Americans use their cars for two-thirds of all trips that are less than 1 mile and 89% of all trips that are 1 to 2 miles, yet each additional hour you spend driving is associated with a 6% increase in obesity. Burn calories instead of gas by following this rule: If your errands are less than 1 mile away, vow to walk them at a brisk pace instead of driving. Or park where you can run several errands within a mile instead of moving your car each time. Walk every day and you’ll be 13 to 17 pounds lighter next year.
In general, losing weight by following a healthy, nutritious diet — such as the Mayo Clinic Diet — can reduce your risk of weight-related health problems, such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and sleep apnea. If you already have any of these conditions, they may be improved dramatically if you lose weight, regardless of the diet plan you follow.
The problem is that to lose body fat, we need to be in what’s called a “calorie deficit” for an extended period of time. This means that the number of calories entering our body (i.e. what we eat and drink) have to be lower than the calories being used by our body (i.e. general metabolism and physical activity).
There are many advantages to this kind of diet. While I have been on a somewhat more restrictive diet (bulletproof), the same principles apply. I wasn’t very overweight, but heavier than I had been in my life, about 180 pounds. Historically, I have lost weight by restricting caloric intake, especially fats, and exercising more. It has worked, but the weight slowly creeps back on. Since the birth of my second child, there was less time to make my usual adjustments so I gained about twenty pounds. On the paleo diet, it was very easy to lose 25 pounds. I never feel deprived. I can eat nuts, vegetables (drenched in butter), grass fed lamb and beef and fish as much as I desire. I feel better physically, I recover from exercise faster, my blood pressure has dropped and I sleep better. I really never though I would get my weight back down to 165, let alone 155. I also thought that giving up bread and cakes would be a real hardship. So far, it is not.
Losing extra weight may help you look better, but more importantly, it can take pressure off painful joints and improve overall health. Research shows overweight people with arthritis who lose 10% of their weight have better mobility and 50% less pain. Try these small steps to drop excess pounds and get big health results.
Most American plates are 11 or 12 inches wide. If you stick to a plate that is nine or 10 inches wide, however, Dr. Wansink says you can cut about 23 percent off the amount you serve yourself (and eat.) “It’s a mindlessly easy way to cut things down,” he says.
Starvation or extreme diets may result in rapid weight loss, but such quick weight loss can be unsafe and is almost impossible to maintain for most people. When food intake is severely restricted (below approximately 1,200 calories per day), the body begins to adapt to this state of poor nutrition by reducing its metabolic rate, potentially making it even more difficult to lose weight. This also happens when dieters engage in fasting or skipping meals. It is also possible to experience hunger pangs, bouts of hypoglycemia, headaches, and mood changes from overly stringent dieting. These health symptoms can result in binge eating and weight gain. Since a highly restrictive diet is almost impossible to maintain for a long time, people who attempt to starve themselves thin often start to gain weight again when they stop dieting and resume their former eating habits.
I am 54 and on my 2nd week of Paleo which I adopted to feel better and eat healthfully. I have struggled with losing 10 lbs for the past 6 years after trying EVERYTHING. 3 lbs would come off, 4 would go back on. I would find myself thinking about food all the time and sticking to a weight loss plan was suddenly so hard at this age. I’m not yet menopausal. Since going Paleo, I am never hungry anymore, have tons of energy, enjoy my food AND dropped 4 lbs. I can no longer imagine eating any other way. No breads, rice, pasta, potatoes, legumes, peanuts, refined sugars, bad oils, dairy, fake sugars. Lots of lean protein at every meal, variety of veggies, and occasional fruit. Nuts for snacking plus Chia seeds. I eat when I’m hungry and skip when I’m not. To lose more weight I will cut my portions a bit and start exercising. Also, I’ll try to move more throughout the day. My biggest rave is that I’d forgotten how much I enjoy real food (as opposed to processed, or prepared.) With so many vegetables to choose from, cooked or raw, and yummy protein options, every meal is a guilt free adventure. Lol.
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The reasons for going Paleo are multitudinous, running the gamut from disease elimination to exercise optimization and everything in between. With its inflammation crushing power, Paleo is able to handle these tasks with ease, which is why it can be easy to forget that Paleo is the perfect solution to the everyday problem of weight loss. The sad fact is that two out of three adults in the U.S. are obese or overweight, a situation that’s due in no small part to the calorie-rich and nutrient-poor Standard American Diet (SAD). We live in a world where pizza is classified as a vegetable, canola oil is considered “heart healthy” and everything is washed down with soda, so simply going Paleo and ditching all that junk can often be enough to get to a healthy weight. Sometimes you need a little more help, however, and that’s where we come in. By joining forces with top Paleo experts like Mark Sisson, Loren Cordain, Robb Wolf and Jason Seib, Paleo Magazine is providing you with the ultimate guide to losing weight with Paleo.
You’ve heard of a self-fulfilling prophecy? If you keep focusing on things you can’t do, like resisting junk food or getting out the door for a daily walk, chances are you won’t do them. Instead (whether you believe it or not) repeat positive thoughts to yourself. “I can lose weight.” “I will get out for my walk today.” “I know I can resist the pastry cart after dinner.” Repeat these phrases and before too long, they will become true for you. Try these other daily mantras that can help you reach your goals.
It can also be helpful to set new health goals for yourself—such as running a 5K or getting eight hours of sleep every night—in order to maintain your forward momentum, says Mast. And remember to keep focusing on the motivator(s) you identified when you first started toward your goal.
If you eat a piece of fruit or 1/2 cup of fruit for a snack, AND some protein, it prevents the sugar spikes that cause weight gain or prevent weight loss. 2 snacks per day is good, provided you eat them with protein. Timing meals and snacks 2-3 hours apart revs up your metabolism for weight loss.
As a DOM, AP, I integrate paleo-primal guidance & Chinese Medicine dietetics to help patients lose weight (and meet other health goals). New post out today on this topic: http://alchemistclinic.com/weight-loss-chinese-medicine-root-deficiency-branch-excess/
The 1200 Cal diet plan is a sure way of losing those extra pounds quickly on a short-term basis, but in order to make the effects permanent we need to introduce some healthy changes in the lifestyle that shall include a well-balanced, healthy diet coupled with regular exercise.