, that means you FAIL. If you are extremely hungry, then you FAIL or you have crazy metabolism.

Whatever makes my hunger go down makes my adipose tissue go down, be it caffeine, fat, protein, infection, cold shower, short burst of exercise. Whatever makes me hungry makes my adipose tissue go up, be it carbs, fruit, alcohol, soda, cannabis...

Loosing weight, while feeling hunger constantly is impossible.

PS: Hm... this may look in line with food reward hypothesis ...

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3703 · October 26, 2011 at 11:58 PM

Deft observations!! I HUNGER to know more... HAAAA AH.

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3180 · October 26, 2011 at 6:29 PM

I totally agree. I was a wreck until I got my hunger under control. I was a chubby kid and chubby adult, always hungry. I was snacking so much it was ridiculous. Cut the carbs al-a Primal Blueprint and went from obese BMI to normal in 6 mo. First time in my adult life I was under BMI of 30.

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10653 · October 26, 2011 at 4:14 PM

What do you mean you "fail" if you're hungry? I'm not trying to lose weight, but I find I'm constantly hungry even after a big meal.

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1074 · October 26, 2011 at 9:46 PM

"you fail" = you are leptin resistant

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78422 · October 27, 2011 at 5:40 AM

Like you, I was hungry my entire life. Just recently hunger started to be absent and now its strange to me that I don't feel it most parts of the day. First consequence is that I stopped all snacks which was never possible before. The other is that I can prolong food abstinence far longer then before.

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78422 · October 27, 2011 at 11:57 PM

Just reduce dosage a bit then, but its probable that your body will start utilizing more, so you could soon bring it more up. 3x0.5 sounds like a good every day dose for you, and it might be that you are extremely healthy, who knows...

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78422 · October 26, 2011 at 5:50 PM

dude, if you are constantly hungry, something is wrong, or you have crazy metabolism as i said. Fail means you will fail in weight loss if you are constantly hungry and trying to lose weight.

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10653 · October 26, 2011 at 11:10 PM

I'm not overweight or even chubby though. I've emailed my doctor and asked if leptin resistance could be a possible issue for me. I don't think I have a fast metabolism because when I was on SAD, I gained weight easily without eating much. But I've found I'm maintaining quite well on a high fat diet. I'm still extremely hungry and I eat maybe 2000+ calories a day.

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37187 · October 27, 2011 at 5:32 AM

I am constantly hungry but I think it's a crazy appetite and normal metabolism. Interestingly enough, my dad was constantly hungry but whipcord slim all his life so he had the crazy metabolism. I, on the other hand, was a FAT baby, a FAT kid, a FAT teen and a yo-yo adult. When I use extreme willpower to control my food intake, I lose weight quickly (although I go certifiably insane with food cravings) and I have normal blood sugar and low cholesterol no matter what I eat. I want my dad's metabolism!!!

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78422 · October 27, 2011 at 11:16 PM

Then keep carbs up I guess....

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78422 · October 27, 2011 at 11:55 PM

Yeah, C in orange juice is putting another 50mg :) 1 g from orange juice ?! You shouldn't drink that garbage. Natural orance juice doesn't have more then 120mg and if you don't drink it ASAP it diminishes in several hours: http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=300+ml+orange+juice

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3743 · October 27, 2011 at 11:37 PM

At least 1g gram from orange juice. Not counting lemonade.

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78422 · October 27, 2011 at 11:17 PM

4x0.5 and toilet means that you are either of superb health, which I doubt, this dose is even within UL=2g which doesn't cause adverse effect in anybody OR it means you are intolerant to vitamin C and you need to take different form - liposhperic vitamin C which doesn't reach colon. Its far more expensive tho. Keep in mind that your tolerance will go much higher when you are sick or under stress so if you choose not to take C in healthy state in large doses, that doesn't mean you shouldn't do so in stressful situations. 3x0.5 is solid dose if it doesn't produce diarrhea.

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3743 · October 27, 2011 at 11:36 PM

Yeah, but the C in orange juice is putting me over 2g. I will try a few days without orange juice and then see if my dose still produces the same results.

