Ditch the Diets, Focus on Food!

Paleo table | The Paleo DietHow following a Paleo-inspired eating regime can be your ticket to permanent fat loss once and for all.

How are those resolutions you made for 2016 coming along so far?

Are you on track, or are you part of the nearly 80 million Americans who don’t even stick with their goals for a single week?1

From losing that extra weight you’ve put on during the holidays, making regular exercise a higher priority or just trying to make healthier food choices to feel better, chances are strong that you’re one of the 45% of Americans who have resolved to take charge and get healthy as part of their overall goals for 2016.2

We know the alarming stats: 160 million Americans3 are either obese or overweight and if things continue on their current trajectory, the future’s looking grim.

Clearly, we want to make change; the question, however, is what is going to be the thing that makes all the difference for this year compared to all the rest?

With a dieting failure rate of nearly 100%4, there’s something inherently wrong with our current approach.

We’re inundated with eating trends, fad diets, quick fixes, pills, powders and mixes on a daily basis, everywhere we look.

It’s gotten so complicated and confusing, we’re eating packaged, processed foods more than fresh, not making healthy shopping or cooking a priority and spending an average of $1,200 per month on fast food.5

What if, instead, we focused on eating foods that are local and in season where we live?  Imagine an eating regime where the all we need to do is remember to enjoy a balance of ethically sourced protein combined with a healthy portion of veggies and a good dose of natural fats?  And the only thing to avoid would be highly processed, refined, GMO food by-products that are now all too common in our marketplace.

This, in a nutshell, is what a real Paleo diet is all about.

It’s the very approach I learned about back in 2005 when I first discovered the work of Dr. Loren Cordain, PhD and Dr. S. Boyd Eaton, MD.

This back to basics eating regime is what I’ve followed myself for years, as well as with hundreds of clients around the globe and it truly is the only approach I’ve found that works.

By following The Paleo Diet rather than the traditional recommendation for weight loss (low fat, high carb), participants in a recent study 6 experienced greater weight loss at 6, 12 and 18 months, more loss of body fat, waist circumference and sagittal and abdominal diameter.

Implementing The Paleo Diet also caused greater improvements in blood triglycerides after 2 years than the low fat, high carbohydrate diet.7

Other health benefits of following this healthy approach to eating include: reduction or elimination of allergies, cessation of autoimmune symptoms, lowered blood pressure and bad cholesterol levels as well as decreased chances of developing Type 2 diabetes8… and that’s just to start!

So why haven’t we been doing this all along?

In my experience, there’s one word for it: impatience.

We want to lose those extra 15 pounds now.  We don’t want to wait for the recommended, gradual, safe weight loss of ½ – 2 pounds per week.

And following a real paleo-inspired regime won’t offer results like a gimmicky approach might.

But what it does have to offer is a slow, steady and safe way to peel off those pounds while improving your overall health simultaneously.

Not only that, but by improving your energy levels, sleep quality and mental focus (yes, also inevitable positive outcomes of following a real Paleo diet), you’ll feel fantastic every step of the way.

It’s not just about the number on the scale. It’s about implementing a long term lifestyle eating approach that gives you that spring in your step while empowering you to know which foods not to eat simply because you know they’ll leave you feeling less than.

Eat real food.  It truly is that simple!


[1] “It’s a Week into January and a Quarter of Us Have Already Abandoned Our New Year’s Resolutions.” Washington Post. The Washington Post, n.d. Web. 03 Jan. 2016

[2] “New Year’s Resolutions by the Numbers | Details.” Details. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Jan. 2016

[3] “The Whole World Is Getting Fatter, New Survey Finds – NBC News.” NBC News. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Jan. 2016

[4] “95% Regain Lost Weight.” US News. U.S.News & World Report, n.d. Web. 03 Jan. 2016.

[5] Reporter, Daily Mail. “Average American Spends $1,200 a Year on Fast Food – That’s Burgers and Fried Chicken Twice EVERY Week.” Mail Online. Associated Newspapers, 01 May 2014. Web. 04 Jan. 2016

[6] Cordain L, Eaton SB, Sebastian A, Mann N, Lindeberg S, Watkins BA, O’Keefe JH, Brand-Miller J. Origins and evolution of the western diet: Health implications for the 21st century. Am J Clin Nutr 2005;81:341-54

[7] “Scientific Verification of the Long Term Effects of Paleolithic Diets.” The Paleo Diet. Dr. Loren Cordain, PhD, 07 Feb. 2014. Web. 04 Jan. 2016

[8] Cordain, Loren. The Paleo Diet: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Foods You Were Designed to Eat. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2011. Print

About Nell Stephenson, B.S.

Nell Stephenson, B.S.Nell Stephenson is a competitive Ironman athlete, personal trainer, and a health and nutrition consultant. She has an exercise science degree from the University of Southern California, a health/fitness instructor certification from the American College of Sports Medicine, and over a decade in the health, fitness and nutrition industry. To support her training for the Ironman Triathlon, Nell has tried many different nutritional plans and has found that the Paleo Diet is superior to all other ways of eating. She’s found that she’s leaner, faster, and fitter than ever before and uses her own experience to teach clients how to achieve optimal nutrition and health. Visit her website at paleoista.com. Download meal plans tailored to you here.

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  1. In your article, you stated that the average American spends $1200 a MONTH on fast food, however your reference states $1200 a year. Just a heads up.

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