First of all thanks for all of the advice and support...So i have eaten Paleo style for the past 26 days...I started out at 290 lbs - 6'2. I suspect I am at least 270 today (dr weighed me more than a week ago and i was 274 - told me by mistake.). So, some of the positives I have experienced, I never felt like I was dieting, just focused on what I could eat and ate until I was full. I slept better, I had more strength in the gym, I lost weight and I gained muscle. Also noticed that I had less anxiety - not sure if their is any relevance here - but all good. So glad I started....the only negative I can take away from the first 26 days is the fact that my cholesterol levels went up...I am going to be retested in 6 weeks to see if there has been any improvement...so for the next thirty days I am going to focus on weight loss by eating higher quality food (I must admit twice I had bratwurst and apple chicken sausage - not the highest quality meats). So for the next 30 days I am going to keep my whole egg intake to 6 eggs per week (brown, free range, omega 3 eggs) and make up the rest with same egg quality egg whites. I am also going to try and reduce the amount of olive oil i have been using in my salads. I literally use it very freely...balsamic vinegar as well. Im going to cut back on my red meat consumption to 3 days per week, try eat more turkey, chicken, pork and salmon. I use Kerrygold butter on all of my veggies and steaks - I use it very liberally as well..melting a chunk in the microwave and drizzling all over steak and veggies - should I cut back? I eat a half bag of trader Joes salad each day with canned tuna fish - is this okay? I also plan on incorporating two more days of exercise into my program. Currently I do weight training 3 days a week....I know its not Paleo but I want to add some elliptical training just to keep the joints moving (not too extrenuous - I had hip replaced 11 months ago)....So any advice on how I can squeeze out another 20 lbs in the next 4-5 weeks? Does this menu sound like it will be helpful in losing weight? Thanks again, BB
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on February 23, 2014
at 01:58 PM
@CerebralMonkey Thanks for your feedback....so help me out here a bit...I've heard numerous people tell me dont worry about counting the calories or logging food, most say if you eat Paleo or at least cut out the sugars, pastas, bread, etc you will lose weight...which seems to be true, but to be honest I know that this will slow down my weight lass if not stall it entirely! So I just went onto myfitnesspal website and logged my breakfast...2 tbsp coconut oil...2 egg whites, 1 whole egg and 6 slices of bacon....this equals 882 calories....seems like a ton of calories to burn at breakfast...should I cut back. For lunch I would normally have a salad with a protein meat - probably 6 oz of salmon....olive oil and vinegar...maybe a handful of almonds later and a nice home made roast beef with franks hot sauce and sauteed spinach later.....sounds like i will blow past the 2000 calorie mark....i am thinking this is 100% paleo, but not sure if I will lose weight eating like this. What do you think?
on February 23, 2014
at 08:16 PM
So I have logged breakfast and lunch into myFitnessPal food tracker and this is what it looks like so far....for dinner i plan on having roast beef and sauteed spinach...could someone let me know how it looks ..I am in it for weightloss....many thanks ina dvance for your help
on February 23, 2014
at 05:46 PM
The notion that ANY weight loss program can sidestep the basic math of weight loss is what many people will try to sell in order to get us to open our wallets and start swiping our credit cards. We all love bacon, fatty marbled steak, ice cream, yogurt, heavy cream etc. so when someone gives us even the least sciencey explanation as to why these foods are in actuality, very good for us and we should eat them with abandon; we buy their books, sign up for blogs, click on affiliate links and attend their "exclusive" two day conferences to learn the "real" secrets that only they know ;) Dr. Loren Cordain states in his book that [it is very hard to over eat on this diet] (but not impossible) as you are indeed cutting out a lot of unnecessary calories from fat and processed food, grains, juices etc. If you follow his advice to the letter than yes, it is. But bacon, sausage, dairy and conventionally raised meat products were on either the avoid or limit list, especially for those trying to shed pounds. Fat is not only good for us, but necessary for life and satiety. But not all fat is created equal and most diets limit it to between 15-30% of daily calories. Logging calories is a great way to fine tune your diet to what is optimal for YOU. Once you have struck a balance between feeling good, losing weight and having enough energy to get through your day, then stop logging...by then, you know what you need and how your body responds. Kudos for cutting the bacon. Where are the veggies in your breakfast? That sounds like mostly protein and fat for breakfast.
on February 23, 2014
at 02:39 PM
update...i swapped out the 6 pieces of bacon for 6oz of salmon....brought calories down to 672....more palatable!
on February 22, 2014
at 06:13 PM
Basic fat loss math applies...even in Paleo. If you burn more calories than you consume, you lose weight...if you consume more than you burn, you gain weight. As you lose weight, your daily caloric requirements will decrease as your body becomes lighter and more efficient so it is important to periodically reassess your calorie needs based on weight and activity level. That being said, fats are very high in calories. One can eat impeccably on the Paleo diet and still gain weight by over using fats and oils. You may find it helpful to weigh, measure and record everything you eat for a week and plug the numbers into a website/app like MyFitnessPal, or SparkPeople. It will calculate your daily caloric needs as well as the nutritional profile of each food you eat and instantly let you know if you are meeting or exceeding those requirements. Use the numbers as a guide only to help identify areas where you may be over/under doing things. (I did this for my wife who couldn't understand why she was "doing so good" but not losing weight. The numbers were shocking). Good luck and I hope this helps :)