What is the Paleo diet and why is it receiving so much attention lately? I’m glad you asked! In this article we’ll quickly overview the reasons the paleo diet is so popular and what are some of its major benefits and drawbacks.
PALEO DIET DETAILS
The Paleo diet is a dietary plan that models itself after the diets of prehistoric humans, specifically those from the Paleolithic area, who existed some 2.5 million to 10,000 years ago. As a whole, it consists of lean meats, fresh fruits and vegetables and fish as well as seeds and nuts. Basically, foods that these prehistoric humans could procure through hunting and gathering measures. At the same time, the paleo diet tends to steer away from foods that have come about through modern farming techniques as is the case with most dairy products, grains, legumes and refined sugar, as well as the majority of processed foods.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS ?
So here’s what you really want to know: what exactly are the benefits to trying out such a diet? Since a paleo diet consists mostly of vegetables, fruits and nuts — all of which are staples of an overall healthy diet, many of those who have chosen this diet experience weight loss, better blood pressure levels, lower triglyceride levels and are better able to manage their appetites.
BUT THAT'S NOT ALL : Reported Paleo Diet Advantages Include:
Safe Weight loss
Muscle growth (when combined with regular exercise)
A Lower risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer
Reduction of Chronic Inflammation
Increased Energy Levels
Improved Mood and Outlook on Life
Stress and Anxiety Reduction
Lessened Bloating and Gas
Higher Immune System Functioning
Improved Glucose Tolerance
Better Absorption of Nutrients
To elaborate on the reasons behind some of those benefits:
The Paleo diet includes high amounts of fibre thanks to those fruits and veggies, which, coupled with sufficient water intake and less sodium-filled processed foods help lessen bloating, regulate digestion and alleviate discomfort in the gut.
Since the Paleo diet is made up of mostly good fats, while avoiding trans and saturated fats, those following this diet are able to boost brain function, promote bright, healthy skin, decrease chronic inflammation in the body and maintain clear, healthy arteries.
Here’s the takeaway: The Paleo diet could be a great choice for you if these benefits align with your goals and it is something you can follow consistently for the long haul. As always, the best diet for you is the one that not only feels easy and effortless and gets you the results you desire, but also aligns with your personal dietary preferences, your budget, the time you have to buy, prepare and cook food, etc. At the end of the day food quality along with adequate intake of vitamins and nutrients is the name of the healthy diet game!