Yes, you need your salt and your fat. Stephan suggests eating them separately. I suggest you get your salt from your home made bone broth that you have salted up, and get your fat from your unsalted kerrygold butter or coconut oil in your coffee, or a plain avocado. I also suggest doing what ever you have to do to get your vegetables to taste good enough to eat as long as you don’t go too crazy. I like dropping them into the broth, salting them up after steaming, or putting spinach in the vitamix with some frozen berries and water and enjoy a smoothie.
The “keep it simple” recommendation hits home for me. After a successful first year eating whole foods/paleo, weight started creeping back on. I *thought* I hadn’t changed anything, but then realized that my efforts to improve my culinary skills (scrumptious pan sauces, fancy soups and probably more added fats than needed) might be the culprit. Along with just too much food. I’m returning to how I did paleo-ish (I include cultured dairy) the first time around (more straightforward, easier food prep) and will reserve the fancy stuff for less frequent indulgences. I mean, indulgence does infer infrequency, right?
Fill your plate with vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains and add a little fish, white meat or dairy on the side. The Mediterranean diet derives from the idyllic countries surrounding the ocean which favours healthy fats and fresh produce.
I had a thyroidectomy in Oct 2013. I’m 45 and was told that I had hosimotos an autoimmune disease then a few weeks later told I had Hurthel cell cancer. I agreed to have my thyroid removed and found out weeks later that it was no cancerous. Now I’m dealing with extreme fatigue and I’ve gained approx 20 lbs since October. I’m afraid to step on the scale to see for sure. I use to run 5 and 10 km races and also run 1/2 marathons. Now it takes everything for me to get energy to do anything I just want to sleep. The doctors are playing the lets adjust your medication game and it could take awhile before they find the right dosage. Without a thyroid I basically have no metabolism which makes it very hard to lose weight. I’m hoping by cutting out all the bad carbs and sugars from my diet it will help build up some sort of energy for me. A friend from work was talking about the Paleo diet so I decided to do some research. It looks like something I could do . I’m looking forward to picking up your book later today, cleaning out my cupboards/ fridge and starting my new journey. 30 days to a cleaner healthier me 🙂
Any fitness activities you do throughout the day are added to your BMR (basal metabolic rate) to determine the total number of calories you burn each day. For example, a 170-pound person who spends 45 minutes walking briskly will burn about 300 calories. The same time spent on housecleaning burns about 200 calories, and mowing the lawn for 45 minutes consumes around 275 calories.
I am also frustrated by weight gain, about 30 lbs. In 3 years! I am 50 yrs. old and at my highest weight EVER! I’ve seen many people at my gym lean out & get ripped eating paleo. I have tried low carb, higher carb, nothing helps. I even worked with a holistic nutrition coach for a month & lost a whopping 3 lbs. She had me eating no grains, sugar, (except for limited fruit), no eggs, nuts/seeds, nightshades, no dairy. It took 2 weeks before I lost ANYTHING. I was diagnosed with celiac 4 years ago. It’s been a steady gain ever since.
The best approach for weight loss is reducing the number of calories you eat while increasing the number of calories you burn through physical activity. To lose 1 pound, you need an expenditure of approximately 3,500 calories. You can achieve this either by cutting back on your food consumption, by increasing physical activity, or ideally, by doing both.
In a diet of 2000 calories, then, we would need 1000 calories from fat, and some sources say more, that the ratio should be 80% fat calories, but that might cause too much fat-burning too fast, there might be a metabolic reaction.
But within five minutes of speaking with Petronella Ravenshear (the Metabolic Balance nutritionist advising me on my #StellaShapeUp plan) she was able to assess the problem: my metabolism doesn’t work.
We all have food habits. Tastes can be changed, though it may take time. It’s no use trying to argue that people “like” certain foods so it will be a “nightmare” to change. People often comment that to go suddenly from whole milk to nonfat – or vice versa – can be very unpleasant. But those same people describe the opposite experience once they get accustomed to other foods. Easy does it.
I have to admit that I first started a Paleo diet because I thought it would help me shed the stubborn pounds I had put on during law school (there were a lot of free pizza parties and way too much drinking).
Eggs used for baking can be replaced by chia or flax seeds soaked in water. Just put a few days worth in the fridge and pull it out when you need it. For breakfast type recipes just sub out for any protein that works for you.
why do you think that loosing another 5 pounds will get you to your ideal weight? where does that figure come from? what if your body prefers to be at your current weight for a reason ( if you are only 5 pounds overweight, it is not anymore about health, is it?). don’t get mesmerized by a number. as a matter of fact people with a little extra weight live and are healthier then the really skinny ones. having said that, if you still want to loose those 5 pounds, swap some of the fat for potatoes on the training days (post workout) and move more. check out http://www.leangains.com for some no nonsense information about how to get there. good luck.
Yes, it’s been frustrating not losing as quick as I hoped….but I’m always hungry! I might have been eating too much with the nut flours and fruit smoothies….I’ll try to cut those out during the week at least. What is good to eat besides hard boiled eggs when you are hungry and need something quick and filling? Salads don’t fill me up and do a number on my digestive system if I have too much raw stuff! tks!
So, I’m all on my own trying to be Paleo in the best way I possibly can be, and I think the hardest part will not be giving up things like cheese, but instead switching my bologna (yuck) addicted wannabe walking heart attack high cholesterol husband of 5 yrs.
Don’t compare your weight loss to others. Everyone is different and has different metabolic rates. People also vary in the amount of calories they burn daily or how much exercise they do. Aim for a healthy rate of weight loss, and don’t measure yourself by what others are doing or their results.
Add a broth-based soup to your day and you’ll fill up on fewer calories. Think minestrone, tortilla soup, or Chinese won-ton. Soup’s especially handy at the beginning of a meal because it slows your eating and curbs your appetite. Start with a low-sodium broth or canned soup, add fresh or frozen vegetables and simmer. Beware of creamy soups, which can be high in fat and calories.
I started 4 weeks ago. Cut out dairy flour,grains,beans,sugar,pastas and starches. not counting food. Eating when hungry. Fruits, vegtables,meats,fish,nuts as much as I want.lost 16 lbs.in 3 weeks.Feel much better and have more energy.on Sundays I give myself whatever I want but to my surprise I don’t have the cravings I expected to have. Was really surprised I have dropped weight..Gonna continue one week at a time as I learn more. And I have not been working out.