Before you choose a diet, you should always consult with your physician first to determine what options are appropriate for you. Many supplements and diet fads offer promises of obtaining weight loss.Through vast attempts of trial and era we strive to pinpoint a diet method that will work effectively for us. A diet that I have tried which proved effective is the Paleo diet.
What is the Paleo diet?
The Paleo diet is basically a process of nutrient consumption based off a prehistoric lifestyle, a life style that pertains to the hunting and gathering process that was once practiced. The principle of this diet is to avoid carbohydrates and processed foods. Lean meats and vegetables are acceptable to eat while on this diet.
When I first began to diet, I weighed 190 pounds (with 22% body fat) and wanted to reach a target weight of 175 pounds with 10% body fat). After careful research on trying to determine which diet would work best for me, I decided to challenge myself with the Paleo diet.
There has even been evidence that states, “the Paleo diet can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease,” according to the book, “Paleolithic nutrition: what did our ancestors eat?”
How has the Paleo diet helped me?
The concept intrigued me and grasped my attention. Eliminating grainy foods and high carbs helps promote less toxins and decrease insulin consumption. This can reduce the potential of diabetes, obesity, and generally promote better health.
After a month of experimenting with the Paleo diet I have experienced an increase of energy and an overall healthy feeling. Not to mention I have lost nearly 15 pounds within a month. I literally felt the pounds melting away every week. A diet is only completely successful in achieving weight loss when it’s combined with an effective workout regimen. During the time I participated in the Paleo diet, I was training for Mixed Martial Arts. My training program consisted of kick boxing cardio and other forms of cardiovascular and conditioning training.
Essentially your body needs carbohydrates, however the Paleo diet conditions you to have a strict low carbohydrate intake. If you have an excessive carbohydrate intake, then the excessive carbs turn into sugar, which is then stored as fat.The only thing about the Paleo diet that has a downside is the pricey aspect of the healthy meals. Processed foods and fast foods are generally inexpensive and affordable therefore increasing the temptation to indulge. However it is worth investing in organic foods and leaner meats.
In conclusion, I prefer the Paleo diet compared to other diets because this method completely cuts out the carbohydrates which encourages a healthy heart. Other fads may be successful in reducing the weight, but may not limit the risk of certain diseases as much as the Paleo diet does. As summer approaches and you’re in need of losing some pounds then I suggest you try the Paleo diet out for a few weeks, and I guarantee you will notice a difference in your size and feeling.