I find that for me, staying around 60g (total) carbs feels best. If I let it get close to 100 I stop being able to hear my hunger and I get hungry all the time and cranky. If I keep my carbs low I'm happy, calm and can trust my appetite. I have more energy and feel more vital. That's just me though. There's a huge drumbeat right now to get everybody to eat more carbs. I tried it and it doesn't agree with me.
Female, 5'3", 49, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135 (more or less).
Starting squat: 45lbs. Current squat: 180 x 2. Current Deadlift: 230 x 2
I started at 5' 3" and around 137 lbs. Over a year later I am at 133 lbs. But the amazing thing is that I started lifting heavy things and my waist went from 33" to 29" in 6-8 weeks. I have great waste line, a bit more tummy than I want, but I get so many comments on how good I look and how much weight I have lost and how tiny I am, that I struggle with working at this harder. I eat 90% primal, get some cardio in, LHT 2x per week, and feel great. More lean is overrated...pass me some wine and chocolate now!
I can honestly say, that I don't know what I weigh. I know I weighed 148lb in january (I'm 5'4" in my late 30s) and started primal eating in February. My scale needs new batteries, I haven't replaced them so I'm going by how my clothes fit. My goal was to get back into the skinny jeans, pre-pregancy weight I guess. It took me almost 4 months to reach that goal and along the way I've really toned my arms and the celulite on my legs has reduced a lot. I've tried on my pre-pregnancy bikinis and they don't look to shabby either. so, I'm happy.
I am curious to see how much I weigh. Twice I've jumped on the scale in shipping and receiving but, it was all over the place. Honestly, I wanted to get to 130 but, I'm thinking if I keep up this muscle growth I may end up in the upper 130s and being in the best shape of my life.
Background: In my 20s I reached my highest weight at 195. I lost it all 12years ago by eating 1 meal a day and lot of walking. A CW meal but, whatever. I started more vigilant exercising for years after and lost even more weight getting to my lowest at 125lb (b/f I got pregnant in '08). So my body knows being fat and it knows being skinny. I developed a natual way of knowing how much to eat by first tracking everything I ate. I know how much to eat if I want to be in the 1300-1400 calorie range but, it took a good month eating primal for my body to know it's hunger cues. I was always on the edge of being hungry the CW way. Now, I know when I'm full and when I'm hungery and I F'in love it!
Last edited by labmonkey; 06-21-2012 at 01:15 PM.
Thanks for your post. Its good to hear how long it took you to loose inches from your tummy as that is my problem area. I don't have any scale lbs to loose but I need to loose some stubborn fat, firm up and gain muscle.
My situation is a little bit different I suspect. I have lost about 18-20lbs over the last 4 months in order to make it into a lower weight class for a large brazillian jiu jitsu tournament.
I started out fairly lean on a wheat free diet that was already pretty low carb.
I then went completely primal for the first month.
I added 16/8 IF for the last 3 months.
I have only upped the training volume slightly, and I eat around 3500 calories in the 8 hours I do eat.
End result I weigh exactly what I need to for the tournament (205lbs) and my body fat went from what I would guess was low teens to 5% according to the bod pod (+/- 3%)
The results came suprisingly easy. Much easier than a previous diet down to 205lbs years ago with "healthy" whole grains and a higher carb ratio.
So Yay me I guess.
It was easy for me. I started at about 135, went down to 120 in six weeks. Eating basically meat/poultry/eggs and vegetables. I decided that was a bit too skinny for me, so I added in fruit and went up to about 125. Have been able to maintain that weight for over two years now without thinking about it too much, by basically eating primal foods. I'm a woman in my mid-40s.