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    I am female and really want to lose about 30lbs. I got inspired reading through the before and after pics thread until I realized most successes were men. Most of the threads complaining about not losing weight seem to be from women. I always wanted to believe that "men can lose weight easily and women can't" was a bit of a myth, but it's looking like reality.
    However, some women here have been quite successful. So, for the women who have successfully lost significant weight, what is your strategy? Do you do anything beyond eating primal? Do you take herbal supplements to balance hormones, boost adrenal function, etc? Do you have to eat lower carb? Count calories? Life weights more to build muscle mass? Do you have to fun marathons?

  • #2
    Really? I've seen plenty of women's stories on there! My sister-in-law lost 25 pounds in her first 2 months. I've lost 14 (I'm within 5-10 of ultimate goal weight so I have to start pushing more). A friend of mine has lost 12 in a month. There are so many women on this forum who are dropping pounds/inches like crazy. The more you have to lose, the easier it is to lose them without working terribly hard for it. Start out just eating primal and forming good habits, then tweak as you find out what works for you. Learning to listen to your body and learn how to read signals is important.
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    • #3
      The weight comes off just eating primal. I did shake up my normal workouts about the time I went primal and started bodyrocking. Many people here do crossfit workouts - but I have some disc injuries that won't let me do that. Bodyrocking is HIIT and uses your own body weight to build muscle. Muscle burns fat. You get a cardio workout and strength training all in one. I do also do low intensity aerobic to warm up or cool down. About 1hr of exercise 4 days a week. For a long time I only did 30min and still got results. BUT, started feeling so good with paleo and had so much energy, I increased the exercise a bit. It just feels good. Best of luck to you!
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Kakes View Post
        Really? I've seen plenty of women's stories on there!
        Well I did acknowledge there are many successful women stories. I just meant the successes seem to be skewed more toward men while the "failures" seem to be skewed more toward women. So I wanted to know if the successful women (compared to less successful women) had to go the "extra mile" to make it happen, and what that "extra mile" was.

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        • #5
          NO extra mile here. Just sticking to the basics, no refeeds, no resets, no bulletproof coffee, no whole 30 or whatever. Lost 9 lbs in the first 3 weeks, lost 5 lbs in the last 5 weeks. I am about 2.5 lbs from my lowest adult weight. I feel great. Try it, even when I wasn't losing weight (I've had 2 little plateaus) I was getting smaller.

          The beauty for me is how simple it was to transition. I was already eating organic, not lots of sugar, bread rarely. Not to have to worry about fat or calories is liberating. KISS (keep it simple stupid) has been my philosophy and it's working.

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          • #6
            I follow a pretty basic primal blueprint with a few exceptions made for autoimmune disease. I think the common things that I have noticed for women not losing weight:

            1. Eating dairy
            2. Eating nuts
            3. Being too rigid on the diet
            4. Eating too many processed meats (bacon, lunch meats, etc)
            5. Too many paleo substitutes (paleo pancakes, cookies, etc.)
            6. Use of artificial sweeteners
            7. Maybe the use of protein shakes.

            Just my two cents
            Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )

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            • #7
              I lost weight cutting carbs and increasing protein (while keeping my calories at maintenance level on Fitday). This was before I started MDA. Paleo has lead to no weight loss at all. I agree that women seem to be struggling with weight achievement more than men. Remember too, that those who do not achieve what they want will just move on. I suspect there are quite a few of those we never hear from.

              One thing that concerns me is when people post here complaining that they are not losing weight they get told that they are not doing it good enough. Cut nuts, cut dairy, cut calories..... Is this really how PB is supposed to be? Restrictive? I think many people gain weight because they are missing nutrients and minerals from their diet and this advice to cut food intake further can make the situation worse. You shouldn't have to cut nutritional food from your diet to be healthy.

              My advice is to read the book, follow Mark's advice, and if you still don't lose weight dig deeper into the issue of stress, sleep and mineral deficiencies.
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              • #8
                Female, started at 160lbs, now (I think, may be less) 145lbs, and loving my almost flat but lovingly squeezable tummy.
                I have a very wide build (very large shoulders, hips, and bulky legs, even when I'm skinny), so I think 145lbs is good for me now, even though I could probably lose another 10 to 15 lbs
                It seems I'm still losing fat, actually. *shrug*

                What I did:
                - Cheated a lot. Ice cream, pizza, snickers, kitkats, lots of cheating.
                - Didn't exercise at all, in fact I spend a lot of time sitting down.

                - Ate high fat cuts of meat, fish, coconut milk, eggs.
                - And vegetables, in the summer and autumn it was a lot of low carb vegetables, but now in winter it's a lot of potatoes, carrots, parsnips, etc, very high-carb things..
                - Cooked all my protein and vegetables on LOTS of fat like butter, bacon greases or marrow from beef bones.

