When I first started the Paleo Diet, I thought it sounded so natural: To eat like humans were meant to eat in the very beginning had to be good for your health, right? I tried it and lost 15 pounds within a month. So what happened to make me say, “I am giving up on the Paleo Diet.”
When I First Started to Have My Doubts
About two weeks in, my husband (always the history buff) pointed out to me that, yes, pre-historic men did survive only on animal protein, nuts, berries, and plants, but that isn’t why they wouldn’t be overweight. The led active lifestyles and had to chase down or search for their food if they wanted to eat. They also had to face periods of starvation in the winter, when fresh foods were impossible to find. Then he asked me if my Paleo Diet also included insects. “No,” I replied, as I began to wonder if the diet had any real historical basis for health benefits what so ever. But by that point, I had lost around eight pounds already, so I continued on.
Then the Inconvenience Started to Get to Me
The longer I was on the Paleo Diet, the harder it got to follow. A big problem was that it was just so inconvenient for my busy schedule. Can you imagine walking into a gas station on your way to work, in search of a quick Paleo breakfast? And the fast food world is limited to salads alone (no processed meats), which I can understand, but with no dressing? The worst part is, I often found that the inconvenience often led to skipping meals, which made me feel even more deprived.
Then Everything Started to Taste the Same
The complete and utter lack of variety started to make eating fill like a chore. It seemed like there was always something missing. How can they call it an omelet recipe, if you can’t use cheese? And if you want to create something that resembles pizza, you can forget it. There are only so many ways to combine meat and veggies before it all to get old.
And I finally Cracked…
I had made it about a month and a half started looking for another diet. I knew I couldn’t keep it up much longer. I wasn’t ready to live the rest of my life with out cheese, or salad dressing, or flavor. It was decided. I was giving up the Paleo Diet.
Since then, I have found success in the Atkins diet (still lots of meat and veggies, but with cheese!) and lost 40 pounds. From my personal experience, I would recommend exploring the other options out there before embarking on something so restrictive as the Paleo Diet, and remember, the best thing you can ever do for your health and weight loss is to stay active.