The reasons for going Paleo are multitudinous, running the gamut from disease elimination to exercise optimization and everything in between. With its inflammation crushing power, Paleo is able to handle these tasks with ease, which is why it can be easy to forget that Paleo is the perfect solution to the everyday problem of weight loss. The sad fact is that two out of three adults in the U.S. are obese or overweight, a situation that’s due in no small part to the calorie-rich and nutrient-poor Standard American Diet (SAD). We live in a world where pizza is classified as a vegetable, canola oil is considered “heart healthy” and everything is washed down with soda, so simply going Paleo and ditching all that junk can often be enough to get to a healthy weight. Sometimes you need a little more help, however, and that’s where we come in. By joining forces with top Paleo experts like Mark Sisson, Loren Cordain, Robb Wolf and Jason Seib, Paleo Magazine is providing you with the ultimate guide to losing weight with Paleo.

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And one other thing—unlike your CrossFit workouts, feel free to cherry-pick. You might not need every tip presented here to supercharge your personal results. Chances are, you probably only need one good one, the one that connects with you and speaks to your soul. Change is tough, and if you’re struggling with your weight, it’s a struggle that the whole world can see. Don’t be afraid to give yourself a pep talk right now, because you can achieve your goals. By combining your personal power with Paleo, anything is possible.

Calories Count (But You Don’t Have to Count Calories)

Sorry, but somebody had to say it. Even when following the Paleo diet, calories still count. The caveat, however, is that Paleo calories generally count less because they primarily come from whole, unprocessed foods. The reason for this is that whole foods require more energy to digest than their processed counterparts. Take, for example, a stalk of celery. By the time you chew, swallow, digest and absorb it, you’ve actually expended more calories than the celery contains, meaning that it’s actually providing negative calories! By comparison, a Twinkie requires almost no energy to chew, digest or absorb, but if you were going strictly by the listed caloric content, you would think that a calorie from a Twinkie is the same as a calorie from celery. In other words, a calorie is not a calorie. What Paleo folks have to keep an eye out for are the Paleo “loopholes,” Paleo foods that are technically allowed, but are still calorie dense and easy to eat. To be sure, Paleo treat foods made with sugar from dates, honey and maple syrup, and fat from coconut oil or other nuts are certainly better options than Twinkies and Ding Dongs, but they are still treats. Save them for special occasions to avoid overloading on healthy but excessive calories.

Paleo Weight Loss Takeaway: Make a point to eat mostly whole foods while avoiding processed foods — even the Paleo ones.

Focus on What You Can Eat Rather Than What You Can’t

Weight gain doesn’t happen overnight, and neither does weight loss. In order to see Paleo weight loss results, you have to be in it for the long haul; it has be a lifestyle rather than a diet. Unfortunately, diets generally put the focus on forbidden foods, rather than permitted ones. In the Paleo world, most of us can recite the mantra, “No grains, beans, dairy, sugar or industrial seed oils” with our eyes closed, but the thing that makes Paleo a true lifestyle is the plethora of produce, the multitude of meats and the vast cornucopia of spices, herbs and other flavors that are 100 percent Paleo approved. By looking at your plate of Paleo food options as “half full” rather than “half empty,” you’re much more likely to feel enthusiastic, optimistic and excited about sticking with the Paleo approach, and with this consistency will come results. On the contrary, if you’re always thinking about all the things that are excluded in Paleo, chances are you’re going to feel pretty miserable. You might think that you can no longer go out to dinner with friends, enjoy family meals or celebrate the holidays. The truth, however, is that your Paleo weight loss plan can actually open up an entirely new world of eating experiences if you simply focus your attention on what you can eat rather than what you cannot.

Paleo Weight Loss Takeaway: Discover a new Paleo-friendly food every day. 

