Is Minke Whale available in the US? I had it in Iceland.. I am craving it so badly! I want to know more about that pizza. It looks delicious. Whole grain plus protein. Canned foods are absolutely fine. No problem. Most small independent pizzerias should be able to help you customize a pizza, and you can always have chicken strips at home that you add on top for the finishing touch. Frozen chicken breasts from Safeway can be microwaved and cut in a matter of a few minutes. Whole grain is not recommended on this diet, due to high caloric content and generally high glycemic index.
It is tempting but not good for fat loss. Saturdays allow you to go nuts, so be strict otherwise. Eating the same meals over and over again is boring, yes. I will generally eat the same meals every day for weeks and then rotate to a new meals that comply with my diet plan. It is not practical to have consistency and variety at the same time, so I rotate in this fashion to prevent feeling like a POW.
That said, being in incredible shape usually justifies having good but familiar food from Sun-Fri. Saturday is no-holds-barred. I thought what I was reading sounded awful familiar. This was posted in , the book came out in , right? LMAO I was totally thinking the same thing. What am I doing wrong or do you have any tips to speed up this process? Appreciate your feedback! Hey Tim, I noticed you discouraged eating whole grain bread.
What do you think about this kind of bread? If you are monitoring your caloric intake would it even matter? Neither of those have enriched flour. Hi, Just bought your book yesterday and reading religiously. Love the information specially the way its written. I have a one question though According to your slow diet I I have to eliminating carbs. Please advise. Please do suggest options. My husband started Kettle Bell training after it was recommended in your book, he loves it.
He complains of low energy from time to time and I have no idea how to restructure our meals. Otherwise ghee, lentils and veggies for meals and lots of spinach. You will Eat meat!!!!
God said to kill the animals and eat them because you have dominion over them. I see you have said to use beans but all the low carb diets iv read up on have said they are high in carbs?? Love the slow carb and it has changed my life. Thanks so much. What do you recommend if you are Bikram Yoga addict and you are on the slow carb? Bikram is pretty intense. Is there anything special I need to be doing on the diet to still lost fat? All of this sounds intruiging, but what about substiuting the bread for a corn or flower tortilla, making a wrap or a buritto or sorts, and eat with tomato based salsa?
I do not know about you, but A diet with tortillas and salsa could never get boring. Are there any further resources on this tye of diet? Do these types of meals work better with any kind of spices or light sauces? What do you think about lacto-ovo Vegetarian alternatives? Salsa is outstanding, especially chunky medium spice salsa with corn, beans, etc.
Last but not least, lacto-ovo is fine. Hi Tim, I am curious of the work out options on here. Any thoughts? Me and my husband just started this diet and I had a question regarding a few things you are and are not allowed to consume. Are nuts allowed at all? Are there any restrictions as to how much calorically should be consumed men vs woman? Can butter substitutes and spices be used? Supplements can be used for this, even if your diet and exercise is mediocre.
That said, the regimen of supplements that would accomplish this would make your liver and kidneys most unhappy, as both will be affected, and the liver will be filtering most of them from your blood. Keep an eye out! Tim thank you my buddy showed me this diet! I have just lost 17 pounds in 19 days! No lie!!! Congrats on jumping on the plan.
I approach the problem differently. Rather than focusing on speeding up the metabolism via adrenal hormones adrenaline, norepinephrine, etc. Before bed, I take:. This cocktail not only aids in fat-loss, in my experience, but it lowered my total cholesterol from to in four weeks! Hi Tim- I just asked for and got your 4-hr Body book for my Birthday.
I am trying the Slow Carb diet that has been so successful for so many and pray it works for me. Questions: I think I saw somewhere that corn is ok to eat and salsa in spite of the canned tomatoes? The ingredients seem all natural enough. I am a woman, 41, in ok shape can run 6 miles if necessary , but I bulked up over the holidays, what can I expect the 1st, second, 3rd and 4th weeks?
Thanks Tim! Be VERY careful with this diet and remember as soon as you return to normal eating habits you will gain all back and more. Just stop eating. I am curious about the legumes. Should I limit myself to these listed or can I elaborate into other kinds of beans? Also, are there any fruits or vegetables to avoid? Will this diet help me gain muscle AND lose bodyfat?
I look forward to your expose on your experience. Sorry for leaving two in a row, but I have found more questions. I have been reading about slow-carb, and it says to avoid white-bread and refined cereals. I asked about tortillas because I thought the whole wrap-instead-of-bread craze was about the low carb diet. Is there a diference between tortillas used in wraps and burritos? They have alot of information on low-GI diets and a refined food pyramid on mypyramid.
My site can help with that! I find it insane not to be able to eat any type of vegtable out there. Will I have enough energy to exercise? Hey i came across ur whole lose 20lbs in 30 days and of-course i wus intrigued. N e ways since april of last year i started working out and went from weighing to now weighing , by now im obsessed with fitness and nutrition. Well i dont wanna give you my life story: but the point to all this is the whole saturdays dieters gone wild day seems to good to be true. Can i just treat myself to one chocolate bar and maybe ice cream u know stuff i normally i wouldnt eat, or is your advice to literlly stuff myself 4 dat day??
Now I am desperate to rid this excess fat and weight and look normal again! I love my carbs, but could probably give them up if egg whites and chicken are involved. However, I hate vegetables, making the rest of the diet tough. Any particular good ones for this diet? This is a great approach. I take mg of cinnamon per day and use either red wine or apple cider vinegar olive oil to make a salad dressing on my mixed green salad mostly spinach though.
