Clean Healthy Living With A Paleo Diet
So you have been on the diet treadmill for a while, some work well and others are ditched within days of starting. For those who adopted the Paleo diet as a lifestyle choice have seen other benefits besides weight loss, these include less inflammation and eradication of certain diseases and the need to take less medication under their doctor’s advice.
When you first start following the paleo diet you will find that a lot of the foods you used to enjoy eating are not allowed. These include any processed foods, such as bread, pasta, processed meats, sugar and fructose corn syrup.
Just Natural Food
From now on you will be just eating natural and wholesome foods that man has not processed in any way.
The theory behind the paleo diet is that even though as humans our lives and technologies have evolved but our bodies have not, so, therefore, it would be better for our health to follow a diet similar to our ancestors.
One of the main reasons that those who adopt the paleo diet lose weight is that they are getting rid of high fructose corn syrup and sugar, which in turn helps reduce the insulin spikes that cause our bodies to go into fat storage machines.
Oils such as sunflower oil are also a big no; you need to start cooking with extra virgin olive oil or virgin coconut oil. These oils have had very little manipulation by man other than pressing the olives and extraction from the coconut kernel.
The paleo diet is not about just eliminating certain foods from your diet, it’s also about adding more natural foods that can create great tasting dishes. As the paleo diet has become more popular with the mainstream, more and more recipe books such as Paleohacks Recipe Book have become available.
Having a diet plan and recipe book makes it a lot easy to follow especially in the initial few weeks when everything you know and understand about dieting has been turned upside down.
It will take you some time to get used to the diet and the tastes you will be experiencing but your body will be showing a good weight loss, you will feel better and find that you have more energy to do things that you loved but stopped doing because you always felt tired.
Before you get started you will need to know the facts about the Paleo Diet
Like any diet that seems to be the extreme from our understanding of the typical diet recommended by the health professionals; there will be fans and critics. Like any diet, you should stick to the one that works for you.
The diet follows naturally wholesome foods that are healthy for us, so the only thing you should lose is weight and the gain the benefits of feeling healthy and energized.
The whole ethos of the paleo diet is that it’s about eating foods that are only a single ingredient for example meats like poultry, grass-fed organic beef and fish. And don’t forget to include a variety of vegetables in your daily intake. You are also encouraged to consume healthy fats like grass-fed butter and extra virgin olive oil. Other modern foods like bread and processed foods are to be avoided.
Unlike a lot of diets out there, there are no cheat days, nor does it include calorie restrictions and carb controlling as your entire carb intake will be coming from single ingredients natural foods such as vegetables and fruits.
The paleo diet is a varied diet that will provide you with all the healthy nutrients that your body needs.
There have been concerns that consuming too much meat and eggs could raise your cholesterol level, but studies show that cholesterol from diets has minimal impact on blood cholesterol.
Studies show that the real culprit for cholesterol is the modern day foods such as refined carbohydrates as they cause us to have inflammation of the gut.
What Foods Do You Eat If You Are Following A Paleo Diet?
“Let Food be thy medicine and medicine be thy Food,” was once said by Hippocrates. If you understand and know what foods provide different vitamins and minerals you will know which ones to eat that will benefit you in keeping a healthy body and mind.
With the paleo diet you are given a list of foods, split into what you can eat and what you should not be eating if following the diet. No need to worry about food combinations or detoxes before you start.
You will need to be determined and have the correct mindset to follow the paleo diet, as you will be adjusting to new foods and new tastes. You will suffer from sugar cravings because even if you don’t take sugar in your hot beverages, it is in most of our modern day foods.
The whole ethos behind the paleo diet is that all the foods should be nutrient-dense natural and organic. All though it can prove to be expensive sticking with organic, make sure that your food is a single ingredient like meats and vegetables
Below is a list of foods that you can consume:
- Ground Beef,
- Grass Fed Beef,
- Chicken, Turkey,
- Lamb Chops,
- Beef Jerky,
- Bison – Steaks, Jerky, Ribeye,
- Wild Boar,
- Lean Veal,
- Artichoke hearts,
- Brussels sprouts,
- Peppers (All Kinds),
- Green OnionsEmu,
- Coconut oil,
- Olive oil,
- Macadamia Oil,
- Avocado Oil,
- Grass-fed Butter
- Pine Nuts,
- Pumpkin Seeds,
- Sunflower Seeds,
- Macadamia Nut,
Remember that this is just a list of foods you can eat. You can pick and choose and what you don’t like you don’t have to eat. The main point to remember is that you must keep it simple, natural and eat in moderation.
