Post # 1
So, I’ve been trying to lose weight these past few months, I joined weight watchers and I’ve lost almost 5 pounds which is a baby step but still a step!
Anyway, my friend has been telling me I should look into “paleo” eating. Now, I wasn’t qutie sure what that was, and she basically explained it as eating the way cavemen ate; basically meats (grass fed) fruits, vegetables, nuts, and cutting the grains and dairy down. It got me curious and I’ve been just googling it to see what I could find.
I’m just curious, has anybody eaten like this or is currently doing this “diet”?
Post # 2
I did it, wasn’t crazy about it. But, I don’t eat meat. It was too restrictive, and doesn’t talk about portion control. I saw more temporary weight loss. Also, Paleo diet removes all grain and dairy. I’m currently on WW and I’m down 7lbs. (there’s a thread on here dedicated to motivating others on WW) If you’re going to do paleo, read the book It Starts With Food and search The Whole 30.
Post # 3
Hi! I’ve been exploring paleo and trying to ease myself into it by changing one or two meals a day. I’m not really trying it to lose weight just as overall all healthier way or eating but I’m sure you would lose weight from following it’s guidelines. Paleo is eating more whole foods in their natural form rather than things that have been processed. It’s a lot better for your digestive system and health overall because it eliminates added by products and unnecessary things that are putfood food that is processed. Pinterest has a ton of recipes and a lot of them are really simple. You can also find a lot of paleo alternatives to processed foods you may like such as hamburger helper or meals like that. Hope this helps a little bit!
Post # 4
I think everyone needs to find something that fits them personally. Everyone is so different! So it makes sense to try different things and see how they go.. Personally I feel my best when my diet includes a lot of dairy, but many other people are different.
Post # 5
If you’re trying to lose weight, you need to make a positive lifestyle change that you can sustain. For most people, this means exercise and portion control, rather than jumping on a fad diet bandwagon. As soon as you add carbs and processed foods back in your system, you may well gain a lot of the weight back. Forcus instead on cutting calories and getting a solid exercise routine going.
Post # 6
The idea is not to add them back in. I lost 100lbs eating this way and have kept it off for 4 years. It has been wonderful for my health. My HDL jumped 20 points. It’s not for everybody but, it works for me and I don’t find it limited at all. If it is shelf stable, I don’t eat it. That’s a good start.
Post # 7
I hate fad diets. There is a fatal flaw in the paleo line of thought and it is that the advent of agriculture (grains especially) is mostly why humanity isn’t still in the stone age. And baring people with medically diagnosed illness like celiac and lactose intolerance, the human body has developed over the thousands of years since grains and dairy were introduced into our diet. Yes, most people eat entirely too much grains. But that is about portion control and balance, not entirely cutting out food groups.
The best thing you can do to lose weight is to find a sustainable, balanced and portion controlled diet. And for most people totally not eating entire food groups just isn’t sustainable. The other half is getting exercise. A calorie deficit is all that is needed to lose weight but to be healthy while you do it means balanced meals and that OCCASIONAL splurges are okay and frequently help keep from gorging yourself on crap food when you do have it because it is forbidden fruit.
Post # 8
It hasn’t been long since I discovered all this myself, and let me tell you I used to scoff at people who ate “paleo”. But after the adjustment period, now I’m all for it. How well you can sustain it depends on your current lifestyle imo, but for me, I’m always at my healthiest (great energy, no bloat whatsoever, regular sleep, positive mood, etcetc) and objectively eat the best (tons of vegetables) when I stick to the general rules. I do have periods of eating the “normal” way now and then and I always end up feeling like a truck ran me over and end up going back to the general idea of paleo.
I’m a huge lover of bread, cheese, milk chocolate, among other things and I thought it would be IMPOSSIBLE to give up any of them. I now miss none of them. I tried milk chocolate the other day and it was terrible. I do eat a lot of dark chocolate though, like 70-85% stuff.
I actually started it for health reasons which is why it wasn’t too big a deal cutting out all those groups for me. I think anyone doing it casually will find it very very difficult to stick to. Nowadays I’m good as long as I avoid dairy completely and don’t go overboard on gluten (I can eat a TON of bread… or pizza) and sugar. For instance I eat rice just fine. If I was doing it to lose weight I would feel incredibly depressed and resentful, but that’s just me.
Also, unless you just really love eating this way, there is technically no reason why you can’t lose weight eating all the things paleo removes. The people who benefit from this approach for weight loss are the “all or nothing” people. If you think you’re one of the “everything in moderation” people, paleo isn’t worth the bother. I would instead look into plain old counting calories/macros. (Try myfitnesspal!)
Post # 9
I’ve been working on losing weight as well. I’ve lost 35 lbs just using portion control and making healthier choices. I was using WW, but now I’m using My Fitness Pal. I also went from basically a couch potato to jogging, zumba, strength training and aerobics throughout the week.
I still have some weight to lose, but haven’t been getting anywhere. Thankfully, I’ve been able to maintain the weight loss.