These positive effects stop at the third drink. The Jack Danials Diet works for me. Time for another drink. I read about your diet with interest. I do something similar, but without the beans, lentils etc. I have a couple of questions. Can you eat cheese and nuts with this diet? Especially cheese, because I like to snack a little with swiss cheese. It is with great interest that I write to you. I have recently been on a diet regime combined with Lipolytic Injections. The result was OK, but I still have at least 8Kgs to drop before finally goal weight, I do exercise regular by walking for an hour times per week.
And burn quite an amount of calories this way. Question: Why is there no fish in your diet? Thank you for sharing your success with us. This post is getting out of control. Cody, excellent observations. I use vinegar on salads, cinnamon, and even lemon in drinks to lower collective meal GI. Smart lad, you are. Feel free to substitute whichever you want, but some legumes are a good ideas for sufficient calories. Too calorically dense and still normally high GI.
This diet is great for gaining muscle. Just up volume and ensure you get a good amount of low-GI starches organic whole-grain brown rice or quinoa; the latter is my favorite after training sessions. Macaroni mixed with tuna is also a great bulking meal. None of the supplements I recommended generally cause anxiety or insomnia. None are stimulants. Fruit, and fructose, are not good for fat-loss diets — period. Fructose is easily converted into fat after it spills over from the liver. I eat one organic orange before sleep to increase HDL cholesterol, but this is not for fat loss.
Cheese ideally low-fat , nuts, and occassional fried food ideally without a ton of breading are fine on this diet. Notice that all are protein-rich and low GI. Buy the books! One, I cant stand chicken Breast that isnt properly grilled. Is it possible to grill them for a few days lets say 8 or so then jam them into the fridge and just heat them up quickly via the microwave or over a skillet for a few mins? Also Im heavily swimming and doing some light lifting, and push ups.
Will this diet along with Whey Protein be enough to help my body maintain itself under this strain? Arnt those all way below the fats that you need? Im quite new to this, and greatly appropriate your help. I would be more then glad to take some before and after photos and stick to this regiment if it can fit into my lifestyle IE, being able to slap something together quickly as a meal. Just one more question. For instance, I find gorging myself on Saturdays to be a temporary diet, not a habit one should indulge in for life.
Is this also something you mention in your books? Is this how you eat all the time, or is it a temporary meal plan to reach a goal weight or bulk? I eat like this all the time and have for 7 years. I just preschedule it to limit the damage. Tim P. I have to focus on the book launch next Tuesday! Its my second day and i simply cant wait for saturday. Should see good results. I am currently in Trinidad also and I purchased the book online. Check out the sites and you can buy the e-book to download on you computer where you can print and read it.
It is one of the healthiest dishes in the world, and almost nobody who eats right in S. Korea is overweigth! I added some of my favorite vegetables because it is hard to find theirs in the USA. Raw Vegetables Try to have multiple colors. Sooo what about something like Guinness Draught?
There is some misleading information about beer containing a lot of maltose very hight on the GI scale however, maltose is mostly metabolized by the yeast during the fermentation process. Not to mention the fact that dark beer is also rich in anti-oxidants. Both options are hard to swallow for a craft beer nut like myself, but Guinness is the lesser of both evils to me. Tim, I just lost 23 pounds last month on the most revolting diet plan ever. If I had heard about this a month ago, I would have spared myself and my family alot of misery.
Also, I just preordered the book. Congrats on a living well. That Dr. Phil book is great! I went out and bought it on your recommendation Tim, because stress eating is a major problem for me. Thanks for pointing it out.
I also wanted to mention that you can buy eggs made by hens that were fed feeds high in Omega3 fatty acids. These things are passed down into the eggs the hens lay. It is a good and relatively inexpensive way to get additional omega3s into your diet. Frank, this diet is very healthy. Everyone can benefit from a diet like this. Eating this way will even out bloodsugar, provide lots of phytonutrients, is high fiber, and offers quite a few essential fatty acids.
I personally would consider this a method of eating that is sustainable for the rest of your life which will also probably be a considerably longer life eating this way. The reason being that protein can be converted to glucose from what I understand. Fat however, cannot. Your body can burn fat directly. This is why some diets like atkins stress lots of fat in the beginning.
They mix up ketosis with a dangerous state caused by kidney failure called ketoacidosis. Not the same thing. Also, there has been no record of a low carb, high protein diet causing kidney failure in a previously healthy individual, ever. Bottom line, if you are only moderately overweight i. For more information, pick up Dr.
I highly recommend it. Most folks seems to miss Dr. It kind of tears you down and builds you back up in a healthy way. It also stresses whole foods and lots of vegetables. I am very active, training for a muay thai kickboxing fight in Nov. So far I am very pleased with this diet, I weigh myself every morning and each morning, I have lost another pound.
I have also modified the diet somewhat. For example I do not limit myself to the veggies that are recommended above… I eat a salad with oil and vinegar mainly. For my post workout meal I like to eat a peanut butter sandwich on whole wheat bread, and a chocolate chip cookie so I do crave it later or some fruit I really feel that fruits are vital to good nutrition… and I happen to really love mangos and cottage cheese all small proportions.
