It’s going well. (Click for the Parker version of paleo.)
Only one transgression. I attended my son’s Boy Scout troop campout last weekend and had some salad with a small amount of cheese and salad dressing made from industrial seed oil. Not a big deal.
These campouts are often carb-heavy affairs involving copious grains and refined sugars. The adults get together on meals so there’s usually some compromise involved. We always have meat or eggs at mealtimes, along with fresh fruit. It’s not too hard to eat paleo, particularly if I bring some nuts. I was sorely tempted by blueberry muffins, white chocolate/macadamia nut cookies, and oatmeal raisin cookies.
Although I’m not trying the paleo diet to lose weight, I lost 3.5 lb (1.6 kg) in the last week, adding to the 1.5 lb I lost in the first week. Starting weight was 171 lb and I’m down to 166. I gotta admit I’m pleasantly surprised. I haven’t even been exercising for the last couple weeks.
PS: The paleo diet is also known as the Paleolithic, Stone Age, Old Stone Age, hunter-gatherer, or caveman diet.
I originally tried a modified “paleo” style diet to lose weight post-pregnancy. I had been eating a “Michael Pollan” style diet previously, with very little seed oils and making all my meals from scratch (for the most part). Once I dropped grains, I lost 25 pounds in about 10 weeks. I’ve kept it off for over two years.
The amusing part of the concept is that everyone assumes that if you are on a “diet” you will somehow not get enough to eat, because being on a diet must mean that you will be going hungry. But of course you cannot stay hungry long term, so “diets” that cause hunger must eventually fail. The idea is that if you eat mainly saturated fats and not too many still-cellular carbohydrates you will feel like you have had enough to eat (“satiety?”) while actually consuming fewer calories than if you were eating grains to get “full.” Thus in the end the idea of caloric reduction leading to weight loss is clearly preserved. There are a number of factors at work in the modern obesity epidemic and other diseases of civilization, all probably the perverse result of a horrible synergy of excess PUFA from vegetable oils, excess acellular carbohydrates, and modern dwarf wheat, coupled with a lack of sunlight and slightly fermented food.