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Old 01-13-2004, 02:28 PM   #1
Peadar Coyle
 
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I'm looking for advice to help my parents lose weight
Both of them weigh about 220 pounds, my dad is 5ft 7 and my mum is 5ft 4.
Would a paleo diet be ideal for them, any advice at all would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 01-13-2004, 03:09 PM   #2
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Paleo is ideal for everyone! Hahaha.

Actually, though it will take a good bit of personal adjustment, Paleo is a great diet to follow. It's very effective, and fairly simple as well.
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Old 01-14-2004, 08:42 AM   #3
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Peadar,

I say buy them a copy of the Warrior Diet by Ori Hoflemker. The diet is easy to follow, and doesn't take much planning. I think it is very ideal for overweight people. Suggestion though, they should ease into it, maybe following it every other day, or throwing a medium sized lunch in every other day. Dan John's usual preaching of sleep and lots of water consumption iis also "ideal". Try to cut out all starchy carbs and all processed food. And don't forget exercise, which is "ideal" for any weight lost program. Basic diet advice, but extremely effective.

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Old 01-14-2004, 10:27 AM   #4
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I should probably put this on a macro, but I'm a big fan of the Zone diet (Enter the Zone, Mastering the Zone, The Omega RX Zone). The meals taste good, they're not that hard to make, you eat 5 times a day, and you get healthier. You won't lose radical amounts of weight quickly, like you can on the Atkins and other diets, but it's a lot easier to maintain in the long term. On a lot of what I call the more radical diets, people gain back a lot of the weight they lose.

The key is a change in lifestyle, which includes a change in how they think about food, and how they think about exercise. If they're eating potato chips on the couch every evening while they're watching TV, maybe they need to start taping their favorite shows, and exercising in that time frame. It's hard to give up a habit without substituting a new habit in its place.
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Old 01-14-2004, 01:54 PM   #5
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Barry: When following the Zone, do you know if it is acceptable to eat additonal protein/carbs/fat in a later meal, if you missed the recommended block in a prior meal? For example, If you are a 5 block eater, and you only get 3.5 or 4 blocks for breakfast, can you add more in later meals and snacks? Thanks in advance!

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Old 01-15-2004, 08:04 AM   #6
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My personal diet is whatever I feel like, with the Zone philosophy as a guide. If you're still hungry, then I would certainly add blocks.

The orthodox answer is that Sears himself says that your body really can't metabolize more than about 5 blocks in one sitting, so if you add blocks, you should probably at least wait an hour or two. He says that overdoing the protein can also cause an undesirable insulin response.

I think it's hard for a lot of people to do, but really try and use how you feel as a guide. You should have good energy, mental clarity, and not be hungry.
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Old 01-15-2004, 12:19 PM   #7
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Thanks Barry! That makes sense. I have been vigilant lately with my diet (measuring out portions, etc.) Prior to being strict with the Zone, I was primarily eating from the "Good Foods" list. I have noticed a marked difference in the way I feel while training and throughout the day. I’m excited about the long term effects I will no doubt experience from maintaining this program. Thanks again.

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