This Is What 6 500 Kilojoules Looks Like On The Paleo Diet

Meat and veggies for days.


Gabrielle Kassel |

There are generally two types of Paleo people: CrossFitters, and people who are trying to lose weight.

If you fall into the second camp, here’s the thing: Eating like a cavewoman won’t automatically make you drop kilos. The plan tells you what to eat (meat! produce!) and what not to (dairy! grains!), yes. But that leaves a lot of room for weight-loss error (massive portions! Pinterest boards full of tempting Paleo desserts!).

The key is keeping an eye on kilojoules when you first start the diet so you start to see what healthy portion sizes look like, says dietician Jonathan Valdez. “Most moderately active women trying to lose weight should aim for around 6 300kJ a day,” he adds.

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Here’s what those 6 300kJ might look like on a Paleo plan, courtesy of Valdez:

Breakfast

2 scrambled free-range eggs
1/2 baked sweet potato
1 avocado

Total: 2 048kJ

Contrary to what some people think, sweet potatoes are okay if you’re doing Paleo because they have a much lower glycaemic index than plain white spuds, says Valdez.

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Lunch

1/2 baked sweet potato
4 oz grilled chicken
2 cups cooked broccoli and cauliflower topped with 2 Tbsp dried spirulina

Total: 1 576kJ

Spirulina is high in vitamin B12, iron and protein.

Afternoon Snack

20 carrot sticks
2 Tbsp raw almond butter

Total: 1 037kJ

While legumes aren’t allowed if you’re doing paleo — so no peanut butter — almonds are definitely okay!

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Dinner

1 cup sautéed spinach
½ cup sautéed onions
4 oz grilled salmon

Total: 1 768kJ

Daily total: 6 429kJ

Remember: You don’t have to go crazy with kilojoule counting — these are just to give you a sense of what a day’s worth of meals might look like if you’re trying to stick to about 6 300kJ.

“When you’re trying to lose weight, how your plan makes you feel is especially important,” says dietician Maggie Michalczyk. “If it makes you feel crummy, it probably isn’t the plan for you in the long term.”

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