paleo diet

Paleo Diet: genius or misguided?

The Paleo Diet is also referred to as the Stone Age Diet, Primal Diet, and the Caveman Diet. Unless you have been living under a rock (if you’ll forgive the pun) you can’t have missed the fact that this is an incredibly popular fad diet.

Just what is the Paleo Diet?

The Paleo Diet is based on the theory that  if we eat like our prehistoric ancestors (from the Paleolithic era) then we will naturally be healthier and leaner.

This diet consists of: lean meat and fish, fruits and vegetables, healthier fats and oils, eggs, nuts and seeds.

So far so good. But what are the restrictions?

If you embark on the Paleo Diet you will eliminate the following from your meal plan: grains, dairy, legumes, potatoes, refined sugar, salt, and refined vegetable oils.

This means that you will be eliminating more than one food group from your diet. Completely. Is this a healthy way to get the results that you want? Let’s look at the Paleo Diet in more detail…

Firstly, this diet is difficult to maintain. Any diet needs to be sustainable if it’s actually going to be of any use and deliver the results that you are after.

Secondly, the Paleo Diet is very high in fat. Although we all need a certain amount of healthy fats in our diets, this fad has come under heavy criticism for the high levels of saturated fat it contains.

Last but not least, it simply doesn’t make sense to eliminate food groups that are considered to be healthy. It contradicts everything we know about eating a healthy nutritious and balanced diet.

But what about the theory that underpins the Paleo Diet? Well, new research has come to light showing that our ancient ancestors did in fact eat some grains – and grind them to form a kind of flour. In addition, we have evolved since our ancient ancestors roamed the earth. And that means that our digestive systems have evolved too – they can now process dairy, grains, and legumes.

To sum it up, any diet that is so restrictive that it eliminates an entire food group is not the one for you. Speak to a professional nutritionist to assess the best meal plan for you to help you achieve your goals.

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