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    Hey all,
    I havent been primal for very long (month maybe) and people are always telling me that females are more likely to gain size (go up a few dress sizes) and store fat rather than tone down (drop a few sizes).
    I am interested to see if girls out there are dropping size or putting it on.
    I have no intention of losing weight, but i do want to look and feel better, maybe go down a size or so in the process.

    Currently I am following the primal book for what exercise to do on each day, occasionally throwing in my own as well.

    Any help would be great grok and groketts!

  • #2
    I've been primal for about 6 weeks and I've dropped almost 2 sizes. If you head over to the success stories thread and look at the before and after pictures, I think you'll get some pretty definitive answers.
    You don't have to be sick to get better.
    Female, 31 years old, 5'8"
    Primal start: 1/2/2012
    My Primal Journal
    Living, loving and learning.


    • #3
      I've been primal for 4 weeks and have lost about 8 lbs.
      I'm trying to lose fat and have about another 10 lbs. to go.
      More importantly, I've lost 2 inches from my waist, 2 inches from my hips, .75 inches from each thigh and 1 inch from my bust.

      The first week I lost 4 lbs. of what I believe was bloat from eating wheat. Each subsequent month, I've only lost 1 lb. but have noticed that my entire body is tightening. For me, it's more about the inches then the weight. Muscle is much more dense, therefore you may gain weight, but still appear smaller.


      • #4
        I've been Primal for 7 months, dropped 30 pounds and went from size 14 to 8. I still have a bit to go and should even out at an 8 or 6 by the time I'm down to about 140lbs. That will be a 40 pound loss. Definitely not going up.
        5' 9" 47 YO F
        PB start June 2, 2012
        Pre PB SW = 180 (no scale at home, Mom's scale January - 153lbs!)
        Current deadlift 245 lbs, squat 165 lbs, bench press 135 lbs

        PB Journal


        • #5
          I still have a bit to go and should


          • #6
            Welcome. You can use primal to achieve your goals, if that is to tone and drop a size or two then you are in the right place.

            Speaking from my own experience, weight bearing exercise can build your muscles. Relatively low carb eating can help you burn fat.

            I have lost 5kg, and dropped from size 12 to size 8, now maintaining that with lots of delicious primal food and exercising maybe twice a week.

            Good luck.
            Annie Ups the Ante


            • #7
              I'm in a Biggest Loser competition at work right now and decided that was good motivation to get back into the Primal lifestyle that I left behind. In the past 3 weeks of mostly primal living, I lost 4.4 pounds and my jeans are fitting much nicer. I don't want to lose too much weight... maybe 5 pounds... but I want to have less body fat and get stronger. Definitely not gaining or getting bigger, except my muscle mass a bit!
              >> Current Stats: 90% Primal / 143 lbs / ~25% BF
              >> Goal (by 1 Jan 2014): 90% Primal / 135-ish pounds / 20-22% BF

              >> Upcoming Fitness Feats: Tough Mudder, June 2013
              >> Check out my super-exciting journal by clicking these words.

              Weight does NOT equal health -- ditch the scale, don't be a slave to it!


              • #8
                Who exactly are these 'people'? Not sure where they're getting their information from.

                Sure some people might gain weight if they gorge on primal food, but for the most part Primal living makes us healthy and healthy bodies are happy to drop excess fat.

                I'm most definitely smaller - despite lifting heavy. Yes, my muscles are bigger, but there's much less fat surrounding them.


                • #9
                  My daughter and I are primal for more than a year, I have gone from size UK 22 to UK 18, my daughter from UK 22 to UK 14-12. And the process is going on. I guess I need to get to UK 14-16 and she - to UK 10 approximately, she is smaller than me.


                  • #10
                    I have been Primal for almost a year now. I dropped size (about 4 pant sizes) but haven't lost much "weight" In total I've lost 20 pounds but people are shocked with how much I weigh. I'm a size 4 jeans, small shirt 5'6 140 lbs about 18% bf


                    • #11
                      I think people who gain weight on primal tend to be those who are underweight to start off with! I lost weight pretty much straight away when I started primal (although it did stagnate).


                      • #12
                        I started paleo about 2 months ago and it's the best decision I ever made. I lost 6 pounds.That's not much but I'm already 5'3 and 108 lbs so I don't need to lose more.Since I started, my body fat got lower and my muscles started growing faster which is probably because I eat more proteins.


                        • #13
                          Congrat's on all the weight loss, who of you that have been successfull limited their diary/nuts/avocado intake - can you perhaps share your daily menu's for successfull weight loss.
                          Nobody can imprison your power of imagination.

                          Restarted the journey:
                          SW: 153lbs (Starting date - 05/08/2013)
                          CW: 146lbs (13/08/2013)
                          GW: 130lbs


                          • #14
                            I think maybe it makes a difference where you come from in your diet. My binge foods are sugar in nature so once they were gone no binging or overeating at all. Been crazy fast for me.
                            Started Primal June 2012 at 148.5lbs, and 5' 1", reached goal weight in 5 months.
                            Lowest weight 93lbs - too thin. Now stable at around 100lbs much better weight for me at my age.
                            Primal, minus eggs, dairy and a myriad of other allergens.


                            • #15
                              I've dropped 2 pants sizes and 2-3 bra sizes since going primal and not really trying all that hard. I'm sure if I made fat loss a priority I would lose more in a hurry. Couldn't tell you what that translates to in pounds. Haven't stepped on a scale in years.
                              *My obligatory intro

                              There are no cheat days. There are days when you eat primal and days you don't. As soon as you label a day a cheat day, you're on a diet. Don't be on a diet. ~~ Fernaldo

                              DAINTY CAN KISS MY PRIMAL BACKSIDE. ~~ Crabcakes