As someone who is more or less in maintenance mode with my weight, I’m able to go a little off-plan every now and then without ruining any progress. My weight goes up and down within 3 lbs usually, and by watching it closely, I’m able to make adjustments in my diet to bring my weight back into a range I’m comfortable with. I have earned that ability be reaching my goal and staying there.
There are people I see online who complain about not being able to make good progress while on Paleo despite their adhering to it strictly. Well, their definition of strict and mine differ wildly. These very same people allow alcohol into their diet a few times a week, and some have gone so far as to justify cheat meals or cheat days because they “Eat well the rest of the time.” I will agree that it’s better to eat Paleo most of the time if you can’t do it all the time, but then to hear people complain about a lack of progress toward a weight loss goal when they aren’t doing the work to get there? It is tiresome.
I try time and time again to show people that when it comes to losing weight, you have to be strict and you have to really follow the plan without exception. It’s a long-term proposition, and a change in lifestyle you need to adopt for life, not something you can change short-term and then go back to the way you ate before. I was able to lose weight steadily and consistently because I didn’t allow myself cheats or sabotages. I didn’t even consider it. Now? I actually consider allowing non-Paleo foods every now and then depending on the situation, but I’m in maintenance mode. While I was losing weight toward my goals? Never!
The only way to truly succeed and to be able to enjoy a relatively normal life in regards to eating and diet, you have to do the work and be full-time Paleo. You need to commit to it and not succumb to temptation. You need to stick to it until you reach your goal. Then, and ONLY then, should you even consider non-Paleo foods.
Look: I know it’s not a race, and I know that there’s no real reason to lose all the weight at once. You can spend the rest of your life working toward a weight goal, and it’s really not my business. But I honestly believe that being in maintenance mode is so much easier than weight loss mode, not just physically, but psychologically and emotionally. I know it is for me. While I’m as losing weight, my attention to the foods I ate was almost to the point of obsession. Now? I can be relaxed regardless of what I eat as long as I know it’s Paleo. I just eat until I’m full and then I can go on with my day without any emotional baggage. I couldn’t do that while I was in weight-loss mode. I know I’m not alone in this.
Live without the guilt. Commit full-time to the Paleo Diet and see the results you’ve been wanting. Once your each your goal, life gets even better. Paleo food is good to begin with, but the freedom you attain once you reach your goal and get into maintenance mode? It’s awesome. I want you to get there.