How To Lose Weight Naturally, The Paleo Way

The quest to lose fat has become a modern day obsession, as evidenced by the sheer number of products and services geared toward this end. It is no understatement to say that a billion-dollar industry has been built around these products and services.

However, some of these products are simply ineffective and overpromise on results, while there are others that may guarantee substantial weight loss for consumers, but also compromise health and wellbeing.

If you have been struggling with your weight and have tried numerous products or techniques to no avail, you might be asking if there is an effective way to lose weight without compromising your health.

If you want to know how to lose weight naturally, in a safe and sustainable manner, it is imperative to understand first a few key points.

The presence of body fat has been demonized by modern society as something that is unattractive and unhealthy. However, body fat serves an evolutionary purpose and without it, the human race would have been wiped out. To put it succinctly, body fat ensured that prehistoric humans survived a harsh environment — an environment where food was scarce and people had to eat as much as they possibly can once food was available, in order to store these as fat.

Trouble is, the bodies of humans have not evolved to account for the ready availability and overabundance of processed and convenience foods today. On top of this, there are other issues that complicate the matter further.

First, your body has a fat set point. What this means is that your body needs to maintain a specific weight and if you try to cut weight beyond this, your body will work against you in a variety of ways, including decreasing fertility and making you feel hungry more often.

Next, your body has a set point for the macronutrients it needs to function optimally. If it feels that you are depriving it of these, it will try to make you eat more.

It is also worthwhile to discuss how insulin affects your quest to lose weight. This hormone’s main function is to help the body store food as energy. Your body produces energy upon consumption of proteins and carbs. Insulin levels usually spike after meals and taper off when the food stored as energy has been used. But in the context of the modern world, the insulin levels of many people remain elevated simply because they do not use their energy stores. And when this happens, you will always feel hungry while you pile on the excess weight.

With these issues in mind, losing weight naturally is not just about eating less and moving more. On top of this, willpower is not sufficient as the brain and your body are hardwired against your goals.

How, then, can you lose weight against all these factors? The Paleo Diet addresses these issues in a variety of ways.

First, your meals consist of nutrient-dense foods which eliminate your body’s craving for micronutrients. Second, the food included in the Paleo Diet reward your brain and its need for tasty food. But unlike sweets and other types of junk food, the foods included in the Paleo Diet are not addictive.

Another reason why the Paleo Diet allows people to lose weight naturally is because it does not prescribe the elimination of carbs or the severe reduction on the consumption of this nutrient.

But on top of these, there are other strategies people can use to complement their use of this diet, including getting ample sleep, reducing stress, and lessening rigorous exercise. These all contribute to inflammation, which in turn puts the body into a state of elevated hunger and faulty metabolism of carbohydrates.

That is not to say that you should not exercise. You should. However, you do not have to punish yourself through your workouts. Doing so will only put your body in a state of chronic inflammation.

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