Hi, im really struggling with this big change, i can see the benefits in doing this food change, but heres the thing.... i enjoy having a friday night drink, nibbles etc with mates and my hubby. How strict do i need to be to get benefits out of this way of eating? Is it ok to eat paleo 5-6 days a week and have 1-2 days off? Will i still lose weight and get the benefits from the diet?
I did 6 days on, 1 day (really 1 meal) off for most of 2011 and felt magnitude-levels better than when I was on SAD. I also lost a boatload of weight. I found those weekly "off-plan" meals a very helpful crutch.
But I've been doing a strict paleo diet for the last month and am noticing a difference in terms of weight loss and energy. I don't know that I'll stick with strict paleo when my experiment is up, but suspect I won't be going back to regular "off-plan" meals either.
I keep repeating this point of Yoni Freedhoff's (a weight loss doc), but I think it's spot on: You want to live the life you'll love, not the one you'll tolerate.
Simply put, DROP the wheat! It's by FAR the worse of all the grains. If you must, you can "cheat" a bit with rice and potatoes (yams preferably) for the carb need. bump up your good fat intake with EVERY meal (avacados, coconut oil, even REAL RAW butter, olive oil, good skin & fat from meat (the grass fed/finished variety. I found the oil and fat to be THE ticket for getting through in the beginning, because the cravings are simply cravings (mental), but you're not left feeling "hungry or the need to eat."
The wheat is the worse and stays in the body for a couple weeks, so by cheating, you'll never quite purge it out.
I agree with Ralph on the booze. Hard alcohol and NO froofroo sugar mixes. As you know, the more you drink, the more the cravings for junk food will follow late at night, right?... It's a love hate. :)
It's always easier to stay with something if you have an negative issue with food (wheat intolerence for example). Funny thing though, EVERYONE has an issue with it it seems, most are just in DEEEEEEEENNNNIIIIIIIIAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL! lol
Keep at it! I've bee cruising for a year now. No issues, and yes, I'll cheat with sweets (never wheat) here and there, but always go back to basics to stay on track. Simple.
Great question. Start out slow. use the 80%-20% rule. Overtime you will find ways to tweak things. To slightly improve them over time.
Follow these steps:
The more you can follow the more benefits you get.
Hang in there. It is worth it.
Like most things under the sun, our efforts usually determine our results. Of course you will benefit from strict paleo eating 5-6 days each week. The benefits will be less than if you were strict 6-7 days each week, but greater than if you were strict 3-4 days each week.
To see good results at a fast pace, I went strict 7 days per week. I incorporated cocktails into my version of strict paleo because I like to socialize in that way, but I limit the drinks to spirits straight up with no sugary mixers. I also limit them to Friday night and Saturday night. I also limit the volume - I don't get hammered. Some weeks I don't drink at all and I occassionally wake up on Sunday and realize that I "forgot" to have my Saturday night glass of whiskey. This is cool when it happens.
The real problem for me was that in the bodybuilding diet mentality, "cheat days" are allowed. I finally realized that I was never more than a few days away from cheating, either heading into a cheat or coming out of one. I then realized that this is like taking a hike and walking 4 steps forward, 1 back, 3 or 4 steps forward. It ends up being a really frustrating way to try to make progress.
But, this is just me and what I've learned about life and myself over the years. Good luck to you. Enjoy the journey.