The weight came off pretty rapidly, about 2 pounds a week until my weight reached the mid 150s. In the past several months it is pretty stable — it doesn’t shift a lot whether I exercise or not. In any case, those struggling with weight should forget about other diets that leave them starving and always lead back to the weight returning. This is the way to go.
Be careful of falling into the same trap I did. I started Paleo twice, both times stopping short of where I needed to be. I found out (now a few years later) that it was because I stopped eating enough carbs. if you limit carbs too much your body will adapt by storing what it can when it can. this was may problem so I would lose 20 lbs the first few months, stall then get frustrated. It took alot of research to figure out what I did wrong. Know what are good carbs and make sure your including them in the amount that reflects your lifestyle. My other problem was not getting myself checked out. I found out recently my food sensitivities (tomatoes and nightshade veggies, eggs, milk products, almonds to name the bog ones) were causing me to stay inflamed. My gut also needed to be healed so I need to take a probiotic (not yogurt because there not enough and too many people are sensitive) and enzymes to get my stomach rebooted. Find a good functional nutritionist who can help you figure it out. It certainly helped me, my journey to 10% body fat is restarted and not nearly as hard on my stomach (in terms of eating what I want)
For example, almond flour and coconut flour are allowed in the Paleo diet. You’ll have to learn how to bake with them (they require different preparation and cooking times than regular white flour), but once you get used to them, they’ll be a great substitute. While you can’t have white sugars, you can use agave syrup and maple syrup in baking. Applesauce is also a great natural sweetener and can be used in cooking but also as a sweetener in sauces or as a “dip” for fruits or veggies.
And you don’t think food kills you? I had a stroke because I had a silent inflammation caused by gluten in bread goods, two examples here, my sister is size 8 very slender, eats what she wants and is a smoker, I on the other hand eat healthy but until I changed my diet I was always overweight and always poorly.
We have a helpful list of Paleo foods to eat, foods to eat ‘in moderation'(or avoid altogether), and foods that should absolutely be avoided on a strict Paleo ‘diet.’ Let us know if you have additional questions, and you too keep up the AMAZING work! Thanks so much for sharing your experience Marko. Happy New Year!
That sugar is then either burned as energy or stored as fat. That’s right: the grains you’re consuming are stored as fat in your body and they’re what most Paleo experts believe are the main culprit in why you’re overweight.
The concept of this diet is shocking your metabolism in the first few days where you go from high calorie intake to almost none. Your body goes in emergency mode sort to speak and has to get the missing calories from somewhere (body fat). If you do exercise then you will burn muscles instead of body fat.
Karen, thanks for your reply. I’m a curious a to how you discovered that gut dysbiosis was the root cause of your problems? What type of treatment provider administered the fecal transplant – a medical doctor or ? Also, I’m wondering about the orange juice. I’m very against drinking your calories and normally consider it more beneficial to eat the whole fruit to also get the fibers – if you allow yourself to eat fruit at all.
These are the specific problems we’ve set out to solve, and have helped 30,000+ students transform their diet in The Nerd Fitness Academy – it includes a 10-level diet system with ‘boss battles’ between each level so you know when you can ‘level up’ and adjust your diet.
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I have yo yo’d my whole life and finally got up over 200 again this past February. I eat healthy already (like Paleo/low carb style) even being big but too much at times I will admit. After eight weeks on low carb and then cutting and then cutting again the calories I got so frustrated after barely five pound loss even with some exercise. I have been taking progesterone for about two years so I went back to my doctor. I got my lab results yesterday. No allergies, no food allergies but huge issues with adrenal function, sluggish thyroid, high estrogen, super low vitamin D, high DHEA. On day one of thyroid meds and adrenal supplements as well as vitamin D. I wanna cry finally having some answers because I have felt like a total failure. Go to someone good who specializes in hormones and get a full check up. Seeing the lab results make me realize that no matter what food lifestyle I choose, short of starvation (which I have seriously thought about being this big again) I wouldn’t have lost the weigh. I pray these are the answers for me and maybe they might be for you too Liza.
1. Can you suggest any other foods that will work in the place of the beans? I really don’t like beans very much. Is the purpose of them in this just to get the caloric content up? If so, would I be ok in substituting more protein and fat in place of the beans?
Technically, the Paleo diet is a low-carb diet, since no carbohydrates or sugars are allowed. However, this is not the goal of the diet — and you can easily modify the diet to increase the amount of carbs you consume. How? By adding more root vegetables, fruits and vegetables.
I have been a very faithful Paleo follower for over 2 years now. I kept a constant weight for all but the last 6 months where I have gained 10 pounds and no matter how much I walked it did not take the weight off. So just last week I changed things up a bit. I call it the Paleo Zone where I try to balance each meal and snack with protein, healthy carbs and fats. I lost 4 lbs the first week. Now I’m wondering if my daily walks 2.5 to 4 miles a day could be causing some inflammation. In addition to the change in my diet I think I will try a few more of your suggestions and see what happens. So glad I found your article.
