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Just started today: How can I use Paleo to effectively lose weight?

Asked on February 29, 2016
Created May 24, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Hello all! Today is day 1 for me on paleo, and I just found this site and I was wondering if anyone had any tips on how to utilize paleo for weight loss. I just went to Trader Joe's and picked up some grilled chicken, kale, and spinach.

Does anyone have any tips on how to drop some serious pounds? I am a female and about 30-40lbs from a healthy weight range for my height and I am very motivated.

Is sticking to just the protein basics and vegetables the way to do it?

Thanks for any advice!

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on August 21, 2013
at 08:09 AM

Ah, apologies. Didn't notice that this was a rather old question.

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on August 07, 2013
at 08:19 AM

There are several different ways you can eat paleo to lose weight. But it all boils down to being in a calorie deficit.

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on June 28, 2013
at 06:55 PM

Just offering my story not suggesting it has to be followed exactly to get the same results.

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on June 25, 2013
at 05:41 PM

Don't forget about your healthy fats - those help to "quicken" your metabolism in a very potent way, in my experience. A low fat low carb diet sounds like a recipe for failure, IMO

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on June 25, 2013
at 05:39 PM

Ryan, congrats on your accomplishment. Your advice about what worked for you might be misplaced here, since women and men lose weight differently. BM can hardly be expected to lose 35 pounds in 45 days while snacking on nuts and fruit.

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on June 07, 2013
at 07:45 PM

I'd stick only to fruits and rarely or never juice. You lose so many nutrients from just the juice of the plant, rather than all of the particles of it.

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on May 25, 2013
at 09:21 AM

Day 1! Welcome! It should be pretty simple. Stick to meats and vegetables and you're good to go. Fruit is ok, but don't eat a ton of it or juice. Once you're metabolism and energy is up to speed, add daily exercise / sun. No need to go crazy with it, but, do it every day. I'd consider this process slow. (You should hit your target in 6mo to a year.)

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on August 21, 2013
at 08:07 AM

Second the recommendation for more healthy, saturated fats. Ghee (grass-fed), raw, grass-fed butter, coconut oil, lard (from pastured pigs), tallow....

Also, the quality (grassfed, pastured, soy-free feed) of all meats, eggs, fish(wild), and protein in general can be extremely important.

If it's tenable, you might try adding some fish (research mercury concerns being largely overblown potentially due to naturally occurring selenium chelating it) and shellfish.

Also, you might look into ferments (true, raw; homemade or store-bought, but unpasteurized & preferably with the "mother"), and gut health in general, as poor gut health can cause a diverse range of problems, including not digesting fats properly.

Fruits and fructose can very, very often cause problems with weight gain and fat loss, as can many starches(very much including cooked carrots, and quite obviously potatoes, sweet potatoes, starchy roots, etc.) or carbs. Some seem to tolerate sweet potatoes, tapioca, etc., but fructose is commonly problematic, especially when overconsumed (which is quite common among many/most non-Paleo eaters), as fructose can spike blood sugar and affect insulin (which affects fat storage, among many other important regulatory functions) activation strongly.

That said, some consume fruit or various specific higher-carb foods & lose body fat fairly well, but the likelihood is strong that you might stall weight loss by adding it.

Bone broth/stock is also a common Paleo/gut health staple to look into.

Organ meats (from grass-fed or pastured animals) and adequate consumption/availability of K2(very important), magnesium, selenium, iodine, vitamin D (sunlight or D3 supplementation are perhaps the most tenable ways), vitamin A (retinol, not plant-based beta carotene), and zinc/copper are also another point to begin looking into and researching.

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on August 21, 2013
at 08:09 AM

Ah, apologies. Didn't notice that this was a rather old question.

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on July 23, 2013
at 11:54 PM

stick to meat and veggies with healthy oils to cook in. you'll be good to go. I saw a difference in 3 months.!

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on June 07, 2013
at 07:49 PM

I try to make sure each meal consists of these things;

  1. .25-.33 lb meat (With its own fat)
  2. a starch/root veggie
  3. a green veggie
  4. fat added to both the veggies, usually .5 tbsp (or 50 calories worth) on each.

I eat 3 meals a day, no snacking, and I walk 5-7 miles every day. Since June 10, 2012 I've lost 94 lbs. Good luck!

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on June 07, 2013
at 07:40 PM

Hi there welcome to paleo :)

I started eating paleo about 45 days ago and have lost the 35 pounds i set out to lose :)

This is what worked for me:

I ate fresh fruit daily, only an apple and a banana and occasionally mango. I ate clean unprocessed meats and i have drank only water.I snacked on almonds, pine nuts and walnuts.

I also walked for at least an hour a day!

This may not work for you but it did me so why not give it a go :)

If you type into youtube "elliott hulse plan to lose belly fat forever" he gives some great advice on weight loss which is exactly what inspired me!

Hope this helps?

Ryan

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on June 28, 2013
at 06:55 PM

Just offering my story not suggesting it has to be followed exactly to get the same results.

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on June 25, 2013
at 05:39 PM

Ryan, congrats on your accomplishment. Your advice about what worked for you might be misplaced here, since women and men lose weight differently. BM can hardly be expected to lose 35 pounds in 45 days while snacking on nuts and fruit.

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on June 07, 2013
at 07:29 PM

I would avoid fruit, at least in the beginning, and even then I would add it back slowly. I gain weight quickly once I start eating fruit again. Good luck!

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