So I've been paleo going on 4 months now.
I've lost 10 kg (23ish lbs) and feel pretty great most of the time.
But I've noticed a few downsides:
-My favorite clothes no longer fit -I'm developing Chicken Legs -I do miss some of my favorite terrible foods
What are the downsides to your transformation?
Life was was less complicated when I was chemically neutered by tortilla chips and pizza...
Knowing too much. Second-guessing my nutrition, when I shouldn't even have to think about it. I've benefited greatly from Paleo health-wise. But the amount of knowledge I've gained about omega-6s, antinutrients, insulin, leptin, vitamins, etc. is more detrimental than it is helpful. Yes I apply this knowledge, but quite frankly, it gets exhausting. I don't wanna have to think "I'm going to eat this grass-fed beef here because it has a better o3:o6 ratio and eat it with coconut oil because it has medium chain triglycerides and I'll have it with a side of spinach, but not too much spinach because it has oxalates." I just wanna be like "Me see meat. Me eat meat. Meat goooood."
$50k worth of plastic surgery to remove skin I didn't need any longer. Countless thousands on new clothes and shoes. $100 for a new diaphragm (everything gets smaller with weight loss except for ONE THING which gets bigger, lol.)
I'm going to be running very fast and hiding after I post this, but, no downsides for me at all. I think I'm 8 months in?
My diet actually didn't change by much - just eliminated a few things and added in a few. My clothes fit exactly the same. I do CrossFit and lift and have happily gained 12lbs of muscle - tubers make me grown big and strong. My rosacea is gone.
WAIT! I have a downside! I now take longer in stores because I have to read the backs of all new products that I see in the grocery. No more running in and out. WAIT! Another - I have to eat so goddamn much more now that I must eat before I go out to dinner so I can afford the bill. Which basically means I no longer go out to dinner. So sashimi is a very fond and veryveryvery missed memory.
Every time I think of something to write I'm already halfway to rationalising it into a positive. Does that count?
Downside? Maybe visiting friends and having to be persnickety about my diet and clue them in on what I can eat and what I can't. However, they are usually very nice about it and seek to please. They also learn a lot by asking questions.
Seeing friends and relatives who clearly need to get on the Paleo plan immediately, but knowing that if I push it too hard they will resentfully continue with their SAD.
Okay, I'll speak for the old people--I'm shrinking but my skin doesn't keep up! My usual joke is I started as a hippo, I'm currently a rhino and I hope to become a bloodhound.
I'm probably lucky my skin is shrinking as nicely as it is, since I'm down about 40 pounds and the worst is a few more wrinkles on my face and a half-withered double chin. I asume I'll wind up with folds of skin on my underarms and I wonder what'll happen when I lose the rest of the midriff and belly mounds. At half-gone, they're just sagging a bit which is good since I thought they'd already be turning into folds.
I'll just have to be proud of the residue of my obesity because plastic surgery is not a budget possibility.
Emotionally, socially and physically there is no down side for me. Everything about my life is better than it was 8 months ago.
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