Eliminate the Need for Willpower

As a rule, we give way too much credit to willpower. If someone is successful, we say that they have a lot of it, and if they fail, we say that they were lacking in it. The truth, however, is that willpower is a pretty shabby pillar to lean on, for anyone. When it comes to the relationship between willpower and food, the work of Stanford food behaviorist Brian Wansink demonstrates that simple things like overly large plates, bowls and even utensils encourage overeating, as does serving food “family style” or watching TV. Oftentimes, we make these “mindless eating” mistakes without even thinking about it, and blame our lack of “willpower” when we find ourselves staring at the bottom of a bag of potato (or plantain) chips. A better strategy is to use this information to our advantage, and eliminate the need for willpower in the first place. By taking willpower out of the weight-loss equation, you also eliminate much of the shame and judgment that goes along with being overweight or obese. “Failing” is not a failure of you as a person; it is a systemic problem that can be fixed. When you “fail,” take it as an opportunity to review the situation from an objective perspective—in other words, become your very own behavioral scientist. Investigate and implement new systems, test the results and repeat until the desired outcome is achieved.

Paleo Weight Loss Takeaway: Stock your pantry and refrigerator with whole-food Paleo ingredients that require thoughtfulness to prepare. When serving food, use smaller plates and bowls, and eat with a minimal number of distractions. For more tips, visit Mindlesseating.org. 

Move a Lot, Exercise a Little

If we look through the artifacts left behind by our hunter-gatherer ancestors, we won’t find a stair climber, spin bike or barbell amongst the bone fragments and stone tools. For most of human history, exercise was the natural byproduct of living in a world that required movement. Building shelters, hunting and gathering food, dancing and playing games gave our bodies all the stimulation they needed in order to be healthy. Today however, we have the luxury of sedentarism, and we can quite literally move through life without ever moving. At some point along the way, enterprising individuals created gyms as exceptions to the rule, and an entire industry was borne out of our desire for entirely voluntary exercise opportunities. For those of us who are trying to lose weight, we probably think that since being sedentary is bad, exercise is good, and more exercise is even better. Unfortunately, however, the benefits of exercise follow a dose response curve, meaning that there is a point when more isn’t better—it’s actually worse. Unless you are a professional athlete, achieving high levels of movement—and not intense exercise—should be the goal. Instead of sitting at work, implement a standing or treadmill workstation. Instead of driving your car to the store, ride your bike, and if you have to drive, park farther out in the parking lot. If you have the chance to take the stairs, do it. When you go to the playground with your kids, play. The bottom line is that there are ample opportunities to move every day, but we just need to give ourselves permission to take them. Intense exercise, then, is only a supplement to the daily diet of movement that emulates the lifestyle of our ancient ancestors.

Paleo Weight Loss Takeaway: Shoot for 10,000 steps a day, make a point to play, and get your body moving. 

Sleep It Off 

We’ve seen it hundreds of times. Someone starts a weight loss regimen and immediately gets results. They lose 10, 15 or 20 pounds and then… nothing. The weight loss plateaus even though they are doing exactly what got them results in the first place, and as the results stall, frustration grows. At this point, most people either give up completely or double down on their diet and exercise regimens. We, on the other hand, propose a third solution: sleep. With the widespread use of smart phones, bedroom TV sets and harsh indoor lighting, disrupted circadian rhythms and shoddy sleep are just as common as SAD diets, but somehow the message of getting more (and better) sleep just hasn’t sunk in yet. Nevertheless, eight hours of solid, restful sleep should be priority number one for everyone, and priorities number one, two and three for those who are trying to lose weight. A good starting point for sleep rehab is to turn off the TV at night and instead read or listen to a book. Orange lights that are low in circadian rhythm-disrupting blue light, or blue light-blocking glasses, can also help improve sleep quality. Make sure your room is completely dark at night and at a nice, cool temperature. A solid sleep routine, one that you repeat every night, can also help condition your body and mind so that sleep comes more easily. Like anything, results come from repeated practice, so don’t give up if you aren’t sleeping like a baby right away.

Paleo Weight Loss Takeaway: When your weight loss success is stalling, spend more time sleeping. 

