What is a Paleo diet?

A study conducted by American Heart Association (AHA) says that among Americans aged 20 above, 149 million are obese or overweight.

There are so many diets out there that strive to make people healthier. While each is subjective to one type, there’s one that seems to not go out of fashion: The Paleo Diet.

As you read along, you’ll learn more what this diet is all about and what its benefits & risks are.

What is the Paleo diet?

Paleo comes from the word “Paleolithic”, which means caveman. The primitive homo sapiens lived well with Mother Nature. They hunt, eat whatever it is natural and organic to their environment.

Over the years of study, these cavemen were muscular and active— far from the statistics AHA presented. This is basically what the Paleo diet is all about: natural, organic and none of the agriculture & processed stuff.

Below’s a simple overview of what is asked and avoided in a Paleo diet.

Eat:

  • Lean meats
  • Liver, Kidney & Heart
  • Fruits
  • Fresh or Frozen Vegetables
  • Healthy Fat
  • Seafood
  • Nuts & Seeds

Avoid:

  • Dairy
  • Sugar
  • Grains
  • Legumes
  • Processed food
  • Starches
  • Alcohol

What are the benefits of a Paleo diet?

Below are some of the good reasons why you should give this diet a try.

  • It promotes better and more efficient workout
  • Considering how filling the foods are, you won’t overeat
  • It burns off stored fat
  • Provides better sleeping habits
  • Keeps you feeling balanced throughout the day
  • Gives you a better appearance (whiter teeth, smoother face)
  • Prevents easy infections and inflammations
  • Cleanses your bodies from impurities and toxins

What are the risks of Paleo diet?

For any diet, you always need to regulate and slowly shift with the food you eat. You shouldn’t instantly stop eating everything you’ve been eating for the last 20 years or so. Even for Paleo diet, you need to gradually decrease and increase intake of certain food types.

There’s no actual risk for this diet. If you’ve been feeding on a lot of meat and organic goods, you may not lose the desired amount of weight since your body is used to it already.

Perhaps consult with your dietician to find the best balanced one for you, if that’s the case.

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