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Paleo Diet For Weight Loss: Does It Work?

These days, diets are usually modeled around helping people lose weight rather than serve as a gateway to eating better food that’s healthier and good for the body. And the paleo diet is no different. Well, at least for most people.

As a diet, the paleo diet is a low-carb, high-protein eating plan, so-called because it’s supposedly modeled after what our primitive human ancestors ate during their time here on Earth. The belief is that because these people followed a diet like this, they’re less likely to develop chronic conditions such as heart disease, obesity and diabetes, and it’s what the paleo diet is trying to achieve.

But for those who want to follow it to help shed some pounds, is it good enough?

Primitive Human Diet

Because early hunter-gatherers didn’t have any access to a lot of the food that’s available today, this diet restricts the consumption of  processed foods as well as ones with added sugar, dairy products, grains and legumes.

Instead, it encourages you to eat what was available at that time, which means consuming whole foods such as healthy fats, seeds, nuts, vegetables, meat, fish, poultry and fruits. However, there are also some variations on the diet, some of which are not as restrictive as the basic paleo diet. Each variation also comes with its own set of guidelines about which food to restrict.

Can Paleo Diet Aid Weight Loss?                       

Simply put, yes. And this is because it restricts you from eating one of the biggest culprits behind obesity and weight gain in America: processed foods.

The paleo diet encourages you to eat nutrient-rich whole foods, which has the added benefit of keeping you healthier. It’s also high in protein, which can help reduce our hunger hormones called ghrelin, meaning that it can also help us feel full for longer, stopping us from periodic snacking.

It also has the added benefit of keeping your heart healthy and supporting blood sugar control. However, it has drawbacks such as limiting nutritious food groups. Furthermore, it can be quite restrictive so people may find it hard to follow.

paleo diet The Japanese diet does not encourage red meat consumption. Fish cooked by steaming, boiling and grilling is allowed. Pixabay

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