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Answered on March 19, 2014
Created March 18, 2014 at 6:31 PM

I've done atkins in the past and it was pretty ok...slow weightloss compared to severe calorie restriction....but as soon as carbs came back so did everything else.....

I want to try paleo but there are some things that I must be realistic about. I can't say no to yogurt ever again. I crave sweets like crazy but remembering on my atkins days, those cravings will go away...however I wanted fruits so bad...

ok, i know paleo isn't identical to atkins. So can I have dairy and stuff? and is paleo supposed to be NO for chocolate at all? I'm a bit confused. And if anyone can tell me their first two months results that would be awesome, as far as weight (scale) and body fat percentage or even jeans sizes or inches which would make more sense to me...since I always tell everyone I don't care if I weigh 1000 lbs...as long as I can fit into a 5 or a 7.....:) but the scale moving downward helps keep me motivated. Anyway, thanks in advance

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on March 19, 2014
at 10:00 AM

soy lecithin isn't all that harmful as it contains no soy proteins, nor oil, and is only in miniscule amounts - the key to chocolate is 85% cocoa and higher, the higher the better. Cutting out grains, legumes, industrial seed oils, and crap-in-a-bag is the key.

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on March 19, 2014
at 06:53 PM

thanks. well today I only had omelettes with onions I think but it did have cheese ... and bacon and sausage...I know not the best meats to eat, but my company was providing breakfast today. But I totally stayed away from biscuits and bread...

I have a question regarding what kinds of meats. I love Scrapple...but its probably pretty processed...vienna sausages, luncheon type meats. What about those? And is fruit off the table? nuts too?

I think it would be probably best for me to do no processed first and then go dairy free, then sugar free...I can go sugar free now (minus fruits and honey).

On a side note I loved reading the whole 30....it is very inspiring and started pumping me up as I read it because they say "this is not hard...giving birth is hard, cancer is hard....this isn't" and they are darn right..it totally motivates me because I have given birth 3 times....and yes...THATS hard...

I obviously am not doing it yet because I had cheese in my omelet, but i plan to finish the 30 day challenge if I can start it by next week or so. (lots going on this week)...but either way I'm trying to do as much paleo as possible..I guess it would help if i learned th rules :)

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on March 19, 2014
at 03:28 PM

I've been paleo for eleven weeks and lost 24 pounds the first eight weeks. I only weigh every four weeks. In the past, I'd weigh every day and then either give myself room to splurge or get discouraged depending on which way the scale moved. So with paleo I decided that the way I feel is a better indicator of progress. I also lost six inches off my waist. I have a significant amount of weight to lose so my weight loss thus far may not be typical, but 3 pounds a week seems reasonable.

I do not eat dairy. It doesn't seem as though I have any allergies to it but I know it slows my weight loss. The first four weeks I ate fruit but cut it. I cut nuts and nut butter after eight weeks. So basically I only eat eggs, meats, and vegetables and the 85% choc. I eat once a week. Eating this way puts me in ketosis which works great for me.

I do not exercise due to a couple of injuries but I hope to start in a couple of weeks. Especially if my next weigh in is less than impressive.

I suggest starting it doing the best you can. Eventually you'll feel better and it will motivate you to do more and more. Read everything you can and educate yourself. Figure out if you need supplements, learn about insulin and leptin, really get into the science of it all, and find all the before/after pics out there. They're truly inspirational.

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on March 18, 2014
at 09:28 PM

Thank you for your replies. I know just based on the past 4 months or so...the casual approach doesn't work for me. I tend to overeat even healthy food. I hate to say that I have to recount or portion size for the rest of my life but I believe that Might be my reality. regarding the dairy, I don't know of any issues I have with Dairy. Do you think I still should cut it out?

its just really hard saying goodbye to things that I have been used to for 30 years. But I am wondering when you say unprocessed food, how does that come into play when it comes to deli meats for lunches and stuff. As far as I know they have process Those as well.

the past 4 or 5 months I have been carefully watching what I ate, but have had some slip ups.so was exercising at minimum 3 times a week all the way up To 5 times a week. what's up 1 month and a half of Not exercising in that time....the rest of the time I exercised. I tried to do the casual thing as in eat healthy but eat until you're full , count calories, Soon er or later I'd end up eating more than I should have....or even things that I shouldn't have eaten and then I'd have to start all over again. Within this time of experimentation, I've come to learn that the only thing that really works for me is calorie restriction, but for the life of me I cannot stick to it like I used to. Within the experimentation time, I should call it wasted timebecause I was trying to get ready for my wedding and the dress I have, was purchased in 2006 when we were supposed to get married. Lol. The thing about that is that that Period Of being skinny was after dieting and exercising my way down from what I'm currently at again......it is so much harder now and I really don't know why. I wish I had the strictness like I used to because by now I already be back down to that Size.....

....so that's my long story of why I'm looking into another message that does not require me to suffer as much to get the results I desire. I've pretty much giving up on leaving 40 pounds in the next two months, but I do hope to Lose at least 20.

I'm going to Look into that introduction you sent..Thanks

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on March 18, 2014
at 07:14 PM

Really, the focus should be food quality rather than what is "paleo" or not. That, to me, is what really separates paleo from atkins. If you think you really need some chocolate in your life, I would say go for it, but make sure that it is the best quality for your health. That means at least 85% or higher and free of additives like soy lecithin, etc.

As far as the dairy, I would recommend that you go 30 days without any dairy. Then, you should try introducing different forms of dairy (cheese, milk, yogurt) separately and slowly. This is so that you can recognize if your body can really tolerate dairy. Some people can tolerate some forms of dairy better than others. If you don't notice any problems at that point, I really don't see any reason to cut out dairy entirely.

I agree with wtfgod about the sugar. Personally, I used to be a huge carb addict. I have found that I really need to cut out sugar almost entirely to avoid cravings. You might want to try a Whole30 challenge to kick start the lifestyle change.

As far as my numbers, I cut foods out gradually. It took me about 3 months to cut out all grains and most dairy and another month or so to cut out all processed foods. I'd say once my diet was completely "clean," I lost about 20 pounds in 3 months. I found that I lost the most weight when I stopped measuring and weighing and just started eating good quality, unprocessed foods when I was hungry.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19463)

on March 19, 2014
at 10:00 AM

soy lecithin isn't all that harmful as it contains no soy proteins, nor oil, and is only in miniscule amounts - the key to chocolate is 85% cocoa and higher, the higher the better. Cutting out grains, legumes, industrial seed oils, and crap-in-a-bag is the key.

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on March 18, 2014
at 06:48 PM

While what most think of as chocolate is not paleo, it is however paleo to eat cocao nibs or even unsweetened chocolate.

It would probably be better for you to eliminate 'sweets' and sugars than to limit you calories. If you're just eating your fill of healthy foods you are way ahead of the game.

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