Losing weight isn’t easy for the average person. Everywhere we turn, we are tempted by biscuits, pastries, chocolate bars, cakes and other calorie-filled foods. It’s possible to squeeze these foods into a calorie-controlled diet, but in practice that rarely works out.
Weight loss occurs when you eat fewer calories than your body burns in a given day. In theory, you could eat small portions throughout the day or work hard at the gym and then treat yourself to a slice of cake at night. Unfortunately, if you do that there’s a high chance that the salt, sugar or fat in your chosen snack will trigger cravings and lead to binge-eating. Wouldn’t it be great if you could find a way to eat nice, tasty, filling foods on a regular basis? That’s exactly what the Paleo diet allows.
The Paleo diet involves eating only natural, unprocessed foods. Basically, if a cave man could eat it, then you can too. If a cave man would have no idea what the food was, then you should stay away from it. At first glance, this diet might seem restrictive, but you can actually eat quite a lot of different things. These include:
All you really have to avoid is pasta, cereals, sweets and desserts and highly processed grains.
How the Paleo Diet Promotes Weight Loss
The selection of foods allows you to create quite a lot of filling, interesting meals. Once you get used to selecting foods that fit within the Paleo diet, you will naturally end up eating things that are high in protein and healthy fats and lower in carbohydrates. Even if you don’t pro-actively count calories, weight loss will come and you will find yourself craving sweet foods less and less as time goes on.
Is the Paleo Diet Low Carb?
Some people choose to restrict the amount of carbohydrates they take in while they’re following a Paleo lifestyle, but you do not have to do this. Listen to your body. If you find that you experience faster weight loss by restricting your carbohydrate intake and your energy levels do not suffer too much, then by all means restrict your carb intake.
However, the carbs that you can fit into a Paleo style diet are not refined carbs. Vegetables are filling but low in calories and high in fibre and essential nutrients, so there’s no reason to cut down on them. The average Western diet today involves consuming 200-300 grams (or in some cases more) of carbohydrates. Even if you eat a lot of vegetables when following a Paleo nutrition plan, you will most likely stay well under that level. The lower your carbohydrate intake, the more likely you will be to enter ketogenesis. When your body is in this state, it uses fat stores to supply energy while you are in a calorie deficit. This means that most of the weight loss you experience will be from fat rather than muscle stores, helping you to achieve a leaner, firmer physique.