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am I supposed to be eating fat or not. should I exercise or not?

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I'm 5,4" female 32 135lbs wanting to lose ten pounds but confused with all the the conflicting advice. I'm not sure whether to eat fat or lean meats, restrict calories on not, do alot of exercise or not. I run 2-4 miles 5 times a week and walk after work around 6 miles a day, I also do light weight twice a week. I eat eggs for breakfast, then chicken or steak and salad for other meals. been on diet for a month no real weight loss

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10134 · August 10, 2014 at 1:52 PM

She's pretty lean already so I have trouble seeing the point of losing more. Paleo is not a cult of weight loss dieting or fitness. To lose 10 lbs you have to work out pretty hard.

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1197 · August 09, 2014 at 2:13 AM

Not always so, especially for women. This is a popular thing to say, and then a woman who has a few metabolic problems thinks it will work for her, and wonders why she GAINS instead of loses weight. Not everybody is the same - that is the stuff of fad diets.

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26017 · August 07, 2014 at 10:38 AM

This is not chronic cardio that causes systematic inflammation. This is as healthy amount of cardio

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1005 · August 07, 2014 at 1:36 AM

I don't see a big problem with running. In the absence of insulin, cortisol is an effective fat burner. For me, running feels less like preparing for death and more like rocking out in the sunshine and enjoyably getting where I need to go. In places like Kenya, it's fairly normal to run wherever you need to be. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_usxrvKvus#t=275

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675 · August 10, 2014 at 3:29 PM

@thhq "beat" me to the part of the answer. :)

imo, at your age, with your level of exercise and what you're eating, you're probably already at your 'easy 'equilibrium' size, shape & weight. That's pretty much as far as paleo will take you.. your 'natural state'.

Do you have an idea of your current body fat percentage? My guess? You're at a percentage that will take hard work and special techniques to go below. I think you're trying to go where paleo will not easily take you.

checkout http://home.fuse.net/clymer/bmi/ and

http://www.builtlean.com/2012/09/24/body-fat-perce...

Here's another resource, yes, Martin is more than a bit of an ego and he may seem crazy but he's right on his stuff.

http://www.leangains.com/

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10134 · August 10, 2014 at 1:44 PM

You're already at a healthy weight. It's hard to lose weight when you're at that point. If you want to lose 10 pounds do it like an athlete. Eat the fat and run/cycle/swim long distances daily. You need more metabolism not less food.

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47 · August 10, 2014 at 7:15 AM

Don't overthink it! Most people on the paleo diet experiment with food and exercise, and it can take months to find your perfect balance. There's no right or wrong way, only what works for you, and the only way to find that out is to try it and see how you feel!

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-2 · August 09, 2014 at 2:40 AM

This is way more simple than you're making it. Eat nutrient-dense foods, don't worry about the macronutrient ratio as long as you get a decent amount of each, exercise (optional) and track your calories to ensure you're below maintenance.

If you're struggling because of hunger try eating several large salads a day, as these are essentially zero calories (your body uses as much energy assimilating the food as you gain from the food).

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33 · August 08, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Eat fat, get thin!! If you eat good fats like coconut oil, and butter, the body fat will literally melt off.

http://authoritynutrition.com/low-carb-diet-meal-p...

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1197 · August 09, 2014 at 2:13 AM

Not always so, especially for women. This is a popular thing to say, and then a woman who has a few metabolic problems thinks it will work for her, and wonders why she GAINS instead of loses weight. Not everybody is the same - that is the stuff of fad diets.

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1087 · August 07, 2014 at 1:19 AM

this is real simple. eat good fats and exercise.

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2181 · August 07, 2014 at 12:57 AM

Your diet sounds fine. Some fat, some lean. The fat won't make you fat. Calorie restriction will accelerate it, but may not really be necessary. Walking is fine. Running is not, and here's why. When you run or do cardio you put your body under a lot of stress. The hormone cortisol is released which inhibits fat burning. The logical solution is activity without stress, hence walking. Also, running for no reason makes no sense from an evolutionary standpoint. Our million-year-old programming believes that we are being chased by an animal and prepares the body for death. And those preparations include things like conserving body fat as well as thickening the blood. I know my ideas sound radical and will probably be slammed. But just experiment and try it for a month and see for yourself.

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10134 · August 10, 2014 at 1:52 PM

She's pretty lean already so I have trouble seeing the point of losing more. Paleo is not a cult of weight loss dieting or fitness. To lose 10 lbs you have to work out pretty hard.

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26017 · August 07, 2014 at 10:38 AM

This is not chronic cardio that causes systematic inflammation. This is as healthy amount of cardio

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1005 · August 07, 2014 at 1:36 AM

I don't see a big problem with running. In the absence of insulin, cortisol is an effective fat burner. For me, running feels less like preparing for death and more like rocking out in the sunshine and enjoyably getting where I need to go. In places like Kenya, it's fairly normal to run wherever you need to be. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_usxrvKvus#t=275

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