When it comes to turning that New Year's resolution to lose weight into an achievable goal, you need to find the right diet. And for celebrities ranging from supermodels to athletes to actors, the Paleo diet won in 2013. Nutritional and lifestyle guru Dr. Charles Passler, whose clients include Victoria's Secret model Adriana Lima, explained how the low carb Paleo diet can help you lose weight in the New Year in an interview on Dec. 31 with E News.
The Paleo diet requires following these guidelines:
- No processed foods. That means breads and pasta.
- No grains, such as wheat and rye.
- No dairy products.
- Eat a low carb diet "based on consuming mainly protein (meat, fish, poultry, eggs) and lower starch vegetables, such as leafy greens."
- Eat nuts and fruits in moderation.
But does it work long-term? Well, maybe, says Dr. Passler. But it does require sticking to those rules. He suggests taking a modified approach by following it for two weeks, and focusing on these rules:
- Eliminate anything processed.
- Minimize snacking to once per day (the best time to snack is between lunch and dinner).
- Stop eating for the day once you've finished dinner.
- Cut out all alcohol.
And if you want some extra motivation for following a Paleo diet plan, NPR reported on Dec. 30 that 2013 was the "year of the Paleo diet." What made it as sizzling as the steaks allowed on this high protein diet?
NPR notes that the following Paleo-powered milestones occurred:
- Athletes announced that they were following the diet: Find out how Kobe Bryant and the Lakers are scoring with Paleo diets by clicking here.
- Actors endorsed it as the one for them: Click here to read how Kellan Lutz is powering up with Paleo diets.
- Celebrities hopped on the Paleo diet bandwagon: Find out how Chaz Bono lost 85 pounds with this approach by clicking here.
The science behind the Paleo diet: Before the agricultural age brought us the wonders of Twinkies and toast, we were healthier, happier and slimmer.
Therefore, say proponents, we should follow the diet of our hunter-gatherer ancestors.
"It seems clear now that there are some genetic changes that allow some of us to partially adapt to agriculture," says 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).
Therefore, he says, some of us may have evolved to the point of consuming dairy without detriment. Chris is one of an increasing number of Paleo proponents who believe that the diet is still evolving.
Ironically, one Paleo book that brought the most attention to the caveman approach is that from evolutionary biologist Marlene Zuk. She attacked the Paleo diet in her book "Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us about Sex, Diet, and How We Live."
"Evolution is deceptively easy to incorporate into your thinking," Marlene informed NPR.
"But there's a pervasive misconception that anything could be perfectly adapted to its environment, and if the environment changes it gets knocked off its pedestal."
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