Control Your Environments. Another simple strategy to help cut calories is to control your environment — everything from stocking your kitchen with lots of healthy options to choosing the right restaurants. That means avoiding the temptation by staying away from all-you-can-eat restaurants. And when it comes to parties, “eat a healthy snack before so you won’t be starving, and be selective when you fill your plate at the buffet,” suggests Ward. Before going back for more food, wait at least 15 minutes and have a big glass of water.
Make use of cardio machines. If you don’t have some cardio machines with you at home, consider joining a gym so that you can use some. Try out the following cardio machines and see which ones work best for you:
Evolving in a premodern food environment forced our bodies to adapt to an inconsistent food supply. We’re very good at storing fat, because for most of human history, our next meal was a lot further away than a trip to the Quickie Mart. Fat storage allowed us to stock up on food when it was available, and use those reserves during periods of scarcity. A biologically hardwired taste for fat and sweetness directed us to calorie-dense foods when they were available, maximizing our energy intake to prepare for lean times ahead.
If you’ve been inactive or you have a medical condition, talk to your doctor or health care provider before starting a new physical activity program. Most people can begin with five- or 10-minute activity sessions and increase the time gradually.
Luckily my husband had a revelation that “he needed to change his ways”, so we both signed up with a personal trainer; our personal trainer introduced us to the paleo diet. We started the last week of January and I am now down 20 lbs. since then; husband has lost 10 but doesn’t need to lose any more weight.
Hi Hillarie – A pep talk you will get, then! The best thing about this diet is that the food is delicious, nourishing, AND it helps your health. Because of that, the diet is sustainable for a lot of people. I think other diets can wrong by not taking out the addictive foods like sugar and grains. It’s not surprising that people often gain weight back that they’ve lost. You can only go so long “controlling” your food cravings until you just give in and start eating way too much of the food you’re trying to cut back on. What I hear over and over from Paleo eaters (and experience myself) is that people rarely have the intense cravings they used to have, and they’re not as hungry as they used to be. And when they do have cravings, there are plenty of options that don’t involve white sugar or grains to satisfy that craving. Once you start nourishing your body with foods that actually fill you up and give you the nutrients you need, I have a feeling your aches a pains will go away, you’ll start shedding fat, and it’ll get easier and easier as time goes by. And what do you have to lose? As Robb Wolf always says, just try it for a month and see how it goes. If you hate it, then try something else. Good luck!
She’s outspoken, feisty and passionate about spreading the primal/paleo word. She writes about her experiences over on her blog Primal Girl. She also has tons of energy and doesn’t seem to sit still for a minute!
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I know this may sound overly simplistic, but I’ve seen it work countless times with clients, and I even use this trick myself. Often times we eat when we are just thirsty — don’t make this classic mistake.
It has been fun looking for and trying new recipes. I look forward to your emails because I know something yummy will soon be on our menu! I’m a very organized person and like to plan my menu for a month. It took awhile, but I now have a recipe binder filled with great paleo recipes. It makes meal planning a snap. I have always found that planning ahead eliminates that dreaded question “What’s for dinner?” Thank you for your website. And happy cooking to my paleo contemporaries out there!
i have definitely have noticed a difference on the paleo diet, the only thing is. i had a brain injury in 2008, @ disabled down my left side, so i cannot exercise, which is extremly frustrating, @ i find it harder, because, iam not burning off any calories, trying to get onto a clinical trail, to improve my condition, so fingers crossed, @ i can get my life back,, i spend hrs @ hrs emailing professors @ universities,…. with science changing @ moving rapid;y, iam sure things will work my way, …. but enjoy your emails kris, keep them coming in,
I had the same problem when I started paleo but I did notice how my clothes were fitting and by comments from others about how much weight I’ve lost, so maybe don’t focus on the numbers on the scale go by measurements and clothes.
Watch your drinks. One easy way to lose weight quickly is to cut out liquid calories, such as soda, juice, and alcohol. Replace them with zero-calorie drinks like lemon water, unsweetened tea, or black coffee.