Fans of the Paleo Diet say it’s the healthiest and most natural way to eat. And they might just be right, as it’s designed to mimic the diet of our caveman ancestors! But its supporters aren’t just a bunch of hunter-gatherer wannabes who are keen to shun modern agricultural practices. In fact, there are plenty of scientists, doctors and nutritionists out there who have come around to the Paleo way of thinking.
The Paleo Diet isn’t merely the latest ‘fad’ dieting trend. In fact, it’s based on scientists’ understanding of evolutionary medicine. Dr. Loren Cordain, a researcher who specializes in evolutionary medicine, has spent years studying our ancestors’ diet and believes that eating wild plants and animals is the way to achieve optimum health and longevity.
“Paleo Combines the Best Ideas about Nutrition”
Dr. Cordain appeared on the Dr. Oz Show to discuss what he’s learned about the benefits of eating like our Stone Age ancestors. He claims that Paleo has “many characteristics that combine all the best ideas we’ve ever had about nutrition”.
In terms of weight loss, Dr. Cordain says the diet benefits from being both high in protein and low in glycemic load, while the high content of fruit and veg promotes a healthy immune system. Another of the Paleo Diet’s features is that it’s rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which calms inflammation – a source of many common health problems.
Dr. Cordain also dismisses criticism of Paleo as a ‘fad diet’, pointing out:
“People Lose Tremendous Amounts of Weight”
Another expert who’s a massive fan of Paleo is Nell Stephenson, author of ‘Paleoista’, who’s adapted the Paleo Diet to suit modern women. She describes Paleo as a “really balanced” diet, yet it can also bring about truly impressive amounts of weight loss – sometimes as much as 75 lbs in just six months!
Her advice for eating Paleo is as follows:
Paleo May Be Better Than Mediterranean Diet!
Most of us have heard of the Mediterranean diet, a heart-healthy eating plan that emphasizes fruits, vegetables whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds. Many nutritionists argue that the traditional Mediterranean diet is the best way to ensure health and longevity, but Dr. Cordain believes the Paleo Diet may be even better!
He says that in the randomized controlled trials that have been carried out to date, the Paleo Diet has achieved better results for key cardiovascular risk factors such as high blood pressure and cholesterol than the Mediterranean regime!
It’s therefore no surprise that Dr. Oz himself describes the Paleo Diet as a “national phenomenon”, with people across the country “eating like their Stone Age ancestors” to lose weight and improve their overall health!