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Paleo for weightloss

Answered on December 11, 2013
Created December 10, 2013 at 11:51 PM

I am looking to loose about 15 pounds. I have gone back and forth with straight forward calorie reduction (about 1250 calories daily, female, age 29/ height 5'6) and needless to say- it was hard to pull off and I lost maybe 1 pound while running laps like a nut case.

Its only day two of my new paleo approach but I feel like I am eating ALOT. My calorie intake for the day = 1465. My carb intake= 43. Most of my calories came from olive oil used in cooking, almonds and ground beef. (organic/ grass fed). Should I be concerned about reducing my calorie intake further or concentrate on carbs? I am concerned with weight loss. I am concerned because I see talk of people gaining weight on this diet!?

Where should I be most concerned in terms of quantity? Eat as much as you want as long as its carb free/ not processed, etc? Thanks! Signed, The New Girl.

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Low Fat Foods DON'T WORK. You cannot lose weight using Low Fat Diets. Low fat foods have been popular for more than 15 years, but yet our society is getting more overweight as each year passes. This fact alone should tell you that eating a purely low fat menu is not the answer to losing weight. Low Calorie Diets DON'T WORK. You won't lose weight using a Low Calorie Dieting Plan either. In fact, eating low calories is the worst thing that you can do to your body, since that will only slow down your body's fat burning engine and ruin all chances of losing weight (low calorie diets may allow a few pounds of weight loss for the first few days, but then after that all weight loss comes to a halt --- known as a dieting plateau). You can never get slim by starving yourself. Low Carb Plans DON'T WORK. You'll probably find it extremely difficult to get slim using a Low Carb Dieting Plan. Low carb diets have recently become popular over the last couple years, but the problem with low carb menus is that they are too strict and TOO HARD TO FOLLOW for average people. Low carb menus tend to rob your body of too much energy (carbohydrates) and make it nearly impossible to remain on the program for very long. This is why so many dieters find it difficult to follow a strict low carbohydrate menu. What about Weight Watchers and J. C. Dieting Plans? Weight loss programs such as Weight Watchers (and J. C.) usually involve slower dieting progress over a longer period of time, since such programs generally promise only 2-3 pounds of weight loss per week. Also, programs such as J.C.usually involve buying special meals and/or dietary supplements during the initial phases of the program. While some people may like these types of dietary programs, i prefer a dieting plan which focuses on faster weight loss, such as the Accelerated Fat Burning Program .In other words the correct balance of each type of food that the body needs. You have to realise,that one element won't work,they must be combined correctly.You cannot build a house with only cement,or only water or only bricks.But mix the water and cement and then apply them to the bricks,then your'e on your way.

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on December 11, 2013
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This sounds counter intuative but you need to make sure you are eating enough food in order to loose weight.

Yes, you can loose weight by restricting calories... it's called starvation. Your body will start to react against it though. Everyone is different but people who aren't getting enough calories can be tired all the time, always hungry and thinking about food, or other more subtle symptoms. Worst of all your body will try everything to hold onto any excess fat you have as clearly you are in some kind of famine situation and it needs to be as efficient with energy (fat) as possible.

You can over eat, its true, but this is usually difficult unless you are eating tons of highly energy dense food such as nuts, liquid food (smoothies) or high GI things like sugar or wheat based foods which don't seem to make you feel full until you've had far too much.

My advice - take your time and focus of healthy eating first. I know it's scary because it takes so much effort to change and you don't know if it will work for you (maybe nothing else has), but like so many things in life you can't rush it if you want to do it right.

Try eating three meals per day and eating until you feel full. Don't snack and don't stress about calories. Make sure these meals each have plenty of protein and fat (these will fill you and and help keep your energy stable) as well as plenty of veg. Do this for one month without weighing yourself or even worrying about loosing fat. Then assess how you are going. How do you feel? How's the rest of your health. How do your favourite jeans fit compared to when you started.

Most people will have noticeable fat loss in this time. If you don't then you might want to start tinkering. I've found a period of low carb/ketogenic can be really helpful here, particularly if you are insulin resistant, which most people who have excess body fat are.

For more info I'd find a paleo author who speaks your language. Some people go for Robb Wolfs science approach. If that's you try reading The Paleo Solution. I think a lot of people connect with Jason Seib's The Paleo Coach. He's really accessible, motivating and helps you find what works for you.

Post a reply to this thread in a month or so and let me/us know how you are going.

Hope this helps.

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on December 11, 2013
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Focus on mindful eating, not calorie counting. When you're hungry eat, when you're full stop. Focus on eating protein and fats with ample veggies and small servings of fruit and nuts. I'm 22, 5'6 and I eat around 2000 calories a day with minimal excursive (3x a week for 30 minutes). Most of my calories come from fish, meat, veggies and healthy fats like coconut oil and I'm still losing fat and building lean (not bulky) muscle.

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