Hi Chis, I just turned 13. I know about this diet because my dad lost 45 lbs from it and I stay on low-carbs because of “sugar reasons”…eat proteins such as all the: steaks, eggs, chicken, salads, veggies, pork grinds (kind of like chips), cheese sticks, hot dogs (pork) you want! Then always count the carbs and calories on your food item. Remember, NO SUGAR! Many say to eat fruits…..don’t! Also, make sure you drink water, crystal light, diet soda and teas (or anything else you find that is diet). When you want a little something sweet to….let’s say coffee….add Splenda and less milk.
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.
That’s exactly what I’m saying. Supplements can be used for this, even if your diet and exercise is mediocre. That said, the regimen of supplements that would accomplish this would make your liver and kidneys most unhappy, as both will be affected, and the liver will be filtering most of them from your blood.
IMPORTANT: You don’t need to make every meal! Start off making small changes. For many of the meals, you will have leftovers. You can use the leftovers as dinner or lunch replacements for the next day.
How old are you? I am also about 5’4” and I haven’t weighed 125 since I turned 30. And I was super skinny (size 4) and muscular then! I would be happy to be under 140 at this point. Our hormones and the way our bodies change as we age has a lot to do with it.
3. On MY diet (this is not to say it’s for everyone), brown rice is not OK unless within an hour after exercise. Too calorically dense and still normally high GI. Some will disagree, here’s the thing. I’m not trying to get to 12% bodyfat (bf), I’m trying to get to 5-6%. This is HARD and requires that I be more strict that the average person.
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Thanks for this info. I’ve discovered this is very true for me about Paleo – I put on weight eating that way. My downfall is honey, fruit and sweet potatoes. I also avoid those SWYPO sweet treats. I had to revert to a keto diet to lose the 10 lbs that crept on when I was ‘cheating’ on Paleo. I guess I’m either too sensitive to carbs or too close to a ‘normal’ weight. I can see a ‘straight’ Paleo diet providing dramatic results for someone with overweight, but its a maintenance diet for me.
@RobinH- I’m combining them due to my difficulty in weight loss. Seth Roberts actually says things like he can counter the effects of eating chocolate by taking more oil later. I am not miserable, but I have been pretty darn miserable doing things like JennyCraig in the early 90s when people were dropping with gallbladder attacks. I, at least, had the sense to quit that diet when my hair fell out at an alarming rate.
Thank you for this article. It was very helpful. Its always nice to have your own thoughts & ideas confirmed. you know that voice in your head that you might be thinking are just excuses, well you just confirmed that I was right all along. So I will soldier on thanks to you with a few more positive ideas to follow.
Day 5: YES! Steak!! Just follow up , eat at least one big bowl of soup (or two smaller bowls at different times) and enjoy your steak! Don’t forget your tomatoes! I eat 6 small tomatoes like apples during the evening, some with my steak and some after a little later. You’re 5 days in and 2 to go, so don’t you dare freaking give up at this time. It’s all downhill from now. Leave the scale alone!
I respectfully disagree. No one is saying paleo is easy for everyone. But it’s not as difficult as it sounds. I eat lots of fruit, vegetables, potatoes (white and sweet), white rice, eggs, some dairy and meat. I cheat occasionally (mostly at family gatherings), but I feel so MUCH BETTER. That alone makes it easy to stay on this diet. When you’re eating enough fats, protein and safe starches you don’t crave all the sugar, flour and junk foods of the past.
According to Boldsky, vitamin D is always recommended for those who try to maintain weight after losing weight. It will increase the amount of leptin in the brain – hormone that signal your stomach is full. Therefore you can avoid overeating.
I am just one person but this is how I have been successful. My adrenal and thyroid issues were holding me up a bit but its more than that. Regardless of what people say for some of us (like me) its calorie counting. Eat lots of fresh veggies, then good quality lower fat protein and a little fruit. No diet foods. Stevia does not give me any problems. I struggled like you and that’s what I have had to do. Yes, what you eat is important but how much is just as important. All these great paleo deserts have more calories and fat that just a regular desert. Weigh and measure for the first few months. I also found weighing myself daily for about the first four months gave me a good idea of how my body works. Id loose a few pounds and then gain and then loose lower than I was before, etc. In six weeks I have lost 12 pounds. I can’t exercise right now but just focusing on making food NOT a focus. I accept sugar is not good for body and neither are grains or dairy. See a good therapist to help you figure out why you have good issues. Good luck.
hey ba i also got the lapband done 2 years ago ive lost 110 pounds.My lapband doctor told me to make sure i take my vitamines everyday because i still cant eat veggies..I also have to do a fiber drink so i can get my fiber.Sense there is days i cant eat cause i regeratate he tells me to make sure i drink my protein shakes to get my protein in me..I know ive come to realize i can eat eggs good and fish they go down pretty good with out pain.Today i started a egg white diet to see how it works..I know theres time i get aggervated cause i want to eat and enjoy family meals like on holidays thats the hardest for me..what kind of exercises do you do to help you lose weight?
