Pros and Cons of the Paleo Diet

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Obesity is an increasing health concern all over the world. Everyone is looking for ways to lose weight, and the Paleo diet has increased in popularity over the years due to reported success.

Paleo diet (a.k.a. Paleolithic or hunter-gatherer diet) was created by Dr. Loren Cordain in 2002. The principle is simple: you go back to the way food was prepared during the caveman years. Everything was wild and naturally growing, which is why all the nutrients were pure and locked in. In essence, you’ll be eliminating food items such as:

  • Grains
  • White potatoes
  • Salt
  • Junk food
  • Dairy products
  • Processed food
  • Legumes
  • Refined sugar
  • Refined vegetable oils

On the other hand, food items that you can consume to your satisfaction are:

  • Turkey
  • Pork
  • Lean beef
  • Seafood
  • Non-starchy vegetables (i.e. lettuce, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, spinach, broccoli)
  • Nuts
  • Eggs
  • Plant-based oils (i.e. coconut oil, olive oil)

It may seem healthy at first because you’ll be eliminating food items that contribute to weight gain and diabetes. Its appeal is that people are made increasingly aware of the dangers of processed and modern food. However, there are pros and cons of doing the Paleo diet that you should be aware of before jumping in.

Pros

  • It’s not hard to follow because you’ll only be changing your food practice.
  • You get to eat as much as you want. Paleo is not about calorie restriction so you can eat all the vegetables and meat that you want.
  • You get slimmer and experience less bloating because you’ll be taking in more fiber.
  • You free yourself from junk food addiction.
  • Reduced food allergy/intolerance.

Cons

  • The Paleo diet may be hard for those who require high amounts of carbs and energy.
  • Calcium deficiency is a risk.
  • Food choices can be expensive.
  • Difficult for vegetarians because of emphasis on fish and meat consumption.
  • Lack of flexibility.

As with other diet fads, it’s important to study all the benefits and risks involved in following the Paleo diet. Make sure that your doctor has approved this dietary lifestyle for you before you join the bandwagon.

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