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If I just eat Paleo, not necessarily LC or VLC, do you think I'll eventually lose more weight?

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Created September 03, 2011 at 2:41 PM

I started eating Paleo because it made sense from an evolutionary biology perspective. I started eating grass-fed meat and went from there to cutting out grains, sugar and vegetable oils. I have never been obese, though I was perhaps overweight a couple years ago before I started running. I still have a belly, love handles, but I've lost around 10 pounds since starting around a year ago. I'm working out more consistently than I ever have before.

I am pretty low carb just because I eat Paleo, but when I go all meat I get awful leg cramps at night so I don't like that much. Also, it just seems somehow wrong to worry about whether I eat fruit or not. I don't eat that much in the first place. The thing I've always loved about Primal eating is that I don't have to worry about how much or what I eat. I fast or I eat based on my appetite. Sometimes that less or sometimes more.

Here's my main question: Is the Paleo community just in a hurry to lose weight rather than just determined to be healthy? I know that extra weight isn't "healthy" per se, but I feel like that's what I mostly read about: "How can I lose the last pounds? I lose _ pounds!" It took me thirty years to put my body in this predicament (even though I've never had symptoms like diabetes or IBS) through what I ate. Do I really need to be VLC and "hurry up" my fat loss or will it come around in time of eating healthy Paleolithic foods? I am patient. I can wait. But, then again, if it won't ever happen without focusing on carb restriction, that's another story. Has anyone out there just eaten Paleo and, eventually, say two or three years later, lost the weight the weight?

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on September 03, 2011
at 08:05 PM

Edit your post with what you typically eat in a day and people will likely give more specific suggestions.

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on September 03, 2011
at 07:37 PM

I really like the idea of seasonal eating. It appeals to my sense of being in tune with the Earth, and it also sounds like a great pleasure. I hope my body will one day allow me to do that.

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on September 03, 2011
at 03:38 PM

you can also get a local food wheel for your fridge (some regions only) http://www.localfoodswheel.com/

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on September 03, 2011
at 03:35 PM

Great answer! I think this is a really accurate way to look at it.

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on September 03, 2011
at 03:31 PM

Maybe, in my experience people who are underweight need more calories period from just about any macronutrient. I have yet to see someone go from underweight to a normal weight on VLC but don't doubt its possible, maybe for people who are very intolerant to plant foods?

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on September 03, 2011
at 03:31 PM

Maybe, in my experience people who are underweight need more calories period from just about any macronutrient. I've have yet to see someone go from underweight to a normal weight on VLC but don't doubt its possible, maybe for people who are very intolerant to plant foods?

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on September 03, 2011
at 03:30 PM

Maybe, in my experience people who are underweight need more calories period from just about any macronutrient. I've have yet to see someone go from underweight to a normal weight but don't doubt its possible, maybe for people who are very intolerant to plant foods?

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on September 03, 2011
at 03:26 PM

I found a site http://www.sustainabletable.org/shop/seasonal/ where you can find out what's in season during any given time of the year, US-only :)

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on September 03, 2011
at 03:21 PM

or the underweight, who have the same problem with sugar metabolism, though with a different result.

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on September 03, 2011
at 03:10 PM

I think it depends on how messed up your body is, especially in the area of blood sugar regulation.

In theory, eliminating the neolithic agents of disease, as Dr. Harris calls them, should allow your body to heal and balance the hormonal equations that control things like fat metabolism, and eventually that will lead to a healthy weight.

However, if those equations are badly broken -- say, for instance, that eating a potato sends your blood sugar peaking and crashing -- that in itself is a stress that could prevent the healing you need. So some will need to eliminate foods or classes of foods that others can get away with, at least temporarily, to avoid specific stresses. The most common of those is to do paleo with a low-carb slant -- not necessarily to try to lose weight right away, but to stop the damage caused by blood sugar dysregulation.

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on September 03, 2011
at 03:35 PM

Great answer! I think this is a really accurate way to look at it.

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on September 03, 2011
at 02:57 PM

In my family we eat what is in season. When fruit is in season, we buy it at the farmer's market and do not worry about eating it. In the winter we sometimes eat small berries like cranberries, but our diet is mostly what is in season, which is meat, and some roots. We have all lost weight. My father has lost 50 lbs, I have lost 30 lbs, which we were very happy about. However, my mother and sister have had trouble losing the amount of weight they wanted. They are not fat, but they would like to be slim. However, they have not been strict about their diet, as my sister drinks sugary alcohol and my mother still eats porridge for breakfast, so I'd hesitate to tell them to eat VLC. I tell them to eat all paleo and if that doesn't work then they can start worrying about the marginal things like fruit and roots.

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on September 03, 2011
at 03:26 PM

I found a site http://www.sustainabletable.org/shop/seasonal/ where you can find out what's in season during any given time of the year, US-only :)

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on September 03, 2011
at 03:38 PM

you can also get a local food wheel for your fridge (some regions only) http://www.localfoodswheel.com/

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on September 03, 2011
at 07:37 PM

I really like the idea of seasonal eating. It appeals to my sense of being in tune with the Earth, and it also sounds like a great pleasure. I hope my body will one day allow me to do that.

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on September 03, 2011
at 06:36 PM

I wanted to address the question of impatience. I don't think you are necessarily advocating waiting indefinitely, but just in case someone is thinking about it that way, there are at least two reasons I can think of to not want to wait years to get well.

One is that if you are overweight, you are still putting your body under stress. Excess fat carries its own risks and perpetuates insulin resistance in a feedback loop. The more quickly you can put a stop to that process, the better will be the quality of the rest of your life.

Second, a fast response is more likely to be a true response, and not random fluctuation. I don't want to wait years only to find out I'm not doing what would be best.

There may be an underlying subtext here that doing something that works fast is less healthy than something that takes more time. Certainly this can be true; many weight loss schemes sacrifice health by catabolizing lean tissue or necessitating malnutrition. Low carb diets are not like that. They promote health, and if they happen to correct weight quickly, that needn't be seen as a disadvantage.

That said, slow can be healthy, too, especially if you are already close to optimal weight. Sometimes I think the body just needs time to adjust. And the importance of eating a diet you can live with through maintenance is often under-appreciated. So I think if you still seem to be getting healthier, then it's probably fine for you to stick to higher carb paleo and take your time. But if you are significantly fat and aren't making progress, I wouldn't hesitate to lower your carbs and get healthy faster.

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on September 03, 2011
at 02:58 PM

You should be fine.

Sprinting, heavy weight lifting and patience would probably be your best bet to lose the rest of your weight.

VLC is more for people who are obese imo

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

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on September 03, 2011
at 03:30 PM

Maybe, in my experience people who are underweight need more calories period from just about any macronutrient. I've have yet to see someone go from underweight to a normal weight but don't doubt its possible, maybe for people who are very intolerant to plant foods?

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

(12857)

on September 03, 2011
at 03:31 PM

Maybe, in my experience people who are underweight need more calories period from just about any macronutrient. I've have yet to see someone go from underweight to a normal weight on VLC but don't doubt its possible, maybe for people who are very intolerant to plant foods?

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on September 03, 2011
at 03:21 PM

or the underweight, who have the same problem with sugar metabolism, though with a different result.

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

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on September 03, 2011
at 03:31 PM

Maybe, in my experience people who are underweight need more calories period from just about any macronutrient. I have yet to see someone go from underweight to a normal weight on VLC but don't doubt its possible, maybe for people who are very intolerant to plant foods?

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