As you are embarking on our Fitness & Nutrition Challenge, keep in mind the top reasons why most fail at the Paleo Lifestyle…. For those of you here for Wednesday CrossFit info, we will be working on the Rope and Pull-Ups.
Why You’re Not Succeeding On The Paleo Diet….
Courtesy of Paleo Leap
Too Much Nuts or Nut butter…
While they are natural, nuts and seeds can still be irritating to the gut and most of them have a bad fatty-acid profile. If you are struggling with your health or weight, your consumption of most nuts and seeds should be limited. Just because things are Paleo, doesn’t mean we should be eating them by the handfuls.
Not Enough Carbs….
A whole lot of people who embark on a Paleo diet become very carb-phobic and associate carbohydrates with instant fat gain. We have to keep in mind that fat gain is much more complicated than that and that we are well adapted to function on carbs or fat for energy. Limiting the amounts of carbs consumed by too much can lead to intense cravings and binging on unhealthy foods. Carbohydrates in general shouldn’t be feared, carbohydrates from toxic sources like grains, legumes and refined sugar should.
Not Enough Fat….
Modern science shows us that saturated fat is a great source of clean and non-toxic energy while too much lean protein can be a problem. Some people limit both fat and carbohydrate consumption, our two primary fuel sources, and either consume much more lean protein or consume less calories overall. For those who end up consuming too few calories, constant hunger is often felt and the energy levels usually plummet. Eat away at that healthy natural saturated fat and those sources of non-toxic carbohydrates.
Not Enough Nutritious Foods (nutrient deficiencies)
This simply means that chicken and vegetables day in and day out is not going to cut it. You should strive to frequently eat foods such as meat from grass-fed ruminants, fresh wild-caught fish, homemade stock, fermented vegetables, seafood, organs like liver and bone marrow and a good variety of fresh vegetables.
Too Much Fruit…
Fruits are certainly natural, but most of them are loaded with fructose, which becomes toxic when consumed in high amounts. Just because many fruits are loaded with vitamin C, potassium, fiber and many natural anti-oxidant doesn’t mean that the fructose in them is less toxic. A few pieces of fruit per day shouldn’t be a problem at all, but over-doing it could be the reason why so many fail to lose the desired weight even on a Paleo diet.
Not Fully Committing…
Someone that cheats frequently has not even allowed their body to dispose of all toxins; thus, they have yet to achieve their optimal state. So for those of you still questioning how you are feeling on the diet, if the results aren’t at their best it could well be because you are preventing that from happening by not fully committing to the diet changes. Cheating and eating less desirable foods can be perfectly fine when done from on an infrequent basis, but I strongly recommend to people who first commit to the diet to do it fully for at least the first 30 days to let their body a chance to get rid of the bulk of the toxins and get nourished by the much more nutritious foods of Paleo.