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  • Anyone not see weight loss for a long time?

    I'm curious if anyone here didn't see any weight loss for a really long time, especially if you are female and older than 35 (I'm 46). When did it finally begin for you? Were there other changes you could see or feel in the interim? Did you have to do anything special to get the weight loss to start or did it just magically begin? Or did it turn out you were losing a pound a month and didn't notice until 6 months passed?

    I'm just looking for some encouragement here. I've been very clean, very strict, very low carb (archevore diet, not paleo) and want some reassurance that something will happen someday to cinch my belt to the next hole.
    Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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    How many calories are you eating? What is your macronutrient ratio? What is your weight and height?

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    • #3
      I'm 46 too, and I had a marked weight loss within a day or two of dropping wheat, then it slowed but steadily went down. I was almost 30 pounds over what I figured was my ideal, and now I'm pretty close to where I want to be.

      What do you eat in a typical day? Are you getting decent sleep? Are you on any meds?
      Durp.

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      • #4
        You might need to track your calories and do a mild calorie restriction. If I follow paleo/primal/archevore/whatever (NAD free), then I can maintain weight. If I calorie restrict, then I can lose weight. Calorie restriction can be: not snacking, eating 3 meals until satisfied and not compensating for weight lifting, getting into ketosis and not getting hungry so you burn off your own fat, or it can be intentionally limiting the number of calories you consume. You'll have to experiment and try it out.

        I had to use fitday to figure out what a reasonable portion size was for me. Years of veg*n dieting really messed up what I thought was a good portion size. It turns out 3 lbs of meat + potatoes + fruit doesn't help me lose weight. Lifting weights *really* helps me too.
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        • #5
          Yep, me. I'm 41, very tall (6'1) and have alot of weight to lose (100+). I lost a bunch in the first month, then its been a slow, steady drop. I've been in a bit of a lull lately, but my diet has been falling apart around the edges and I need to tighten up, I just got complacent and know I can't afford to do that. If I hadn't been getting on the scale, I would have sworn I wasn't losing at all - even then, I can play massive games with the scale, so tend to rely on the people around me to tell me that I look good and am losing weight. I went to people I trusted, and said look, this is really important and I need you to be honest with me, and tell me if I look like I've lost weight, OR gained weight, even if you think its a shitty thing to do.

          So far, they've been really great and supportive. I'm finally getting some comments after almost a year, from people who aren't in my hand picked group. If I was relying on clothing fit, or the scale, or what I see in the mirror (especially what I see in the mirror!!) I'd be a mental mess. I've just been trusting the process and going on how I feel and what energy do I have, what pain do I have etc. I've had to give the control of "weight" to others, because I know I can't trust myself with it, but I CAN focus on other positives. Those other positives have happened and are still happening, so I'm trusting the process, and trusting those around me to let me know its working in the weight loss area too.

          I've still got such a long way to go, but someone said to me at the barn the other night that they were amazed at how well I'd done and I'd lost a really large amount - I looked at her and said "really?". She couldn't believe that I couldn't tell. I can hope, but the mental damage and walls I have to overcome make my own opinion something I can't trust, which is I think the biggest hurdle I have to overcome outside of the actual weight loss itself.
          Fighting fibromyalgia and chronic myofascial pain since 2002.

          Big Fat Fiasco

          Our bodies crave real food. We remain hungry as long as we refuse to eat real food, no matter how much junk we stuff into our stomachs. ~J. Stanton

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          • #6
            Did you not see any weight loss for a long time? I'm hoping to get some assistance or encouragement from someone who has been in my shoes.

            I'm 46, female, 5'3" and my guess is I weight about 155-160lbs (doctor's office said 163 several months ago). I don't weigh or measure anything. I eat very few carbs. I eat twice a day. Lots of grass-fed beef with non-carby veggies and pastured eggs cooked in butter. Gave up wine, cheese and nuts a while back. I take a walk every day and am otherwise sedentary (desk job.)
            Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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            • #7
              I'm 42yo, 4'11" and 128 (down from ~139). I have a desk job, but engage in random sports. I found that weight lifting and HIIT (sprints) were the most important factor. I did roller derby for two seasons, skating 9 hours a week, and quit lifting because I didn't have the time/energy. Now I'm back to lifting, only skating once or twice a week, and finally starting to lose again (slowly!)

              I think vigorous anaerobic exercise is especially important if you are sedentary most of the day. It doesn't just burn calories, it builds muscle, burns sugar, and increases your growth hormone signalling which are all important for fat loss.
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              • #8
                I may try weights after the holidays. The gym on campus is $80 a month and with all the holidays, I don't want to pay full price if I can't use it because I'm on holiday for 20 days. I guess I can put up with zero weight loss for another month and a half if weights is the ONLY way. What about meat-only a few days a week? Do you think that might work to set things in motion?

