Is the Paleo Diet a Hit or a Miss?
The diet and fitness world has been ablaze with talk about the goodness of the Paleo diet, which focuses on the ancient cave dwellers’ (Paleolithic) diet. This consisted of game meat, plant roots, fruits, legumes, nuts and seafood. This is exactly what lends this modern day diet its core values as it seeks to alienate the modern man from processed foods, starch, sugars and other type that are considered unhealthy. Fatty dairy products and any kind of whole grains are discourage. In a nutshell, this diet is full of omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, low-glycemic carbohydrates, phytochemicals and monounsaturated fat while being gluten free, low in fats, sugars and salt.
- The elimination of “clean” foods that are free from preservatives, chemicals or additives promotes a healthier, fit and strong body that experiences less inflammation.
- The increased intake of lean red meat promotes minerals like iron for healthy blood circulation. This in turn makes for a strong heart, better blood lipids and the control of blood glucose.
- Weight loss goals are more achievable thanks to this diet, which eliminates foods that promote weight gain due to their calorie and fat composition. The limited food choices also aid in losing any excess weight.
- People who follow this diet tend to experience a sense of fullness and satiety between meals which is caused by the increased amount of healthy fats and proteins.
- Eating copious amounts of vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts and oils is highly beneficial. They are not only lean but also promote a healthy body, as they are chock full of minerals and vitamins without the need to count calories.
- The Paleo diet is not a cheap habit to support as it requires one to purchase organic foods, which have a higher price tag.
- The lack of nutrients that come from dairy products causes a deficiency in the body that takes a toll on the bones and teeth.
- Vegetarians find it especially hard to follow the “caveman” diet as it eliminates eating legumes like beans, which is one of their primary foods.
- A nutrient imbalance is imminent since some important foods are not encouraged. This can lead to deficiencies if they are not replaced with something that has the necessary nutritional composition.
- Athletes are particularly at a disadvantage as the diet cannot support their daily carb intake that is around 3-6g per pound.
Overall, potential Paleo diet followers should approach it with a grain of salt to avoid starving the body of vital nutrients for sustenance. You should consult with a physician before trying the diet in order to determine whether or not it best suits your body’s needs and if so, to receive the necessary guidance to properly follow it.