Is the Paleo Diet Safe?
The Paleo diet is setting the health nerd fitness rebellion on fire and is well known, but what most are unaware of are it’s many health benefits. With the Paleo Diet scaling heights of success and setting new standards on fitness blocks, there have been a lot of write-ups and people coming out from the woodwork to slate its advantages. But with heaps of doubts and confusions skyrocketing, it may just make you think, is it actually safe? Does it work? Well, let’s take a short tour into the details of all the myths and talk that’s doing the rounds and debunk them.
Is the Paleo Diet realistic enough?
You might have heard a lot of critics and researchers pin-pointing on its lack of reality; the truth may surprise you. Why? The Paleo diet might have been modelled after the caveman/hunter-gatherer’s diet but it doesn’t insist you hunt down mammoth creatures or roam around in tiger skins. The Paleo diet asks you to use up what is available to you: feed on grass-fed bison or beef, chicken, seafood and so on and so forth. The diet’s sole objective was to make us live like we were designed to live initially, and so we are supposed to make the fuller utilisation of what is available to us in the best possible manner.
As per new claims, over 70% of Americans are suffering from obesity. Upon this study, doctors are freely suggesting we eat less and work out more often (say 30-60 minutes a day), and concentrating on calorie deficits to shed weight. But that is not how to shed weight, unfortunately. Clearly, it is majorly our diet (rich in sugar and carbohydrates) that is solely responsible for success of weight loss or even weight loss failure. So, needless to say the Paleo Diet does play a bigger role in your fat burning process.
No, Paleo Diet is not meat based
We have seen many ranting about how the paleo diet is entirely meat based. Yes, there might be a few people who rely solely upon meat while following the Paleo diet. But the diet in actual fact is based on vegetables supplemented by protein sources which often gets sourced from meat. Now with a plate comprising mostly fresh greens and little slices of meat, wouldn’t create many conflicts on health but would rather be a healthy diet agreed upon by most health experts who swear by it, sounds healthy isn’t it?
Paleo diet abolishes grains and there’s reason to it
Many of you might argue with the point saying ancient people ate grains, but you are missing out the main point here. Ancient people might have consumed grains back in their era, but did you hear them consuming white bread that is dyed? Of course not. the Paleo diet abolishes the consumption of grains because we live in an age, where grains come boxed and bagged and are mostly processed. Which not to mention is tremendously harmful to your health. The main principle of the Paleo diet is all about eating unprocessed food for as long as we can, and take in foods that are in their natural state or even closer to natural state.
The diet shuns dairy and grains
To cut things short, the diet centres on fruits and vegetables, thus helping you with a voluminous amount of healthy, fibrous carbohydrates even after cutting down on legumes, dairy and grains. Moreover, coconut and almond milks, followed by dark leafy vegetables help you with your calcium levels without having to consume dairy products.
It focuses on quality and not quantity
Besides anything else, the diet focuses on following a quality diet and not a quantity one. Emphasising good quality food like grass fed bison, pastured chicken and pigs and fresh caught seafood, ensures you a quality nutrient profile. It is said that grass fed beef or bison are comparatively lower in fat and contain omega 3 fatty acids and a significant amount of antioxidant vitamins like vitamin e.
Encourages a fresh whole food diet
The fact that Paleo diet cuts down the consumption of processed foods, is reason enough to get you cooking some fresh home-made food. Fresh whole home-made food is always higher in nutritional value, than salt-and sugar dominated cheap processed and canned foods. So, to sum everything up, not only is the Paleo diet safe, its INCREDIBLY GOOD FOR YOU! Not only in an internal health sense, you’ll also see significant fat loss, improved energy levels and better quality of sleep, amongst a whole host of other benefits. Isn’t it about time you took a shopping trip?