I am still trying to begin to adjust to the paleo lifestyle but I am not sure if I will see the results that I am 'promised'. It seems a bit too good to be true that I can eat so much fat and not gain weight...
In saying that, my question is, has anyone out there found that their results have been better whilst still incorporating minimal grain/carbohydrates in their diet, and taking more of a clean eating low carb high protein approach.
I am 19 years old and about 137 pounds and looking to get to about 128-130, however I understand that with weight training I may not get that low. The main issue is maintenance, that once I reach my goal weight I may not want to continue the paleo lifestyle. I'm sure some people beginning the Palaeolithic diet may have similar thoughts to this...
If you want to do it just temporary and not as a lifestyle, don't do it. It's as simple as that.
Nothing will guarantee you results. Why don't you try for yourself and see what works? The only grain acceptable to some people is rice, but you aren't going to get many people eating bread on this community. The paleo LIFESTYLE doesn't frown upon carbohydrates, there are plenty of good sources for carbs such as sweet potatoes. But it would be best to keep them low since you want to lose weight.
And stop thinking about the future results, you haven't even begun eating paleo and you are thinking about not sticking to it once you reach your goal weight. That doesn't make sense to ME.
You call this a lifestyle, and suggest that you only want to do it for weight loss. That's not how it works. Paleo is not about weight loss, it's about health. Some women find that Paleo will not allow them to reach their weight loss goals -- nothing is promised. If you have a preconceived notion of your body image, go on a fad crash diet. If you want to achieve a health ( both body and mind) level you didn't know existed, if you want to learn how to trust your body and reduce sickness -- give it a shot for three months. If it works for you great. If not, what's a quarter of a year in the grand scheme of things?
Paleo, contrary to what many here advocate, is not an all or nothing affair. Sure you can go all Whole30 strict, but that's largely not necessary. Most folks aren't auto-immune, gluten-intolerant glass cannons. Most folks are simply slightly metabolically deranged, slightly leaky gut, resilient humans.
Minimizing problematic foods gets you 80-90% of the results that eliminating them does.
You can use paleo as a weight-loss diet, just as much as you can make it a longer-term lifestyle.
Ultimately, there's no one way to do paleo.
I'd stick with it even if you did accomplish your physical goals check out Marks Daily Apple
Here is the thing, there are a lot of healthy people (or who appear healthy) who aren't paleo, and they may or may not have a weight issue, but thing is with gluten, gliadin, lectins, saponins (all found in grains and legumes) are a creeper, and you may have a "slight" gluten sensitivity not severe like celiac disease, but in the long run it will catch up with you, leading to leaky gut syndrome, and maybe even autoimmune disorders, or weight gain, diabetes, to name a few. They have studied certain groups of people who ate mainly grains and starches, some have found them to have lower bone density, high rate of bone caries and dental cavities. As well as more birth deformities as well as shorter stature. You're young I'd would start adapting a "real food" lifestyle of what we were designed to eat. Our stomachs product hydrochloric acid to break down protein, we can digest vegetables but we don't have the digestive system for grains and vegetables (which I believe is a bacterial/enzyme type of digestion like strict herbivorse to break through the cellulose wall and access all the nutrients or counteract all the antinutrients in grains/legumes) or you could just wait until your health wanes and then you need to get on a strict diet to undo all the damage from our overly process, genetically modified, chemical concoctions that they pass off for food.
yeah I know my english sucks lol
I find a lot of paleo is use dogma and fear mongering. Grains/carbs are not the evil they are made out to be. Any food becomes evil when you abuse it. Hence, if you look at Sisson, he used to pound grains WAY in excess all day long- so now he demonizes them. Jimmy Moore ate too WAYYY too many carbs also, so now he demonizes them. In my opinion, what really matters is the total amount of grains in your diet. Why the amount? Because if you eat too many grains, you'll end up displacing valuable nutrients found in other foods, and that I believe is where the trouble is. No, you shouldn't be eating white bread and other junk foods, even if the total calorie count is low, but things like sourdough rye, sprouted grains, and whole oats will likely not have any noticeable negative impact on health when consumed in strict moderation (not eliminated entirely) and as a part of an otherwise nutrient dense diet.
Personally, I actually prefer starchy carbs to fruit. Obviously they don't taste as good, but they replenish muscle glycogen more efficiently- which is all I care for because I work out with a high level of intensity and also like to maintain a certain low body fat.
After 2.5 years of going strictly grain, bean, and legume free, and having always made very solid food choices in my childhood, I have recently re-introduced -22 slices of sourdough rye bread into my breakfast. I have not eating more than 150 grams of carbs in a day since maybe I was 15 years old (currently 22 years old). The 20-40 grams of starch in the morning is not doing my any harm that outweighs the benefits. The only other foods in my diet are mixed salad greens, red onions, purple cabbage, fish, shellfish, mixed nuts, cottage cheese, and lean meats. I also consume broccoli and asparagus on occasion.
I have experimented ALOT though, and in total (not consecutively) have done at least 8 months of STRICT PALEO (none of that heavy cream in my coffee, ghee, and liberal oil use BS). I never noticed any significant improvements that I would attribute to eliminating foods and not just continuing to train consistently, not eating crap, and properly aligning carbs with exercise.
moral of the story. Don't listen to dogma, and DO NOT favor science over results. Personal experience and RESULTs trump science every day when it comes to manipulating diet. do what makes you feel good. If you feel good and look good, you are good. Carbs become a problem when they start significantly displacing valuable nutrients found in other healthy, whole foods.