I can say that I have been feeling very hungry between meals and I know that my caloric load his drastically decreased due to this diet. However, I have not seen a drop in my training performance, which is surprising as I have normally felt fatigued during low carb diets. I am also trying to lift weights or do some form of cardio for at least 20 mins a day, but normally I train at least an hour a day. This diet is not for the faint of heart. Wish me luck. A thank you to TIm for a glimmer of hope — something that seems doable. I also want to say thank you for giving me the impetus to DO something.
Sounds hard though. Who am I kidding? I used muscle milk protein powder 3 times a day to get the protein I need 1 gram per pound of body weight. Any problems? Thanks for getting back with a reply. It would be virtually impossible right now, as I routinely put in hour weeks between grad school and work. I wish you absolutely the best in your quest to stay healthy! Your thoughts? Frank, I would think that any non-starchy vegetable would be ok. He probably has almost the same exact grocery list from week to week. It looks like it has about 10 grams of carbs per serving not counting fiber.
Beans, becuase of their high fiber content and high protein are not going to cause a massive spike in blood sugar. Have you ever tried quinoa? This is a seed from south america that was a staple food of the Incans. It is a pretty good slow carb food. Also steel cut oats with some kind of protein powder might suit this purpose for breakfast.
Also Randy, does this dislike of beans extend to all beans, or can you stomach black beans? How can I adapt this diet to suit me? This is probably a dumb question, but is it okay to have a bit of butter with the vegetables, or are they best eaten dry? Also, I do see the logic of keeping things simple. On the other hand, I usually have a nice garden every summer, so I tend to have a variety of veggies on hand. Ghee is clarified butter. Ghee is very good for health and also it lowers LDL cholesterol. I get horizon butter and melt it slowly for 15 min till it changes it color to light brown and store it.
Ghee has lot of importance in Indian foods. Infants are always fed with ghee mixed with everything. Ghee also improves memory. The difference BTW ghee and butter is their chemical structure carbon bonds. Ghee is super healthy and i use ghee daily. If u are using ghee , lessen your olive oil. Any suggestions are welcome , especially TIM. Gardening is great. You get so many rewards from it. Excercise, lots of sun, fresh air, and great food. Also, from a pure biological perspective, the wider variety of food an organism eats, the healthier that organism usually is.
We are an adaptive species. The idea is to eat good, natural sources of protein, lots of veggies, and slow carbs. You can mix and match to your hearts desire and with whatever you have on hand. Its a no brainer. You start your day off right, build up some positive momentum, and its easier to make good choices the rest of the day.
Its all about insulin and blood sugar control. Its not about how much fat you eat. Butter never killed anyone. Stress and white bread? I was wandering if I could get some contact information, so I can send you some of my questions. Just need some help getting my feet underneath me here. Thanks man.
Okay, so I am changing my eating habits starting today Sunday, April 29th. I had my pig out day yesterday. My husband and I are enjoying your blog and we just ordered your book last night. My husband has 3 motnhs left in the Air Force. We are very excited! He has started a business of his own and we are very happy that we found you to help guide us on this path of giving ourselves and our kids the life we have dreamed of. More time with the family is a big reason he is getting out of the military.
I prefer to eat the majority of my calories through bread, pasta and rice. I have about a 5. I do run a lot, as well as cross train a lot; any time that I stop workout out, I lose weight too fast and have trouble getting it back. I like the concept, though, and will certainly plan some meals around it. According to bodybuilding legened the late Mike Mentzer, a calorie is a calorie.
I personally find it much easier to stick to a high carb diet where I control my calories. My complete exercise plan also consists of resistance training and walking for 45 minutes every day and I am happy with my results so far. The Keto diet is a god-send. Eating increased fats healthy, mind you and reduced carbs —no beans even— can harbor roughly lbs per week lost. Stick with roughly 20g or less a day.
My lifts have greatly increased, too. Anyone looking to lose fat fast MUST try this. Butter, olive oil, cream cheese, avacados, etc are all your friend on this diet. It also helps to increase test production in males. I have to ask and am surprised after 63 posts nobody has yet but if we can at least agree that weight loss is primarily an equation of calories in versus calories spent, we can, right?
Tim, bought the book today after seeing your FSB write-up this weekend. Already turned about 5 others onto it. Thank you! Wish me luck, okay? Can you suggest any other foods that will work in the place of the beans? Is the purpose of them in this just to get the caloric content up? If so, would I be ok in substituting more protein and fat in place of the beans?
Can you really eat any starch that you want if its right after a workout? So, for example, if I spent a half hour doing bodyweight exercises like squats, push ups, pull ups and the like would it then be acceptable on this plan to go out and have a big cheese burger and fries? It took me 2 years to lose 65 pounds. I was looking great and then last August I had a heart attack. Is this diet O. I have regained 20 pounds and feel myself losing ground. I am not as active anymore and I find that the medications are making me have some water weight gain and I am craving sweets.
I know I will get back on track and am reading articles on ways to lose the pounds. Do you have any recommendations for a women in my situation. I am 52 years old. I do not want to go to weight watchers but feel a buddy system would work for me. Thanyou for the good info and pictures in your article. I found it to be a fresh look for me at a way to start back on the weight loss plan. Thanks so much for getting the word out there about ways to do this sensibly. I love your regimen. I am 5ft 6ins and weighs lb. Most of the weight is in my stomach. I do not know if this diet would help my stomach or will it take fat off of my entire body.
