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Low-carb Paleo diet's soaring popularity spawns first 'Caveman' restaurant

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The world's first fine-dining Paleo restaurant has just opened its doors in Berlin, capitalizing on the skyrocketing popularity of the gluten-free "Caveman" diet, the Independent reported March 30.

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Sauvage, which bills itself as offering "Paleolithic cuisine," recently launched in Berlin's trendy Neuk├Âlln district. Other Paleo restaurants will no doubt soon pop up in other major cities.

The Paleo diet is the most popular diet around today, and has a huge celebrity following, including Megan Fox, Tim McGraw, Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Biel, Kellan Lutz, and supermodel Adriana Lima. NBA superstars Kobe Bryant and Ray Allen are also followers of the gluten-free eating plan.

The Paleo diet emphasizes high-quality animal proteins, healthy fats, vegetables and fruits, and excludes gluten, sugar, dairy, legumes, starches, alcohol and processed foods.

Proponents say the low-carb Paleo diet promotes rapid weight loss, lowers blood pressure, and prevents cancer, diabetes, heart disease, depression, and Alzheimer's.

Sauvage's owner, Boris Leite-Poco, credits the Paleo diet for giving him lean muscle mass, better skin and more energy. "Many think the Paleolithic diet is just some hip trend, but it's a worldwide phenomenon," said Leite-Poco, who said he no longer takes any medications since adopting the Paleo diet in 2012.

Meanwhile, actress Megan Fox dramatically slimmed down just five weeks after giving birth to her second child by following the Paleo diet. And country superstar Tim McGraw lost 40 pounds after adopting the Paleo diet several years ago. McGraw now has rippling 8-pack abs at age 46.

The weight loss and health benefits of the Paleo diet aren't surprising to nutritionist Diane Sanfilippo, author of the bestsellers, Practical Paleo and The 21-Day Sugar Detox.

"Avoiding both processed foods and foods marketed as 'healthy' (like grains, legumes, and pasteurized dairy) will improve how you look and feel and lead to lasting weight loss," said Sanfilippo. "Even better, you may reduce or completely eliminate symptoms associated with common health disorders."



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