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    So, I 'officially' started PB last week, and have lost about 5 pounds, most of which I'm assuming is water. I lost those 5 pounds the first two days, and haven't lost anything since...despite the fact I've been lower than 125g (most days below 100g) CHO every day (with lifting every other day and running every day). I wasn't expect to lose 10 pounds a week or something crazy, but (in addition to water), I was hoping 2-3, and given the low-carbs and eating below maintenance calories (though not MUCH lower), I would have expected some/better results by now...?


    Any ideas how I can speed this process up? Cut out all fruit (haven't been eating that much, but...)? Cut out all cheese, which is the only dairy I've been eating? IF for 24 hours every other day???


    I know it's only been a week, but I just feel the need to see *some* results to keep the motivation high, especially since I'm a runner and the low-CHO is pretty much killing my workouts (though I'm hoping I'll adapt within a few weeks...)...


    PS--I know the running every day isn't Primal, but I'm making that one of my 'compromises', and hoping the additional calorie burn will spur the weight loss! :/


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    I'm going to keep this short since this question is asked a few times per week.


    Eat more calories from good fat. Total calorie count is not important unless you're getting too much CHO or protein. And it does look like you're getting too much CHO.

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      Yeah, I've been trying...every day has been between 50-60% fat...is that too low???

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        Talk to me in 90 days... seriously, it's been one week.


        How long did it take for you to put on the weight? Probably more than one week.

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          Very little PB about your regime so what are you asking?

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            Other than the running, I've been following PB pretty much to the letter (unless there is something I'm unaware of?).


            Sorry, I guess I was just asking if there's a way to speed up the weight loss...some modification I can make to speed things along. Based on most of the experiences I've read on these boards, it seems I should be able to lose 2-3 lbs easily if I'm under 100g carbs, but that hasn't been my experience so far...

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              Long distance running on a regular basis reduces your insulin sensitivity and can make it harder to lose weight.

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                u lost 5lbs, plus you have to give your body time to adjust.


                What is your hurry? Let your body do what it wants. Eat right (lower carbs is good for weightloss), excersize and itll do its thing.

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                  I relate!

                  But 5 pounds is something too, I wish I lost that much! But I haven't experienced any life changing weight loss either!


                  Maybe take it lower to 50 carbs?

                  That can make really speed things up...


                  But hang in there, do it for health and the rest will surely follow!

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                  -Raymond Peat, PhD

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                    100g of carbs is still a lot, to me. I would try going Very Low Carb for a while, but that's just me. I started with Atkins and I'm very comfortable eating that way.


                    I can't even conceive of what you would eat on a primal diet to get 100g of carbs in one day.

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                      @Prowler, tons of vegetables I'd say. Throw in an avocado or two and you can easily reach 100 I think...

                      I used to seriously post here, now I prefer to troll.

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                        Yeah, I've been eating avocados (maybe I should cut back on those), and maybe an apple or berries some days, sometimes some nuts, so sometimes I get to 100g carbs. I'll try cutting back to 50g and see if that works.


                        Thanks!

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                          Also, just as another handy tip--I would only weigh yourself once a month to check up on your progress. Ideally on PB you should lose an average of 1-2 lbs per week. If you do high intensity strength training, you can boost that. If you're doing a lot of running, though, you can slow that weight loss down.


                          But the body naturally fluxes in weight between 3-4 pounds, so weighing yourself every day or even every week is just going to stress you out. Don't sweat it.

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                            Common suggestions for weight loss here include eliminating all dairy and nuts, doing very short, intense workouts, IF-ing sporadically and lowering carbs to under 100 or even 50. Make sure that you are counting total carbs not net carbs. The PB counts TOTAL carbs so if you are eating 125 net you are probably exceeding the 100-150 maintenance zone. The fat loss zone is between 50 and 100 TOTAL.

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                              @Primal JAK--Just wondering, why would running slow the weight loss down? I'm not running fast (so it ALMOST could count as the 'move slowly' component Mark mentions...10-11min pace). I thought, if anything, it would speed weight loss up b/c 1) burning more calories, and 2) if running long distances, could potentially be catabolic, and therefore burning muscle tissue (not ideal, but if it's 'extra' muscle that will only weigh me down running, I'm not that opposed...I have A LOT of leg muscle compared to most runners...I'd also never heard the bit about running reducing insulin sensitivity...again, I thought it'd be the opposite? If you're glycogen-depleted, and running, wouldn't your insulin sensitivity almost become hypersensitive due to the lack of carbs???


                              Thanks for the tips! I was definitely counting total carbs, not Net, but I'll shoot for under 50 total carbs and see if that helps.


                              How often would IF-ing (the 24-hr variety) be productive/safe? If IF-ed for 24 hours maybe 3 times a week, is that too much???

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