I was just wondering a few things about the paleo diet. I keep seeing information about it all over the web, and it seems to have worked for a number of people. I'm currently trying to build muscle mass and lose my last ten or twenty pounds of fat -- essentially, I need to tone up. I experimented with the paleo diet for about two days, and I felt really great on it, because I was able to avoid sugar. In fact, not eating sugar was so simple, it was ridiculous
However, being a longtime conventional dieter and having had (very minimal) success with it, I'm terrified of the idea of consuming healthy fat and meats all the time. To me, that bespeaks the epitome of dieting backsliding. While physically I am aware of feeling loads better, mentally I cannot escape the high-carb low-fat mindset.
Can anyone help me overcome this, perhaps through some "Hey, I did it, and I didn't gain a ton of weight" stories? Or through some links to resources for wannabe paleo dieters?
Thank all repliers in advance. :)
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on April 12, 2013
at 12:45 AM
The first step is a mind change...for years the establishment has spouted the fallacies of low-fat, high carb eating. And what did that get us? I'll tell you: In the past 20 years, More than 35% of U.S. adults and about 17% of children and adolescents aged 2???19 years are obese. (CDC Overweight and Obesity, 2013).
Changing your mind will change your life. If you stick to your old beliefs, you will keep repeating your old mistakes [and get the same results].....Change your mind! You will see that this change has the incredible power to change everything else. -Anon
on April 12, 2013
at 01:10 AM
Speaking from personal experience, this may work for you too.
Gaining information so you know what you're getting into and what to expect is paramount. The easiest way to start are free resources, because they're FREE!
You have already done that. Search around Paleohacks.com for topics and tags that you're curious about. This forum has a wealth of information and is a great place for niche questions and ideas with direct answers from many people, all of which come from different backgrounds, genes, and lifestyles.
Mark's Daily Apple is a great place to get some fundamental information as well.
What actually started my interest in this diet and lifestyle was Abel James' podcast, "Fat Burning Man". It's a free hour-long weekly podcast. His guests are very informative, many of them fun and engaging. Pick and choose the podcasts based on guests that you're either interested in or topics discussed that you're curious about. Some guests go over fitness, some diet, some recipes and cooking, etc. It's free, and doesn't require reading!
If you're worried about 'breaking diet' the safest way to avoid this problem is to eliminate the REALLY bad, while allowing a marginal amount of foods that are borderline (white rice, starches, fermented beans, dairy, etc). Some people are 100% Paleo, others find that rice is beneficial for their goals, others follow the Perfect Health Diet. If you find a plan that works for you, that you're happy with, and that helps you acheieve your goals, it is easy to follow, and becomes more of a lifestyle and less of a "diet".
on April 12, 2013
at 12:58 AM
You can find studies (and lengthy polemics) that support the paleo outlook, but you can just as easily find studies that make it sound nutty and dangerous. I think that the balance of the evidence makes at least some elements of the paleo diet sound sensible. But ultimately what matters is what happens when you do it. What's the worst that could happen if you try a paleo diet for a month?
Do you have food addiction issues, such that if you eat meat and fat for a month, you might not be able to stop? If so, then you should proceed carefully and examine the evidence further. If not, then the worst you're looking at is a small, short-term increase in weight that you should be able to reverse by doing the same thing you've been doing so far.
You could also start by taking what you like from paleo, and just implementing that. If avoiding sugar makes you feel great, then make that part of your regular diet. If you think you can handle replacing polyunsaturated fats with animal fats, then just do that for a while. If you're intrigued by the idea of removing grain from your diet and replacing it with fruits, tubers, and possibly dairy, try that for a month.