“Yes, you can lose weight with diet alone, but exercise is an important component. Without it, only a portion of your weight loss is from fat — you’re also stripping away muscle and bone density. Since working out stimulates growth of those metabolic tissues, losing weight through exercise means you’re burning mostly fat. The number on the scale may not sound as impressive, but because muscle takes up less space than fat does, you look smaller and your clothes fit better. Data show that to lose weight with exercise and keep it off, you don’t need to run marathons. You just need to build up to five to seven workouts a week, 50 minutes each, at a moderate intensity, like brisk walking or Zumba. Resistance training helps, too. But don’t just do isolated weight-lifting exercises like biceps curls — you’ll get leaner faster by using your body weight against gravity, as with movements like squats, lunges, push-ups and planks. And, of course, beyond burning fat, people shouldn’t forget that exercise can have other impressive health perks, like improving the quality of your sleep, lowering your cholesterol and reducing your stress level.”
So, instead of loading up on meat, vegetables and seasonal fruits, we’ve become a species “dependent” upon grains – bread, pasta, rice, corn, and so on. The government continues to recommend 6-11 servings of grains a day, and people continue to get fatter and fatter by the day.
Roasted Tomato Soup – This soup is something you have to try if you’re a fan of tomato soup. The roasting gives it a special quality that regular tomato soup just doesn’t have. The acidity of the tomatoes gets your digestive juices flowing, making it a great starter for the stuffed bell peppers to follow. You could also use this soup as a light lunch, since it delivers that nostalgic taste of true comfort food.
I am 71 years old and discovered Paleo about 8 months ago while looking for something to help with some health issues. WOW. What a revelation. I dropped 20 lbs. I have always been told I look at least 20 years younger – but now I actually feel 20 years younger. I work full time and my overall health has improved. What a wonderful surprise. I have been enjoying your website and the e-mails I get from you. Keep up the good work. If anyone out there is wondering whether or not to try Paleo – my whole hearted recommendation is YES – GO FOR IT. IT WILL TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE.
Try to stick to unprocessed, whole foods such as fresh fruits, green leafy vegetables, whole grains, dairy and poultry for meals as well as snacks. Avoid processed foods, starchy vegetables such as potatoes, cabbage, and cauliflower. You can take calcium and multivitamin supplements along with this diet.
Why try and pretend that Paleo is very easy for everyone? Some people are vegetarian and eat a lot of bread. This diet would be a nightmare for them. Be honest. Paleo is very restrictive, unless your diet already revolves around meat and little else.
The paleo diet is an amazing place to start on a journey to the best version of yourself, but there is SO. MUCH. MORE. that goes into it. It’s not just about the diet, here. The paleo lifestyle encompasses so many facets of life, and all those habits could be the reason you’re not seeing the results you’d like to see.
Whatever method you use, you’ll need to favor good-for-you foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean protein so you keep up good nutrition. Working with a dietitian is a good idea, so you make a plan that covers those needs.
I’ve heard it was more about eating too much fat with carbs is a problem (which it would be if you were eating a ton of nuts and seeds), but a surplus of just fat in the diet isn’t a problem and may even be helpful…provided, obviously, you are not consistantly eating more calories than you are burning, of course.
great discussion. a paleo template is a great plan to do the best for good health. it takes personal tolerance for food and likes into consideration with resultant improved health and gradual weight loss. after all, all that extra weight we are lugging around with us was not gained in a week or two but. over a considerable time whilst we ate more than we needed of food which was nowhere near real or natural. I have been on paleo for approx 3 years due to medical conditions – gluten intolerance soy and dairy allergy – and now i am so much healthier – no joint pain less digestive pain and problems and I am gradually shedding the last six kilos my heart specialist advised me to lose and this would bring me to my best weight for my height and body build. I find that paleo is very straight forward to follow and very free-ing – no calorie counting or weighing portions of food. and. no constant counting of points and preoccupation with food all day. overall I have lost 27 kilos over two years and have kept it off and am still losing gradually – I do tai chi, shi bashi. and weight training
On my cheat day I don’t go crazy with the cake and ice cream, but I just eat the carbs I like the most. This Sunday I had oatmeal, bananas and raisins and a bagel for breakfast. For lunch I had a sandwich, and for dinner sushi.
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Now I can feel that my jeans are getting loose. I wore a red dress out one day this week and people stopped me on the street to tell me how good I looked. It’s been years since that happened and it the best feeling in the world. I am starting to feel like myself, and feminine, again….finally.