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    I have been "primal" for a couple of years, and made effort to eat low carb for years (I grew up in a Zone-Diet household)
    I would like to loose about 10lbs (currently 5'7", 135) but every time I try to do what I've always done (cut our all starch and most fruit and nuts) I feel really unsatisfied, and crave anything I am not "supposed" to have and end up throwing in the towel. Then often go the other direction and over do-it on carbs and nuts and honey and all other sorts of deliciousness.

    I don't eat gluten or dairy (intolerant to them) but I feel like all I want to eat is tahini, nuts, bananas and rice with lots of butter. I just ate a salad for lunch with hb egg, left over steak, beets and vinaigrette- and didn't enjoy it and then found myself reaching for other stuff that DID sound good!

    Any insight as to why I am turned off to my normal diet? Has this happened to you? What do I do?? Can I loose weight without cutting carbs?

  • #2
    With your height it sounds like you are already pretty lean so are you sure you need to lose weight? No point focusing on a number and feeling miserable, how about not worrying about it and not be afraid of adding a few more carbs? I lost most of my weight low carb but as I am getting quite lean I have successfully re-introduced potatoes and sweet potatoes into my diet and I feel great.
    Where's Choco when we need him?

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    • #3
      I agree, sounds like you are a good size already. We just have to not let our "crazy" creep in and derail us. Sounds like the things you are craving are reasonably primal, so you may just need to lightly indulge. You could tweak your workouts if you are feeling less than fit.
      Primal since 4/7/2012

      Starting weight 140
      Current weigh 126

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      • #4
        At 5'6" and 135 lbs, I was miserable. It's not huge, I was a size 6, and I still am, at 120 lbs, but 10 lbs can mean a lot to different body types.

        I feel like since you are presumably very close to your goal physique, you might want to think in terms of workouts instead of nutrition. Eat what you need, listen to your body, and change up your workout routine, or introduce one if you haven't (and assuming that you can).
        Depression Lies

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        • #5
          Aimlow don't cut out all those carbs if you know that you usually crave and then give up. Decrease your portions instead. Track calories for a bit so you know at what level of calories you start losing.

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          • #6
            Thanks everyone for the input. Like namelesswonder said, I don't feel great at this weight- I am small boned so I do def have some extra pudge. I'm healthy, just vain
            I think I need to relearn how to eat for weight loss.... low low carb just isn't working, but neither is bunches of bananas and handfuls of nuts!
            Anyone have an example of a primal, not so low carb way of eating? I love my fruit, don't care much about potatoes and sw potatoes!

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            • #7
              More fruit, less fat. Also add some muscle, you will look better without having to lose fat.

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              • #8
                Here are some example meals from my non-low-carb eating lately:

                Chicken soup! Carrots, potatoes and mushrooms for the veggies.

                Breakfast muffin in a bowl: Nuke a sweet potato about the same size as a banana. Scrape the flesh into a bowl. Scoop a heaping spoonful of almond butter. Mash up. Add one egg and mash up more. Add pumpkin pie spices to taste (I just wing it with cinnamon, allspice, ginger, nutmeg). Nuke in microwave for 2 minutes. This comes out dry and not very sweet. If you like it more sweet, drizzle honey all over it. Another alternative is to use a banana instead of a sweet potato, but I kinda like the bready texture of the potato. Another alternative is to add a heaping spoonful of cocoa powder instead of pumpkin pie spice and you can melt a square of super dark chocolate in the middle, too. Or goat cheese. Mmmm.

                Can of salmon or chicken over a big baked potato. White, sweet, whatever. Add mustard. Pretty bland and boring but all ingredients can be stored and prepared in an office with a can opener, microwave and a bin of free mustard packets.

