We all want to lose weight on the paleo diet, but the question is, are we actually willing to stick it through? Many people will use the paleo diet for it’s short term weight loss benefits and not stick it through completely. But more of us will stick on the diet, and make exceptions for certain foods, otherwise known as cheating your diet.
Cheating your diet isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Even bodybuilders will have one cheat day where they consume whatever they can get their hands on! But too much of a bad thing, can obviously be a bad thing!
According to a recent survey we did on fellow paleo dieters, there are three main substances that an astonishing amount of us will cheat our way through and consume: soda, coffee, alcohol. Now, these things aren’t necessarily a terrible thing when consumed-in moderation. But an astonishing amount of us on the paleo diet will consume one of these liquid delights at least every other day!
Before we go into detail on why these things are harmful on our quest for weight loss on the paleo diet. We should first explain WHY we consume them in the first place. There’s not one of us who doesn’t know that any one of these products in excess, can both hinder our diets as well as our overall health, yet we still find these difficult to resist. The need to consume stimulating foods has been an addiction humans and animals have had since the dawn of time. Why? They give us what’s known as an emotional high. The symptoms are rapid heart beat, slight sweating, eye dilation, face flushed, greater sensitivity, and better concentration or perception.
This emotional high will completely dissolve within a few hours, and leaves us craving, or wanting more, to reach that high one more time. These are the traditional signs of an addiction and is not only limited to coffee, soda, and alcohol.
Below are some side effects of taking in stimulating addictive foods:
- Alcohol erodes the stomach and intestinal lining, and can lead to nutritional deficiency.
- Tobacco can lead to many different forms of cancer, causing death.
- Caffeine can lead to an overload in the brain, and has even been thought to cause death in younger users.
- Mixing heart, asthma, or hypertension drugs with stimulating foods can be harmful, even fatal.
So should we give up all addictive foods and stimulants forever? No, that is not what this article is about. Stimulants can be a great thing, when used in moderation. I personally drink coffee about once a week, on Mondays, to help myself get a good head start on the week. Using stimulants in moderation in your diet can help you get more than your usual amount of work done in a shorter period of time, you should just be safe about it and not overdo it. Getting a food addiction is a very easy thing to overlook, and not something that any doctor will recommend!
Remember, stimulating and addictive foods are perfectly normal, just make sure they aren’t hindering your process. Have any of you been able to use stimulants (legal ones!) to your advantage to lose weight on the paleo diet?