Diet diary: I quarantined myself for the last two weeks so that I could stick to my restrictive diet, but this week the reality of life is starting to sneak back in. It doesn’t matter what time I wake up, I find it nearly impossible to prepare my food for the day before I leave the house.
Some of the most popular diet programs on the planet still have you counting calories and making sure that you clock in at a certain caloric number each day. If you’ve been applying this approach to Paleo you’ve likely been shortchanging yourself and are not getting enough nutrients to properly fuel fat loss.
Basically, it all comes down to eating real food. Our bodies are engineered to utilize the nutrients found in whole foods in their natural form. The same cannot be said for the man-made chemicals that are now abundantly found in our food supply. Our bodies don’t know what to do with these foreign chemicals and altered foods.
I’ve finally hit phase three of the Metabolic Balance diet, which is not that different from phase two apart from now I have a bigger list of food to choose from. It’s like Christmas! I’m free to add oil, broccoli, asparagus and pork to my repertoire and I’m allowed one “cheat” meal once a week of whatever food I want. Seriously, it’s crazy how satisfying a tablespoon of oil can be.
As a result, we can go hog wild when it comes to eating wild hog, and therein lies the rub: When it comes to blasting belly fat, not all items on the paleo diet are created equal. Although eschewing processed foods is always a good idea, we’ve rounded up the best and worst paleo foods for beating back the bulge. Take heed, and you may end up looking at lean and fit as a Kalahari bushman. For more ways to uncover your abs, check out these 42 Ways to Lose 5 Inches of Belly Fat!
The Paleo Diet is also known by other names, such as the Paleolithic the Stone Age diet or the caveman diet. There are actually slight variations among versions of the Paleo diet, so chances are you won’t find the same exact recommendations in every book or website talking about the diet. The basics of the Paleo diet, however, are always the same – and these are the things you need to learn about.
(Before you get to the 2 steps, please understand this: You should exercise. It’s good for your body, mind, soul, spirit, chi and whatever other wacky things you can come up with. Exercise provides many more positive health benefits than just weight loss alone. Yes, even more than giving you “hot, sexy, toned arms and legs” and a “defined, chiseled, sculpted chest and abs.” Exercise is the complete opposite of a bad thing. Got that? Good.)
Avoid surroundings where you know you’re tempted to make poor food choices. Everyone has a time when we’re most likely to overeat, whether it’s the morning coffee break or after-work gathering with friends. Try to plan other activities or distractions for those times, or plan in advance how you’re going to handle them and stick to it.
Yet it also means that you focus on including the best foods possible. Don’t just eat one or two kinds of vegetables, but twelve or twenty (and be sure to include greens like kale, chard, Brussels sprouts and spinach). Eat at least 5 servings of vegetables a day. Having a variety of vegetables in your diet and eating plentiful amounts is key to nourishing your body the best you can.
Understand that your goal is extremely challenging. If you want to lose 10 pounds in a week, you’ll need to burn 5,000 calories more than you take in per day. That’s a lot. That’s not meant to discourage you; it’s only as a reminder of how hard losing 10 pounds in a week actually is. Prepare yourself for a tough, tough journey!
Also, someone who is extremely overweight/highly metabolically resistant might still not lose weight on a high-protein/moderate fat/slow carb diet. The reason being that protein can be converted to glucose (from what I understand). Fat however, cannot. Your body can burn fat directly. This is why some diets (like atkins) stress lots of fat in the beginning. You don’t want to be eating lots of lard, though. 🙂 When your body no longer has any glucose left (this can take from two to six days because your muscles store a form of sugar for energy called glycogen), it will switch to fat burning mode full time. This may very likely be unpleasant at first, but you get used to it, and its temporary to fix your body’s insulin resistance. Contrary to some folks’ opinion (probably all carb addicts by the way), this state (ketosis) is not dangerous to a healthy individual. They mix up ketosis with a dangerous state caused by kidney failure called ketoacidosis. Not the same thing. Also, there has been no record of a low carb, high protein diet causing kidney failure in a previously healthy individual, ever.
I’m a 5’3″ woman who was already close to my ‘goal’ weight before deciding to experiment with this method… and I lost 5 pounds on my first week. Holy shit, right?! I was pretty psyched, but 3 days after cheat day I’m crazy bloated (nowhere near my period) and up 2 pounds (for a total loss of 3).
I’ve contemplated on doing calorie count and paleo in the past. It’s just that I can’t be that productive at work if I’m too hungry starving myself whenever I strictly count the food that I eat. I realized that it could lead to some serious problem, if not my GI, then it has to be my job..lol.. Paleo sounds a good choice as you portion size every meal. But for those who eats small frequent meals with nutritionally dense food , say 5 meals a day, I think is unlikely to give you good results. I have these irritating hunger pangs, that’s why these two won’t work for me. So I made some research on how to control myself and lead me into taking an appetite suppressant. I asked a physician about it first, it’s imperative. I’m now using Liproxenol and I’m actually somehow doing just fine with it. I’ve managed my eating habit which is a good sign for me.