The Paleo Diet™: Can Eating Like a Caveman Help You Lose Weight?

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The Paleo diet- also known as Caveman diet – is a diet program that “normalizes the system” by eating foods that complement your genetic ancestry. This way, you avoid all the diseases associated with the modern diet.  Dr. Loren Cordain developed the Caveman diet and wrote the “The Paleo Diet.” He is one of the world’s leading experts on Paleolithic nutrition. According to Dr. Cordain:

“The nutritional qualities of modern processed foods and foods introduced during the Neolithic period are discordant with our ancient and conservative genome. This genetic discordance ultimately manifests itself as various chronic illnesses, which have been dubbed “diseases of civilization.”

By severely reducing or eliminating these foods and replacing them with a more healthful cuisine, possessing nutrient qualities more in line with the foods our ancestors consumed, it is possible to improve health and reduce the risk of chronic disease.”

Essentially, you will avoid eating foods that did not exist in the Paleolithic era in this diet program.

Why the Paleolithic era? Some 2.5 million years ago, the human diet consisted of nothing but fruits, nuts, vegetables and meat. Our nutritional needs were dependent on foods that were available in specific seasons. Modern diet replaced wholesome foods with refined sugars and carbohydrates. Sugar and carbohydrates-laden foods lead to all sorts of health problems including obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases.

How Paleo Diet Works

Paleo diet consists of three stages. Each stage is meant to detox the system and calibrate the body to eat healthier foods.

Grains or dairy products are restricted from this diet program. You’ll have to avoid high sugar, high carbohydrates foods as well. The general rule of thumb is to eat food that was a part of a caveman’s diet millions of years ago.

On the first stage, drink a glass of water. Water will energize and rev-start your metabolic rate. Then proceed on eating a handful of unsalted nuts and fruits. At dinnertime, you can eat what you want for the first couple of weeks. But you only eat once.

On stage two, drink more water in the morning and nothing throughout the day. If you feel hungry, drink more water. At nighttime, you can eat all types of meat, fish or poultry. You can also eat free range eggs and unsalted nuts.

On the third stage, drink more water in the mornings. During the day, eat a sensible amount of nuts, fruits, and meats. The same thing goes for dinnertime.

The diet works to increase the body’s energy levels. When the energy level is at its peak, you burn off more calories. Working out and being on a Paleo diet is an effective way to stay fit and lose more weight. The diet program also purifies the system. Because you’re eating wholesome, less processed foods, the body rids itself of harmful toxins. Paleo diet also activates your “animal instinct,” it contributes to a clearer, alert mind.

What Foods Should You Eat on a Paleo Diet?

Paleo diet allows meats like beef, pork chicken, rabbit, and goat. Fish like salmon, bass, or tilapia are Paleo as well. You can also eat crab, and clams. As for vegetables, you can eat certain types of  cruciferous vegetables like kale, broccoli, and cauliflower. The Paleo diet also allows zucchini, asparagus, carrots, and parsley. All types of eggs are allowed. You can eat most types of berries as well as watermelon, apples, and avocado.

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