I'm gonna start a Paleo/Primal diet using the Primal Blueprint.
I'll be chronicling everything on this wordpress blog.
If going Paleo is what it takes, more power to you. But, just by reading your first blog entry, it seems that your real issue is the fact that you are sedentary, and eat like ****.
Going Paleo, may be what makes you consider what you put into your mouth, and I hope it works. But, really all you need to do, is stop eating like ****, and start being active. A lot of us here work sedentary jobs, with snack foods everywhere, but aren't overweight. Get in the gym. Start lifting weights. Start doing cardio. You are the only one who believes your excuses.
I really hope to follow a series of inspiring changes for you.
I've slowly gotten off junk, so I don't think this will be as drastic a change as it would be say 3 years ago.
I've done the past 3 days by the book (with the exception of one bit of flatbread the first day because I hadn't decided at that point to start the process).
But, I'm not done with the book, so I won't start the 21 day challenge until then. I'm just going on everything I've read so far.
So far I've done no grains or dairy since about 10am on Tuesday. No cravings yet. I already am starting to feel a bit better... I'll post an update tomorrow. tonight we have crustless quiche.
Luckily we've been buying food from farmers markets and meat CSAs, so all our food is organic and grass fed already. the 'purge' wasn't quite that big of a deal.
and I'm not nearly as sedentary as I was a year ago. I'll go into more detail about that. My initial blog entry sets up my old way of thinking. I've done a lot of healthy things over the past year and a half that I'll explain tomorrow.
I got fat because I would eat a bag of chips, a box of cheez-its and then finish it with 2 litres of soda... I know why I'm fat...
I started this week at 297 (Tuesday morning)
today I'm 289 (Friday morning)
blog post soon.
Whatever lifestyle changes you make, be sure it's something you can stick with long term.
Come back with any questions you have, or for any encouragement. There are some knowledgeable people on this forum that can help you out.
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Did you take any (other) beginning numbers? Bloodwork? BMI? Body Fat percentages?
If you do, then you'll be able to tell what you are losing. Exactly. Then, if you don't like what you see...you can make changes. Like activity level, diet, focus, etc...
This is awesome man! Congratulations to you for making a wise decision. I think it's great that you haven't a goal weight. Too many people are hung up on an arbitrary number (unless you compete in events that require you to be in a certain weight bracket....different story) but you're focused on losing fat. Good choice. It seems you're very self-motivated as well. No one else is gonna do it for you, so that's great. Keep up the good work.
I've read the most efficient way to burn fat is to gain muscle. Not sure if it's true, but it seems to be working for me. You may consider weight lifting once you've become comfortable with the changes you've recently made to your diet and the added walking. As stated above, there's several people here that are very willing to help point you in the right direction. The progress thread (stickied at the top) I find to be very motivating.
Basically the work out of an early human:
be a nomad and go for a walk
lift heavy things occasionally
run for your life once in a while
good for you going on a Paleo WOE, here are a few tips if you don't already know them:
-don't worry about what the scale tells you. this is a lifestyle change rather than 'lose x lbs in x weeks'. Your body will shed the fat on its own schedule.
-keep track of your carb intake but don't obsess over calories. eat until you're satisfied. a high fat, low carb diet will prevent you from overeating.
-exercise has many health benefits but weight loss is not one of them. exercise does not contribute to long term weight loss, and if eating the wrong diet it will cause weight (fat) gain. 'energy in = energy out' is a myth; weight gain is caused by hormonal imbalances and genetics, not an energy imbalance. If you don't have time to exercise don't stress out, just keep up the diet.
-whether you're on the Primal Blueprint, Atkins, or any other variation the important thing to remember is that the common factor between all of them is cutting out grains, sugar, and starches. Stick to that foundation and you can tweak your diet to suit your needs. From your blog it looks like you have a pretty good handle on replacements for high carb foods.
-your doctor may express concern for your cholesterol levels, but remember that cholesterol is misunderstood by a large portion of the health community (links below)
http://www-personal.umich.edu/~samoore/nutrition.html useful links
Something I read that I thought was kind of scary. A lot of hazardous chemicals we eat are stored in fat cells. They are safely kept away from the rest of our body that way. As the fat cells are used up and depleted, those nasty chemicals get released. Eventually they get flushed out, but still.
Mmmm... I love Bacardi and bacon too.
Except that I don't understand your overall 'guidelines'. How exactly you intend to do it this time.
I am sure that you never tried this method. This is the best one to me *by landscapes*.We’ve tried Weight Watchers, calorie counting, no-fat, all-fat, certain carbs, no carbs, all carbs… you name it, I’m pretty sure we’ve tried it with little to no lasting results.
Learn precisely about calories and stop approximating; measure when you can.
When I was at 240, I was losing weight with 1800cal/day, then at 190, I lowered at 1650 and at 170, I continued at 1500. Also when I do medium cardio, I allow myself the equivalent calories. Like 200-300cal for a 30-45 minutes ride on the cycle. I love and eat often at fast food restaurants; light cola and one burger/sandwich, no side things.
I do this only 13 days and 1 day off. The 14th is ONE full cheating day. Anything goes, including getting drunk with a Bacardi bottle. A typical 5000cal/day. Extremely convenient for social happenings. But not two+. Force yourself to take that day even if you don't feel like it.... no necessary to eat 5000cal though, but why not going out at a nice restaurant. Motivation is fragile *over the months* and this part is essential.
Repeat forever; it is a kind of caloric restriction for life. If you do the math, 13x a deficit of 650cal is about 8400cal., substract the 5000 and you are still losing every month a pound or two if not more. In your case it will be initially much higher.
2-3 non consecutive weeks a year, on vacation, I am not really on this pattern. In an all-inclusive resort in Caribeans, better forget it.
The goal here is to LAST, before any consideration of SPEED.
I have been doing since fall of 2008, after both my oldest brother and my mother had a stroke. I now weight less than I did at 14 yo!!!!! My blood pressure is at a minimal 109/73 (the minimum of the normal range for teens 15-19yo). BTW, I'll be 45 in August.
I value resistance training but I hate gyms and will never go there. In addition of frequent cardio activities, I also do push-ups up to fail, 3-4x a week. That helped me to feel much better.
Avoid that stroke.... you know how to do it.
Last edited by Saintor; 06-09-2012 at 11:23 AM.