Paleo Weight Loss

How paleo causes weight loss

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The paleo diet is a diet based on the foods and food groups our ancestors would have eaten around 10, 000 years ago.

Why 10,000 years? Because this was around the time when humans began to dabble with agriculture and the farming of grains and other foods. Not surprisingly, it was around this time that human’s intake of grains and grain based foods such as bread consumption began to skyrocket.

Unfortunately, the human body’s rate of adaptation to new environments is not as fast as our development of technology, and has largely been left behind, forced to pay catch-up or just make do with what is thrown at it. Sadly, this mass adoption of grains and grain based foods meant that our bodies are constantly being forced to process food it never evolved to deal with. The problems don’t start and end with grains, however. As society advances, more and more of what we are told to eat is processed and modified. Crops are treated with chemicals and poisons to keep production high, but ultimately damage the quality of produce.

It is through the continued consumption of low quality, modified and nutrient sparse foods that we have become obese, sick and fragile. The human body wants to survive, but we can’t expect it to be healthy while we force feed it fuels it was never designed to run on.

Enter the paleo diet

The paleo diet is simple, easy to follow diet code where the focus on the nutrition content of foods. There are no grains, no processed foods and as little “off-the-shelf” foods included in it’s principles. The goal is to encourage the development of a body which is as close to the default genetic template as possible. We can achieve this proper nutrition, exercise and stimulus that our bodies understand. Once all the base level building blocks are in place, weight loss becomes automatic, muscle gains effortless and doctors a thing of the past.

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Losing weight with paleo

The paleo diet encourages weight loss through the careful selection and construction of meals which are nutrient dense and contain foods in as a pure a form as possible. It is the learning of which foods contain the highest amounts of nutrients, lowest amount of toxins and finding out exactly what does what in the body that makes paleo followers to effective at cutting down body fat. Carbohydrates are for many paleo followers enemy number one. For one, the paleo diet promotes automatic, healthy fat loss through simple changes that you can start making right now.

These changes promote effective, simple weight loss that ensure those extra pounds stay off for good. The procedure is fairly simple; cut the carbs, lose the fat. It is understanding how to stay healthy that is the trick. The paleo diet aims to help anyone, no matter what the body type, level of motivation or understanding of nutrition lose weight, get healthy and avoid illness. If you are interested in learning exactly how you can lose weight starting today then why not signup for a free 7 mail course on exactly what to do and why. Each mail contains a single step that will ensure lasting change in your life. Go on, enter your mail and signup now.

The Caveman Diet Series Episode 3: Caveman Diet Weight Loss

How do you promote weight loss on the caveman/paleo diet?

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I use this image often here at PaleoMunch, I feel it portrays what it’s like to live as a modern caveman; confused and improperly fed.

Well, that’s that beauty of the diet as for the most part there are no “catches” you need to deal with when living according to the paleo eating concept. This is due to the fact that you are eating as part of your lifestyle going forward, not as a fad or crash diet. Anyone knows that crash diets are doomed to fail, and doomed to fail pretty quickly too. The sheer nature of forcing your body to perform in a way it was never prepared to have to deal with. 

This means that by eating according to a fad diet which aims at “dropping 900 pounds in 10 seconds” you are hurting your body. Changes in the body are gradual, not rapid, and this may or not suit you or your needs at this present moment. If you are overweight and seeking an easy way to drop 10 pounds, don’t run to the nearest crash diet salesman and expect to actually lose those 10 pounds, because you simply won’t. In fact, in most cases, you will actually pick up weight because you have confused your body so badly. 

That’s right, you’ll get fatter if you diet. That sounds counter intuitive and doesn’t really make sense, but it is how your body functions. The body will gravitate towards it’s “natural” state, and if that state is you feeding yourself high carbohydrate, grain ridden foods, your body is going to have a very confused natural state. You need to get your body back on track and focus on what you want it to be, whether that is to be athletic, stronger or fitter, or just to lose weight and get to a good BMI number. Any one of those are admirable goals, and are totally achievable. You just have to apply a solid lifestyle change and you will be doing half the work required to actually achieve those goals.

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Paleo Diet For Weight Loss

So how does the paleo or caveman diet promote effective weight loss? It works well because when you are eating according to the body’s needs and not your taste needs, the body will automatically function as an effective and healthy machine. The equation to lose weight is one of the most simple formulas in the world, and basically would adhere to one of the following scenarios particular to your circumstance:

Overweight

  • Eat less than you use and maintain a caloric deficit in your diet until you equalise, exercise to promote accelerated metabolism and energy/fat consumption rates.

Underweight

  • Eat more healthy food and exercise to promote weight gain in the form of healthy muscle.

At Ideal Weight

  • Find and maintain ideal amount of good food intake to promote effective muscle gain and maintenance, while simultaneously ensuring a no-fat gain body.

The three scenarios mentioned above are only effective if you apply their requirements effectively and consistently. The trick to maintaining a nutrition driven healthy body is consistency. Consistency of good food and great nutrition, and consistency of increased amounts of physical activity. The long and the short is that if you aren’t prepared to invest large amounts of effort into changing your body and lifestyle, you probably won’t see much improvement.

The paleo diet works for weight loss because:

  • It prevents you from binging on sugary, high calory or high carbohydrate foods. This takes some time to perfect in your own lifestyle, and you will probably feel some changes in the body as you undergo the change to a low sugar, lower calory and drastically lower carbohydrate diet.
  • You aren’t allowed to eat grains or legumes. The fact that you aren’t going to be eating any grains at all means that you are already dropping your carbohydrate intake substantially, and gluten, which is in grains actually inflames the intestines. So, by removing grains, you are working towards a body which is inflammation free. This is obviously a desired state of being. Legumes, while relatively nutritious, are rich in a lectin, which is a toxin that when consumed in large volumes can produce nutritional deficiencies, and obviously you don’t want that.
  • You will be eating more meat and vegetables. Going back to basics means designing your own diet that will work effectively for you. Forget portion control, calorie counting and worrying about what is printed on the nutrition sticker, the paleo diet ensure weight loss through the understanding of what the body needs and how it uses that nutrition to keep you alive. This may sound simplistic and “easy”, but the challenge is real and you are constantly under assault by bad food, friends eating habits and grocery store gauntlets.

By focusing on changing permanently, you completely null any need to “diet” in the future. This is the kind of mindset you need to adopt. Once you have gone inside your own head and really rewritten your understanding and expectations from nutrition, you’ll see changes in your body that are drastic and impressive, yet at the same time completely understandable and incredibly obvious. 

For more information on how you can create a lifestyle diet system with the paleo diet, check out my previous post by clicking here.  (Currently one of my most popular articles 😀 )

If you are interested in some further reading and want some steps you can apply today, check out the 7 step fast start guide!

As always,

Keep well,

Andrew.