Thanks for this post. It came at a perfect time for me. I added a link to my blog so others can read it as well. I recently started using My Fitness Pal and am really pleased to see how things are shaking down at the end of a day. I use it as a planning tool and a sort of watchdog. I’m not obsessive about it, but am learning a little more about how I’m eating. I trend toward what I call a WholePaleo plan; stick to Whole30 as closely as possible with a paleo flair. Again, I appreciate the information this morning.
My dreams had come true! I was now closer to my ideal body weight more than ever before! I felt slimmer, sexier, and healthier! My belly fat had shrunk, my butt was firmer, my thighs were tighter, and my cheeks were no longer round and chubby! Some people barely recognized me!
At any given time, there are dozens of weight-loss hypes in the marketplace that claim to take off 10 pounds in 10 days, or whatever. Desperation can tempt us to try anything — from “clean eating” to cutting out food groups entirely. Keep in mind: Just because an avocado-walnut-“crunchy”-kale-salad dripping in coconut oil is deemed “clean” by a so-called “expert” on your Instagram feed does not make it an unlimited food. Moral of the story? Avoid fads, eat real food, watch some Netflix, and unwind (perhaps a glass of wine in hand). Now that’s my kind of detox.
I’ve been on the Paleo diet for one week and I’ve lost 10 pounds so far. I usually have an egg, avocado and some berries for breakfast. Grilled chicken, greens, avocado, and a small piece of fruit for lunch. And for dinner I’ll have fish or venison (my husband and I hunt and fish on our land along with having a big orchard and garden) greens, roasted butternut squash and raw veggies. If I feel like I need a snack I have a glass of ” chocolate milk” it’s almond milk, coco powder, and liquid steave. Put it in a pinte jar shake and refrigerator for a few hours. It’s the best.
There are variations of this diet that says you can substitute beef steaks for fish or chicken. Yes, that’s true and those two will give you as much proteins as a steak, except not the same amount of iron, which by day 5 and 6 is very needed for energy.
Spicy Pepper Chicken Stir Fry – Spice things up with this amazing chicken stir fry that relies heavily on multi-colored bell peppers. You can make this quickly in the morning and take it with you to reheat at work. It’s colorful nature makes it more appealing to the senses, which translates to better tasting meal thanks to the psychology at work.
The amount of physical activity any individual person needs for weight loss can vary, but you will need to get both regular physical activity and follow a healthy eating plan to lose weight and keep it off. A good plan may include 30 to 60 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic physical activity, like brisk walking, done nearly every day. Find something you can do and find ways to enjoy it. Take a brisk walk or a jog with a friend or your dog. Enjoy a video that gets you moving.
Find a support group. Having friends, family members or co-workers supporting you through your weight loss plan may help you continue to lose weight and maintain it long-term. Build a support group to help you stay on track.
6 pounds in 3 weeks is great, and healthy. You will be more likely to KEEP it off. Everyone needs to remember that this is really a LIFE CHANGE. Once you reach your goals you don’t go back to old bad habits. If you do, the weight, and any issues you had because of it, will be back. Exercise is very important also. And you don’t have to have a gym membership. Just walking fast enough to get your heart rate up for 20-30 minutes a day is a great start.
The first step for making the process easier is to treat your body in a loving way from day one—instead of withholding positivity until you reach a specific number on the scale. That means ditching the judgy voice in your head and acting like your own best friend.
Garlic Breadsticks – Top off the going out to eat feeling by having a serving of garlic breadsticks with your savory scampi. Breadsticks are just one sign that you won’t have to sacrifice a traditional style meal on Paleo, you simply make adjustments to how the breadsticks are made and exclude the ingredients that harm you.
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Aah. Good question. No one ever talks about this one. Honestly, I lost a lot of friends. I’m sure my mother-in-law thought I had an eating disorder at the time and I know some of my girlfriends were talking about me behind my back, saying that I was compulsively exercising and anorexic. Since they had never been able to sustain any type of healthy weight loss themselves, I had to be doing something illicit. When someone has amazing success in an area that you yourself have not, it can highlight your failures and make you feel bad about yourself. A lot of people – okay a lot of women (let’s be honest) – will revert to subversive measures, i.e. gossip and backstabbing, to make themselves feel better about themselves. It was hard, but I lost a lot of friends. Also, those people who were happy for me now found me to be a huge pain in the ass when it came to outings, like going out for dinner. I can’t just grab a burger anymore. There needs to be attention paid to what restaurants I frequent and that requires planning. A lot of people stopped calling and asking me out places because I was no longer convenient to be around.
If you’re feeling tired all the time, try adding some salt to your food. Going from a processed, high sodium diet to a paleo diet you will very often end up eating too little sodium, which is an essential nutrient.
…or one less treat a day, or one less glass of orange juice. Doing any of these can save you about 100 calories a day, and that alone is enough to prevent you from gaining the two pounds most people mindlessly pack on each year. Check out these other weight loss tricks that don’t require diet or exercise.
You do have to take a little physical exercise along with this diet. However, do not go for heavy exercises as you will be short of energy in this duration. You can perform any mild exercise/s that suits your present fitness level.
I just thought of something else. You may already be aware, but whey protein is dairy…I know I was eating protein in shakes and wasn’t even considering that. Hemp protein, and pea protein are a good option I think to use.
