(Top 6 Ways to Reach Your Goals on the Paleo Diet)
Lose Weight Like a Caveman
Want to lose weight? Then eat like your caveman ancestors and become part of the burgeoning “Paleo” (Paleolithic) diet and “Primal” lifestyle movements.
Since our organs of digestion have not evolved as rapidly as modern agricultural and food processing methods, a return to Stone Age culinary habits is a relief to your digestion and healthy – and the key to a slender, sexy body.
I believe so much in these principles that I gave up a career as a special investigative agent for the Food and Drug Administration so I could raise the profile of Primal living.
After nearly 10 years performing investigations on healthcare, food and the drug industry, I’ve seen more than my share of the damage caused by unhealthy foods and supplements. In fact, I wrote a whole book about taking charge of your own health: The Primal Power Method: Unlock the Ancient Secret to Health [http://garyshealthtips.com/the-primal-power-method-is-here].
But for now, here’s the low-down you need to slim-down caveman style.
1. Eat More Fat
While you can go to the store and buy boneless, skinless, effortless chicken breasts, your caveman cousins clearly could not.
After the exertion involved of a hunt, they would have eaten everything an animal had to offer: the lean muscles, plus the fat surrounding the muscles, plus the (often fatty) skin, the (often fatty) animal organs, and so on.
Bottom line: You were meant to eat healthy fat from healthy sources, such as free-range, pastured animals (happy livestock living comfortably in green fields getting fresh air), and vegetable sources such as nuts and avocados. [http://garyshealthtips.com/how-to-incorporate-healthy-oils-into-your-cooking-and-health-routine]
Dietary fat is not the enemy of fat loss. Ah, my favorite rule! [http://www.newamericannutrition.com/Categories/Primal-Reports/Primal-Report-1-Should-You-Eat-Fat-To-Lose-Fat-Hard-Copy.html]
2. Eat real food
What’s real food? It’s the stuff your great-grandparents would recognize as food.
It’s the potato (not the chip.) It’s a strawberry (not artificially strawberry-flavored anything!)
Remember, real foods rot. Nature has a built-in system to help us to eat the freshest foods.
An organic orange? It may last a week or two.
A man-made McDonald’s hamburger? It will literally not rot – it has so many preservatives and additives that, if left uneaten, it will look almost the same after several months pass! Not cool.
Solution: Don’t eat processed pseudo-foods sold in pretty boxes in supermarket aisles. Support your local economy by shopping at Farmers’ Markets or family-owned food stores instead. The Julian Bakery is one!
3. Change Your Grains (or as I recommend just eliminate them)
Grains in their natural states – such as wheat (remember it contains gluten), rice or oatmeal – are not meant to be digested by humans. In their most natural form they are seeds, which are meant to pass through mammalian digestive tracts and be deposited in a nice pile of fertilizer, ready to grow.
Moreover, grains naturally contain many toxic proteins that may harm your digestive system and cause health problems.
However, our ancient forbears had a solution: grains can be okay – when traditionally processed via sprouting or soaking.
Sprouted grains have been released from their toxic protein-rich pods and are easier to digest. Sprouting not something you can do at home, although you can buy sprouted grain products at natural food markets such as the Julian Bakery [http://www.julianbakery.com].
Soaking grains is something you can do at home. I tell you how in my book [http://www.newamericannutrition.com/Categories/The-Primal-Power-Method-Series/Primal-Power-Method-Hard-Copy.html].
Above all, don’t eat supermarket-bought white bread. I’ve written literally thousands of words [http://www.newamericannutrition.com/Categories/Primal-Reports/Primal-Report-2-Good-Carbs-Bad-Carbs-Hard-Copy.html] on the dangers of chain-store white flour products, but suffice to say they wreak havoc with your hormones and your waistline.
Eat soaked or sprouted breads or none at all. Remember grains were never intended to be a staple of our diet, for most people they will be far healthier by removing grains from their diet period.
4. Move Like an Animal
Ever seen an overweight lion?
Me neither. Animals are not designed to be overweight [http://garyshealthtips.com/is-your-pets-health-a-reflection-of-your-own ] and neither are you.
But gyms aren’t always the solution.
Think of how our prehistoric brethren got fit. Their sport was life itself: hunting, gathering, building and maintaining shelter, and basic survival activities such as sprinting away from a predator.
Our bodies function best with day-long, relatively constant movement (“primal movement”). Yet many of us go from home to car to work desk to car to home to the couch to watch other people play sports on television.
Here’s the good news: Gyms are nice, but not necessary. Like your Stone Age forbears, you can get all the workout you need with just your body weight.
How? I created do-them-at-home DVD’s based on Primal principles designed to teach you how and why to do certain exercises. Think of it as a mini-training course that allows you to be your own trainer. Find them here [http://www.newamericannutrition.com/Categories/The-Primal-Power-Method-Series/New-American-Nutrition-Beginner-Exercise-DVD.html].
5. Supplement Selectively
We don’t live in an ideal world. Studies show that today’s soils produce foods with about 30 percent fewer nutrients than those of a century ago. So even if you are eating a healthy diet (something few Americans can claim), it is still possible that your nutrient intake is insufficient.
For this reason, I recommend taking a well-rounded multivitamin every day.
But first, a warning: Be very selective. Why do I say this?
Because I spent years as a special investigative agent for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA.) Most people think the government (via the FDA) is busily checking that all the vitamins sold at name-brand supermarkets, mega-stores, sports nutrition chain stores, and even health food shops are safe to consume. In fact nothing could be further from the truth.
I’m here to tell you, as a former FDA insider, the truth about nutritional supplements will shock you, but will also potentially save your life. Before you drink another protein shake or down another vitamin, read this: [http://garyshealthtips.com/how-to-avoid-purchasing-dangerous-supplements].
6. Don’t Drink the Water
Your body does not do well with huge helpings of water at meals – it dilutes the gastric juices (stomach acid) that would otherwise be breaking down your food!
Consider our prehistoric cousins: Would they have been able to consume much water outside of what was already contained in their everyday foods on a consistent basis? Maybe, but maybe not! They certainly didn’t reach for an Evian with the ease that you or I can.
The solution? Sip water at meals. And be cautious not to drink too much water overall; a range of five to eight cups per day should be sufficient. Of course, on days that you are more physically active you will need to consume additional fluids and salt (since salt is also lost through sweat) to maintain proper hydration.
And remember, water must come from both the fluid you drink and the water-rich foods you eat. Yet another reason to nosh on fruits and veggies!
Gary Collins’ Background
Collins’ background is very unique and brings a much-needed perspective to today’s fields of both health and nutrition. He holds an AS degree in Exercise Science, BS in Criminal Justice and a MS in Forensic Science.
After an exciting career in military intelligence Collins worked for the U.S. State Department, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a Special Agent. His career took him around the world and gave him a unique perspective on not only how the United States, but the world is affected by our food, drug and healthcare policies.
The highlights of his career took him from protecting some of the most powerful people in the world to investigations involving the biggest tainted pet food death case in the U.S. to the intricate dealings of one of the largest counterfeit prescription drug rings in the world. He has often said, “If Americans really knew what was going on in the area of healthcare and nutrition in this country, they would be appalled.”
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