Another thing that many people seem to forget is that most people as they get older don’t need as much food. Even if you exercise regularly and keep yourself active you still don’t run around as much and use as much effort as you use to do. Those who ignore this or loudly claim that they have always eaten this way or that way and are not going to give it up usually wind up putting on weight whatever diet they are following.
Strength training is crucial to weight control. This type of exercise helps build and support muscle mass which may increase your metabolic rate or how many calories you burn throughout the day. Muscle is active tissue that consumes calories throughout the day — whether you worked out or not. 
AdaPia – Some people do better with having an actual breakfast, as opposed to just coffee. Your adrenals may not like doing that, which may be messing with your cortisol levels, which in turn can inhibit weight loss. I’d experiment with not drinking caffeine, or at least not as much. Or at the very least having some eggs and meat in the morning as opposed to coffee. Sometimes IF is just not right for people. It’s worth experimenting with. I’d just eat breakfast and watch your calories throughout the day (monitoring them with an online food journal).
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 food and a poor diet overall. So I hope you have done well.
The weight loss and health benefits of going Paleo are still up in the air, with only a handful of very small studies published on the topic. Regardless, a lot of people seem to be giving up grains and doing without dairy these days. Let’s take a closer look at what all the fuss is about.
In Dr. Lutes’s pilot study, increasing daily activity levels by just a few minutes at a time helped participants lose weight faster. Eventually, your goal should be to do at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day (burning off about 120 extra calories daily, or 12½ pounds a year), but it doesn’t have to be all at once. (Check out these 25 easy ways to squeeze in 10 minutes of exercise.)
1. Don’t Eat for 3-4 Hours Before Bed: When you eat shortly before bed, you increase your metabolism and suppresses growth hormone release, which makes it very difficult to lose weight. Bonus, avoiding eating right before bed improves sleep quality!
But can you still eat meat in the same way we prepare it now? Like for steak as in, with salt, pepper, garlic, etc.? Obviously no breadcrumbs for chicken, what is really the way you prepare your food?
Lifestyle and work habits partially determine how many calories we need to eat each day. Someone whose job involves heavy physical labor will naturally burn more calories in a day than someone who sits at a desk most of the day (a sedentary job). For people who do not have jobs that require intense physical activity, exercise or increased physical activity can increase the number of calories burned.
Try to squeeze in a 30-minute walk daily, Lyons says. The simple boost in metabolism will help you burn waistline fat more efficiently. And if you want to work out, skip those gadgets that promise “miraculous abs in minutes.” A study from Kansas State University found most devices designed to target abs (think infomercials) don’t live up to their promises. You’ll see better results with traditional exercise.
Darryl – This advice is on an individual basis, as everyone has their own threshold for how much exercise they can do without overtraining (and therefore potentially gaining weight, among other things). I don’t really care what a research paper has to say about that, since it seems to me like it’s common sense. You may be able to train hard 6 days a week and be fine. Another person may only be able to train moderately 2 times a week, depending on their health status. Everyone needs to find their own threshold. That is not irresponsible advice, in my opinion. Do you disagree?
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.
This oversimplifies things because Fat is fat. If you are directly eating fat your body can still either use or store it as stored fat (bad by this articles logic). And it’s no different than a carb eventually turning into fat and being stored.
I spoke to Petronella about my embarrassing ice-cream incident and she explained how sugar is extremely addictive. She told me about a study where lab rats were given a choice of cocaine or sugar. They always chose the sugar and would do anything for it.
For two weeks, try to load up your diet with these foods while cutting refined carbs, including chips, pretzels, cookies, breads and other processed snacks, as well as starchy vegetables like potatoes. Hunger will subside, while your body will lose its motivation to store fat, Ludwig says. Non-starchy vegetables, fruit, fish, meat, beans, and other whole foods are all on the menu. “You can eat until you feel full,” Ludwig says.
AsriePooh – Nice work on going Paleo! So the wine thing… it’s definitely a “Paleo” drink in moderation, but it also has a ton of sugar in it. If you don’t start losing weight in the next couple weeks doing what you’re doing, it’s the first thing I’d consider decreasing.
I experienced a similar thing when I started eating Paleo except I are way too much and thought that because of intermittent fasting I could fast after eating too much and lose it. That just resulted in a binge and starvation cycle which made me gain weight! Then I went off Paleo and gained a tons of weight, I’m ready to give it another try now and this article was a huge help! Thank you! 🙂
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By lower carbohydrate I mean still approximately 100 grams of carbohydrate a day (and more if you are an athlete). It can be more than this. It can be slightly less. Good carbs to eat are fruits and starchy vegetables.
