A few thousand years ago, humans discovered farming, the agricultural revolution took off, and we advanced from hunter-gatherers to farmers. We settled down, formed societies, and the human race progressed to what we are today. Which is obviously great for a number of reasons (air conditioning! Nintendo! cars!)
Eric Urquhart/ShutterstockA quick fix to the portion problem is to simply use smaller dishes. Eating off of salad plates instead of dinner plates or using children’s bowls instead of large soup bowls can help you feel like you’re still getting a full plate’s worth of food but with less actual food on the plate, says Cornell’s Food Lab. And don’t forget to also leave the serving bowls in the kitchen to make mindless refills less convenient.
Calories obtained from fructose (found in sugary beverages such as soda and processed foods like doughnuts, muffins, and candy) are more likely to add to fat around your belly. Cutting back on sugary foods can mean a slimmer waistline as well as a lower risk of diabetes.
To my great shame, on my last day in New York, I used the excuse of needing to fill up the petrol tank on my rental car to get away from everyone. Then I drove to Carvel Ice Cream parlour and bought myself an ice cream sundae. My behaviour can only be explained as something like Gollum from Lord of the Rings. I ran back to my car with “my precious” sundae and felt so happy to devour it.
Thanks for this info. I’ve discovered this is very true for me about Paleo – I put on weight eating that way. My downfall is honey, fruit and sweet potatoes. I also avoid those SWYPO sweet treats. I had to revert to a keto diet to lose the 10 lbs that crept on when I was ‘cheating’ on Paleo. I guess I’m either too sensitive to carbs or too close to a ‘normal’ weight. I can see a ‘straight’ Paleo diet providing dramatic results for someone with overweight, but its a maintenance diet for me.
I’m doing basically phase I of Atkins currently and recently broke through a plateu. I’ve lost 20 pounds in the last month, giving me a grand total of 37 pounds lost in the last 6 months. I’ve only been going at it serious for the last month, though.
Popularized by Dr. Loren Cordain, who wrote The Paleo Diet in 2002, Paleo aims to get rid of all things processed including grains, dairy, legumes and refined sugar. The only items on the menu are foods that can be “hunted and gathered” like meat, poultry, fruits and vegetables.
Robin, If you are still on the Paleo diet I hope you have had success and stayed with it. My husband began as a new years resolution, and has found it the easiest diet (change of life diet) that he has ever been on. He does not miss too many things besides his milk. He is eating what he loves, MEAT, and has accepted that sweet potatoes offer more flavor than russets. I think if you are looking to lower your blood pressure, you will find this a good diet for that. My husband has his doctors blessing for being on this diet. Anything that can help rid you of belly fat that puts pressure on your organs is better for you in the long run. He was also diagnosed as pre-diabetic and if he didn’t lose the weight he would become a diabetic soon. Since being on this change of eating diet, the omission of all fast food, soda, sugar, dairy (milk), and white flour, he has lost 26 pounds. His waist has gone down 4 belt holes. This is great in that he is losing the weight slowly, he is still able to eat dark chocolate, have his bacon, meat, eggs, and the other stuff that would be taboo on a “diet”. You should average 2-3 pounds a week and that seems like what you are doing. Some weeks you may not lose any and that’s okay because it is an average of 2-3 pounds. Keep at it and success wil come to you. There are so many meal options to try that are yummy and I eat them also and I do not need to lose weight. It is just an alternative to fast and a poor diet overall. So I hope you have done well.
Make sure that everything you’re eating is whole — as in nothing processed or packaged. Since salt is a preservative, these are the foods that are highest in sodium — something to keep in mind when planning your meals. Plan on making sure that all items you choose are fresh. That means filling up on fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and lean protein.
Some fats are considered healthy because they’ve been shown to reduce the amount of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in the blood. These are the unsaturated fats (polyunsaturated and monounsaturated).
This is amazing! Looking at those yummy pictures…it seems that you are not having a diet at all! Thank you for sharing your diet plan. A lot of people like us are now inspired to take another step for diet. 🙂
“I quit smoking, and right away joined a gym and started working out with a personal trainer. There was no way I could exercise and feel healthy if I kept lighting up. I’ve already dropped 37 pounds in three months!” —Leila Fathi, Memphis, TN
i was clicking my ‘stumbleupon’ button and came across this. i’ve been looking to lose some weight, and trying. once i read this, and because i hadn’t eaten in a few hours, i quickly made myself some chicken, pinto beans, and vegetables. this is the exact diet i was looking for. i’ve never been much of a breakfast food person, so i have no problem substituting the typical american breakfast foods. but one question….are canned foods alright?
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!!
Calories are the most important factor that determines both weight gain and weight loss, and a healthy weight loss plan creates a safe calorie deficit to promote weight loss. The game of weight loss is all about calorie intake and calories burnt. In case of weight balance, all calories are same, but when it comes to overall health, all calories are not the same.
It’s not a diet, it’s not a quick fix, it’s not difficult at all… I have found several of your nutritional suggestions to be both reasonable and delicious. I have lost roughly 5 inches off my stomach, and inches off other places as well.
Fast for 14 hours a day. Try to eat dinner earlier in the day and then fast until breakfast the next morning. Eating only when you’re most active and giving your digestion a long break may aid weight loss.
First, keep in mind that many experts say it’s best to lose weight gradually. It’s more likely to stay off. If you shed pounds too fast, you’ll lose muscle, bone, and water instead of fat, says the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
I wouldn’t blend it but hey if it works for you and you don’t change any ingredients, then so be it. I have to admit, I would not be able to eat that soup if blended. I like having something to chew on and those baby carrots are nice and make it feel like a meal more than a soup. But if you do it, please let us know how it worked out for you ?
Sounds great, but eating the same 3-4 meals cycle after cycle is going to get BORING! Also, what do you have to say about the idea that men’s metabolic rates generally allow them to lose weight faster/easier? Thanks.