Over the years, I have tried many diets and health crazes, but not many of them actually worked well enough for me to want to stick with them. I tried Atkins, no fat, and low carb diets with little or no success in the long run. About six moths ago, I chose to start the paleo diet, where you choose to eat like a caveman, and I have been very pleased with the results. Here are some pros and cons you should consider before starting on the paleo diet.
One of my favorite things about the paleo diet is the wide range of foods that you are able to eat. You can have lean meat, seafood, fruit, vegetables, nuts, eggs, and plant based oils. With this wide range of foods that I can eat I can stay with my diet without changing to bad tasting or unfilling food. With this variety no two meals are ever the same unlike other diets that keep you to a strict meal regimen.
When you cut out all unhealthy and processed food, you are detoxing your body from all the pollutants that come from these foods. After only two weeks of cutting these unhealthy products out of my eating, I felt a real difference in my energy levels and sleep quality. Buying food that did not have these preservatives was sometimes cheaper than most processed food I had been eating.
Satiety is the feeling of fullness you get after eating a meal. This was one reason that my weight loss was abysmal on other diet plans. Only a short time after eating a full meal I would be hungry again. The food that you are allowed on a paleo diet makes you feel more full for a longer amount of time. I found that on the paleo diet I would make it from meal to meal with no snacking or extra food between breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
No Grains or Dairy
My least favorite part of the paleo diet is the way you have to cut grains and dairy out of your diet. This means no bread, rice, pasta, crackers, chips, milk, cheese, or anything else that contains any lactose or any form of grain. Giving up rice was the hardest one for me. This also includes no beer or liquor which for many people may be a problem. While I wasn’t very happy about having to give up grains, I did get used to it after awhile.
The paleo diet cutting out dairy and grain products can lead to a nutritional imbalance if a proper replacement isn’t substituted. This means your bones could suffer from low calcium due to the lack of dairy in your diet, and your body could become deficient in vitamins and minerals usually gleaned from the bread family. I take a regular supplement multivitamin to make up for these lost nutrients.
One of the main foods that this diet relies on is meats like the caveman did in the stone ages. The problem with this is that a large portion of the meat we have today is a lot more fat filled than their leaner ancient counterpart. This means that the diet will take longer to become effective and could potentially lead to weight gain instead of loss. For me I only buy meat that is leaner than an 85/15 percent fat margin.
The paleo diet may not be for everyone but I’ve found that it has given me pretty decent results losing 40 pounds in six months. Consider these things before you decide to start the paleo diet. Remember, consult your doctor to decide whether a diet is healthy for you. Good luck!
The Paleo Diet- Live Well, Live Longer
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