Measure Success in Multifaceted Ways

If you ask yourself, “Why do I want to lose weight” three times, what answer do you get back? Do you want to be healthier? Do you want to be happier? Maybe you just want to be able to walk up a flight of stairs without getting winded. When you keep asking the question “Why?” you eventually peel back the hidden layers behind your desire to lose weight. Although we mistake it for the ultimate goal, weight loss is only a proxy for deeper and more complex desires. If you understand that your true goal goes beyond a number on the scale, then it becomes clear that you need other metrics to gauge your success. You may want to consider performance measurements like how fast you can walk, jog or run a mile, or enlist a personal trainer to help you do body composition testing that takes into account levels of muscle mass in addition to body fat. Waist-to-hip ratios and circumference testing are also measurements that provide valuable information about progress that might not show up on the scale. With a broad base of physical information, you will have a more accurate picture of how well you are doing from an overall fitness and health perspective, but it’s also worth assessing your emotional and psychological status. Consulting with a therapist or counselor can help you understand your mental and emotional needs, as can a religious or spiritual advisor.

Paleo Weight Loss Takeaway: Keep your focus on your ultimate goal, that of having a happy, fulfilling life, and don’t get too obsessed with the scale. 


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Dr. Loren Cordain | The Paleo Diet

Tip: Remove and replace

“The ‘Paleo Diet’, based upon the contemporary food groups (fresh fruits, vegetables, grass produced meats, fish, seafood, eggs, and nuts) our Stone Age ancestors ate but still available at all supermarkets, helps people who are overweight to achieve normal and healthful body weights. Here are the main physiological and nutritional reasons for body weight normalization:

1. Elimination of processed foods containing refined sugars, refined grains, whole grains, refined vegetable oils, dairy products and salt. These foods represent more than 70% of the caloric intake in a typical US diet.Pull Quote 1

2. Replacement of carbohydrate rich foods (refined sugars, cereal grains, dairy, legumes and potatoes — ergo processed foods) with animal protein foods (fresh grass produced meats, organ meats, fish, seafood, eggs). Protein rich animal foods reduces our appetite via hormones (PYY and leptin) and other physiological mechanisms that increase our metabolism. 3. Focus upon real, living foods like fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, seafood and nuts that you find in the outside aisles of your supermarket and stay away from any and all food products packaged in cardboard, glass, plastic, or cans.”

Dr. Loren Cordain is the world’s leading expert on paleolithic diets and the founder of the Paleo Movement. He is widely acknowledged as the world’s foremost authority on the evolutionary basis of diet and disease.


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Stephanie Gaudreau | Stupid Easy Paleo

Tip: Listen to your bodyTweet: “The number one key to losing weight while eating Paleo is having a loving relationship with yourself

“Stick to it for at least a month. Often it takes that long for your hormones implicated in metabolism – and subsequently, weight loss — to start coming back to normal ranges. Eat three times a day and include a variety of meat, seafood and eggs; veggies and fruits; and healthy fats. Learn to listen to your body its signals of hunger and satiety so you know what’s real hunger vs. eating out of boredom or for emotional reasons. In addition to just food, consider how well you’re sleeping and think about some easy movement like walking to get help with fat loss.”

Stephanie Gaudreau is the founder of Stupid Easy Paleo and the author of the recently released cookbook, The Performance Paleo Cookbook, which focuses on how to fuel your workouts and how the yes/no list to paleo can impact your health and wellness.


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Heath Squier | Paleo, Inc.

Tip: Befriend broccoliTweet: “The number one key to losing weight while eating Paleo is having a loving relationship with yourself

“The key to losing weight on a Paleo Diet is to not over consume fat which is 9 calories for each gram consumed. Focus on vegetables, lean meats, fish, chicken,  and eggs. Keep nut and fruit consumption to a minimum when trying to reach your weight loss goal. The fastest way to lose weight is a Keto/Paleo template where your body burns fat as energy.  To follow this method, you have to keep sugar and carbohydrates to a minimum and focus on consuming healthy fats (in moderation) and increase protein & vegetable consumption.  Make broccoli your best friend and the weight will shed quickly.”

