Is the Paleo Diet good for you?
The Paleo Diet is unlike any other diet because it advocates meat and fatty foods. At the moment it’s gaining a lot of attention in the media and millions of us, women in particular, are trying it. But is it good for you and what food groups does it allow you to eat?
Eating the way our ancestors did
The basic premise behind the Paleo Diet is that modern processed food contain a lot of stuff that’s either bad for you, makes you gain weight or both. The man behind this diet, Loren Cordain, a professor in the department of health and exercise science at Colorado State University, came up with the diet after research suggested to him that the human body hasn’t yet adapted to grain. Grain only became a major part of most people’s diet about 10,000 years ago during the agricultural revolution. What the Professor’s diet suggests is that we should eat like caveman did by sticking to meat, vegetables, fruits, seeds and nuts.
Foods to avoid
The diet cuts out grain, dairy, pulses, sugar and processed foods. This basically leaves meat, fish and vegetables on your plate and fruit for dessert. Celebs like Miley Cyrus and Jessica Biel are big advocates of the diet but does it really work?
Effects of the diet
When you diet you're obviously looking to lose weight, but studies have shown that the Paleo Diet can have some unwanted side effects. A study undertaken by US News World Report rated the diet joint last along with the Dukan Diet when safety, nutrition, weight loss and the effects on diabetes and heart disease are taken into account.
Meat, vegetables, fruits, seeds and nuts
If a diet that consists of meat, fish, vegetables, nuts and seeds doesn't appeal, then the Paleo Diet isn't for you. But if you haven't found a diet that works for you, why not take a look into this one. Be warned though that the jury is still out on exactly how safe it is.