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Results to expect from 30 day paleo diet?

Answered on February 17, 2014
Created February 17, 2014 at 1:37 AM

I'm a 20 year old male and I'm a pretty skinny person. I'm at about 5'9 and ~135 lbs. I still have a layer of fat covering my stomach though. I was wondering if I could expect to see any results in that thinning out over the 30 days I try out the paleo diet. I plan on continuing daily yoga as exercise.

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30 days might be too short and a "paleo diet" too vague to promise any real long term noticeable results. (You could live on baked almond flour type foods, chocolates, sweets, and fruits + fruit juices, eat a ton of calories and carbs and sugar.. or not enough calories and no carbs, eat a ton of protein.. or too little protein, throw in some small cheat foods, and still call it a "paleo" diet either way.)

I would recommend the Paleo > Perfect Health Diet (http://www.perfecthealthdiet.com/the-diet) Note the carb:fat:protein / veg:starch:fruit:meat ratios (roughly), and the supplemental foods and nutrients.

I was always a pretty skinny guy despite a near complete junk food diet. I never had particularly great abs though, I would have to sort of exhale and flex to see them, haha. That might have been the first thing to go, just melted right off. Then my cheekbones gained better definition and overall my skin became softer / stronger and with a brighter color. I had a pretty good head start though, as I started my Paleo diet right after an infection that caused me to lose a bunch of weight from an already skinny starting point, so I approached it with 2,000 kcal+ carby meals from the get go to add weight on, where you might want to do more the higher fat, lower calorie approach to lose weight.

Yoga is a great idea. The cat / dog pose is my go to morning stretch.

Hanging Knee Ups are a good exercise. (I picked up a cheap "Iron Gym" with Ab Straps for $10.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pW2jbKXMlEk

http://i.imgur.com/qfRPGLP.gif

I tend to think 3mo to 6mo as an ideal timeframe for learning how to eat paleo, with maybe real results coming in at the 6 to 12mo timeframe. At 30 days in, you're just beginning to see what a paleo diet tastes like (often as prepared by a carbaholic, former shitty / rookie chef who up until this point had served SAD junk meals / junk drinks / junk snacks, but is now tasked with cooking all of your meals using new and foreign ingredients.) There's a tendency in the beginning to try to "paleo-ize" your old favorite junk foods.. try to avoid that.

It might take 30 days just to figure out how much salt you should be using, or how much food you should be eating to get which macro/micro nutrients. At a max weight loss of 1lb a week, for a max of 4lbs lost at the end of your 30 day diet, you're still within the range of a normal day's weight fluctuation from food + water. Give it a few months.

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