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Created April 25, 2012 at 5:50 PM

I've been trying this new way of eating for about a month. I've tried to stay between 30-50 carbs daily. I've gone from 122 to 120........ What am I doing wrong?

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1320 · April 26, 2012 at 8:13 PM

There is no such thing as toning up. How much you eat plays the largest role in one's overall size. The amount of lean mass (muscle) you carry on your frame determines how one looks once they have lost enough fat weight (body fat %). The skinny fat term is for someone who has little lean mass but is skinny. When you begin losing weight, your body will burn both fat and muscle tissue. To burn just the fat and keep the muscle (to achieve the toned look), you must strength train.

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2262 · April 26, 2012 at 7:57 PM

I had the same problem, I put almond butter on everything, and without even thinking I could easily eat an extra 1500 calories a day of almond butter, cashews, and coconut cream. I know people say you need to have things you enjoy in moderation, but I can't self-moderate, I seem to be incapable of just having a small amount of these foods so I just go without.

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78417 · April 26, 2012 at 5:04 AM

Not enough information....

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38 · April 26, 2012 at 3:03 AM

I like your answer, it is me, to a tee! I've lost 40 lbs in 5 months, and now I'm.stalled at 205 lbs. I eat almonds every day,about a cup, and I'm hooked on fruit smoothies, with coconut milk. I'm eating a variety of fatty meats, and tons of veggies! Kinda quit eating carbs totally, and don't even miss them!

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2178 · April 25, 2012 at 7:22 PM

have you gone from 122 pounds to 120 pounds.....OR from 122 grams of carbs daily to 120 grams?

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37187 · April 25, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Your question is really vague. I don't know if 120 is a great muscular weight for you or a skinny-fat status or what.

Let us know your typical mix of foods, whether or not you've tried any fasting or calorie cycling, etc., and what changes you've tried (doing the same things is unlikely to change your results.)

EDIT: I should have asked for information regarding your typical activity level AND is there a particular reason for keeping your carbs so low? I actually have symptoms of disturbed metabolism at that level and I do much better--including fat loss--at between 60 and 80.

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1304 · April 25, 2012 at 5:56 PM

It could be that you're at a natural weight for your body already. You may have lost a little water weight from cutting carbs, but at a healthy weight you shouldn't stress it. You are probably getting healthier in ways the scale doesn't show (i.e. blood lipids).

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2504 · April 25, 2012 at 5:55 PM

We need lots more information before we can answer this question. For instance, how tall are you (ie, are you already close to your ideal body weight? if so, you may not lose weight on this plan of eating)? What are you eating, and when? What's a typical day of food? How's your sleep? Stress levels? Exercise?

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0 · April 26, 2012 at 4:42 AM

Thanks for the response, although I should have given more info. I'm 5'1 and currently 120lbs. My original goal was to slim down and tone up. I thought that I would cut down on my carbs, to lose about 5 lbs. Since I'd like to tone up.....does that necessarly mean I would put on weight w/ weight training? Typical day..breakfast: .2c of coffee w/ coconut milk & stevia, 1c strawberries w/ 2TBS flax meal; mid morning: 3 eggwhites w/ 2 strips bacon; lunch: either 4oz lean beef or chicken w/ 2c salad; snack: 14 almonds; dinner: 4oz. ground beef/chicken or fish.

Am I eating too much or not enough? What exactly is carb cycling?

Any tips would be helpfull.......THANKS!

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1320 · April 26, 2012 at 8:13 PM

There is no such thing as toning up. How much you eat plays the largest role in one's overall size. The amount of lean mass (muscle) you carry on your frame determines how one looks once they have lost enough fat weight (body fat %). The skinny fat term is for someone who has little lean mass but is skinny. When you begin losing weight, your body will burn both fat and muscle tissue. To burn just the fat and keep the muscle (to achieve the toned look), you must strength train.

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2707 · April 25, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Losing weight is much more involved than just the absolute number of carbs. For some restricting carbs does the trick (results in reduced caloric intake). If you are not losing than you are not giving yourself enough of deficit to lose.

Other factors include stress, sleep, gut, etc.

More info please :)

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2262 · April 25, 2012 at 7:06 PM

I agree with all of the above comments, but I would like to add that slow and steady weight loss is best if you are trying to lose, stick with it. Even 1/2 a pound a week is still weight loss. Next, just because you are not eating carbs it does not give you free reign to eat as much as you want of other foods. I know when my weight loss stalled I was not really being honest with myself as to how many calories I was consuming, and to lose those last few pounds I had to cut out calorically dense foods that I ate too much of. For me it was nuts and coconut products (with the exception of coconut oil)

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2262 · April 26, 2012 at 7:57 PM

I had the same problem, I put almond butter on everything, and without even thinking I could easily eat an extra 1500 calories a day of almond butter, cashews, and coconut cream. I know people say you need to have things you enjoy in moderation, but I can't self-moderate, I seem to be incapable of just having a small amount of these foods so I just go without.

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38 · April 26, 2012 at 3:03 AM

I like your answer, it is me, to a tee! I've lost 40 lbs in 5 months, and now I'm.stalled at 205 lbs. I eat almonds every day,about a cup, and I'm hooked on fruit smoothies, with coconut milk. I'm eating a variety of fatty meats, and tons of veggies! Kinda quit eating carbs totally, and don't even miss them!

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134 · April 25, 2012 at 6:51 PM

i agree! 120 is a good weight (granted i don't know how tall you are), but still! why are you trying to lose weight?! get healthy. that's what paleo is all about.

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1101 · April 25, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Based on whatever your height is, you may be at a proper weight. Not to say it might help change your body composition, which may just be what you want if you're at a healthy weight.

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