Paleo diet is presently one of the most popular diet plans for losing weight. The diet is rich in meat, fruits, and nuts. Paleo Diet is especially rich fat and protein content and shuns carbohydrates. The name “Paleo” comes from Paleolithic Era” during which period meat, fruits, and nuts dominated the human diet. In a way, it signifies going back to the dietary habits of our ancestors. The basis of Paleo Diet comes from the thought that humans started out with meat and other foods that can be foraged and agriculture and farming changed their dietary habits drastically and the change resulted in obesity and other illnesses.
How Does Paleo Diet Work?
Paleo diet is a variation of the ketogenic diet, which works by denying the body carbohydrates. The body slowly turns to fat for energy and burns fat. This, in turn, results in weight loss. There are various types of Paleo Diet including Common Man’s Paleo, Warrior Diet, and Ketogenic Paleo, etc. Usually, the names vary with each Paleo group. Each one differs from another in the intake and aggressive management of diet. A person can choose the one best suited for him/her.
A typical Paleo Diet plan could be high on fish with high Omega3 fatty acids like salmon and mackerel and meat from free-ranging or wild game, nuts, and oils from nuts apart from certain fruits and vegetables. It avoids sugar and salt.
Paleo Diet for Weight Loss
The primary reason Paleo Diet is popular is that it promises and in many cases delivers, weight loss. Social media and the Internet is awash with testimonials of people who have lost weight with the diet. There are many groups that advocate and help new entrants to understand and plan their diet. Some studies have suggested that Paleo Diet offers better weight loss than other comparative diet plans like the Mediterranean Diet.
Typically, a person wishing to start on Paleo Diet gets into one of these groups on social media and then a complete biochemistry profile of his or her is done. This is the base on which modifications to the general diet plan is done. Persons with high blood pressure, hyperthyroidism, and diabetes are suggested specific plans that are best suited to them. This approach, combining a person’s present health profile with the dietary plan seems to be a sound approach.
The weight loss reported with Paleo Diet has been very encouraging and people losing upwards of 10 to 20 kgs per year have been reported in social media. Even with lesser weight loss, the progress is reported to be steady and impressive.
Other Health Benefits of Paleo Diet
There have been uniform reports of secondary benefits with the Paleo Diet.
Because the diet is almost completely devoid of direct starch or carbohydrate intake, people with diabetes have reported better sugar levels and improved glucose tolerance.
Persons with high blood pressure have reported normalizing of their blood pressure levels with this diet.
Those with high triglyceride levels have reported lowered levels after getting into this diet plan.
Since the Paleo diet does not cut down on the volume of intake, appetite seems to be better managed and under control.
Most people on the Paleo Diet have reported improved energy levels and improved libido with this diet. This may be due to the improvement in overall health due to weight loss.
As with any dietary plan, do get an opinion from your physician and once on the plan follow it diligently for maximum benefits!