Starting a new diet can be challenging to say the least. There is usually so much to consider that it can be overwhelming for most people. The Paleo Diet is no different. Whether your goal is to lose weight or just feel better, you need to get familiar with the Paleo Diet and what learn everything you can about it. Even if youâ€™ve read every Paleo Diet book in existence, be aware that you may be unknowingly doing it all wrong.
Here we examine the top 8 mistakes to avoid when following the Paleo Diet:
Too Much Fruit: The Paleo Diet encourages a diet consisting of a lot of fruits and vegetables. However, eating too much fruit can result in natural sugar overdose which can wreak havoc on your liver and slow it down from detoxifying.
Going Nuts over Nuts: Nuts are a convenient, inexpensive and wonderful source of protein but they are high in calories and fat. Eating too many of them will not only backfire on you in terms of weight loss but it may also irritate your digestive system.
Lack of Calcium: You donâ€™t need dairy to reach your recommended daily calcium requirements. Some calcium-rich, paleo-friendly sources of calcium include dark leafy greens, broccoli and kale. Sesame seeds are also said to be a great source of calcium.
Being Too Restrictive: When some people start off on a diet, they follow it to the letter and force themselves to deny their body of what it really wants. Itâ€™s ok to have a little leeway when youâ€™re following the Paleo Diet, especially if youâ€™re just starting out. Your mind and body have to get used to a new way of eating and it takes time to adjust.
Not Being Organized: The Paleo Diet is all about planning. Itâ€™s so much easier to follow this diet when youâ€™ve got a meal plan for the week and have some food preparation done ahead of time so making meals is a breeze. Chop up some vegetables, cook up some chicken breasts, and store everything in the fridge.
Scared of Fat: If your goal is to lose weight on the Paleo Diet, be aware that you must include healthy fats as part of your diet. Some people think this may be contradictory to their goal but in fact, fat plays a significant role in weight loss by keeping you feeling full and satisfied much longer.
Holding Onto Your Pantry: When starting the Paleo Diet, you should start with a clean slate meaning that you should clean out your cupboards and get rid of all non-Paleo foods. If you keep all your favorites, you will be tempted to indulge. Do yourself a favor and either give your stuff away or throw it out.
Not Exercising: As with any other diet, exercise plays an important role in your new lifestyle. Include it in your schedule at least 3 times per week to keep you feeling great. It will definitely speed up your weight loss efforts!
Starting the Paleo Diet can be a major adjustment for some people but itâ€™s important to take it one day at a time. Donâ€™t dwell on any mistakes â€“ learn from them and move on to your next Paleo-friendly meal!