Author Topic: Is it possible to lose inches, not weight, having done no particular exercise?  (Read 8652 times)

Offline sally_ann6

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I am quite intrigued by the fact that i have lost no tangible 'weight', since i started eating paleo about 5 weeks ago, yet i am wearing smaller clothes.

I am horribly lazy and have no exercise regime.  I just wondered if it was possible to lose fat and build muscle on this diet by just getting on with life.  Otherwise i can only think i may have lost some bloat or something...

Offline samjohn

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You'll not find any studies on it, but yes others on this forum have had the same experience.

I can only assume that the Paleo diet is far more conducive to muscle growth, and moving your body round is work enough for at least some small gain in muscle mass. Theoretically this effect could be more pronounced the more overweight the person is due to having a heavier body to move around, but that is pure conjecture on my part.

That is I think a tape measure is a better tool for recording progress than a set of scales.


Offline kyleen66

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I am a fan of the tape measure as well. I've lost a number of inches without the scale moving. Some of our new folks put too much stock in the scale when the whole picture of how your clothes are fitting and how you FEEL should be the real measurement.

But those tend to be the people that are here to drop some weight and aren't really concerned with the whole picture anyway. Stick to it Sally Ann, you're doing great!  ;D

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I agree with samjohn.  However, I would note a couple of additional factors.

Some people have fatty liver when they get on paleo.  If so, what they may be seeing to some extent is redistribution of fat from the unhealthy deposits in the liver to less unhealthy subcutaneous fat.  That would result in a decrease in waist size with a slight and likely nonmeasurable increase in things like arm and leg circumference.

Also, many bathroom scales are pretty inaccurate, so you might be losing some weight without knowing about it.

However, it does stand to reason that with the substantial improvement in protein quality on a paleo diet, the equilibrium amount of muscle would be slightly higher with the same exercise (which might be zero exercise).

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yes, I think it's possible.  I'm sure I gained a bit of muscle on paleo not doing much exercise!

I don't really use the scale too much when judging weight.  I can see a pound going on my stomach!


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Thanks guys!

I am in jeans that i haven't been able to fit ever, so i know that something good is happening!  I wonder why the scale isn't moving though?

I am in the healthy weight bracket with a BMI of just under the top end for my height, so there is certainly weight to lose.  i am not going to give up or anything, i am in this for the long haul, just pondering why i'm not one of those people who are jumping up and down in excitement as they are losing a pound a day or something.

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I am one of those chicks that maintain muscle easily on paleo.  I am not overly active (I go in spurts with months and months in between), but I keep muscle easily and often times if I barely increase activity I will actually gain a BIT of weight but lose inches.  Its that fat weighs much less then muscle issue, and I think the paleo diet just really is formulated for easy muscle gain.   

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just pondering why i'm not one of those people who are jumping up and down in excitement as they are losing a pound a day or something.

some people lose more easily than others, and some have a 'default weight' of more.  I can't lose any more weight, even if I eat 1000-1200 cals a day.  About a month I did 5 days of IF in a fortnight and didn't lose a pound!

Slowly and surely.... :)  Don't beat yourself up if you don't lose as fast as others

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A kg of muscles takes up less room than 1kg of fat so by replacing one with the other you can keep the same weight whilst reducing inches

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Offline LauraSue

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im 5'3 and started at 155 pounds (not sure what that is in ks). . I started paleo about 3 weeks ago and i go between 145 and 150 depends on the day and if I drink a litre of water in the morning (smoking is bad for morning dry mouth and I figure ill get my water in all in at once haha) so even though I can wear pants I had to give up in Oct (I always blame winter holidays) I don't see ANY point in stepping on a scale friday because frankly its depressing to know that i havent cheated in a whole week and STILL weigh the same as I did on monday, sometimes a pound more!! I had a friend once who went from 240 to 210 then a month later was 240 again and almost cried until his trained explained how fat takes up twice the space of muscle!! so just wear what fits and remember its coming off.. might be slower then most days.. but some days we eat more to so if your scale dependent weigh yourself before the day starts at the same time every day!!