And that’s a wrap! What do you think of the Ultimate Paleo Weight Loss Plan? Do you have my carb and fat theories? Love them? What works for you? Do you have any tips you’d like to share?! Please do!!!
I am new to Chris Kresser. Can anyone tell me their educated thoughts about the Alcat Test? I’ve just received my results and it’s daunting. I’m severely allergic to standard foods I consume every day. Reviews seem mixed at best. Thank you,
These numbers were surprising, says lead author Sripal Bangalore, MD, director of the cardiovascular outcomes group at NYU Langone Medical Center. “We were expecting that there would be some relationship, but weren’t expecting it to be that strong,” he says.
“Furthermore the foods emphasised on the paleo diet are loaded with micronutrients that fuel your metabolism including zinc, magnesium, iodine and B vitamins, plus the increase in protein and fibre provide more satiating meals which allows you to increase the gaps between meals and eliminate snacking.”
I go to the gym at 5AM 3 times during the week and then I go on Saturday mornings at 9AM. I often drink a bottle of water during my workout, I will now try to take the ACV before I leave out in the morning and drink a bottle of water like I always do. But now I will extend it by taking it before lunch when I’m at work and before dinner when I get home. I normally don’t eat breakfast, but I will try to grab a fruit or piece of toast with two hard boiled eggs. I hope this works and I start to see results.
Don’t compare your weight loss to others. Everyone is different and has different metabolic rates. People also vary in the amount of calories they burn daily or how much exercise they do. Aim for a healthy rate of weight loss, and don’t measure yourself by what others are doing or their results.
For all of the foods listed, our hope is that you choose the highest quality that you can afford, i.e. grass-fed and pastured meats when available instead of conventional meats, as well as organic and local produce when it is an option.
That’s Whole30-speak for “Sex With Your Pants On.” Basically, it’s a silly name for the idea that recreating treats with Whole30-approved ingredients—like cauliflower pizza crust or sugar-free butternut squash brownies—isn’t worth it. Like trying to have sex with your pants on, these sorts of treats are never as good as the real thing, so you might as well avoid them altogether, say the Whole30 creators. But more importantly, they go against the spirit of Whole30, which is all about learning to enjoy pure, simple fare and improving your emotional relationship with food. (And it can really work. Check it out for yourself.) So if you’re gorging on a coffee cake made with zucchini, you’re kind of missing the point. “The plan is only 30 days. Just focus on eating whole food, and enjoying it while you do,” Haas says.
I’m with you 100% on the simple is best idea when it comes to recipes. It’s amazing how much flavor fresh herbs to a dish. And if you grow them yourself you have the added benefit of incidental activity when go outside to pick them.
The other aspect is finding quality ingredients. I have many stores around me but there is only this one small Spanish store in low rent district which sells good hamburg. The reason it is good is because they grind it up frozen. The quality of the meat everywhere else tastes like crap. It’s learning these little things. I also have found out that not all rice is created equal. A basmati kind I buy is only sold at a chinese store. Good quality ingredients raise the quality of the meal. You have to experiment and try things.
I don’t know how many of the situations above apply to you, but this is what comes to mind when I hear that people are having trouble losing weight. I have a feeling you’ll have some success if you start experimenting with these things. If you don’t, then I’d strongly suggest going to see a Paleo friendly naturopathic doctor, or “Naturopath”. You can find one in your area on www.primaldocs.com. They’ll do some testing to figure out what’s going on. Who knows – maybe you have yeast overgrowth or a parasite that’s causing weird stuff to happen to your immune and digestive systems. Maybe your thyroid is out of whack and you need to take herbal and nutrient supplements for a while (like me). Maybe your sex hormones are out of balance and need some nutrient support, or even bioidentical hormone replacement. It could be a lot of things, all of which could affect weight loss.
So what happens when you can’t exercise? There are many people with health and physical difficulties who can’t exercise in the traditional way. For those people, I assure you that you can still lose weight. Like I said above, weight loss is 70% what you eat and 30% exercise, so if you can’t exercise you have to be spot on with your diet plan to lose weight.
Eat early. Studies suggest that consuming more of your daily calories at breakfast and fewer at dinner can help you drop more pounds. Eating a larger, healthy breakfast can jump start your metabolism, stop you feeling hungry during the day, and give you more time to burn off the calories.
I understand that life is not just about food. But emotionally I would rather take some sort of nutrition pills and not eat at all. There is something very demoralizing and humiliating about forcing yourself to eat cardboard. Maybe this is just me with my history of eating disorders. I also cook a lot for others, and for me preparing delicious and healthy food is an act of love. Purposely making something to be tasteless would feel like an act of aggression (even if it was for myself). It’s unthinkable.