Mast recommends asking yourself the following questions: “Why do you want to be healthier? What would that look like for you? Why is that important to you? How would you feel if you reached those goals? How would that impact the people you love and those who love you? When you get clear on the answers to those questions and continue to remind yourself of why you are getting healthier, it’s much easier to stay on track with making healthy choices on a consistent basis.”
“After work, my colleagues and I always grabbed dinner—and it was usually deep-fried. Then we changed things up. Instead of nights out, we started walking and running around a local track. A year later, I’m down 40 pounds.” —Ellen Setzer, Cleveland, OH
If you record what you’re eating and find you’re eating too much (according to myfitnesspal.com), just cut down your calorie intake. Don’t be crazy about it and start making spreadsheets and bar graphs of your food intake vs your exercise vs the gravitational pull on your belly… Just put a little less food on your plate. You need that stuff to make energy and happiness and basic bodily functions, and if you have too little of it, chances are your plan is going to backfire and you’ll binge at the end of every day you deprive yourself.
That’s why the Paleo approach to weight loss is different. Instead of just trying to starve your body into submission, the goal is to fix the underlying problems. It’s about working with your body, not working against it.
Beyond being a bit of a mind game, the scale is only telling you so much – how much your body weighs. It does not differentiate between the weight of food, water, muscle and fat. It just adds it all up in a pretty package with a bow on top. Instead, rely on how clothes fit and body measurements. Some people will lose inches without shedding a pound. This is a good thing!
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These are important points, Chris. Thank you. I think that weight loss is an area that has been under dealt with in paleo. Certainly any obese person going from SAD to Paleo will probably lose quite a bit of weight, but the rest of us who have been trying to eat right for a long time already may have trouble getting down to their ideal weight on Paleo (especially women, I would guess). This is something I’ve been working on myself for the past couple of years. I struggle around a BMI of 21, when I feel so much better and healthier at 19 (still fatter than the average Kitavan woman, lol!). I have also recently discovered your number one “Keep your food simple” rule. I have a theory about this. Food clearly serves both physiological and social purposes. Fancy dishes (usually calorically very dense) are reserved to special occasions in traditional societies (potlatches and other types of special feasting occasions). In the modern world where we are used to having anything we want, we have gotten used to having feast day be every day.
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You might even keep a food diary at first to help you learn how much you are eating and whether you’re eating out of habit instead of real hunger. When you are aware of your roadblocks you can plan alternative choices.
Anyway, to figure out how many carbs you’re eating every day, just go into myfitnesspal.com and record a few normal days of eating. If you’re eating fewer than 100g a day and you’re working out intensely and regularly, then you may need more. “More” might mean you need a fruit smoothie and a couple sweet potatoes every single day. Plus some honey or another natural type simple sugar, especially if you’re doing long endurance workouts.
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I started a Primal?Paleo diet about two weeks ago. I am still STARVING all the time and am not losing weight. Eggs and bacon for breakfast, veggie, 1/2 serving of fruit and avocado smoothie for lunch, then some protein, fat and veggies for dinner. Most times I am starving within two hours of dinner and can’t sleep. I have snacked on nuts, pickles and hard boiled eggs.