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“By adding vegetables to the foods I love—like eating pizza topped with arugula and green peppers instead of pepperoni—I became so full so quickly that I no longer had room to eat things like chips or super-rich desserts. I said good-bye to four dress sizes!” —Janessa Mondestin, New York City, NY
I don’t think that I would do very well with this diet. I prefer to eat the majority of my calories through bread, pasta and rice. I have about a 5.5% body fat, and weigh about 140-145 pounds most of the year. I do run a lot, as well as cross train a lot; any time that I stop workout out, I lose weight too fast and have trouble getting it back. I like the concept, though, and will certainly plan some meals around it.
You make a good point about the amount of fat you consume influencing the conversion of stored fat into ketone bodies, and that may indeed be all or part of the problem, but the other side of the coin to consider is protein. The theory of weight loss on the paleo diet is that once you reach a state of ketosis your body will have lower levels of insulin (for a variety of reasons) and your fat cells will be able to release their stored fat into the blood stream as a source of energy, once it is converted into ketones. Any glucose your body needs (about 120-150 grams) comes from the conversion of protein into glucose. The problem is, though, that if you are eating protein in excess of the amount your body needs for glucose and for maintenance/repair, all the remaining protein gets converted into glucose, which takes you out of ketosis! Then, the same high protein, high fat diet out of ketosis your fat cells will not mobilize their stored fat, and your body will rely exclusively on the conversion of protein into glucose. This is basically the same thing as being on a normal higher carb, low calorie diet (that doesn’t work for weight loss). Your metabolic activity will decrease to match the total amount of glucose your are providing your body, all the fat you eat will go into your fat cells, all the protein you eat will be converted to glucose, you will probably lose muscle mass, and you will lose no weight/fat.
“Quite a few CrossFit athletes I know gain weight — and not muscle mass! — when they switched to Paleo because they snack on a lot of nuts, avocados and oils and eat gobs of protein and not enough veggies,” she explained. “They miss the point that you’re supposed to eat a lot of vegetables and some fruit while following Paleo.”
At the end of the study, both groups experienced increased insulin sensitivity, but the effects were stronger in the paleo group. Notably, only in the paleo group did those who were most insulin resistant experience increased insulin sensitivity (25).
Exercise is key to most weight loss plans because it helps you burn more calories, and more calories burned equals more pounds lost. But what if you hate exercise? Is it required to lose weight? It certainly helps you stay healthier (by revving your heart rate and building your muscles.) But it is not mandatory. There are ways to lose pounds without exercising.
It takes more than two weeks to start seeing results. For me, by the two week mark, I was feeling more energetic, my skin was glowing, and I was sleeping better than I had in years…but the scale hadn’t budged. It’s essential to give your body time to adjust. I’ve been paleo ish (I say ‘ish’ because I work in the restaurant industry, so part of my job is tasting and developing new recipes, which makes being strict about it practically impossible) for two years, and I’ve never looked or felt better.
Sandwich of fresh roasted turkey breast (3½ to 4 ounces) with 2 slices of low-sodium, whole-grain bread with assorted veggies, like baby greens and sliced tomatoes. Smear the bread with 1 tablespoon of low-sodium stone-ground mustard.
I sleep with ear plugs in every night. I don’t know what I’m going to do if I have a kid and I need to hear him/her crying at night… I can’t sleep without them at this point. I’m an anxious, sometimes hyper-vigilant type of person, and if I hear the house creak at night I immediately think it’s a rapist coming into my room. I’m only sort of kidding. So earplugs changed my sleep forever by making all those noises go away. I can sleep through most things now, and I can’t recommend it highly enough for people like me.
Barbara – Yeah, doctors don’t really know that grains affect Hashimoto’s, although I think they may be starting to catch on. They just treat Hashimoto’s like they would hypothyroid – by giving you thyroid hormone, which you need more and more of as the years go by, and sometimes it doesn’t even help. Ok, to answer your questions, YES, get that book. It’s wonderful. He works in conjunction with Apex Energetics supplements to help people with thyroid issues. I’d find a good naturopath who will help you with that, as it’s hard to figure out what you need on your own without a few tests. Also, since you’ve only been on the diet for a week, I’d give it a couple more weeks to see if the swelling doesn’t go down. Are you peeing a lot? Sorry to be so frank, but if you are, then it means the swelling will probably start to go down (unless you just recently started drinking a lot more water than usual, which would explain the excessive urination). If it doesn’t get better, then you need to look at further food sensitivities. The first place I always go to is nuts and seeds, especially with excessive joint pain. For you, though, eggs and nightshades may be causing problems as well. It could be anything really. Experiment and keep me posted! Good luck.
By adopting sensible eating habits and practicing portion control, you can eat nutritious foods so that you take in as many calories as you need to maintain your health and well-being at your ideal weight. Often, weight loss occurs on its own simply when you start making better food choices, such as avoiding
Also, I’m fairly sure this is normal, but the first 3 or 4 days or so of going Paleo, I felt very lethargic and just drained of energy. I wouldn’t say weak, but I had to take breaks while cleaning my apartment. It was terrible! Anyone else experience this?
