Adequate Calories for Fat Loss

Sorry fellas, this is another one for the ladies. That doesn’t mean this information can never apply to any of us gents, just that most women will find it more useful than most men.

If you have been listening to our podcast or sniffing around this site for any length of time, you have probably heard me talk about calories and fat loss, and you were probably initially surprised to here me say that most (actually, nearly all) women with fat loss goals are not eating enough to facilitate those goals. To briefly recap, consuming too few calories, especially when coupled with exercise, has the tendency to condition a body toward a slow metabolism and efficient fat storage.  In other words, starvation and cardio are the fast track to yo-yo dieting and metabolic damage.

If you have a history of not-so-healthy weight loss pursuits with caloric restriction and the kind of exercise that is intended to “burn calories,” the only way to produce any sustainable results is to heal your metabolism, and that requires eating enough to get your body out of the stress that has become its norm and the source of all your frustration. This usually won’t happen overnight, and it might even require gaining a little fat while your body learns some new norms, but I have never seen anyone fix a broken metabolism while her body struggled to adapt to semi-starvation.

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Time for Testimonies! Share Your Inspiring Stories.

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Whew, we did it! We made it through another wonderful Christmas, surrounded by family, friends and of course, delicious food!  We sincerely hope you all had a laughter-filled, relaxing holiday!

Here at Everyday Paleo and Everyday Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness, our whole team receives so much joy from the countless positive testimonies people share with us, about how Paleo has transformed their lives.  We figured this is the perfect time of year to make those testimonies public!  We know there is power in people sharing positive stories with each other.  So please… as you reflect on how Paleo has helped you this year, load up our comments below by sharing your story. [Read more...]

A Case for Baby Steps

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*Note from Sarah: I’m so excited about this most recent post by Jason Seib.  It’s truly epic.  Thank you Jason for writing such an eye-opening and thought provoking article.  I hope you all enjoy and take from Jason’s post as much as I did.  For more of Jason, find him here on Facebook and also check out his soon to be released book, The Paleo Coach available for pre-order on Amazon!

I’ve been doing a little brainstorming lately.  I can’t stop thinking about why so many people seem to have a terrible time getting from zero to paleo despite the fact they they clearly believe it will work for them.  If you would have asked me a year ago, I would have told you that lack of belief was probably the primary force keeping most people from success.  It still sounds logical – if you don’t think something will work for you, or if you think the people that it worked for were special somehow, you will probably have compliance issues.  However, these days I seem to encounter a lot of people who appear to be fully convinced of the merits of eating like a human, but they still can’t make it to the finish line.  “I’m starting my 3rd 30 day challenge,” is a phrase that I seem to hear daily.  All I can think is, “Why didn’t it work the first time?”  My frustration has led me to do quite a bit of research outside the realms of nutrition and fitness and into the intriguing world of psychology, and more specifically, willpower.  I feel like I’m just getting started, and every question raises two more, but I have already learned some amazing things.

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TREATS

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* Note from Jason:  Here’s another excellent post by blogger, Jeromie Preas.  Enjoy!

This is NOT the post you think it’s going to be; I am not going to come down on you for the “cheat” treat that you may’ve indulged in recently. Rather, I want to use “treats” as an acronym.

People forget that results come with being consistent and mastering the basics. There are too many people who give up too easily or too soon. If you jump from diet to diet, training program to training program, or you burn the candle at both ends, you’re failing to master the basics.

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Sugar, Insulin Resistance, and Fat Loss – By Jason Seib

Be forewarned, I’m going to get a little scientific, but I promise I will do my best to make it all make sense in the end.

Today I’m going to attempt to help folks understand the basic biochemistry involved in fat storage and loss.  I said attempt because I am a geek and this stuff gets pretty geeky, and I said basic because nearly everything I type from here forward will be a huge oversimplification of the amazing biochemical symphony taking place in these processes.

Let’s pretend you have not heard of Everyday Paleo yet.  You are still “doing” diets instead of eating like a human.  Your head is still full of myth and fable grounded in anything but actual science.  Prior to Everyday Paleo, your typical day might have looked like this:

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