The paleo diet is a very beneficial diet plan that has proven success for individuals who wish to lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle however some critics say that weight loss is not eminent in them and see this diet as a mere fad. From this article we hope to debunk what the critics have been saying and prove that by following these six simple tips on how to be successful on the paleo diet. Alternatively break through any plateaus you may have experienced in the past whether it was on a paleo diet or one of those other diets that are simply just fads and do not have lasting results.
Keep it simple
The paleo diet is a fairly simple diet to start out with, however many people get a little carried away with all the great gourmet recipes the paleo diet has to offer. While these recipes are delicious for those whose main goal is weight loss it is better to keep things simple when starting out on your paleo diet. A good example of what your average meal should include is 4oz of lean protein like chicken or white fish, plenty of non-starchy vegetables and whole food carbohydrates like root vegetables and fruits that are low glycemic and some healthy fats like coconut oil or avocado. It is important to keep things simple to start of with, in order to rev up your metabolism and start losing the desired weight.
Don’t starve yourself
Like most new diet plans, we often trick ourselves into thinking that cutting and skipping meals will aid us in weight loss and while this may appear to be seemingly true it’s not an effective weight loss solution as most people report gaining all the weight plus more when they finish a starvation style diet. The paleo diet is effective because unlike starvation diets its premise is around eating foods that are not only clean but great for you. Additionally not taking in enough calories can result in various negative results including the lowering of the metabolism and decreased functionality in the brain and nerves which can cause stress.
Carbs are not the enemy
Many people who embark on a new diet plan often believe that carbs are the bad guy, and while not all carbs are created equally it is imperative that you take in good carbs like fruits, root vegetables and wild rice in order to be successful. The biggest mistake people make when gaging how many carbs they should be consuming is how active the lifestyle is they lead. A person with a very active lifestyle should adjust their diet plan to include more carbs which will keep both full and give the energy needed to continue to lead this active lifestyle. In the same respect a person whose lifestyle is more seditary should also adjust their carb intake and only need about 7-15% of their daily caloric intake to be carbohydrates.
Make sure you are exercising
Like any diet out there it’s a two part inchoative, yes what you are eating is one part of what makes up a weight loss journey, however without exercise a weight loss program stands little chance in being successful. While it is understandable that many people don’t always have the luxury of going to a gym every day for 60 minutes it is imperative that you find opportunities to move around and make the essential sacrifice to exercise.
Find a partner
One of the hardest parts about losing weight is trying to do it all on your own. Making major lifestyle changes without any social support is not only difficult, but often unsustainable. Having a partner around you to encourage you, or even make changes along with you, can greatly increase your success in the switch to a paleo diet. A partner is a valuable tool as you can share in recipes and plan workouts and help motivate one another through your weight loss journey.
Assess your lifestyle
Although diet and exercise are the key components to any weight loss program it is also important to access various mitigating factors. One is to decipher if you suffer from sleep deprivation which is linked to causing excessive eating, if you have ever stayed awake longer than your norm you will notice you find yourself being hungry and making poor nutritional choices, don’t believe me pass by any fast food drive through between 1230 am -230 am and you will notice a line that could rival the dinner rush. To curb these factors it is important to keep stress levels minimal and to plan ahead with shopping and cooking in order to have the best results possible. It is also ideal to practice stress relieving exercises like meditation and controlled breathing. It is also important to set goals and remember why you are on this weight loss journey. It is one thing to lose the weight it is another to continue to maintain and keep it off.
I believe with these 6 easy tips anyone can be successful on a paleo diet, whether you chose to be on it for a temporary solution or if you see the long lifetime results.