Now the only question is what will you dip in your newly created chickpea-free hummus? May we suggest our amazing Paleo-friendly tortilla chips? They’re awesome and taste great in hummus, guac, and salsa.
Thanks for the motivation .. I started last saturday and lost about 3.40 pounds.. am going on a wild diet tomorrow (saturday) and was hoping to see if it will screw up something till I read your post 🙂
I agree that the number of calories consumed should be less than burned for weight loss and calculating, weighing, counting, tracking is the only way to be fully aware of how many you’re consuming. I’ve never allowed myself to gain more than 10-15 lbs throughout my adult life (I’m 54) except during my 4 pregnancies. I always took off weight by doing what I stated above . Something changed about 8 years ago. I find it extremely difficult and tedious to track everything I eat. I’ve tried Fitness Pal, Weight Watchers, Sparkpeople, food journals and more. Those are all great tools but very difficult/time consuming to stick with. I found myself planning every single morsel. I was not able to lose any of the 10 lbs I’d like to drop because as soon as 3 dropped, 4 came back on. I have been yo-yo-ing like this for 6 yrs!!!! So discouraging! On Paleo, I eat strictly what hunter gatherers would eat. My meals are bigger than before and i eat whenever I am hungry. The first 4 lbs have come off within 8 days without even trying. The difference? This is the easiest, tastiest, most nourishing way of eating for me since my kids were little. I track nothing. I follow the guidelines of what is allowed and what to avoid. I look forward to each meal and never feel as if I’m on a diet. To continue losing I will have to shrink my portions and not eat so close to bedtime, but compared to tracking, that is super easy to do. My body (and brain) are thanking me for no longer “abusing” them by calculating every single bite that passes my lips. Perhaps my body has been reset, as they say. Perhaps I have accepted that at 5’9″ weighing 161 lbs is not that bad because for the first time in 6 I feel GREAT! I encourage everyone to at least give Paleo an honest try.
I am a 60 year old woman, who is in good health, but I’m 20 to 30 pounds overweight:/ About 2 weeks ago my husband and I began a 6 week crossfit boot camp, which we go to for one hour three times a week, and began a Paleo diet. We are really enjoying both. I lost 5 pounds the first week, and have gained back about 1/2 pound in the second week, although I have changed nothing about my exercise or diet. Help!!
Lacking the right recipe at the right time can spell a serious speed bump in your progress. Always know the best thing to do with the ingredients in your fridge by having a plethora of recipes on hand.
And yeah, counting calories–actually monitoring everything you can about what you’re putting into your body and how your body responds–is a *really* good idea! (But psst! “fewer” calories. 😉 They are notoriuosly counted, after all.)
Replace the simple carbs with complex carbs. Complex carbohydrates, unlike simple carbohydrates, are full of fiber as well as other nutrients, and get digested by the body and released into the blood stream far slower. Examples of complex carbs include:
Congratulations on an interesting and stimulating post, Tim! Your weight loss plan is very effective because it makes sense biochemically and you have succeeded in customizing it to your needs and tastes. I agree that the slow carb approach is much more effective than just eating the typical American diet and counting calories. Controlling insulin is a key principle to remember when trying to lose weight. Automating your food choices is a great plan. It obviously worked for you! Iâ€™m looking forward to reading more of your posts and â€œlife experimentsâ€?. Iâ€™ve ordered your book since it looks intriguing.
What to try? Eliminate food with added sugar in the labels ingredients list, this includes (sugar, sucrose, fructose, HFCS, inverted sugar, molasses, honey, maple syrup, raw sugar etc) and then check the nutrition list and do not purchase any that show sugars above 4% by weight or volume.
Doesn’t surprise me, especially if the study was conducted in the United States. Our chickens here are fed corn and soy, so there’s an inflammatory load from an Omega-6, Omega-3 ratio of 20:1 and the soy causes an increase in isoflavones daidzein and genistein in the muscle tissues, also a huge endocrine disruptor. And, from what we know about arachidonic acid and the positive feedback loop for inflammation, it is absolutely no surprise that this would happen. Inflammation can cause weight gain, just because of the horomonal cascade of a response that we have to it. And we aren’t bomb calorimeters, we are driven by hormones. Precisely why I tell people with metabolic disorders and hormone conditions to avoid chicken, turkey, and pork like the plague in (unless it’s feral) and to focus on consuming grass-fed herbivores— since apparently we understand *their* diets.
Eating out at restaurants can get tough too, and “paleo-approved” is not something you’ll usually find on a menu. Eating in this manner requires careful planning and tons of willpower, but it can be done if you’re dedicated.
Taco Salad – This version of taco salad is the perfect light lunch to keep you cruising after a hearty breakfast. No giant deep fried taco shell bowl for this salad, just plenty of romaine lettuce which turns a calorie and fat-laden taco salad into a light, fresh, and still delicious lunch option. Ground beef provides protein to keep you sustained right up to your afternoon snack.
Richard Bach sums it up nicely in Jonathan Livingston Seagull where he writes “A name is a label, and as soon as there is a label, the ideas disappear and out comes label-worship and label bashing, and instead of living by a theme of ideas, people begin dying for labels…”
The idea behind this diet is that by ditching the carbs, your body will switch into fat-burning mode. With a daily allowance of 20-25g of carbohydrates, the diet encourages your body to tap into fat stores for energy.
Have Protein at Every Meal and Snack. Adding a source of lean or low-fat protein to each meal and snack will help keep you feeling full longer so you’re less likely to overeat. Try low-fat yogurt, small portion of nuts, peanut butter, eggs, beans, or lean meats. Experts also recommend eating small, frequent meals and snacks (every 3-4 hours), to keep your blood sugar levels steady and to avoid overindulging.
They say the reason manufacturers use hi fructose corn syrup is because it is cheaper. That’s a lie. HFCS poison which makes people more obese is subsidized and the less expensive plain sugar is not allowed to be imported.
Lean protein. Foods like poultry, eggs, pork, lean beef, legumes, dairy products, and tofu are great sources of lean protein. Protein will help keep you satisfied longer and may curb hunger cravings. Aim to include 3-4 oz of protein at each meal — this is about the size of a deck of cards.
Very interesting article.A vegetarian diet is the optimal way to meet your nutritional needs. The key to a healthy vegetarian diet or vegan diet is variety – which includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes….….I’m hoping we’ll be able to see results soon.
Do exercise, and do it double-time. You’ll probably need to exercise twice as much to meet your goals. Better pick a couple exercises that you really like, because chances are you’ll be doing a lot of them in order to burn 10 pounds in a week.