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  • Getting too skinny/severely underweight while being primal?

    Hi All

    Ladies please help.

    I have been primal for about 5 months now. Even though I didn't have much weight to lose, my family is now forcing me to eat grains and wheat and stuff because the are scared I might lose too much. I am 1.55 m tall and weigh 48 kg ( I was 54kg before going primal).
    Has anyone gotten too skinny/underweight while primal? Is weight loss going to cease at some point? How to you curb this excessive weight loss from happening?

    Many thanks inadvance!

  • #2
    I want to be supportive, so I will try. BUT understand that is going to be hard for someone who has NEVER had this problem (so I'm not really the person you were addressing in your post)! You didn't sound overweight to begin with to me!!! So I kind of understand your family freaking out if you have dropped 6 kilos.

    I assume you are in good health?? Not medical reasons for weight loss??

    Simplest answer - eat more calories from Primal approved foods. Seeing you simply eat more good, solid food (fats! good carbs!) might reassure them that you are not cutting back your food too much and so it doesn't matter what you AREN'T eating (grains etc).

    I think most people are going to tell you the same - EAT!!!
    Also - build some nice heavy muscle by doing weights workouts. IF you are still exercising in a weight loss way, cut back on that type of workout.

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    • #3
      First I had to convert your measurements - you are about 5'1" and were 119 lbs. and now weigh 107 lbs. How old are you? How much are you exercising and what is your average daily food intake?

      You can curb the weight loss by eating more than primal friendly foods than you are now, and increasing your carb intake (more vegies, maybe incorporate regular or sweet potatoes a few days/week). You don't have to add grains back to do this.

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      • #4
        I say eat what and how YOU want! Dont let anyone force you into a way of eating or a lifestyle. Seriously, if you are eating healthy primal...there isnt a better way to live and eat on the planet! So, you are eating as "healthy" as you can and the way that nature designed OUR bodies, as humans, to eat and live.
        If you can just get your....mind together....then come on across to me.....
        James Marshall (Jimi)Hendrix

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        • #5
          Originally posted by sanepsycho View Post
          You can curb the weight loss by eating more than primal friendly foods than you are now, and increasing your carb intake (more vegies, maybe incorporate regular or sweet potatoes a few days/week). You don't have to add grains back to do this.
          this is pretty good advice. there's no need to add grains and sugar (unless you want a cheat for a celebration or just because you are in the mood).

          also, tell your family not to worry so much. if you are following the 10 primal laws you will not get too skinny. that means lifting heavy things, sprinting, and moving slowly, playing, sleeping, etc. along with the primal diet. what you are after is called homeostasis...it's the body's ideal composition. you might be thinner than your family is used to see you, but if you follow the laws it is highly unlikely that you will be too skinny in any evolutionary or biological sense.
          tell them the PB is about overall health...not just weight loss. then sit down and eat a 20 oz. steak in front of them.
          http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread60178.html

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          • #6
            All good advice, I'd through in try to educate them also... I find, at least here in America, that people tend to think 'healthy weight' is underweight... just because you're not rocking love handles or a pooch doesn't mean you are underweight... that being said... weight training would be helpful...although if they are going purely off of how you look that might hurt because you'll look thinner even though you weight more...
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            • #7
              *that should be "eating more primal friendly foods than you are now"

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              • #8
                I second FatKid. American's think anything remotely close to skinny is underweight, when truly, you could be extremely healthy just with a low body fat %.
                && It's not just about living well, it's about dying well.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Fatkid View Post
                  All good advice, I'd through in try to educate them also... I find, at least here in America, that people tend to think 'healthy weight' is underweight... just because you're not rocking love handles or a pooch doesn't mean you are underweight... that being said... weight training would be helpful...although if they are going purely off of how you look that might hurt because you'll look thinner even though you weight more...
                  this. my dad lost weight roofing one time and everybody thought he was too skinny. he merely lost his gut. your numbers don't sound terribly underweight to me and when i plugged it into BMI (not the greatest, but doesn't hurt) it was 20.0. So still not technically underweight. Eat more, including steak in front of your folks (yum) and don't worry about it.
                  28 yrs, 5'8.5"
                  started primal 1/23/11 @ 143 lbs, couldn't do a knee pushup
                  3/13/11 138 lbs, 30 knee pushups, yeah!

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                  • #10
                    one other thing - forgive me for this but are you sure you aren't actually deliberately still losing weight? Secretly pleased to be told you are "too thin"?? fascinated by that decreasing number on the scale??
                    We women can get sucked into that - and IF that was the case, nothing we tell you would mean a damn thing. You'd "eat more salad" or something and say it was Primal.

                    Not saying this is you - just saying.

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                    • #11
                      Do you exercise? Weight training is always a way to add some nice, healthy, good looking, and useful weight to your frame. "Lift heavy things!" -- as others have said.

                      An added benefit to training is that it'll probably make you hungrier, so you'll end up taking in more calories (and yes, keep 'em primal).

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                      • #12
                        Oh, and how do you feel physically? That's really important.

                        People tell me all the time that I'm too skinny, especially when I'm wearing long sleeves/pants. It's because I'm about 5% bf (waist is 28 inches) -- so they think I'm wasting away or something. Funny thing is I can run faster and farther, jump higher, lift heavier, play longer, etc, than almost all of them. I also have way more energy. I feel great physically (perform well).

                        If you're feeling vibrant (strong and energetic) then you're doing awesome. If you're feeling weak/frail and kinda run down though, then your family and friends might be right -- you may need to eat a little more (primal) food.

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                        • #13
                          If you're feeling strong, have your period, and aren't purposely trying to eat less...you are FINE. Do not let people force you to gain weight if you meet all of these.

                          Your weight is fine for your height, especially if you are small framed. I'm 5'5" but have a very slender frame...I look and feel best when I'm 115, even if some people would flip out and call me underweight. I looked too skinny when I was 107 pounds, but my mind was not in the best of places, and I did need to gain a little bit of weight.

                          Building muscle helps too, but it does jack up your metabolism, so you'll need to eat a little extra to reap the most benefits.

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                          • #14
                            The book states that eating this way returns us to the leanness that we are meant to be... so I doubt you are overweight, you are probably where your body is meant to be otherwise your body would be sending you signals to eat more (stronger hunger cues, etc.). I would say add some potatoes and dairy if you feel uncomfortable with losing anymore.

                            I'm sorry about your family trying to force you to do something that isn't right. Stand firm in your beliefs about PB and don't let them dictate what you should eat... it's not their choice. It may be uncomfortable, but you will gain more respect by standing up for yourself then you would giving into them. You are doing the righ thing for your body. Maybe it would help (if you haven't done so already) to really explain how good you feel and give them specific examples of how you feel better being primal vs. eating a SAD diet.

                            Good luck and keep up the great work!

                            I wish I was at your point in this!

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                            • #15
                              Considering I'm close to the same height and lighter than you, you're definitely at a MUCH better place than I am. Like Phoenixflame said, if you have your period and feel great without restricting food then kudos to you. Just don't let what people think you should look like mess with your image of yourself
                              My Journal!! (but start at page 10 lol) - http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread26553.html

                              Weather weenie and bacon-addict who wants to get back to looking and feeling fabulous.

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