Do you think that I can loose the fat off of my stomach from this diet? Just a little update…today is tues, started changing eating habits sunday. I have lost 6 pounds already!! I accused my husband of messing with the scale. Late in the evening around 10 I have been getting pretty hungry, but I just pour myself a glass of wine and forget all about it. I absolutely LOVE hummus hommus with cut-up raw veggies like cucumbers, peppers, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, etc. So much so, in fact, that I could probably eat it every day and not get tired of it. Do you think it would be OK to eat that much hummus and veggies?
I would still throw in eggs, chicken breast, and some beans every now and then?? Of course, I would also look forward to the freebie day! Or at least do it anonymously. Ummmm… yay for google? Still, some good points, or rather, reminders. Or save it for after workouts? But, I read further… They put corn syrup in the bread over there? Congratulations on an interesting and stimulating post, Tim! Your weight loss plan is very effective because it makes sense biochemically and you have succeeded in customizing it to your needs and tastes.
I agree that the slow carb approach is much more effective than just eating the typical American diet and counting calories.
Controlling insulin is a key principle to remember when trying to lose weight. Automating your food choices is a great plan. It obviously worked for you! I hope the results are still positive. I also weight train and would like to preserve as much muscle as possible during my cut. I have been doing mostly low carbs. About 7 months ago I started my diet. I also fast one day a week. I went from to and then I kind of went off the diet.
I have to say when I read about this diet there was no way I thought it could work—at least for me. My metabolism is slower than a tortoise running uphill. But what the heck. Lots of beans, eggs, I eat the yolks and chicken. I also have the occasional whey protein shake. This Sunday I had oatmeal, bananas and raisins and a bagel for breakfast. For lunch I had a sandwich, and for dinner sushi. I lost one pound for the week. I knew there was no way I could lose 20 lbs. Tim, you exclude rice from your diet but I thought that rice was a slow card diet. Many professional body builders have rice and chicken as principal constituents of their diets.
Hey there Tim. I stumbled across this and it seems promising. I have 30 days until a much anticipated vacation, and though it has been planned for months my attempts for weight loss have failed. I have printed your rules and plan on getting on the serious boat first thing. However I was wondering about having that combination each time in a meal. Oz recommended for women on his show. Then if there are no bad health effects, like no missed periods , then you may as well continue, like my friends and I did when we were younger.
That is the worst and laughable sample size amount I have ever heard of. Not cool when blanket statements made with flimsy support. I would not call that rigorous and robust consensus, rather a single data point. If Mark ever figures out the difference between men and women I will accept religion and appoint him the one true God.
Re the difference between men and women: no man with half a brain is going to touch that one with a ten foot pole. Robust corpus callosum for the win! Or good for the goose but not the gander? Not this woman. Or a 50 foot pole. You can say it but do you really get the point of it? The differences between women and the differences between men are greater than the differences between women and men, so lets get over this already and just talk about our individual experiences as people experimenting on ourselves.
I think intermittent fasting works best when it is done randomly, as opposed to some set schedule. If i am not hungry for whatever reason, i will not eat. Simple as that. Do i fast intermittently weekly. No, not always. Sometimes i may fast a few times a week. Some weeks i may not fast at all. Some days i eat 1 meal, others 2, or even 5 or 6. Let your body dictate, i say. Right on. IF or the compressed eating window of 8 hours, has really helped me listen to my bodys hunger signals, and make those signals clearer too.
I love it! I eat when I am hungry, and I find that when I am fasting I am not as obsessed with food. That said — I do prefer randomly using fasts. If I knew I had to fast every Thursday, I think it may become a bit of a chore and more likely to be skipped! I would agree with this. This is exactly what I did when I fasted to lose weight. I would decide each day if I felt like doing it again, and throughout the day decide if it was right to keep on going or not.
Always listening to the body. The body now says no. I can do shorter fasts, not longer than say 17 hours. When I wrestled in high school I would sometimes go almost two days without any substantial food, but could still function even with high intensity workouts. My mom, on the other hand, could not go twelve hours without food. She starts feeling sick, neseus, and gets headaches. Almost like she is going into shock. Although I am in my 50s, I have never been able to go long without food, until I began eating Primally.
Now, at least I can go 4 to 6 hours between meals without the low blood sugar blues. I also find when I start sneaking carbs back into my diet, I wake up ravenous in the middle of the night. Low carbs equals steady blood sugar and easier fasting. Also, of course, in advocating stepping carefully around fasting, I am in no way advocating grazing. I still believe people, broadly speaking, should eat meals per day, just reasonably spaced. For the past 6 years, every day, i only eat between 7am to 2pm, the body takes time to adjust.
I am a 47 yrs old female, not menopausal yet, and weighs just under 50kg. I guess this would not be IF as its daily? I find that not eating after 2pm allows me to wake up fresh and hungry. But i do not train paleo, but a yoga in the iyengar and ashtanga tradition for over10yrs. Great to read. My husband fasts pretty much daily and has become a machine on the primal diet although he..? I MUST have a full breakfast; greens cooked in garlic, fat and broth with nori flakes and egg yolks and a cheeky roasted drumstick for example. Never felt better, looked stronger and healthier nor been happier.
