“My dog and I go for a walk every day, even if it’s for just 10 minutes around the block. When the weather is horrible, her enthusiasm gives me the incentive to get out when I wouldn’t dare lace up my sneakers otherwise. All the walking adds up: I’ve lost more than 50 pounds this past year.” —Jamie Altholz, Denver, CO
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Because paleo food is awesome. It’s great for weight loss. But then beyond simple weight loss with paleo, you can accelerate your weight loss with paleo tips and tricks, most especially macronutrient management.
If your body is storing all your calories for fat instead of using them for fuel, dropping down to absurdly low calorie levels isn’t going to work. But once you’ve taken care of everything above – the micronutrient needs, the food reward factor, the nutrient partitioning – then it’s time to talk about calories.
If you’re going to work out, don’t do anything extra from day 1 through day 4. You metabolism cannot sustain it because of the low calorie and protein intake. You’ll burn muscle rather than body fat. Implement cardio exercise from day 5 through 10 , after you’ve eaten your meat proteins.
In fact, weight loss is the most common reason why people choose to eat paleo (at least at the start). They eliminate grains, dairy, sugar and legumes and see the extra pounds effortlessly drop off. It almost sounds too good to be true, right?
Ultimately, however good our diet is, if we’re thinking too much about what we eat, we’re probably eating more than we need. The times when I feel the thinnest and healthiest are when I’m enjoying life and passionately involved in my projects. The old saying “Eat to live, not live to eat,” is really wise. People (including me at times) who spend all day planning healthy meals and grocery shopping, etc., are probably using this behavior at least partly to escape from life. And when you’re not really living, what else is there to do besides eat (and maybe spend too much time posting on blogs, lol)? For me, reducing food reward down to nothing is only an excuse to further retreat from life. Look at photos of both Guyenet and Sisson. Who do you think has a richer, more passionate existence? Simple food, YES. Purposely tasteless food, NO. Don’t do it.
The specific “Biggest Loser” diet plan is probably not to blame. A previous study found similar metabolic suppression in people who had lost weight and kept it off for up to six years. Whether weight is lost slowly or quickly has no effect on later regain. Likewise — despite endless debate about the relative value of different approaches — in head-to-head comparisons, diet plans that provide the same calories through different types of food lead to similar weight loss and regain.
There are other simple means to get rid of the excess fat from your body, which always seems to a cause for low self-esteem and loss of confidence. But, when you give your body a makeover by shedding those extra pounds, then that would really be the best thing you are giving to yourself.
The human genome didn’t undergo any drastic fat-storing mutations around 1990. But the obesity rate has skyrocketed in the past 20 years, reaching almost 36% in 2010. The problem isn’t our bodies – physiologically, we’re the same as we always were. The problem is the disjunction between the world we evolved to thrive in and the world we actually have to deal with.
Most Americans get enough protein but could choose to get it from leaner sources, so you may already have plenty in your diet. Your exact protein needs depend on your age, gender, and how active you are.
This is especially important for women. The female body has many mechanisms specifically designed to store body fat if it thinks it is being starved: this protects a woman (and her baby) from dying if she is pregnant.