Sustained change can be hard.
It’s doubly hard if you have made a break from the life you were living and have been successfully living something new. Like weight loss. Like Paleo. You may well find that your success meets with resistance.
“Most of us have two lives. The life we live and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands resistance.” Steven Pressfield
When you succeed, your success can become an uncomfortable reminder of that “unlived life” to others.
What a powerful gift you offer! However, don’t dwell on this, don’t try to own it or prove it, it’s simpler than that. Let go and simply remember to keep walking one foot in front of the other. As we wrote yesterday, this is a process of continual renewal.
“Often couples or close friends, even entire families will enter into tacit compacts whereby each individual pledges (unconsciously) to remain mired in the same slough in which she and all her cronies have become so comfortable. The highest treason a crab can commit is to make a leap for the rim of the bucket…..be ruthless, not only with yourself but with others. Once you make your break you can’t turn round for your buddy who catches his trouser leg on the barbed wire. The best thing you can do for that friend (and he’d tell you this himself, if he really is your friend) is to get over the wall and keep motating.”
Steven Pressfield: The War of Art.
And why is this relevant to this paleo life? Sometimes we meet resistance in the most unexpected places. Sometimes we go into battle with resistance on our own sometimes we battle powerful allies: friends, partners, mothers, lovers and the closer these allies are the more powerful the emotion at play. In the end however, there is only one answer and it falls to you to decide: do it or don’t.
Good luck and go on…give it your best shot!
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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