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    I'm new, don't know if this is the best place to post, but anyway...

    I've been thinking about it for awhile now, and the post today about not losing weight adresses my issue.

    Over the past year, I've lost 30 pounds by following a low-carb diet, integrating powerlifting into my exercise, and doing regular cardio. I'm at around 175 pounds (female, 180 cm or 5ft 11in), which is my "normal" weight other than two periods of weight gain when I was very unhappy.

    I eat a very primal diet now, do 4-5 hours of cardio a week, weightlift twice a week, and just started doing regular sprints. Still, the only way I can seem to break 175 is through serious caloric restriction.

    At 175, I am in great shape and very, very healthy. I rarely get sick, sleep well, and take care of my stress levels. But I still would like to lose some more weight. I have a very hourglass or pear shape with heavy thighs and legs. Is is worth it to restrict myself to lose the weight or should I be happy where I am?

  • #2
    Well sounds to me like you should be happy where you are.
    If you feel good, and happy with how you look, then why push it?

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    • #3
      If you push through it, the chances are you will have to keep pushing to keep at it, and keep increasing your efforts, or it will roll back. That what happened to me. After 3 years I thew the towel, and now watch the weight to just come back up. I did not decrease exerciser load, just started eating more (and more enjoyable foods) so I sleep at night and don't spend days daydreaming about food and becoming a bitch about everything because I am hungry. Plus, now, in addition to feeling like a fat cow, I feel like a big fat failure because I have almost gotten "there". I could never reach my goal - I was always too big on the thigh- and now I am going farther and farther away, and it is very hard.
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      • #4
        Post some photos. You may be surprised at how positive are the responses
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        • #5
          I do think our bodies tend to make it REALLY tough to get below where we ought to be. That's going to mean some fat on your body, especially as a woman, and your genetics are going to have the final say over where that goes. Other than belly fat, which tends to be associated with excess carbs, you are hwo you were born.

          As much as I would like to have boobs and some semblance of an ass, I don't. It's just genetics, and I'm going to drive myself nuts trying to make it any different.
          Durp.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by RitaRose View Post
            As much as I would like to have boobs and some semblance of an ass, I don't. It's just genetics, and I'm going to drive myself nuts trying to make it any different.
            I was reading something (can't remember where) that said that O6 fat tended towards abdominal fat, and O3 fat tended towards boobs and bum. Do you like fish?
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            • #7
              Originally posted by magicmerl View Post
              I was reading something (can't remember where) that said that O6 fat tended towards abdominal fat, and O3 fat tended towards boobs and bum. Do you like fish?
              I'd have to eat an entire school of fish to give myself boobs and a butt!
              Durp.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by la_chica View Post
                I'm new, don't know if this is the best place to post, but anyway...

                I've been thinking about it for awhile now, and the post today about not losing weight adresses my issue.

                Over the past year, I've lost 30 pounds by following a low-carb diet, integrating powerlifting into my exercise, and doing regular cardio. I'm at around 175 pounds (female, 180 cm or 5ft 11in), which is my "normal" weight other than two periods of weight gain when I was very unhappy.

                I eat a very primal diet now, do 4-5 hours of cardio a week, weightlift twice a week, and just started doing regular sprints. Still, the only way I can seem to break 175 is through serious caloric restriction.

                At 175, I am in great shape and very, very healthy. I rarely get sick, sleep well, and take care of my stress levels. But I still would like to lose some more weight. I have a very hourglass or pear shape with heavy thighs and legs. Is is worth it to restrict myself to lose the weight or should I be happy where I am?
                Congrats on your weight loss success and your health and fitness achievements. Given your level of exercise and weight training you possibly have both less fat and more muscle than when you were previously at this weight. You sound in wonderful condition and your weight is within recommended levels. Do your clothes fit nicely? I think that is way more relevant than the number on the scale.

                I am way shorter than you so I cannot easily imagine the actual figures, but I do know that weight does not tell the whole story. For example, I weigh the same now as I did at 17 but my body composition is certainly not the same.
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                • #9
                  Your body's ideal weight and what your mind wants your ideal weight to be may not be the same.

