Getting Started with Paleo Lifestyle for Weight Loss
Also known as the caveman diet, the Paleo diet is one of those popular weight loss methods that claimed to be effective. Some of our readers are intrigued by its fame so they emailed us and inquired if such diet does work. I couldn’t give them a definite answer because I haven’t tried it myself. But with so many reported benefits of the Paleo diet to weight loss, I’m now intrigued on how to start it.
Getting started is the first and the hardest step to embrace a Paleo lifestyle. I’d say it’s also the same when I started taking Herbalife shake. Since a Paleo way of life is living a healthier routine, the ways to getting started are identical to the methods I used when I started to consume Herbalife products for weight loss.
Makeover your kitchen
There are a lot of temptations inside your kitchen. With all the food temptations, it’s not easy to resist. You may have the willpower in the world but it can be difficult to refuse to give in to a box of pizza or chocolate found in your pantry. To avoid those temptations, you’ll need to get rid of those unhealthy foods in your fridge, pantry and kitchen counter. Doritos? Pringles? Throw them or eat them before you start a Paleo diet for your weight loss goal.
Unhealthy foods are easier to consume and prepare than healthier alternatives. Thus, when you get hungry, the first thing that you pick up is to open a bag of chips, instead of making a fruit smoothie. Am I right or wrong?
By eliminating those temptations, it’s easier for you to opt for the good stuff.
What foods you must remove?
- Chocolates. Even dark chocolates are a no-no in Paleo diet (sad L).
- Baked goods
- Instant foods
- Flavored nuts
- Granola bars
- Ice cream
- Hot dogs
- Processed meats
- Sweetened yogurt and other products
- Fruit juices
- Peanut butter
- Cream cheese
- And the list goes on and on…
Essentially, you must remove those that come in a bag of wrapper. In a Paleo lifestyle, a food that has more than three ingredients is considered non-Paleo. Or course, don’t throw them away. Give them to your friends who aren’t on a diet.
Fill your kitchen with the right foods
The next thing that you can do after throwing away those unhealthy food items is to go grocery shopping and purchase healthy food choices. It’d be wise to go to a farmer’s market and purchase Paleo foods there. If you’re in a grocery store, stick to the parameter where you can find fresh veggies and fruits. The animal protein that you must choose must come from a grass-fed creature.
Does it have to be organic? Not necessarily but if you can purchase organically-produced food products then that’d be better as they contain low amounts of pesticides.
Choose to cook
Making a Paleo-friendly meal requires you to cook. Yes, the thought of cooking can be petrifying. However, it’s the best way for you to successfully embrace a Paleo lifestyle. But cooking a Paleo-friendly meal isn’t at all difficult. You just need a few ingredients and you’re good to go.
What does a plate of a Paleo diet look like? It’s mostly covered with veggies and a small amount of animal protein. When you use cooking oil, go with olive oil. Paleo diet recipes for weight loss aren’t that difficult to prepare. Boiled eggs and some veggies in a plate are already considered a Paleo-friendly meal.
You can also pick up a Paleo cookbook at Amazon. Make sure that the book is written by a caveman-diet follower.
Get a regular exercise
Engaging in a regular exercise is a part of a caveman lifestyle. Cavemen spent most of their time chasing prey and lifting heavy objects. They walked from one place to another in search of a great place to sleep at night. In other words, they were active. You, too, must be active if you want this type of lifestyle to work for you.
You can start getting into a regular exercise routine by building your strength and endurance through muscle strengthening exercises. Take the stairs, instead of the elevator. Choose to park farther away so you’ll be forced to walk to get to the mall or your office.
Tell your family members
When I started incorporating Herbalife products to my diet, I told my family members about it. In that way, they wouldn’t be surprised if I didn’t touch the slices of pizza saved for me in the fridge or eat the chocolate bars. And this tip is also applicable if you want to get into the Paleo lifestyle. You don’t have to convince them to follow you. Just let them know that you’re changing your eating habits.
It’s a little scary to start a new eating habit. This is especially true if you’re fond of eating processed foods, which are prohibited in a Paleo diet for your weight loss goal.
Should you go cold turkey?
If you think it’s effective, then go for it. But most Paleo dieters succeed in losing weight by following a caveman lifestyle slowly.
What I like about Paleo diet is the fact that there’s no need to count calories. This is because what you’re eating is already healthy. But you still have to consume food in moderation. Keep in mind that anything that is too much is bad enough.
Paleo diet is a wonderful method to help you in losing extra pounds. But there are pros and cons about this diet and I’ll tackle further into that in my future posts. However, the main disadvantage of this diet that I see is that you might not be able to sustain it. Furthermore, you might not be able to obtain the daily requirement for calcium since this diet prohibits the intake of dairy products, which are great source of calcium. And you’re not allowed to take calcium supplements either. Then again, there are healthy foods out there that contain calcium, even though they’re not as high as those found in milk.