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Too many diets

I’m getting married this Summer (sate August) and am ramping up exercise & diet to get ready. I’m generally pretty fit (crossfit 6x a week plus intervals) and eat cleanly, but I’m getting very conflicting advice on an ideal diet. I want to lose about 15-20 lbs before the wedding, but I’ve been told to eat considerably more than I’m accustomed to on a paleo/primal diet. I like the paleo/primal diet in general, but I’m concerned that I won’t lose (or even may gain) weight as I’m consuming a lot more calories. I think this may be a good long-term plan, but my wedding is in three months–is this the plan to prepare for this time frame? Really thanks 🙂

Answer:

Unfortunately you didn’t complete your profile so I couldn’t calculate anything based on your stats and activity. However I would say that if you are trying to lose weight in time for your wedding, the paleo/primal diet is not a bad choice. If you are following it closely you should be removing refined carbs and processed foods from your diet. Cutting back on simple carbs is definitely going to help your weight loss, and combined with your current exercise routine should provide some good results. I don’t know what reasoning behind the comments that you should eat considerably more than your accustomed to, my only thoughts are that because you may be eating less carbohydrates than normal, so you may feel lethargic. I would not suggest automatically eating “considerably more” but play it by ear, observe how your body responds and adjust accordingly if you feel lethargic. I’m not a believer in following strict diets day in day out, there is no reason why you cant take a break every week and eat how you would normally and then return to your diet for the remaining six days.

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