Adipocyte turnover is something like 10% annually, meaning it could take years or even a decade of maintaining a significantly leaner physique for that to be established as the "new norm." That's also why people tend to bail on diets so quickly because it immediately doesn't show benefits. It takes YEARS of strict diet adherence for your body to recycle the fat cells holding onto toxins. For example, if you are hypothyroid due to years of high intakes of polyunsaturated fats, it will take up to a DECADE of a low polyunsaturated fat diet for you to cleanse those damaged cells from your body. Realistically, I've been paleo-ish for 3 years, but only specifically lower PUFA for about a year. And I am SLOWLY dropping my setpoint. 142-145 lbs seems to be my normal now, and it used to be about 10 lbs more when I ate considerably more fat and less carbs but still paleo (and I couldn't lift nearly as much as I can now!)...but it is a slow, slow road. People need to learn adherence and patience. Hell, I had bumps under my triceps MY ENTIRE LIFE - little tiny red patches - and they just went away about 6 months ago. It took over 2 years of grain and vegetable oil avoidance for my skin to clear up sufficiently, and I started this lifestyle at the baby age of 24. Can you imagine someone beginning at 40? Or 50? With a slower adipocyte turnover and decades more of toxins in their bodies?
Originally Posted by Zach
It is a slow road, folks, and it is important to be diligent.
I wonder is something like the new "cool sculpting" procedures are a faster workout for the adipocyte turnover issue since the procedure kills the fat cells. Even if the body replaces the fat cells, you could technically replace "pre-paleo" adipocytes with "post-paleo" adipocytes, giving the fat cells a much lower composition of PUFA. This could potentially lead to a faster metabolic rate.
Don't put your trust in anyone on this forum, including me. You are the key to your own success.