Not much of a coffee drinker? Tea is also a natural diuretic, and types of herbal tea such as dandelion or fennel root can also lend a hand. In fact: When a recent study compared the metabolic effect of green tea (in extract) with that of a placebo, researchers found that the green-tea drinkers burned about 70 additional calories in a 24-hour period.
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:
Pumpkin Cake Cookies – If you were a good boy or girl today, have a cookie! And even if you weren’t, go ahead and have one too. There’s no need to analyze your decision making while on Paleo. Getting rid of the emotional connection with food, all of the baggage associated with failed diet attempts, the guilt, the remorse, it all needs to go out the window. If you want the cookie, have it!
I don’t really think the language matters much to others because were looking for details about Paleo.. not their preferred use of language. If you didn’t get enough from this article, that’s too bad… lots of other people did.
First, let’s get some Paleo basics down. The word comes from the Paleolithic period, which was over 10,000 years ago — otherwise known of the age of the caveman. The idea, according to U.S. News, is that “if the caveman didn’t eat it, you shouldn’t either.”
Close the Kitchen at Night. Establish a time when you will stop eating so you won’t give in to the late-night munchies or mindless snacking while watching television. “Have a cup of tea, suck on a piece of hard candy or enjoy a small bowl of light ice cream or frozen yogurt if you want something sweet after dinner, but then brush your teeth so you will be less likely to eat or drink anything else,” suggests Elaine Magee, MPH, RD, WebMD’s “Recipe Doctor” and the author of Comfort Food Makeovers.
I recommend Saturdays as your “Dieters Gone Wild” day. I am allowed to eat whatever I want on Saturdays, and I go out of my way to eat ice cream, Snickers, Take 5, and all of my other vices in excess. I make myself a little sick and don’t want to look at any of it for the rest of the week. Paradoxically, dramatically spiking caloric intake in this way once per week increases fat loss by ensuring that your metabolic rate (thyroid function, etc.) doesn’t downregulate from extended caloric restriction. That’s right: eating pure crap can help you lose fat. Welcome to Utopia.
Enjoy the rich flavor of sweet potatoes? While home on Sundays, cook up a batch. Wrap each one in foil and bake for about an hour at 425 degrees F, or until their luscious, sweet juices start to ooze out into the foil. At work the following week, just pop one in the microwave for a quick warm-up. They’re loaded with taste, so they don’t need any extra toppings. If you want a little zest, swirl in a teaspoon or two of no-salt-added Dijon mustard or a quarter cup of plain nonfat Greek yogurt.
Choose marinara sauce for pasta instead of Alfredo sauce. The tomato-based sauces tend to have fewer calories and much less fat than cream-based sauces. But remember, portion size still counts. A serving of pasta is one cup or roughly the size of a tennis ball.
“Furthermore the foods emphasised on the paleo diet are loaded with micronutrients that fuel your metabolism including zinc, magnesium, iodine and B vitamins, plus the increase in protein and fibre provide more satiating meals which allows you to increase the gaps between meals and eliminate snacking.”
The best way to understand and implement Step 1 is to skip the boxed, pre-made foods, and shop the perimeter of the grocery store. By shopping just the perimeter of the grocery store you’ll pick up organic fruits and veggies, lean protein from the butcher and freshly baked bread from the store bakery. You’re only buying fresh food. Of course this is more metaphor than rule. Organic pasta, rice and beans are usually found in isles as well are organic whole wheat flour and spices. Be sure to choose these ingredients in the purest forms, pick up the organic brown rice, not the box of rice mixture with the spices. The only ingredient on the label should be “brown rice.”
So, trying to quit smoking can be a “nightmare” but does that mean one shouldn’t do so? I’m really failing to see the logic behind your statement. No one said going paleo is “easy.” Any lifestyle change is not easy. I believe that what Chris is saying is that once you make the change to paleo, you aren’t constantly reading labels, adding up “points,” or slaving away on a treadmill for 2 hours at a time in order to lose weight.
Neely – Um, yes. Saturated fat actually literally PHYSICALLY clogs up your arteries and intestines and digestive system. Ever noticed how cleaning animal fat off your dishes is a pain in the ass? Think of what that’s doing in your STOMACH, where you don’t have Dawn dish soap with a pH of 9 or 10. And, even aside from that, having so much fat in your diet (Paleo people like to refer to it as protein, but when it comes to this diet… protein is directly related to fat) with ANY carbs will cause your body to automatically turn your carbohydrates to fat, raising your blood sugar, etc. So, yes, fat actually does make you fat. The only way lose weight on a paleo diet is to not eat enough. I have never seen a paleo person with a flat stomach besides Cassey from Blogilates, but that’s because she hardly eats enough calories for a 12 year old girl, let alone an active woman in her 20s. No one gets hot & thin on a paleo diet…
Foods containing lots of fibre can help keep you to feel full, which is perfect for losing weight. Fibre is only found in food from plants, such as fruit and veg, oats, wholegrain bread, brown rice and pasta, and beans, peas and lentils.
Without getting into a discussion of why most diet programs work – to some extent – in the short term – I’d like to point out that the Paleo diet is nutrient dense at both high carb or low carb ratios and therefore can be individually adapted to anyone’s needs for weight loss.
I have questions about the Paleo way of life if you can call it that or prefer the term diet I don’t know, but I cannot seem to locate a message board or discussion group. Only finding blogs. I know this works to lose weight, my boss who has a discussion board/support group for Paleo dieters or cave people as she calls it, but she pays $425 a month!!!! She’s a veterinarian, she can afford it. She started in February 2014 and by July had lost 52 pounds without exercising just occasional short walks. She takes no supplements. She has been taken off her diabetic medicine too UNREAL! I would’ve started at the same time she did, but I was pregnant then.