I have been on the paleo diet 3 weeks now. I lost 8 pounds the first two weeks. I have been exercising 6 days a week and just started training with a personal trainer with weight lifting and gained some weight back (muscle) that’s normal. Stick with it. I lost 5 pounds the first week.
How do you snack on Coconut butter? I use it for cooking, but where else can you use it? As to fatty meat…do you mean cook a steak and just eat it for snacks? Hot dogs? Pepperoni? Chicken is pretty lean so that wouldn’t work….tks!
In summary, no sugar, no polyunsaturated fats, get fats from real butter and cheese, but most importantly, listen to what your body is telling you, do not eat out of habit. Eat when you are hungry and stop when you are not. If you aren’t hungry when you wake up, have a coffee and leave eating to when you are hungry.
I am a mother of 2 and breastfed both my kids and I can understand how frustrating it is to face yourself in the mirror each day. But you have to remember that your priority right now is your baby’s health, your baby needs all the nutrients that he/she needs in order to be healthy and strong. You can worry about losing the fat later by eating healthy food and exercise. If you still want to lose weight now, why not do it gradually, start by eating small portions and more frequent like every 2 hours with healthy snacks like fruits, veggies. Yoga also helps in toning your body.
The liquid sugar in soda appears to bypass the body’s normal fullness cues. One study compared an extra 450 calories per day from jelly beans vs. soda. The candy eaters unconsciously ate fewer calories overall, but not so for the soda drinkers. They gained 2.5 pounds in four weeks.
You know exercising with a friend makes you more accountable (nobody wants to leave a pal stranded on a street corner at 6 AM). But your workouts don’t always have to be done face to face. One study found women who had some form of social support, either through in person counseling or an on-line chat group, lost more than 15 pounds over a 9-month period, dropping about 300 calories from their daily diet and walking about a mile more each day than from their starting point.
The only restriction on snack foods is that they be free of additives, preservatives, flavor enhancers, hydrogenated oils, excess salt, and added sugar. None of those things are good for your heart or your body. 
Note: This meal plan is controlled for calories, fiber, saturated fat and sodium. If another nutrient is of particular concern, speak with your health-care provider about altering this meal plan to better suit your individual health needs.
Hi Jessie – it’s hard to say because it does depend on what else you eat. I would suggest tracking your meals for a few days to see how much fat, protein, carbohydrates (as well as calories) that you’re taking in as we often estimate our own food intake badly. You might also get an idea about your vitamin and mineral intake too, which is really important!
Yes, you need to explain that. Because usually losing weight implies counting calories, or limiting fat, or “watching” what you eat, or exercising more. Which isn’t the case with a paleo-type diet. I’ve been on a diet since I was 13 years old….I am now 60. I went paleo 3 months ago and for the FIRST time I am NOT on a diet. I eat anything I want, as much as I want, anytime I want, and still lose weight. That is what Chris is saying when he says “without trying”!!
I was chubby all my life, had a baby and got pretty darn huge. My body really responded to the Paleo diet. I found the key to any diet is not to get bored and to keep it interesting. I’ve tried a ton of cookbooks so that I can rotate recipes. My favorites cookbooks can be found at http://www.mypaleodietreview.com , These were all super helpful and made quick meals for me and my family. When I started out on the diet, I limited my Paleo treats to once a day at 3pm when I got the munchies at work. Try not to overdo it on the nut butters too (just from my personal experience!) Also drink lots of water. Sometimes it just takes a little something like extra workouts, or the elimination of food intolerance to kick start your body into weight loss mode.Good luck!
The study was not able to determine why people were gaining and losing weight—whether it was intentionally, unintentionally, or the result of an illness. And it was not able to confirm a cause-and-effect relationship between weight cycling and future heart problems.
This is my 12th day on Paleontology and I feel energized. The first three days was a little tough but I stuck it out. In the morning I have a good breakfast. I would have 2 or three boiled eggs sometimes without the yolks (some days I put a little coconutooil in a cast iron skillet and sauteed some peppers and carrots and drop a couple egg whites in there). I also have a couple slices avocado and the occasional bacon.
Katrina, you could have been me posting this! I agree 100% with you. I also was a vegetarian, even trying veganism for a short time and teach at a public school. I eat one starchy vegetable per day, love the vegetable choices, and eat about four ounces of protein three times per day. I have lost weight, have much more energy, my inflammation issues are gone as are depression and anxiety for the most part. I also rarely get sick! This is the first lifestyle change I have made where I no longer experience cravings for junk. It is very exciting and a huge relief. If, for some reason, the only food available is something I am not willing to eat, I can refrain from eating without feeling faint. My anemia and ovarian cysts have diminished. You are right, also, that Paleo can be expensive if you let it. We just do the best we can and eat seasonally. Certain months we have more money and stock up grass-fed foods. We are able to go hunting, crabbing, and fishing where we live. We can grow our own food. We have farmer’s markets and farm shares we can purchase. I used to work at a grocery store and was honestly repulsed by what people bought to feed their families. Even prior to going Paleo, my family ate whole foods for the most part. These poor kids have to try to learn while trying to live off of factory-made, processed, junk. I work at a lower-income school and many of the students have bags of hot fried cheese curls (not sure if we can mention brand names) for breakfast and/or snack plus a sugary drink. The school does not allow candy but it wouldn’t be any worse! I try to teach lessons that revolve around healthy lifestyles and good food choices but these children don’t have much of a choice in what their parents have available.
Americans are conditioned to keep eating until they’re stuffed, but residents of Okinawa eat until they’re 80% full. They even have a name for this naturally slimming habit: hara hachi bu. We can adopt this healthy habit by dishing out 20% less food, according to researcher Brian Wansink, PhD. His studies show most people don’t miss it.
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.
Some experts believe that successfully managing your weight comes down to a simple equation: If you eat fewer calories than you burn, you lose weight. Sounds easy, right? Then why is losing weight so hard?
Blueberry Lemon Cake – Let them eat cake, even on Paleo! This blueberry lemon concoction gives you a different flavor than a chocolate dessert, and lets your taste buds take on the tart taste of lemon mixed with the sweetness of the blueberries. A tasty way to finish another delicious day on the Paleo diet.
The premise of the Paleo diet is to eat the same foods our pre-agricultural hunter-gatherer ancestors presumably ate: fruits, vegetables, meat, seafood, and nuts. Of course, no one was keeping food diaries back then, so there’s debate about exactly which foods are considered “Paleo” or not.