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And not all calorie counting is neurotic. It has its place in getting a person in touch with what a reasonable portion should be.
I agree with this. I needed to see the numbers and macros of the foods I was eating when I was stuck at 185 pounds. I haven't tracked my meals in a long time, but I used the Paleo Tracker a lot when I was trying to get a foothold. It was very necessary in the process for me.
PS: When I reach my goal weight, I will have to go back to the tracker and repeat the process using different macros. I don't want to sabotage myself by thinking that I can just eat primally and things will be ok. Maybe they will, but that will bear out over time if true.
When I'm actually following LCHF primal and moving regularly the weight just falls off. My problem has not been with weight loss, but with sticking with it. It's just HARD to break addictions to food, especially sugar, when you've been eating that way for over 25 years. The more I figure out primal options for old "comfort" foods the better I do.
For me, I know stress also has quite a bit to do with it. Getting "back on the wagon" has required more mindful eating practices, prayer, and other stress reducing practices in addition to nutritional knowledge.
I also definitely need support to make a life long change - and that has been the hardest part. The ladies at my work are mostly quite healthy - so things like sugar aren't an addiction for them - they think nothing of spreading baked goods all over the staff room table but rarely put out more healthy options. I just have to avoid the staff room most days - but that can make it isolating too, because the staff room is where most of the socializing occurs. Fortunately my family is slowly coming around to a real food lifestyle (though not full paleo) and my mom understands that health issues are part of why I insist on at least gluten free food at holidays. And the ladies in my Bible study are definitely health focused and a couple of them are also paleo-inclined - which helps. So it's getting better, but there's room for improvement.
All that to say, the flaw in weight loss with primal is not with the plan - which totally works! (I speak from experience having lost 40 lbs. on it). The flaw is often more with social, psychological and emotional health and supports necessary to maintain a lifestyle change like this.
Being rather unsocial means I answer to very few people, and am rarely expected to eat cow-fodder.
Major point IMO.
Eating right is an upstream swim. The effort bears results but since the environment never changes, an individual can reach exhaustion from the subconscious pressure alone.
I'm in a happy place and know how to provide for myself but the fact remains that my commute has a dozen food posters and billboards, my work meetings smell like donuts and mysterious "coffee lightener", my weekend buddies are only interested in pizza and beer, and my parents use bowls of chips and popcorn as decorative accents. Daily friction with the briar patch has a psychic cost.