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Some basic starting Paleo Questions

Commented on August 06, 2013
Created August 05, 2013 at 2:44 AM

Hey everyone. Hopefully some of you can help me get a jump start on Paleo. I currently have bought quite a few paleo books (on the kindle) and am in the process of reading my first one "The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet". I am going to read the entire book but i'm trying to skip around a lot since i want to get started tomorrow :). Even Robb says if you want to get started early just skip ahead (even through he doesn't say how far :) ). So i read Chapter 1,10, 11, 12, & 13.

So here are some of the questions i have so far:

  1. Chapter 10 (the implementing chapter) seems pretty generic in the sense he tells you to go download his food guide and buy the shopping items on the list and use those items to cook with. Also he explains whether you should buy organic, grass fed, ect... One of the first question i have is there any guidance as to whether you should track calories or not? I thought that was one of the MAIN differences between Paleo & Low Carb in the sense you should track calories & you can't eat as much as you want. If you SHOULD track calories i hope there will be some guidance on how many calories to consume. Of course MyFitnessPal app gives me some guidance but maybe thats different for a paleo solution.

  2. In chapter 10 he mentions that you should shouldn't eat much fruit & Carbs until your close to your weight goal. If thats the case how much difference is there between Low Carb & Paleo during the fat loosing stage? No Dairy, healthier fats , not being able to eat as much as you want? To be honest the reason i decided to switch from Low Carb to paleo this time around was being able to have "some carbs". I want to be able to be a long distance runner again and i know before Low Carb + Running = TERRIBLE PERFORMANCE. At least in my case even after 3-4 months (ever after reading "The art & science of low carb performance").

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on August 06, 2013
at 12:52 AM

getting carbs only from fruit will give people a huge fructose OD! Safe starches, vegetables, and a few fruits (mostly berries) is more like it

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on August 05, 2013
at 05:20 PM

Paleo doesn't *have* to be low carb. Some people do a low-carb paleo, but some people are in the higher carb range. Depends on what carbs you choose, what your health goals are, etc.

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on August 05, 2013
at 04:20 PM

I do mean low carb diets. Check out all the processed stuff that, for instance, Atkins sells : http://uk.atkins.com/products/bars/, all of which should be frowned upon by paleo people. See also: http://www.medifast1.com/products/shop.jsp.

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on August 05, 2013
at 01:43 PM

Thanks for the response. Oh so its somewhat low carb in the sense you don't have to worry about what you eat? Was i wrong in my accessment that calories DO matter is one of paleo's principle

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on August 05, 2013
at 01:40 PM

Yes but your talking about the difference from a traditional diet and a paleo diet not a Low Carb & Paleo diet. The question i asked was Low Carb vs Paleo.

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on August 05, 2013
at 05:01 PM

Forget the book, especially if he is trying to sell you something. Well dont forget the book, use it as guide into the Paleo Lifestyle.

Calorie counting is for people who want to lose weight in any diet, not just the Paleo Diet. The fact is if you want to lose weight you need to cut your caloric intake and increase your physical activity PERIOD, it's still the only way to lose weight...

The Paleo Diet is a "LIFESTYLE" of eating healthy whole foods and living a happy stress free life; it is no more a diet to lose weight than any other diet out there and I feel too many people are not only looking at this as a miracle pill to lose weight but also to profit from people looking for that miracle pill.

Many people will automatically lose weight just by eating Paleo because you are cutting out all of the bad foods that make us fat, clog our arteries and causes so many diseases. And for alot of people switching to a Paleo Lifestyle that is all it takes.

You have come to a great site (paleohacks) for help and to have questions answered and to just have some reassurance when you may be having trouble. But the first thing you need to do is embrace the idea of a Paleo Lifestyle if you want to be Paleo. But you can't switch over hoping it is a miracle weight loss program because that it is not and if you do not lose the weight you were hoping to lose then you will fall back to what you have been doing and then all paleo will be is another fad diet.

If you are looking to lose weight, count your calories, if you are not then just eat until you are full. It's hard to expalin until you experience it yourself, but eating whole foods will fill you up and keep you full longer than eating grains and grain products.

The reason I say get rid of the book is because there are too many people out there trying to cash in on the relatively new Paleo diet. You can search the web with just a few clicks and learn everythiing you need to know for free. Once you have an understanding of the basics you could do it all yourself.

Lastly, I can't stress enough that Paleo is not a weight loss program, it is a lifestyle... a really great lifestyle. Don't allow yourself to be fooled into believing it is a weight loss program. You can and probably will lose weight eating Paleo but more importantly is the healthy benefits of living Paleo.

Calorie deficit and physical activity is the only way to lose weight with any diet...

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on August 05, 2013
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Some differences between a low-carb diet and paleo :

  • Paleo requires that you eat real food : no processed food, protein shakes, energy bars, and so on. Anything that comes in a box or has more than 5 ingredients should be looked upon with suspicion

  • On paleo, you shouldn't eat grains (especially wheat) and legumes. Your carbs must come from somewhere else (fruit, mostly)

It's much harder to fill oneself up with carbs eating fruit than with pasta and bread (trust me, I tried). You shouldn't limit your fruit consumption if you do need the energy (athlete-level running, etc) but you shouldn't focus on carb loading for the sake of it either.

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on August 05, 2013
at 01:40 PM

Yes but your talking about the difference from a traditional diet and a paleo diet not a Low Carb & Paleo diet. The question i asked was Low Carb vs Paleo.

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on August 06, 2013
at 12:52 AM

getting carbs only from fruit will give people a huge fructose OD! Safe starches, vegetables, and a few fruits (mostly berries) is more like it

718fd304d7abab150730638bf2be5153

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on August 05, 2013
at 04:20 PM

I do mean low carb diets. Check out all the processed stuff that, for instance, Atkins sells : http://uk.atkins.com/products/bars/, all of which should be frowned upon by paleo people. See also: http://www.medifast1.com/products/shop.jsp.

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on August 05, 2013
at 03:10 AM

To answer your first question you dont have to track just eat till your satisfied. For me this was usually way before I truly felt full or over ate. Also everyone is different so start with minimal fruits and slowly add more to your meal. You should notice when it is at a maintenance level vs. fat loss.

14191e001488dea02fd994022f2d335b

on August 05, 2013
at 01:43 PM

Thanks for the response. Oh so its somewhat low carb in the sense you don't have to worry about what you eat? Was i wrong in my accessment that calories DO matter is one of paleo's principle

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on August 05, 2013
at 05:20 PM

Paleo doesn't *have* to be low carb. Some people do a low-carb paleo, but some people are in the higher carb range. Depends on what carbs you choose, what your health goals are, etc.

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