Ever noticed that Wilma Flintstone always looked enviably slender in the cartoons? Swedish researchers have found a real-world reason in a new study showing that women who followed Paleo diets lost twice as much weight as those on Nordic diets, reported the UK Mirror on Saturday.
Swedish researchers assigned the women on the Paleo diet to eat berries, vegetables and lean meats. They were not allowed to consume grains or dairy products.
In contrast, the women on the Nordic diet ate whole grain cereals, low-fat dairy products, fruit, fish and vegetable oils. The women on the caveman diet lost twice as much weight and lost fat around their waistlines.
The results are backed by other studies showing that dieters on low carb diets shed more pounds even when total calories remain the same. In a study entitled "Low-Carbohydrate, Ketogenic Diet versus a Low-Fat Diet To Treat Obesity and Hyperlipidemia" published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers found that low carb dieters lost significantly more weight than those on low-fat diets.
One of the researchers involved in that study was Dr. Eric Westman, author of the upcoming book "Keto Clarity: Your Definitive Guide to the Benefits of a Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet." He is known for championing the high fat low carb ketogenic Atkins diet.
"The Atkins diet was labeled as a high-fat diet," Dr. Westman told the New York Times. "We've been told over the past 40 years that fat in the diet is bad. Now we know that fat is not bad."
Studies such as the one showing the benefits of the low-carb Paleo diet have increasingly shifted both medical experts' and consumers' views on carbohydrates versus fat and protein. In addition, investigative reporter Nina Teicholz's new book documenting the fallacies in the food pyramid has resulted in attention to dangers of sugar and starch rather than saturated fat and protein.
Author of "The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet," Nina has become famous for advocating the weight loss and health benefits of protein and fats. And, like the Paleo diet advocates, she feels that grains and even natural sugar such as that found in orange juice, should be eliminated or banned for those who want to shed pounds.
Adding ammunition to the new Paleo diet study, medical expert Chris Kresser writes: "In my experience as a clinician, I’ve watched hundreds of patients transition to a Paleo diet and end up enjoying their diet more than they ever have in the past." Author of "Your Personal Paleo Code: The 3-Step Plan to Lose Weight, Reverse Disease, and Stay Fit and Healthy for Life," he adds: 'I believe the Paleo diet should be ranked at the top, rather than the bottom, of the list of the best diets for weight loss and overall health."
And for those who say that the "caveman" diet field is male-dominated, an increasing number of women are advocating the Paleo plan for women, such as Stefani Ruper in "Sexy by Nature: The Whole Foods Solution to Radiant Health, Life-Long Sex Appeal, and Soaring Confidence."