Anyone here lean out a lot after going Paleo, but wasn't overweight to begin with? I'm not trying to be rude, but I'm specifically looking for people who went Paleo, but were close to optimal weight, and did you lose any weight or lean out much? I feel like Paleo is great for people overweight, and it works wonders for them, but what about the people who just had a few extra pounds that they've been carrying all their lives? Doesn't the body make it hard to lose that weight because it's been functioning with it ever since...?
Just want to hear some people's thoughts.
I didn't lose weight, but I lost inches. I was underweight to begin with but I was starving myself. Now I eat without fear, don't have to buy new clothes and am never ever hungry. Exercise is fun now thatI can keep up too! :)
I noticed some slight body composition improvement when I started doing intermittent fasting with fasted low-intensity exercise in the morning. I've lost about 5 pounds on a paleo-ish diet over around 10 months and I was already around ideal weight when I found it. What it did allow me to do, though, is stop going to the gym 5-6 times a week and stop being hungry 24 hours a day. So the convenience was the best thing for me but my body composition did improve a little bit.
To answer your question, you will probably have to try to lose the weight but I think a paleo approach can definitely help you. Some people don't think calories or exercise are all that important, but in my experience it pays to exercise and to also avoid consuming too many calories.
I've not lost weight, but I've developed a bit more of a waist, and the flabbiness at the belly seemed to resolve a bit. I wasnt trying to lose weight though-I'm 5'7" 130#, so your results may vary if you're trying to drop weight.
I was at a good weight, 125lbs (5'4" female) when I started Paleo, yet I wound up inadvertently losing an additional 10 pounds within just a few months. I now eat starchy foods every day in order to maintain my weight, and currently vacillate between 115-118lbs depending on what stage I'm at in my monthly cycle.
I was in really good shape (still am) before I started eating paleo. Though, my weight has stayed about the same since I lost a little extra fat and put on a little more muscle. It wasn't just about my body composition though. I FEEL way way better than I ever have in my life. I don't have gas/bloating problems anymore, my skin feels healthier, I don't feel hungry all the time, and I'm significantly more clear headed. All those reasons were well worth it no matter what weight/bodyfat% I was at before.
I was a dedicated paleo eater for nearly three years before losing weight -- at 5' 4.5" I was never over 125 lbs, usually around 120. I'll turn 43 in April and have "carried" that weight for most of my life, never fluctuating more than four or five pounds.
This is difficult for me to admit and I'm sure I'm opening myself to criticism and downvoting and whatnot, but I am currently eating disordered. I decided last year that I wanted to lose ten pounds, started restricting calories and doing daily intermittent fasting and lost the first ten. It wasn't enough, so I've just finished losing another ten.
Oddly, at 99 pounds I don't feel (physically) unhealthy. I walk my dog about 4.5 miles every day, rain or shine, and keep a careful watch on my energy levels. The only impact I've noticed was the expected amenorrhea.
Anyway, to answer your question, yeah. If someone wants to lose the fat there's nothing inherently "permanent" about it. In my experience the amount of caloric intake matters just as much as the types of caloric intake. Quantity and quality.
I didn't start Paleo to lose weight (I am technically 'underweight' already according to the BMI) but I did notice a definite loss of body fat, everywhere. My exercise is a 30min daily walk, that's it. I wasn't going to any effort to achieve either weight loss, or a change in body fat %, it just happened.
So in answer to your question, yes it is possible to lean out on Paleo even if you don't have much weight to lose.
Getting a baseline %BF is always a good idea, just to see what goes where. It's worth the $ to head to a school and get hydro-statically weighed. Myself, and others I know who were lean to begin with, eliminated the last causative factor in maintaining stored fat and/or systemic inflammation. For me, the last was hummus, believe it or not. -Billy
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