Caveman Me, The 90 Day Paleo Diet Challenge: Week 5, "Let them eat cake"

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Last week, I dropped more weight than any previous week, but my bodyfat percentage increased.  Not cool right?  The bottom line is that I was too calorie deprived and my body was responding by burning off muscle tissue. 

So, this past week, I upped my calorie intake by about 500 kcal/day, and even though Sunday night was my Dad's birthday, and I ate two giant slices of my wife's home-made carrot cake (definitely not a paleo recipe), I still lost a 1/2 pound and dropped a full .8% bodyfat.

If you read last weeks update, you might have noticed that I planned on a "free" weekend next week (a wedding in Miami and a full two days at my parent's house), but I have decided that marking each 30 day interval with a single free meal will actually help me stay on track better.

A whole "free weekend" is too much, and I definitely felt the effects of a single non-paleo dessert (not even a full-on meal).  An epic food hangover (possibly even a food coma) doesn't sound fun and really kind of defeats the point of doing this in the first place.

The truth is that I really enjoy the foods that I am eating on my new plan, my body feels great, I'm shedding bodyfat, my sleep is better, my mind is clearer, etc., etc., etc...  The idea of "cheating" really speaks to a fundamental dissatisfaction with the status quo.  The new "Paleo quo" is great and the desire to "cheat" is really a non-issue at this point.

It's exciting to be eating in a way that feels really good.  It's boring to feel tired, lethargic, bloated, and frustrated.  And really, excitement is what we are all looking for anyway.

Week 5 Statistics:

Weight - 184 (-8lbs from start)

Bodyfat % - 11.1% (-2.2% from start)

Previously on "Caveman Me"...

Week 1: "Hunting and Gathering at the Grocery Store"

Week 2: "Energy Off, Energy On"

Week 3: "Eyes Wide Open"

Week 4: "Cruise Control"

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Tony is the host of the Paleo Magazine Radio podcast, author of "Paleo Grilling: A Modern Caveman's Guide to Cooking with Fire", and Cofounder of Powerful PT, an innovative information resource for Fitness Professionals. He has appeared on numerous local and national television and radio broadcasts and regularly hosts healthy cooking workshops and informational lectures. He is also a full-time Personal Trainer and Wellness Consultant who lives in Jacksonville Florida with his wife Jamie.
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