Paleo and Weight Loss
If you want to attain sustainable weight loss, switching to a Paleo diet may prove to be one of the best first steps. However, you have to keep in mind that it is not the ONLY way for you to achieve sustainable weight loss.
A Paleo diet must be practiced in conjunction with several other healthy lifestyle habits such as the following:
Keep Meals Simple
For Paleo dieters, keeping the meals simple, free from lavish flavorings and ingredients will help prevent any tendency to binge. Instead, save these high-flavor, fattening special recipes for special occasions. If you are the kind of person who finds it hard to reduce your caloric consumption then going on Paleo will definitely help make it easier.
Most Paleo dieters have become successful in losing their excess poundage without even trying or consciously restricting any high-calorie foods. Their weight loss success can be attributed to the simplicity of most Paleo dishes. Simple Paleo recipes have less extreme taste and flavor so there is less inclination to overeat.
Some conditioning and habit-breaking may be required to give up some sugar-laden treats. A firm decision to eat for health will help to get started. When the weight starts coming off it will be easier to say no!
Paleo is all about simple health eating. Go for whole, fresh vegetables, rich sources of healthy fats and protein and stay away from processed foods.
Never make the mistake of eating less when you’re dieting just because you want to lose weight. When you eat less, you may be depriving yourself of sufficient nutrients to fuel your body on a daily basis. Even if you are overweight you have likely not gained those pounds from the healthiest of foods.
Remember too that eating too little could mean reducing your caloric intake to the point that you lower your resting metabolic rate which may lead your weight loss to stall. Make sure to eat enough to ensure that your body will still be able to function at an optimal level.
No matter what type of diet plan you prefer, keep in mind that “dieting” is NOT synonymous with “starvation”. Undereating is just as dangerous as overeating. Moving to a healthy and filling Paleo diet will provide all the necessary nutrients and calorie intake to get you through your day.
Not eating those foods that are not part of a Paleo diet will start getting off the excess weight.
Know Your Carbohydrate Tolerance
The level of carbohydrate tolerance may differ from one person to another. Going on a low-carb diet may definitely be fine for some people while others may find themselves experiencing symptoms of hypoglycemia between meals.
If your body is conditioned to regular sugary snacks all day it can take a short period for the body to re-balance and adjust to a new diet. In the transition period if you experience cravings between meals have a handful of nuts or similar. You will be able to reduce these cravings over the first week or two.
It is important that the amount of calories you consume matches the amount of exercise and physical activity that you do on a daily basis. Some people make the mistake of ramping up their exercise regimen while also cutting back on their carbohydrate intake.
Although this can certainly help you shed weight faster it can also put added stresses on your system that may be already struggling with diet change shock.
If you are living a sedentary life because of a physical disability or any health-related problem that prevents you from exercising or becoming too physically active, reducing your carbohydrate intake may indeed help you shed pounds without causing further harm to your body.
Do not forget to consult your doctor first before making any drastic changes to your diet, particularly if you have underlying medical condition.