I agree - starting with the differences in digestive physiology between true carnivores and humans - even the early ones. That leads me to think of the term "Paleo" Diet as a marketing tool with little basis in historical fact. Take the Roman Legion for instance - the average legionnaire consumed an average of 700 lbs of grain annually. More if on the march, slightly less while encamped. They also traveled with livestock and foraged local flora and game when necessary. I'm not advocating any life choices by any stretch - I'm just playing the Devil's pragmatist.
Originally Posted by labor of love
I like having hard rules to follow, makes cheating less of a slippery slope.
I agree that if your going to over eat or underestimate calories ... starch will be the enabler.
I think I'm at the point where I'm not looking to loose any more mass, dropped from 230lb-200lb at 6'4". Now I'm finding that its a lot more work to build muscle than it is to lose weight.
When I was in middle years I lost weight fast. I ate very small portions of what ever Mom was making and was excercising and lifting weights. Lost 65 pounds in about 4 months. Managed to keep it off until I went to university, gained some back and then started doing the same thing and lost the weight again. I started my professional job and for the first two years of work I was buried and ate too much and did too little. 10 years later I was the heaviest I ever was. I started the Dukan diet in late Fall and lost a little weight and then fell off the wagon. I tried it again in February and really tried to stick to it. I am down nearly 40 pounds.
The wife still eats starches and so I still get cravings. I really crave fruit, pineapple, apples, and bananas.