Sure, you can lose weight quickly. There are plenty of fad diets that work to shed pounds rapidly — while leaving you feeling hungry and deprived. But what good is losing weight only to regain it? To keep pounds off permanently, it’s best to lose weight slowly. And many experts say you can do that without going on a “diet.” Instead, the key is making simple tweaks to your lifestyle.
Below we will drill down into each step, but before we do that I want to stress that each of these steps are just goals, not rules. If you mess up, that’s ok, we all mess up. It’s what you do after you mess up that counts.
Well done on the weight loss. You are 14 and you weight now about 152 pounds. That is not at all bad and it may be better just to keep it at that whilst you continue to grow. My teens (14) lost some weight and my view has been it is best to let it stabilise, change the foods you eat for life to a healthy diet with no junk food and as you grow taller and exercise any existing excess weight will disappear naturally.
Maybe this works better for the guy who is building up, rather than the girl who just wants to sleek down. Best wishes to you, Tim, and the others who give it a try, but I’m heading to Trader Vic’s for some crab puffs! Heavy on the puff!
“You’re on Paleo Magazine Online‘s site, so ditching grains, refined sugar, seed oils, and other forms of junk food isn’t a revolutionary concept that bears repeating. You’re already doing all that, and it’s usually enough to kickstart the weight loss. Another piece of low-hanging fruit is tailoring your carbohydrate intake to your activity levels. Eating too many — or too few — carbohydrates for your exercise habits can stall weight loss. Furthermore, the overweight tend to be insulin resistant, and lower-carb, higher-fat approaches work better for this population (although a rare phenotype of obese and insulin-sensitive does exist for whom higher-carb, calorie-restricted diets produce more weight loss than ad libitum low-carb). Again, pretty standard approach. If that doesn’t work? If you want to lose weight while being Paleo, the simplest, most effective way I’ve found is to shoot for the minimum effective dose of food. If you want to consume the RDI of magnesium, you can either eat 2.5 cups of soybeans — a whopping 900 calories, give or take — or you can eat a pound of frozen spinach — a paltry 140 calories, plus a hundred or so more for any added fat. Trying to get more zinc? You can eat a cup of pumpkin seeds and reach 70% of the RDI with 747 calories, or you can eat a couple medium-sized oysters and hit 111% of the RDI with just 80 calories. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not disparaging pumpkin seeds, or any other food. You can and should eat them. But you should focus on the most nutrient-dense, calorie sparse foods.”
Why does this work? Because you’re only eating foods that you’re genetically engineered to thrive on: high quality, high energy REAL foods. Not from a box, not from a bag, not from a window. Food from the earth. Yay nature.
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Stuffed Bell Peppers – Ground turkey gets the go ahead as the stuffing for these peppers, making for a meaty and filling dinner. There are plenty of meats to choose from on the Paleo diet, so it’s a good idea to keep it varied and don’t get into a rut. Ground turkey can be a nice break from chicken and beef, and provides lots of protein without as much saturated fat as beef. Fat grams are not something you count on Paleo, it’s just smart to eat various types of food.
Calories are the most important factor that determines both weight gain and weight loss, and a healthy weight loss plan creates a safe calorie deficit to promote weight loss. The game of weight loss is all about calorie intake and calories burnt. In case of weight balance, all calories are same, but when it comes to overall health, all calories are not the same.
The Paleo plan focuses more on eating meat under the assumption that early cave dwellers had limited access to grain and greens, and thus were “made” to eat a diet primarily composed of protein. Practitioners of this plan focus on getting energy from animal products that are high in protein and low in carbohydrates. Dieters also avoid processed foods like:
One friend of mine had dropped 15 kilos in two months with this diet that obviously worked! This is put forward as a seven day diet, and although I am not always in favor of ‘crash’ diets, this one does merit some study. It is reputedly from Sacred Heart Memorial Hospital and is used in their cardiac care unit for overweight patients to lose weight prior to surgery.
There’s one never-fail weight-loss trick: Keep a food diary. Just tracking helps prevent you from overdoing it. And now it’s easier than ever. Instead of having to meticulously write down everything you eat, you can snap a photo of your food with your phone—and a study published in the International Journal of Consumer Studies found that shooting photos of food actually worked better than the pen-and-paper method. Taking a photo ahead of time gives you a chance to improve on your choice, suggests a study from University of Wisconsin-Madison: When the participants looked at photographs of their food, they realized that maybe they could cut back on the serving size or skip the snack they were considering. As one of the study subjects reported, “Who wants to take a picture of a jumbo bag of M&Ms?”
The problem is that to lose body fat, we need to be in what’s called a “calorie deficit” for an extended period of time. This means that the number of calories entering our body (i.e. what we eat and drink) have to be lower than the calories being used by our body (i.e. general metabolism and physical activity).
Pass on those two strips of bacon at breakfast or in your sandwich at lunch time. This simple move saves about 100 calories, which can add up to a 10 pound weight loss over a year. Other sandwich fixings can replace the flavor with fewer calories. Think about tomato slices, banana peppers, roasted red bell peppers, grainy mustard, or a light spread of herbed goat cheese.
I have been reading about slow-carb, and it says to avoid white-bread and refined cereals. The only cereal I eat is organic health cereal, ‘wheat squares’ and ‘bran’, and the only bread I eat is whole grain wheat.
That’s why the Paleo approach to weight loss is different. Instead of just trying to starve your body into submission, the goal is to fix the underlying problems. It’s about working with your body, not working against it.