Mark 2013 as the year when the Paleo diet emerged from the cave. Recently ranked as the most popular diet in Google searches for 2013, the Paleo diet became the focus in a Twitter exchange among experts on Dec. 19.
Asked to define the Paleo diet, Loren Cordain, author of "The Paleo Diet Revised: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Foods You Were Designed to Eat," defined it as "the optimal lifestyle mimicking our ancestors' dietary habits. Eat well, feel better."
And a key to following the Paleo diet correctly: Avoid processed foods by focusing on "a diet that emphasizes nutrient-dense foods we're well adapted to eat, and restricts modern foods we're not well adapted to," added Chris Kresser, author of "Your Personal Paleo Code: The 3-Step Plan to Lose Weight, Reverse Disease, and Stay Fit and Healthy for Life" (click for details).
But does it really work for weight loss? Yes, said both experts.
"The vast majority of people lose weight on Paleo. Even better, they do it without even trying. No calorie counting required," declared Chris.
Loren cited eight controlled trials showing that Paleo diets are helpful in shedding pounds while enhancing health. And while body fat goes down, the overall energy level goes up, noted Nora Gedgaudas, author of "Primal Body, Primal Mind: Beyond the Paleo Diet for Total Health and a Longer Life" (click for details).
One study, for example, showed that "85% of Paleo adherents report improvement in their body composition," stated Nora.
So what do you eat on a Paleo diet?
- "Grass-fed meat, natural fats, mostly fibrous vegetables and greens, nuts, seeds and some seasonal fruit," according to Nora.
- "Eating "nose-to-tail" (organ meats, skin, cartilage, bone broth, etc.) is important," added Chris.
And in addition to weight loss, Chris says that the specific health benefits are impressive.
"As a clinician I've seen Paleo reverse autoimmune disease, diabetes, lipid abnormalities, obesity, depression, IBS and more," he commented.
Although the high protein Paleo diet topped the list of most popular diets in 2013, the high fat ketogenic diet also ranked high, reported Health magazine on Dec. 20.
Both diets reflect the increasing evidence showing that by eliminating foods that contain gluten and sugar, you can boost your weight loss while enhancing your overall health. A recent study, in fact, revealed that it is sugar, not fat, that results in weight gain and accompanying concerns such as metabolic syndrome: learn more by clicking here.