Following on from yesterday’s blog, I want to say a bit more about why it’s easier to play by the rules on Paleo and not game a weigh-in. Also why most conventional diets fail in the end.
in a word, it’s deprivation. You feel deprived on most conventional diets. And while that can work for a while, few of us are able to sustain it long term. In the end, we return to our former ways of eating and often overeat to make up for the undereating.
Your brain works against you
It can feel as if your body’s working against you. Fighting to make you eat. In fact, it’s your brain doing this. The neurotransmitter Dopamine. If our brains didn’t reward us for eating, believe it or not, we’d either forget or simply not bother! Humans have to be programmed to eat to ensure they survive so, when you eat, crudely put, you get a hit of Dopamine and it’s pleasurable.
So don’t feel guilty about enjoying food! You are programmed to feel pleasure from eating. It’s this that you’re fighting when you diet. There’s bit more to it than that but broadly speaking, that’s why dieting is so damned difficult.
Sugar cravings? Eat protein!
Cravings are also what can kill a diet. And is there anything worse than a sugar craving? But eating something sugary when you’re craving it is like giving in to a bully. It’s like Munich 1938. The Germans got everything they asked for. But they still wanted more. Appeasing bullies doesn’t work. Never works. They’re never satisfied. Well so it is with sugar.
Give in to your craving in a kind of, phew, I’ve sated it and therefore stopped it way and you’ll find your craving bully will be back again. This time it’ll want a lot more. And more. And so it goes so it goes…
Oi! Sugar! NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!
On Paleo, you don’t give in to a sugar craving. You beat it by eating it! Eat up your sugar craving with protein instead. Fight back! Say, hey brain, you’re telling me go eat a cream cake? Go stuff yourself, I’m having a piece of chicken instead!
Eating protein to satiation point doesn’t feel like you’re depriving yourself. It feels natural, normal, good and healthy. You’re far less likely to overeat protein than you are carbs, especially highly refined carbs with high levels of sugar. And that’s why Paleo dieting can be more successful than all the old boring ways of low fat/high carb/high fibre and calorie counting.
Paleo isn’t punishment. Paleo is pleasure. And for humans, pleasure is what works. Every time. Apologies if you’re not human.
Thanks for listening.