Paleo diet is the name of a weight loss trend that became popular in Hollywood. But what is it really about? In the paleo diet, which is also known as the Stone Age diet, only those foods that were already accessible to our ancestors in the Stone Age are allowed.

Thus, during the diet, the consumption of a lot of fruit, vegetables and meat will predominate. We will introduce you to the paleo diet with delicious recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We also reveal the good reasons for doing it, but also what are the arguments you have against the paleo diet.

Paleo diet basics

The paleo diet is based on the assumption that our genetic material has barely changed since the Stone Age. That’s why, advocates argue, it’s the only proper form of nutrition. After all, our genes have adapted to this diet for thousands of years.

Apparently, the low carbohydrate diet in the Stone Age should have contributed to the fact that Homo sapiens could become the modern human being. Today, Stone Age nutrition advocates see the possibility of preventing lifestyle-related diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

How the Paleo Diet Works

The Paleo diet only incorporates foods that were already available to our ancestors, before they were established. Therefore, dairy products and cereals should be avoided as much as possible during the diet. Even industrially manufactured foods, such as ready meals, sugar, or alcohol.

Instead, the focus is on fresh foods like fruits, vegetables, eggs, nuts, mushrooms, and herbs. Fish and shellfish are also allowed. The most important role in the diet, however, is the consumption of meat, which is said to have been significantly higher in our ancestors, as is the case today.

It is important to mention that the meats that are consumed should preferably be from free grazing animals, in order to imitate the type of food that could be obtained in the stone age.

Recipes for the paleo diet

Here are three recipes to try the paleo diet for a day.

  • Breakfast:  For breakfast there are mushrooms with scrambled eggs: slice 300 grams of mushrooms and add a chopped onion. The onion should be fried briefly in a pan and then add the mushrooms. Then the eggs should be prepared from two eggs.
  • Lunch:  Cut 200 grams of beef fillet into thin strips and fry the meat. Cut ten cherry tomatoes and two green onions into thin rings. Add the chives to the meat and fry the onions for a short time. Then add the tomatoes and stir everything together.
  • Dinner:  For dinner, you can prepare a crispy chicken salad: For the salad, cut 120 grams of chicken into small pieces and sauté them. It also cuts 300 grams of radishes, 200 grams of tomatoes, 100 grams of carrots and 100 grams of kohlrabi into fine pieces. Then mix in some olive oil, salt, pepper, and seasonal herbs with a dressing. mix everything and you will have a delicious salad for your diet.

Strictly speaking, olive oil should not be used for grilling or mixing the dressing on the paleo diet. Instead of oil, you can turn to water.

Arguments for the paleo diet

  • The basis of the paleo diet is healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, and nuts. It is also positive that seasonal foods are preferred.
  • Unhealthy foods such as sweets, alcohol or fast food are totally prohibited. After all, such industrially manufactured products were not available to our ancestors.
  • The Paleo diet is easy to do because there are no quantity restrictions. Plus you don’t need to count on pesky calories.
  • The strict paleo diet reportedly establishes rapid weight loss especially in the first few weeks .

Meanwhile, there are some studies that certify that the paleo diet has a positive impact on our body. According to a study published in the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology , paleo diet nutrition can positively impact our blood glucose levels and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

According to a study in the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism , the Paleolithic diet is also supposed to provide particularly good satiety and effectively prevent obesity.

Arguments against the paleo diet

  • The claim that our genes have not changed since the Stone Age is untenable. It should also be noted that our lifestyle habits are different today than they were then. This is why we need a different diet mix than our ancestors.
  • The statements about the Stone Age diet and its health benefits are only hypotheses. Scientific evidence is not available.
  • The Stone Age diet does not exist, rather the previous eating habits were relatively different depending on the habitat and food supply. Therefore, among experts it is especially controversial whether meat consumption in the Stone Age was actually as high as the diet prescribed.
  • The total abandonment of dairy and grain products is also critical. Therefore, the paleo diet includes significantly fewer carbohydrates, but adds more fat and protein than is generally recommended. That is why nutritionists advise not to increase it. Because the intake of too much animal protein can have a negative effect on our health.

If you have any doubts when you want to start the path of weight loss, consulting with qualified nutritionists will be of great help to obtain the best results depending on each particular case.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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