Body of a Cave Man? Your intro to the Paleo Diet
The paleo diet has absolutely exploded in popularity the past few years, with celebrities and fitness professionals swearing on it for being one of the healthiest and most effective ways of losing weight. Its author, Loren Cordain, PhD, introduced a simple concept of nutrition that had proven very effective in man individual cases. The theory behind it is simple: eat as the first humans ate and therefore allow your body to receive nutrients it’s meant to consume, while removing the harmful “unnatural” foods from our lives.
So what’s the gist? What and how much can I eat?
Here are three main things you must eat to follow the diet: lean proteins for strong bones and muscles and healthy immune system, fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins which help fight many diseases including cancer, and healthy Monosaturated fats rich in Omega 3 acids maintain to a healthy brain and help fight obesity as well as heart disease. Carbohydrates should be maintained at a lower moderate level. The diet is also unique in the way that it doesn’t encourage calorie counting or portion control, meaning that one should be able to eat as much food as they please.
Sounds good? Now the bad news: what can’t you eat?
Cereal grains and legumes should be excluded from the diet which means your soy, rye, wheat, brown rice, various beans etc. are a thing of the past.
Vegetable and hydrogenated oils are to be replaced with coconut oil or butter.
A thing that is very hard for some people to adjust to is eliminating all dairy products except butter and, if you absolutely can’t avoid it, raw full-fat dairy.
Lastly, this should come as no surprise, added sugar such as soft drinks and processed foods aren’t to be consumed at all.
It’s not just a diet, it should be a lifestyle
The Paleo diet shouldn’t be adapted as a quick fix for your bikini body after which you just bounce back go back to your old eating habits. The author encourages people to accept this as a way of life. It’s also, in many ways, a very forgiving lifestyle as it urges people to eat when they’re hungry regardless if that means skipping a meal or two; your body should be able of telling you when and what it requires. Sleep a lot, don’t over-exercise (especially if you feel low on energy) and find time to relax and enjoy life. Stress causes the most weight gain and disables you of living a healthy balanced life.