Just thinking about starting Paleo

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Created August 10, 2012 at 11:14 AM

I am 5'3" and 142lbs. I just recently lost 17lbs, using weight watchers. I also workout 5-6 days a week, with various activities. I am stuck at a plateau, but I am confused on how Paleo works and if I need to know how many calories I am consuming a day? Or is it that you eat 3 meals a day and 1 snack??? Any suggestions?



on August 10, 2012
at 04:12 PM

I would suggest researching your paleo info from two, preferably more, sites. There is a LOT of misinformation floating around the community, and it can get really frustrated trying to make it all jive.



on August 10, 2012
at 11:15 AM

Also, is this a good way to lose the extra 10lbs I want to lose?

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on August 10, 2012
at 11:45 AM

Mark Sisson writes everything you need to know in pretty plain language.


Welcome to Paleo, you will find life much easier once you dont have to keep count your food.



on August 10, 2012
at 12:06 PM

Paleo is not more effective for weight loss than other plans. The real point of paleo is that you can optimize your health by eating real food instead of processed junk. You can follow any other plan that works for you and make it paleo. Or you can just try paleo and see what happens. Many just eat based on hunger and that seems to work well. Some have to watch their carbs and others watch calories. You have to figure out what will work for you as nobody here can tell you for sure. We all respond differently.


on August 10, 2012
at 11:33 AM

Paleo is not so much a "diet" with rules as a choice to eat the way our ancestors did. There are endless variations that one may choose from in eating this way. Most followers rarely eat processed foods and this results in low overall carbohydrate consumption. My meals consist mostly of meat (with some veggies) and I eat 2 or 3 times a day depending on whether I'm hungry or not. My wife, on the other hand, eats meals that consist of mostly vegetables, and she tends to eat 4 or 5 small meals. Every one is different and there is a lot of freedom to do what works for you. I know it may sound crazy that we don't have to count calories, but both my wife & I have continued to lose weight, just eating only when we are hungry. It's amazing how different hunger is once you get the sugar/insulin monkey off your back. Good luck!



on August 10, 2012
at 03:51 PM

I would suggest reading the various paleo and primal books published for the most complete sources of info. I've been able to find them at local libraries, then if I like them I buy them.

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