                I totally get it about asking other people to be your mirror. I keep hoping someone will ask if I've lost weight but then I pull my pants out of the dryer and there's my reality check. It does seem I might be changing shape a little if that makes sense, but it's hard to trust my own eyes and my pants tell me I'm the same size. Hence my asking if anyone went a long time without weight loss while something percolated inside for a few months first.
                Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                • #9
                  There's a free bodyweight workout PDF around here somewhere, you could start with that until you get into the gym.
                  What about meat-only a few days a week? Do you think that might work to set things in motion?
                  Hmm, I'm more of a meat at every meal kinda person. Some people do have allergies to certain meats so you might try incorporating other species into your menu.
                  Cooking Primal with Otter - Journal
                  Otter's (Defunct) Primal Log
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                  • #10
                    My mum is 69 and has lost 12kg. (24 pounds I think). She mostly eats low fat meats, lots and lots of vegges/salad, and maybe 1 apple a day. Thats it. Its the biggest weight loss in her whole life! No heavy cardio because she just cant. She walks a bit, rides a stationay bike a bit, dances a bit in her lounge room and lift cans of food.

                    It has taken a few months.. but wow!

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                    • #11
                      @sbhikes...You don't need a gym to lift weights! Use your body! Use stairs, do lunges, push-ups against your sink...etc. etc.

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                      • #12
                        I am 70 and within the last few years (not sure how long), I've lost 200 lbs after a lifetime of morbid obesity. Yes, age slows your metabolism, and I'm also hypothyroid, so in addition to eating very low carb, I had to severely restrict calories. However, what I discovered is that although my 'mind' wanted to eat more, my body is totally satisfied with the lower calories. You are younger and should not have to restrict, but you should definitely see how many calories you're normally eating. Unless there's a caloric deficit, you won't lose no matter what you eat.

                        Now in maintenance, I eat low calorie primal (no grains, dairy, fruit), and I've never felt better in my life. Eating less can be good for you!

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                        • #13
                          Thanks all.

                          One thing I've done is just about given up running. I really really wanted to work my way up to this ultramarathon that I've wanted to try for several years, but you know what? I don't think it's ever going to happen. I've just gone back to power-walking and hiking, which is way more my style and feels as aerobic or anaerobic as I want it to be depending on my whimsy. If I do any running, it's going to be downhill to catch the bus to Stehekin or some other joyful reason.

                          Wednesday I didn't have a chance to eat dinner so I went from breakfast to breakfast the next day without food. It was fine even though I had gone jogging that day. I ate twice yesterday and today I'm going from dinner last night to dinner tonight without food with a hike in the mountains this afternoon (Wow! Pea-sized hail! What a fun hike!). We'll see if that gets the weight loss to begin. I'm not even stalled. I'm simply waiting for it to begin.
                          Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                          • #14
                            I am a 47 yo female, also 5'3" 120lbs. My goal weight is 115 lbs, which is hard to maintain, but that is where I feel most comfortable. I utilize Fitday to track my activities and to track what I am eating. When I really want to lose weight, I have to keep my carbs below 50 gms/day. That means, eating mostly protein, fat, with some veggies, no fruit, occasional nuts. I eat a lot of eggs (hard-boiled, omelettes, chopped on salads), I eat canned sardines, salmon, tuna, I eat chicken, beef. I make my own mayonnaise, vinaigrette, bbq sauce......in other words, I cut out anything and everything processed. I am a former CardioQueen, so for me the last year has been a journey away from an addiction. I also believe the sprinting (HIIT), weight training, and constant moving is key. At work, as a nurse, I find reasons to go up and down stairs, to take the long way around to a patient, to move whenever possible. I chart standing. In other words, I do my best to keep moving slowly constantly. If you work at an office job, think about getting a resistaball to sit on at your desk. You may look funny to your co-workers, but you will be strengthening your core while you work. My husband works in IT. He places his lab top high enough so that he has to stand while he is working. The IF is also key. I try to fast from dinner the night before (around 5pm) until after my workout the next day.....to about lunch time. I don't do this everyday, but a couple times a week, especially if I am trying to lean up.
                            Good luck, and focus on the baby steps. Just one step at a time. This is a lifestyle......so be patient, it will come.

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                            • #15
                              One thing that seems to be apparent is that women do not have the same results as men....A perfect example are the women who attempt to follow the ultra high fat diets recommended by Petro of hyperlipid, Kurt Harris, Groves (since he's incr fat ratio), etc. Did you notice that those are all guys?

                              I know of women who've been comfortably at goal weight and changed to one of these plans and now struggle to stay at that weight.

                              Just something to think about.

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