The Paleo Diet & How You Can Apply It

Now probably the most talked about diet out there at the moment…is the Paleo Diet.

Do I believe that this befits the title ‘fad diet’…no, do I feel it should be your final destination for nutrition…no again, so do I agree that the Paleolithic diet, the Caveman diet, or the hunter gatherer diet…whatever you wish to call it, is a valid strategy for maintaining that hard earned lean muscle mass, reduce total body fat and support chronic or long term health…then my answer is…POSSIBLY.

Proponents of the diet that stemmed from our ancestors include world renowned fitness model and all round fitness expert Rob Riches, as well as ‘A’ list celebrity clientele including Jessica Biel, Miley Cyrus, Megan Fox and all round beauty, Miss USA 2011 Shannon Ford.

So here are 5 top tips on what the Paleo diet is, and how you can go about applying it?

Tip #1

Our bodies are thought to be genetically programmed to eat like our Paleolithic ancestors, therefore follow a diet that mainly consists of foods that could be hunted or gathered (at least back in the day) such as:

-fish
-white and red meat
-game
-organ meats such as liver and kidney
-eggs
-fruit & vegetables
-nuts

Tip #2

Get used to the idea of not consuming foods which were only readily available AFTER agricultural developments, these include:

-grains
-dairy
-processed sugar
-legumes (beans, peas and pulses)
-EVEN POTATOES
-and processed oils such as sunflower oil.

I do not agree with any TOTAL EXCLUSION of food stuffs, because of the risk of missing out on key nutritional components such as calcium through the restriction of dairy…

HOWEVER…the Paleo diet does allow green leafy veg which is a good source of such minerals.

Tip #3

The addition of salt, and the consumption of manufactured beverages other than water and tea are not conducive to a strict Paleo diet. Although supplementation of protein, creatine and the likes of is often a necessary addition to this diet!

Tip #4

Avoid sugar such as sucrose (table sugar), as well as highly processed confectionary and even fruit juices…these are non-milk extrinsic sugars meaning they are ‘outside of the cell’ and therefore cause more a sudden glycaemic response (blood sugar spike).

Tip #5

Stay open minded.

I choose to take the fifth amendment when it comes to advocating the Paleo diet, I may get splinters in my arse by sitting on the fence, but I do stand by the principle that if you want a diet lower in processed foods, hydrogenated fats and one that makes the battle to keep calories under control, then the Paleo diet ticks the boxes…on this basis alone, the Paleo diet may support chronic/long term health.

About the Author

Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!

Comments

  • LacyO

    I agree that Paleo if not perfect, is close to ideal. AND you can see benefits from following it 75%. There is room for cheating here and there depending on your goals. If you followed it 75%, you would be omitting tons of carbs, processed foods,food additives and sugars.

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