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      The Paleo Diet

      Most people who haven't seen me for the last 1 year, usually don't recognise me when they see me now. People who've seen me when I was in school- 10th standard, have no problem recognising me now.

      I lost 20kgs, and 8 inches off my waist. I normalised my lipid profile and am faster, stronger and more energetic than I have been all my life. I've been obese all my life except for a short duration in college, when I used to cycle a lot. Even then, I was skinny fat, (thin with a slight potbelly)
      Its all gone now. This is how I did it. The Paleo diet. I dont have a six pack, yet. But I have a feeling I could get there if I tried a little. Something I couldnt dream off even 6 months ago.
      Its not the exercise, I can assure you.
      Its 80% diet, 15% sleep and stress control, 5% smart exercise.
      Ofcourse not! No one can give exact numbers for this kind of stuff, this is just to give you an idea as to what is most important, and in what order.

      So, what is the Paleo diet?

      It is a collection of ideas on how we shoud eat, based on how we evolved. It started off as a diet that tried to mimic the diet of our ancestors. In its most simplistic form, it means, eat like a caveman. That isnt how I see it.

      For me, it is eating foods that are nutritionally dense. Foods that are recognisable on the table as they are when they are in their natural state. Eating food the way it was consumed before the advent of agriculture.

      What foods are Paleo?
      Meat, Fish, Eggs, Vegetables, Fruits, Nuts, Leafy vegetables, tubers, starchy vegetables, coconut, coconut oil, ghee, butter, real palm oil.

      Not Paleo
      Grains-Rice, wheat, oats, barley and anything made from that stuff.- all those healthy whole grains will f***ing kill you!
      Legumes
      Sugar,artificial sweeteners
      All packaged foods- bread, buns, biscuits, stuff that is made in a factory. Its making you sick and fat. The FMCG manufacturers get fat wallets because you think that stuff is healthy.
      Vegetable oils- Sunflower, saffola, rapeseed etc
      Dalda is poison.

      What?
      So, you're now thinking, fine, but what does this crazy person want me to eat?
      Eat the curries. Dont eat the rice, dosa,chappathi,upma, grain based trash.

      How much?
      As much as it takes you to stop feeling hungry. No counting calories. Just eat real food.
      Its not a quantity issue. Its a Quality issue.

      Where?
      Eat at home, as far as possible. Get your family on board. Tell them to tolerate this experiment for a month. Show them the results after a month. They will be convinced.
      If you must eat out, pick the paleo option. I suggest getting friendly with all the nearby non-veg hotels.

      To give you an example of how I eat.
      I will eat till my hunger goes away. Sometimes I stuff myself to the point of nausea, because these days I'm trying to put on some weight.

      In the morning-
      2 eggs(yolks and all) with a handful of stir fried veggies(not deep fried) The stir fry is done in ghee,cococnut oil or butter, depending on what I feel like. Takes 5 minutes to make. Even for a bachelor. Along with a handful of meat- Chicken, beef, pork, whatever. If its meat, I will wolf it down. It might be a curry, or it might be slow cooked, or steak style.

      Afternoon
      Meat again. Sometimes fish, if I'm at home. Sometimes Veggies, occasionally a single Idli(not paleo) This is what gets snuck into my lunch box inspite of repeated requests not to. But some battles are difficult to win.

      Evening
      Any guesses? Yes, thats right, Meat and fish again. Veggies on the side.
      Coffee without milk or sugar, if I'm going to the gym.(twice a week) Sometimes tea without milk or sugar.


      Vegetables, meat, fish, eggs,can be had as the traditional curries. Doesnt matter. It should taste good, it should fill you up.

      Meat, how much?
      I love meat, so I eat it 3 times a day, everyday. You dont have to be like that. The idea is to get a source of first class protein in your diet daily. And you should ideally be eating 1gram of this 1st class protein for every kilogram of bodyweight. So if you weigh a 100kgs, you should be eating atleast a 100grams of meat or fish a day. The rest of it, if you feel like, can be plant material.

      That is what worked for me. Not everyone needs to be like that. You can eat less meat and get by,but without eating the meat and fat,it will be difficult to control hunger.

