What is the Paleo Diet? What are the benefits and can it really help you build a lean body? In this article we take a closer look at this new popular approach to nutrition.
The Paleo diet has become one of the most popular diets in the fitness industry and is considered to be one of the most effective diets for fat loss, general health and wellness.
So, What Is The Paleo Diet?
The Paleo diet is better known as the Paleolithic diet and is the healthiest way to eat because the diet works with your genenetics to help you stay strong, lean and full of energy! Research indicates that our modern day diet is loaded with refined foods, trans fats and sugars, and are the root cause to many of todays degenerative diseases including obesity, cancer, heart desease, diabetes, depression and many other others.
The following quote best to describes the Paleo Diet…
“If it doesn’t fly, swim, walk or isn’t green – don’t eat it!“
Building A Healthy Diet
Lean proteins help support muscle growth, healthy bones and optimal immune function. Protein helps keep our hunger at bay helping to stop you from wanting snack between meals.
Lean proteins include poultry, beef, seafood and eggs.
Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and have shown to decrease your risk of developing a number of diseases such as cancer and diabetes.
Try to stick with fibrous vegetables such as dark green and leafy vegetables.
Research and studies have shown that diets rich in healthy fats such as Omega-3 and monounsaturated fats can dramatically help in reducing the risks of obesity, cancer, heart disease and other diseases.
Healthy fats include nuts, seeds, olive oil, avocados, fish oil and lean grass feed beef.
The Paleo diet means eating one ingredient foods, so no more candy bars, cakes, donuts, crackers, processed meats and any other junk food. Grains and dairy should also be removed!
Why Are There No Grains?
Well, if we take a walk back in history, the average caveman was tall, lean and athletic. Today the average man is out of shape, overweight and on the verge of several diseases.
This is the result of the change in todays diet.
People have swapped eating vegetables and animals for food that is stuffed with refined grains and sugars and who knows what else.
Grains were never a part of our cavemen ancestors diets and our bodies have changed we have never really adjusted to intake of grains that we stuff in mouths everyday.
Another reason we should ingnore grains is because they contain gluten and lectins which cause our bodies to store higher levels of fat when consumed.
What About Carbs on the Paleo Diet?
Our bodies don’t need the amount of carbohydrates that we’re used to eating, so consuming less carbs isn’t an issue. When there is an absence of carbs in your body, the body takes stored fat and burns it for energy in a process called ketogenesis.
So, less carbs means less glucose in your system, which means your body will have to start burning fat instead of carbs to source your energy.
Your body will likely take a week or so to adapt to the change, so your energy levels may feel a little low until you adjust.
Generally after 14 days on the Paleo diet you will lose your sugar carvings and find yourself feeling much more energized.
What About Dairy?
Dairy is a tough one, and most people on the paleo diet tend to stay clear of it – around one third of the world is lactose intolerant and those who are usually ok with it have some slight problems with it. But why is that? The problem is no other animal in the world drinks milk beyond infancy. Our cavemen ancestors didn’t carry cows around with them when they were traveling. Milk was consumed as a baby to build our immune function and that was it. Our bodies wasn’t built to have large consumpions of dairy just like they wasn’t designed for grains.
Is The Paleo Diet For You?
Well, if you are currently feel good and are happy with how your body looks then you must being doing something right! So keep up the good work.
However, if you find yourself stggling with energy, weight loss or illness then try switching to the Paleo Diet for a minimuum of 30 Days.
Yes, you will find the first 7 days tough without grains. You will feel your energy levels may drop leave you feeling slugish. However, once you make it past 30 days, will will be hooked for life. And rememeber you can always have a cheat meal once a week if you find yourself needing a carb.
If you would like to give the Paleo Diet a try, I highly recommend trying the Paleo Recipes Book. Discover 350 Step-By-Step Paleo recipes that let you enjoy and experience all the benefits of the Paleo Diet!