Paleo for Weight Loss
As mentioned in previous posts, there are two main reasons for considering the Paleo diet. Paleo for weight loss, and Paleo for improved health. In this post we will be looking at Paleo for weight loss.
Weight loss has proven itself to be a tricky thing to control. We are all different and our bodies and minds act in different ways when it comes to losing excess body fat. I use the terms “losing excess body fat” to be more accurate in describing what we are looking for as a goal. Losing weight is often not a healthy thing. If our bodies are lean and muscular, it really doesnt matter what the scale says.
To lose fat, we must maintain a calorie deficit. That is we must burn up more calories than we consume. And we must do it for a length of time to achieve results. Also, we must convince our bodies, that this is happening in a healthy way, or the body will respond with negative results. The body is willing and able to make us feel tired, depressed, or even resist the loss of fat. This is why a slow and steady approach to fat loss is the best approach.
I would like to repeat, that its always a good idea to discuss any weight loss or exercise plans with your familiy doctor. He knows you best and has been trained to keep you healthy.
Im sure you have heard about the benefits of the Paleo diet. There are many thousands of testimonials online in regard to weight loss and health benefits. Paleo for weight loss is probably one of the most popular fat loss systems of our time. How does Paleo help you to lose body fat? It works by eliminating some of the most important factors that made us fat in the first place. Refined Carbs, sugars, and food additives. As a bonus, these are also the things that often make us unhealthy or troubled by chronic health problems.
On the Paleo diet, you will be avoiding grains and possibly dairy, while limiting your sugar intake. The evidence is overwhelming that these foods are making us obese and contributing to serious health disorders.
When considering Paleo for weight loss, people often think that it is a difficult diet to follow. Of course any change to your diet requires some work, but all in all, Paleo dieters are more than happy with the foods they are eating. The other good news is that it is not an all or ntohing diet. It has been said that even following the diet 80% will bring great results. It is also not a starvation diet by any means. Paleo dieters get to enjoy meals like steak, fried chicken, shrimp and lobster, and they even get to enjoy homemade breads, muffins and desserts. And if you really want that non-Paleo brownie on occasion, you can have it. How can a diet be succesful if you are depriving yourself of good foods or desserts that you enjoy. We are only human.
Instead you will be eliminating grains, dairy and legumes from your diet. Instead of a breakfast cereal full of refined carbs and sugars, you can enjoy eggs, bacon and Paleo muffins. Not too bad of a switch, is it? Paleo works nice and steady in your body. The results dont happen overnight, however many people report significant fat loss the first week. The important factor is that it continues to work month after month,and year after year. It is for this reason that Paleo is considered more of a lifestyle, than a diet.
As a bonus, you will probably feel much better than you do now. Many people are sensitive to the foods that Paleo avoids. Paleo by default is elliminating many of the worlds most common allergens. Many people are allergic to wheat, gluten, corn, beans etc. Even if you dont have a serious food related disorder, you may be experiencing chronic problems like headaches, fatigue, skin problems etc. Most people do notice an improvement in many of these areas.
Another great thing about Paleo for weight loss, is that you can do it on your own. You dont need a guru or trainer, and most people with the help of a few books are able to start reaching their goals.
They say word of mouth is the best advertisement. This is because if something works, people will naturally tell others about it. This is certainly the case with Paleo. many thousands of Paleo converts.
What do the authorities on weight loss think of Paleo ? Some may put it down or argue some small point about what the caveman did or did not eat, but when you see what the major health experts are recommending, it is in effect Paleo. In other words they may not recommend Paleo by name,but often when you see what they recommend, it is very close to Paleo principles. There are also a number of other popular diets that are in effect teaching a Paleo diet
I would like to point out just a couple of research findings on the Paleo diet
The conclusion of this study
“Over a 3-month study period, a Paleolithic diet improved glycemic control and several cardiovascular risk factors compared to a Diabetes diet in patients with type 2 diabetes”
Another interesting study from Pubmed.
“A modified Palaeolithic-type diet has strong and tissue-specific effects on ectopic lipid deposition in postmenopausal women.”
Osterdahl M, et al. Effects of a short-term intervention with a paleolithic diet in healthy volunteers. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2008.
These are just a few examples of the growing favorable studies on the Paleo diet. Perhaps youve seen negative stories about Paleo ? Of course , there are always negative views. However, most of the negative news is about disputes over the caveman part of the diet. When it comes to results, you only have to search online to get an idea of how well this works for most people.
In summary. Imagine a diet that can make you lose body fat and improve your health and reduce your chances of serious disease and health conditions. A diet that lets you eat plenty of great foods including meats, seafoods, most vegetables as well as snacks and desserts, without counting calories or sacrificing the foods you love. Its time you checked out Paleo for Weight Loss.