                - Ate breakfast and lunch, no dinner and more often than not, no snacks (this was not planned, it just happened that I was not hungry)

                I think if I bothered to eat better (not cheat) and actually got off my ass and exercise, I'd lose a lot more fat.


                BUT
                I ate super healthy most of my life, I grew up with great fresh food (pretty much Primal). it was only about 6 years of my life that I ate Standard American Diet.

                ALSO
                I never did any diets before in my life, I thought they were silly. I am and have always been realistic about my weight, something most women aren't. I'm doing Primal so I can be healthy again.

                So maybe my body is not as messed up as most women here. Someone like my sister who ate crap all her life and dieted a lot probably would need to be a lot more careful with her diet and exercise.

                Also... keep in mind... one of the reasons there are more pics of men than women on the before/after thread is because most men love to show off, but I would imagine most women would be reluctant to share their picture. Most, not all. I know men may also feel this way but probably not to the extent women do. I think most women would always feel like "Oh, I'm not skinny enough yet (I don't look like a supermodel) so I can't post my picture"
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                • #9
                  You might like these threads:
                  http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread43603.html
                  http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread31940.html
                  http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread32041.html
                  http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread45274.html

                  Just sharing in case you haven't seen them (which I assume you haven't since you posted a new thread)
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by abstractpersona View Post
                    Female, started at 160lbs, now (I think, may be less) 145lbs, and loving my almost flat but lovingly squeezable tummy.
                    I have a very wide build (very large shoulders, hips, and bulky legs, even when I'm skinny), so I think 145lbs is good for me now, even though I could probably lose another 10 to 15 lbs
                    It seems I'm still losing fat, actually. *shrug*

                    What I did:
                    - Cheated a lot. Ice cream, pizza, snickers, kitkats, lots of cheating.
                    - Didn't exercise at all, in fact I spend a lot of time sitting down.

                    - Ate high fat cuts of meat, fish, coconut milk, eggs.
                    - And vegetables, in the summer and autumn it was a lot of low carb vegetables, but now in winter it's a lot of potatoes, carrots, parsnips, etc, very high-carb things..
                    - Cooked all my protein and vegetables on LOTS of fat like butter, bacon greases or marrow from beef bones.

                    - Ate breakfast and lunch, no dinner and more often than not, no snacks (this was not planned, it just happened that I was not hungry)

                    I think if I bothered to eat better (not cheat) and actually got off my ass and exercise, I'd lose a lot more fat.


                    BUT
                    I ate super healthy most of my life, I grew up with great fresh food (pretty much Primal). it was only about 6 years of my life that I ate Standard American Diet.

                    ALSO
                    I never did any diets before in my life, I thought they were silly. I am and have always been realistic about my weight, something most women aren't. I'm doing Primal so I can be healthy again.

                    So maybe my body is not as messed up as most women here. Someone like my sister who ate crap all her life and dieted a lot probably would need to be a lot more careful with her diet and exercise.

                    Also... keep in mind... one of the reasons there are more pics of men than women on the before/after thread is because most men love to show off, but I would imagine most women would be reluctant to share their picture. Most, not all. I know men may also feel this way but probably not to the extent women do. I think most women would always feel like "Oh, I'm not skinny enough yet (I don't look like a supermodel) so I can't post my picture"
                    This. Plus women are more likely to ask for help.

                    I'm sure there is a gender disparity, but the above facts make it look bigger than it is.

                    Going by the journals here, men are likely to exercise in a way that optimizes weight loss, and to cheat more efficiently. They also have way more realistic goals and body perceptions.

                    While it may not be fair, the most useful thing to do is see if any of the male tendacies help.
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                    • #11
                      I have lost 14kgs (30.9lbs) in 6 months (only 36kgs to go LOL!). It works. I swim 9-11 kms (6-7 miles) p/wk. I think some type of slow and steady exercise is essential - either as part of your working day or an extra. My only supplement is 2 Omega fish oil tab daily
                      Odille
                      F 58 / 170cms / SW 131.5 kgs / Current 112.4/ GW 65
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                      • #12
                        I was successful with low carb at first but then stalled out. My more recent losses have come since I quit worrying about carbs (and gave up counting in general) and more recently when I cut out dairy except for butter. I don't think everyone needs to drop dairy; however, I gave it up for six weeks for a paleo challenge at my gym, and since I was already primal, I decided to do a more strict paleo thing and give up dairy to see what happened. I dropped another 11 pounds and now fit back into all my size 6 clothes and some size 4s. Needless to say, I'm keeping on with what works for me, so I still minimize my dairy intake.

