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What should I avoid eating to lose weight on Paleo?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 11, 2012 at 5:37 PM

I'm trying to lose a significant amout of body fat (100 pounds or so) To do so, should I be avoiding certain foods? I am mostly eating chicken, beef, turkey, seafood, vegetables, nuts and fruit (1-2 servings per day.) Which veggies are a no-no? Should I take it easy on the nuts? Avocado? Bacon? Help!

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on August 05, 2012
at 06:24 PM

What most have said below. But, in the end it's trial and error. I lost 70 lbs (and pretty much have stabilized, losses slowed significantly at this point). I ate/eat nuts (mainly almonds, macadamia and cashews) but skipped things like dried fruits (cranberries, etc, which my wife can tolerate and still lose weight) and other starchy/carb heavy foods (sweet potatoes, plantains, etc). Hang in there, you CAN/WILL do it!

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on August 05, 2012
at 04:26 PM

With your name, I am assuming you are a lady, so I'd also recommend to check this part out as well: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/women-and-intermittent-fasting/#axzz22dX2ckzz And as always, it is an individual thing! Not saying you shouldn't give it a try, just that results do seem to vary a lot based on gender and if you do try IF, be aware of what to expect and look out for. Best of luck in your weight loss and Paleo journey!

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on August 05, 2012
at 03:20 PM

Check this out: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/why-fast-part-six-choosing-a-method/#axzz22beTR9B9

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on February 15, 2012
at 01:47 PM

I should clarify - I cook at low heat with olive oil, or slather a ton on right after turning the burner off/taking my food out of the oven. I grew up in an Italian home and have used it for too long to get rid of it entirely.

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on February 13, 2012
at 04:11 PM

yeah this sounds like great advice! even with the large amount of weight I have to lose I have always been highly active...gym 4 times a week, biked everywhere (until I crashed!) and took up jogging for while. I will def. start the sprinting as soon as my leg can handle it.

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on February 12, 2012
at 10:48 PM

many have found bananas to really confound things. if you feel really want fruit, have some berries. but most importantly, focus on not having snacks and mini-meals. instead have 2 or 3 meals per day with one or two days per week where you have just a massive breakfast.

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on February 12, 2012
at 08:41 PM

This might be good advice if the OP can do it--which is questionable. When I started at 80 lbs overweight, trying to jog a few steps meant instant pain. Even now, with 25-30 I can sprint a few steps but not yet a meaningful distance. As I continue to go lower, I'll keep trying though. At first, it was a major workout, with recovery time needed, to walk briskly for 1/2 mile. Takes time and sustained effort! You just have to begin with what you CAN do and keep at it.

Eea48ea8a2d50ac3ed486958dc7d9456

(190)

on February 12, 2012
at 08:19 PM

great thanks! That seems like a similar though process to mine...I am satisfied eating small amounds of those foods and it keeps me from wanting snacks!

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on February 12, 2012
at 05:10 PM

Since you're talking a long haul (like me) I'd warn against trying to be TOO spartan. You need to mix it up and find a routine that's very satisfying for you so you can stick with it--and get more healthy, not less--for a long time.

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on February 12, 2012
at 11:59 AM

You don't need the banana unless you live somewhere very hot or are doing something where you sweat a lot all day. Bananas contain a fair amount of potassium, which is helpful if you are sweating a lot.

Eea48ea8a2d50ac3ed486958dc7d9456

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on February 12, 2012
at 06:30 AM

I shattered my leg and knee and severed all tendons in the knee last August...so basically not as much as I normally do! I am able to walk now but not distances and am just starting to get my leg all the way around on the recumbent bike...so basically what I do is stretching, situps, leg lifts, some weightlifting, my physio stuff and dancing as much as I can (gets my heart rate up but I can alter the motions to be safe for my leg)

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on February 12, 2012
at 05:11 AM

erm, don't cook with olive oil, it oxidizes too easily and turns into an unhealthy fat

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on February 12, 2012
at 02:38 AM

Hi Toni, I feel your pain. I gained 6 lbs last week strict paleo. I will lose them this week, but I can't get below 157! 2 yrs now. I'm going to cut out the nuts and my 2-3 beers/wk. I'm going to count calories AGAIN! 1200 for 2 weeks? I think I may also reduce fat. MAKE my body burn it off my belly! I'm a female crossfitter, 162#, crazy strong, 5'6", sz6. I really want to get my pull ups more fluent and get a muscle up 'someday'. I really believe that to do that I will have to be closer to 150# or below. Please post your success. Additional advice anyone?