Heath Squier is the founder of Paleo, Inc., the nation’s leading provider of low carb, high protein, and high fiber food products to make Paleo lifestyle easier. Heath inspires individuals nationwide with success following a Paleo lifestyle and providing Paleo-friendly options for easy adoption.


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Hayley Mason & Bill Staley | Primal Palate

Tip: Take out sugarTweet: “The number one key to losing weight while eating Paleo is having a loving relationship with yourself

“Even though we’re huge proponents of approaching Paleo as a flexible lifestyle, for those looking to lose weight on Paleo, we recommend cutting out sugar from the diet. Yes, even ‘Paleo-friendly’ sweeteners like honey and maple syrup. Paleo treats are still treats, though we wholeheartedly believe they have a place in a healthy and balanced Paleo lifestyle. But if the goal is weight loss, that’s the key!”

Hayley and Bill Staley are the dynamic cooking duo behind Primal Palate. Their lifelong passion for food and cooking has led them to write an internationally recognized blog, three bestselling Paleo cookbooks, as well as create a widely popular app and website.


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Robb Wolf | The Paleo Solution

Tip: Get some sleepTweet: “The number one key to losing weight while eating Paleo is having a loving relationship with yourself

“Sleep! Folks focus too much on just the food and not enough time on the critical component of adequate, restful sleep.”

Robb Wolf, author of The Paleo Solution, is one of the world’s leading experts in Paleolithic nutrition. Wolf has transformed the lives of tens of thousands of people via his popular iTunes podcast and seminar series.


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Sarah Ballantyne | The Paleo Mom 

Tip: Sleep some moreTweet: “The number one key to losing weight while eating Paleo is having a loving relationship with yourself

“The Paleo diet is a powerful strategy for weight loss, but my best tip for successfully losing weight on the Paleo diet actually has nothing to do with food!”

“My tip is to get plenty of sleep! Most of us don’t realize just how well proven the link between inadequate sleep and obesity is in the scientific literature. Not getting enough sleep causes food cravings and increased hunger, makes us less inhibited in our food choices, makes us insulin and leptin resistant, slows metabolism, makes it harder to build muscle, is inflammatory, and causes chemical changes in the brain that can lead to food addiction.

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The simple act of consistently getting 7 to 9 hours of quality sleep every night (or getting a nap during the day if you can’t get that much sleep at night) makes it so much easier to stay on-plan with food choices, helps you intuitively eat appropriate portion sizes, and makes you feel more motivated to be active.

Think of sleep as an amplifier: Get more bang for your buck (or weight loss for your effort) when you combine good sleep with a healthy diet.”

Sarah Ballantyne a.k.a. The Paleo Mom is the blogger behind the award-winning blog The Paleo Mom, co-host of the top-rated and syndicated The Paleo View podcast, and New York Times Bestselling author of The Paleo Approach and The Paleo Approach Cookbook.


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Dr. Paul Jaminet | Perfect Health Diet

Tip: Fast the right wayTweet: “The number one key to losing weight while eating Paleo is having a loving relationship with yourself

“The three keys to weight loss are good nutrition, intermittent fasting, and circadian rhythm entrainment. Make yourself well-nourished and appetite will be minimized; our book, Perfect Health Diet, is the best guide to Paleo nutrition. Extend your overnight fast and your gut flora will improve and your risk of metabolic syndrome will go down dramatically. Circadian rhythms are the most overlooked factor in obesity. Get sunlight three times a day, don’t turn on any white lights after 8pm – use orange/red/yellow light only, get daily exercise in the daytime, eat only in the daytime, make sure your daytime environment is warm and your night environment cool, and get social interactions and stress in the daytime, intimacy and relaxation at night. Implement these three keys and you’ll probably find weight loss has become much easier.”

Dr. Paul Jaminet is a trained astrophysicist and author of the book, Perfect Health DietHe and his wife collaborate on Perfect Health Diet to create and discuss a refined Paleolithic diet approach.


