please be carefull if your breast feeding you need the calories and calcium that baby takes from you, depending on the age of your baby, remember that the baby weight took 9 months and may take a while to come off. keep breastfeeding and you will loose the fat. good luck
There are many studies that show major benefits of moderate alcohol consumption. That is why many people on Paleo still drink. I think we all know that heavy drinking is a problem, but no one knows exactly how much is too much. I’m sure it depends on a lot of factors that are different for everyone. It is hard to find that balance, for sure, but for many of us, giving up alcohol almost entirely doesn’t feel like the best or healthiest option. Stress may be worse for you than a little too much booze, so for some lifestyles sharing a bottle of wine in the evening might be the least of two evils. It’s really hard to say.
Breadie, Have you read Chris’ book “Personal Paleo Code” or even tried to cut grains or processed foods out of our diet? I was vegan for a short time and felt that was way more restrictive than a Paleo style diet. My autoimmune disease became much worse on a vegan diet and became better on a Paleo style diet. I just think you might want to try and read Chris’ book, before you claim Paleo is restrictive. He does believe that everyone is different and some tolerate some foods better than others. There isn’t one template that works for everyone.
The Keto diet is a god-send. I’ve been on and off for a year, and it works! Eating increased fats (healthy, mind you) and reduced carbs –no beans even– can harbor roughly 5-8lbs per week lost. Stick with roughly 20g or a day. My lifts have greatly increased, too. Anyone looking to lose fat fast MUST try this. After reading this, I plan to apply the lift methods listed to see if I can increase my overall LBM while still dropping BF.
Don’t come anywhere close to starving yourself when you’re on Paleo. This is a diet that has you following the classic three meals a day, and eating meals that fill you up and keep you full till your next meal. Since you’re not limited on how much you can eat, you shouldn’t be worrying that you’ll be super hungry before the next meal time.
This is especially important for women. The female body has many mechanisms specifically designed to store body fat if it thinks it is being starved: this protects a woman (and her baby) from dying if she is pregnant.
You really nailed it, in my opinion! I spent decades experimenting and researching nutritional paradigms and paths, and found that I feel best consuming a lower fat, higher carb diet. My hubby is the opposite. He thrives on lots of fat and protein, and of course still needs good cards for energy but never feels good when he eats the way that feels great for me. I see so many arguing the low fat versus low carb thing, I wish more realized that both are great, depending upon your own body, preference, etc. I also love your suggestions to lift heavy 2x per week and mix it up with other things. I like to lift 2-3x weekly and do Bikram (minus the heat) at home 2-3x times, such a nice balance. So “brava!” on another terrific article, very helpful and very wise. 😉
(Before you get to the 2 steps, please understand this: You should exercise. It’s good for your body, mind, soul, spirit, chi and whatever other wacky things you can come up with. Exercise provides many more positive health benefits than just weight loss alone. Yes, even more than giving you “hot, sexy, toned arms and legs” and a “defined, chiseled, sculpted chest and abs.” Exercise is the complete opposite of a bad thing. Got that? Good.)
I also found it really important not to have 100% off-limits foods. While I did move toward a paleo-esque diet, too much black-and-white thinking and rules derailed me in a hurry! They still do. I can do ultra-strict diets for health reasons, but I tend to put on a little weight from feeling deprived.
Some experts believe that successfully managing your weight comes down to a simple equation: If you eat fewer calories than you burn, you lose weight. Sounds easy, right? Then why is losing weight so hard?
We often make the wrong trade-offs. Many of us make the mistake of swapping fat for the empty calories of sugar and refined carbohydrates. Instead of eating whole-fat yoghurt, for example, we eat low- or no-fat versions that are packed with sugar to make up for the loss of taste. Or we swap our fatty breakfast bacon for a muffin or donut that causes rapid spikes in blood sugar.