Lifetime WeightWatchers member that is new to Paleo-what a shift!

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Created April 27, 2011 at 1:19 AM

I have been a Weight Watcher member for the last 7 years and have experienced success with it. I have been stalled lately and been involved in CrossFit. I think Paleo is very intriguing and am planning on starting a 30 day challenge on Saturday. I think I can wrap my "weight watcher" head around the no carbs, lots of lean meats, veggies, and fruits but it is the high fat items like butter, mayo, bacon, chocolate, etc. that I struggle to understand. I know that things like chocolate are used minimally but still, it's quite the brain shift and I was wondering if anyone had a good simple way to explain it to me.




on April 27, 2011
at 01:24 AM

Careful with store bought mayo, which is usually made with soybean oil or some other PUFA seed oil. There are some recipes that use olive oil or bacon fat that are pretty good.

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on April 27, 2011
at 01:56 AM

I lost almost all of my 111lbs doing a calorie counting SAD diet, so I understand how big the switch can be.

You don't want to end up on the Faileo Diet, though, trying to stay low fat. (Check out Melissa's awesome post on her blog here: http://huntgatherlove.com/content/are-you-faileo-diet)

What I did is gradually move up my percentage of fat. I ate a few more nuts than I used to and added organic unsweetened coconut flakes to my trail mix, I put butter on lots of stuff and used coconut oil to cook. It took me a few months to get up to the 50% ratio of fat that I currently eat. Going slowly helped take the stress out of the situation for me and let me see that I wasn't going to wake up FAT from eating FAT.

Good luck!


on April 27, 2011
at 02:11 PM

Welcome, Anna!

I'd say reading LOTS and lots is your best strategy in terms of getting yourself familiar with the biochemistry and reasoning behind all that fat. Last summer I spent a ton of time on Mark's Daily Apple - it is very accessible to the layman, not super high level biochem that only a doctoral candidate could understand. Do check it out!


Also, check out this PaleoHacks thread with some fabulous links for those who are new to the site / lifestyle. You'll find a lot of newbie questions conveniently linked/answered there!


on April 27, 2011
at 01:46 AM

Welcome Anna! I am a former Weight Watcher, so I get the disconnect. Where Paleo/Primal/Archevore has clicked for me is that by ingesting a higher ratio of fat and a lower ratio of total carbohydrates, I find my satiety to be much greater and I have less of that mental anxiety/constant rumination over where my next meal is coming from. In general, I feel less "punished" because the quality of my calories is much more fulfilling.

In terms of actual types of fat, I follow the more Primal approach of pastured butter, grass-fed/pastured heavy cream, coconut oil, and extra virgin olive oil (just for my salad dressings). I agree with Jimbo in that you will be better off making any condiment/marinade/dressing you use yourself, rather than store-bought.

Regarding chocolate, you will want to find the highest cocoa percentage in the chocolate you possibly can, which means it will have less sugar used in it. I like the Green & Black's Organic 83% from Whole Foods. I know there are some who like a particular bar from Trader Joe's. If you are actively trying to lose weight still, I would limit the amount of chocolate, it's still pretty carby.



on April 27, 2011
at 04:50 PM

I'm a former Weight Watcher too! I was doing the old program, and it was just so much easier to eat foods out of a box, because it was easier to figure out the points. I found myself eating a LOT of processed foods, and I was obsessed with tracking everything. It was tough wrapping my mind around a lot of the paleo concepts, but the more I thought of it from an evolutionary perspective, and the more reading I did, the more it made sense. The "experts" will say paleo is too restrictive to be doable in the long term; I couldn't disagree more. I feel more freedom now than ever, I've stuck with this wayyy longer than I've stuck with anything else, and I haven't felt better in years. Some people thought it was all pretty strange at first, but after noticing how great I've been doing, I've had several friends and family ask me more about it, and a few have even converted. You'll do great, good luck :)

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