                  When I was losing weight in my CW days, I had this glorifying number of 135 pounds in my head. I knew I had to get there, and I did... but it didn't last long. Looking back at myself at that weight, I look way too thin and not like myself. 135 pounds for my height (5'6") is right smack dab in the middle-high end of the "ideal" range, but it just didn't look right on me.

                  Now, I'd like to lose 5 pounds to get back to the 135-137 range, but I'm now trying to focus on body fat % instead, which I firmly believe that for everyone is the most important number to look at reducing.

                  So, what I'm getting at is that you're probably just fine where you are; you said it yourself! You feel good, you're sleeping well... don't fix it if it ain't broke!
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                  • #10
                    Thanks for all your responses. I only want to lose weight because I think I look heavy in the thighs, but it could be that I focus on that, similar to the way someone focuses on a blemish on their face that no one else sees.

                    I actually think my body composition is pretty similar to what it was when I was 175 in the past, I have always been very active and athletic.

                    Instinctively, I feel that getting and staying below 175 will require ongoing caloric restriction and I know I can't manage that. That said, as I get more into primal I have been making new changes like less peanut butter, adding sprinting into my workout, etc.

                    Too bad I can't go full primal and hardly wear any clothes It's mostly legwear that makes me conscious of my thighs.

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                    • #11
                      Hi Chica
                      Sounds like your healthy lifestyle is working great for you. It might take some experimenting now to discover which style of legwear flatters you the best. Have fun with that.
                      Annie Ups the Ante
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                      • #12
                        You are letting ONE unit of measurement (the scale) to negate every other positive measurement and result.

                        Ditch the scale.

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                        • #13
                          There was a recent article (MSM, what can you do?) which discussed a review of many studies of optimal weight. (Iirc, there were over 200 studies reviewed by the CDC.) The results of this review surprised the researchers--they found that people who were overweight or even in the first level of obesity were healthier and lived longer than people of "normal" weight. When I looked up my own height, 5'10", this would be anywhere up to 230 pounds for a woman!!! Not that I want to weigh that much! But in terms of health itself, I think 175-180 lbs for a person who is 5'11" is not necessarily unhealthy, depending on what that weight is made of.

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                          • #14
                            I'm 5'6" and currently 142 lbs. my lowest weight was 128 and even though should just fine for a woman of my height, it was too skinny, to the point where people would make comments. I'm perfectly healthy where I am - I have a lot of curve, made curvier by squats, lunges and yoga, but would like to get down to 135. I recognize that the last 7-10 lbs I want to lose are strictly vanity pounds because I easily maintain where I am. But, it took a while for that to happen. I lost 35 lbs straight off, then felt like I was stuck at 155 for the longest time. So I tried a few tricks, the infamous potato diet (source of much praise and scorn), and lost 8lbs in 2 weeks. I carefully started eating my regular diet, making sure not over-indulge in anything for a few weeks. And the weight loss held.

                            It seemed like once my body got accustomed to the weight loss, I could then maintain at 147 like I had been maintaining at 155. After staying there for a while, I just focused on eating well, sleeping well and switched up my exercise, adding back in racquetball. I lost another 5lbs and am maintaining fine, even with some nights of drinking and eating too much. It always dens back out if I'm careful. I think my body is happy here, though, so that last trek to 135 would probably require restriction and then I'd creep up again if not careful.

                            I'm finding I don't care as much about those last vanity pounds anymore, though. I like the strength weightlifting has given me and no one is complaining about the curves. It might be that this is actually the healthy weight for me. I've got muscle and tone, and I can pretty much eat what I like, though its 90-95% primal.

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                            • #15
                              I store my excess fat on my thighs too so I do empathise. But I do agree with Zanna that those last few pounds are 'vanity pounds'. There's nothing wrong with striving for a more toned looking body but for now you are probably healthy looking to just about everyone else.
                              Primal since May 2012. Loving life and down 50lbs.

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