What has worked for me over the years includes wheat and dairy free, tailoring my calories to my activity level, watching the carbs, intermittent fasting and yes some exercise, but diet is mostly what helped the most. Eating less and not exercising over time damaged me though and eating less and moving more was also a no go. You need to look at your genetics- are your parents heavy? My mom was super skinny when she was younger but gradually got heavier as she got older from grains- oatmeal for breakfast, etc. I have heavy relatives also who have problems likely from a combo of eating too much of the wrong foods. The first step is to eat right, then exercise, then notice what happens.
I have lost about 7 kilos (15 pounds) in 60 days of paleo/primal eating. I cut out all added sugar, processed foods (if its in a packet, I wont eat it), breads, pastas, carbs in general. I have been doing at-home exercises - plank, squats, lunges etc. I eat 2-3 meals a day and make sure that vegies feature on every plate
My Journal in Paleo Eating
Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )
ill speak for my wife because she does not come on here .. she started a week after me weighing in around 143 ..
after 2 months or so she was 120 .. currently she is 114 ..
she is 85% primal .. im not giving her credit for the coffee with whole cream, occasional sweet treats, etc.. she doesnt snack anymore she eats 2-3 meals a day .. eats nuts, lots of fruits, otherwise just meat and veggies .. if we go out to dinner occasionally she has sweets like macroons, 1/4 slice of cake, etc .. shes given no effort other than avoiding all grains like the plague for the first 5 or so months .. now she loses a pound or so every few weeks randomly even after cheating some .. she went from a 29 waist to a 24-25 .. and is much smaller in general .. she has more energy, but i still cant get her to work out .. i dnot want to sound mean and please understand she would say this before me but she needs to tone up some in the legs etc .. her chest also went from a 44DDD to a 44D which has made her life MUCH easier especially when bra shopping ..
shes 5'2" and just turned 29 yesterday for what thats worth
you guys CAN DO IT!
started at 310 July 23rd 2011 ... workin and workin!
my journal - http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread34980.html
I have found since I have hit my 40's the weight only comes off incredibly slowly. I eat about 1400 a day. I eat mixed berries and full fat Greek yoghurt as my desserts. satisfies my sweet tooth.
I do Zumba twice a week, circuit training twice a week and lift heavy weights at least once a week. I count my shuttle runs as my "fast running"
Wish my tummy would get smaller though.
I did low carb and VLC for years, maintained but stalled my metabolism and couldn't go any farther with fat loss. Addressing my thryoid has been the biggest breakthrough. Also, drinking milk- ditching dairy other than yogurt and kefir which contain lactose and are pro inflammatory, did nothing whatsoever for me. Coconut oil & butter are staples; didn't use CO for years because of initial bad reactions & just didn't get its benefits as a weight loss food. Just basic walking and weight lifting is all I do these days- no Crossfit training or intervals or anything like that. These days I follow a slightly tweaked primal food list; I also don't count carbs.
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I've been Primal for 4 months now, with regular intermittent fasting. I do minimal exercise. I've lost 21 lbs so far! Lots more to go but am feeling confident, and I'm prepared for the weight loss to slow down as I approach my goal. I think the key to success no matter how much you have to lose, is to not obsess about how fast and how exactly you do it, but just to be consistent over time, and find tweaks and tricks that work for your particular lifestyle.
There is certainly a general gender disparity when it comes to weight loss, but everyone is physically very different so don't assume your effort will automatically be hard.
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Start weight: 238 lbs (March 2012)
Current weight: 205 lbs (July 2012)
Loss so far: 33 lbs!!!
WOE: Primal + IF
Movements: Hiking, sprinting.
Goal: to see my abs some time in 2013!
I'm kinda late joining this thread, but here's what I can say.
I have played around with calorie-counting, low-carb, lifting heavy, all that stuff. I found out that I have a dairy allergy, so ANYTHING dairy-related is out. No lacto-fermenting veggies, no cheese, no yogurt, unless I want my face to break out. If I go super-low-carb, I get cravings, I get weak, my workouts suffer, and my mood goes to crap. I'm a lot better off just eating a banana or two a day. Heck, when I was at Navy boot camp, I often ate a banana at EVERY MEAL and still lost weight. Also, intermittent-fasting doesn't work for me. I get ravenously hungry and over-eat at the next meal; through experimentation, I seem to be finding that eating four small meals a day works well, especially when they're full meals that focus on lots of good veggies and a little bit of good meat: salads, curries, stews, omelettes.
I lift heavy things occasionally, but bodyweight works better for me. I immediately start putting mass on in my thighs and butt when I start doing weighted leg work, so I avoid that. Also, as un-Primal as it is, running helps me get lean. I just do it with my husband because he pushes me to go faster.
In other words, whether or not I gain weight has to do with how much I'm eating and how much I'm cheating. If I'm focusing on veggies and smaller amounts of meat, I'll lose weight. If I eat too much, I'll gain. I just need to balance eating enough to keep my workouts fueled without eating too much, and that's a trick.
P.S. I think the other big part of my success is that I don't do any of those "Primal cheat foods" that people seem to be so fond of. I don't do Primal pseudo-breads, pancakes, cookies, muffins, and whatnot. My meals are quite often very recognizable -- you can see the meat, eggs, veggies, fruits, and everything. I really believe that if you're using all those cheat foods, you're just cheating yourself and missing the point of eating primal to begin with.
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