There’s a funny thing that happens during my paleo reset programs. Most people start off with an initial goal to shed weight. Maybe it’s just a few kilos, maybe it’s a few stone. Regardless, it’s a wildly popular goal. That’s not the funny part, though.
Working light-to-moderate weight training into an exercise program that already includes aerobic activity (walking, jogging, cycling) adds lean muscle mass. Calories are energy that is stored in the form of fat. Muscle is the body’s engine. So the more muscle you have, the more calories you use each day, which contributes to fat loss.
Do you have concerns about giving up carbs and eating more fat? I’m only writing from experience and my own research, but would love to hear some stories on your weight loss successes or failures and I know others would too.
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The simple act of consistently getting 7 to 9 hours of quality sleep every night (or getting a nap during the day if you can’t get that much sleep at night) makes it so much easier to stay on-plan with food choices, helps you intuitively eat appropriate portion sizes, and makes you feel more motivated to be active.
Once you know your calorie maintenance level, it’s time for some very basic subtraction. If you failed second grade math, now would be the time to go get a calculator. There are about 3500 calories in 1 pound. So, if you were to eat 3500 calories less than your body needs each week, you would end up losing 1 pound per week. Since there are 7 days in a week, this comes out to be 500 less calories than your maintenance level each day. (3500calories ÷ 7days = 500calories less per day)
When you slip (and everyone does), don’t splurge. It’s okay to slip up every once in a while and eat something you know you’re not supposed to. Everyone does that. But when you slip, don’t fall down. Don’t justify splurging and going way overboard, ever. It’ll just make your goal even tougher and discourage you even more.
Most of the energy is derived from the carbohydrates and fats. But, when we eat the carbohydrates or fats more than the required amount, these are stored in the body as fats for later use. Over the time, this fat starts accumulating in the body, and especially around the tummy area.
My concern now is I stopped taking the PGX and had a few cheats such as paleo dessert a couple weeks ago when I hosted a party,and last week I had more fruit than normal…I also increased my exercise. Day 46- I now am only at a 3 pound loss and weigh 132.4 lbs. I just don’t understand why I have gained 4.4 pounds back? It is all very frustrating to me. I stick to eating meat, vegetables, nuts, seeds, minimal fruit…
you drop weight really quick with this diet due to water loss in the first week. Carbohydrates are stored as glycogen in the liver. An easy way to think about it is glycogen ‘holds’ water. So, if you eat fewer carbs, you store fewer carbs as glycogen and your body ‘holds’ less water. Which means…you’ll lose a lot of weight the first few days and then it levels out to a lb or 2 a week (more if you’re more disciplined and have a good fitness plan or have an easy body type for losing weight). don’t lose more 3 or 4 a week at that level chances are you’re dropping muscle.
I am gaining weight even though I am trying very hard to adapt to paleo. What am I doing wrong? A typical daily menu is 1 tablespoon psyllium husks with 1 tbsp coconut oil, coffee with 2 tbsp cream, 1/2 cup coconut cream with 1 tbsp chia seeds, tea with 2 tbsp coconut cream, 8 almonds, 1 date, 110g ham, 1 piece fruit, 200g salmon, 1/2 cup beans, 1/2 cup cauliflower all with butter, 1/2 cup milk kefir with 1/2 tbsp flaxseed oil, 1/4 cup coconut milk with 1/4 cup milk with cinnamon and nutmeg, 4 glasses of water. Thanks for your help, Victoria.
Follow this and listen to what your body is telling you, eat when hungry, and stop when you are not. When eating as you begin to feel less hungry stop eating for a little while (say 10 mins) if after that you still feel hungry eat a little more.
I have yo-yo dieted since the age of 12. Following many extreme diets. I have not eaten wheat or sugar or pre-packaged foods for months. 2 weeks ago I started the paleo re-set diet, and excluded all wheat, dairy, sugar, alcohol from my diet. I have one cup of black coffee a day, herbal teas and water. I am devastated that whilst initially dropping a couple of kilos, I find myself back at square one. I am doing high intensity interval training 3-4 times a week and yet my body just does not seem to want to shed weight. My clothes do not particularly feel any loser. I have diarrhea most days. I cook with coconut oil or ghee, and limit my snacks to almonds or macademia nuts. I am 3 stones overweight and absolutely fed up of 40 days of dieting!!
If you’re really tired, don’t work out hard that day, and go to sleep early. If you’re not hungry, don’t eat. If you’re done eating and there’s still food on your plate, push the plate If you feel weak, lethargic, have achy joints, headaches, feel unmotivated, anxious, depressed, or your athletic performance is waning, those are all signs of overtraining. The cure for overtraining is to stop training so much! 🙂
I just hit my plateau, god, and it’s a relief that I just read this because I was getting frustrated. I have been doing Paleo for almost half year now, I feel a lot healthier, with a lot of energy (to spare even) but I did not start wanting to lose weight (although I was overweight +15 kg more than my ideal weight), the last two months I wanted to get rid of the extra weight. I lost 7 kg and now I’m stuck. I have been looking at portion sizes and realized that I ate one can of tuna, 2 avocados in one sitting, and that my body actually does not need that much food. I get satiated quite easily…
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Due to meetings and seeing friends, this week I have eaten out a lot. It’s not been so bad because I have been choosing to eat salads – the only naughty bit is the dressings. I haven’t found any apple cider vinegar dressing in restaurants so I have been opting for honey and mustard (this is a compromise because what I really want is ranch sauce).
Researchers at Tulane University randomly assigned 148 men and women to follow either a low-carbohydrate diet or a low-fat diet. None of the participants had heart disease or diabetes when the study began.
hi — I started the paleo lifestyle the day before my physical … two weeks ago. I was told that ideally one’s vitamid D count should be around 30. Mine is 14.9. any way to eat more vitamin d foods rather than fish and eggs? im googling a ton of “vitamin D enriched foods ” and that’s what I keep getting … and mushrooms. my good cholesterol is 69 so im afraid to eat eggs – just don’t want to tip the other way. any suggestion?
Staci – Yes, it’s a lot, but I don’t know if it’s too much for your particular situation, having so little to go on. But yes, if you ask most people how often they work out, it’s not 5 days a week. So compared to the general population (which isn’t saying that much), it’s a lot.
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