I've been trying to follow paleo but as the only member of my household doing this, I'm finding it really hard sometimes. I need to lose about 20lb, get my muscle tone back and improve my general health and fitness- this is the diet for me. But, am I messing it up?? I heard that people tend to lose weight fast on this diet. I seem flabbier to me. However, I do have a huge problem with how I see myself, and I'm not sure that will ever change. I have only been doing this for three weeks and I think I must be doing it wrong or wrecking it with the occasional splash of maple syrup or bit of chocolate. I thought my calorie and crap intake had dropped dramatically but I can't see why I'm not actually losing weight! This time last summer my OH was deployed and I used that time to get fitter and worked out nearly every day. Now my stomach is flabby and my skin feels loose. My own fault for not keeping motivated and being too embarrassed to work out in front of him. Help- please give me a good sample of how to eat, quantities, and how often, because I'm just failing and I can't deal with that. I have to lose this weight.
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on May 15, 2014
at 08:54 AM
You're already at a normal healthy weight for your height. The 20 lbs are not going to go away easily on ANY diet. It will take hard work, literally, to lose them. If you're going to do hard work you need to eat more. Then get out on the road for 2 hours a day - biking, running, swimming. To look insanely trained you have to train insanely.
I'm not kidding. Make room in your day. It sounds like a waste of time, but my guess is that making the commitment to do it, and doing it, will improve your self-image.
on May 14, 2014
at 12:15 PM
Don't give up. Consistency is key. While calories aren't the whole picture, it is easy to consume way too many on paleo, especially with things like nuts and avocados. Try HIIT, IF, carb cycling. Don't eat and do the same thing everyday. You have to keep your body guessing. But I'd say the most important thing is to just keep going.
on May 13, 2014
at 05:24 PM
You might try just eating meat and potatoes for the most part. I never get anything but negligible satiety from eggs and bacon unless I eat massive amounts, but steak and tubers always fills me up. Most people gain weight with the help of low-satiety, refined foods. Meals involving a steak, some tubers and a vegetable will be nutritious and should keep you full for many hours.
If what you've been doing is making you feel hungry all the time, you need to scrap it and do something else. Don't worry about avoiding carbs or pursuing fat, just focus on eating unrefined foods.
on May 13, 2014
at 12:11 PM
@magickdio The whole calorie concept has done quite a bit of damage to society in my opinion. It's based on a law of thermodynamics that makes sense in a closed system like a laboratory test, but not in an open system like a living breathing human being. Plus it leads to people putting incredible stress on themselves, and then failing, yo-yo dieting and beating themselves up. The general shift in mindset you want to make, is away from "losing weight" and towards "building health". If you eat lots of healthy, clean, low sugar foods, you will feel full, soothe your nervous system, and your body will slowly perceive that it is in an environment of safety and plenty and shed any unnecessary fat.
on May 12, 2014
at 06:19 PM
Today I have eaten two poached eggs, one slice of bacon (British so I think our bacon is like American ham) and a half a tomato for breakfast. I had slow cooked beef and carrots for lunch followed by warm mixed berries (about 1/2 a cup) drizzled with half a teaspoon of maple syrup. For dinner I had a small bowl of cauliflower "rice" with a crumbled up piece of crispy bacon. I have drunk 2 cups of tea without milk or sugar and have had two large glasses of water and will have a glass with fresh lemon juice later. Today I have walked around town with my students and will be doing some cycling on my stationary bike later. Three times a week I do squats, bench presses, lunges, kickbacks, planks, step ups and skipping for about 45 minutes.
I am feeling hungry. The other night when I felt hungry I made a paleo mug cake from a website. One tablespoon of almond flour, one of good quality dark cocoa powder, one egg, a teaspoon of honey and some coconut milk. It was nice. And probably horribly fattening.