Hey there, SPARKlings!
Something I have come to believe, without question, is that fat is not the problem but a symptom; and that an inability to control cravings/appetite (gain control over eliminating fat) is a sure sign of a disordered metabolism.
One of the things that upsets me most about this whole journey is how so many people blame themselves for not being successful. Granted there are a few things that are a given with respect to eliminating fat that you can control (though not many), but if it's really hard, it's because something in your own personal metabolic equation isn't dialed in properly.
Here are some links for you to consider (I think you are all doing awesome, and all you need is some tweaking/understanding):
From Chris Kresser:
"For some people, the transition to Paleo is a piece of cake. Their energy skyrockets, the extra pounds fall off effortlessly, their digestion clears up and their cravings disappear. But for others, the transition isn't so smooth - and they're often left wondering if Paleo is the right diet for them after all.
In my work with hundreds of patients around the world, I've found three common obstacles to fully adopting a Paleo diet.
Issue #1: Low stomach acid
If you're switching to Paleo from a standard American diet, or even from a "healthy" vegetarian or low-fat diet, chances are you've been eating a lot more carbohydrate and a lot less animal protein. This can lead to a decrease in stomach acid production, which in turn reduces the output of digestive enzymes required to breakdown and assimilate everything we eat.
When you switch to a Paleo diet your digestive system will go through a transition period while you're "re-training" it to eat more nutrient-dense foods. If your stomach acid and enzyme production are low, this can be quite a shock to the system.
Issue #2: Sugar cravings and energy dips
It's not uncommon to experience intense sugar cravings and energy dips when you first transition to Paleo. This makes perfect sense from a scientific perspective: your body has become adapted to burning carbohydrates for energy, and it takes time to make the switch to burning fat as the primary energy source.
When your energy dips, your body craves quick sources of energy - usually sugar and other carbohydrates. This can make sticking with a Paleo diet extremely difficult.
Issue #3: Nutrient deficiencies
Some people do see amazing results immediately after adopting a Paleo diet. But often your body has some catching up to do before you'll begin to see these more tangible results.
Both the standard American diet and plant-based, low-fat or vegetarian diets are deficient in key nutrients that keep your body in balance and functioning smoothly on a cellular level. These cycles control important process like energy production, detoxification, and hormonal balance.
If any one of these cycles is disrupted, the symptoms of that imbalance could mask any progress you make as you transition to a healthier diet. In short, it may prevent you from enjoying the benefits of your efforts.
Most of us aren't coming to the Paleo diet from a "blank slate". We've been on nutrient-deficient diets, exposed to environmental and food toxins and worn down by chronic stress, sleep deprivation and other aspects of the modern lifestyle. This is why making dietary changes alone is sometimes not enough, and we need additional support if we want to feel our best."
Paleo Diet Challenges & Solutions I: Paleo Isnt (Always) Magic chriskresser.com/paleo-diet-challenges-sol
Paleo Diet Challenges & Solutions II: Its All About the Gut! chriskresser.com/paleo-diet-challenges-sol
Paleo Diet Challenges & Solutions III: Stop Energy Dips & Cravings chriskresser.com/paleo-diet-challenges-sol
Paleo Diet Challenges & Solutions IV: Is Sluggish Detox Sabotaging Your Paleo Diet? chriskresser.com/paleo-diet-challenges-sol
Paleo Diet Challenges & Solutions V: 5 Tips for Becoming a Paleo Ninja chriskresser.com/paleo-diet-challenges-sol
Something else to consider, and which may make your resolve that much stronger... it's not unusual for people to struggle harder each time after they return to eating wheat/higher carb (I can't mess with my Leptin AT ALL or my body will punish me for what seems like forever):
Why is low-carb harder the second time around? www.proteinpower.com/drmike/low-carb-diets
Why low-carb is harder the second time around, part II www.proteinpower.com/drmike/lipid-hypothes
More thoughts on why low-carb the second time around www.proteinpower.com/drmike/bogus-studies/
Paleo is, first and foremost, a metabolism-healing process. Fat elimination is simply a happy by-product of a healthy, humming metabolic system (liver, adrenals, thyroid, gallblader, pancreas, hormones, leptin, insulin all working in harmony)!
Edited by: _RAMONA at: 1/29/2013 (21:23)
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