Stock your pantry and refrigerator with healthy foods. Get rid of the high-calorie, low-nutrition snacks like chips and candy. But don’t forget to have plenty of healthier options available as well, such as popcorn (hold the butter, try Parmesan cheese sprinkles), low-fat cheese and yogurt, fruit, instant cocoa without added sugar, sugar-free popsicles or puddings, or whatever appeals to you when you’re hungry for a snack.
Researchers at Tulane University randomly assigned 148 men and women to follow either a low-carbohydrate diet or a low-fat diet. None of the participants had heart disease or diabetes when the study began.
I sleep with ear plugs in every night. I don’t know what I’m going to do if I have a kid and I need to hear him/her crying at night… I can’t sleep without them at this point. I’m an anxious, sometimes hyper-vigilant type of person, and if I hear the house creak at night I immediately think it’s a rapist coming into my room. I’m only sort of kidding. So earplugs changed my sleep forever by making all those noises go away. I can sleep through most things now, and I can’t recommend it highly enough for people like me.
The Paleo diet is working amazingly for me. I have been on it for just under 3weeks and lost 13kgs or 28lbs. I feel fantastic, I have been very strict though, and stuck to only the wholesome foods. 3 weeks ago I weighed in at 152kgs/335lbs, now i’m down to 139kgs/306lbs. Paleo is changing my life. Infact I don’t think I am doing the Paleo diet anymore… I am simply a Paleo!
Tim’s recommendation on having the same thing over and over is a sound one, though. I’ve read and heard that people who are succesful at losing weight and keeping it off, tend to have the same thing for breakfast EVERY SINGLE DAY. Its a no brainer. You start your day off right, build up some momentum, and its easier to make good choices the rest of the day.
The first time I went my meal tasted like heaven but left me feeling seriously guilty. Maybe the guilt was because of my prior restrictions, or maybe because my meals have so far tasted awful due to my bad cooking skills. Either way, something about eating a satisfying, flavoursome meal felt really wrong and shameful.
I recommend Saturdays as your “Dieters Gone Wild” day. I am allowed to eat whatever I want on Saturdays, and I go out of my way to eat ice cream, Snickers, Take 5, and all of my other vices in excess. I make myself a little sick and don’t want to look at any of it for the rest of the week. Paradoxically, dramatically spiking caloric intake in this way once per week increases fat loss by ensuring that your metabolic rate (thyroid function, etc.) doesn’t downregulate from extended caloric restriction. That’s right: eating pure crap can help you lose fat. Welcome to Utopia.
Cookie Bars – This is the last cookie bar recipe you’ll ever need, even approved by non-Paleo dieters as being ultra-delicious. Other diet plans make you give up things like cookie bars, or save them for a cheat meal of free day. There are no cheat meals or free days on the Paleo diet because it doesn’t bar you from having your favorite foods or use a ton of willpower to make it through your day or week.
Trim Portions. If you did nothing else but reduce your portions by 10%-20%, you would lose weight. Most of the portions served both in restaurants and at home are bigger than you need. Pull out the measuring cups to get a handle on your usual portion sizes, and work on paring them down. Get instant portion control by using small bowls, plates, and cups, says Brian Wansink, PhD, author of Mindless Eating. You won’t feel deprived because the food will look plentiful on dainty dishware.
Don’t combine proteins would be my suggestion. Although this advice fits more into the raw diet rather than paleo. It is my belief that the raw diet eclipses and is the diet (it should really become your lifestyle) that most weight loss diets are aiming for, and are a shadow of.