This diet was most likely not developed by nutrition experts. One web site that offers the diet includes this warning: “Neither the staff nor management of 3 Day Diets are experienced, licensed, or knowledgeable to judge or recommend the validity or safety of this diet. We do not necessarily endorse this diet and recommend that before trying this or any other diet to consult a physician or licensed medical practitioner. Use at your own risk.”
Focus on eating fresh produce, whole grains, lean protein, low-fat dairy and small amounts of healthy fats. Eat lower-calorie foods that are rich in fiber, protein and/or water to help you fill up and stay full longer.
I gain weight on paleo if I eat a high fat diet. For me portion control is important, as is not snacking, and as Chris says eating appropriate starchy carbs. My meals (3 a day) consist of a palm size of leanish protein (about 3 – 4 oz max) 1/2 – 1 cup of starch or fruit and a plateful of non starch veggies – salad, stirfry etc. A little added fat, but not usually much, like olive oil dressing. I get excellent appetite control, and keep my post menopause tendency to gain weight in check.
Water is key to losing weight. Besides tasting great, studies have proven that drinking water naturally boosts your metabolism along with many additional water health benefits. It fills you up, flushes your system and naturally increases metabolism.
Alcohol causes digestive issues and is often full of sugar, so can result in bloating (and the awful sluggish feeling that comes with it). If you want your stomach to be flatter by the end of the day then stay away from alcohol for today.
One of the hardest parts about losing weight is trying to do it all on your own. Making major lifestyle changes without any social support is not only difficult, but often unsustainable. Having friends or family around you to encourage you, or even make changes along with you, can greatly increase your success in any major lifestyle change, particularly the switch to a Paleo diet. You can share recipes, plan partner workouts, and encourage each other on your journey to better health.
I tell this to everyone because everyone (me included) have done the same thing, trying to cut corners and make it easier. You’ve added different ingredients (mushrooms, cauliflower, Braggs seasoning and stir fried it all). And didn’t eat your needed baked potato. Everything in this diet has a purpose and each day ingredients has a purpose as well. I can’t say that what you’ve done is without a doubt wrong, but what I can say is, every time that I’ve done this diet (first few times) and swayed away from the original recipe and day plan, I got screwed.
Research shows that a Paleo diet is more satiating per calorie than both a Mediterranean diet and a low-fat diet. That means it’s more filling for the same number of calories compared to other popular diet methods. This is crucial for weight loss, since it helps you eat less without fighting hunger or counting calories. As I mentioned before, if you’re constantly fighting hunger, your brain will respond by reducing your metabolic rate and increasing your appetite.
Remember from above that “nutrient partitioning” means whether a given calorie gets stored for later or burned for fuel. If you store a calorie, then theoretically, it’s available for fuel the next time you need it – like, say, in a few hours when you’ve digested your meal but still need a steady supply of energy from somewhere. Unless you have a precisely monitored IV drip of nutrients attached to body at all times, you switch back and forth during the day from running off the food you just ate to running off your stored fat reserves.
Great article! I started on modified Paleo ( I still do a bit of cream and cheese ) 6 weeks ago while on vacation. I’m down 9 pounds and happy with the way I’m feeling. My appetite and, therefore, my portion sizes are half of what they were before.
http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=1846638 and on Paleo/low carb diets and weight loss, http://thepaleodiet.com/long-term-scientific-verification-of-the-paleo-diet/, http://authoritynutrition.com/23-studies-on-low-carb-and-low-fat-diets/ and https://www.paleoplan.com/2014/10-06/diet-wars-continue-low-carb-vs-low-fat-study/.
The Paleo Diet is a very healthy meal plan for anyone. It increases your energy levels and significantly improves your digestive health. Based on our ancestors’ dietary habits, the Paleo diet can easily be incorporated into our modern day lives. With a wealth of information available out there and delicious recipes to try, the Paleo diet is a must for anyone.
There’s a camp fond of (very vociferously) claiming that weight loss is a simple math equation: calories in vs. calories out. Just eat less, and move more, and you’ll be all set: if it doesn’t work, you’re just not cutting calories hard enough. It’s technically true that calories determine weight gain or loss. But in the real world, the way to achieve sustainable, long-term weight loss is not to start cutting or counting calories.