Losing weight is never an easy task. One of the reasons a lot of people fail to achieve their goal of losing weight is due to the required patience, consistency, and dedication that is required to implement and execute a weight loss diet successfully. Combined with that, traditional diets are built for failure.
After all, a majority of diets set you up for failure by forcing you to adhere to a caloric restriction that is simply unsustainable. That is why it is so important to find a diet that is built for sustainability. The Paleo diet is a ‘diet’ that can really improve your quality of life and significantly boost your weight loss efforts. In this article, we will discuss what makes the Paleo diet different and how long it might take to experience desirable results from following it.
What Makes The Paleo Diet Better?
The Paleo diet is different in that it helps you eliminate everything that your body is not preconditioned to be able to digest properly. In essence, it takes you back to the primal ages, and you avoid foods that were not regularly available during those times. Because of this, you are not dealing with any sort of caloric restrictions while on the diet. You are also not forced into eliminating every single food that you might normally enjoy eating.
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Instead, you simply eliminate foods that a majority of people have trouble digesting in the first place – dairy and grains. You still have meat, vegetables, seafood, nuts, and all other kinds of things that you can eat while on the diet. Best of all, you can eat until you are completely satisfied without starving yourself. As research shows, “the Paleolithic diet is more satiating per calorie than a Mediterranean-like diet”1 which is the diet we discussed as an alternative here.2
How Long Till You See Results?
The results that you should expect from the Paleo diet are going to depend on how committed you are to the diet and whether or not you implement the diet properly. According to a small sample sized study, the Paleolithic diet improves glycemic control and lowers several risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease.3
Typically, you should expect a good amount of weight loss almost immediately within the first week of being on it. This is primarily due to the amount of water weight that your body sheds due to the significant decrease in simple carbohydrate intake. However, your body will begin to convert from using carbohydrates as a primary fuel source to using your body’s natural stored fat. Thus, it should allow you to burn even stubborn body fat more effectively than other diets that do not force your body into a state of ketosis.
Side-Effects You Are Likely To Experience:
One of the biggest reasons many might fail with the Paleo diet is due to the potentially significant side-effects that you are likely to experience once you begin the diet. Because a majority of people consume a large number of simple carbohydrates each and every day, it has caused our bodies to adapt to the influx of quick converting energy. After all, in a majority of world cultures and regions, carbohydrates serve as the human body’s primary source of calories.4 Thus, many people’s bodies have adapted to look for simple carbohydrates as the preferred source of energy. Because of this, the body is forced to look elsewhere for a source of energy which can lead to flu-like symptoms.
These flu-like symptoms are a direct result of your body adapting to breaking down fat into ketone bodies. Once this occurs, your body reaches a state of ketosis. Thus, your cells convert to using ketone bodies in order to generate energy until you consume carbohydrates again. This shift typically occurs anywhere from 2 to 4 days of depriving your body of carbohydrates.5 During this period, you are likely to experience slight to extreme exhaustion, nausea, bad breath, sleep problems, and even constipation. Because of this, you need to break-through the side-effect barrier to really experience the benefits of the Paleo diet as a whole.
While you are very likely to experience significant weight loss within the first week, it is important to temper excitement and expectations because a majority of it will be water weight. With that being said, you should be able to experience consistent slow and steady weight loss from that point on by following the diet and implementing it effectively.
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