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Dieting Doesn’t Work

stick-your-neck-outSometimes you just got to stick your neck out.

And turning to a natural diet from Paleo Works may be just such a time.  When all around you friends are ‘dieting‘ frantically for the “spring summer season” and challenging your paleo principles you need to hold your ground, keep focussed and show ‘em what can be done with common sense.

Because dieting is not the answer.  Dieting doesn’t work.  Dieting doesn’t nourish, dieting is difficult to maintain and dieting make you feel terrible.  The clue is in the first four letters of the word!

The word diet means simply this: food and drink that is regularly provided and consumed.  Nowhere in that definition does it say restrictive, lacking, MEAN, small portions or low-fat.  And when we talk about the Paleo Works “diet” we are looking at much more than eating, we are looking at a lifestyle that transforms.  Simply by cooking your own food you regain control.  And the emphasis in paleo  is on “how” not why, not yet,  you can and will want to  learn that later.  Paleo is telling you what not to eat, not passing you ready made meals in sachets, bars and shakes.  We are telling you how to eat.

As ‘paleoistas’, we eat nutrient dense food.  And science supports this choice.

There are no gimmicks, no supplements, we are not selling anything, we don’t send you out with pre-packaged food because we don’t think you can cope on your own – for sure, what kind of a message is that telling you?  And our “diet” is based around real food.

And real food gives you plenty of options without limits.

Some think that when they see how a caveman style diet avoids grains, legumes, sugar and sometimes dairy that this is a fad diet.  Some think that “no grains” is a tall order.  Why?  Well, perhaps because all we see out there is processed food.  And our attention is constantly pushed to external advertising as all the big companies want you to spend money and buy into their new food products.  The majority of which are based on processed grains, high fructose corn syrup and colouring.  Because it’s cheap and turns a  good profit.  Where’s the big easy mark up in eggs and meat?  In this way they distract us to such a point that we forget real food exists.

Life is based on evolution.  Mike Paleo says “humanity is standing on the precipice of change and the western pattern diet is steering us on a collision course with our own destiny“.  Never have we faced such choice, such ease such comfort and luxury.  Do you think we would have evolved as a species if bronze age man had found himself in such comfort and luxury?  No because there is nothing to fight against nothing to propel us forward as a species.  Our diet is robbing us of our existence: and yes, it’s as fundamental as that.

This paleo diet offers you a lifestyle combined with a template for eating.  Paleo is generous and good to us.  There are no calorie limits or restrictions, no “macronutrient” ratios – no – we have to work this out for ourselves.  We have to get involved and make this diet work for our own goals, our own needs and our own life.  And then tweak it til you get it right.  And just like that, life falls back into our control as we learn how to diet and live longer.

We can support you as you evolve but just like those cavemen, the work, the drive must come from you.  This is not a short term answer but it is a solution based on science, evolution and physiology.  Take comfort in the fact that the paleo “path” has stood the test of time, hundreds of thousands of years of time in fact so that:

“We have not even to risk the adventure alone, for the heroes of all time have gone before us — the labyrinth is thoroughly known” Joseph Campbell

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Best Exercise for Fat Burn

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Burning fat the wrong way will never last.

Exercise and fat burn go hand in hand right? Well that’s what is commonly believed… So what’s the best exercise for fat burn? Well experience has taught us that, in the end, exercise doesn’t have that much to do with fat loss or fat burn (and yes, you may wish to rewind and re-read that sentence)!  We watched a show last night on television “Fat Families” (read: Fat Families review) have you seen it?  Shows like this and the biggest loser (do you remember that one – yes the one where Anne Diamond snuck off and had a gastric band fitted) convince us that the way to fat loss is to exercise more and eat less also known as starvation.  Exercise is used to create an even larger deficit in calories combined with a diet where calorie intake has been reduced to minimal levels.  This is starvation (and yes I wrote this twice).

Our bodies panic when we starve them causing STRESS: that is, elevated cortisol levels.  Our bodies wants us in balance (homeostasis) and are genetically programmed to achieve this.  When stress levels rise our bodies throw everything at the stressors to bring it back into balance.  Er…..sugary drink anyone?

So, it you want temporary fat burn with lot of stress and starvation, don’t go paleo! If you want temporary fat loss with lots of stress and starvation, eat less and exercise more (conventional wisdom). If you still believe in the calories in calories out rubbish then go visit your local dietician or sign up to weight watchers, slimming world and the like who will be happy to place you on one of their programs. It is likely you will also be advised about the best exercise for fat burn. Then sit back and watch the fat bounce back making all that restriction utterly pointless…

Exercise has this fantastic potential to improve our health and wellbeing and our mental and emotional health but in the end, poor diet will always win because of the stress factor and the consequences. For example: exercise might help you fight your depression but your fantastic potential is compromised if you are eating a low fat diet. You see natural dietary fat along with protein are the fundamental building blocks of optimal health. Exercise might help you feel alive and connected but this will be temporary if massive swings in your blood sugar levels are knocking you down between meals.

Nutrition is the key.  Choose well as if your quality of  life and your future depended on it….because it does!

“I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive” 

Joseph-Cambell

Joseph Campbell 1904-1987

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