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?
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:
-white and red meat
-organ meats such as liver and kidney
-fruit & vegetables
Get used to the idea of not consuming foods which were only readily available AFTER agricultural developments, these include:
-legumes (beans, peas and pulses)
-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.
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!
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).
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.