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  • Did you let your body find it's own set point?

    I got to my goal weight in about the middle of last year. I decided that was low enough for me and added more starches into my diet. I also relaxed a lot and started occasionally having things like fruit juice, and other gluten free foods that weren't really primal.

    Eventually I had gained about 3kgs (6.6lbs) and my body started punishing me in other ways too

    I decided enough was enough and went back to strict primal. I'm still eating lots including starchy foods but the weight is falling off again. I'm already back down to my goal weight. But the weight is still coming off.

    My question to those who have been in a similar position is did you just let your body find it's own set point? I'm concerned about losing too much weight but at the same time I think surely while eating a decent amount my body will balance itself out right? Is that actually the case?

    I'm fine boned and have no muscle (I know I should strength train) so being at the lower end of a BMI scale won't look odd on me but I still worry.
    Became Primal August 2011

    SW - 84kg / 185lb
    CW - 60kg / 132lb
    GW - 60kg / 132lb

  • #2
    I'm jealous. My set point is pretty high. I have only one last thing to try to move it any lower, and I'm not ready/willing to try it yet: lots of HIIT and lots of fasting.
    Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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    • #3
      I'm fine at my new, post-primal "natural weight" that I sit at when I'm 80/20 primal (although I'm pretty hard on myself, and strict about what can constitute the 20%).

      When I need to be seen on a beach or get ready for a Jiu Jitsu competition or MMA fight (e.g. bring my body fat level down from 13 or 14% to sub-10%), it just take a few weeks without the glass of red wine, the square of dark chocolate, and the occasional side of sweet potato fries. If I'm strict with the IF protocol, I can get pretty close within a single week without feeling like I'm really depriving myself.
      The Champagne of Beards

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      • #4
        I'm am nearly at my goal and am finding that I can eat more than I expected. I have reconsidered what my goal ought to be. I think 120 is totally doable for me. On the other hand, at my age, I think decent muscle mass ought to be a priority, so I am willing to disregard the scale for some muscle. I guess that means I'm willing to let my body choose?
        50yo, 5'3"
        SW-195
        CW-125, part calorie counting, part transition to primal
        GW- Goals are no longer weight-related

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        • #5
          I came to primal to get healthy. Lost weight as a result and found a new set point with BMI of 22. Have just kept doing the same thing, but have the incentive of needing to get healthy so I have no incentive not to keep fairly clean diet wise
          Four years Primal with influences from Jaminet & Shanahan and a focus on being anti-inflammatory. Using Primal to treat CVD and prevent stents from blocking free of drugs.

          Eat creatures nose-to-tail (animal, fowl, fish, crustacea, molluscs), a large variety of vegetables (raw, cooked and fermented, including safe starches), dairy (cheese & yoghurt), occasional fruit, cocoa, turmeric & red wine

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          • #6
            Originally posted by sbhikes View Post
            I'm jealous. My set point is pretty high. I have only one last thing to try to move it any lower, and I'm not ready/willing to try it yet: lots of HIIT and lots of fasting.
            I never thought I'd be one of those people who ate to keep weight on. I mean I was obese for goodness sake, gaining weight was clearly not an issue for me

            Originally posted by LauraSB View Post
            I'm am nearly at my goal and am finding that I can eat more than I expected. I have reconsidered what my goal ought to be. I think 120 is totally doable for me. On the other hand, at my age, I think decent muscle mass ought to be a priority, so I am willing to disregard the scale for some muscle. I guess that means I'm willing to let my body choose?
            I know I need to focus on muscle. It's just one of those things I never get around to.

            Originally posted by peril View Post
            I came to primal to get healthy. Lost weight as a result and found a new set point with BMI of 22. Have just kept doing the same thing, but have the incentive of needing to get healthy so I have no incentive not to keep fairly clean diet wise
            The weight loss was a by product of getting healthy for me too. I forgot that somewhere along the way and my health did suffer when my diet started to slip.

            My BMI is 21 at the moment so technically I could lose another 7kgs and still be a healthy weight. Maybe I'll just let my body be and see what happens, worry if it actually gets to low?
            Became Primal August 2011

            SW - 84kg / 185lb
            CW - 60kg / 132lb
            GW - 60kg / 132lb

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            • #7
              Yeah, after awhile my body set its weight at ~100 no matter what I do so I'm good here for now.
              F 28/5'4/100 lbs

              "I'm not a psychopath, I'm a high-functioning sociopath; do your research."

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              • #8
                I wouldn't worry!! If your set weight is fairly low, then that's probably just fine. I would agree that strength training is a great idea though, no matter what your weight. You'd probably find that if you put on some muscle your set point weight would stabilise to something a little higher.

                Honestly, I need to kick my body's set point down a notch or a FEW notches! I'm still overweight and yet my weight hasn't budged in some time. Ho hum... I want to get to the weight I USED to have before I did insane stuff like dieted all the time, and ended up with a much higher set point than is at all normal/healthy for my size!

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                • #9
                  Does the body "say stop" by increased appetite after losing the last nasty 3 pounds? Is it a signal that you should not eat and weigh less?
                  I experience more appetite after about 7 weeks of eating healthy and losing a bit of weight with norma regular hunger and appetite. Body saying enough now?

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                  • #10
                    6 years in this lifestyle nad i never saw my abs.

                    skinny fat for life.
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                    • #11
                      If you're feeling healthy, try not to worry about the exact weight that you are at. Losing fat was naturally the first priority but now I think you have identified that some weight training is probably a good next step for you, really this lifestyle is all about health and strengthening your body not minimising it.

                      I am approx 60kg also at 5' 4" and 51yo. This is an easy weight for me to maintain. If I worked harder I could drop a couple more kilos and would look that bit better too, but I get enough of the health benefits here so I don't really try. If I were younger I would have aimed a bit lower
                      Annie Ups the Ante
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                      • #12
                        I'm in the "it just happens" camp.
                        I started into Primal in July 2012, with a "soft" objective of reaching my old high school football weight of 200 (I'm 68 now, starting weight near 270). I decided early on not to kill myself with stress if it didn't happen, I have failed on any number of programs, so one more flunk would be no big deal. But to my surprise, I lost steadily for a year and finally got down to around 200, then rebounded up to 205. And stayed there. I now find that I flex normally between 205 and 215 with no perceptible reasons why with diet/exercise. I'd kind of like to lose down some more, if just to have more visible abs, not too many guys my age have visible ones, but it doesn't seem to be happening and I feel great at my current size, so I'm happy.
                        The Buck stops here. I am responsible for my past and my future. So for today: I choose to be happy. I will seek wisdom. I will be a servant to others. I will greet this day with a forgiving spirit.

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                        • #13
                          I went Primal, dropped 10 lbs, and am now rock steady at 128-130, usually 130. This is where my body likes to be and it looks good on me-- not super slim super toned good but shapely and healthy. I have itches to get down to 122-125, but I figure my body is smarter than I am so I should shut up and listen. I am INFINITELY grateful to have found a healthy, happy way to live that gets me more compliments at 41 than I ever had up to this point. Skin, hair, figure, health-- thank you Paleo/Primal!

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