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3743 · October 27, 2011 at 10:54 PM

Haha, what if you eat 2-3 times a day HiCHO and you're never hungry? Or what if your LC and hungry all the time no matter how much meat or fat you eat. Could my oranges and potatoes be less palatable then meat and fat? BTW... I tried 4 x 0.5g of Vitamin C and hit the backboard off the toilet. What does that mean?

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78422 · October 27, 2011 at 11:14 PM

I don't know what then. Then keep it that way I guess.... 4x0.5 and toilet means that you are either of superb health, which I doubt, this dose is even within UL=2g which doesn't cause adverse effect in anybody OR it means you are intolerant to vitamin C and you need to take different form - liposhperic vitamin C which doesn't reach colon. Its far more expensive tho. Keep in mind that your tolerance will go much higher when you are sick or under stress so if you choose not to take C in healthy state in large doses, that doesn't mean you shouldn't do so in those situations. 3x0.5 is solid dose

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3743 · October 27, 2011 at 11:39 PM

Oh, it's not diarrhea, just really loose but not watery or anything nasty like that. Not uncomfortable or painful. Just loose. TMI? :)

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Not having a drivers license, eating plenty of omega 3 rich fish.

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688 · October 26, 2011 at 3:25 PM

+1 for not driving!

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56616 · October 26, 2011 at 5:19 PM

hehehe, the no driver's license has worked well for me.

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  • Get a heart rate monitor; find out how many calories you're really burning during a workout.

  • Do everything explosively.

    Flight of stairs? Run up them. In the bathroom? 50 air squats. Don't walk to the mailbox to drop off a package, sprint to the mailbox and drop off the package (and drop off some of that belly fat while you're at it). Walk around with that heart rate monitor for a few days and find out how many calories you burn during your "static moment" workouts. Make goals for yourself like "500 airsquats a day" or "250 head stand push ups a day" .

  • Count your carbs.

    Keep you carb intake to 20-50 carbs a day on your non-training days, and 100-150 carbs on your training days; preferably post-workout. If you consume 100 carbs a day, that's roughly 400 calories, so make sure you burn at least that much in the gym or during your "static moment" workouts.

  • Lift heavy weights.

    Learn these workouts: deadlift, bench, and squat (do the squat often). Try a progressive style weight lifting program; don't hurt yourself, track your progress and try to make some obtainable goals.

  • If you're going to cheat, "cheat clean".

    Being a fitness/nutritional robot is not fun; don't be one of those guys or gals in the aisle at Whole Foods scrutinizing every calorie and checking every nutritional spec. Have fun once or twice a month and go nuts; but go nuts in a good way. Once a week I'll have a couple bars of my favorite 80% cocoa dark chocloate bar, with a handfull of raw almonds, and some black coffee in the morning, now that's a way to wake up!

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688 · October 26, 2011 at 3:27 PM

Not going to lie, before I started the leptin reset, I ate dark chocolate for breakfast a lot. Delicious.

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113 · October 26, 2011 at 7:03 AM

Oh my god, dark chocolate & nuts for breakfast? Heaven! I will be trying this one out on my next 'cheat day'! :D

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78422 · October 26, 2011 at 2:05 PM

Yeah, I do that every day for a year or so.

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1074 · October 26, 2011 at 9:45 PM

also avoid veggie oils (PUFA's), very inflammatory and oxidize easily

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39841 · October 27, 2011 at 12:29 AM

I like the idea of totally unpredictable high intensity versions of mundane activities.

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102 · October 27, 2011 at 1:11 PM

I agree on the heart rate monitor. I have a Polar brand one and it is great. I'm sure its not exact but at least it gives me a better estimate than the one on the treadmill that is usually 50 calories LESS than my monitor.

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3499 · October 26, 2011 at 4:21 PM

I didn't start reaping the weight loss benefits of LCPaleo+IF until I stopped drinking sweetened beverages. Since I moved to drinking seltzer instead of soda and stopped putting splenda+stevia in my tea and coffee, I moved down two belt notches, dropped a size, lost a good portion of my gut and my all-over subcutaneous fat, and got just enough extra jaw line development that I decided to shave my beard for the first time in years.

