Lets review the Lighter Life diet and compare it to optimal nutrition to see why Paleo Works better.
Did you catch the Saturday supplement for the Daily Mail this week? There’s a picture of Linda Robson smiling from the front cover. Having watched Pauline Quirke lose a “gob smacking” 8 1/2 stones on Lighter Life, Linda has followed suit and lost a stunning 3 stone. Smiling broadly and wearing a glamour puss gold lame dress….so why does this raise alarm bells?
Both women were very large, obese, maybe morbidly obese. Both women have lost weight on a very low calorie diet (lighter life). These diets offer very fast weight loss which can make the diet feel like a success. But (and here’s the problem): sustainability. And here too is the diet trap for most of us: the fact that when we introduce real food back into our diet we put weight back on. To counteract this, we are told to eat smaller portions and face a life – time of measuring and balancing our food to keep the weight off. Doesn’t sound like fun and it isn’t fun is it? And it’s not surprising therefore that we fail and then blame ourselves for the failure to maintain the spectacular results…..it’s not long before the weight is back on and more.
What we know is this: it is not you that has failed, it’s the diet. It’s the flawed science behind the diets that lets you down in all sorts of ways and can leave you with an altered metabolic state, low muscle mass and other issues such as hair loss, low blood pressure and for women, altered monthly cycles….
The key point is this: any diet will make you lose weight. Eat less and you will lose weight. Starvation does this…but what you want is the key to keeping the weight off and what you want is long term results. The less hungry you are, the more weight you are likely to lose. It’s the absence of hunger that allows you to make healthful choices easily and effectively. Manage your hunger and weight loss will follow.
For hunger management and weight loss that magic key is ketosis. You want to change your eating habits so that your body burns fat for energy not sugar and not starch…And YES very low calorie diets push you into ketosis but they do this through starvation..with the inevitable weight gain when you go back to eating real food.
Experience has shown that to lose weight, manage your hunger and keep weight off, you must be eating foods that satisfy you long term as well as foods that force your body into fat burning mode. The science is simple for this: ketosis; focus on replacing calories obtained from carbs with fat and drop the sugar and starch (carbohydrates) from your diet. Your body doesn’t need carbohydrates it can produce all the “sugar” it needs through the liver and a process known as gluconeogenesis.
So what to take from all this: that VLC Diets do it the hard way and force you into ketosis through starvation. The limited foods you do eat are still detrimental to your health and rest assured there is no surer way to obesity than low calorie dieting. That eating a paleo/primal diet (eating like our ancestors ate) coupled with intermittent fasting and other weight management tools can drive you into ketosis but with you in control. Move your diet away from carbohydrates!
Why Paleo Works? There is no portion control or calorie counting, no boot camp, pre-packaged meals synthetic shakes or mysterious powders. Just real food and this is surely key: if we are to manage our weight we have to do it using real food. We teach you optimal nutrition: let us show you how!
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More please on weight loss and fasting….so read the latest email response on our last post. The following point is key: use intermittent fasting to gain back control when you veer off the paleo diet track. It’s simple, pro-active and empowering. Take a deep breath and push the reset button. Here’s how…..
Intermittent fasting is about taking a break between meals. Allowing your digestive system to rest and to build up hunger. During holidays and celebrations the temptation is to overeat. Even if we are still eating paleo food there are plenty of ways of overeating “paleo” food including baked goods which take us a long way from the diet of our ancestors. Er…Paleo Cake and frosted muffins anyone?
There comes a time however when it is appropriate to draw a line under that! Conventional wisdom suggests we do this by entering into a “detox” – a period of calorie restriction and vigorous daily exercise: that we eat less and exercise more. But you don’t go to the garage to put less fuel in your car and expect it to do more for you? Exercise makes you hungry! Exercise makes you ravenous and if you are not careful you will find yourself back at square one. Exhausted, hungrier than ever and chained to a never ending tread mill that you simply don’t enjoy.
There is however, another way and it’s not a new idea. Conventional dietary wisdom wants us to eat three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and tea) and to supplement this with snacks. When using intermittent fasting as a weight loss tool, we might eschew breakfast and not consume our first meal until past 1pm. If you add this to the time spent asleep in bed since your last meal then you can see an estimated total fasting time of 14 + hours.
In this fasted state (also known as ketosis) you will find that your body will naturally work harder to provide energy to it’s tissue from your fat stores. Hold onto your hats you are now in fat burning mode!
The point is that you are not eating less but the time window in which you eat has been reduced. In ancient tradition every fast was broken with a feast. Well, I’m not going to argue with that! There is no reason to eat less if you are following paleo guidelines in your diet. Simply eat when you are hungry and stop when you are full! Try it and see – it is impossible to overeat fat! Hormones produced naturally when real food is consumed actually manage the whole process for you so don’t worry.
If you were following a diet based on calorie restriction you might miss a meal to count the correct calories but you would not replace that missed meal with additional calories at a larger “break fast” for example. So you might think you are doing the same thing but in one you would be working with your body to trigger fat loss and in the other you would be fighting against your body and it’s natural hunger to produce weight loss. In one you will experience a profound sense of well being, an absence of hunger and a curious kind of symmetry with those who have lived before and who knew how to satisfy hunger. In the other you would be hungry, period. And miserable. And cross.
Early man did not eat three meals a day. Whose idea was that anyway? Early man underwent numerous short periods of fasting and ketosis and many paleontologists believe that this ketogenic adaptability was instrumental in human evolution. It is a normal healthy state and it triggers fat burning. So whether you’re looking to get back on track, enhance or accelerate the fat burning, weight loss and fasting are an excellent partnership Try it and see.
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