Are there any of you on here that either do or do not follow a Paleo diet that are seeking to create the ideal body aesthetic?
Do you do this with any changes to your current diet? Are there any methods of exercise that you employ, and why or why or not? Have you seen changes? Are there other methods of diet that you tweak (Say, tweaking the paleo diet) to control your aesthetic as well? Are there certain forms of exercise you participate in to get there? (Crossfit, Bodybuilding/Strength Training, Power Yoga, Running.. etc?)
This post starts out "For those of you with purely aesthetic goals.." http://everydaypaleo.com/2011/08/05/you-cant-fix-a-body-you-hate/ It's a very good read. I'm not implying that you have purely aesthetics goals, but attitude is huge contributing factor to looking and, most importantly, feeling great. The definition of one person's ideal can be very different from an others.
At first I was only concerned with getting/feeling well. I won't go into it but I spent the last year just trying to get funtional again. That was phase 1. I've now started phase 2 which is to work on body fat composition to 1) reduce symptoms of endometriosis and all of the other benefits of reduced body fat, and 2) to look good in a bikini.
I have a lot of thick stomach fat which is a sign of some sort of hormonal thing. Not sure what. Anyway, I am now tracking my food and physical activity through SparkPeople and while the scale hasn't budged my pants are looser at the waist and thighs. Tummy is already looking better. It's been two weeks.
My food goals are to hit between 1,200 - 1,550 calories, 20 -60 carbs, 27 - 60 fat, and 60 - 136 grams of protein. These goals are not based on a lot of research (or any?). If anyone has any tweeks for me I wouldn't mind hearing them.
I walk/sprint for a total of 40 minutes twice a week, and once or twice a week I do a series of modified squats and modified push ups to failure. I hope to some day do a real push up. That is a big pie in the sky goal for me. Someday!!
I believe that weight loss is 80% food and 20% working out. Has anyone else found that to be true?
I am 90% paleo 100% of the time and have been this way since I was 13 years old. I try to achieve a healthy body as well as an aesthetically pleasing one, because I think taht they tend go hand in hand.
Nutrition: I eat a high LEAN protein diet supplemented with healthy MUFA such as olive oil, mixed nuts, and avocado. I eat some fruit (mostly around workouts), and the same goes for starch. I also get some green vegetables in me everyday. Carbs and fats are kept low to moderate most of the time, and I'm a fan of carb cycling.
Exercise: I engage in strength training 4-6 days per week, HIIT 3-5 times a week (intervals outside or on the treadmill, mostly), and some LISS every now and again (stair mill). I try to throw in intense bodyweight circuits (like the INsanity workout DVDs) a couple times a week too. Oh, and I do core exercises daily. I don't stretch as often as I should, but I'm still fairly flexible.
Other: I try my best to minimize stress and maintain a healthy social life and balance in all areas. I exercise hard but not forever. I eat excellent 90% of the time. I do my homework. I go out and have fun, etc.
I think paleo is a great start to want to improve your health, but to really develop a very aesthetic look takes a lot of hard work and some will power that may take some getting used to.
Think of the it as a restricted paleo diet, so a good multivitamin is a must. I hope this adds to your arsenal.
My idea of ideal body aesthetics is a functional body but a lean muscular one. I think a low body fat, a v-shaped back, strong defined delts, shapely calves and legs are all very aesthetic. I focus mainly on weighted dips for a defined chest,triceps and delts. I do Weighted chins for the back and biceps. Squats and deadlifts for a strong core and legs. I throw in a small bit of ab work and push-ups. I found zero-carb makes me look the best. I retain the smallest amount of water and it makes my muscles appear more ripped. Not inflated and puffy like those who down carbs and salt constantly.
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