The Paleo Diet

Created by Dr. Loren Cordain, the Paleo Diet is based upon the diet of our ancient ancestors. The concept behind this diet is that the diet of humans did not change significantly until 200 years ago when the Industrial Revolution occurred. Until 10,000 years ago, grains were not even part of the human diet. With the Industrial Revolution processed and artificial foods were introduced into the human diet.  Cordain states that these processed and artificial foods have caused many of the modern aliments humans are facing such as obesity, heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

The Diet

The meal plan behind the Paleo Diet is based on foods that were consumed prior to modern technologies such as refrigeration and cooking. The diet focuses on the foods that scientists believe the hunter-gatherer consumed such as meats, poultry, fish, vegetables, fruits and nuts. In general this is a low carbohydrate diet.

The Paleo Diet has three separate stages to help individuals ease into its restrictive meal plan. In the beginning, individuals are allowed three open meals per week and are advised to slowly will reduce this number. Dr. Cordain created this meal plan more as a lifestyle change than as a short-term diet.

When following this diet, you will be allowed to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner plus three snacks. Meats are the most important food group in this diet because it was such a staple for energy in the ancient human diet. All vegetables on this diet must be able to be eaten raw, natural oils such as olive oil are acceptable and coconut milk can be consumed as a dairy supplement.

What To Get Excited About

If you are one who enjoys fruits and vegetables, then this diet is an excellent choice because it focuses upon these food groups. Additionally, the amounts of protein recommended by the Paleo Diet should help you avoid losing lean muscle mass. This is a common problem on many other diets and can lead to a decrease in metabolic rate.

Furthermore, for individuals who are sick of following diets that require you to count calories or measure out all foods, then the Paleo Diet may be appealing. While numerous food groups are restricted, there is no need to count calories, carbohydrates or fat grams.

Things to Consider

Many foods are restricted on the Paleo Diet, including sugar, salt, potatoes, legumes, grains, dairy and all processed foods.  This diet can be socially disruptive because dieters will find it hard to find acceptable foods to eat when dining out.

While the Paleo Diet is based on science, this notion is somewhat speculation because it is impossible to know for certain what Paleolithic ancestors consumed.

Verdict

The Paleo Diet is backed by science and it does provide individuals with a healthy eating plan. This diet may be difficult to follow for the long term because of how restrictive the eating plan is but if followed correctly and combined with an exercise regiment, most dieters should experience some weight loss.

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