There is a lot of discussion of weight loss on this forum, usually a question about how to get it started, keep it going, people sharing their frustration or their success. It seems to be one reason many folks give Paleo a try.
I'd like to ask something even more straight-forward: if you needed to lose weight, have you lost weight on Paleo? If you've been disappointed, has that tempted you to give up on Paleo?
I'm especially interested to see if there is any difference in the experience of men v. women. My guy friends and I have had rather astounding weight loss, while a number of women I know have lost very little.
Thank you. I look forward to seeing what folks have to say.
I can't seem to comment on one of the posts above so I'm just making a new reply here.
I've had a similar experience with cutting protein. I think around 12oz of meat is what I should be eating to keep the extra tire off my midsection.
I started Paleo in April 2010 to improve health (sleep, acne, etc) and went from a size 4 to a size 2 in 30 days. In August I dealt with a lot of stress by eating ice cream and subsequently gained all the weight back. I cleaned up my eating but couldn't get those pounds off, even though I cut out fruit and nuts. I thought back to what I was eating during those first 30 days of paleo and I was eating a lot of fruit and less meat. So I tried taking the protein down and I started to shed the pounds.
Despite the fact that I was getting back to where I wanted to be, Christmas hit and I went off Paleo for a few weeks. Despite the fact that I've been eating very strict since, I have not seen results. In fact, my pants are getting tighter. However, I've been making a lot of chuck roasts recently and eating protein to my heart's content.
So all of that to say, cutting sugar doesn't seem to affect me but cutting protein does.
As a side note, I eat fat with all my vegetables but I don't go out of my way to add fat because I don't find it satiating. Also, I'm pretty active - stand at work, CrossFit 3x/week, run occasionally, walk-metro-walk to get around the city. That activity level may be why cutting fruit doesn't seem to affect me.
I am 5'8" pear-shaped female.
In 2007, I went from 185 to 165 on Weight Watchers (helped with portion control and mitigated the insulin roller coaster!). Then I went from from 165 to 145 on primal, low-carb, little sugar in 2008/2009. I was still eating dairy. I evened out at about 150 in 2010.
With a recent move across the country (stress!), upping my carbs (sugar!) and not doing any exercise for the past four months, I crept back up a little. Also, I tried getting more protein to satiate better and that didn't work for me. I got sluggish and put on weight.
So now I'm back to low-carb, low-protein, high-fat paleo and getting better sleep. And I finally joined a crossfit gym, so I'm getting regular HIITs!
My only complaint about paleo is that, for me, high protein does not work. I'm better on high fat, low protein, low carbohydrate diet. When paleo doesn't work for me, it's because I'm "not doing it right" (ie. I'm sneaking in some sugar or cheating with corn chips).
I did not lose anything on "regular" Paleo, but of course my husband lost several pounds. He was already very trim. Now he struggles to keep weight on and has to load up on nuts and fruit and add in sweet potatoes, etc. I had to go "low carb" Paleo in order to lose. Under 20 net carbs per day (no nuts, no fruit) with IF is doing the trick. Lost 15 so far with 5-7 to go. On a side note, same thing happened with my brother, he lost weight he did not need to lose on Paleo and he struggles to keep it on. Both my sister and mother had to go low carb to lose.
mid thirties female, started June 2009, 6 weeks after having my first child. 5'6", pear-shaped, and way over-weight. Started at a size 20, 247lbs. I am now 190lbs, size 12. I lost the first 40lbs within the first 4 months. I was doing CrossFit the whole time, so my numbers on the scale was not as impressive at a point, but the size in my clothes continued to drop. I would like to lose another 25# (roughly).
Even though I am struggling with my last 25#, I will never ditch Paleo. I feel amazing eating this way, and if I have too much sugar or even slip with gluten (which I haven't in a long time) my arthritis flares up. I am proud I don't take any meds nor pain relievers. I know a handful of friends around my age that are already on meds. This is my way of life and I know, even if it takes another year or two, that my body will continue to change for the better.
ive been eating fully primal/paleo since october 2010, but started in early september or so with the transition so 5.5 months, and ive only lost 16-18 pounds depending on the day. im actually really frustrated because i have been at a plateau for over a month now. i have about 50 more pounds to lose, and i feel like its never going to happen. ive been VLC and experimented with all sorts of tweeking and never seen much of a difference, and certainly have not been able to break through this wall.
i do IF, circuit training with heavy weights twice a week and spinning with heavy weights before the class once a week. im getting really, really strong so im blaming some of this stall out on muscle gain, but like i said, i still do actually need to lose a lot of weight. im finding that i actually have quite the untapped talent for lifting weights, so thats cool and ive been doing more of that. but.....still need to lose the weight.
that said, i firmly believe that its primarily the paleo diet that is keeping my MS in total remission (im going on 6 months totally asymptomatic, and aiming for a year) and i feel better than i have in over a decade, so no- i would never, ever stop eating paleo. im totally committed for life. i just need to find the right way to customize it for myself so that i still lose weight. dont really know what to try next, other than MORE patience, but its getting old. my husband, of course, drops it like its hot. sigh. im trying to focus on health, but 50 pounds is a long way to go.
I dropped ten pounds right off the bat, so that was nice. I wouldn't say I was grossly overweight, but that middle age weight creep had begun. Since then (about two years), I have plateaued weight wise, but have continued to lose mass as my clothes are smaller than they were last year - probably due to the addition of lean muscle mass due to this diet. I figure I could stand to lose about 10 more pounds of fat, but I think that will have to be done through exercise. I have heard a lot of women say that they felt like they still had to count calories to lose the last 10-15lbs. We shall see.
I recently had a physical, and my doctor was thrilled with all my numbers, so the weight loss would be just for vanity sake, as I am quite healthy and relatively thin at 5'7" and 160lbs.
I've lost over 20 lbs so far, but I did start out at 312 lbs with a very poor diet. I have not really increased exercise past what I get from going to college, and that is since Thanksgiving.
I have heard it's much easier for men to do just about anything and lose weight, while it's harder for women. I have no clue scientifically -WHY- but I'd guess it goes back to some survival instinct about women needing to keep their fat "just in case" for babies and breastfeeding and whatnot.
I gave paleo a shot to try and loose weight. I'm down 80 pounds. I've been disappointed when hitting plateaus, but I won't get off paleo.
That said, I am very impatient when waiting for results. I would not have continued with paleo if I didn't see results in the first two weeks.
Paleo is a great way to lose weight. I lost a quick 10 pounds. I was not "heavy" when starting paleo. I feel like I am down to my healthy weight. I've never been tempted to give up Paleo. I eat great tasting food everyday and feel great. Why would I give that up?
46 year old female, 5'7". Paleo 3 1/2 years. Started low carb March 2007, 2 weeks after my last child was born, went Lacto-Paleo November 2007 (no fruit, no nightshades, no excercise, only cheats: alcohol and artificial sweeteners) . I weighed 322lbs March 15 2007 and have lost over 150 lbs so far. I didn't plateau until I hit 175lbs and I've maintained that for 2 years. Bad part is that I absolutely cannot lose the final 20lbs that I want to lose. It's like my body WANTS to weigh 175lbs. :( But all of that being said, i LOVE Paleo and will never eat any other way! :)
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