In an effort to lose some more weight, I tried the Paleo diet for a couple of weeks. I know I didn’t stick with it long enough, but I just didn’t feel that it was right for me. I didn’t have any adverse effects from it, but I’m not sure if I completely agree with which foods to eliminate.
To make a long story short, I came across the movie “Forks over knives” and the book “Eat to Live,” by Dr. Joel Furman. And I’m now reading “Food Matters,” by Mark Bittman. They all advocate eating a whole-foods plant-based diet. Basically, this means limiting the amount of animal products (egss, dairy, meat, etc.) and focus on raw and cooked fruit and vegetables. You can eat seeds, nuts, legumes, grains (all in moderation). You can go vegan if you choose, or you can make animal products a small part of your diet instead of the main focus. One main idea behind this way of eating, is not based on calories, but in eating nutrient dense food.
In the “Eat to Live” program, he recommends elimintating all animal products for 6 weeks and then introducing them again in moderation. I’m going to start that tomorrow – going vegan for 6 weeks. I don’t think at this point, I could commit to going vegan for life, but I’m willing to give it a go for 6 weeks.
Post # 10
buzzingbridex: Funny story, my Fiance and I found out about the paleo way of life and we laughed about it. We’re kind of unintentionally doing it, but obviously I’m not strict I have cereal, oatmeal and milk sometimes. But my Fiance is an avid hunter and we both fish frequently, we have a huge garden and that’s what we eat from… not trying to be health conscious- we’re just cheap! Lol. We like that it’s organic and free for the most part. bahah… sorry I don’t have a better insight into it, but if it helps I’ve been eating right and exercising since spring and I’m down 20lbs. It’s a slow process, but if you burn off more than you take in it will happen! Good luck girl!
Post # 11
JiminyCricket: The thing with paleo/primal is it’s not a fad diet, and more of a lifestyle change as you described. Most people start this as a way of maintaining health, not losing weight or “dieting,” and stick with it for years and years.
I’ve been primal (paleo’s dairy-allowing counterpart) since January, with a relapse into eating carbs back in July. I regretted it instantly, as my bloat/oily face/miserable cramping came back nearly instantly when I began eating grains again. I was fully paleo from January-June, adding in full-fat dairy after my relapse – only because I am able to fully tolerate dairy.
I counter-balance primal with keto (high fat, high protein, low carb), as well. This is my committment to better myself, and I plan on being primal/keto for the long-haul. I feel at my best following this routine.
Post # 12
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
We went “primal” back in May to address some specific health issues (hormones out of whack and IBS). I noticed positive changes in my body within weeks of making the change. I’ve since dropped dairy, as I noticed a lot of inflammation every time I ate it. Mr. LK tolerates dairy just fine, so he still eats it. We eat a “moderate” amount of carbs, in paleo terms. For me, that’s 70-90 grams of unprocessed carbs a day. Through a bit of trial and error I’ve figured out that this range is my sweet spot to feel good, physically and mentally. As a side effect, we’ve lost 35+ pounds, each. My PMS symptoms have disappeared, my constant sugar and processed carb cravings have subsided, my appetite has decreased, my satiety signals have strengthened, my skin has never looked better, and I’m not constantly gassy and bloated anymore. I have no self-control when eating processed carbs and things with added sugar. I will eat wheat bread, plain, until I make myself sick. NO control. I can’t do “moderation”. Paleo really is the best thing I could have ever done for myself. It sucks to not eat Ben & Jerrys ever again or sit down to a huge plate of pasta with a side of bread, but those foods lead me down a very unhealthy path and I choose to avoid that path.
Post # 13
buzzingbridex: I’ve been on a limited Paleo lifestyle for a month now and I have to say I LOVE IT. I’ve lost a total of 10 lbs without really trying. I feel healthier and my digestive system has boosted. It really is a lifestyle change. It’s hard to resist the chips and candy but over time your body stops craving those bad items. I also got a FitBit to increase my motivation. I have a realistic goal to tone up and lose 15 more lbs. just gotta maintain it for our Oct 2015 wedding!
P.S. By limited I mean, I will drink alcohol about once every 2 weeks as my “treat”.
Post # 14
I’m an old, OLD Bee, and I’ve lost almost 90 pounds. The only “allowance” I make in Paleo eating is 2T of 1/2&1/2 in my coffwe every morning.
it is definitely life changing!
Post # 15
buzzingbridex: I’m a food writer so I have tried lots of diets and can speak about to the nutritional content of the diet. Paleo does help many people lose weight because it’s a very low carb diet by design. It also forces you to cut out all processed food, sugars, and alcohol- so yeah, you probably will lose some weight. However, some people take paleo to mean TONS OF SUPER FATTY MEAT. I still believe that nutritionally, people should eat mostly vegetables and fruits, and some meat and seafood- I think these ratios are important. Paleo also cuts out all beans and legumes, I do not think there is very much solid evidence to support that this is necessary, and from a losing weight standpoint I don’t think it makes a lot of sense. That being said, the nutrition you get from beans can be found elsewhere, so I don’t think it’s actually harmful to avoid them.