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Dr. Oz: Paleo diet speeds weight loss, can help you lose 75 pounds in 6 months

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Dr. Mehmet Oz said you can accelerate weight loss and curb disease by following the Paleo diet on the Feb. 17 episode of the Dr. Oz Show.

The Paleo diet is the most popular diet around today because it has been shown to produce effortless weight loss, reverse diabetes and heart disease, and even prevent Alzheimer's.

Dr. Oz said you can lose 75 pounds in six 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:

  • sugar
  • gluten
  • dairy
  • legumes
  • alcohol
  • processed foods.

"This program works faster than ever," said Dr. Oz, whose guests were Ironman triathlete and 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 it doesn't restrict calories and provides a healthy balance of protein, vegetables and high-quality fats.

Stephenson, who's a fat-free size 2, 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, the Paleo diet relieves digestive problems and gives you radiant skin.

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, he 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 lower-carb, high-fat diets like the Paleo and ketogenic diets to accelerate weight loss and prevent disease.

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