Most often, when people hear the word ‘diet’, they usually think of food deprivation and weight loss. But this new fad is more than that. Rather, Paleo diet calls for us to go back to healthy living like what people of the ancient times did.
A Paleo diet is rooted in what constitutes healthy lifestyle. It is far from requiring you to starve or shy away from good food. Advocates of this new craze advise us to emulate the eating patterns of the Pleistocene, the people that existed more than two million years ago and lived before the emergence of agriculture. Staunch believers of this new fad even go so far as to engage in strenuous exercise and fasting to adopt the way our early ancestors did.
But you are not obliged to observe the same practice, though, if you don’t feel like doing it anyway. The basic requirement of a Paleo diet is that you maintain good health by staying away from genetically-modified foods, now widespread in almost every other food available in the market. The diet consists of meat, fish, fruits, and vegetables that are devoid of chemical content.
It also urges you to consume whole, nutrient-rich and unprocessed food by opting for grass-fed and pastured products, instead of patronizing laboratory-invented food items.
Health benefits of a Paleo diet
Those who have tried, and are still following, the Paleo diet claim of significant results in their body. Here are some of their observations:
- sustained weight loss and better absorption of nutrients from food
- improved blood lipids and increased immune function
- more stable energy levels and improved fitness
- improved sleep, mood, and attitude
- mental clarity
- clearer complexion and healthier hair
- reduced risk of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes
- reduced insulin secretion and higher insulin sensitivity
- increased glucose tolerance
- less allergies
Mixed reactions from people
Since the Paleo concept is new, people have varied reactions to it. While there are those who are satisfied with its effects, there are also those who remain skeptical of the new trend. Among their arguments include:
- it is expensive
- eliminating grains and other nutrient-dense foods from the diet without finding suitable replacements can create a nutrient imbalance
- the diet can be difficult for vegetarians since it eliminates beans
- athletes may also find Paleo diet difficult to sustain because they require around 3 to 6 grams of carbohydrates per pound of their body weight each day.