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Paleo low carb diet benefits include weight loss and energy: No sugar, no grains

Get grilling to go Paleo.
Get grilling to go Paleo.
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"Everything old is new again," said Peter Allen. And that philosophy definitely applies to the Paleo low carb diet, based on the theory that we can thrive by mirroring the diets of our hunter-gatherer ancestors. It's an approach that has become the new trend in Australia, reported the Australian on August 2.

Jai Hobbs and his wife Marlies founded the Paleo Café chain there one year ago. They now have 12 restaurants and believe that the Paleo diet popularity will continue to spread.

"Humans haven’t changed much for 2.5 million years yet our diet has, especially in the past 30 years," said Jai. "We are starting to understand that that is having a massive effect on our health."

The traditional Paleo diet involves eliminating sugar, grains and dairy, while eating unprocessed protein such as salmon, healthy fats such as avocado and non-starchy vegetables such as asparagus. "It’s about eating good, clean food that our bodies are designed to eat," summed up Jai.

The benefits include "mental clarity, improved focus, better sleep, balanced energy levels, weight loss and optimal health," he said. Jai feels that everyone can benefit from the approach because "our body is not designed to ingest grains and gluten."

What if you're not ready to give up dairy but want to see if you will feel better without grains and sugar? That's where a variation of the Paleo diet known as the No Sugar, No Grains (NSNG) low carb diet comes into play.

Celebrity trainer Vinnie Tortorich, author of "Fitness Confidential: Adventures in the Weight Loss Game," is known as the king of the NSNG lifestyle. In an exclusive interview, he said that he blames at least part of the obesity epidemic on sugar.

Sugar is in "most foods except for whole foods such as meat, fish, chicken, pork, veggies and fruit." For that reason, he supports the Paleo principle of eating unprocessed food and viewing the plan as a lifestyle rather than a diet.

"NSNG is not a diet, it's a lifestyle," he said firmly. "I think that the Paleo guys are on to something. I'm a fan, but the difference is that NSNG allows dairy."

Another fan is comedic actress Anna Vocino. In an exclusive interview, she revealed how she improved her own health and lost weight by shifting to the NSNG lifestyle.

Anna began her shift when she was diagnosed with celiac disease. But although she carefully cut gluten from her diet, she gained 15 to 20 pounds because she was actually consuming more calories.

It's a lesson to those who think that going gluten-free automatically means weight loss. In reality, many gluten-free foods contain more calories. And a new labeling law hopes to help with regard to what's really in those gluten-free products, reported Everyday Health on August 4.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has drafted a new rule requiring that products labeled gluten-free must contain less than 20 parts per million (PPM) of gluten. And while that sounds positive, it means that manufacturers can simply substitute more sugar for that gluten, causing the calorie counts to soar. That's one reason that the "no sugar" part of the Paleo diet and the NSNG diet is so important for weight loss.

"When Vinnie Tortorich taught me about NSNG, I went down the research rabbit hole, reading books by Gary Taubes, author of "Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It"; Phinney and Volek, authors of "The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living: An Expert Guide to Making the Life-Saving Benefits of Carbohydrate Restriction Sustainable and Enjoyable"; Eric Westman, author of "Keto Clarity: Your Definitive Guide to the Benefits of a Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet," and Dr. Robert Lustig, and what I read really resonated with me," says Anna. Although it was initially challenging to make the change, she now feels it's part of her lifestyle.

"Some benefits I've experienced are weight loss, huge improvements in dental and periodontal issues, hormonal balancing (including female stuff like monthly cystic acne completely disappearing after 20 years), and a level of sustained clarity and energy I've never experienced in my life. I love it and will never go back to my old way of eating," Anna summed up.