I always come across people who have read about or seen a new diet that sounds like it is absolutely amazing. They want to know whether or not I would recommend it, since I am one of the original success stories. I’m proud to say that I lost over 50 pounds and have been able to keep it off for years. The latest diet that I am asked about is the Paleo diet. But is this a good one, or one to avoid?
What Is the Paleo Diet?
The Paleo diet is not so much a diet, but rather a full lifestyle change. In fact, before starting the program, people are warned that they will struggle significantly for the first few weeks due to a lack of energy, and that if they ever were to go back to eating normally, they will put their original weight and then some back on very quickly. This is very honest, which is something that I felt was in the program’s favor. For once, it isn’t all about “lose weight without having to lift a finger” in other words.
Basically, the program works on the premise that our diets became ruined some 10,000 years ago, during the agricultural revolution. Our bodies haven’t evolved yet to deal with processed foods (10,000 years is a blink of an eye in terms of the age of the earth), and it is this that is causing obesity and other health problems. With the Paleo diet, you effectively go back to the days before the agricultural revolution.
What You Can and Can’t Eat
You can’t eat anything processed, which means a huge range of foods has to be removed from your diet. You can eat meat (if 100% organic), berries, nuts and fish. Dairy is out of the question, as is coffee, salt, sugar, lactose, legumes, alcohol and so on. Essentially, you will eat what our paleontologist ancestors would have eaten.
Is the Paleo Diet any Good?
The question becomes whether or not the lifestyle change is any good for you. It must be said that it is incredibly difficult. Because you no longer get your energy from the same sources, you will find yourself very tired for the first few weeks. Also, it is almost impossible to go out for a meal. Lastly, the diet is completely unsuitable for vegetarians.
However, it is a good diet for those who have various medical conditions, particularly if these conditions have to do with diet. For instance, those with diabetes, stomach problems, leaky gut or IBS may find themselves healing quite significantly by switching to the Paleo diet.
So Do I Recommend the Paleo Diet?
I think it would be extremely difficult for most people to really follow this diet. However, some of the important concepts can and should be applied in our healthy lifestyle – such as eating clean organic foods and avoiding all processed foods as much as possible.
What do you think about the Paleo Diet? Could you fully commit? Please leave your comments below & share with the people you care about.