Husband would puke on this much food in the morning. Primal was never about weight management or becoming super-buff for my husband nor me. Hugely appreciated this post, Mark. I have dabbled in IF, eating only when I am hungry. I am a teacher, and getting up at ungodly hours sometimes renders me not in the mood for breakfast. It happens in fits and starts: sometimes I will skip breakfast three days in a row, other times I will go three weeks without missing my 2-egg omelet with cheddar, bacon, and spinach.
Today, for instance, my tummy wanted nothing to do with breakfast — until I was on the road. When left to my own devices on weekends or days off, I usually eat my omelet when I wake naturally without an alarm, I am always pleasantly hungry , and do not eat again until late afternoon; sometimes that means a late lunch, and sometimes that means just a snack nuts, or string cheese until dinner. I think I have skipped dinner all of once since going Primal, again, just because I was not hungry. I never hold off on eating for the sake of fasting, it just goes against my programming.
I listen to my body, whether it tells me to skip breakfast or devour that Porterhouse, I do so. I perceive myself has having more energy and focus and being happier and calmer. I have always had problem skin and the fasting appears to be clearing it up. Hi new faster. Stefani here. I believe that some women do great on fasting, particularly if they are not stressed or already very fit or at a healthy weight. I also believe that an occasional fast for all women might do them well.
I do, however, caution women against listening to their bodies a bit in this case. However, something that happens right away is that a woman experiences increased energy. This may be due to upregulated adrenal function— ie, adrenaline, in the system— but it has also been shown both in animal and human studies to be a result of upregulated hippocampal function. Women become hyper-alert and increase their memory capacity when they are calorie-restricted or on rigorous fasting regimes.
Researchers hypothesize that this is an evolutionary safeguard against starvation. Women also and female rats can start sleeping less well at night. All of these factors are because the woman is being provoked to be awake and energized enough to forage for food. So while this may feel good in the short term, I am wary that it may indicate longer-term hormonal dysregulation. Thank you Stefani for talking about this. I am so tired of people expecting my body to react like a mans when it most clearly is NOT. I think we tend to see more focus and productivity as a good thing, when that may not always be the case.
Thank you for this!! I tried IF and almost immediately stopped sleeping and experienced interruptions in my menstrual cycle. I continued to IF, and things improved in the sleep and cycle department. However, since reading your article I have discontinued it, as I was not losing weight on it and also I realized that my body had trying to tell me something!
My HGH increases during a fast, and I sleep like a baby. It took me almost a year to be adopted to exercising in a fasted state. After adaptation it became amazing — like never be able to became tired. I am 51, eating a LC diet since Nov. IF is a part of LC eating for me. If you are adopted to ketosis, then practicing IF is the next logical step. I am 24, F. Also maintained around that wight for a long time without IF. I started IF again this week, , because i have been having a harder time losing a few lbs and also just feeling sluggish and feeling always hungry or constantly snacking, since I just got my Masters, looking for jobs and spend a lot of time at home, also recently quit smoking 3 months ago.
So these past 3 days of me doing IF, also walking a lot, I have dropped 3 lbs, and I feel so much better, a lot more alert, my skin cleared up, which was something I experienced last summer, my skin had never looked so good , my stomach feels so much nicer when I wake up, I feel calmer and happier! I also think that trick is to lower the amount of carbs you are consuming, make sure you eat lots of greens, and get enough potassium, also maybe if you have hard time sleeping, eat your last meal closer to bedtime and make sure its filling.
I have actually been sleeping more after doing that. Anyia, Those are great results! I love this, as you are so young and off to such a great start in life, and no doubt, will inspire and help others as you go. Spring is a great time of year to get back on track! Best to you! I am a 47yo female. It made a huge difference once I was no longer carb-fueled.
Women probably had more access to the nuts, berries, plants, roots, marrow, broths, etc. Makes sense to me, although I think women did make long trips to known locations of food. Keep in mind that Grokina and Grok had limited means of carrying food home. You can hang a dead eland on a pole and two guys can carry it.
What if you find some nice berries on the way to a melon patch. It makes sense that you eat them some. But if you are tracking an animal, you keep moving, maybe all day, or for several days. They brought along foods like pemmican, jerky, and anything else that could be stored and easily munched. Some would eat the liver raw, others might start a fire to cook the heart, kidneys, and sweetbreads.
Organ meat, being the most nutritious, was the boon of hunters. You can see in wild animals that hunt today that the organs are still the most prized and first eaten. Living with food insecurity as a child, I saw my own mother often fast so that I could eat. It is really hard to say how it would have been back in the Paleo era, but I would imagine that women would not only have foraged for berries, nuts, roots and small animals closer to camp… they may have also done it packing an infant on their back and dragging a toddler along behind.
My sister bow hunts for deer. She always gets her first shot and drops a buck where he stands. She can carry it out of the woods after she field dresses it. She is amazing. She has an IQ of She uses herbs for healing. She knows where to forage for them even in the city. She would have packed her child on her back as she hunted and protected them with her life. At age 50 she can out lift and out work most men half her age. She looks 20 years younger. I also find it hard to say what would have been, but I believe there were woman with her same independant spirit.
What this difference points to is that in times of starvation, Females generally have a reduced ability to conceive. It makes perfect sense, since a pregnancy will leave the mother very weak if she cannot get enough food. Could miscarry or not have enough energy for delivery, or not be able to breast feed after, all these things killing the women and children of women whose bodies allowed pregnancy during starvation.
