One pound of body fat is made of 3,500 calories, so eliminating 3,500 calories results in one pound of lost weight. Exercise is useful because it burns calories, but it isn’t necessary; neither are diet pills. Just cut calories from your diet to lose weight. To lose 20 pounds with only dietary changes, cut out 70,000 calories from what you currently eat. That probably sounds intimidating, but aim to cut 500 to 1,000 calories per day for weight loss of one to two pounds per week and four to eight pounds per month.
i think that approach might be needed only to a small percentage of people who hit a plateau and still needs to lose weight. for most of us it is not needed to be so strict. and you’d be surprised that enjoyment in life does not come from food alone 🙂 it is very well possible to have a lot of enjoyment in life without getting it from food. especially if giving up pleasure from food gives you back your health and rids you of excess body fat. try to explain it to a drug addict that life can be beautiful without drugs too. he likely won’t believe you. but we all know it is true. same goes for enjoyment from food. Life can be good without it too.
In the category of best diets overall, the Ketogenic diet, which increases fat intake and reduces carbohydrates and is reportedly followed by Kim Kardashian and Mick Jagger, comes in second to bottom. Experts were concerned at the health risks of such high levels of fat, especially for people with liver or kidney problems.
My husband and child joined the strict Paleo ( no grains, no processed foods, only good fats, lots of organic veggies, limited fruits etc) diet over a year ago based on Ramiel Nagel, author Cure Tooth Decay ideas ( so we added raw goat milk and raw milk kefir and lots of bone broth).
Chris PLEASE address why many many many females are GAINING FAT and/or not losing on Paleo. Could it be that high fat, even healthy high fat, is not a good idea for all people, especially women? I’m 42 years old and have been lean at 117 pound for the last 14 years UNTIL I went Paleo. Now, I’m up a pant size, lost my lean muscular look (even though I still lift heavy, stretch, burst/sprint train, get 8-9 hours of sleep, manage stress), and weigh 128 !!
Take 30 days and give it a shot – cut out the grains and dairy, start eating more vegetables and fruits, eat more humanely raised and non-grain fed meat, cut out the liquid calories and sugar, and see how you feel after the month is up. If you’re analytical and want numbers to use in your final verdict, get your blood work done at the beginning and end of the month.
My weight 1 month ago 115Kgs, 28 days later 104kgs and dropping. (I think this has a lot to do with the no alcohol intake as well but still you will see differences in the 3rd and 4th week especially)
A Paleo diet can help you look and feel great without trying. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be diving into even more reasons why a Paleo diet can help you lose weight and regain your health and vitality, all while enjoying delicious and satisfying food. Stay tuned!
If you want to lose weight it is important to really restrict carbs for the first few weeks to a month. If you are doing the 70/30 rule your body doesn’t have the opportunity to switch the fat burning mode. You body knows that you will eventually feed it carbs for energy. Give it a strict two weeks and you will most likely squash the carb crave and the pounds will drop off.
According to Well Being Journal Jan/Feb 2013, pg 4 an article titled Diabetes, Fats, and Carbohydrates, the sidebar article states “A healthy amount of good (saturated and olive oil) in a daily regimen of 2,000 calories would consist of at least eight tablespoons of these fats in order for you to get JUST HALF (caps mine) of your calories from fats. One tablespoon of coconut oil or other healthy fat generally equals about 130 calories”.