I go to bed, and wake up with my thread on the FRONT PAGE!
Thanks for all of the contributions so far. I've read through them all, but I don't think I'll be able to address them individually. I'm glad
many of you have gotten something out of this. Like I said in my initial post, the paleo/primal lifestyle really has changed my life. I'll be
checking out many of the sources that some of you have shared. I now have more books to add to my Amazon wishlist.
I do have a few issues to address, however. The first one being about the calories in, calories out thing.
Sure, on a "standard" American diet that is shown in the food pyramid on page one, the less you eat, the more fat you burn. It's the oldest of
wisdom, apparently. That is simply not true once you turn to paleo/primal. You have to think about the types of calories that you are ingesting and
the context in which your body is using them. When it comes to proteins from meat, nuts, and certain plants, the first 30 grams that you consume of
those protein calories go right to body functions: repair, building, etc. If you are active in your daily lives, from walking, to lifting, or just
moving around a lot at your day jobs, those calories are immediately discounted. Another 10-20 grams are stored in your muscles and stick around for
a long time. Do you count those as part of your calorie intake for the day? Seeing as how muscles can be used for energy if the body has nothing
else to use, those calories will eventually burn up. The point being is that you'll lose fat if you make a distinct effort to consume more proteins.
Portion control is important, but not as important as the types
of foods that you're putting into your body. Like I said, calories
have context within the body.
Carbohydrate calories should be counted 1:1, as they are quick burning fuel that your body uses immediately. If the body doesn't use the 100-150
grams a day of carbohydrates, guess what? It goes right to your belly, thighs, butt, etc. This is why walking and physical activity (through play,
going to the gym if you want, etc.) is so vital in any of these types of "caveman" lifestyles. Carbs = sugar and sugar = fat unless you burn it all
off in a given day.
My calorie intake is still around 2000 calories a day, but around 35-40% of my calories comes from protein/fat while the rest comes from fruits and
veg. So I guess it's a 40/30/30 mix for me. That's the balance that I've found contributes the best to fat loss, at least in my own body. I'm
not taking in any less than I did before, I just changed the context of the calories that I was putting into my body.
The next point is the choice in avoiding wheat/grain/and certain legume products. This is one of the main components of the paleo/primal lifestyle,
from what I have read and researched. As another poster commented on, these types of "foods" contribute to inflammation in the body, and has been
proven through science to do so. These types of foods also contribute immediately to fat gain, as, like I said, they are more or less sugar when
broken down by the body. If you're not "hitting the gym" an hour a day 4-5 days a week, there's no way that you'll burn enough calories to
negate the wheat/grain/legume carbs that you're putting into your body.
And to address the posters that say this is a "fad" diet. It's really not. It's a total lifestyle overhaul. The problem is that people are so
addicted to their processed carbohydrates that they fall off the wagon, so to speak. From the various blogs and websites I've read about this topic,
an overwhelming majority of people have been able to overcome those cravings and go on to lose weight, or gain muscle (whatever the case may be), and
stick to this way of living. Many of the resources also account for the fact that we will
have cravings from time to time, and it's
okay to have that cheeseburger, or that pint every once in a while. I'm on day 40 now, and I've been doing just fine on the lifestyle.
As far as our ancestors only living to the ripe old age of 40-50: Think about what they had to deal with. They had natural predators chasing after
them, they faced the elements, and they faced diseases that today would be easily cured. As another poster mentioned, Dr. Weston Price, a dentist,
did studies of many indigenous tribes from around the world (in the 1930's) that pretty much lived like cavemen: scavenging, hunting, etc. for what
they needed. The surprising results come from the fact that these people had perfect teeth and some were quite old and healthy looking. It's
amazing what living off of what nature gave you can do.
Hope that addressed some of the more pressing issues. I'll respond to more when I get back from a fundraiser event I'm going to.