Well, this is something I do know something about! It has to do with the very different costs of reproduction for men and women. A fullterm pregnancy costs around 78, calories, and milk production costs Lactating for four years the average for hunter-gatherer societies and chimpanzees , plus the pregnancy, costs around 1 million calories.
Add to this the costs of the supplemental foods gathered and prepared by the mother, and the costs of carrying the infant. Forager women do most of the provisioning of their children. All this adds up to a very powerful selective pressure toward women being highly efficient at extracting calories and storing them as body fat, possibly explaining why women carry just under twice as much fat as men of the same ethnicity, height, and weight.
As to activity, women in foraging societies engage in sustained, calorically-expensive activities. They dig up tubers, pound nuts, scrape meat off bones and connective tissue on hides. A forager woman may walk several miles, several days a week, carrying a four-year old on one hip, a baby in the belly, and a kaross with 30lb or more of underground storage organs, plus digging sticks and a skin of water. This is very different from the kind of energy expended by men, whose hunting or honeying expeditions may occur only a couple of times a month, and that require walking followed by explosive bursts of energy.
Grok often came home empty-handed, and sated his hunger with the tubers roasted by his mate or his mother, perhaps with a relish of berries and lizards pounded together, or a dish of stew of tender leaves and rabbit, maybe with some wild grass seeds to thicken it up. Early male anthropologists were very into the hunting aspect, especially of big game. I was not aware that breastfeeding burned that many calories. Now I know why my body ended up eating my muscles.
I ended up about 20 lbs below my healthy weight. I cannot imagine having to do that without a grocery store nearby. I gotta say, this kinda freaks me out. I do one meal a day dinner which, for me is very satisfying because I enjoy eating large quantities and this allows me to do that without fretting that I am taking in too many calories. Am I hungry during the day? Sometimes I am. But I hold out for my nightly feast.
I am extremely active and lean but muscular. I have not had my period for about 3 years, but this was the case long before I started IF, when I was diligently eating every few hours. Could I be doing serious damage? Are you eating enough calories? Hi Michele. I would ask about calories and your weight status, too.
It sounds like you are possibly running in an energy deficit— one of the most prevalent causes of amenorrhea. Lots of exercise, low body fat, low caloric intake, possibly fasting, and possibly low carbohydrate intake are all culprits. As well as high stress. Menstruating is not necessary for health, but it IS necessary for fertility, as well as for having a healthy sex drive.
Additionally, I would bet that you possibly have low estrogen levels, which is a concern for bone strength and the formation of osteopenia. Low estrogen, and low levels of pituitary hormones LH and FSH are the key markers for hypothalamic amenorrhea, if you do decide to get tested. I am small but muscular. I honestly have no idea even ballpark how many calories I am taking in but I am always quite full when I finish eating. I am also on birth control but had been on it for several years before my period stopped. I also just got off crutches for a stress fracture in my hip which makes me think you could be right regarding my bone strength.
What should I be doing? I know a ton of other women like me, so making a blanket statement like this about what is healthy for women just seems absurd in the face of reality…. Really Michelle who cares about your being a fitness model? It can be. Not menstruating in itself is okay for health, but it DOES mean that your hormones are out of their desired balance. It also might mean that your adrenals are working overtime, which is why you are both losing weight and feeling really good. The best well known health risk of amenorrhea comes from having low estrogen levels, which leads to osteoporosis.
Also, with amenorrhea, the uterine lining continues to thicken, such that endometriosis and endometrial cancer can become real concerns over the long term. Hormonal imbalance can also lead to insomnia, anxiety, and mental health problems down the road— but that depends on how much they are dysregulated and for how long.
It varies by individual, so I am not trying to encourage you to act one way or another. Just laying out for you what some of the common amenorrheic complications are. Hi ladies, I had just recently had my blood tests done for the same reason, no period since August last year. Stefani, is there any other way how to raise my estrogen? Should I stop with IF? Thank you. Usually it seems to be the chronic caloric deficit rather than level of body fat that is the problem. Leigh Peele also says she sees it more in people who do lots of intense full-body workouts vs split routines.
What you do now is impacting your future. I just wanted to add my two cents to the menstration conversation. I had lost my period on and off and than completely for close to a year. More holistic, looking at all parts of the body and mind as interconnected who did blood work and a saliva test and confirmed I was dreadfully low in testosterone, really high in estrogen no periods, no where for the estrogen to go.
Cortisol was shot and I was suffering from severe adrenal fatigue. In my case my body was pulling from everywhere, eventually my testosterone… Trying to find help in dealing with day to day stresses. Bottom line, irregular periods are a sign in my opinion that your body is not functioning at optimum health. Address the causes, not just the issue with BC … P. S cycle is now regular every 30 days! Do you continue to IF? She could be menopausal pre- or not. This is a part of nature.
Our hormones change because they are supposed to. Also, there is a correlation between eating meat and dairy and lack of bone density. Look it up. Hope you feel better soon. But, here is the thing, I have fat to burn. The body will then burn protein, yikes, that is true starvation. Is that going to prevent her from being fully fat-adapted? Any other ideas? You never know, right? Then you might know whether or not the fasting works for her.
Perhaps she is one of the women who responds poorly to fasting, and instead of losing weight actually ends up with a body that responds by storing weight. I am a 46 year old woman. Lost my cycle Dec and have been on a weight lose plateau for just as long. I decided to IF BulletProof style all last week and dropped 7.
