Dr. Mehmet Oz said you can boost weight loss and prevent heart disease and diabetes by following the low-carb Paleo diet on the June 16 episode of the Dr. Oz Show ("Your Personal Paleo Code"). **This episode originally aired Feb. 17.
The Paleo diet is today's most popular diet, with a huge celebrity following, including Megan Fox, Tim McGraw, and supermodel Adriana Lima.
Proponents say the Paleo dramatically curbs inflammation, which drives obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, depression, and even Alzheimer's.
Dr. Oz said you can lose 75 pounds in 6 months on the Paleo diet, which emphasizes the following:
- High-quality animal proteins such as grass-fed beef, wild fish, pastured chicken and eggs.
- Healthy fats like avocados, coconut oil, cold-pressed olive oil and organic butter.
- Non-starchy vegetables like kale, broccoli, mushrooms, cauliflower, onions, and olives.
- Low-sugar fruits such as blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and apples.
The Paleo diet excludes the following:
- processed foods.
Paleo Diet Proven Twice as Effective for Weight Loss
The low-carb Paleo diet was shown to twice as effective for producing weight loss, melting belly fat, and controlling diabetes than a low-fat diet, according to research from scientists at Umeå University in Sweden.
Dr. Oz's guests were nutritionist Nell Stephenson and holistic-health expert Chris Kresser. Stephenson, author of Paleoista and co-author of The Paleo Diet Cookbook, said the Paleo diet isn't a fad diet because the emphasis is not on calorie restriction, and it provides a healthy balance of protein, vegetables and high-quality fats.
Nell, a superfit Ironman triathlete, said the Paleo diet works well for women because it evens out the hormone surges women experience that make weight loss difficult. What's more, she said the Paleo diet relieves digestive problems and gives you smoother skin because it's gluten-free.
Kresser, author of Your Personal Paleo Code, said you can customize the Paleo diet to suit your lifestyle and genetic blueprint. The best part is, you don't count calories and never feel hungry or deprived because your body is getting all the nutrition it needs to thrive.
While the Paleo diet typically avoid legumes, Kresser allows legumes like beans, lentils and chickpeas on his Personal Paleo Code plan. The important thing, Chris said, is to avoid processed foods and simple carbs.
Dr. Oz, who previously advocated a high-carb, low-fat diet, is now convinced of the health benefits of low-carb, high-fat diets like the Paleo and ketogenic diets to accelerate weight loss and prevent disease.
Oz joins a growing list of medical experts to dispel the myth that saturated fat is the cause of obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, and cardiovascular disease. A high-carb diet — particularly one high in sugar and refined carbs — is to blame for these illnesses, he now concedes.