The big danger with the Paleo diet has nothing to do with any sort of adverse health issue. You’re not going to waste away. You’re not going to lose a lot of muscle. You’re not going to go crazy. You’re not going to suffer nerve damage. There’s none of that in the mix when it comes to the Paleo diet.
This alone should tell you why the Paleo diet is so popular. It is a safe, effective, and powerful way of losing weight. If you’ve been struggling with that spare tire around your mid-section for many years now, the Paleo diet might do the trick. In fact, a lot of people are in your exact situation and they have managed to achieve sustainable weight loss for the first time in their lives.
There are many testimonials like this all over the internet and most of them are true. The bottom-line is the Paleo diet works. However, it comes with a danger. As you can probably already tell, there is no such thing as a slam dunk solution. There is no such product that solves everybody’s problem and is good for all time. Even the best product or solution always has another side. For every advantage, there’s always a disadvantage.
The Paleo diet is not a stranger to this. It’s not immune to this fact. The big danger behind this diet is that people easily assume that they will stay Paleo. Let me repeat that again, the biggest danger with the Paleo diet is that most people assume that they will stay on this diet. In fact, if you ask a lot of people on the Paleo diet, they would tell you that it’s too easy. What’s not to love? They eat really tasty stuff. If you like meat, there’s a lot of meat you could eat. If you like certain types of vegetables, there are a lot of vegetables and fruits you can eat. What’s not to love? I mean, you eat tasty food that you crave.
Well, the problem here is if you’re at some sort of mental complacency and people end up assuming that it’s just too easy. They then assume that they’ll stay Paleo for life. This is a serious assumption. This is too big of an assumption to make because if we unpack it, it actually carries several other smaller assumptions. These smaller assumptions, believe it or not, are just as deadly to your diet as the grand assumption that since the Paleo diet is relatively easy, you’ll stay on it for life.
Make sure that you are free of these assumptions, otherwise, you may be skating on thin ice. Otherwise, you may be thinking that you’re doing well on the Paleo diet and all of a sudden, there’s that chocolate cake that appears in front of you and you start bargaining with yourself. You start telling yourself, well, since the Paleo diet is so easy, I can get away with a slice. One slice turns into two slices. Two slices then turn into three slices. After all, you’re binging on eating sugar.
Sugar is poison, as far as the Paleo diet is concerned. Sugar is off limits there. The moment you get down that slippery slope, let me tell you, it’s going to be very hard for you to get back up and end result of all of this is that since you assume that you’ll stay on the Paleo diet for so long, you’re just really setting yourself up to get off of it fairly quickly.
If this sounds pretty depressing, believe me, it happens all the time. This is not a nightmare scenario. This is not an outlier or a statistical aberration. This happens all the time. You have to understand that unless you’ve been on a diet for several years, any short term diet is really going to be a match of wits between your new self and your old self.
Your new self is just trying to lose weight. Your new self is trying to turn a new leaf and reform his or her life. Your old self, on the other hand, has a great time eating whatever he or she wants and not having to worry about the consequences. Sure the old self is getting fatter and fatter by the day, but who cares, right?
In the beginning, it seems like your new self is winning. But believe me, the moment you indulge your old habits, even at least once, is the moment you start down that slippery slope. And if you don’t watch yourself, you will go right back to your old eating patterns.
To make matters worse, whatever weight you lost on the Paleo diet will come back and you’ll start gaining more weight. Sounds depressing right? But that’s the reality, and it all begins with that general assumption that you’ll stay Paleo. But if you’re serious about avoiding this big danger, you need to break up that assumption. It actually carries with it five other assumptions. I’m going to address them below.
Assumption #1: You’ll have time to cook
Many Paleo diet recipes take a long time to cook. If you are a very busy person, don’t assume that you will have that time to cook. If you don’t have time to cook the stuff that you want to eat, then chances are you’re going to be tempted to eat stuff that you’re not supposed to be eating. You have to make sure that you actually have the time to cook and you’re not doing yourself any favors by automatically assuming that you do.
Assumption #2: You won’t get bored with the food
Make no mistake about it, readily convenient Paleo foods are few and far between. Accordingly, if you’re just going to focus on eating the easiest to access Paleo foods, you’re probably going to get bored very quickly.
Who can blame you? If you’re eating a burger patty every single day, it probably is going to get old rapidly. Most people want variety. Most people believe in the old saying that variety is the spice of life. Unfortunately, you’re not in that situation if you feel that there are no other Paleo food options except the same old, same old.
Assumption #3: You’ll just get the right type of food at the right time
One common assumption is that through some sort of magical operation, a person on the Paleo diet will get Paleo food at the precise time. In other words, they feel that they can access this food wherever they are. This is a very dangerous assumption to make because even if you go to a restaurant and they seem to have food that are Paleo compliant, look at the menu because they may be putting sugar or some other banned ingredient in your food to render it non Paleo.
Assumption #4: You won’t want other tastes
Another dangerous assumption for people on the Paleo diet is since they know that their convenient Paleo meals are restricted within a tiny range of options, they then assume that they wouldn’t want any other taste. They assume that they wouldn’t want to experiment with other types of food.
This is too much of an assumption because you probably would be able to get away with thinking like this for a week, or maybe even three weeks. But let me tell you, eventually, the cravings get to you. It may start out small, but as you look at billboards, or as you look at food pictures on Instagram, or you check out cooking videos on YouTube, the cravings grow and grow until you can’t help yourself and you let the cravings get the better of you.
This is not a theory. This happens quite a bit and unfortunately, all these nightmare scenarios grow from the assumption that you won’t want other tastes. Yes, you would.
Assumption #5: You’ll maintain your sense of urgency
Let me tell you, the reason why a lot of people manage to lose a lot of weight on diets is because they had a tremendous sense of urgency coming in. They go into the keto or Paleo diet all gung-ho. They’re rushing in there and they’re taking no prisoners. They’re sick and tired of being sick and tired of being unable to lose weight. Their minds are made up, and they’re not going to take any prisoners. Sounds awesome, right?
Well, you can bet that these people do achieve amazing weight loss in a relatively short period of time. But ultimately, it all unravels and they end up fatter than when they started. The reason for this is they lost their sense of urgency. Because if you are operating with a high degree of urgency, you’re going to steer clear of the foods that you’re supposed to avoid.
Make sure your assumptions are in the right place because if you subscribe to the wrong assumptions regarding your Paleo diet, you are just positioning yourself for a nasty fall. Believe it or not, you’re always at risk of falling off the Paleo diet. Do yourself a big favor and be aware of the faulty assumptions above so that in the event that you do fall, it happens later, rather than sooner