                Guilty pleasure treats: Go to the hippie-dippie health food store and look in the raw vegan refrigerator case. You may find some really yummy fake cheesecakes, chia puddings and other desserts that are really super yummy.
                Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Zach View Post
                  More fruit, less fat. Also add some muscle, you will look better without having to lose fat.
                  Mmmm.... I could eat fruit all day long. Does lowering fat while increasing carbs have a positive effect?
                  I do have a fair amount of muscle- lift heavy 2-3x/week, along with sprints and a couple of other runs.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by sbhikes View Post
                    Here are some example meals from my non-low-carb eating lately:

                    Chicken soup! Carrots, potatoes and mushrooms for the veggies.

                    Breakfast muffin in a bowl: Nuke a sweet potato about the same size as a banana. Scrape the flesh into a bowl. Scoop a heaping spoonful of almond butter. Mash up. Add one egg and mash up more. Add pumpkin pie spices to taste (I just wing it with cinnamon, allspice, ginger, nutmeg). Nuke in microwave for 2 minutes. This comes out dry and not very sweet. If you like it more sweet, drizzle honey all over it. Another alternative is to use a banana instead of a sweet potato, but I kinda like the bready texture of the potato. Another alternative is to add a heaping spoonful of cocoa powder instead of pumpkin pie spice and you can melt a square of super dark chocolate in the middle, too. Or goat cheese. Mmmm.

                    Can of salmon or chicken over a big baked potato. White, sweet, whatever. Add mustard. Pretty bland and boring but all ingredients can be stored and prepared in an office with a can opener, microwave and a bin of free mustard packets.

                    Guilty pleasure treats: Go to the hippie-dippie health food store and look in the raw vegan refrigerator case. You may find some really yummy fake cheesecakes, chia puddings and other desserts that are really super yummy.
                    Great ideas!! I will def have to give the banana mash a try.

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                    • #11
                      I think the lower light in winter triggers carb cravings. It's natural to crave them. It's up to you to decide how to handle the cravings. I give in a little, just not a lot. Last night I had Thai, Pad Vun Sen (??). It's bean curd noodles, vegetables and fried tofu. Most definitely not primal. But, like you, I really didn't feel like meat or eggs last night. I stay on plan most of the time, so the occasional cheat is no big deal.
                      High Weight: 225
                      Weight at start of Primal: 189
                      Current Weight: 174
                      Goal Weight: 130

                      Primal Start Date: 11/26/2012

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by aimlow View Post
                        Mmmm.... I could eat fruit all day long. Does lowering fat while increasing carbs have a positive effect?
                        I do have a fair amount of muscle- lift heavy 2-3x/week, along with sprints and a couple of other runs.
                        Well you wont lose weight on a hat fat, hagh carb diet so if you up the fruit, lowering the fat would be a good idea. I do eat fruit all day though and i could easily lose weight on a high carb diet sothere is no reason to be low carb to lose weight. I also dont do well at all on a high meat diet so i keep meat and fats low and get most of my cals from fruit and dairy.

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                        • #13
                          There are two sayings that I like that seem to fit this scenario:

                          Repression leads to obsession. (IOW, don't disallow anything to the point of obsession.)
                          Everyday, once a day, give yourself a gift. (Eat some tahini if you want it.)

                          Yes you can lose weight without giving up carbs, but a huge increase in carbs might make you feel more hungry. If 90% of the US eats according to CW, and 50% of the US are overweight to obese, that means approximately 45% of US people are both eating high carb diets and are not overweight. For some of us, the only way to make chronic hunger go away is to eat low carb, but it doesn't hold true for everyone.
                          "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

                          B*tch-lite

                          Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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                          • #14
                            Could be that your goals are unrealistic. 5'7" 135 is a fine weight. Sure you can lose more weight but at some point in women you start hitting hormonal issues or lose more lean mass than you would like. Don't know for certain....whats your BF%?

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                            • #15
                              Yea, I'm 5'5" and my goal weight is 152-155. I'm at 165 now and have some people get concerned when I mention losing more weight (I squeeze the fat on my belly to show them they are wrong). But my belly is actually pretty flat at this weight. It's just not at all toned.

                              But there are differences in build, if you have a very fine build I could see a lighter weight being optimal for you. But can't see you having much muscle.

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