So I am pretty skinny but because of genetics, I do get belly fat that is really hard for me to get rid of. In 2 months, i am going to hawaii with my family and I would like to have a 6-pack when I go as well as get more muscular. I started on this diet today assuming that I have to eat like a caveman (only eating meat, nuts, fruits and vegetables) but after looking at this website I started to get a little confused. I saw people writing about how heavy cream is a good substitute for milk and some others eat salads with a tiny bit of cheese or drinking wine or hard alcohols moderately. If someone could explain how I am supposed to eat, I would appreciate it. Thanks!
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on May 09, 2013
at 09:01 PM
No grains, no legumes, no dairy except for dairy fat, which is generally considered awesome because it is animal fat and we've been eating animal fat all through the paleolithic.
Now, in your first thirty days, a pretty strict interpretation of this ought to be observed, but when you've been doing things a while people vary the diet to suit them. There are decent arguments for the inclusion of raw, grass-fed dairy in the diet, and many of us are too attached to alcohol to entirely give it up, so we try to figure out what's the safest way to get a buzz without destroying all our hard earned work. Some of us even end up eating rice.
Oh, and by the way, you aren't necessarily going to get a 6-pack. 6-packs do not correlate to health and it seems like you have go somewhat hungry for a while to get them. A 6 pack is indicative of a bodyfat level that the body actually does not like to be at.
The other big deal is food quality. We want to be able to spend the big money on the grass-fed, the virgin, the free range, the organic and beyond. Luckily this isn't a deal killer; you can do pretty well with 'grocery store' paleo. You just have to promise to upgrade when you are rich.
on May 10, 2013
at 02:12 PM
Eat in Abundance:
- Game meat
- Whole Fruits
- Leafy Vegetables
Eat in Moderation:
- Seed Oils
Straight Avoid Always:
- Refined white flour
- High Fructose Corn Syrup
- Hydrogenated Oils
There is nothing inherently special about the paleo diet for getting 6 pack abs. If you want to get 6 pack abs I'd suggest you check out Mike Chang's 6 Pack Shortcuts Program, it is actually pretty legit. Even his meal plan is pretty much paleo (not low carb).
on May 09, 2013
at 10:28 PM
Neither dairy or alcohol is "paleo" but a lot of us consume them
If you're doing dairy, ideally go for high fat, grass-fed, fermented and unpasteurised. I only eat goat and camel dairy because cow dairy is very high in estrogens (hello, weight gain)
For alcohol, people have wine and hard liquors because they're they closest to paleo, one being from a fruit and the other being low in sugars and additives. However, alcohol is a bit like sugar in a way - if you eat it, your body will burn it before burning anything else
EAT meat, fish, vegetables, eggs, fruits (ideally berries and stone fruits), roots, mushrooms, a few nuts, coconut oil, olive and macadamia oil if raw
DON"T EAT anything processed, vegetable oils, grains, tubers*, legumes, dairy*, alcohol*
*see previous comments
The easiest way is just to only buy things that don't come in any kind of packaging :D
on May 09, 2013
at 09:17 PM
I agree with August, cutting out all grains and beans from your diet for 2 mons while working out will do your body wonders, ESP if you are young, slim, and healthy. After the two months, you can evaluate what works and doesn't work and customize the diet to your body. Your mileage may vary, as they say.