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Juli Bauer | paleOMG

Tip: Moderation is keyTweet: “The number one key to losing weight while eating Paleo is having a loving relationship with yourself

“Everything in moderation. I’ve tried all kinds of different ways of eating paleo and what has worked best for me is eating all my meals in moderation. I still enjoy starches, sugar, and fatty meats, but I make sure to balance all of my meals out regularly. For me, saying I can’t have something makes me want it more, so I listen to my body and try not to overeat. Simple as that.”

Juli Bauer is a self-described foodie who creates Paleo versions of grain-filled favorites on her extremely successful blog, PaleOMG. She started the blog to help friends make the transition to Paleo a little more easily, only to see it grow from a few readers to more than 100,000 and counting in just eight months.


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Julie & Charles Mayfield | Paleo Comfort Foods

Tip: Change your focusTweet: “The number one key to losing weight while eating Paleo is having a loving relationship with yourself

“Well, first of all, we always try to talk people out of focusing on weight loss as a goal. It’s kind of like that notion that when you stop looking for Mr. or Mrs. Right, it is usually then that they enter into your life. We kind of experience the same thing with our clients at the gym: when they focus on a goal other than weight loss (a 200lb. deadlift, their first pull-up, stringing together double unders, getting at least 7 hours of sleep, reducing stress) we find that is when the magic usually happens and they tend to drop some inches! (We try not to focus much on the scale – Jason Seib and Dallas and Melissa Hartwig and Summer Innanen have some great posts on why using a scale as your measure of success might not be in your best interest). Pull Quote 4And even if the scale doesn’t change, very often we have people talking about how good they feel, how great they are sleeping, and so many other positive changes that the scale becomes secondary. Focusing on really smart food and lifestyle choices and NOT letting perfection get in the way of ‘really good’ usually seems to work well too. All that said, at the end of the day everyone’s baseline is a little bit different from another person’s… So it might take some experimenting and personal tailoring to really start to see the weight-loss changes some people strive for.”

Julie and Charles Mayfield began living a Paleo lifestyle in 2009 and brought their love of home cooking and the Paleo movement to the masses through their first work—Paleo Comfort Foods: Homestyle Cooking for a Gluten-Free Kitchen.


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Sally Johnson | Paleo Plan

Tip: Know your carbsTweet: “The number one key to losing weight while eating Paleo is having a loving relationship with yourself

“Finding your personal carbohydrate threshold on a Paleo diet is crucial for weight loss success. This level is different for everyone based on age, activity level, health status, environmental factors and genetic inclination and can change over time, requiring experimentation and periodic re-evaluation. Some people will lose weight on a relatively high-carb Paleo diet while others will see results only with a very low intake. What is clear is that excess carbohydrate from sources such as fruit, starchy tubers or dark chocolate all end up stored as fat. Don’t waste your carb calories; choose just enough from nutrient dense sources, eat healthy fats and plenty of high quality protein.”

Sally Johnson is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian who spent many years working in clinical and community settings as a traditional dietitian before discovering and adopting a Paleo/Primal lifestyle. Sally currently leads Paleo cooking classes and work with clients to find the best nutritional solutions to their health issues within a Paleo framework.


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Keith Norris | Paleo f(x)

Tip: Don’t avoid all fatsTweet: “The number one key to losing weight while eating Paleo is having a loving relationship with yourself

“Two quick ideas: 1. Don’t forget to keep healthy fats as a major constituent of the diet. Too often I see the “fear of/avoidance of fat” issue come into play. That fear/active avoidance of fat is a major cultural preconditioning bias that we all have to be aware of. I work with many people who understand, logically, that good fats are “good for you”, yet, in practice (and maybe even subconsciously) they avoid them come meal time. 2. Long/slow cardio is not the answer to fat loss! This is not to say that long/slow cardio can’t be part of an overall training plan (it most certainly can!), but it is to say that it cannot be the sole tool in the training modality toolbox. To drop bodyfat, a serious resistance training regimen has to be the cornerstone modality.”

As a co-founder of Paleo f(x) and a partner in Efficient Exercise, Keith Norris is an expert in applying solid diet and fitness related theory within the constraints of a real-world life.


