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I’m done with Atkins and with Paleo! Can’t do it anymore! The last few days even though I didn’t have any actual physical cravings as such I just can’t stop thinking about all the yummy food I want to eat. I don’t mean junk food – I mean real, wholesome food. Honestly if wheat & rice are going to kill me off 10 years early or whatever then fine, I’ll take the tradeoff because I am a foodie! I have shelves packed full of cookbooks that I actually use, I watch food channels on TV and I even want to do some food related road trips! I can’t eat this way for the rest of my life. I feel so much better now I said it!
I have survived a full week of the Atkins diet! It appears to have paid off – I have lost 3.4lbs in weight and dropped around 1.5 inches from my stomach. My hips & thigh measurement are about the same. I don’t know how much of this is actual fat loss and how much is water loss – I guess the 2nd week results will be more revealing.
I’m fairly sure I have lost a little weight this week but it’s not much (less than a pound) and I am going out for a meal tomorrow night so that could potentially set me back. Even though the Paleo / Primal diet is not necessarily a low carb diet, when I read about the diet in relation to weight loss the message seems clear – it’s all about insulin and thus carbohydrate intake. Over the last few weeks I have made dramatic improvements to my diet – cutting out entire groups if food with only a few very minor exceptions and yet I have lost very little weight so far. Even though fat loss is a secondary concern – I still would like to drop the bulk of my excess fat in time for the summer!
This week I’ve been trying so hard to keep the carbs even lower than usual in an attempt to undo the Christmas / New Year gains and start losing consistently again and I think it backfired on me. I have been eagerly weighing myself just about every day this week and this morning on weigh day there’s no change from last week’s weight which is hugely frustrating.
I have finally got around to reading the chapter on ‘Effortless Weight Loss’ in the Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson. I was under the impression based on what I had read previously that all you needed to do in order to lose fat was to stay in the 50-100g carbs a day range. I keep hearing on Robb Wolf’s podcast that when you’re following a Paleo lifestyle that calories don’t matter. It seems that is not the whole story…
The Christmas and New Year celebrations are over and now I am back to my as-clean-as-possible Paleo diet & lifestyle. This week I’m low on the carbs, no tubers, lots of protein and daily exercise in the form of my January Kettlebell Swing Challenge.
For me, Christnas was 2 days. I ate Paleo right up until the day. On Christmas Eve I had two social engagements with food & drink involved and somehow managed to stay completely Paleo. On Christmas & Boxing day a big help was that I had breakfast at home and made sure it was a large breakfast with a heavy dose of protein. So this helped avoid the desire to snack.
I’m continuing to come across even more variations on the paleo diet. One blog that I came across is called Living in the Ice Age and I absolutely love this one because the food is presented beautifully (some of the dishes are quite chefy heh!) and also, the author is British! He hails from Yorkshire and as such he has traditional English meals like Bangers & Mash and even a paleo version of a Doner Kebab! For you non-Brits reading, this is a typically late-night, post-drinking-session takeaway that is often greasy and pretty disgusting but it’s extremely popular over here and I’ve never seen anything like it in all the US blogs & recipe books that I have.
Just a few hours after lamenting about peas being classed as a legume, not a vegetable, and therefore non-paleo, it would appear that despite this fact, as far as nutrition goes, they are actually rather good for you. Mark Sisson of Mark’s Daily Apple posted a detailed post about asking the question, are green beans and peas healthy? and came to the conclusion that they are. Good enough for me!
When I first started to change my diet I was really unsure on what I was doing as I had started out following the Body Transformation plan that my neice was following (but that was based on also doing a ton of exercise) and then drifted towards Paleo but even within that there seemed like a lof of variation. So being a bit further along now and having read a lot more information I now have a very clear idea of what I am doing.