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    So I have been eating in the primal way for a long time then I found this website which has helped me understand it in greater depth. My life long problem is that I am very strong for a lady. I can lift heavy things (ie my bench is over 200lbs), I crosfit, and in my job I am moving. So the problem is that I have a nice layer of what I call insulation, lol. Some would call it cub. It seems that no matter what do I gain muscle like crazy and that layer of fat doesn't budge. The worst of it is in the lower body legs, thighs and boooty. Any insight would be great. btw had all the tests done and everything came back normal and I am 5"2 and 182lbs.


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    Do you sprint?

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      Not really, only if we do it during crossfit. What would you recommend? I mean it would be someting new for me to do.

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        Well, since you're a Crossfitter, I'm assuming that you're in fairly good shape...I'd start off with traditional tabatas, 20sec. full-out work, 10sec. rest, 8 times. Could be the worst four minutes of your life, so take it easy if you need to! Sometimes I even take a 30sec. break between sprints, just so I can REALLY go full-out on my next go. (But with this, I also increase reps.) You can try it on a bike as well, but personally, I feel like I get the most with just me and my feet.

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          Nice I will give it a try. any other ideas are welcomed.

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            I would say lower your carb count, and definitely second the tabatas!

            The more I see the less I know for sure.
            -John Lennon

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              Throw some fasts in there too and you're golden!


              Nothing wrong with a strong musclear woman...and nothing wrong with a little bootay! :P

              I grok, therefore I am.

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                I am in awe of your bench - that really is fantastic.


                Now, while there is nothing wrong with a muscular woman and a little bootay, 182lbs is pretty heavy for 5'2. I'm pretty muscular and carrying a good amount of lower body fat but at 5'7 I weigh around 157lbs (well, that's what I weighed on Saturday - and that's a heavy weight for me).


                You're obviously working out hard (I've tried Crossfit, and the metcons can be pretty brutal) and if you're on a primal forum I'm guessing you eat well most of the time. You say your tests have come back normal but it does sound like you may be estrogen dominant. I'd get a second opinion.


                Estrogen also loves fat, so reducing your bodyfat will help. I'd agree with the above and say axe carbs for a bit - be brutal if needs be, though you may have to ease back on your workouts (keep lifting heavy but if energy is an issue, ease up on metcons). Appearance is governed more by diet than exercise.

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                  Amazing bench would love to know what your squat and deadlift are?? sounds like you are pretty fit


                  I agree with Indiscreet, the upper end of ideal weight for a woman your height is 136lbs, so even if you allow ten extra pounds for a heavily muscled woman, you still probably need to aim to drop around 35lbs. Sprinting or other forms of HIIT may help, but it mostly comes down to diet, if you don't have any hormonal problems. Do you weigh, measure and track your food? because this can help enormously. Good luck

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                    OTOH, our OP might just be "one of those people", usually women, deemed "too fat", yet are in perfectly good condition and health.


                    Might I suggest a body fat measurement? You could start with one of the Lean Body Mass calculators all over the internet. The math was developed by the USN after measuring thousands of men and women, so it's about as accurate as your measuring is. All you need is a tape measure.


                    You could also do the caliper thing.

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                      @OTB - I second your comment entirely.


                      I'm just an inch and a half taller than you, Turtle and until a little while ago I was 184 pounds. I've been lucky enough to lose weight on PB, but I doubt I will ever get down to my so-called 'ideal' weight because I am well-muscled. I can't bench as much as you, but I'm not too far away (well, when my back is working anyway!). If I get down to the upper end of my 'ideal weight' I will look scrawny and not healthy at all.


                      So yes, do check your Lean Body Mass first.


                      Having said all of that, there may be other issues at play here as well, such as portion control, hormones etc. But I would try to eliminate one issue at a time first. It could be that yes, you do need to lose some weight, but maybe not as much as you might think.


                      Good luck!

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                        Wow, thanks for all the feedback.


                        So I am Russian and Native American. I am build muscle like a russian and look like a native,lol.


                        The lowest that I have gotten in my adult life is 155 so I dont see 136 ever happening, hehee.


                        So if my estrogen is high then that would mean that my body doesn't want me to lose weight? I have been feeling like, because of the amount of muscle that I have that my body is tring to balance out? At one point last year I got down to 168 but it was like my body was freking out and I gradually increased( i felt the compulision to eat)


                        I stoped training about a year and a half ago cause I had to go to medic school. WHich was time comsuming and stressful. Prior to PB i ate the primal way except i ate limited grains, beans, breads, rice. I have recently cut these things out. I start the day with a shake, then when I get hungrey I either eat a bar or pretien wrap ( leatuce with some kind of meat and tomatos in between) then later I will have a salad or cevice. I also eat adkins protien bars when i am in a bind. I have protien shakes too(PB shakes and they taste great).


                        btw, i am a power lifter. my coach doesn't let me see my weight cause he doesn't want me to psyc myself out over a number, lol. I cheat, hehehe well a little. I know that after not training for a while that I squated 450ish last week. I used to be doin 500ish. He is a great trainer but nutrition he's a little old school ( the guy is in his late 60's)


                        Ok so I decided to not weigh myself anymore. I am going to get retested, cut my carbs, watch my protien, and increase crossfit(tabatas). So how much in the carbs? how much protien?


                        I am making an appointment to get re-tested and before I go I want to be ready with an arsonal of questions. I do remember that the last test they said that my thyroid was low but not low enough to do anything about or worry. If you have any thoughts on questions that I want to focus on during my test Pleaselet me know


                        Thank you for all your help

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