KC – myfitnesspal.com works great with Paleo. You just have to ignore what they say are your “goals” for fat, protein, carb intake. There’s really no cut and dry answer to this to be honest. It depends on how much activity you’re doing, if you have concurrent diagnoses (diabetes, thyroid issues, etc), and how much weight you want to lose and how quickly you want to do it. Or you can look at it from Mark Sisson’s point of view and follow the carb curve: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/the-primal-carbohydrate-continuum/#axzz2LkYRvpSb
If you’ve been doing the Paleo diet and aren’t getting the results you want, it can be very frustrating. stick to it religiously but still the scale doesn’t move. Don’t give up, it only takes a bit of troubleshooting to find out where the problem is, and the following reasons can get you.
“I loaded my iPod with jams that make me look forward to going to the gym. They energize me, allowing me to pick up speed on the elliptical—and because I want to hear my entire playlist, my workouts are longer now. Two months later, I’m down 13 pounds and have killer legs.” —Kara Marshall, York, ME
These are important points, Chris. Thank you. I think that weight loss is an area that has been under dealt with in paleo. Certainly any obese person going from SAD to Paleo will probably lose quite a bit of weight, but the rest of us who have been trying to eat right for a long time already may have trouble getting down to their ideal weight on Paleo (especially women, I would guess). This is something I’ve been working on myself for the past couple of years. I struggle around a BMI of 21, when I feel so much better and healthier at 19 (still fatter than the average Kitavan woman, lol!). I have also recently discovered your number one “Keep your food simple” rule. I have a theory about this. Food clearly serves both physiological and social purposes. Fancy dishes (usually calorically very dense) are reserved to special occasions in traditional societies (potlatches and other types of special feasting occasions). In the modern world where we are used to having anything we want, we have gotten used to having feast day be every day.
As I said above, you can definitely do The Paleo Diet WRONG. If you are “full paleo” but just eating nuts and fruit, you could theoretically still be eating thousands of calories, hundreds of grams of carbs/sugar.
I’m 17 now and have been at the same weight forever like 145 to 150 it fluctuates it would be great if you emailed me seeing how your around the same age and at first had difficulty losing weight as i am now. Please email me firstname.lastname@example.org
Reduce water retention by: Taking dandelion extract, as it has been proven to reduce water retention, drinking coffee, as studies suggest that caffeine can help you burn more fat and lose excess water, and mind your intolerances such as gluten or lactose, which can lead to excessive water retention and bloating.
Read Joel Hector’s amazing story of losing 100 pounds in 100 days. “Going from 4XL to XL shirts, and losing 20 inches in my waist… it’s been incredible! I don’t think I have ever felt this good. I attribute 100% of my success to the Pritikin Longevity Center in Miami.”
Eat with balance in mind: Just because meat is high on the menu doesn’t mean our Paleolithic ancestors ate it night and day. Eat balanced meals that contain plenty of fresh vegetables and moderate amounts of meat, along with fish, fruit, and nuts.
Thought I’d let you guys know, I started this diet on Monday and I’ve already lost close to 4lbs. I am 29 years old and I started this diet weighing in at 229, now I’m close to 225. I am very active, training for a muay thai kickboxing fight in Nov. where I have to be around 185 (my goal weight). It’s imperative to me that I do not lose muscle or cardiovascular strength during my weight reduction period.
at 5’9 I was weighing 137 lbs, I went on Paleo and quickly lost 12lbs without even trying. Now at 125 lbs I have to ensure I keep muscle mass so my BMI does not drop into an unhealthy weight..Perhaps a lot of it still has to do with genetics.
While I agree that changing your diet from a vegetarian/vegan to a Paleo diet is difficult for many people, it truly takes time for many people to complete their journey. On the flip side, others really don’t have a the luxury of time to facilitate healing. These people need implement a whole foods diet that removes grains and legumes to heal their gut (etc).
Oats are another terrific source of metabolism-boosting resistant starch, with 4.6 grams in a half-cup serving. And they’re particularly good for your waistline when cooked: in a recent Nutrition Journal study, participants who ate 220 calories of hot oatmeal for breakfast reported less hunger later in the day than those who ate cold oat cereal.
Some fruits are high in sugar. You just need to research which ones and limit the intake. If you eat foods high in sugar especially before you go to bed, these are added calories and will be stored as fat.
We are constantly brainwashed by pseudo-science and even the most intelligent of people can end up believing that the government guidelines are the healthiest way to be when they see the same messages consistently.
Studies found that people who keep food diaries wind up eating about 15 percent less food than those who don’t. Watch out for weekends: A University of North Carolina study found people tend to consume an extra 115 calories per weekend day, primarily from alcohol and fat. Then cut out or down calories from spreads, dressings, sauces, condiments, drinks, and snacks; they could make the difference between weight gain and loss.
For the last six weeks I’ve been challenging and significantly reducing my portions. I’ve not been weighing and counting calories, nor have I changed what I eat. I’ve simply been eating a lot less. For example, where I’d have had three serving spoons of soup or bean’-less chilli, I now have two – and I don’t have seconds. Where I’d have had three rashers of bacon and two eggs, I now have two rashers of bacon and one egg. When I Intermittently Fast, I’m careful not to expand the size of my first post-fast meal to compensate.
Add a handful of these bright berries to your cereal or salad whenever you can: just half a cup delivers 4 grams of fiber, as well as 25% of your daily recommended amounts of vitamin C and manganese. Raspberries are also a great source of powerful antioxidants and are high in polyphenols, which can help reduce your risk of heart disease.
Katrina, for some reason there is no “reply” button after your post, which is why my reply is here. As I said before, I am only challenging the claim that Paleo is somehow easy or no big deal, which, I maintain, it is being characterized as such by the title “How to Lose Weight Without Trying … “