Now as for Chris Kresser, I am so grateful to have found his blog. Chris doesn’t make unvalidated statements. He backs up his opinions and suggestions with research. I find this to be a credible website and I’ve directed a number of my friends and family to it. Some of them follow the guidelines, some don’t.
When people try to diet, they try to restrict themselves, which often leads to overeating. They cut out food groups which make those food groups more desirable to them. They think too much about short-term goals and don’t think about sustainable changes. But if you are going to lose weight, you have to change your behaviors for the rest of your life or otherwise you gain it back. That’s not a sexy message because it seems daunting.
Bookmark the Complete Paleo Shopping List – Pick up the essentials the next time you’re out hunting and gathering (grocery shopping). With this list you won’t have to think about what to get each time you go.
Yeah, I’ve found that by following a few simple overall strategies one doesn’t have to be paranoid about the details like counting calories everyday. It’s not like our ancestors would or could have tracked their calories, or would have even known what a calorie was.
Yes, there are some people out there who can just “eat whatever they want” on Paleo and still magically lose weight. But those people and you may have different appetite signals in your bodies (my own appetite is very demanding, and sometimes I have to have little sit down talks it). Or your metabolisms may be different, or you may just be more genetically prone to having fat on your body than that other person. Whatever the case may be, the amount of food you eat – and I don’t care what other people say about calories and Paleo – will have a large effect on how… large… you are. I see it all the time.
Trisha – I had planned on starting the Paleo diet this week, but I found something else that intrigued me. I’m trying “The Serotonin Power Diet”. I just started 3 days ago, so can’t speak to it’s value yet. But I have a hunch that these anti-depressants block the manufacturing of serotonin in the body, and this diet is supposed to kick it back into action. I haven’t been hungry on this diet, and may actually not be eating quite enough – need more vegetables… Here’s a link:
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.
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Carrying cash may feel a little last century, but people who use a credit card when grocery shopping buy significantly more unhealthy, calorie-dense food than people who pay cash, according to a study in the Journal of Consumer Research.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), and leaky gut are all gut health problems. They might not seem like they are important for weight loss, but they are some of the most important. Without a healthy gut, you cannot absorb nutrients well, or have a healthy hormonal response to food.
Love cheese? How about chocolate? At Lose Weight By Eating we don’t encourage you to give up what you love, in fact the only thing we encourage you to give up is the artificial foods and embrace clean eating.
Make sure you’re getting 8 hours a night (seriously) in a dark room with no noise. If you need to, wear ear plugs and/or an eye mask. Or sleep in a room where there’s no snoring spouse. If you don’t get enough sleep, you tax your adrenals and your cortisol levels can get out of whack, which can in turn inhibit weight loss, like I mentioned in the last point.
A StockStudio/ShutterstockSometimes we eat because we’re hungry. And sometimes we eat because we’re bored, procrastinating, tired, sad, stressed, or thirsty. Knowing the difference between real hunger and, well, everything else, is a major key to losing weight. Fortunately there’s a simple tool to help you hear what your body’s really telling you. Meditation can teach you to tune in to your body’s subtle signals, including hunger cues, according to a study done by Cornell University. So the next time you’re tempted to down a glazed doughnut or a giant Coke, try doing a minute or two of meditation and you may just realize you’re actually dehydrated and go for a water instead. A separate study done by Vanderbilt University School of Medicine found that meditation helped people lose weight, specifically by reducing activity in the part of the brain linked to impulsiveness.
Of course, if people would stop thinking of weight loss in terms of caloric restriction in the first place, this wouldn’t be such a problem. I do find my weight loss slows down if my calories are too low. Although I’m not sure it’s the caloric restriction causing the problem; rather, I don’t see how you’re going to get in all the nutrients you need every day when you’re not even eating enough food to meet your energy requirements.