The Paleo Diet Review-
The “Caveman” diet is what it is often referred to. The theory of this diet can about when someone decided that cavemen used to eat much healthier than men from today; this is true. There were no McDonald drive-through’s back then, no KFC chicken. They ate healthy and they ate what they could.
Of course, we should not go back to the caveman days just to maintain a healthy heart, but our ancestors have taught us so much about hunting and survival that we should appreciate and take what they have given us, in terms of knowledge, and run with it. We could easily still eat this way.
The Paleo Diet offers the following:
How much healthier can you get? This diet doesn’t include grain, so I could see someone instantly losing water weight and dropping fat at the maintenance of sufficient muscle rather quickly. Certain fruits like apples and pears contain mainly fructose, which is liver glycogen. Fructose is bad because it does not give you any muscular energy and it is easy to overload the liver. There are other acceptable fruits like green beans (yes it’s a fruit) and tomatoes and bananas. Bananas are one of the best after workout carb sources you can have, as it is rich in potassium and simple carbs for an insulin spike.
Basically, during a cutting fat phase of your life you want to replace carbs with fats. Why? So that you’re not using glucose for energy and fats are faster absorbed and produce more anabolic hormones to keep you maintaining and sometimes even building muscle. The ketogenic diet is a prime example of how effective your body becomes when fed this way.
Sample Paleo diet:
Morning: 2 boiled eggs, Olive oil, spinach
Snack: small green salad with green beans, tomato, turkey, almonds
Lunch: 2 boiled eggs, peanuts, celery, banana
Snack: grilled chicken breast, tomato, broccoli, almonds
Dinner: salmon, berries, spinach, broccoli, almonds
Before bed: protein shake with olive oil and water
This diet has been known to significantly lower the risk of heart disease, burn fat, and keep your body anabolic while rich in vitamins and minerals. Remember to drink water as your fluid source and always keep track of the amount of calories you’re consuming. 1 pound equals 3500 calories, so 500 over maintenance is 1 lb per week gained and 500 from maintenance is 1 pound per week lost.