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on February 11, 2012
at 10:42 PM

Thanks, Ralph. That's a plan!

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on February 11, 2012
at 10:33 PM

Toni - you might try weighing and tracking everything that you eat for a few days, maybe a week. You may find that you are eating more than you think you are. Sometimes we incorrectly estimate portions and calories.

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on February 11, 2012
at 07:05 PM

+1 For right now I agree these are small things. Perhaps when you get towards the end you can dial these in to lose the last few lbs, but for right now stick to the big things and get acclimated to living this way. Stay on track, lose a bunch, then tinker.

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on February 11, 2012
at 06:57 PM

I should add that I lost over 50 lbs on low carb. Stayed on low carb for 11 years. Now I've introduced "safe starches" per PHD - white rice, white/sweet potatoes - all considered safe because no toxins. I know it's not paleo though. But I feel much better and happier now that I'm not doing very low carb now. I don't have the cravings anymore - which PHD attributes to being malnourished/missing nutrients. Life is so much better without cravings. I also follow all their supplements and many of their recommended supplements.

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on February 11, 2012
at 05:59 PM

Food.

But seriously, it's basically not worth worrying about it. Some would say cut out the fruit. You certainly don't want to go overboard on nuts. These are small details in the context of losing 100 pounds, and there is some disagreement around, so if eating some nuts helps you stick to paleo foods then they're a good thing.

My main recommendation to cover all of it would be to try and concentrate on eating meals. If you can avoid snacking and instead eat whatever can go into a meal then you shouldn't have a problem with abusing paleo foods.

5e5ff249c9161b8cd96d7eff6043bc3a

(4713)

on February 11, 2012
at 07:05 PM

+1 For right now I agree these are small things. Perhaps when you get towards the end you can dial these in to lose the last few lbs, but for right now stick to the big things and get acclimated to living this way. Stay on track, lose a bunch, then tinker.

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78972387772c994caa78513a83978437

on February 11, 2012
at 06:21 PM

I would recommend to cut the nuts and fruit completely. Keep the carbs low. Add lots of low impact walking to your daily routine. Make sure you are getting enough sleep. Cook with coconut oil, ghee, or olive oil. Meat, vegetables, fat. That's it. See if you can comfortably work out a routine where you eat two large meals per day. And most of all, remember that this is not a miracle diet.. it will take a while to retrain your body to utilize its fat stores and to heal from whatever way of eating you previously came from.

F4a6fc9f0b701e12cdf2ad5dadaeb2dd

(360)

on February 12, 2012
at 05:11 AM

erm, don't cook with olive oil, it oxidizes too easily and turns into an unhealthy fat

78972387772c994caa78513a83978437

(2290)

on February 15, 2012
at 01:47 PM

I should clarify - I cook at low heat with olive oil, or slather a ton on right after turning the burner off/taking my food out of the oven. I grew up in an Italian home and have used it for too long to get rid of it entirely.

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on February 11, 2012
at 05:58 PM

Hi, Heather! I'm about 40 lbs into a 70-80 lb fat loss.

Out of necessity, I am now no-wheat-ever. Out of preference, I eat very few nuts or coconut products.

Like you, I'm fatty meat plus vegetables and moderate fruit. I have noticed that for some reason I seem to lose more fat when I eat fatty beef than any other meat. I do mix it up but beef is therefore the base of my food mix. Lots of bone broth stews and slow-fried chuck. For O3 balance, I eat sardines and salmon but not every day.

I don't eat bacon every day, but when I've been out of it for a few weeks I buy a pound and I slow-fry 2-3 pieces and (in addition to eating the yummy bacon) I use the bacon fat to re-heat a serving of stew or slow-fry some chuck. That hasn't ever slowed my weight loss either.

Eating home-made extra-fat yogurt with fruit didn't stop my fat loss but did seem to slow it down somewhat so I've given that up for the next few months in hopes of finishing the weight loss process by mid-summer. I'll then add the yogurt back in as part of my maintenance plan. And that will be the only change for maintenance as I'm very content with my current foods.

