The newest diet to gain popularity is the Paleo Diet. The Paleolithic diet also known as Paleo was first introduced by gastroenterologist Walter L. Voegtlin during the 1970’s. This concept consists of the presumed diet of Paleolithic humans (cave people).
The “cave man” diet was re introduced and has garnered a mass following since the release of the latest book ‘The Paleo Diet’ and ‘The Paleo Diet Cookbook’ by Dr. Loren Cordain. Cordain appeared on the Dr. Oz show in which he shared the concept and requirements of the diet.
Up to 35% of the daily caloric intake should consist of protein; meat, seafood and other meat products.
Low carb and low glycemic intake:
All carbohydrates on this diet should consist of non starchy produce and excludes breads and grains completely.
Daily intake of fiber should include non starchy vegetables.
Higher intake of healthy fats:
Trans fats and Omega-6 polyunsaturated fat are excluded and monounsaturated and Omega-3 fats should be included; Olive, coconut, macadamia nut, walnut, and flaxseed oils.
Foods that pass the Paleolithic requirements include:
• Grass-produced meats
• Fresh fruits and veggies
• Nuts and seeds
• Healthful oils (Olive, walnut, flaxseed, macadamia, avocado, coconut)
Foods to omit during this diet:
• Cereal grains
• Legumes (including peanuts)
• Refined sugar
• Processed foods
• Refined vegetable oils
Many have turned to the Paleo Diet for weight loss as well as better health. According to the official website, a diet consisting of higher protein revs up the metabolism encouraging faster weight loss. Also, since protein is more satisfying than carbs and unhealthy fats this diet will also help discourage overeating. “Numerous recent clinical trials have shown high-protein, low-glycemic load diets to be more effective than low-fat, high-carbohydrate diets in promoting weight loss and keeping it off.”