Paleo Diet: Fruit instead of beans?
I've been doing Occams for 4 week's and am fairly happy with the results (10 lbs weight gain so far + 2" on chest) but I have some extra fat around the tum tum and will be switching to the slow carb diet soon. I'm a bit nervous about making the switch for the reasons:
- I hate beans
- Beans aren't very portable/ practical (can't be easily thrown into a backpack)
- Seem like beans are the ONLY source of carbs on the SCD
I don't know a lot about Paleo but it seems like it's the SCD except you get to have fruit instead of beans. And:
- I love fruit
- Fruit is easily portable
- And, again, I hate beans
Does anyone have any thoughts/ experience regarding doing SCD with fruit instead of beans?
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I've been losing fat on the Paleo Diet (no legumes), eating plenty of fruit. 6-pack is starting to show after 3 months. Fruit is not equal to fruit juice, which is what Tim measured in his book. There is far more fibre in fruit than fructose, and I believe you get a net gain for fat loss.
Professor Robert H. Lustig, M.D., of the University of California at San Francisco is an anti-fructose advocate, but advises that whole fruit is just fine. See his lecture, "Sugar: The Bitter Truth" starting at 1:12:53.
My suggestion is to try slow carb, beans and all, for two weeks. If you really can't do it for that short space of time, try lentils instead. They are very portable, once they are bought/simmered you can put them into a small tupperware container with some proteins just as easily as fruit. They aren't the only source of carbs on this diet because of the vegetables, but they are a good source of energy while actually contributing to the weight loss (i know through experimentation).
Correct me if i'm wrong, but I would have thought that the point of the paleo diet was to imitate man's primitive diet. Fruit was not available all year round way back when! (I know that beans weren't either). If you really can't handle beans i would suggest doing either paleo or SCD to avoid wasting time!
I've had a similar experience when I was eating paleo for a long time with lots of fruits and no legumes and lost tons of fat. Everyone on the paleo diet looses fat I mean the can't all be lying. Having said that I find it much easier to eat slow carb as I'm not feeling deprived at all. Also I have more muscle now but my workouts are not different so I guess the slow carb diet can eat away the fat and spare the muscle better than paleo.