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Paleo Diet Digest: How To Lose Weight The Healthy Way

By The Paleo Diet Team
December 27, 2019
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Among the many benefits of The Paleo Diet®, its ability to help people effectively lose weight in a healthy manner is one of its most powerful and transformative aspects of the diet. By helping individuals shed pounds—and, as beneficial side effects, reduce cravings and increase or stabilize energy levels—the diet can radically improve people’s lives. In many cases, and without sounding too dramatic, it may even save lives.

The premise of The Paleo Diet, and the reason it is an effective, intelligent approach to weight loss, is simple. This diet is the only one to which human beings are genetically adapted. As such, eating the foods your body needs—indeed, the foods you are genetically programmed to consume—will greatly reduce your hunger signals. It does this in a few ways. First, the high nutrient-density of natural foods like fruits, vegetables, fish, and lean meats, gives the body essential nutrients it needs without high calorie consumption. The second way it reduces hunger signals is by stabilizing fluctuations in insulin and, therefore, improving your glycemic control, a tremendous benefit for those with diabetes. Ultimately, reducing your caloric intake will help you lose weight.

How does it do all this? First, The Paleo Diet focuses on foods, not macronutrients or ratios of fat to carbohydrate to protein. That said, in its focus on certain food types, it is typically lower in carbohydrate than the modern Western diet.

A Paleo dietary approach fits perfectly with a low-carb diet due to the inherently higher intake of lean proteins, healthy fats, and abundant vegetables. The natural elimination of grains on a Paleo Diet quickly and easily reduces your total carb intake. The good news is you’re replacing the nutrient-poor starchy grains with nutrient-dense veggies and fruits. This promotes not only superior weight loss but better overall health.

On a Paleo Diet, you will consume a lower overall calorie count, while getting the nutrients your body needs. You will also eliminate spikes and dips in your energy levels. The benefit is threefold: you will remain more consistently energetic; you’ll eliminate daily cravings; and, finally, by eating foods that are lower in calories and higher in nutrients, you will more readily control weight, and do so in the most healthy way.

If you’re interested in learning more about healthy weight loss on The Paleo Diet, check out our collection of articles below.


— The Paleo Diet Team

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Do low-carb diets really provide better weight loss?

By Casey Thaler, B.A. NASM-CPT, FNS

Author Casey Thaler analyzes numerous studies to better understand which studies purporting weight loss are to be believed, and which are flawed. He asks what the research says, what it does not say, and analyzes whether the methods used to extract these conclusions are sound. He also investigates the question of whether the type of carbohydrates you consume makes a difference in your efforts to lose weight.

Losing weight is one thing—keeping it off is the hard part

By Casey Thaler, B.A. NASM-CPT, FNS

Past research has shown that obese dieters have less than a one percent chance of keeping the weight off that they’ve lost. Writer Casey Thaler details why The Paleo Diet may be the best antidote for the modern Western diet, and your weight loss woes.

Can you lose weight on a high-fat diet?

By The Paleo Diet Editorial Board

When you’re starting a new diet, you may be tempted to seek out the low-fat or fat-free items from the supermarket shelves. Don’t do it! This article details why the “fat is bad” mentality is a myth, why fat is good for your body, and why incorporating healthy fats into your diet could help you shed pounds effectively and healthily.

A success story of effective, healthy weight loss

There are countless stories of people successfully losing weight on The Paleo Diet. We’ve selected this one from “Dr. Steve” because it epitomizes the type of story we love to hear. For more success stories on many aspects of the diet, including weight loss, here are some of our favorites.

More Digests to Come...

We hope you’ve been enjoying these digests we’ve put together for you this holiday season on common topics you have told us you are interested in. Healthy weight loss has certainly been popular, but we have more digests coming out over the next few weeks including our most popular recipes, and FAQs about The Paleo Diet.

If you enjoyed this digest and are interested in our upcoming themes, keep checking our website every few days—there are more to come.

As always, our team appreciates your support for The Paleo Diet. We look forward to and encourage your feedback on our website and Facebook

Thank you,

- The Paleo Diet Team

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