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55 year old women and I need some input

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Created November 25, 2012 at 4:23 PM

I am a 55 year old women, been eating Paleo for about nine months, I have about 7-10 lbs to loose yet, 5' 115 lbs. I walk 3-5 miles every day, lift weights 5 days a week, I think I am very careful of what I eat, I need help.. IF does not work for me, it seems I am hungry all the time,????

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7380 · November 29, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Oh, I totally support you weightlifting, it will help bone density, I just think 4-5 days a week is very stressful on your body. Also, 33% each is a bit low on the fat. I try for more like 60% fat. You may not need THAT much, but try adding some more to your diet. Use a food tracker for that for a bit. The added fat should help with weightloss and hunger. But also, don't get stressed out by such a small amount of weight, which can be attributable to water, hormones, any number of things.

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0 · November 29, 2012 at 3:42 PM

I lift weights because I have osteoporosis, and I think this will help. But, I should add, I consume between 1400-1600 calories a day. I do keep track of fat, carbs and protein, it is about average 33% each, if anyone has suggestions, maybe I need to increase or do harder cardio, jogging? more protein? Again, I am open and appreciate any ideas.

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2978 · November 26, 2012 at 3:10 AM

It is true, it's not a popular weight loss method here! But I'll say this, I'd sure rather count calories on a paleo/primal diet than on a low fat diet. I watch what I eat but I don't go hungry. And I lost most of the weight I needed to before I had to start counting. Just never would have lost the last bit otherwise.

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24271 · November 26, 2012 at 1:23 AM

Thank you for being brave enough to admit to counting calories. That is sacrilegious talk here in the paleosphere. Yes, you need to get your food quality in order but a healthy nutrient-dense diet doesn't always do the trick. Many have had to cut back on calories to get to our goals.

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7380 · November 25, 2012 at 11:29 PM

IMO, you are exercising too much. Why are you weightlifting so many days? I am 44, and 2-3 days a week is enough, although I walk as much as you do. Your body may be holding on to the weight in self-defense, stressing your body will not help. That's also why IF doesn't help and you're hungry all the time. I would think.

Cut back for a bit, get more rest, and see if that helps.

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7380 · November 29, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Oh, I totally support you weightlifting, it will help bone density, I just think 4-5 days a week is very stressful on your body. Also, 33% each is a bit low on the fat. I try for more like 60% fat. You may not need THAT much, but try adding some more to your diet. Use a food tracker for that for a bit. The added fat should help with weightloss and hunger. But also, don't get stressed out by such a small amount of weight, which can be attributable to water, hormones, any number of things.

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0 · November 29, 2012 at 3:42 PM

I lift weights because I have osteoporosis, and I think this will help. But, I should add, I consume between 1400-1600 calories a day. I do keep track of fat, carbs and protein, it is about average 33% each, if anyone has suggestions, maybe I need to increase or do harder cardio, jogging? more protein? Again, I am open and appreciate any ideas.

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2978 · November 25, 2012 at 5:35 PM

I am 50. IF unfortunately makes me gain weight even if I keep my calories constant, so I gave up trying.

Everyone is different, obviously, but I never would have gotten rid of the last 5 lbs w/o counting calories. So long as I keep pretty active and minimize the time I spend sitting (I have found that to be more important for weight than how much I exercise, although I do exercise) I can eat a fair number of calories -- when I need to lose weight, just knocking off 100 calories a day works pretty well for me.

I also did a lot of experimenting with arranging my fat and protein intake so that I could totally give up snacking, which really seems to help as well.

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2978 · November 26, 2012 at 3:10 AM

It is true, it's not a popular weight loss method here! But I'll say this, I'd sure rather count calories on a paleo/primal diet than on a low fat diet. I watch what I eat but I don't go hungry. And I lost most of the weight I needed to before I had to start counting. Just never would have lost the last bit otherwise.

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24271 · November 26, 2012 at 1:23 AM

Thank you for being brave enough to admit to counting calories. That is sacrilegious talk here in the paleosphere. Yes, you need to get your food quality in order but a healthy nutrient-dense diet doesn't always do the trick. Many have had to cut back on calories to get to our goals.

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