      But Doc,I'm a vegetarian!
      I will come up with a post to help you sad people(chill! just kidding- no Vegan death threats please), but I suggest you start eating some fish and eggs atleast. Your body will thank you for it.

      Summary
      Eat real food, mostly plants.
      Basic minimum of meat (1 to 1.5gm per kg body weight) more if you want.
      Eat as much as it takes to deal with your hunger
      Eat 3 times a day, less if you like, but not more than 4 times.
      Dont eat grains, legumes, or foods made from them.

      DO NOT COUNT CALORIES This should be stress free, not neurosis inducing.
      PS- You dont need to weigh and measure your meat consumption. Some people like exact numbers, the 1 to 1.5gms per kg is meant as a guideline. I eat faaaaaar more than that.
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      Doc, I am so addicted to rice that if i don't have it in the afternoon i go mad Feel so frustrated at times. Any solution?

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      Stop eating it.
      Its like saying I can't do without cigarettes.
      You can go cold turkey and stop completely, or you can prolong the suffering by reducing the amount every week. The second method is what I used. But there is always a tendency to lose control and go back to our old dietary habits with that method. Pretty much like when you quit cigarettes.
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      Tracking your health on a diet.

      This goes for any diet. Not just the Paleo diet.

      Just like you do a dyno run before and after a mod, you need to know what has happened after your lifestyle change.

      Things you need to do BEFORE starting the diet
      1. FBS
      2. PPBS
      3. HbA1c
      4. Lipid profile
      5. CRP
      6. weight measurement
      7. Waist circumference at the level of your belly button without sucking in your tummy or blowing it out.
      8. A pic of you topless in front of a mirror(no, please dont send me the pics)

      The bloods can be rechecked a month later. Weight, waist and pics can be checked weekly.

      Other stuff you should look at, how many flights of stairs you can climb without suffering, how tired you feel at work, how hungry you feel now vs how the hunger is after you start the diet.

      Please do read the recommended books, atleast one of them. I'd suggest "the Paleo solution" by Robb Wolf. Finding an ebook version wont be difficult. Its a very entertaining read and will change your life.
      Read through, convince yourself, then get into it.

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      Quote Originally Posted by bala4567 View Post
      Doc, I am so addicted to rice that if i don't have it in the afternoon i go mad Feel so frustrated at times. Any solution?
      I used to feel the same way too till I had a face to face discussion with Doc. Now after getting back home, I look at rice, but just can't seem to eat more. Even yesterday and today ate really less quantity compared to what I used to before. Like cut by 60%. Mom is not in town till tomorrow. So don't have choice but to eat rice till then. Once she is back, I am going to strictly follow Doc's no rice/wheat diet.

      Should be going for the blood test tomorrow. Apparently, have to be on a empty stomach for the 1st blood test.
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      Any before and after pics for us? Just the trunk (without face would do)
      Real life examples are best ways of self-motivation for me. Not pulling your legs.

      Also, why are grains not good? What's the rationale? We've all been told to have grains in diet na?

      Now, I know this is hard, but: How much alcohol allowed? Or not allowed at all?

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      I lost 20kgs, and 8 inches off my waist.
      AWESOME! Congratulations. I could use that kind of shake-up.

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      Doc...How good or bad is olive oil?

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      No way in hell I'm posting semi nude pics of myself online.
      I'm feeling a little lazy, so here's a link on why grains are bad
      What Is Wrong With Grains | Paleo Diet Lifestyle

      It is a myth that grains are nutritious. You get far more nutrients from meat, fish and veggies. Even fruits are better than grains.
      And it is a myth that grains are necessary for their fiber. You get the same or even more fiber from veggies.

      Olive oil is fine the way the Europeans use it. It is not very heat stable. If you cook stuff with it, the trans fat content goes up. It causes an oxidative stress. You lose the benefits you were aiming for.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Ripper View Post
      No way in hell I'm posting semi nude pics of myself online.
      ROFL. I didn't say nude. It could be fully covered too. 20kgs is a lot and will definitely show.

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      What Is Wrong With Grains | Paleo Diet Lifestyle
      That's a very well written article. For a moment I thought I was in a cult club being brainwashed. It's compelling. It may be true; have to research more on it.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Ripper View Post
      But Doc,I'm a vegetarian!
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