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  • End of My 30 Days

    End of my 30 days, and a whopping .5 lb lost! Woo hoo! This happened when I followed the program Jan-March as well. In the meantime, a friend went vegetarian and lost 22 lbs in 30 days....

    But I plan to continue 80-20. I do sleep better, feel better, and hey, if I lose .5 per month, that's 6 lbs a year, right?

  • #2
    Yes, but how are your measurements/energy levels/overall well being? These things are more important on PB. This is not a diet, but a lifestyle change. And in most other CW diets, a good percentage of those people gain it all back at some time or another. Stay the course, and Rock Out with your Grok Out! :-)
    Free your mind, and your Grok will follow!

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    • #3
      I will - I lost 2 inches off chest and 1.5 off arms - everything else the same. Planning to hang in there. But I would be lying if I said it isn't frustrating to see others have such dramatic results.
      Battling a nagging flu bug/sinus infection right now - this may be contributing to some negativity on my part.

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      • #4
        That is a great start:-) What does a typical day look like for you foodwise? What is your 20%? Sleep, exercise?
        Free your mind, and your Grok will follow!

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        • #5
          Inches are better than lbs so at you are seeing results

          What is your wieght/height? How much are you hoping to lose? I ask because the closer you are to your ideal weight the harder it can be to lose. I would also wonder what your 20% is - just in case something in that is holding you up.
          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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          • #6
            Ignor the scale. Throw it away. Pay attentinoonly to how your clothes fit. That's when I noticed that I lost my gut. IK realized one day that my dress pants for work just kep slipping down. I weighed myself and I'd lost 30 lbs. All from my gut.
            And hey, if you don't "lose weight' but you are eating in an optimally healthy way, why would yo not keep doing it. Just eat right and don't look back.

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            • #7
              Low calorie diets that are lacking in protein lose a high % of weight from muscle mass. Your heart is a muscle. Your friend on the vegetarian diet is dieting away her life.
              "You can demonstrate the purpose and limits of human digestion with a simple experiment: eat a steak with some whole corn kernels, and see what comes out the other end. It won’t be the steak."
              -J.Stanton

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              • #8
                Spartan, I was a vegetarian for 10 years. I lost weight at the beginning, but long term it really screwed me up. I could not lose weight even though I was very low calorie and extreme workign out. Now I have to be so strict to lose the tiniest bit of weight. I am with you, it's very frustrating, but try to focus on what is best for your body instead of the scale.

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                • #9
                  I feel your pain Spartan. It is easy to get discouraged if you use the scale to measure success. I am not blowing smoke your way - I have battled the same feelings. I started eating Primal on August 15th and I have lost 9 pounds but the first 6 were in the first 2 weeks (water weight? I think). Then nothing - finally I lost 3 more pounds. However, I feel GREAT! I am more focused on sleep. My tummy issues are virtually gone! My knees and hips have stopped hurting (thank you Merrell Pace Glove Barefoot shoes) and I am having FUN! My clothes are all looser and everyone else thinks I have lost a lot more weight. I should have started with the fact that I am 5'9" and it takes 20 -30 pounds for me to lose a clothing size. Most people don't even notice until I have lost that much! I will never go back because I am 100% sure I am healthier and I am 100% sure I feel better!
                  Diver Girl goes Primal Journal

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                  • #10
                    .5 pound loss in 30 days I would be frustrated too unless I made muscle gains and inch loss. Calories need to be lower perhaps did you track.

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                    • #11
                      Track your calories. If you want to lose a pound a week, drop your daily calories by 500 for a total of -3500 per week.

                      It all boils down to calories in vs calories out

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                      • #12
                        Some can just eat primal and lose weight. The act of removing the junk and eating primal is all that is required. Others need to also track calories. Closer to goal someone may need to track calories.

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                        • #13
                          Weight loss is highly, highly unreliable on the PB. The Primal Blueprint has a habit of losing fat while building muscle, even without increasing exercise because of elevated growth hormone and testosterone - or rather, your natural growth hormone and testosterone is no longer suppressed from a terrible diet. Simply put, if you lost 6 pounds but put on 5.5 pounds of muscle, you wouldn't know that stepping on a scale. It's all about measurements.

                          The vegetarian lifestyle is incredibly unhealthy in the majority of cases. I'm willing to bet 50% of your friend's "weight loss" was at the expense of muscle, bone and connective tissue, if not more. It's easy to lose weight when you starve your body of the nutrition it needs. Six months from now when your friend's hair starts to thin and fall out, they'll rethink vegetarianism. Unless they're eating a ton of eggs and dairy.
                          Originally posted by darkfault View Post
                          Track your calories. If you want to lose a pound a week, drop your daily calories by 500 for a total of -3500 per week.

                          It all boils down to calories in vs calories out
                          This statement is incorrect and fundamentally flawed. "Calories in - calories out" does not work as different "calories" do different things inside the body. 200 calories from chicken breast will behave radically different than 200 calories from wheat pasta. Hell, 200 calories of fat from almonds will behave radically different than 200 calories of fat from butter or steak. I have to cycle calories and carbohydrate to really get the fat loss going. If I eat 2,000 calories a day every day, I don't lose much if any fat. That's around maintenance for me. However, if I eat 1,000 calories for 4 days straight, then have a 5,000 calorie day and two 2,500 calorie days, while yielding the same 14,000 calories a week, I lose around a pound of fat a week. Calories in-calories out is mostly bullshit. It mostly comes down to your macronutrients, the timing of your meals, how well your body handles fat vs carbohydrate as food and whether or not your exercise routine exploits your current metabolic state. You want to do low level cardio on days you eat higher fat and low carb and you want to lift very heavy things on days you eat high carbohydrate and low fat, for example. If you eat low calorie all the time like darkfault suggests, your body will simply downregulate your metabolism, you'll be tired all the time from lack of nutrition, your body will start consuming muscle and connective tissue for fuel and will hold onto fat for dear life for fear that you're starving yourself. That's why it's so important to have "diet breaks" and take a full week off and eat more food every 4 weeks or so, or overeat on the weekends and add lots of carbohydrate and undereat on weekdays and keep carbs very low during that time. That prevents hormones from dropping off too sharply.
                          Last edited by ChocoTaco369; 10-12-2011, 06:44 PM.
                          Don't put your trust in anyone on this forum, including me. You are the key to your own success.

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                          • #14
                            30 days for me too. Lost 6 pounds, but am lifting heavy too. Still a newbie at weights. Am visibly leaner, but still have a ways to go. Am enjoying the primal way of eating, sleep is finally under control, have had very few cheat meals.

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                            • #15
                              Remember. muscle weighs more than fat. Thats why I hate using a weight scale. True measurement is with a bodyfat device.
                              Primal (2013)
                              Locavore (locally grown foods when possible)
                              Training consists of Muay Thai, BJJ, weight training, and mountain biking

                              Would like to be in good shape by my 36th Birthday (07-07-2013)

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