Giving Up Paleo
A few weeks ago I came across this article:
And thought it made some valid arguments… paleo lets you eat as much as you want of “good foods” but somehow it can still make you fat… it’s so restrictive that it’s not realistic… so when I saw that my awesome dietician friend who also does crossfit and lifts had also read this article I asked her about it. We came upon the same conclusion as the author. The biggest take away was that the Paleo culture encourages a limitless eating of excess calories through fat consumption. While a gram of fat is 9 calories, a gram of protein or carbohydrate is only 4 calories- so while the food might be natural and healthy, at some point calories do count. Weight loss and weight gain in its simplest form is cals in/cals out, so all those excess fat grams do make a difference. Additionally, the diet bases itself off foods that you can and cannot have, which tends to make it 1) rather unrealistic and 2) rather punishing. Nothing makes you feel worse than eating something you’re not supposed to eat.
So overall, it’s been nice to have a couple birthday cake oreos every day. I revel in my morning bowl of oatmeal. I was feeling pretty gross lately eating nuts, coconut butter, fatty pork and olive oil. I thought the key to success was cutting out carbs and sugar. But I’ve learned (through my friend and a macros approach) that diet, just like the rest of life is all about balance.