                        In total over my primal journey, I've gone from a size 14 to a size 4/6 and lost about 35 pounds.

                        How I do primal:
                        • I paleo bake, but only with coconut flour, or I make things like custards or fruit crumbles (shredded coconut topping) that don't require any sort of flour.
                        • I use honey and maple syrup as sweeteners in small quantities, but consume a little almost daily (teaspoon of honey in coconut milk chai, for example).
                        • I don't count calories (although I do keep a simple food log so that I can track how I feel/perform with dietary changes).
                        • I don't count carbs.
                        • I eat when I'm hungry. No forced IF, no eating windows except what I tend toward naturally, which means unplanned IF happens reasonably frequently.
                        • I don't worry about eating carbs and fats together.
                        • I probably consume less fat than many around here, but that still has me eating far more fat than a non-primal person.
                        • I eat root vegetables, including potatoes, as well as greens, brassicas, peppers and tomatoes, and pretty much any other veggies I can get my hands on--I love them all.
                        • I eat fruit when I feel like it, generally at least one portion a day (a banana, for example) but often two. I don't avoid sweeter fruits and love things like pineapple and melons.
                        • I eat small amounts of dairy (mainly cheese) as a treat now, but I do not make it a regular part of my diet.
                        • I do CrossFit.
                        • I walk my dog.
                        • I am pretty strict about getting enough sleep.
                        • I try to keep up with the less talked about PB rules like getting enough play, using my brain, and so on. I don't know if they make me thin, but they make me happy and healthy.
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                        • #13
                          I am kind of the new kid on the block but is it possible that you a improving your body composition and it is not showing on the scale? If you are losing fat while gaining lean mass and repairing your metabolism it is possible that the scale is not the ultimate measure here.

                          Other things to ask 1) How do you feel mentally and physically? 2) Are my jeans fitting better??

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                          • #14
                            55 year old perimenopausal woman with cerebral palsy, hypothyroidism, bone on bone arthritis, who has lost 50+ pounds and kept if off for 2+years-
                            From this thread:
                            http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...tml#post738368
                            1. Making the focus health and healthy daily choices and NOT weight/weight loss
                            2. Setting non-weight goals.. Blood sugar control/avoiding diabetes, arthritis pain relief, improving insomnia, good health markers..
                            3. Deciding what I could/would do and understanding/accepting what I couldn't/wouldn't do. Still love pizza.
                            4. Setting a plan to exercise. A daily time 5 days a week and sticking to it. Accept the fact that starting low and slow was my only option and finding success in little improvements.
                            5. Realizing there will be bumps in the road but they don't have to derail me.
                            6. Realizing I could find success even if I couldn't/didn't do primal "perfectly"-- can't afford grassfed, physical limitations in regards to exercise..
                            7. Being willing to try something new but realizing that while it might work for others it might not for me-I learned to listen to myself and my body.

                            Eating VLC (<50)on an ongoing basis messes with my thyroid function so, while I dont track often, I try to stay above that level. I have also been on BHRT for many years, after finding I had undetectable estradiol levels. Making sure I had good ferritin, vitamin D, and thyroid numbers helped a great deal.

                            Finally, I made a deal with myself-- I could remain obese and still be successful IF I got and stayed healthy as determined by medical markers, physical abilities, daily choices, overall wellbeing,etc.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by jo View Post
                              I lost weight cutting carbs and increasing protein (while keeping my calories at maintenance level on Fitday). This was before I started MDA. Paleo has lead to no weight loss at all. I agree that women seem to be struggling with weight achievement more than men. Remember too, that those who do not achieve what they want will just move on. I suspect there are quite a few of those we never hear from.

                              One thing that concerns me is when people post here complaining that they are not losing weight they get told that they are not doing it good enough. Cut nuts, cut dairy, cut calories..... Is this really how PB is supposed to be? Restrictive? I think many people gain weight because they are missing nutrients and minerals from their diet and this advice to cut food intake further can make the situation worse. You shouldn't have to cut nutritional food from your diet to be healthy.

                              My advice is to read the book, follow Mark's advice, and if you still don't lose weight dig deeper into the issue of stress, sleep and mineral deficiencies.
                              I don't really view nuts and dairy as that healthy. There is nothing in those foods that you can't get from a more primal choice. I think the real issue is that nuts and dairy are very, very easy to overeat.

                              Have you ever watched videos of primates eating nuts in the wild? They have special little smashing stones and they will sit for a very long time smashing them open. I would guess in an hour they maybe eat ten nuts - and it is still worth it for them calorically! So having a giant bag a pre-shelled nuts of a jar of nut butter allows a lot of calories to be eating. Plus they are high in O6 fats and have tons of lectins.
                              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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