Adrian, if I have been eating very lightly, am 55, and female with 30-40 lbs to lose, and bone on bone knee, is there a different way I should be starting in terms of what I eat? A year ago I was more toned, and in one year all my clothes are tight again. I really want to feel better is there a jump start to just get a few lbs. off in the next couple of weeks? thanks!
Make sure you’re getting enough carbs: Cutting out grains and refined sugars will slash your carb intake, which can lead to headaches, shakiness, low energy, and reduced endurance levels. Starchy vegetables (sweet potatoes, squash, corn) and fruit are great alternative, Paleo-friendly sources of carbohydrates.
Avocados, nuts, seeds, coconut oil and other sources of fats add significant calories to paleo diets. Fat has nine calories per gram, as opposed to the four calories per gram in carbohydrates or protein. Adding fat to every meal is easy and often makes them tastier. For example, cook chicken in coconut oil, sprinkle nuts and seeds on salads or eat an avocado with breakfast; a whole, 7-ounce avocado has 322 calories, 4 grams of protein and 29.5 grams of mostly heart-healthy fats.
Most people who go on “low” carbohydrate diets complain of low energy and quit, not because such diets can’t work, but because they consume insufficient calories. A 1/2 cup of rice is 300 calories, whereas a 1/2 cup of spinach is 15 calories! Vegetables are not calorically dense, so it is critical that you add legumes for caloric load.
What you guys have to remember is that you’re fourteen. It could just be a simple case of cutting out all junk food and making your meal portions a wee bit smaller which will make you lose weight. Your bodies are still developing so make sure you don’t cut out too much as you are going through a lot of growth and development at the moment.
5. Eating the same meals over and over again is boring, yes. I will generally eat the same 3-5 meals every day for 1-2 weeks and then rotate to a new 3-5 meals that comply with my diet plan. It is not practical to have consistency variety at the same time, so I rotate in this fashion to prevent feeling like a POW. That said, being in incredible shape usually justifies having good but familiar food from Sun-Fri. Saturday is no-holds-barred.
This almost automatically takes out the problem of “hyperpalatable” or overstimulating foods. There’s nothing in a typical Paleo diet that shouts down your body’s hunger and satiety messages like that, so there’s no need to try to use “willpower” or anything else to eat absurdly tiny portions of foods deliberately designed to be addictive.
This principle involves eating low-energy-dense foods and can help you lose weight by feeling full on fewer calories. Healthy choices in each of the other food groups in moderate amounts make up the rest of the pyramid — including whole-grain carbohydrates, lean sources of protein such as legumes, fish and low-fat dairy, and heart-healthy unsaturated fats.
Here at PaleoPlan, we believe that you should have a simple guide to help you easily say “yes” or “no” to certain foods. In addition to our Paleo diet food list, you should also consider using our free Paleo recipes, or try our Paleo Meal Plan free for 14 days.
Re-assess your sugar intake: Sugars, even those naturally present in whole foods, contain calories and can stall weight loss when over-consumed. Make sure you’re not overdoing it with fruit (both dried and fresh) or natural sweeteners like the coconut sugar, honey, and maple syrup commonly found in grain-free Paleo treats.