Very interested - anyone tried it? Feed back? What exactly IS it?
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I know someone that does it for getting in shape. Well, he's already in amazing shape, he's a military man, but before marathons he does it. 6 weeks or so before I believe.
He says he's never felt better while on it. It's difficult, but he says he has more energy, more clear headed, etc. Happier even.
I think it's very possible to do it. However, I would advise looking up some food ideas so you don't get bored!
I'm not sure about the Paleo diet, since it seems like keeping away from all the off-limit modern foods would get exhausting. But kind of along a similar vein, I've been reading a lot about the Warrior Diet (try not to be turned off by the fad-diet sounding name...although I think it's kinda badass.)
Instead of focusing mostly on the food early humans ate, the Warrior Diet deals with their eating patterns. I'm hoping someone on here knows more about this than I do...but basically what I understand is that we should be getting most of our caloric intake at night instead of spreading it out throughout the day.
The theory is that early humans didn't have the time or resources to spend most of the daylight hours eating, so they would consume few calories during the day, mostly nuts and fruit and roots, then at night they would feast on whatever they had hunted/gathered. The biological support for this, I guess, would be the sympathetic (fight or flight) vs. parasympathetic (rest and digest) nervous systems. Each of those functions better when the other isn't active. Which means when you're busy hunting bears, your body really doesn't want to have to worry about digestion.
Although admittedly I am kind of biased toward this diet, since this is how I tend to eat anyway...and I'm finally glad to find something that tells me I don't have to eat 400 mini-meals a day to optimize my metabolism.
Haha sounds awesome! I honestly do think the "eating at night = weight gain" think is more of a mental than physical thing. How are you doing following that diet? What does your daily eating pattern usually look like?
I haven't been doing it for that long, so I can't really report any actual results at this point. However, even just within the past few weeks I've noticed that I've stopped being hungry during the day (which I never thought was possible), and even by dinner time I'm not starving and ready to eat everything in sight like I always used to be. Also it's nice 'cause I find I can get more things done and have more time on my hands without being interrupted for meals constantly.
So generally for breakfast I'll have a piece of fruit and a serving of nuts, then whenever I start to feel low on energy I'll eat a few more nuts or some sliced vegetables (mushrooms and cucumber and bell peppers are nice) and drink lots of water to keep my stomach full. At dinner basically anything goes (this is when you get the majority of your calories, so my tendency to overeat is suddenly an asset!), but I always try to cook something with as many vegetables as possible, along with whole-grain carbs and some protein. And usually I still have the flexibility to have dessert (more fruit or a bowl of cereal if I'm being good.) But then again, if I do go out to dinner and order something decadent (or my roommate brings home 2 pizzas, like she did last night!) it's still not the end of the world...I've usually only had maybe 500 calories up until that point anyway!
It's a fancy way of saying 'eat real food'.
You don't need a catchy, but inconsistent, theory as a reason to eat good food.
The thing that's most unattractive about the Paleo diet is that you can't really eat anything that's been baked (or technically, anything that requires agriculture, or combining ingredients using modern appliances.) And since I love to eat bread (bread that I've baked myself), it juts seems unnecessarily cruel.
SUPER interested in the warrior diet now. I've been researching it. It sounds awesome for my lifestyle. The only thing I question is post workout nutrition or feeling fatigued throughout the day. I may have to experiment a little bit with it haha
Have you considered not 'dieting' and just eating healthier? If I had a nickel for every 'diet' out there, Id be driving a Bentley and living in Penthouse overlooking Central Park.
Which lifestyle is that, per se? The one where you are recovering from an eating disorder?
How would a diet that is based on a daily cycle of undereating during the day and overeating at night be at all conducive to recovery?
Haha I don't "diet". I eat very well actually. When I say "paleo diet" I mean to say "paleo style of eating". I'm not hellbent on making some random fad diet work for me - I'm just curious as to how some of these things work for other people. I workout a lot and no matter how much/what I eat, how much sleep I get, often times I find myself fatiguing out. I'm just experimenting with solutions. That's all. Not jumping on a bandwagon 'diet'. Health is permanent and a lifestyle, not a diet
I would stay away from the paelo diet, it's REALLY hard to get a hold of mammoth meat.
Just make the decision to eat healthy and get active and you’ll never have to worry about your weight or diets ever again.
It is amazing to think just how big the weight loss industry, when in reality it is totally not needed if people would just take the proven steps to get healthy.
Paleo is really quite simple. Eat lean meats, lots of fruit, veggies, nuts and seeds. Then avoid grains, diary and refined sugars not allowing them to make up more than 10% of your daily calories. People have been using the Zone block approach with Paleo style foods and have found great success. Also cheat meals here and there have not had any significant negative impacts on it as well. I currently am eating about 90% Paleo and have no complaints. I currently train with Crossfit and am having great success with my progression by eating this way.
Haha I am active. Hard workouts every day just about. I rest on Sunday. Lately I've just felt super fatigued. I want to try this paleo diet out, just wanted some tips from people who use it.
I've heard crossfit is awesome too. I've always wanted to give that a go. My food intake has just been way too low lately, and it's starting to show in the gym. I'm SO tired ALL of the time. I have to get back into some consistent eating for reaaaaaaal
BUT also back to that tsjej - I AGREE! People over think and over analyze EVERYTHING in the fitness world. It drives me crazy. Literally crazy.
"Don't eat carbs past six" "Fruit should be cut out of your diet past 2 pm" "Only have simple sugars after a workout or they turn straight to bubbling fat" "You can eat too many vegetables!" "One particular food will make you gain fat"
In my opinion, I honestly don't even believe we were meant to count calories. If we were? Natural foods would have nutrition labels on them. But guess what - They don't. Sweet potatoes don't grow out of the ground with a gram of carbs number or glycemic indicator. Just eat when you're hungry - stop when your full. And make sure 80% of your diet at least is 100% natural foods. Be active. Don't sit around all day. and your body will be the way it was meant to.
We weren't, but we weren't meant to sit on our asses in front of computer screens all day either.