I'm a 60 year old Vietnam veteran living in Denver who at 6 '2 "once weighed 268 lbs., And now weighs 200 lbs.! And I no longer have hypertension (once 160 over 105, now averaging 115 over 75) or high cholesterol or high triglycerides. Nor do I take medication for these former medical conditions.
About eight years ago I read an article in the Lifestyle section of the Denver Post. It was about an assistant professor at Colorado State University, a paleontologist named Loren Cordain. I was pretty desperate by this time, as I was at the peak weight of my lifetime. I've always loved science and biology. Even in high school, I enjoyed reading about what our cells need for optimal health, how our mitochondria produce energy for all our physiological needs, and about our DNA and how little it has changed over the more than two million years humans have been around.
The article described Professor Cordain's new book , The Paleo Diet, and how it was based on the foods humans ate during most of our evolution. I say 'based on,' because, of course, there is no way we can eat a diet identical to our evolutionary diet. Many of those foods no longer exist. For example, where would we find a mammoth nowadays? [Right, in a museum!] But we can emulate that diet, by eating lean meats, fish, vegetables, fruits, and nuts.
And I say during 'most of our evolution,' because as Professor Cordain notes in The Paleo Diet, about 10,000 years ago (a tiny fraction of our species' time here on earth), humans made a dramatic shift in dietary practices. Starting in the Middle East and moving to Northern Europe, and ending with native Americans just a few hundred years ago, we made a rather sudden transition from being hunter-gathers (who ate lean meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, and some nuts; to agriculturalists, who base our diet on flour, sugar (more recently corn syrup), meats containing high levels of saturated fats, processed foods, and only relatively small amounts of vegetables, fruits and nuts.
Weight gain and health problems began for our ancestors 10,000 years ago, but have rapidly escalated in recent decades. Just this year, researchers report the prevalence of overweight and morbidly obese Americans and citizens of other countries is growing and growing and growing!
Perform your own To research on this powerful, Evolutionarily valid diet, by just the enter the keywords: paleo diet or paleolithic diet or hunter 's gatherer diet in Www.pubmed.com (the Preeminent and publicly available medical site archiving Thousands of medical research journals from every health and medical discipline). You will simply be amazed by the growing body of research supporting the diet employed by our paleolithic ancestors: lean meats, fish, vegetables, fruits, and nuts.
I urge you to check out The Paleo Diet free at your local library, or purchase it at your local book store, or at an online bookstore.
And if this science-grounded approach makes as much sense to you as it has to me, do not hesitate to discuss it with your health provider; and if you get the green light, get going! And do not be afraid to CHEAT once a week or so on this diet. Hunter-gatherers did (in a way) when they stumbled upon a honeycomb and overwhelmed their insulin system (though for only a rare day or so).
A tip: this approach is for adults, not people still in denial. Either you are committed to feeling good, looking good, and achieving your health goals, or you're not. Do not go a step further if you're one of those Beyonce Diet faddists. If you are, this will not work for you. If your an empiricist, this is the diet for you!