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    Hello!

    I've recently read The Primal Blueprint and have already started changing my eating habits. Prior to reading it, I was in the thinking that whole grains were fine. I also worked out about 4-5 times a week, but still couldn't get as lean or as "cut" as I wanted (I'm a female, so I'm not sure cut is the right word).

    My question is... I'm having surgery next week so won't be able to work out for about a month or so. Should I notice a difference in my shape/physique just by changing my diet alone?

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    Originally posted by JillH410 View Post
    Should I notice a difference in my shape/physique just by changing my diet alone?
    Yes.

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    • #3
      You can manage your weight just fine with the right diet alone. Exercise helps with fitness.

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      • #4
        Thank you for the replies!

        It's more about just managing my weight as I'm not overweight, but in my eyes, I can stand to lose about 10 lbs (I'm 5'5" and weigh around 138 with approximately 21% body fat). Just wanted to make sure I wouldn't get discourage by not seeing any results because I can't incorporate the exercise in for a bit.

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        • #5
          Do you have a lot of weight to lose? Like 20lbs or more? The last 5-10 pounds to get off would probably require a lot more exercise and stricter dieting, but of there's more then ketosis will take care of the weight loss pretty quickly. I lost 30lbs on Atkins years ago and hardly worked out.

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          • #6
            Oops you replied as I was writing my first response! I think you could get down to 130 ok with diet alone. Getting to 120-125 might take some more effort though. I'm 5'5" 126 and started PB where you did at 138-140. It wasn't easy for a long time getting past 130, now I've been under that for a few months.

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            • #7
              You can absolutely lose weight and change your body shape with diet alone! In fact, changing your physique is about 80% (or more!) related to diet. Exercise is only about 20% of the equation for weight loss. Check out this cool video of Brad Pilon running on a treadmill versus Craig Ballantyne eating pizza to see just how ineffective exercise is when pitted against a bad diet (and remember this goes the other way too - a good diet can somewhat make up for lack of exercise).

              However, you will not get in shape with a good diet and no exercise, you will only get thin. For a lean appearance you need to exercise and maintain muscle mass.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by JillH410 View Post
                Thank you for the replies!

                It's more about just managing my weight as I'm not overweight, but in my eyes, I can stand to lose about 10 lbs (I'm 5'5" and weigh around 138 with approximately 21% body fat). Just wanted to make sure I wouldn't get discourage by not seeing any results because I can't incorporate the exercise in for a bit.
                Exercising doesn't burn that much extra fat. Just think about how much time one exercises vs not exercise. If exercising was required to burn off fat, you'd never make it. Burning off fat is easy: keep serum insulin levels low.

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                • #9
                  I lost 120 lb in about a year with no exercise. I tried riding a bicycle a few times a day to speed it up and it backfired. I couldnt believe it so I stopped, lost some more, and tried again. I repeated this 6 times, same thing each time.

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                  • #10
                    In six months, I've lost 14lbs of body fat and gained 7lbs of muscle. And I don't exercise what so freaking ever right now (or before starting primal), only do a bit of walking across my college campus everyday - and really it's not that much overall.

                    Good luck with your surgery!
                    Last edited by jandge; 06-04-2011, 11:06 PM.

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                    Congenital Hypothyroid
                    CW: 225lbs SW: 245lbs

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                    • #11
                      Diet is the key component to your body composition. Exercising is the iceing on top of the primal cake.
                      "If man made it, don't eat it" - Jack Lallane

                      People say I am on a "crazy" diet. What is so crazy about eating veggies, fruits, seafood and organ meats? Just because I don't eat whole wheat and processed food doesn't make my diet "crazy". Maybe everyone else with a SAD are the "crazy" ones for putting that junk in their system.

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                      • #12
                        In six months, I've lost 14lbs of body fat and gained 7lbs of muscle. And I don't exercise what so freaking ever right now (or before starting primal), only do a bit of walking across my college campus everyday - and really it's not that much over
                        how do you gain 7 pounds of muscle just by walking?
                        I'm too stubborn to give up so I keep on trying.

                        You're never going to get to the top of the stairs if you don't walk up them.

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                        • #13
                          I had knee surgery when I was 17, which kept me from my regular routine for about 6-8 weeks. However, I kept eating the same, and probably a little more since I was bored and sitting around. I gained about 10 pounds during that time. So, yes, keep your diet in check while you are recovering from surgery or an injury. It does make a difference.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by AnneArchy View Post
                            Oops you replied as I was writing my first response! I think you could get down to 130 ok with diet alone. Getting to 120-125 might take some more effort though. I'm 5'5" 126 and started PB where you did at 138-140. It wasn't easy for a long time getting past 130, now I've been under that for a few months.
                            Ooooh, how long once you started PB did it take you to get down to 130? I don't know if I'll want to go much lower than that, but it could be possible once I start losing. And I'm also anticipating to gain a little back once I start working out again and putting on muscle.

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                            • #15
                              I think exercise is important for health and longevity. However, abs are made in the kitchen!

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