Are you tired of doing exercises every day? Or, you’re not into doing any but want to shed a few extra pounds? Well, I know how you feel since I’m the same as you. So, I scoured the internet for a diet plan to try, and I found this – The Paleo Diet.
The Definition of Paleo Diet
As the name connotes, it is a diet where you only eat foods that ancient humans eat. It is impossible to know what they eat precisely, but they were foods without any additives or artificial substances.
Millions of years ago, the humans who roamed the world were hunters and gatherers. They hunt for their meat and gather whatever foods that mother nature provides. No one was into farming yet.
The diet typically includes food like lean meats, fish, fruits, vegetable nuts and seeds. And, it limits foods like dairy products, legumes and grains.
Pros and Cons
The Paleo diet has a list of health benefits aside from your goal of weight loss. It can improve your health since you will be limiting if not eliminating processed foods and high in fats. Processed foods typically have no health value. Furthermore, it contains additives and preservatives that are harmful to the body.
The diet can help curb your weight. As we know, these foods are full of vitamins, minerals and fiber. Since the diet emphasizes eating fruits and vegetables, eating these foods can fill you faster, so you eat less.
Weight loss can be achieved through this diet since your calorie intake tends to be lower. However, you will need to limit eating nuts and seeds as these are high in calories.
On the other hand, this diet can get expensive. The food you can take is limited, and you cannot eat any grains or dairy, which gives you energy. The Paleo diet is not a good diet plan for vegetarians. If you’re an athlete or someone who’s into sports, this diet plan won’t work for you. According to USADA.org, athletes should consume anywhere from 3 -12 grams of carbohydrates per kilogram of body weight throughout the day.
What Food to Eat and Avoid
According to Kris Gunnars’ article in Healthline, the food that you need to eat and avoid are as follows:
Food to Eat
- Meat – beef, chicken, and others.
- Fish and seafood – salmon, shrimp, shellfish, and others. Make sure to choose wild-caught.
- Eggs – choose free-range, pastured, or omega-3 enriched.
- Vegetables – broccoli, peppers, onions, carrots, tomatoes, etc.
- Fruits – apples, bananas, oranges, and more.
- Tubers – potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams, etc.
- Nuts and seeds – almonds, macadamia nuts, walnuts, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, and more.
- Healthy fats and oils – extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, and others.
- Salt and spices – sea salt, garlic, turmeric, rosemary, etc.
Food to Avoid
- Food with sugar and high fructose corn syrup – soft drinks, fruit juices, candy, and others.
- Grains – bread, pasta, wheat, and others.
- Legumes – beans, lentils, etc.
- Dairy products, especially low fat.
- Some vegetable oils – soybean oil, sunflower oil, and others.
- Trans fat – can be found in margarine and other processed foods.
- Artificial sweeteners – aspartame, sucralose and others.
- Highly processed foods – everything labeled “diet” or “low fat.” It simply means it has more additives.
The Paleo diet is a diet that can help you get healthy as it promotes eating food free from additives, preservatives, and chemicals. However, just like any other diet plan out there, it is not for everyone. It can get expensive as you will need as much fresh produce as you can. And, because of some food restrictions, this won’t work for athletes and sports enthusiasts.
Furthermore, weight loss can only be achieved if you pair diet plans with exercise. No need for extensive workouts – jogging, brisk walking, and 10-minute skipping ropes would do. Ancient humans didn’t just sit around; they moved from one place to another to hunt and gather food. And, since we are in the modern world where food can be easily sourced, the only thing that we can do is to move our body to help shake those fats out aside from following a strict diet.
If you decide to start on any diet, make sure to pair it with exercise. There is no need for extensive workouts that would require you to go to the gym. Just do some jogging, brisk walking, or a 10-minute skipping rope would do. You need to move your body to help circulate the blood flow. Eating healthy with exercise is the key to weight loss.