Dana, it has taken me just over 2 years to loe 50 pounds. I’m still losing but very slowly — which is good, not bad, because I’m establishing habits that will be with me the rest of my life, and losing slowly keeps the metabolism from feeling as if it’s starving, So now I’m eating the fats and proteins that enable me to make healthy cells and my body’s critical biochemicals like enzymes, without which I wouldn’t be so healthy.
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Having grown up in France, where bread is its own food group, I got very depressed when I was told that, in order to address my auto-immune condition, I had to go gluten-free, and beyond that, grain-free, dairy-free, and starchy vegetables-free… It most certainly is a very restrictive diet, and I thought I’d never be able to enjoy food again. I went into it kicking and screaming. No joke. NO ONE was more surprised than me that, after following this diet for 8 months, not only do I feel much better, but I do not feel deprived *at all*! It really is possible to make very tasty food on this diet. It did require discipline at the beginning, and it is more expensive and more time consuming, but I’ve always cooked anyway (I’m French, after all!) and my efforts are repaid ten-fold in improvements in my health. I consider it an investment of sorts 🙂
Don’t eat anything packaged (cookies, poptarts, waffles, snacks) only eat fruits and veggies (preferrably raw with ranch maybe) lean meat (chicken, turkey) fish, and whole grains like oatmeal. Also eat dairy in moderation.
The good news is that adding simple activity back into your daily life is an easy, effective way to shape up, burn calories, and get healthy. A Cooper Institute study found that lifestyle activities such as climbing stairs and parking your car in the farthest space offer benefits similar to those gained in a gym workout.
How hard is it to pick up a head of broccoli and chow down? How hard is it to purchase a package of chicken breasts and put them on the grill? How easy would it be to just say “I don’t care about all of this stuff” and throw caution to the wind? It’s only as hard or as easy as you make it out to be. Not sure what point you’re really aiming to make here but you’re obviously not getting out of the article what was intended. Many people DO suffer from eating certain foods, and most people DO have at least one food intolerance, whether you do or not. Can you really argue that Paleo isn’t at least an option in defeating certain illnesses and combating disease in a healthy and positive manner?
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I am on the waiting list for your book at my library. I am gluten, lactose, refined sugar and potato intolerant according to tests my naturopathic doctor did after presenting with fibromyalgia and chronic insomnia. I did a Whole 30 two years ago and gave up gluten and dairy 100%, as well as refined sugar and potatoes. I eat rice occasionally and corn tortillas occasionally too (like twice a month). Otherwise I eat meat, veggies, fruit, coconut products, some nuts, olives, avocados. I also do HIIT twice a week. I have not lost any weight. It’s amazing and I don’t understand it. I eat better than anyone I know and yet I cannot seem to lose weight ever, even on the Whole 30! However, I no longer present with chronic pain, my sleep has improved, and overall I feel better. I look forward to reading the rest of your articles because I’m stumped and frustrated. Thanks!
When I was younger, I’d run 6 miles three times per week, and even with this small amount of running, I could eat pretty much whatever I wanted without gaining weight. Of course, I was in my early 20’s too. Not sure now that I’m past 30 that this would work quite as well. 🙂 Oddly enough, when I did run that much, I didn’t really want crappy food. I actually craved vegetables. I ate a lot of white rice and garden burgers. After my runs, I would drink a half gallon of OJ and eat 3 bran muffins. Still lost weight.
I think what you’re not getting is the article is saying the *weightloss* part of eating Paleo is often effortless, because a lot of people lose weight when the cut out the processed junk – I don’t think the article is implying that eating Paleo is easy (though for me it is!!) it is saying that the weight loss part once you make the switch is often without additional effort (calorie counting, exercising etc.). I think you are the one caught up on the semantics!
When you cut back calories, your body fights back in a number of ways, he says. First and foremost, you get hungry. “Hunger is very powerful and very primal,” he says (as anyone who’s ever felt “hangry” knows). “You can ignore it for a few days or weeks or months, or trick it by drinking lots of water or going for a walk, but it’s very hard to ignore it permanently.”
