I am attempting my first grain-free day - rather painful, as I do love oatmeal and granola - and, truth be told, I am really ANXIOUS about it. I have been maintaining a 1200-cal/day nutrition regimen for the past 5 weeks, along with 4-5 days/week of exercise (Zumba, swimming, strength training, an occasional burst of plyometrics). I am 5'3" and started my current plan at 127 lbs. So far, I've ditched about 5 pounds, and am looking to maintain at around 115, so I have a few weeks to go. I have had great success this week in limiting my grain intake to breakfast only - I have more energy, and feel more sated and less hungry throughout the day.
I understand the benefits of limiting carb intake to between 50 and 100 grams/day for paleo weight loss, but, as someone who doesn't like worrying too much about eating, the prospect of counting calories AND carbs is making me sweat.
My main question is: will going grain-free hinder or stop my weight loss? If not, should I stop counting calories, and just count carbs?
Thanks, and much appreciated, Maggie
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on September 15, 2011
at 11:12 PM
Wow, loving all the support here. I just found this site and already love it!
on September 01, 2011
at 05:09 PM
Going grain free will definitely further your weight loss. This will be one of the best things you ever did, just wait and you will see.
Don't worry about counting your calories. Listen to your body.
on September 01, 2011
at 05:08 PM
I can tell you I've been doing this for about a week and a half.. I counted calories and carbs and ratios for 2 days.. and then I just focused on eating protien, fat and veggies.... it's a lot easier not to stress about it and weigh things out... for me... going grain free has made fat loss a simple process and I have never really had this easy of a time. goodluck and enjoy... post on the site and stay motivated!!!!!
on September 01, 2011
at 08:05 PM
Thank you, guys! I appreciate your advice. I have discovered that eating clean alone has helped me relax with nutrition and losing weight after long, confusing and stressful periods of obsession and worry. So far, this day is going awesomely! Oranges13, I should clarify: On the days that I exercise, I probably ingest 1400-1500 calories, so that my body doesn't go into starvation mode and that I lose weight in a healthy manner. 1200 ca/day is a low number, but being so small in stature (and naturally musclebound), it's easy to plateau in weight loss - 1200 ensures results from my hard work! Thanks for watching out!
on September 01, 2011
at 06:14 PM
If you are doing Paleo- you are limiting your carb intake.
Here's a post from my nutrition group to help get on-board with Paleo Lifestyle Change.
Eat real foods, prepared well. Prepare your own food as much as you can. Beware the junk ubiquitous in convenience and restaurant foods.
Don't eat wheat, corn, rice, or other grains. If you choose to eat some grains, eat them sparingly and prepare them to minimize toxins, such as by sprouting and soaking. Wheat seems to be the worst of all the grains, while rice seems to be the most benign. Whole grains are not better than refined grains.
Don't eat sweets: avoid sugar, corn syrup, agave nectar, honey, maple syrup, and artificial sweeteners. If you must have some sweetener for a dish, you might try a bit of stevia. With time, your tastes will adjust: ordinary sweets will taste cloying, but formerly bland vegetables will seem delightfully sweet.
Don't eat modern oils derived from grains and seeds -- such as canola oil, corn oil, or soy oil. Make your own mayonnaise and salad dressing. Don't eat fried foods in restaurants: rancid vegetable oils are standard for frying. Avoid all hydrogenated fats; they contain damaging artificial transfats. Instead, use liberal amounts of animal fats -- like butter, ghee, lard, and tallow -- as well as unrefined coconut oil and olive oil. (Reserve your bacon grease: it's delicious rendered lard!) Do not fear saturated fat: it's healthy, including for your heart.
Don't eat soy. Some fermented soy might be okay, if tolerated. However, all soy is goitrogenic and contains estrogen-mimicking hormones.
Don't eat beans and other legumes. If you choose to eat some legumes, eat them sparingly and prepare them to minimize toxins, such as by soaking them.
Eat plenty of high-quality meat, preferably from pastured animals. Grass-fed meats have a better ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 polyunsaturated fats than grain-fed meats. Avoid meats treated with antibiotics and hormones, if feasible: the animals are likely treated better, and they taste better. Enjoy plenty of red meat. Try uncured bacon and other breakfast meats. They might not be any healthier, but they taste so much better!
Eat eggs, preferably from pastured chickens. Eggs enriched with omega-3s are a good option too. Prefer nutrient-dense egg yolks to nutrient-poor egg whites.
Eat fish and shellfish periodically, preferably caught wild rather than farm-raised.
For workouts, ditch the standard "cardio" sessions. Try short, high-intensity workouts instead: you should be able to kick your own ass in ten minutes or less. Try weight training, sprinting, and barefoot running. For more structured programs, try CrossFit or Body by Science. Also, move around a lot. Ladies, don't be afraid to weightlift: you will not turn into Ahnold overnight.
And here’s how to get your pantry ready to go! 10 Steps to “Primalize” Your Pantry The freezer has ice cream and frozen pizzas, but it’s the pantry that harbors the usual carb suspects – chips, cookies, crackers, pasta, cereal and bread galore. If you’re not careful this cool and dark space could derail your best efforts to eat Primally. So follow these 10 easy steps and you’ll be well on your way to having a truly Primal pantry.
Junk Food Extermination The first step toward Primalizing your pantry is purging it of the wrong foods. Toss your processed foods and prepackaged meals. No more baked beans, bland soups, or loaves of bread collecting mold alongside dry pastas. Get rid of the cookies, crackers, and chips standing in your way. No holds barred, people.
Donate When I say toss out, I mean “toss out of the pantry and in the general direction of a plastic bin or paper bag perfect for delivering to a food bank.”
Nuts/Seeds/Nut Flour Pantries are the perfect spots for instant snacks. It’s just that most snacks aren’t all that Primal – except for nuts and seeds.
Healthy Fats Keep your pantry well-stocked with olive oil, palm oil, coconut oil, and various nut oils – all healthy.
Sweet Tooth Suppression Honey is good to have on hand, as is semi-sweet dark chocolate (go for a good quality, mostly-cacao chocolate bar, which isn’t all that high in sugar and is decidedly more Primal than, say, a Hershey’s bar).
Tea Time We should limit our caffeine intake, but teas are excellent members of any healthy Primal pantry.
The Spice of Primal Life
If you can spare it, devote a shelf in your pantry to your spice collection.
Again, the key to avoiding temptation is stocking your pantry with instant Primal foods. Keep some jerky on hand.
Dried Fruits We’ve told you to take caution when eating dried fruits before (on account of the high sugar content), but they can’t be ignored when stocking your pantry.
Canned Goods You’ve ditched the canned beans and cherry pie filling, but don’t eschew the can altogether.
Hope this helps- Best of Luck to you!!!