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Melissa Joulwan | The Clothes Make The Girl

Tip: Choose the right nutrientsTweet: “The number one key to losing weight while eating Paleo is having a loving relationship with yourself

“The first step toward weight loss is good health and hormone function. Start with 30 days of the basic framework — animal protein, fruits and vegetables, high-quality fats — then experiment to find the ideal version of paleo for YOU. Is it more carbs? A little more fat? Equal quantities of protein, carbs, and fat? Paleo isn’t about restriction; it’s not a diet with a capital-D. It’s about feeding your body the nutrients it needs to function well, and that optimal function will eventually lead to a happy, sustainable, peaceful weight for your body.”

Melissa Joulwan is the author of the best-selling paleo cookbooks Well Fed and Well Fed 2. She’s on a mission to show you that eating Paleo, too often defined by what you give up, is really about what you gain: health, vitality, a light heart, and delicious food to be shared with the people you love.


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Mark Sisson | Mark’s Daily Apple

Tip: Focus on nutrient-dense foodsTweet: “The number one key to losing weight while eating Paleo is having a loving relationship with yourself

“You’re on Paleo Magazine Online‘s site, so ditching grains, refined sugar, seed oils, and other forms of junk food isn’t a revolutionary concept that bears repeating. You’re already doing all that, and it’s usually enough to kickstart the weight loss. Another piece of low-hanging fruit is tailoring your carbohydrate intake to your activity levels. Eating too many — or too few — carbohydrates for your exercise habits can stall weight loss. Furthermore, the overweight tend to be insulin resistant, and lower-carb, higher-fat approaches work better for this population (although a rare phenotype of obese and insulin-sensitive does exist for whom higher-carb, calorie-restricted diets produce more weight loss than ad libitum low-carb). Again, pretty standard approach. If that doesn’t work? If you want to lose weight while being Paleo, the simplest, most effective way I’ve found is to shoot for the minimum effective dose of food. If you want to consume the RDI of magnesium, you can either eat 2.5 cups of soybeans — a whopping 900 calories, give or take — or you can eat a pound of frozen spinach — a paltry 140 calories, plus a hundred or so more for any added fat. Pull Quote 3 Trying to get more zinc? You can eat a cup of pumpkin seeds and reach 70% of the RDI with 747 calories, or you can eat a couple medium-sized oysters and hit 111% of the RDI with just 80 calories. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not disparaging pumpkin seeds, or any other food. You can and should eat them. But you should focus on the most nutrient-dense, calorie sparse foods.”

Mark Sisson is the author of  The Primal Blueprint, as well as The Primal Blueprint Cookbook. He is also the founder of Primal Nutrition, Inc., a company devoted to health education and designing state-of-the-art supplements that address the challenges of living in the modern world.


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Sarah Fragoso | Everyday Paleo

Tip: Eat clean and eat enoughTweet: “The number one key to losing weight while eating Paleo is having a loving relationship with yourself

“What we really want to focus on is losing ‘fat’ not necessarily ‘weight’ because weight can mean muscle mass too which is not good and losing fat should be the focus – which means not an overnight fix. Losing fat in a healthy manner means you have to get healthy first! The best way to do this is to make sure that you first and foremost eating clean of course and eating enough! Believe it or not, most people, women especially are depriving themselves of calories during the day and/or often binging at night which is very stressful on the body and does not allow you to lose that stubborn body fat.Pull Quote 5Second, you have to make sure your other lifestyle components are dialed meaning sleep at least 8 hours a night, focus on stress management such as make sure everyday you are meditating for around 10 minutes, and finally you must exercise smart. Too much exercise is too stressful on the body and again, you’ll hold on to that body fat because your body will not be happy with what your forcing it to do every single day. You must find a happy medium of lifting heavy weights two to three times a week, throw in some sprints here and there, and walk as much as possible. Most importantly always remember you need to become healthy by choice and then you’ll end up hot by accident!”

Sarah Fragoso is a dedicated wife and a mother of three who has succeeded in helping her own family find true health and wellness through living a paleo lifestyle. Sarah is the author of the national best-seller Everyday Paleo and runs JassaFIT, an online gym that caters workout programs to a paleo lifestyle.