I also got my cycle back. Go figure. With a compromised gut I am unable to produce enzymes to digest food and make nutrients available for absorbtion so I need to eat 4 meals a day. Eating very low carb and fasting made me an insomniac for the first time in my life and caused gobs of hair to fall out. I think the prior symptoms have to do with increased cortisol. I started Primal with a low carb and occasional fasting regiment and it was not pretty.
I upped my carbs and stopped fasting, and immediately things got better. Waking up at 3 a. WAY too sensitive to light and noise as if I were hung-over! No more morning hang-overs, no aches and pain, actually started some weight loss again! So, like so many of these health things— you have to SELF-educate not necessarily self-medicate — but absolutely educate! Oh, the 3 a. Your body runs out of energy, and so your poor tired adrenals whack you with some adrenaline, which wakes you up.
I was just too lazy to explain it all. I would agree. I spend a lot of time researching and talking with women who are not overweight and have PCOS. So far as I can tell from talking this over with women, the best solution is to eat a paleo, low-insulin, anti-inflammatory diet while simultaneously keeping psychological and metabolic stressors to a minimum.
Hey Stefani, I first read about this on your blog and was surprised when I saw it here today! Being tested for candida too. Any guidance would be appreciated! And your blog is so informative! Yup, me too. My cycle regulated during that time though and I felt great. This is lowering insulin and keeping my cycle normal and the weight continues to drop!
And no more hair falling out :. I thought I was doing alternate-day-fasting, but as your series progressed, I realized I was doing it incorrectly. Basically, I skipped breakfast and lunch every other day or ever 2 days, for several hour fasts each week. I did it for about a month and lost 5 pounds. I am one of your rare readers who did not experience weight loss when I went Primal alone.
I still needed to restrict calories, apparently. I also had a few situations where I overate when I got the chance to eat, which also made me feel really bad. All in all, a successful experiment but I probably will not fast this way again. If I skip breakfast I sometimes find myself over eating at lunch and I then find myself craving something sweet.. But if I eat 3 meals a day for too many days in a row, my weight either maintains, or climbs pounds…so I have to switch it up. Very frustrating, because I can not lose on Primal, but it does help me maintain.
First, yes! I had been using compete. My enormous apologies in that regard. I take intellectual honesty more seriously than perhaps anything else, so it means the world to me to apologize to you and convey to you that that was a mistake. And trust me, those low-ball numbers did nothing for my message, either. It would have made my message more powerful to cover the true vast expanse of your readership. I wanted to demonstrate to whoever read the blogpost just how popular and somewhat gender-skewed fasting literature has become.
The surest way to do so was to point to your work and to your readership. Which I love, which I love so dearly, and for which I am so grateful. Third, I cannot say enough how much of a happy but not surprised relief to find us on the same side. My work at my blog in no way has rabble rousing as its primary end. In all cases, my goal is health. Real, true, holistic health, for everybody. I write specifically for women because I believe there are needs that women have— over and above the simple fact of having ovaries— that are not necessarily flushed out as well as they could be by the general paleo world as it has unfolded so far.
This includes reproductive fitness and how to achieve hormonal balance as well as the nuanced difficulties of female fat loss, and also, importantly, the unique relationship that women have with food and with their bodies. Sometimes I speak plainly on the science, but sometimes the science requires a louder voice than usual to be heard or to make a difference in the world. All that said, I agree, too, that fasting has enormous benefits for cancer and other diseases of civilization, and I do encourage people to undertake fasting as they see fit. It is only, as we both agree, that knowledge and awareness are nothing but power.
And just to clarify — a lot of people say they feel more energetic while fasting — I do too. And the body steals the building bLocks of progesterone and estrogen to do it. Not good! Lex, the cortisol thing is not so much a problem when you are fat-adapted. I beg to differ. I did a very low carb diet — about 30 to 40 carbs or less a day while not eating any sugar for months — for a while not a tad.
Also, when I started sprinting and weight lifting while eating this way I had insomnia. I could not figure out why I woke up after 3 or 4 hours until I understood I must have low cortisol. The body relies on that when blood sugar levels go low. I went for decades where my cortisol was high at night and low in morning and all the way up until the mid-afternoon.
And, yes, I went to an actual medical professional and had actual tests done which actually proved that was what was happening.. Which, too much protein screws up your hormone levels and not having enough potassium from your non-starchy vegetable sources will screw them up, too — making it where you crave carbs and cannot sleep. Or, they may have been the wrong carbs. There is a LOT to be taken into consideration. It means that if a woman eats the portions recommended for a man, she is less likely to lose weight.
And, women are more likely to need vegetables and less likely to need giant amounts of protein. Even an individual person can fluctuate on their needs. Maybe one day you need lots of vegetables and no other protein and another day you need 6 oz. These things happen. How did that go? Thank you, Lex, Mark. There is another issue for women at stake in this compared to men, in my opinion. While this feels great and I myself really enjoy using it, it is in fact a real evolutionary adaptation built in to prevent starvation.
The female body but not the male body increases hippocampal activity in response to fasting conditions. For this reason other effects include insomnia and potential anxiety, depending on the degree of the starved state detected. Not necessarily a good thing for us in the modern world. Best Stefani. Thanks for responding, Stefani. I think this is such an important thing to get the word out about. In these comments and in the forums you see all these women saying, but I feel amazing! How long will it take for your thyroid to get so jacked up you start losing tons of hair.