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on February 11, 2012
at 06:50 PM

i would say nuts and the high GI fruits. but when you eat and portion control may be important; they are for me.

don't snack!

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on February 11, 2012
at 07:11 PM

I'm also about halfway towards a goal of significant weight loss (about 90 lbs). It's taken longer than I originally planned, but that's because along the way I've swung back and forth from compliance to deviation from almost every methodology I've learned about here... mostly for purposes of experimentation and trying to learn better how my body works, but also because of plain-old lack of focus.

In the short term, I have no answer. Everything that can happen has -- from losing several pounds the morning after "relapsing" on carbs and wheat, to gaining several after a 1200-calorie day. Of course, these are all most likely water variations, so lesson learned: Look at the scale on a weekly, not a daily basis.

In the long-term, what I've found to be consistently true is the oldest lesson in the book: To lose weight, eat less than the number of maintenance calories required for my lean body weight and activity level, and consume them generally along low-carb/ketosis-maintenance guidelines. Also: You can put all the fruit I've eaten since I started this journey in one (very small) basket.

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on February 11, 2012
at 06:48 PM

Make sure you're getting enough Omega 3 and not too much Omega 6 by eating fish like salmon and sardines, etc.! I love the Perfect Health Diet - www.perfecthealthdiet.com Great book & blog with recipes too! Here's one of the blog posts about PHD - Weight Loss http://perfecthealthdiet.com/?p=2145 They're more primal than paleo (not low fat, dairy allowed). For me, nuts and dairy are trigger foods and I have a hard time not eating too much of them, so it's easier for me to maintain my weight if I limit them to rare occasions. I also like the intermittent fasting with coconut oil and eat 2 meals and a snack every day. You can read PHD friend Jay's posts about weight loss on the PHD blog. http://perfecthealthdiet.com/?p=5181 But I wouldn't go too low in calories. Good luck to you!

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(60)

on February 11, 2012
at 06:57 PM

I should add that I lost over 50 lbs on low carb. Stayed on low carb for 11 years. Now I've introduced "safe starches" per PHD - white rice, white/sweet potatoes - all considered safe because no toxins. I know it's not paleo though. But I feel much better and happier now that I'm not doing very low carb now. I don't have the cravings anymore - which PHD attributes to being malnourished/missing nutrients. Life is so much better without cravings. I also follow all their supplements and many of their recommended supplements.

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on February 12, 2012
at 04:56 AM

Consider adding Intermittent Fasting, such as the Alternate Day Diet, in the scheme. In which case it's not a matter of what to avoid eating, it's also when should you not eat at all.

Otherwise, avoid grains and sugar. Eat only a very few nuts and fruits.

Lastly, when you are finding yourself no longer hungry (not just full), just stop eating.

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on February 12, 2012
at 03:40 AM

Can recommend checking out Eat Stop Eat, doesn't require too much from you lol but i lost alot of weight with it

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on February 11, 2012
at 09:03 PM

You are going to have to count your calories.

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on February 11, 2012
at 08:03 PM

I've been Paleo for six months -- very strict, meaning no dairy, eggs, or nightshades. I eat no nuts and only a banana a day for fruit. Yet...I cannot lose weight. In fact, I'm gaining it. I'm thinking that I'm going to have to count calories -- that I must be eating too much meat, too much coconut oil. I'm stumped.

9b63687e642efe72a528df2e4f5dcd76

on February 12, 2012
at 02:38 AM

Hi Toni, I feel your pain. I gained 6 lbs last week strict paleo. I will lose them this week, but I can't get below 157! 2 yrs now. I'm going to cut out the nuts and my 2-3 beers/wk. I'm going to count calories AGAIN! 1200 for 2 weeks? I think I may also reduce fat. MAKE my body burn it off my belly! I'm a female crossfitter, 162#, crazy strong, 5'6", sz6. I really want to get my pull ups more fluent and get a muscle up 'someday'. I really believe that to do that I will have to be closer to 150# or below. Please post your success. Additional advice anyone?

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(2053)

on February 11, 2012
at 10:33 PM

Toni - you might try weighing and tracking everything that you eat for a few days, maybe a week. You may find that you are eating more than you think you are. Sometimes we incorrectly estimate portions and calories.

