I got into all this via the science book “Why We Get Fat,” which explains how the rise in processed sugars - not fats (trans-fats excluded) - are the cause of the obesity/diabetes epidemic. Then I quickly discovered (via the internet) the Paleo diet which is based on how humans ate for 99.9% of our evolution (3.5 million years). Paleo does not include food introduced since the onset of agriculture (10,00 years ago). It is comprised of organic non-GMO vegetables, grass-fed meat, wild fish, grass-fed butter & ghee (for some), fermented foods, unheated olive oil, animal and coconut fats, a bit of fruit in season, but no grains, no added sugars, no legumes, no soy, and no industrial oils (canola, corn, soy, safflower, etc.).
Since February, I’ve lost 20 pounds of fat and gained 5 pounds of lean muscle. I eat more and better tasting food than I did while on Weight Watchers (which I had been on for 9 years). The biggest change, though, has been that I no longer am obsessed with food, nor am I hungry every few hours. My carb-induced cravings have disappeared, and for the first time in my life, I feel free. It’s transformative.
While many Paleo people do Crossfit, I felt that it might be too difficult for me. Instead, I am doing high-intensity training (HIT) based on Dr. Doug McGuff’s book “Body by Science.” It requires an extremely intense but safe machine-based weightlifting protocol once per week for 15 minutes (the theory being that your body needs at least 7 days to repair and rebuild). I purposely do no rigorous aerobics (chronic cardio), but I do get in a low-level cardio walk for 30 minutes every day.
Having to cook every meal (and do the dishes).
What advice (if any) would you give to someone interested in trying a carbohydrate-restricted or paleo diet? Were there any obstacles that you overcame that could help future dieters?
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