I am wondering when you are speaking of these reactions to IF for women how long are the fasting states? Kudos to you Mark. The best teachers I know, are open minded, continue to learn and know… the more they know, the more there is to know. Great article. For the sake of candor, I have fasted regularly since adolescence. I am 53 post menopausal and so healthy, it frightens me at times! The only times I ever missed a period was due to pregnancy. I have two children, 22 and almost 20; they were unplanned. They were full term and the labor for first was 1.
Upon entering menopause, even eating primal and exercising I gained a lot of weight, as I did with my pregnancies. I have just completed a 21 day water fast and have never felt better. I now weigh about on my way back to or so. I must say that I disagree with Stefani although I appreciate the efforts. As modern humans, male and female, I am convinced that we are adapted for fasting.
We simply did not have food all the time. The only way across species the we have determined of prolonging life and maintaining health is through calorie restriction.
Fasting appears to turn on the Sirtunin genes which prolongs life in males and females. This notion of excessive individuality is an indulgence. Of course we are different. Yet I submit that we are more alike that different. As groups of hunter-gatherers we probably ate pretty much the same according to the particular environment.
I would not suggest any degree of fasting while pregnant or nursing. Otherwise there were times we all fasted. Perhaps the hyper-attention was yet another gift bestowed by Nature on females to allow them to feed their children. Karen, sure, women in a particular group of hunter-gatherers would all eat much the same food. Children male and female whose genetic makeup was less efficient for that particular diet would be more likely to die around weaning.
The first part of this book traces, in easy-to-understand language, his fascinating journey toward that goal. Is this three-day military diet plan the secret to quick weight loss, or is it all hoax? First off, I've never been on a diet in my life. The knowledge that the following day will be unrestricted is also very helpful. Primal was the first lightbulb. I too have tried intermittent fasting twice, for approximately 6 weeks each time. I feel liberated from calories routine and guilt, and the kilos are slowly coming away.
Girls would take longer to reach puberty, have fewer children, and their children would be less healthy. This effect of individual variability can be seen in non-human primates. Not all chimpanzee females thrive on the diet they all — with minor variations -eat. Not all have the same level of reproductive success. Male chimpanzees are not all equally big and strong; some are runty. An indulgence? I am wondering, when you say you fasted regularly since adolescence, what that means? I mean.. That sort of thing. Please tell us more.
Or, do you have some sort of blog related to such experiences? Since becoming fat adapted I am less hungry in general. Some of the calories will literally go in one end and straight out the other. The effect that a given diet has on hormone levels, appetite, and energy expenditure will affect how fast you lose weight, where that lost weight comes from i. Yes, you can lose fat without cardio.
As far as improving body composition is concerned, I think of cardio like air conditioning in your car. Cardio is NOT going to make you fat, kill you or any of the other nonsense that you may come across. My personal favorite is minutes of walking first thing in the morning. Not only does it burn extra calories, a brisk morning walk in the fresh air is a great way to clear your mind and set you up for the day. The benefit of LISS is that it burns additional calories while having only a minor impact on your muscle-building efforts in the gym. Yes, you can lose fat by lifting weights only.
In fact, if you want to lose fat without losing muscle, lifting weights is essential. Some evidence for the importance of resistance training over cardio comes from a study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition [ 2 ]. For the study, two groups of obese subjects were put on identical low calorie diets. One group jogged, walked, or cycled four times each week. The other group lifted weights three times a week and did no cardiovascular exercise. After three months, both groups lost weight. The cardio group lost 27 pounds 12 kilograms of fat and 9 pounds 4.
But the strength-training group lost 32 pounds In a similar study that compared diet plus strength training, diet plus cardio, or diet alone, all three groups lost roughly the same amount of fat [ 4 ]. But the cardio and diet-only groups lost twice as much muscle as the strength-training group. However, the amount of weight you lose is a lot less important than where that lost weight comes from.
If you lose 10 pounds of fat while gaining 3 pounds of muscle, your weight on the scales will only drop by 7 pounds. I know that lifting weights twice a week might not sound like enough. Remember, your main goal while you drop fat is to keep the muscle that you have right now. And studies show that you can maintain any given component of fitness, be it muscular size, strength or aerobic power, with a lot less work than it took to develop it. Is there an upper limit on the amount of strength training you can do while in a calorie deficit?
Four days per week of strength training is about right. However, for most people most of the time, four days of hard strength training each week is plenty. The type of training that helps maintain muscle mass will be much the same as the training you did to build that muscle in the first place. While a calorie deficit is essential for fat loss, it can also have a knock-on effect on the quality of your workouts, as well as your ability to recover from those workouts. You can do this by doing fewer exercises per muscle group, fewer sets per exercise, reducing your training frequency the number of times you train each muscle group per week , or some combination of all three.
For someone weighing pounds 82 kilograms , that gives you a daily protein intake of around grams per day. When it comes to losing fat without losing muscle, protein plays a couple of very important roles. Protein also does a better job at filling you up than carbohydrate or fat [ 7 ]. In one study, Italian researchers found that subjects stopped eating after consuming 50 grams of protein and calories from a high-protein omelette [ 8 ].
In another trial, test subjects were fed lunch, followed four hours later by a snack high in protein, fat, or carbohydrate [ 9 ]. On the control day, when no snack was given, subjects asked for dinner roughly six hours after starting lunch.