I’m wondering what the best “Paleo-tweaks” I can use to lose weight FAST. I’ve been paleo for about 1.5 years following a year of weight loss that took me from 190 to 118 lbs (I’m a 24 y/o 5’7” female, currently at 136 lb). Paleo worked well for maintaining at around 120-125 until I finished grad school and started a full-time desk job; I gained most of the extra 16 lbs from September-November 2010.
My boyfriend just surprised me with a vacation to the USVI- but I have only a little over a month to prepare! Should I go zero-carb or do a cyclic ketogenic diet? Ladies?!
My current exercise routine is spinning 2x per week, body pump 2x per week, plyometrics 1x per week, and 20 minutes of easy yoga every day. I plan on switching up my program and adding some HIIT. Any thoughts on this?
here's an idea: freaking out about 10 or 16 pounds will just stress you out. That's bad. Go have fun and feel sexy and good about yourself and get some sun and Vit D and enjoy being 24. Sure, we're women and we notice the small stuff but I bet your boyfriend still thinks you look great. Get back to your goal weight but don't freak out about a timeline or a beach body. It's much sexier to just feel sexy, and not to sound cheesy, but feeling like you love your body goes a long way to keeping it fit and looking good. Also, you seem to have figured out that a desk job was causing your weight gain, so maybe just find ways to adjust in the office.Incidentally, I'm 5'7" and i feel like an ideal weight for me is about 125-127, everyone's build is different but 118-120 sounds a bit low to me.
Drop all dairy and nuts and seeds completely.
Limit carbs to under 100g per day.
Lift heavy stuff and/or sprint once or twice per week.
Walk a lot.
Do NO jogging or slowish running.
Sleep more than eight hours per day.
(people won't like this next one but) Go ahead and limit overall calories. Stay strict paleo, just eat a lot less. (this, while not being a great way to live forever, will help shed the weight IN THE SHORT TERM)
Low to no carbs for quick but quick is not the way to go. Paleo weight loss is a residue of design, not the goal. You have done a great job, perhaps some strength tyraining instead of cardio to shape the body. Strength training ( even body weight style) keeps carbs out of the blood system so they don't ghet stored in a fat cell.
Instead of being focused on the number of pounds you want to loose, focus on inches and muscle tone. I am 5'5 and currently weigh about 135 which has been a consistent weight on and off paleo, but for my body type and muscle tone I feel confident, sexy, and strong. The healthy way to slim down would be to increase your amount of cardio. Sprints, cardio circuits, jumping rope, and high intensity exercies sush as burpees and box jumps are great exercises to shed fat. While sticking to the Paleo diet, what has helped me to drop inches and body fat percentage is to decrease my grain, starch, and sugar intake. Increase the amounts of protein, vegetable, and fruit and keep the fat intake to a moderate level.
What are you eating right now? How many carbs? You might not need to go completely zero carb, but just drop them somewhat. What changes you need to make completely depend on what you are doing now.
I wouldn't add anything to your current exercise schedule. If you are going to do HIIT, then switch it for something else. Possibly, 1 spin, 1 body pump and the HIIT. Do you work out fasted? Is that a possibility? That can really help sometimes.
Walk and stand as much as you can. Walk everywhere. Walk around your house till your family thinks you're insane. Get a standing or walking desk and use that instead of sitting. These will help burn more calories and also have positive hormonal effects that you won't get from sitting.
When you do sit, try to fidget and move around as much as possible. Drink plenty of water. Lower your thermostat and expose yourself to cold temperatures. Do weight training, HIIT, and lots of low level activity like yoga, walking, or gardening. You may also want to track your calories and food intake, and cut out some of the more questionable foods like nuts, fruit, dairy, stevia, etc.
Even if you don't reach your goal though, remember that the real goal here is long term health. It may take a while, but just keep plugging away. (This is pretty hypocritical actually as I am the least patient person ever.)
Keep up with the yoga and turn down the cardio otherwise. Dunno how carb-conscious you are right now, but scaling that back + toning down your exercise should help you lose a few pounds before you leave, I'd guess. Good luck.
I'd die to be 136, vacation or not!
plus if you follow the other users' advice and do less cardio and more strength training you will build sexy msucle tone and be pumped by your own ability to do more/lift more.
i'm not talking body builder level here, a nice definition in the arms is all it takes and besides that, muscle burns more fat so as long as you eat right (paleo style) & drinks loads of water you will be fine!
I try to avoid fast food, as I follow a semi Paleo diet (aka I follow the principles but not strictly), but when I am stuck at a food court, I go a fruit and vegie juice, a fruit salad or for a quick dinner I get a share plate from local Greek places, and just ditch the bread that comes with it, and keep the delicious meat, herbs spices and vegetables.
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