Jay Ondreicka/ShutterstockBeans, beans the magical fruit. The more you eat the more you… lose weight? It’s true, according to research in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. In the study, people who ate just 3/4 cup of beans, peas, chickpeas, or lentils a day lost half a pound a week without changing their diet or exercise habits. Legumes are full of fiber and protein, a combo that can keep you satisfied for hours. Check out the surprising health benefits (and a few risks) of beans.
In this article, I’d like to discuss some of the key strategies that can help make your weight loss journey successful. While a switch to Paleo is a great start, there are a few key lifestyle habits that will help you reach your weight loss goals.
We’ve written a 4,000-word monster article on the Paleo Diet that’s a must read if you’re going to start eating healthier, but I know this stuff can be overwhelming. We consider the Paleo Diet fairly difficult to stick with, which is why it’s one of the higher difficulty levels on the Nerd Fitness Diet.
Could someone help me? I am 5’6′ and weigh 140. I really need to get down to 125ish, but i can’t seem to lose this last few pounds. I’ve been following this diet, and I play tennis 2 hours a day. And to anyone who says its about the inches, well, i’m a size 8, but i really want to fit into a 5. I think I’ve hit my platuo. Any suggestions?
The mechanism involved in making this diet a success is essentially taken up by the combination of the foods that are included in it. These are designed in a systematic way, which can act as a combined strategy only.
That’s the routine that works for me, but you may decide that a drastically different routine works for you. Maybe you prefer to sit cross-legged on the floor, or perhaps you’ll meditate at night instead.
For the calories in one kid-size box of apple juice, you can enjoy an apple, orange, and a slice of watermelon. These whole foods will keep you satisfied much longer than that box of apple juice, so you’ll eat less overall. Check out these other healthy food swaps you never thought of.
I forgot to mention above^^: When I was on my old diet of having a cheat meal once a week, I did not have my period for about 7 months. Now that I am refeeding instead, my period has returned to normal.
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.
Compositionally speaking, the Paleo diet is geared toward weight loss: It’s higher in protein, fiber, and fat, which keep hunger at bay and blood sugar levels in check. The extra protein offers muscle-sparing benefits when the body is burning anything and everything it can for energy, which helps blunt the reduction in metabolism that commonly accompanies weight loss.
Lastly, to help you stay motivated I recommend you log your weight loss results so that you can gather an average. You will always have good weeks and bad weeks, but it’s the average that counts. Every weigh in (only weigh in once per week) write the pounds lost on your calendar. At the end of 8 weeks add up all the weight loss pounds and divide by 8 for your 8 week average. This will help you stay motivated and see your results. Anytime you have a bad week, think of your weight loss average and know this is all just part of the process.
“The best way to lose weight on The Paleo Diet is to not ‘do’ The Paleo Diet like we ‘do’ other diet trends. In other words, don’t try to come up with a set of rules (do eat this, don’t eat that) and then cram everything into those rules that will fit. DO eat mostly meat and vegetable, cycle your starch, and attend to the other inputs of health – responsible exercise, sleep, and stress management. DO NOT eat paleo-ified versions of the same junk you always ate while ignoring other aspects of your lifestyle that will keep you from peak health.”
You can keep the tahini, as it’s derived from sesame seeds. Use some lemon juice, sea salt, and organic freshly ground black pepper and you’ve got a dish that is somewhat like hummus but without anything in it that will slow down your Paleo progress.