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  • Can I lose 50pounds in 3 months?

    I'm wondering if it's possible while primal, and how to make it happen? Anyone have any thoughts, ideas, motivation or inspiration?

    Thanks
    Heaviest - 4/28/11 - 190
    - 1/12 - 171.4
    - 07/12 - 160&got pregnant!
    - 11/12 - 150ish
    Losing fat but gaining baby? WOO!
    Goal - healthy, happy baby and happy mama!


  • #2
    Well, I'm no expert but I will share with you what knowledge I hold:

    I will not say it is impossible to lose 50lbs in approx. 12 weeks. Especially while primal. However, you may have to be incredibly strictly primal (like under 20g of carbs per day), and probably make sure the calories you ingest are the proper kind (don't ask me, others probably know better than I.)

    However, what I have heard to be true is that losing more than 3lbs a week can shock your body into poor health. I don't know what the statistics of this observation are, so I can't advise you as to your chances of this happening. I also don't know exactly what kinds of poor health consequences can happen. Everyone's bodies are different and react differently, you'll have to judge for yourself.

    What I ultimately recommend would be: do more strength training, and either extend your timeline by another three months or half your goal weight loss for the three months.

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    • #3
      Depends on how much you have to lose.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Blah View Post
        Depends on how much you have to lose.
        Yes, this. But WHY do you need to lose 50 lbs in 3 months? Health is a journey, not a destination. That said, yes, it is totally possible as many have done it (look up success stories), whether or not your body will do it or needs to is a totally different question. Really depends on how much FAT you have to lose and how much MUSCLE you have.

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        • #5
          I'd like to lose that much to look decent for an anime convention but also to feel better about myself and to have more energy. I have plenty of fat.I'd guess 50 or 60pounds worth of it.I've gained probably 5 or 10 pounds of muscle I guess since I started lifting weights a while back
          Heaviest - 4/28/11 - 190
          - 1/12 - 171.4
          - 07/12 - 160&got pregnant!
          - 11/12 - 150ish
          Losing fat but gaining baby? WOO!
          Goal - healthy, happy baby and happy mama!

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          • #6
            You can probably expect to loose 1-2 pounds of fat per week if you are strict...If you really pushed you can prob do more.
            Remember this is a life time journey not a short term fix.
            Eating primal is not a diet, it is a way of life.
            PS
            Don't forget to play!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by lolawolf View Post
              I'd like to lose that much to look decent for an anime convention but also to feel better about myself and to have more energy. I have plenty of fat.I'd guess 50 or 60pounds worth of it.I've gained probably 5 or 10 pounds of muscle I guess since I started lifting weights a while back
              No. Its not going to happen. Set more realistic sane goals and you will have be just fine. Focus on sanity.


              Originally posted by kgswenson View Post
              you may have to be incredibly strictly primal (like under 20g of carbs per day)
              No. Stop.

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              • #8
                I had a total of about 60 lbs to lose and I lost about 20 lbs of it in the first three months. But I also lost at least 3 pants sizes in that time. i think if you eat primal foods and do some moderate exercise you will probably feel great about the way you look for your event - even if you are not exactly at your dream goal.
                Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )

                http://www.krispin.com/lectin.html

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                • #9
                  Actually, you can, but your skin won't like it...

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                  • #10
                    Not a great idea. 6 months is not unrealistic. But super-fast weight loss is uniquely unhealthy. More realistic and better for your health in every way would be allocate a year.
                    The Dukahn diet and the Rapid Fat Loss (RFL, Lyle McDonald) diet are both "extreme" diets for very rapid fat loss and muscle preservation that work if you stick with them, and they are both 100% compatible with paleo principles. But I don't think they are healthy.
                    If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/ and this (personal fave): http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

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                    • #11
                      Such a rapid weight loss would shed alot of blubber but obese people who lose that much weight, so soon, look 10 kinds of horrible with those folds of jiggly, loose skin on them. Better to shoot for alot more gradual weight loss to give your skin time to adjust. Losing say 1-2 pounds a week coupled with a "lift heavy things and sprint" workouts would achieve the same goal but with 10 times the aesthetic impact as well.

                      Good luck and grok on.

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                      • #12
                        I think it would be very hard. Even the low carb (20 grams per day) would only take off 3-5 per week for the first couple of weeks. As you got closer to your goal weight it would slow to 1-2 per week. And it's hard to maintain 20 carbs per day for any length of time. At least it is for me. I figure IF I'm really good (to me really good is 40-50 carbs per day and NO processed food at all) I might be able to drop 30-40 in 5 months. But I've got start moving more than I do now, that's for sure. lol!!
                        I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. ~ Henry David Thoreau

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                        • #13
                          Actually, if you are seriously obese and have more than 100 lb to lose, you might be carrying around 30 or more lb of excess water weight, in which case low carb low calorie strict dieting in combination with lots of walking and whatever resistance training you are able to do, you might indeed lose 50 in a healthy manner - but I doubt that you'd lose more than 20 lb of fat, the rest being muscle and excess water. But you'd need to start from a very unhealthy place, as opposed to just "typical unhealthy."
                          If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/ and this (personal fave): http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

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                          • #14
                            It's certainly not impossible because I'm doing it right now. Nov 1st I was 303lbs and today, a little less than 3 months, I weigh 255lbs. I've done this with fairly strict paleo, fairly regular exercise, and this month I've been doing Intermittant Fasting from dinner to dinner with one dinner skipped to make it one 48 hour fast a week and the rest 24 hour fasts.
                            I can't say how you would do, because I only speak for myself, but I'm very happy with how I've been doing and where I'm going. You can check out my journal for more details.
                            "No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace by those who have been trained by it."

                            Age: 25
                            HT: 6' 2"
                            Peak Wt: 303lbs- Nov 1st 2011
                            Current Wt: 240lbs- Sep 1st 2012

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                            • #15
                              Bobby Sands lost 60 pounds in 66 days - that was with (literally) zero eating - and it killed him.

                              With that as the upper bound on what is feasible, it should IMO be clear that 50 pounds in 90 days is unlikely to be good for anyone's body. Perhaps someone severely obese could - maybe - make it work, but it doesn't sound like you are.

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