22 responses

  1. Tyler
    February 15, 2014

    Great post guys! Thanks.

  2. JB
    February 15, 2014

    My new favorite podcast on this show. Awesome.

    • Emily Dewey
      February 18, 2014

      So glad you enjoyed it JB! – Emily, FBM Team

  3. Jamie
    February 16, 2014

    Can I suggest that maybe women are remaining chubby on paleo is because women are genetically designed to be chubby? Through evolution we have sort of learned to store extra fat for child baring and breast feeding etc. The lean look is really designed for males, and the desire to look lean for women is a lot more cultural than natural. Maybe it’s not a failure, and it is actually just our bodies turning to what they were designed to be?
    Just a theory. Something that has interested me. I will definitely be looking into that a little bit more as a beginner biohacking female myself.

    • Emily Dewey
      February 18, 2014

      LOVE this point Jamie! Thank you for bringing it up :) Keep us posted on what your findings look like, I’d sure be interested! – Emily, FBM Team

  4. Emily
    February 17, 2014

    Jamie- I was thinking the exact same thing. The current thinking about how women ‘should’ look is based on young teen models who are probably so underweight that they are not reproductively healthy. I am ‘fatter’ than I maybe could be, but eat a homemade, primal diet, I get lots of sleep and feel healthy. Pretty sure our ancestors didn’t have magazines, scales or mirrors either! :)

    • Emily Dewey
      February 18, 2014

      Ha! Emily, so true about ancestors not having magazines/scales/awful media influences etc… Lucky them! Haha PS excellent name you’ve got there! :) – Emily, FBM Team

  5. JK
    February 19, 2014

    This was a great one. It’s going on my list of “must read/listen” I give to people when they ask me about this way of life.

    • Emily Dewey
      February 25, 2014

      Awesome JK! Love that! I have a list similar to that as well ;) – Emily, FBM Team

  6. AM
    February 20, 2014

    hello Ania here ,
    I personally didn’t find this interview content new or helpful reg women’s health/fitness and paleo ,and would love to hear from mature women ,who overcome weight/hormonal issues and would be willing sharing their wisdom
    because it is crystal clear (to me) that our gender and at some point age do matter when striving for our personal best in health and physical appearance ,hope it doesn’t sound too gloomy ;-)

  7. Carolyn
    February 22, 2014

    I’m 61 years old. I love the paleo way of eating. When I eat paleo I lose weight and feel great. When I eat my old way I gain weight and don’t feel as good. I enjoyed Denise Minger podcast and I liked learning the things she has been studying and is now sharing. I also think gut flora is very important. I learn so much from watching Abel’s podcast. Thank you for addressing women’s issues.I do trust you. Thank you

    • Emily Dewey
      February 25, 2014

      Thanks for listening in Carolyn! So glad you enjoyed the show :) – Emily, FBM Team

  8. Andrea
    February 23, 2014

    Wow! This information is sooo eye openning!!! Thanks!!!!

    • Emily Dewey
      February 25, 2014

      Glad you enjoyed it Andrea! – Emily, FBM Team

  9. Laura Santagata
    February 24, 2014

    I’m yet another female, age 42, that GAINED FAT while going Paleo over the last 16 months. I went from a lean distance runner with many minor issues such as reoccurring sinus infections, sore throat, charlie horses in my calves, and feeling run down quite a bit to a NON-runner other than sprints, lifting heavy things, giving up the low-fat, high whole grains. The positives are that I am sleeping better, have better energy throughout the day, haven’t had more than the sniffles in the last 16 months, and have gained strength in the gym. The negative is just one, FAT gain. I’ve put on a total of 9 pounds in a little over a year eating Paleo foods! I no longer fit into my size 2 pants, and have had to shop for both casual and dress clothes which is depressing and expensive! Since I internally feel better and well-nourished, I’m going to continue eating Paleo, but I’ve learned that just because the foods may be Paleo, they are also high calorie (other than veggies which I eat a bunch of 3-4 times a day). I’ve had to completely give up all nuts as I was eating 2 handfuls a day to fill the gap of my usual low-fat pretzels. I’ve had to give up fruit too since my sugar cravings from my previous diet was hitting me hard and I’d turn to fruit, thinking it’s OK to eat 2-3 pieces a day. I’ve been working hard these past 2 months trying to get the FAT off my frame as I don’t feel sexy or comfortable at all. The worst part is that I’m a fitness instructor, and people rely on me to “look the part!” Paleo foods are high calorie and most are high , healthy fats. This means, for females, watch your portions. When you are still hungry after your protein and veggie — you must eat more greens, not nuts or chocolate or Paleo treat foods such as macaroons! Those will get ya chunky!! :(

    • Emily Dewey
      February 25, 2014

      Hi Laura, thanks for your input. I know it can be frustrating to gain weight while others are dropping it (seriously, I know from personal experience!!). I’m glad you are recognizing the other positive benefits though and sticking to the whole foods based approach. I think the other important factor to remember is that when you come from a long history of low calorie/low fat (ie general restriction), your body is immediately going to try react by holding on to fat because it’s actually being NOURISHED for the first time in however long… I was immensely frustrated when this happened to me as well, but I’m happy to report that now that my body has healed (and I’m even less restrictive on what “paleo foods”) I’m eating, I’m starting to notice my body change in the direction I was hoping for all along ;) Keep at it, and remember how important it is to nourish your body first and foremost! – Emily, FBM Team

  10. Madeleine
    February 26, 2014

    I am a woman on Paleo, don’t exercise a lot and I am not chubby at all :)

    • Emily Dewey
      March 4, 2014

      Everybody is different Madeleine :) – Emily, FBM Team

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