There is a huge industry, around the world, which is built on what I tend to call the misery and suffering of weight loss or weight control.
I am very often asked questions about Paleo and weight loss and so I thought that it might be useful to provide just a short article on the subject.
At outset, I would say that we should be concerned more with weight control than weight loss and that actually I am not a huge fan of the Body Mass Index (BMI), the jury is out on whether it is the most effective way of assessing obesity.
I prefer to follow the philosophy that concentrated on waist measurement as an indicator, particularly as working out will cause erstwhile fat to be transformed into muscle, which has a mass often equal to fat.
Paleo is quite different from other superficially comparable dietary regimes. I say dietary regimes because, if you have read my other posts on this Blog you will know that I do not subscribe to the contemporary hijacking of the term diet to mean a control plan for weight loss or weight control. In fact, I very much subscribe to the view that dietary control alone will not meet that requirement. We need to balance diet, with regular, appropriate exercise, good sleep hygiene and good mental health or well-being.
Weightloss can happen, when eating Paleo recommended meal plans, but followers of the Paleo lifestyle may also find themselves losing body fat, in a very noticeable way.
There is ample evidence to show that eating to a Paleo plan when combined with regular cardio and weight training exercise routines has the power to actually change our body shapes. This in turn will lead to us feeling fitter, looking leaner and actually being stronger and having better muscle tone. It is very common for Paleo lifestylers to shed belly fat.
What Makes us Fat?
Well we now know, after years of being told quite the opposite, that eating fat does not make us fat. Science shows us that both protein and fat are known to burn two to three times faster than carbohydrates.
The truth is that the starchy carbohydrates and refined sugars, that are abundant in modern diets, are unable to burn as effectively. They convert to fat faster which often leads to the development of poor metabolism and in turn to long term weight gain.
The Food Elements That Satisfy
Scientists are now able to tell us that eating greater amounts of lean grass fed protein sources and healthy fats along with the ‘good’ carbs in preference to starchy carbs and sugars actually keeps the digestive system satiated or satisfied for much longer. In effect this reduces the need and the craving to eat more because of the better stabilising effect that these food elements have on our blood sugar.
The Insulin Trap
Insulin is a key hormone in the stabilising of the body’s blood sugar levels. When blood sugars are knocked out of whack by starchy carbs, and sugars and insulin
goes into over production, which in turn triggers metabolic syndrome which often leads to obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure) and cholesterol issues. Cutting back on junk foods, over processed foods and those heavy in additives, salts and sugars, while also introducing fresh fruit and vegetable (more veges than fruit) along with pasture fed protein sources is known to stable hormones, which has the beneficial effect of promoting healthy weight loss leading to good weight control.
Regular Exercise Is Key
Introducing regular exercise, will increase our body’s natural metabolic rate. But it also reduces stress and improves our mental health. As mentioned above having a good routine of both cardio and strength training will aid us in burning calories but it will also build muscle to burn more fat throughout the day. Most good fitness trainers recommend that these exercise programmes be changed regularly and that short but regular busts of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is incorporated because this accelerates our metabolism and fat burning even more. There is also evidence that this has the benefit of strengthening muscles and preventing injuries that can be caused by more respective exercise regimes.
The Palaeolithic Link
This changing out and varied exercise requirement has a direct linkage to the way those from whom we have descended lived their lives Our caveman ancestors had to react quickly while foraging and hunting when situation of sudden danger confronted them causing them to respond quickly. No one day would have been like another in physical terms for our Palaeolithic forebears.
Some Basic Tools
Reading This Blog For The First Time?
If you are on this website for the first time you might just find it helpful to know what food items are included as part of the Paleo Lifestyle. My post on Paleo Food List for Beginners provides great ideas about the healthier options, that make moving away from the heavily processed, salt loaded diets, that many suffer today, easy to contemplate.
A Good Staring Guide to Have to Hand?
I have posted a review on the Paleo Beginners Guide a book which is available through Amazon.com this is a great reference to have handy when starting your paleo journey. As a matter of note, should you click through the link and punches it via my review it will of course cost you no more than if you had gone to Amazon direct. I can highly recommend it to you. My own copy is well thumbed through
Feedback and Comments
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