Not only do you not have to count calories, you don’t have to purposely restrict fat or carbohydrates, though you’ll naturally eat fewer carbs, simply because Paleo eliminates the highly processed and refined carbs (like flour and sugar) that are such a big part of the Standard American Diet. But there’s no need to strictly avoid any particular macronutrient.
Finally, I started measuring portions occasionally. My parents were overweight, so I’d grown up looking at unhealthy portion sizes. A kitchen scale was a God-send. I found that I could be genuinely satisfied with 4 oz meat instead of 8-10.
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That’s why it’s key to figure out how to fuel your body and mind in a way that’s safe and realistic for you. “There is no one strategy that is universally effective in helping people to achieve a healthy weight,” Stanford says. And, of course, if you’re struggling to find a diet that works for you, seek out a registered dietitian—he or she can help guide you toward an eating plan that best suits your needs.
For more information, pick up Dr. Atkins’ book. I highly recommend it. Most folks seems to miss Dr. Atkins’ point that you want to start out with a highly restrictive diet and move to include slow carbs in phases. The highly restrictive diet helps to eliminate your sugar/carb cravings and increase insulin sensitivity. It kind of tears you down and builds you back up in a healthy way. By the end of the diet, you’ll be eating lots of berries, nuts, beans, and other healthy carbs, once you are moving towards life-time maintenance mode. It also stresses whole foods and lots of vegetables.
The problem is I haven’t been eating a lot. In fact, for the past three years I’ve eaten a lot less than I did before. It doesn’t matter what I do, or how much I work out, nothing is shifting the weight. I’ve tried dieting, calorie counting, personal trainers, blood tests. Nothing has worked.
Really great post. Very descriptive and informational. I also wrote some recipes and health topics for eating healthy while trying to lose weight. Any one trying to lose fat but still want to eat tasty food can follow this blog and mine too at http://being-foodie.blogspot.com
Breadie (and other high carb eaters), one missing piece here is that tastes change as you switch your eating patterns. Just because your tastes now make this way of eating appear unappealing, over time, more vegetables and other foods now become more appealing. Also, really, let’s be absolutely clear about the diversity of food choices on the Paleo diet. Right, it ‘restricts’ you to all the huge spectrum of fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and meats. If you don’t think you can find something ‘tasty’ to eat, and somehow the bland starches and grains are what’s appealing, then you need to take another look and discover what the breadth and depth of tastes are really there. The cup isn’t half empty. Or just go ahead and eat the bread and muffins, and enjoy and accept the consequences.
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If you eat a carbohydrate-rich meal (lots of pasta, rice, bread, or French fries, for example), your body releases insulin to help with the influx of all this glucose into your blood. As well as regulating blood sugar levels, insulin does two things: It prevents your fat cells from releasing fat for the body to burn as fuel (because its priority is to burn off the glucose) and it creates more fat cells for storing everything that your body can’t burn off. The result is that you gain weight and your body now requires more fuel to burn, so you eat more. Since insulin only burns carbohydrates, you crave carbs and so begins a vicious cycle of consuming carbs and gaining weight. To lose weight, the reasoning goes, you need to break this cycle by reducing carbs.
I do not recommend eating whatever you want or cheating once a week. I myself did this and eventually I feel off my diet and gained my weight back. Now I do what is called a “refeed,” instead of cheating and I do it every 2 weeks. I will continue doing this until my body fat levels are lower. Once they are lower, I will refeed more often.
4. Think of bags as dumbbells. When you let someone else load your groceries or carry your suitcase, you’re missing a great opportunity for strengthening and calorie burning, says certified coach Beth Rothenberg, who teaches a class for fitness professionals at UCLA. “Carry your groceries, balanced with a bag in each hand, even if you have to make several trips,” she says. “And pack two smaller suitcases instead of one big one, so you can carry them yourself.”