So I am about 6 days into my new routine and diet. I have been reading about paleo diets and why it is better etc. Dieting is the most painful part of this new 30 day routine I am doing because I LOVE FOOD! With this Paleo Diet, I essentially can eat anything but removing certain aspects of my plate. Today, I want to show you what the paleo diet is about.
Losing weight can be done in a lot of ways, or diets. One example of which is the Paleo Diet. It is said to be the world’s healthiest diet because it is based on the concept of understanding that the best human diet is the one to which we are best genetically adapted.
The Paleo Diet, also popularly known as the caveman diet or the hunter-gatherer diet, is a nutritional plan which is based on the ancient diet of eating wild plants and animals. As observed, humans today tend to be obese or over weight since we are more exposed to highly processed and carb-obsessed eating patterns. Most people’s daily meals are composed of convenient foods such as bread, pasta, pizza, donuts and other fatty food products. So if this is the case today, which is the opposite of the situation 10,000 years ago, aka as the Paleolithic Period; hence the name Paleo Diet, when humans were leaner and healthier, why not go back to the kind of diet they were having before?
The Paleo Diet started when arguments rose that humans are carnivorous animals and that their diets must go with it. Experts showed that humans today, to keep a healthy body, must achieve the same proportions of nutrients that were present in the diets of the late Paleolithic people for they were known to be tall, muscular, athletic and versatile.
Surveys also strengthened the arguments by showing that they did not suffer from stroke, heart diseases, diabetes, and hypertension. Since then, a number of nutritionists advocated a return to the Paleolithic diet. They have structured diets where in the goal is to achieve the nutritional characteristics of the Paleolithic diet while incorporating modern foods that are unavailable before.
The Paleo Diet promotes eating what we can only hunt and gather back then. This means eating only animal protein and plants, namely, meat that are grass-fed, wild fish, seafoods, eggs, fresh vegetables, fruits, natural oils, nuts, seeds, and tubers. Avoid eating grains, legumes, starches and processed sugars. Focusing on eating on these pro-paleo food groups is ideal since it makes you fuller for longer periods of time, thus, refraining from eating every now and then.
Unlike processed food and other junk foods which makes you full altogether, it also triggers your hunger immediately, therefore, provoking you to eat more and more. A giant plate of vegetables and enough portion of meat can keep you full for hours, while eating carb-heavy foods such as a bag of giant chips can just make you feel hungry again after a few hours. Yes, I know, it is very difficult to choose vegetables over chips, but you said you want to get healthy, right? The key to this is focus on your goals and not on your unhealthy cravings.
Like other diets, the Paleo is not as difficult as it seems to be. In this diet, you can eat what you want among the food paleo groups and eat them anytime you wish to. You can eat as much as you can and whenever that fits your schedule. Certainly, it is a stress-free diet for you do not have to follow any schedule or strict menu. Just as long as you follow the kind of foods prescribed by the diet, you can be healthy just like the old old days.