The Paleo Diet is a nutritional plan based on how Paleolithic humans (cavemen) might have ate. This basically means that the Paleo Diet focuses on foods such as meats, fish, vegetables, seeds, nuts etc. Foods such as bread, rice, pasta, sugar, and processed foods are completely eradicated from this diet plan. There are also arguments of whether dairy should be involved in this diet plan or not; many paleo advocates are against this, but currently there is no set-in-stone answer.
So Why Adapt the Paleo Diet?
The Paleo Diet has an abundance of advantages over your standard modernized diet; just some of these advantages are listed below.
Lose weight by suppressing your intake of grain and dairy Improve your performance in the gym or in sports Increased libido Better sleep, more active throughout the day Reduce risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and other health problems Improve acne and promote healthier skin
Exactly What Foods Can I Eat?
Those who are new to the Paleo Diet are often confused by the foods that are allowed and those that aren't. Please take a look at the list below for a list of foods that are permitted on the Paleo Diet.
Meat – Although, animals have to be grass-fed and not grain-fed Fowl – Turkey, chicken, duck etc. Fish – Stick to wild fish as mercury and other toxins can be found in farmed fish which may cause health problems Eggs – Omega-3 eggs if possible Vegetables – You can pretty much eat however many veggies you want as long as they're not deep fried Oils – Stick to natural oils such as coconut oil, avocado oil, olive oil etc. Fruit – These are full of natural sugars and can be quite high in calories so make sure to limit your intake Nuts – Very high in calories, so it's best to limit these only to snacks Yams & sweet potatoes – These are higher in calories and carbohydrates, making them great for post-workout as they will help replenish glycogen levels.
Why Does the Paleo Diet Work?
We are used to eating processed foods and foods which are high in sugars or high-glycemic carbohydrates. The problem with these foods is that they are turned into glucose (which is a type of sugar) and used as an energy source, but if that glucose isn't used as energy it is stored as fat! By suppressing our intake of these foods and limiting ourselves to only low-glycemic carbohydrates (which provide us with a limited, prolonged stream of energy) we are reducing our storage of fat in the body.
In short, high-glycemic carbs provide a fast burst of glucose and if that glucose isn't used as energy in a prompt amount of time it will be stored as fat. The food sources listed above are low-glycemic and will provide us with a steady stream of glucose rather than a fast burst.
So to conclude, the Paleo Diet is a fantastic diet for people who don't want to spend too much time counting calories and/or restricting their food intake. We know which foods we can/can't eat so this limits our desire to indulge in “cheat” foods such as pizza, fast food, fizzy drinks etc.
If you have tried this nutritional plan and it's not working for you, there may be a few reasons why. Probably one of the biggest reasons you aren't losing weight is because you're simply eating too much. Even though the Paleo Diet states you can pretty much eat as much as you want, it doesn't really mean it in a literally sense. Most of us won't need to count calories but if this diet plan isn't working for you then it might be worthwhile to find out your basal metabolic rate and how many calories you should be eating daily.