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Jason Seib | Everyday Paleo

Tip: Ditch your normal rulesTweet: “The number one key to losing weight while eating Paleo is having a loving relationship with yourself

“The best way to lose weight on The Paleo Diet is to not ‘do’ The Paleo Diet like we ‘do’ other diet trends. In other words, don’t try to come up with a set of rules (do eat this, don’t eat that) and then cram everything into those rules that will fit. DO eat mostly meat and vegetable, cycle your starch, and attend to the other inputs of health – responsible exercise, sleep, and stress management. DO NOT eat paleo-ified versions of the same junk you always ate while ignoring the other aspects of your lifestyle that will keep you from peak health.”

Jason Seib is the founder and co-owner of Clackamas Physical Conditioning, a successful small gym in the Portland, Oregon area, as well as founder and co-owner of Everyday Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness, an on-line training site and community. He is part of the Everyday Paleo team, writing for the successful blog founded by Sarah Fragoso and delivering seminars with Sarah around the U.S. Jason’s passion is guiding normal people to extraordinary levels of health and fitness and he has built his career by helping thousands of people change their perspective and find a healthy, sustainable path to their goals.


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Liz McGaw | Paleo On A Budget

Tip: Do what’s best for youTweet: “The number one key to losing weight while eating Paleo is having a loving relationship with yourself

My best tips are: • Go at your own speed + comfort level: A lot of people think that they have to lose the weight ASAP or they have to eat 100% paleo right away and that’s not the case. You can slowly lose weight and become paleo! You’ll still get results and for some people moving at a slower pace will help them not only lose the weight but keep it off in the long run! • Work within your budget! Stress = weight gain for a lot of us, so don’t feel like you have to eat 100% organic, grass-fed, pasture raised or what have you if it’s going to wreck your budget which in turn will make you really stressed out! Just work with the budget you have – if that means eating frozen veggies, non-organic produce and store bought meat then rock it out! In the end you’ll still shed the weight and look fabulous! • Ditch the scale – seriously, go break up with him and then toss him in the trash and forget about it!

Elizabeth McGaw is the popular blogger behind Paleo On A Budget. She’s convinced she was born with a camera in one hand and a chef’s knife in the other and attributes her love of cooking to her father, who taught her every- thing she knows about preparing a meal.


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Stacy Toth | Paleo Parents

Tip: Refuel your bodyTweet: “The number one key to losing weight while eating Paleo is having a loving relationship with yourself

“It’s been 5 years since Matt and I lost a combined 200lbs with low-carb Paleo. After then facing nutritional deficiencies and an autoimmune flare, I learned the importance of nutrient-density and fueling my body. Prioritizing the difference between healthy over skinny meant nourishing myself, gaining muscle mass, managing multiple autoimmune diseases, and finding a balance that made this lifestyle sustainable for our family. The best part of this weight loss journey has been losing the shame and guilt associated with disordered eating, societal ideals, and scary scales and finding confidence and joy in strength and health – while maintaining a 100lb weight loss!”

Stacy Toth is the co-blogger at PaleoParents.com. She and her husband, Matt, lost over 200lbs adopting a paleo lifestyle. They have 3 young boys and blog about a practical and affordable approach to feeding their family real food.


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George Bryant | Civilized Caveman Cooking

Tip: Love yourselfTweet: “The number one key to losing weight while eating Paleo is having a loving relationship with yourself

“The number one key to losing weight while eating Paleo is having a loving relationship with yourself. Focusing on being your own biggest fan will keep you motivated and self-reliant for success. Acknowledge yourself for all the amazing choices you make and learn from the ones that don’t work. No guilt, no shame; just love and support yourself.”

George Bryant is the creative genius behind the wildly popular Civilized Caveman Cooking blog. What started as a simple place to post recipes for friends has since turned into an award-winning food blog which George hopes can change as many lives for the better by making real food recipes simple and tasty.


Resources:

1. “Overweight and Obesity Statistics” http://win.niddk.nih.gov/statistics/

2. Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think by Brian Wansink, PhD