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What is the "average " weight loss on the Paleo diet

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Created March 30, 2013 at 11:25 AM

I have been on the Paleo diet for six weeks now. So far the results are fairly positive...I've lost 11 pounds to date..I feel wonderful...I'm actually sleeping through the night, have no more acid reflux, my stomach doesn't hurt when I eat a meal anymore, and I am slowly, very slowly, losing weight. After going through menopause at 38, I now find myself about sixty pounds overweight as I quickly approach my 53rd birthday. My weight gain was very gradual over the past fifteen years...about 3-5 pounds a year. I tried Atkins and South Beach but both diets became very boring after a while and any weight I lost came back after stopping both diets. I've been reading other paleo dieters feedback and I see various weight loss results. Does anyone have any feedback as to what I should expect while on this new way of eating regarding weight loss? I love the way I feel so I plan on staying on this "diet" even though the weight is coming off slowly...

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15 · March 30, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Thank you for the feedback. I am 5'6" and started at 184 pounds. This morning I was 173.... Definitely slow and steady :)

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10490 · March 30, 2013 at 3:36 PM

That is so awesome, Doris! Shows that age is just one more obstacle that can be overcome and that, as my dad would say, "you CAN teach an old dog new tricks!"

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1227 · March 30, 2013 at 2:06 PM

P.S. I've been paleo/primal/Perfect Health Diet for 3+ years and I am 70 yrs old 5'5" tall.

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1227 · March 30, 2013 at 2:04 PM

I'm with Uncle here. I initially wanted to lose 10% of bodyweight and I did by using South Beach et al. I then discovered Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes and said yes to fat. I have never looked back and have lost a total of 25 pounds. Went from a size 14 to a size 10. Feel great! I keep the weight off by weighing in every single day and award myself a smiley face sticker on a calendar for every day that I am 137 to 135 lbs. If I go above or below that weight, no sticker. I love this weigh of life!

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1363 · March 30, 2013 at 11:48 AM

The average weight loss is a useless number in this situation since everyone is different. You should expect your weight to eventually get to your optimal weight, and stay there provided you stay paleo. The number isn't really important.

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70 · March 30, 2013 at 12:22 PM

it depends what your average weight gain was on SAD

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1169 · March 30, 2013 at 1:11 PM

I eat only good whole foods and I manage to put weight on (because of nuts and raisins although I've given up the raisins but no weight loss yet). Whatever type of food I eat I seem to over eat it, even fruit I have had to stop eating for a bit as I was eating about 5x what most people eat of it.

I am trying to look on the positive side that this year I have given up all those processed foods I had started to eat again after 5 wonderful years of lower weight and healthy eating. So even if I have not lost a single pound this year I feel wonderfully much better although I would quite like to off load these excess 30 pounds to all those people trying to gain weight - pity we cannot do an on line swap between men of 140 pounds trying to bulk up and women trying to be the slim men's healthy BMI.

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15385 · March 30, 2013 at 12:48 PM

I would think of it more in terms of what a healthy target weight for your body is. The Paleo diet usually gets you close to that weight if you stick with it and exercise. The BMI calculators you find online are a very rough estimate for this but don't be concerned if your target weight is a bit higher or lower than that. It is also about how you feel, you'll know when you are a good weight because you'll feel much better and clothes will fit better.

If you started 10 pounds or 100 pounds overweight that is how much weight you'll lose, so it's hard to say what the average weight loss is. If you read through the posts here you'll find stories of people losing 50, 100, 150 or more pounds. Others lost only a few (I originally lost about 25), others who were underweight actually gain weight.

It's more about overall health and fitness rather than just weight loss.

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1227 · March 30, 2013 at 2:04 PM

I'm with Uncle here. I initially wanted to lose 10% of bodyweight and I did by using South Beach et al. I then discovered Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes and said yes to fat. I have never looked back and have lost a total of 25 pounds. Went from a size 14 to a size 10. Feel great! I keep the weight off by weighing in every single day and award myself a smiley face sticker on a calendar for every day that I am 137 to 135 lbs. If I go above or below that weight, no sticker. I love this weigh of life!

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1227 · March 30, 2013 at 2:06 PM

P.S. I've been paleo/primal/Perfect Health Diet for 3+ years and I am 70 yrs old 5'5" tall.

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10490 · March 30, 2013 at 3:36 PM

That is so awesome, Doris! Shows that age is just one more obstacle that can be overcome and that, as my dad would say, "you CAN teach an old dog new tricks!"

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0 · July 31, 2013 at 1:15 AM

From all that I've read, Paleo gives your body a chance to heal itself. But you still need to exercise and limiting nuts and seeds might be necessary in order to really lose the weight you want. I've just started this paleo journey - 1 week in, but already the first thing I noticed is that my heartburn disappeared and my appetite, which seemed to be out of control, is starting to self-moderate quite a bit without even trying, and I seem to have more energy already. So, this shall be an interesting journey. I am tired of feeling bloated and tired. If I don't even lose a pound, gaining energy and feeling better will be a most marvelous improvement.

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5 · June 17, 2013 at 8:15 PM

It really all depends! I started Paleo and was on it for several months with no weight loss at all. The past week I have lost 4 lbs. I had to tweak my diet several times to find what works best for me and my body. I also had to stop lying to my self about all those little cheats.

Are you working out? If so what kind of workouts? I work out like crazy because I love it and it keeps me happy. Because of that I eat back some of my work out calories. I know most on hear say not to look at calories but I have too. If I don't watch my calories I over eat. I also take into consideration the amount of fat/protein/carb ratio as well. This seems to be what it took to finally start dropping weight.

Keep in mind where you are starting from. I am 5'2" female starting weight was 160.

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80 · March 30, 2013 at 3:14 PM

The "average" weight loss on the paleo diet is directly tied to the "average" amount of weight folks have, in excess of their ideal weight, when starting the paleo diet.

Joy- Perhaps if you were to update the post with your height and weight, someone who started with a similar BMI could help you by explaining how their weight loss occurred!

I started with a BMI of OVER 35, and although I "only" lost a few pounds a week, seven months and 80 pounds later- I am at a very healthy weight. Good luck! And remember, slow and steady wins the race!

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15 · March 30, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Thank you for the feedback. I am 5'6" and started at 184 pounds. This morning I was 173.... Definitely slow and steady :)

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