F44b15b2fd1ad134200793d6b474fc4c

(938)

on February 11, 2012
at 10:42 PM

Thanks, Ralph. That's a plan!

Ac3751b80964b5bcb5e13bf043b4ce88

on February 12, 2012
at 10:48 PM

many have found bananas to really confound things. if you feel really want fruit, have some berries. but most importantly, focus on not having snacks and mini-meals. instead have 2 or 3 meals per day with one or two days per week where you have just a massive breakfast.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on February 12, 2012
at 11:59 AM

You don't need the banana unless you live somewhere very hot or are doing something where you sweat a lot all day. Bananas contain a fair amount of potassium, which is helpful if you are sweating a lot.

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on August 05, 2012
at 01:19 PM

Ive been paleo for almost 2 months now. I've lost 22lbs (which in itself is a miracle because I've tried everything else know to man ha) and I'm down 9.5" overall. But now I'm stuck for over a week!! Can anyone explain the fasting concept that I am reading about?

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on August 05, 2012
at 03:20 PM

Check this out: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/why-fast-part-six-choosing-a-method/#axzz22beTR9B9

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on August 05, 2012
at 04:26 PM

With your name, I am assuming you are a lady, so I'd also recommend to check this part out as well: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/women-and-intermittent-fasting/#axzz22dX2ckzz And as always, it is an individual thing! Not saying you shouldn't give it a try, just that results do seem to vary a lot based on gender and if you do try IF, be aware of what to expect and look out for. Best of luck in your weight loss and Paleo journey!

0
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on February 12, 2012
at 01:53 PM

I do fine losing weight even if I'm eating bacon several times per week and avocados almost every day. In fact, bacon and avocado seem to help weight loss--probably because they help me feel physically and emotionally satiated. (My mantra during the day when students are walking around with cookies and cupcakes is "Well, at least I can have bacon.")

Nuts seem to stall my weight loss, and if I eat too much fruit, that does, too. My general fruit intake is probably 3 to 4 full servings per week, if that. It's spread out as handfuls of berries and small amounts of chopped apple in with the veggies in my lunchtime salads. Except for the occasional recipe, I avoid dried fruit.

Eea48ea8a2d50ac3ed486958dc7d9456

(190)

on February 12, 2012
at 08:19 PM

great thanks! That seems like a similar though process to mine...I am satisfied eating small amounds of those foods and it keeps me from wanting snacks!

0
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on February 12, 2012
at 05:07 AM

Add in Sprinting (intervals) 1 day a week. Also like mentioned above IF helps. I am down 60 of my goal of 80 but I have stopped caring about weight and have gone more to fitness goals. It took about 7 months to lose the 60 the last month or so has been slow with the weightloss as I need more carbs for the workouts I have been doing.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on February 12, 2012
at 08:41 PM

This might be good advice if the OP can do it--which is questionable. When I started at 80 lbs overweight, trying to jog a few steps meant instant pain. Even now, with 25-30 I can sprint a few steps but not yet a meaningful distance. As I continue to go lower, I'll keep trying though. At first, it was a major workout, with recovery time needed, to walk briskly for 1/2 mile. Takes time and sustained effort! You just have to begin with what you CAN do and keep at it.

Eea48ea8a2d50ac3ed486958dc7d9456

(190)

on February 13, 2012
at 04:11 PM

yeah this sounds like great advice! even with the large amount of weight I have to lose I have always been highly active...gym 4 times a week, biked everywhere (until I crashed!) and took up jogging for while. I will def. start the sprinting as soon as my leg can handle it.

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on February 12, 2012
at 02:25 AM

Calories consumed is one measure. Calories burned is another. What is your exercise life like?

Eea48ea8a2d50ac3ed486958dc7d9456

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on February 12, 2012
at 06:30 AM

I shattered my leg and knee and severed all tendons in the knee last August...so basically not as much as I normally do! I am able to walk now but not distances and am just starting to get my leg all the way around on the recumbent bike...so basically what I do is stretching, situps, leg lifts, some weightlifting, my physio stuff and dancing as much as I can (gets my heart rate up but I can alter the motions to be safe for my leg)

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