So you did all the research on Paleo (well done!), took the big first step and made a complete overhaul of your fridge and kitchen cupboards in the process, stacking the shelves with Paleo food. You’ve probably swotted up on some yummy Paleo recipes, and have even tried your hand at a few of them!
So far, so good
Yet despite your best efforts – the pounds just don’t seem to be shifting. Why on earth not?
It can be frustrating, especially when you’ve made a dedicated change to a healthier lifestyle. But before you throw in the towel, you might want to think about whether you’re doing everything the right way. While Paleo is a fantastic lifestyle, it’s easy to fall into some of the common pitfalls – and find that you don’t get quite the results you were hoping for. Read on to learn more about the 5 most common reasons why Paleo doesn’t “work” – and how you can avoid them!
1. Not enough variety
When you’re adopting a healthier lifestyle that’s considerably different to your old one, it can seem difficult to work in a varied menu. It’s very easy to find yourself rotating the same few recipes and meal plans that you know you like, day in, day out.
But you can sometimes have too much of a good thing. Especially when it’s on the menu four times a week. And you can’t quite stomach the thought of yet another sweet potato casserole for dinner…
A lack of variety in what you eat can lead to you getting bored of the Paleo diet very quickly. Having to eat the same things over and over again is one of the main reasons people give up on Paleo. More importantly, it also leaves major gaps in your nutrition, leading to other problems. While the Paleo diet has its restrictions, you can enjoy a surprisingly wide variety of things, so enjoy a broad menu and get creative in the kitchen! Remember to consult our free guide with a huge list of Paleo foods that us Paleo people do eat.
2. Paleo = meat, meat, meat
Paleo is often regarded as the ‘caveman diet’ – and newcomers to Paleo sometimes take this a bit too literally! Meaning a diet that’s packed with red meat, in every conceivable shape and form, but especially bacon!
A diet that consists of all the bacon you can eat (and still lose weight?) If it sounds too good to be true, that’s because it is.
While red meat is an important part of a Paleo diet, it’s not the only component, or even the main component. You should include a variety of lean meats and fish, along side red meat – as well as having lots of nutritious vegetables.
3. Going bake-crazy
Grains might be off the Paleo list, so it’s surprising that another common pitfall for Paleo-lovers is baking. But when you can transform your favourite baked treats into Paleo-friendly versions with almond and coconut flour, it seems to be irresistible.
While a sweet treat should certainly be enjoyed, the principle of moderation should still be applied. Many of these delicious treats contain high levels of fat, as they are made with nut flours, along with coconut butter or olive oil. While these fats are ‘good’ fats, a high amount of them in your diet will definitely stop any weight loss in its tracks.
Cheese has made a surprising entry into Paleo diets recently – despite the fact that it is not strictly ‘Paleo’ at all, especially when you consider the kind of heavily processed dairy produce we have in our contemporary world.
Not only is it not strictly Paleo, it is also very often rich in fat. If you absolutely must have some cheese in your diet, enjoy it sparingly!
5. Bigger isn’t always better
Lastly, one of the biggest misconceptions about eating the Paleo way is that you must eat enormous meals. While our Paleo predecessors may have had to eat large meals in the past – this was more to do with the fact that the next meal wasn’t always a fixed certainty! As we don’t face that problem, we can manage quite well, simply by eating to sate our hunger.
Don’t feel that you absolutely must eat three fixed meals a day, or eat at set times. Eat when you feel hungry, and ensure it is nutritious. By learning to recognize your hunger and satiety triggers, you can naturally curb over-eating habits, and manage to eat according to what your body needs.
Mindset & Paleo
Venturing into a healthy lifestyle is something we all, at some point in our lives, announce we will do, then come the excuses – “I’m not losing weight quick enough” is probably the one I have heard plenty of times
It starts with your mindset, plus these 5 common mistakes made – overcome these and you will see Paleo make a difference to your waistline. It worked for me, it can and will work for you. So commit and don’t look back 🙂