So, what are the benefits of eating Paleo? Turns out there are many, but the most frequently touted is its ability to reduce the blood-sugar crashes that come with high-carbohydrate foods. These foods trigger an “insulin rollercoaster” that can cause everything from mood swings to diabetes.
I lost a lot of weight eating Paleo. I dropped three pants sizes, and people often told me how great I looked.
So what can you eat on the paleo diet – and what can’t you eat?
Fish, meat, seeds, nuts, greens, eggs, berries and vegetables are on the menu. Anything processed, harvested or man-made is out. Sugar counts as a processed, highly refined food, so all sweets and anything sweetened is out. Fruit, which also has a high sugar content, is paleo, but as sugar levels are high, limit portions if you are trying to lose weight.
The diet recommends eating:
55% of daily calories from seafood and lean meat
15% of calories from each of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds
Almost no grains
No added salt or sugar
Foods you can eat on the paleo diet
Meat (fresh, not highly processed) – grass-fed
Nuts – in moderation if you’re trying to lose weight
Healthy oils – olive, avocado, coconut, sesame