You Can Lose Weight With The Paleo Diet If You Only Consume The Permitted Foods
You will lose weight with any diet as long as you are consuming fewer calories than what you are burning. The idea behind the paleo diet is that the you will see your results sooner as you are getting rid of the foods that cause inflammation to your gut, such as sugar, refined carbohydrates and other processed foods.
Also you must remember not all calories are equal in quality. For example getting 488 calories from a Snickers bar and 488 from a piece of steak are different. The reason for difference is what those ingredients do to our bodies. Snickers are filled with sugar, which raises our blood sugar levels and causes our bodies to store fat, while meat helps to build healthy muscles, increase protein levels and increase energy levels leading to fat loss.
The paleo diet is an effective way to lose weight but it is not a short-term diet, a quick fix, it is more of a lifestyle choice. You need to prepare yourself for the change in taste, change in your shopping habits and a change in the way you cook your meals.
Make it your new lifestyle
If you can stick with it, you feel more satiated and less prone to cravings. All the natural whole food that you are consuming will make you feel healthy and more energized.
You will become aware of what you eat, and it may make going out for meals difficult at first, but remember to just ask them to hold the dressings, stick with steaks and salads.
Before you started the paleo diet you probably were just like every one else, eating quickly and not noticing what you ate or even how it tasted. Once you slow down you will notice how great healthy natural food tastes.
The reason the paleo diet is so effective in fat loss is you not likely to consume calorie rich foods like pizza and bread. Coupled with a good sensible training regimen you will see the pounds coming off very quickly and will reap the rewards of feeling healthier, energized and a new wardrobe.
Should I Consume Specific amounts of calories on the Paleo Diet?
The paleo diet doesn’t give you specific amounts of calories that you should consume, as it is not a calories controlled diet.
Remember that if you wish to lose weight you should consume fewer calories than what your body burns. If you want to remain the same weight you should consume the same amount of calories that your body burns.
Also depending on your activities, if you exercise a lot you may need more calories than others who lead a more sedentary lifestyle.
If you are training you will need to make sure that you are consuming enough carbs. Since paleo does not allow the consumption of rice, bread and grains, you may end up feeling lethargic. So make sure to increase your root vegetable options like white potatoes (peeled), sweet potatoes, yams, parsnips and butternut squash. You can also consume bananas pre and post workout.
Why Follow The Paleo Diet?
Whilst people are raving fans of the paleo lifestyle and seen great benefits of losing weight, reduction in health issues and allergies and consider it one of the healthy diets to follow. It is not for everybody and some find it very difficult to fit into their modern busy lives.
The paleo is more concerned with making healthy food choices, making sure that they have only one ingredient, nutrient rich and if you can afford it organic.
You only need to follow the food list for it to be successful. Avoid the foods that are not on the permitted food list. It will involve sacrificing your favorite pizza or snack bar.
It’s a diet that is rich in protein which helps keep your blood sugar levels and prevents insulin spikes, weight gain and helps control diabetes.
As paleo diet is nutrient rich and contains anti-inflammatory foods you will find that the strange aches and pains you had for no reason suddenly disappear.
It could be difficult for Vegetarians
It may be difficult to maintain a healthy eating plan with the paleo diet, especially if you are a vegetarian as you are missing vital nutrients and minerals found in the different meats. Others who follow it may not be consuming enough good carbs.
So it helps to keep track of what food choices have been made, in order to keep your diet balanced.
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Have a Good Recipe Book To Hand
That is why it is helpful to have a good recipe book. It will become essential arsenal in being successful with following the paleo diet and maintaining its health benefits.
It also helps to make you meals more interesting, people fall off the diet cart when they keep eating the same foods day in and day out. So having a decent recipe book will help you plan your meals.
Remember that the paleo diet is life changing and you will achieve your goals of losing weight and being healthier if you follow it.
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