The low-carb, gluten-free Paleo diet is the best diet for natural weight loss and optimal health, according to the eye-opening documentary, The Perfect Human Diet.
Investigative journalist CJ Hunt, executive producer of "The Perfect Human Diet," told Examiner we can solve the obesity crisis by embracing the original Paleo-inspired diet that helped humans evolve over millions of years.
"As a species, we've gone way off-track," said Hunt. "Scientifically, a diet emphasizing whole cuts of meat, wild plants and nuts, and eliminating grains, dairy, beans and potatoes is the perfect human diet."
Bone Analyses: Ancient Humans Ate Paleo-Style Diet
CJ reached his conclusions after speaking with anthropologists who conducted isotopic and elemental bone analyses on early human fossils to identify exactly what they ate.
These analyses reveal ancient humans ate primarily animal foods, like large game meat (and obviously, no gluten or processed junk food).
Being overweight and sickly is not natural, said Hunt. Humans were meant to be physically fit and robust for much of their lives and not be addled with chronic disease starting from midlife or earlier.
It is only when people started eating grains and industrialized junk food that the tsunami of obesity, diabetes and heart disease became the norm.
"Since the introduction of grains and the proliferation of the current USDA food pyramid that pushes a diet high in grains and low in fat, our brains have been shrinking and our mental and emotional well-being is suffering the most," he said. "We are unable to handle everyday life emotionally and mentally."
CJ said there's a tendency to think ancient humans ate a primarily vegetarian diet, but research does not bear this out. Obesity expert Dr. Michael Eades, author of The 6-Week Cure for the Middle-Aged Middle, said humans are not natural vegans, pointing out that we can only get vitamin B12 from animal foods.
Hunt is not anti-vegetarian by any means. He followed a raw vegan diet himself for five years, but said he felt physically and emotionally stronger after switching to a Paleo-style diet that emphasizes meat consumption.
We Evolved on a Gluten-Free, High-Protein Diet
Fitness expert and bestselling author Robb Wolf also appears in "The Perfect Human Diet."
Wolf, author of The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet, said the gluten-free Paleo eating plan prevents disease, in addition to fueling weight loss.
"The Paleo diet is the healthiest way you can eat because it is the only nutritional approach that works with your genetics to help you stay lean, strong and energetic," said Robb.
In one provocative scene (see above), Hunt and Dr. Loren Cordain, founder of the Paleo Movement, walk along a 100-yard football field using it as a timeline for the evolution of modern humans. Dr. Cordain said the first humans that are similar to modern man first appeared at the zero yard line. Over time, humans evolved into a hunter-gatherer species that survived on a diet of meat and wild plants.
Cordain, author of The Paleo Diet for Athletes and The Real Paleo Diet Cookbook, said grains, legumes and dairy did not even appear in our evolution until the last ½ yard line of the football field, until the advent of the agricultural revolution. Processed junk food, now a staple of modern diets, wasn't part of our diets until the past 100 years.
Hunt said the purpose of his documentary is to educate people about the importance of eating well, in the hopes that we can one day put an end to the scourges of obesity and degenerative disease.
To those who call the Paleo diet a fad, CJ replies: “If this is a fad diet, then it’s a two-million-year-old fad."
CJ Hunt is the author of the companion book, The Perfect Human Diet.