You probably know that we gain weight when we eat more calories than our bodies can use. But you might not know that this doesn’t need to be a huge excess. Eating just 10% more calories than we need on a daily basis would lead to significant weight gain over time. And that might only be a few bites extra at each meal, which would be hardly noticeable.
A calorie deficit is the only way to lose weight. When you burn more calories than you eat, your body is forced to look to non-food sources to make up the deficit of energy. This the “magic” that causes weight loss. Eating less, exercising more or combining both creates a calorie deficit.
#2) It’s difficult (though getting easier) to eat Paleo in today’s society! A normal breakfast in the US consists of bagels, muffins, toast, cereal, or donuts. NONE of those things have any nutritional value, they’re loaded with tons of carbs and calories, and are composed of processed grains that can jack up your stomach.
almost forgot, on an intense workout day you need to eat some carbs post workout. sweet potato or potato is a good option. else you will ramp your cortisol levels up and won’t be able to loose weight, on the contrary. vegetables don’t really count as carbs. digesting them costs more calories than they contain. on a non workout day, you can stay very low carb.
Unfortunately, this advice rarely works because the brain has powerful mechanisms for overriding our efforts to lose weight. If you consciously reduce the number of calories you eat, your body responds by lowering your metabolism to match your reduced intake. So as you purposefully eat less calories, your body finds ways to use less calories. All while ramping up hormones that raise your appetite and drive you to eat more at every meal to regain the fat you’ve lost.
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I laugh whenever I see an article claiming to give the reader “the 100 best diet tips” or “50 easy ways to lose weight.” Why? Because weight loss isn’t that complicated. You don’t need to do 150 different things. In fact, weight loss requires just 2 simple steps. Guess what else? Neither of these steps is exercise if you don’t want it to be.
If you are bored with your diet or feel there are not many options.. I strongly suggest buying some paleo cook books. You do not have to feel like you are missing out on food. Just make a swap for something that will satisfy you. 🙂
Participants assigned to the low-carbohydrate diet were told to maintain an intake of digestible carbohydrate – meaning total carbohydrate minus total fiber – of less than 40 grams daily. Those assigned to the low-fat diet were told to maintain less than 30 percent of their daily energy intake from fat, with less than 7 percent coming from saturated fat and 55 percent from carbohydrates. Neither diet included a specific calorie or energy goal. And the participants in each group were asked to avoid changing their physical activity levels during the study.
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Paleo doesn’t always mean “just meat” its eating whole foods – vegetables, berries , nuts and meat. Actually, you should restrict the amount of meat you eat and focus more on eating healthy fats like olive oil, coconut oil and avocados. The whole “Meat Only” tag that has been attached to this diet is a misnomer. Wheat (specifically gluten) consumption is the main cause of weight gain in society today.