Hi guys,from Greece! I have started eating paleoish but I want to go full time for various reasons one of which is losing wieght and minimizing the risk of t2 diabetes that runs in my family. I am 22 years old male,1,78 meters in height and 118 kg in weigth(fat bastard!). Until 18,I was about 75kg but then I gained most of my weight during my final undergrad and my masters year.Damn you frozen pizza,damn you to hell... Anyway,past belongs to the past and I am starting fresh. I want to lose a considereable amount of weight and I have set a date for it,September 15th. What I want for you is your knowledge and experience alongside with your hacking capabilities! Since the amount of weight I wish to get rid of is about 40kg,which approach would be best? I would be gratuful if you could give me some example meals for weight loss that have been field tested.I have read and regurally read ex-panu/archevore,primal blueprint,primal toad and pretty much all the blogs and books around primal eating but I would like to begin with some real life examples from people who have tried them. Keep in mind that lamb and fish in Greece is a big thing and that beef isn't.From dairy I only drink milk,eat cream and ice cream.Cheese is not my favorite thing but I enjoy it occasionally. Also,how much exercising and of what kind?Most of my fat is around my belly. I am not running or going to the gym in order to lose weight,thats a given.I am all for exercising outside and I always enjoy a good swim. Crossfit looks very appealing but I am not sure if I should take it up at my current weight since I have a partly teared achilles tendon on my right foot from basketball. Thank you guys for your hospitality and good luck with your efforts! I hope my english is good!
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on May 11, 2011
at 08:20 PM
you can do it....I would suggest you get Robb Wolf's book the Paleo solution and follow the strict paleo regime he recommends for those with autoimmune disease. That is precisely what I do for folks who want to shed weight quickly. I would also suggest you try two meals a day and load up on the protein and fat. You should drink ice cold water at least 12 glasses a day if possible. And it must be cold!!! Most of my patients can drop 50-80 lbs in 3 to 4 months if they are strict on it.
on May 11, 2011
at 07:32 PM
By Sept? That's pretty ambitious. Gonna have to skip the milk, It's a carb. Cream is fine. No fruit, and minimal starchy veggies. I'm a female with a similar body type and similar amount of weight to lose. We could make it a contest, if you're the competitive type. A contest would help me, since it would make me think twice about pigging out on those organic raisins...
Anyhow. Eat the Lamb and fish (fat and all). Eat eggs. Eat green leafy veggies. Don't eat much else. It's the other things that get you snacking...
Don't forget to get lots of exercise. Not getting it leaves you plateaued a lot.
on May 11, 2011
at 08:19 PM
Lots of good advice here already, my only suggestion is that your ultimate goal is a bit ambitious and sometimes setting smaller goals and then stretching them when you achieve them makes it more obtainable. That way you can see if you are on track slowly but surely!!
Good luck and I'd imagine the Mediterranean foods will be fantastic for you!!
on May 11, 2011
at 08:04 PM
Congratulations on getting motivated to lose weight! It's a tough challenge, but I know you can do it.
That said, 40 kg in 18 weeks is more than 4 pounds per week. Not to be discouraging, but most doctors and dieticians recommend only around 2 pounds per week. This is partially due to the fact that creating such a large caloric deficit often cuts back on the essential nutrients that a person needs. Now, I'm not expert in low-carb weight loss, but I've lost 40 pounds by watching my calories and doing CrossFit with a little running. It would have been very difficult for me to stay above my minimum recommended caloric intake for the day while still losing weight at 4-5 pounds per week. Paleo and low-carb diets make weight loss easier, but you still need to find a way to eat fewer calories than you burn.
I suggest you plug your goals into a website like www.mynetdiary.com. You can put your current weight, your goal weight, and the date by which you want to achieve your weight loss, and it will help you estimate the calories you need to take in. If you find the number is too small to manage on a daily basis (or is much smaller than your recommended minimum, your BMR), you should move your date out a little longer. That will give you the time you need to really adapt to the Paleo lifestyle. You want your new diet choices to last a lifetime, and it's hard to do that if you're greatly restricting calories and losing weight so quickly. Like Kit said, it will also be easier to enjoy yourself and to keep on track if you decide to go a little more slowly.
I know this doesn't answer your question about specific meals, but it's definitely worth keeping in mind. I eat a lot of fish cooked in a little fat along with vegetables cooked in fat. Cutting out the fruit and dairy will be pretty key to rapid weight loss like the kind you want. There are a bunch of different threads on the site with recipes, so you may want to search for some of those.
Good luck with your weight loss! I hope you achieve all your goals. Just remember that you're not a failure if it takes you a little longer - this is a lifetime journey, and you will enjoy the benefits of a lower weight and a healthier diet for many years to come.
on May 11, 2011
at 07:41 PM
Why September? Is there a reason for this? I only ask because paleo is more a way of life than a thing one does by a certain date.
I am going to europe in January 2012 and I would like to be thinner than I am now for that trip, I even have a realistic goal, but your goal is quite ambitious.
On your side you have the fact you are both young and male, both huge factors in your favour. So go for it, but like the previous poster said, you may have to cut out most fruit and dairy. You may have a more enjoyable and sustainable ride if you take your time, and enjoy the scenery a little on the way!