The paleo diet would be my favorite way of consuming calories if I could maintain a high level of intense cardiovascular exercise almost every single day of the year. Athletes or people with high activity occupations can probably get away with consuming a daily diet that contains two thirds animal proteins and one third vegetables and fruits. The problem is, today’s western diet is similar to that ration but also has the addition of processed foods that contain high quantities of sugar and subsequently, obesity continues to climb in most developed countries today.
Alternatives to Paleo
These days, I’m moving toward the vegan lifestyle that eliminates all meat, fish, dairy and poultry from the diet. I emphasize that this isn’t an easy transition for someone like me who’s been consuming all those things for over forty years and I think it’s best to move in small increments toward that final goal. I estimate my current dietary consumption is about 85 percent fruits and vegetables but I still eat some fish and poultry from time to time and I still have a couple of eggs per week with breakfast. I’ve eliminated red meat and dairy completely because, according to my doctor, they can cause the most harm to the heart.
If you don’t want to make the full vegan move, my doctor recommends eliminating red meat and dairy and limit the consumption of poultry and fish and up the servings of fruit and vegetables to five to seven servings per day.
Cardiovascular exertion of some kind should be incorporated into a daily exercise routine. If nothing else, walking one half hour per day will help and if you add 3-20 15 second jogging intervals to the walk you can easily ramp up your heart rate for a more intense workout.
HIT or High Intensity Training is a relatively new exercise concept that continues to gain popularity because of the benefits received from relatively short durations of exertion.
The basic HIT concept is short intervals of intense cardiovascular exertion followed by some medium intensity exertion. There are varying degrees and methods of HIT training. One example is a five minute low intensity warm up on an exercise bike with three 20 second bursts of high intensity pedaling intermingled within pedaling at 50 percent of peak intensity followed by a five minute cool down period of lower intensity with the entire pedaling session covering thirty minutes.