The premise of paleo diets is simple: to defeat ‘modern’ diseases like obesity and type 2 diabetes, we need to eat pre-modern diets.
By eating the food our caveman ancestors ate in the paleolithic era, supposedly we are eating the food we are best naturally adapted to eat.
What is Paleo Diet?
Paleo Diets include no grains (pre-agricultural revolution), no legumes, no dairy and certainly no processed foods.
The paleolithic diet is strict, but it purports to give great results. So the big question remains: is eating like a caveman good for your health?
Losing Weight on the Paleo Diet
Paleo diets cut out many of the prime weight-gain culprits from your diet: processed food, sugar, refined carbs and fatty dairy.
Even just by abandoning bread as the Paleo diet instructs, you are likely to lose weight.
But everything is about proportions, and if you overeat even ‘Paleo-safe’ foods like eggs or meat, you will not see a reduction in your weight.
It is therefore important that you combine a Paleo diet with a mild amount of calorie counting and portion size reviewing to keep your weight in check.
Paleo diets are compatible with several other diets as well, if you feel like mixing and matching. For example, one could take part in a 7 day juice fast to kick start their diet, and it would fall within the Paleo-safe zone.
Getting All Your Vitamins and Minerals
A paleolithic diet—with an abundance of fruit and vegetables—can be a great source of certain vitamins and minerals, but a poor source of others. It is important that you figure out where the Paleo diet is lacking, and supplement for it.
For example, cutting out dairy will likely reduce the amount of calcium in your diet, so it is important you either up your intake of Paleo-safe foods with some calcium content or take a supplement.
Overall, Paleo diets are good for working in the vitamins you need. Still, there are certain areas that it does not cover, and you need to be aware of that before it causes any health issues.
Staying Heart Healthy With Paleo Diets
Filled with fruit and vegetables, Paleo diets can be great at reducing cholesterol and making your heart healthier than ever. But there are pitfalls that the diet opens up, which you must watch out for.
For example, although meat is allowed on the Paleo diet, you should still be choosing lean cuts of meat or fish when possible. Fatty meat is not good for your waistline or your arteries, so keep it to a minimum—even if it is paleolithic.
Keeping on Top of Your Overall Health
The Paleo diet offers an interesting premise, but it has not been studied at length to examine if the claims it makes are true.
On a superficial level, it is possible to say that—if done correctly—the Paleo diet can be good for your health.
But it is important to remember that any diet of this kind must be followed with general health principles in mind: small portion sizes, getting all your vitamins and minerals, and eating everything in moderation.
Have you ever tried Paleo diets? What was your experience?
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