Like many, you have probably heard someone talking about the Paleo Diet by now, or read something about it. It is a great diet that has thousands of advocates for it, from all over the world.
Many books have been written on the subject, and quite a few of them have become bestsellers. A multitude patrons of this diet have lost weight, reduced the number of allergies they suffer from, and taken control of a plethora of health issues plaguing them like high cholesterol, diabetes, and more.
It’s of little wonder that a lot of people consider the Paleo Diet to be on of the best diets around.
Remember, however, that there is no perfect diet out there. The Paleo Diet is no exception to this.
It comes with pros, and cons just like any other diet out there, and I am going to attempt to illustrate some of the bigger ones in this article.
It will be up to you to decide if the pros outweigh the cons for you and your goals.
There are thousands of people that have decided that it was an excellent choice for them and adopted this diet into their lifestyle.
So what is the Paleo Diet?
First, let’s gain an understanding of what precisely the paleo diet is.
It is a diet that places more relevance to your choices in foods, rather than the number of calories, carbohydrate cycling, nutrient timing, detoxing, etc.
In theory, the paleo diet is rather quite simple – there is a list of foods that you can eat and a list of foods that you cannot eat.
The main thing you need to worry about to be successful with it is to follow these lists of foods.
In practice, however, the paleo diet can be challenging, especially in the beginning stages, because it involves a lot of sacrifices and changing of habits that you will have to become accustomed to. People typically do not like having to change their habits.
While on this diet, you are highly encouraged to eat grass-fed meats such as beef, turkey, pork, poultry, bison, etc.
Fish is also encouraged as well, especially wild salmon since it is rich in omega-3 fatty oils.
You can eat fruit and vegetables that aren’t overly starchy such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, spinach, green beans, etc.
The diet also allows you to consume many kinds of nuts like almonds, walnuts, pecans, and cashews, however, peanuts are absolutely NOT allowed.
Eggs go very well with this diet as also and are a great source of protein.
As far as oils are concerned, plant-based oils are what they encourage you to use.
Olive oil, coconut oil, macadamia oil, etc. are sources of good fats and play an integral part in the paleo diet.
Some of the foods that are not allowed on this diet are grains (such as wheat, barley, oats, and rice), and starchy vegetables (such as corn and potatoes).
All dairy products are not allowed on the diet.
Sugar, processed meats, such as hot dogs, salami, etc are also a huge no-no to the paleo diet.
You will also want to avoid processed foods, overly salty foods, and refined foods.
As you may see, this will eliminate a HUGE chunk of foods that the majority of us are used to eating.
This is one of the biggest cons of the paleo diet, as a lot of people will have a tough time giving up many of these.
Overall, if you can get used to saying no to these types of foods, you’ll appreciate your tenacity in the long run, as most of these foods on the “say no to” list are unhealthy for you in the first place, and some of them, such as some grains and soybeans don’t really sit well with some people.
What Are Some of the Pros for the Paleo Diet?
The paleo diet is rich in protein and helps to keep your blood sugar levels more stable and prevent your insulin from spiking.
In doing so, it helps to prevent weight gain.
Since the diet is also really clean, the foods you consume will help work as a natural anti-inflammatory for your body.
It is pretty common for people on normal diets to have aches and pains throughout their body for no discernable reason.
This is due to cell inflammation in your body from eating some foods that are not good for you.
Most of the people on that closely follow this diet do not suffer from as many of those pains.
These are just a few of the pros of the paleo diet.
What Are Some of the Cons for the Paleo Diet?
There are a few cons as well, besides the one listed above about having to give up a lot of the foods you are used to eating.
(honestly though, what diet can you go on seriously, and not give up most of the junky foods?)
This diet is not for vegetarians.
People on this diet often do not balance their meals very well. Too much protein is consumed without an adequate amount of carbs.
So you will want to keep careful track of what you eat.
When food choices get limited, it will take even more attention to maintain a properly balanced diet.
The paleo diet can seem a bit too strict and rigid for many people, especially in the early stages.
Because of this, many of the people that attempt the paleo diet, end up dropping it.
Before you decide whether or not this diet is for you, you will want to assess your goals and weigh your options you have between this and some other diets that show results.
If you are willing to make sacrifices for the betterment of your health and to have fewer health issues, it is definitely a good choice of diets to choose from.
Like many diets, if you stick with it, you will see results. This diet can deliver results, and it’s worth the effort!