Thank you for posting this. I just started paleo 2 weeks ago, but am already getting nervous about hitting a plateau. I have always been an active person, but have laws struggled to be the perfect weight. Now I have an infant, and paleo helped me lose the last couple of pounds to get to pre baby weight, 124 lbs. Today I stepped on the scale and it read 123! I do not think people should look at paleo as a diet, but a life style change. I wonder why there are so many negative comments on here. Paleo is very realistic and it will definitely help you battle disease..from what I have heard from a lot of people! Keep posting great things and merry Christmas! 😉
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I am curious of the work out options on here. I’m a female and I like my weight but I need to lean up quickly( 7 weeks). I need to replace about 15 pines of fat to 5 pounds of muscle, I am religiously doing the diet, started last week, but it doesn’t say how much cardio/strength training needs to be done. I do Zumba for about 45 minutes 3x a week and love it and weights 2x a week, and I’m middle Easter and love hummus! Any thoughts?
I disagree that the diet “revolves around red meat and little else.” I’ve been eating Paleo for the last year and a half. There’s this misconception that all we eat is meat. Do my daily meals revolve around animal protein? Yes, but I’m generally eating about 4 or 5 ounces per meal. The bulk of my meals comes from all kinds of fruits & vegetables. I have a salad with my lunch and dinner. I have some sort of vegetable at each meal, including a starchy veg at least once a day (sweet potato, butternut squash). You have a ridiculous number of choices for veg (cooked broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprout; all sorts of leafy greens, summer squashes, etc.). Every meal includes some forms of fat: butter, ghee, coconut oil, olive oil, nuts, and seeds. And then there’s fruit. And while some say Paleo is expensive because of the cost of organics and pastured raised animal protein, I do what I can do. If I can’t afford organic, then I don’t buy organic. It’s still a better choice than sugar laden, processed garbage that destroys my gut health. You have to make the best choices you can, and for me, an autoimmune former vegetarian, I have found Paleo to be a godsend. I’m healthier now than I was being a vegetarian. My allergies have subsided, my waistline has shrunk, my inflammation is under control, my cholesterol has dropped, and I haven’t had a cold, sore throat or the flu since I started eating this way. And I teach at a public school! I averaged 2-3 illnesses a year prior to Paleo. So don’t buy into the misconceptions out there about Paleo. Do the research yourself & make the best decision for YOU. Everyone is different. We have to remember that a one-size-fits all approach doesn’t work.
Most people can lose weight on almost any diet plan that restricts calories — at least in the short term. The goal of the Mayo Clinic Diet is to help you keep weight off permanently by making smarter food choices, learning how to manage setbacks and changing your lifestyle.
You will likely lose weight on any diet if you eat less than 910 calories a day. But losing 10 pounds in 3 days is both unlikely and unhealthy. To lose just 1 pound of body fat, you need to reduce your daily calories by about 500 a day for a whole week. That’s giving up 3,500 calories over the course of 7 days. To lose 10 pounds in 3 days would mean decreasing your calorie intake by 35,000 calories in just 3 days! The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends a slow and steady weight loss of no more than 1/2 to 1 pound a week. Otherwise you are losing muscle and water, as well as weakening your bones. You also are much more likely to gain it all back.
Nuts can be somewhat inflammatory for me, so I avoid them when trying to lose weight. I make homemade coconut milk (tastes way better than canned and doesn’t have the gums) that I can put in my coffee etc. It’s super easy. throw a package of shredded unsweetened coconut and 4c of hot water in a blender and let ‘er rip. Strain/press through a fine mesh sieve, and you’ve got yourself a bunch of fresh homemade coconut milk.
While I don’t think it’s necessary to restrict carbohydrates, I do think it’s important to match your carbohydrate intake to the amount of exercise you do. Not only can a mismatch stall your weight loss, but it can lead to instances of fatigue and muscle breakdown if you’re overexercising and not eating enough carbohydrate to match your activity level. I’ve had many patients who, in an effort to lose weight, ramp up their exercise and cut back on carbohydrate intake. Many even remove carbohydrates entirely, avoiding even small amounts of healthy choices like sweet potatoes and fruit. Unfortunately, this can often do more harm than good.
Of course, if people would stop thinking of weight loss in terms of caloric restriction in the first place, this wouldn’t be such a problem. I do find my weight loss slows down if my calories are too low. Although I’m not sure it’s the caloric restriction causing the problem; rather, I don’t see how you’re going to get in all the nutrients you need every day when you’re not even eating enough food to meet your energy requirements.
I strived desperately over the years to get back to this weight, but with a stressful and busy work life, I struggled to do so. Nothing seemed to work for me. I tried everything from diet pills to exercise machines I saw advertised on TV. I even tried crazy diets like the acai berry diet, and the green tea diet.
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