Wow… I am still totally amazed when I look at my before and after pictures. I would definitely consider that a paleo success. After years and years of yo-yo dieting, I am finally the person I knew I could be. No more “suck it up, at this age you just don’t lose weight”. Wrong, at this age… and at 10 years older, and at 20 years older, it is absolutely possible to lose weight and keep it down on a paleo diet.
But what if you don’t lose weight, or what if you are starting to see the pounds creep back on to your hips and belly, despite the fact, that you “eat well and exercise”?
What is wrong? Chances are, it is one of two answers!
1) You’re getting 80/20 all wrong, meaning you’re 100% paleo 80% of the time. I think there is a t-shirt out there with that phrase on it. If you eat a healthy breakfast of eggs and bacon in the morning, and a healthy lunch of salad with steak strips and avocado, and a bowl of pasta for dinner on Monday, then do the same thing on Tuesday, but instead of pasta for dinner you have pizza… well… that means you’re getting it wrong. 😉 The 80/20 rule is there to give you the opportunity to indulge in your favorite foods every now and then. If you’re out with your friends, at a party, or you just really want “that treat”, then by all means go for it (if you can still stomach it, that is). But as soon as you see this occasional treat Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday of the same week, you’ll want to re-evaluate what you’re doing to yourself.
2) You’re cooking all paleo all the time… great, healthy meals, and paleo muffins, paleo brownies, paleo pie, paleo cake, paleo pancakes, paleo waffles, paleo cookies. Notice anything? All these treats are great, don’t get me wrong, and with the ever growing dessert and baked goods sections on FastPaleo.com, it would be easy to make a different treat every single day of the year. These recipes certainly are a life saver in my house. They were the way to get my kids to go mostly paleo with me.
BUT… look at what is in these treats. Lots of nuts and lots of honey and coconut crystals. Eat that stuff every day in addition to your meat and vegetables, and you will start seeing the number on the scale go up. These treats are meant to be just that… a treat, not a staple in your daily meal plan.
We all fall off the bandwagon every now and then (well, maybe not all of us). I know it’s happened to me several times over the past 21 months. Don’t beat yourself up over it. Get back on and don’t look back, and know that you are not alone. There are a ton of places to turn for support in your journey. Reading a couple of success stories on Mark’s Daily Apple always does the trick for me. 🙂