It’s just fruit plus sunlight, right? What could be so bad about that? Well, the simple fact is that dried fruit is incredibly tasty because it contains way more sugar than raw fruit. One cup of raisins contains more than 434 calories, almost the same amount found in one-and-a-half McDonald’s cheeseburgers! Yeah, dried fruit is high in fiber and a fiber rich diet is definitely a good thing when you’re gunning for a flat tummy but all that sugar is going to offset a lot of the benefit. Enjoy, but sparingly. Scarfing too much sugar is definitely one of the 30 Bad Habits That Lead to a Fat Belly.
Think of it this way – if you’re coming from a less-than-stellar diet into clean eating and eliminating bagels, pasta and rice as the staples, you need to replace that energy with something else. That usually means larger portions of the healthier foods such as vegetables and protein.
Warongdech/ShutterstockOrdering a diet soda may seem like a good compromise between sticking to your diet and still having a beverage you love. But the artificial sweeteners used in most calorie-free drinks don’t lead to weight loss and can even cause weight gain, according to research published in Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism. The artificial chemicals interfere with important enzymes and hormones in your body, leading to increased waist size, they report. Here’s more on how diet soda causes weight gain.
While some people respond well to counting calories or similar restrictive methods, others respond better to having more freedom in planning their weight-loss programs. Being free to simply avoid fried foods or cut back on refined carbs can set them up for success. So, don’t get too discouraged if a diet that worked for somebody else doesn’t work for you. And don’t beat yourself up if a diet proves too restrictive for you to stick with. Ultimately, a diet is only right for you if it’s one you can stick with over time.
Trisha – I had planned on starting the Paleo diet this week, but I found something else that intrigued me. I’m trying “The Serotonin Power Diet”. I just started 3 days ago, so can’t speak to it’s value yet. But I have a hunch that these anti-depressants block the manufacturing of serotonin in the body, and this diet is supposed to kick it back into action. I haven’t been hungry on this diet, and may actually not be eating quite enough – need more vegetables… Here’s a link:
Finally, such a restrictive diet takes the enjoyment out of eating. During the 3 days a week that you are following the plan, eating out or with others could be very tough. Also, boring diets are very hard to maintain. The temptation to overeat on the other 4 days of the week when you are not dieting will likely be high.
Ironically, one fellow, who was successfully losing weight and shared that he felt better and had more mental clarity than he could remember, did take a backward step. This happened when the “nutritionist” at his gym told he needed to be eating more carbs. He did, and stopped losing weight immediately. He didn’t feel any better (he already felt great), he just started eating more carbs and stopped losing weight. His body did what it was supposed to do when faced with a glycemic spike from eating carbs – it dumped in insulin and started storing all that fuel as fat.
By making a meal plan to lose weight, you are setting yourself up for weight loss Have you ever become extra motivated to exercise after a purchase of a new yoga mat, or running shoes? Making a meal plan is motivational in the same way.
If you are interested in learning more about the diet, and want to learn how to successfully implement it, we got you covered!This diet does have a ton of pitfalls and challenges that you’ll encounter as you start to change your life, and most people give up on the Paleo Diet within a few days!
This is a really interesting article that sort of sums up the sleep/weight loss connection. Basically, there are several connections, including cortisol, ghrelin (the hormone that tells you when you’re actually hungry – ever noticed you’re hungrier when you’re tired?), and leptin (the hormone that tells you you’ve had enough to eat – same concept as with ghrelin).
almost forgot, on an intense workout day you need to eat some carbs post workout. sweet potato or potato is a good option. else you will ramp your cortisol levels up and won’t be able to loose weight, on the contrary. vegetables don’t really count as carbs. digesting them costs more calories than they contain. on a non workout day, you can stay very low carb.
This is such an interesting post. We have been trialling a low carb paleo approach and realise now that it is definitely not working for us. We are excited to re-introduce some good quality carbs into our daily diets. Oh how we missed you sweet potato!
I go to the gym at 5AM 3 times during the week and then I go on Saturday mornings at 9AM. I often drink a bottle of water during my workout, I will now try to take the ACV before I leave out in the morning and drink a bottle of water like I always do. But now I will extend it by taking it before lunch when I’m at work and before dinner when I get home. I normally don’t eat breakfast, but I will try to grab a fruit or piece of toast with two hard boiled eggs. I hope this works and I start to see results.
The incredible piece here is that this diet actually seems to treat epilepsy very well, but there is a catch; it’s incredibly difficult to tolerate. According to WebMd, the diet prescribes that dieters to consume three calories of fat for every calorie of protein or carbohydrate. That’s a lot of fat. WebMd explains:
Losing weight is a numbers game (if you are only interested in weight loss rather than overall health). Maintaining a calorie deficit always leads to weight loss. Without exercise, a calorie deficit must be created through a lower calorie intake. The main problem with dieting alone is the sacrifice needed to sustain a very low calorie intake for a long period of time is too much for most people to handle.
Refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, …Read more
“The best way to lose weight on The Paleo Diet is to not ‘do’ The Paleo Diet like we ‘do’ other diet trends. In other words, don’t try to come up with a set of rules (do eat this, don’t eat that) and then cram everything into those rules that will fit. DO eat mostly meat and vegetable, cycle your starch, and attend to the other inputs of health – responsible exercise, sleep, and stress management. DO NOT eat paleo-ified versions of the same junk you always ate while ignoring the other aspects of your lifestyle that will keep you from peak health.”