Side note: I went to the doc yesterday for my weight loss followup and was down 5 pounds in the last three months. Could I do better? Probably. However, the body reshape looks better than five pounds lost, so I might be increasing lean mass.

My real secret is this: get on the plan, hack it until you see some results, then use that as motivation to keep with it. There are many things you can try: sweet elimination, dairy elimination, full gluten elimination, IF, leptin reset, LC/VLC/ZC, coconut oil in the morning, steak diet, fat fast, etc.

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39841 · October 27, 2011 at 12:23 AM

Your username makes me think of Akuma/Gouki every time. Maybe someone will register with instant_hell_murder.

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3499 · October 27, 2011 at 4:18 AM

Or Raging Demon.

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16131 · October 25, 2011 at 11:26 PM

Breastfeeding 2 babies for at least one year (2.5 years in one case). I realize this is not applicable for most people, but there was nothing else that worked quite as well.

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3315 · October 25, 2011 at 11:41 PM

Even though I'm extremely jealous that this worked for you, I'm giving you +1 anyway. I breastfed for 6 years straight and not only did I hold on to every preggo pound, I gained weight too. ugh...

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1288 · October 25, 2011 at 11:48 PM

Me too did not start to lose weight till after I stopped BF and I tried while doing it too!

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16131 · October 26, 2011 at 12:05 AM

What is interesting is that BFing helped me with losing weight but I could not gain muscle not matter how hard I worked. Hormones are weird.

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78422 · October 26, 2011 at 3:39 PM

Cutting out the nuts & seeds Sleeping more

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1074 · October 26, 2011 at 9:47 PM

why nuts/seeds? i read nuts/seeds can also increase your blood sugar too, i thought its mainly protein and fat

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24271 · November 23, 2011 at 7:34 PM

Nuts and seeds are a major weight loss blocker for me. I also had to cut them to lose weight (after a certain point anyway)

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1311 · November 23, 2011 at 9:54 PM

Interesting - I eat nuts everyday (about a 30g serve of usually either almonds or macadamias) and it hasn't impeded weightloss. But it does seem to be a general problem for a lot of people (maybe because they're using it more as a snack?). I use my nuts as part of a meal.

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451 · October 26, 2011 at 3:04 AM

Running intervals.

If I need to make my abs really pop I just run intervals for about 20 - 30 mins twice a week. I don't really know why this works so well or so much better for me than long slow runs, but it does.

I can't vouch for the not eating fruit thing as I would take a papaya over nachos any day and low carb doesn't really seem to do much for me health/energy wise so I've never tried to lean out that way. Cutting out fruit works for lots of my friends though.

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18635 · October 26, 2011 at 2:17 AM

I'm not trying to lose weight but if I were I would drop carbs lower. Its worked for me in the past.

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1074 · October 26, 2011 at 9:43 PM

is there a particular reason not to lose excess weight? or are you thinking of the trouble? because if you follow The Quilt's (Jack Kruse) leptin prescription, you can literally lose weight and gain health without ever depriving yourself. no counting calories, only some effort buying/preparing food

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18635 · October 26, 2011 at 10:39 PM

key term "excess" weight...

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6087 · October 25, 2011 at 10:19 PM

As long as I'm not stressed, I can eat anything. Like pounds of nutella.

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4258 · October 26, 2011 at 1:30 AM

I'm the same way. Except I'm stressed too much. Or sleep deprived.

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688 · October 26, 2011 at 12:52 AM

I hate you! (just kidding, just kidding) I just wish I could do that!

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3159 · October 26, 2011 at 12:44 AM

Man, I wish .... but yeah ... no ... doesn't work that way for me. :(

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1659 · October 31, 2011 at 2:48 AM

must be nice! I love almond and coconut butter but after taking a whole jar to my face during one episode of the Steve Colberet show one night I vowed to stay away from this stuff.

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136 · October 27, 2011 at 9:13 AM

Eating 2 eggs with 100 grams of sauerkraut every morning. It takes some getting used to, but really helps.

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78422 · October 27, 2011 at 2:03 PM

You forgot braunschweiger...

