“When I wanted to fit into my skinny jeans again, I started running 20 minutes a day during my lunch hour. In two months, I’ve lost 20 pounds, have tons of energy, and just finished my first 5K. Those jeans? They’re too big now!” —Lauren Castor, Anniston, AL
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.
Number 2 is so important. I was stuck in the trap of ‘too much’ for YEARS. Kept seeing others do less, eat more and somehow be leaner. You then work harder to get the desired results and the whole thing becomes a vicious cycle. Worse still you begin to suspect you have some kind of metabolic issue!
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I love your regimen. I am 5ft 6ins and weighs 140lb. Most of the weight is in my stomach. I do not know if this diet would help my stomach or will it take fat off of my entire body. I don’t want to loose weight from any other part of my body because I am skinny as people would say. Do you think that I can loose the fat off of my stomach from this diet? Please advise.
Start a calorie journal in which you write down the values of everything you eat. Creating a calorie journal and writing in it consistently will help you know when you’ve gone over your limit. It will tell you what foods worked when and whether they tasted good. It will give you a record of your struggles, which are always fun to look back on after the pain has passed!
Robin, If you are still on the Paleo diet I hope you have had success and stayed 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 food and a poor diet overall. So I hope you have done well.
Exercise increases appetite, and most people just make up for whatever they exercised off. There’s a lot of wonderful reasons to exercise and I always suggest it to people who are trying to lose weight—some sort of exercise regimen keeps them focused on their health and doing what is good for them, and it’s psychologically healthy. But in and of itself it won’t usually help people lose weight.
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.
Personally, I struggled with my weight fluctuating throughout high school and college. I tried many different diets and counted calories and would lose 10 pounds, then gain 20. I was ALWAYS hungry. It wasn’t until June or July of 2006, when I went to a doctor that practices functional medicine where I found out about my food sensitivities (gluten, dairy, eggs, and yeast mainly) It was a tough transition at first because the food industry isn’t helpful in the healing process! I was 173 pounds and am 5′-1.5″ and within several months, the weight just melted off and I was never hungry. Also, cravings went away. I have been able to keep my weight stable for over 7 years with ease. Most importantly, the way I look at food and nutrition has changed. I look at food as medicine now and love how when I eat a certain way, I feel great. What I love about the paleo diet is that it stresses eating unprocessed foods that are delicious and I am never hungry. There have been times where I have introduced grains like rice and quinoa back in my diet and have had stomach issues. Everyone is different and it is a definitely a process finding out what works for your body and what doesn’t… But feeling amazing and not being inflamed is well worth it!
1. Take yourself off cruise control. Increase the intensity of your everyday tasks, from vacuuming to walking the dog, recommends Douglas Brooks, an exercise physiologist and personal trainer in Northern, CA. “Turn on some music, add in some vigorous bursts, and enjoy the movement,” he says.
Breakfast Burritos – Don’t pull into the golden arches of doom, make up this delicious breakfast burrito instead and your waistline and heart will thank you. Avocado, spinach, and a lean protein are just some of the examples of why this is your new healthy breakfast go-to item. The tortillas are made grain-free out of eggs so your egg is built right in.
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Alternatively, there are several high-sugar, high-fat, high-calorie foods that we can cut from our diets to see a pretty big change in our waistline, sometimes in a fairly short time period. Stanforth puts it this way:
However, if you’ve been struggling with weight loss, have no energy throughout the day, need eight cups of coffee, hate counting calories, and want to start turning your life around today, why not give it a shot for 30 days?
Hang an old favorite dress, skirt, or a smokin’ pair of jeans where you’ll see them every day. This keeps your eyes on the prize. Choose an item that’s just a little too snug, so you reach this reward in a relatively short time. Then pull out last year’s cocktail dress for your next small, attainable goal.
Now that you’re 124 (I’m presuming), it takes a lot less calories for you to maintain your weight. I did a calculation and for a woman your age and weight, it takes 1700 calories per day to maintain your current weight. Despite this foolishness about not needing to count calories on paleo, you need to cut your calories in order to lose that weight. Not counting calories only works for someone who’s really overweight and that’s only because going paleo automatically puts them in a caloric deficit.
A Paleo template should be based on a foundation of real food, instead of reincarnations of baked goods from the standard American diet. The popularity of sweets in our culture has resulted in a Paleo-sphere that is over-flowing with an abundance of delicious, mouth-watering dessert recipes. Although these treats are made with acceptable Paleo ingredients, they are not necessarily health-promoting or helpful to weight loss efforts. The energy-dense nut flours and large amounts of natural sugars that these treats contain can be detrimental to weight loss efforts and they leave less room for the consumption of nutrient-dense, whole foods that supply the body with nutrients that it needs. Treats can help to ease the transition to a Paleo lifestyle and it may be okay to enjoy them on an occasional basis. But if weight loss is your primary goal, you may want to consider how much of your diet is based on real food versus Paleo treats.
It was a DIY procedure. I tell all about it here http://scdlifestyle.com/2013/08/how-a-fecal-transplant-saved-karens-life/ I figured it out when I was trying to connect the dots between my several medical conditions. I think the biggest ‘aha’ was when I figured out the link between PCOS, Liver Disease, and Celiacs. And I began drinking orange juice because of a study that I read that suggested that orange juice decreases the relocation of gram-negative bacteria and can stop the inflammatory processes in its tracks.
Leah, I’m curious if you ended up going through with it, or you quit? I too had some stomach pain, but day three was my “cleanse” day and after that I did feel so much better and had so much more energy. My cravings stopped and I just feel better! I am on day 5 so don’t know my results yet, but I love all this feedback and positive input! It helps to hear what you can and can’t do from people with experience with the diet. Hope you got through it. I have SEVERAL pounds to lose, I have arthritis and I know I am a heart risk, so this is SO important to me, as life can be short! Good luck to you,
Thank you so much for your blog and the fabulous information you share! I would like to offer my support from a similar slant and possibly even further help your readers. As a healer, speaker and author, my passion is to help people live successful, empowered and happy lives now!
It’s natural for anyone trying to lose weight to want to lose it very quickly. But evidence shows that people who lose weight gradually and steadily (about 1 to 2 pounds per week) are more successful at keeping weight off. Healthy weight loss isn’t just about a “diet” or “program”. It’s about an ongoing lifestyle that includes long-term changes in daily eating and exercise habits.
Hi, I am an Inn Keeper and love different foods for breakfast. I eat all of the things you talk about in this diet, AND sometimes serve breakfasts just like this. I was wondering, you say not to drink your calories. I can’t eat much dairy, but crave soy milk. Can I have soy milk on this diet? I don’t drink sodas or tea. Coffee once in a while. Soy milk is like a snack to me, so I would hate to give it up.