There is a huge increase in “fad diets” many of which claim to offer the secret to weight loss. It’s difficult to know which methods actually work and which ones are bogus and do not. Millions of people struggle with obesity but few if any will ever succeed in permanently losing weight. There are methods out there that can increase the chances of success, but they require commitment and time in order to flush them out from the rest of the claims.
There’s a new diet out there that’s been growing considerably in esteem among those looking for effective and reliable weight loss methods. This is called the Paleo diet, and is now one of the most used weight loss methods of celebrities and researchers alike. Many of these diets that are out htere are haphazardly constructed and don’t have any sort of sound scientific support. This is not so with the paleo diet, which is more commonly referred to as the “caveman” diet.
How the Paleo Diet Works
For millions of years the human species has eaten foods which were available through foraging and through general nomadic behaviors. These did not change over to cultivated crops until roughly 10,000 years ago. As a result, many of the foods we eat today are unnatural and if eaten regularly cause weight gain, decreased metabolism and difficulties beyond just these factors. The paleo diet is a no frills approach that keeps with this traditional eating and nutrition, and allows people to burn fat quickly through several simple dietary changes.
As part of this method an individual removes grains and legumes from their diet, along with many other foods which are processed or manufactured in some way. However, gluten itself is not something humans haven’t eaten for very long. You switch to foods which are natural, and something we could have found in the wild. Things like fruits, vegetables, lean meats (fish, vension, etc) and these make up your diet. Fats come from natural sources, like olives, or avocados rather than from saturated and processed foods. The idea behind this diet is simple: strip away the modern foods and go back to our roots.
Paleo Dieting: The Basics
At the core of this method is that you are to return to a more natural way of eating, one which your ancestors would have followed as a hunter/gatherer. You are to remove any “inflammatory” foods from your regular diet and return to natural and unprocessed ingredients.
You can eat anything… almost!
People on the Paleo diet method actually enjoy a huge variety of foods, fruits, vegetables and meats. However, there are some limitations as well. This is the bad news, but there’s really not much of it. You cannot have grains, sugar, diary, alcohol or vegetable oils. Examples of these types of foods include: potato chips, snack bars, soda, wheat, corn, peanuts, lentils, or olive oil. This is not to say you cannot eat olives, or something that naturally contains these things, you should just avoid the processed versions.
People who are on the paleo diet report massive weight loss, typically on the order of 10 to 12 pounds of fat loss per month. This is far more than with any other popular method like the Jenny Craigs out there. It’s one of the reasons it’s caught on with physicians and patients and has grown to this size. Following this diet requires some changes, but they’re really quite easy to maintain over the long term. Healthy foods can be delicious and the paleo diet certainly has no shortage of such foods available.