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1072 · October 27, 2011 at 1:41 PM

My breakfast exactly...

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11254 · November 23, 2011 at 6:40 PM

Seth Roberts' approach to weightloss made it possible for me to get my appetite under control- then I eased into a low-carb paleo routine.

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10653 · November 23, 2011 at 8:29 PM

So you did the whole drinking oil or sugar-water thing?

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11254 · November 28, 2011 at 5:10 PM

Two tablespoons of walnut oil in the morning for four years or so. I had to hunt for an oil that wouldn't give me a headache, which is why I settled on walnut oil. Previous to that I found a nose-clip + chicken breast was an effective appetite killer too, but the extra step of cooking them was less convenient than the oil. Also, I can't really stand chicken breast anyway- it is the cardboard of the meat world.

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17136 · November 23, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Coconut oil (in coffee mixed with cocoa powder). Intermittent Fasting (with 10-20g of BCAA spread out), especially on days where I work out with weights, followed by no eating for at least an hour. Random intensity of workouts, usually 2-3x a week. Random days (1 day every two weeks or so) of skipping both breakfast and lunch.

Lots of rest, lots of sleep.

Macros higher fat, medium protein, low carb (100g/day normally, extra carbs +1hour after heavy workouts. Mostly get calories from grassfed meat, some lean CAFO beef, wildcaught fish, coconut oil, grassfed ghee, avocados, almost no nuts. Carbs from baked sweet potatos, parsnips (in soups) salad greens, tomato, cukes, rare occasional chocolate or teaspoon of Nutella.

Walk about 40mins-1.5 hour a day, if you can call that endurance exercise. No cardio workouts. Wash my own car, clean the snow on the driveway myself when it snows, etc. to keep more active.

Green Tea for PQQ + polyphenols, holy basil for limiting cortisol and destressing. Coffee for keeping awake (tried to switch to decaf for a month, felt brain dead without it.)

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10653 · November 23, 2011 at 8:20 PM

Wow, had no idea that green tea contained PQQ. That's awesome! Also, are you not worried about coffee raising cortisol?

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17136 · November 24, 2011 at 12:37 PM

I am, but I tried going with decaf for a month which was more than enough to get over the caffeine addiction, but couldn't stay awake. So I accept it as a risk.

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78422 · October 27, 2011 at 1:14 AM

Blood type O diet, IF a la Warrior Diet, eliminate grains & often beans, less fruit, small portions of nuts, interval cardio.

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2873 · October 27, 2011 at 12:40 AM

Tablespoons of butter.

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113 · October 26, 2011 at 7:07 AM

My fat loss secret is no secret - fairly strict low carb Paleo diet, work hard, play hard, relax hard!

Although not a 'fat loss' tip, something I have discovered is that if I cut WAY back on my salt intake in the few days before (and during) my period, my mentrual bloating / water retention is less awful. It definitely helps me feel more comfortable and slim during what has historically been a really uncomfortable time for me.

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3703 · October 26, 2011 at 2:42 AM

Me too. Running and sleeping (and s@x)!! i discovered heavy wts and sprints later in the game and these are grat too. By running i mean max 60-65% of maximum HR. swimming, biking, yoga and kick boxing I need (to keep running).

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10 · October 25, 2011 at 11:55 PM

Paleo and Leangains all the way! I've lost 35 lbs since June with literally ZERO effort and gained strength doing so. I'm closing in on 10% body fat thanks to this awesome combination of real food and intermittent fasting :)

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10653 · October 26, 2011 at 3:10 AM

I second what Oranges said, please explain further.

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1702 · October 26, 2011 at 2:11 AM

By zero effort do you just mean Paleo diet + IF or are you including crazy weight lifting in there with the zero effort?

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1492 · April 30, 2012 at 5:00 PM

thirded........

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15003 · October 25, 2011 at 10:19 PM

For me, one has been eating some fat at meals, especially nutrient-dense fats like pastured egg-yolks and liver from grass-fed animals. The combination of the nutrients and the fat apparently helping to slow digestion has meant I can eat less without crazy hunger pangs.

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