Any weight loss program must be able to diagnose and address what is broken internally. Limited exercise can be an adjunct to this if they diagnose and treat correctly. The problem with most weight loss programs is that they can’t diagnose what is wrong internally. Most ignore the tainted food supply and have people stupidly focus on calories. The more healthier people will have success. The less healthy won’t.
Great post Suz. There have been two things that I have been struggling with Paleo for the past 10 months or so and you have nailed one of them. So, two things I have learned on the ‘paleo journey’. (1) Portion size is still important when it comes to weight loss (as you have well described above) and (2) glucose is important depending on health issues. Have still been struggling with burn out issues, and have had real problems with low carb Paleo (i.e. all carbs only coming from vegetables). I haven’t really been able to get rid of the sugar/refined carb cravings when stressed, but after reading http://www.perfecthealthdiet.com (Paul Jaminet), have realised that some safe starches are fine (which I was avoiding to try and get through the plateau) and so am eating more sweet potato or a banana when the cravings/stress hits and feel much better for it. If you haven’t read Paul’s book (which is now on Kindle), I suggest a read. It is still Paleo, but suggests that going very low carb (i.e. veggies only as a carb source) may not be the best to achieve perfect health.
Right now we’re going to focus on the reasons the Paleo diet helps you lose weight. For the exceedingly thin people who are wondering whether or not it will help bulk you up, the short answer is “yes” and there will be more to come on that topic.
frantic00/ShutterstockThe next time you go out to eat, skip the buffet and order a dish off the menu. People who eat at all-you-can-eat buffets often do just that and try to eat it all, according to research from Cornell’s Food and Brand lab. The greater the variety of food you see, the more your brain wants to taste each one. But if you order an entree, then you’re limited to just the food on your (one) plate. Still determined to do the buffet? Sit in a booth that faces away from the buffet, as that will make getting seconds and thirds a lot less tempting, the researchers add.
1) This diet is one of the closest I’ve seen that gets close to a “change your lifestyle” approach versus a “reach your goal” diet. However, it still has components of a “reach your goal” diet, which is destined for eventual failure for most people as it doesn’t address the behaviors or emotional reasons for over-eating. Have you written, or do you provide in your books, a “bridge” type program where you move from this diet to one that instills healthier eating habits for life? For instance, I find gorging myself on Saturdays to be a temporary diet, not a habit one should indulge in for life.
You’ve heard of a self-fulfilling prophecy? If you keep focusing on things you can’t do, like resisting junk food or getting out the door for a daily walk, chances are you won’t do them. Instead (whether you believe it or not) repeat positive thoughts to yourself. “I can lose weight.” “I will get out for my walk today.” “I know I can resist the pastry cart after dinner.” Repeat these phrases and before too long, they will become true for you. Try these other daily mantras that can help you reach your goals.
“Overall, we are more concerned about trans fats raising our blood cholesterol [than we are concerned about high cholesterol foods],” explains Kelly. “It’s recommended you consume zero of this type of fat because it has been so strongly linked with heart disease.”
Hi, just wondering how the Paleo diet worked out for you? Did you end up losing weight? My suggestion would have been to eliminate Paleo “treats,” and to do a Whole30. Doing a Whole30 works to address the emotional reasons why we eat. A strict Paleo diet should be very satiating and even out your blood sugar levels, so you shouldn’t be reaching for a snack from hunger… so my guess would be that the snacks are more out of emotion/habit.
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I’m not going to lie. I spend a hell of a lot of time in the kitchen. So much so that I have set my laptop up on the kitchen counter so I can watch episodes of The Voice while I cook. I try to do as much work ahead of time as possible, for example, when I make dinner I usually make enough for 4 meals. Then I freeze the rest and can pull it out and defrost it another time.
However, the diet plan doesn’t look at changing your eating habits or behaviour in the long-term. It may be difficult to meet the recommendation of eating five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.”
You figured you were on an easy peasy downhill ride to your optimal size. So you kept doing what you did the first week, but after the 2nd or 3rd week, the weight stopped coming off. And now you’re stuck right where you were at week 3. Maybe you’ve even gained some weight.
Sara, that calorie deficit is probably too much for you. I’d try more like at least 1800 if you’re active with Crossfit at your size. Otherwise, you’ll likely be very hungry and start to feel weak. Keep me posted.