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The Pros and Cons of the Paleo Diet

We’ve talked a bit about various diets before and what you can expect if you try them out. Not everyone experiences weight loss the same way, and the efficacy of a diet can vary from person to person. A lot of it comes down to your food preferences and potential allergies. Another big factor is your motivation to begin and dedication to developing healthy habits to stay on track.

If you’ve searched around for popular diets and weight loss meal plans, you’ve likely come across the paleo diet by now. Otherwise known as the caveman diet, the paleo diet makes you eat like our ancestors from somewhere between 10,000 and 2.5 million years ago did. The entire diet focuses on foods that would have been common in a hunter-gatherer lifestyle: if you could hunt or forage for it, it’s fair game on the paleo diet. The central idea behind the paleo diet is that all of the processed foods aren’t good for our bodies or overall health and that we’ve strayed too far from the nutrition and sustenance our bodies needed all those years ago. Basically, if the food is a result of modern farming or industrialization (beans, pasta, alcohol, dairy, etc.), then it needs to be cut from our diets immediately to get back on course.

So, you eat plenty of meat, fish, nuts, and rustic fruits (berries) and veggies (save for the starchier ones: potatoes and corn). Doesn’t sound too bad, right? But like with most diets, we want to look at the advantages and disadvantages of going on the paleo diet and what you’ll enjoy, and which challenges you’ll need to overcome.

Pros

  • You’re going to be eating plenty of fresh fruits and veggies, which are nutrient-dense foods and should be the bulk of your diet anyway. Lean towards veggies as the natural sugars in fruits can build up.
  • If you like meat, then this is the diet for you. You’re going to pack protein on the plate to keep you fulled and fueled since there aren’t many natural carbs in this diet. For this reason, people enjoy it as it eliminates grains, which an abundance of can lead to additional body fat.
  • Speaking of fats, this diet is full of healthy ones in the form of nuts, olive oil, and avocados. These healthy fats, along with protein, will help you feel satisfied for longer to avoid snacking cravings.
  • This is one of the cleaner diets as it eliminates all of the added sugars, salts, and unsaturated fats found in processed and fast foods. These all add up to drive up your blood glucose levels, blood pressure, and other ill effects on the body, so cutting them out only works to your benefit.

Cons

  • This is a very difficult diet to stick with since it cuts out so many foods. Cutting out food groups not only hinders you from getting essential nutrients, it also creates a forbidden desire effect; once you fall off the wagon, it’s very easy to stay off and binge the foods you were told you couldn’t eat.
  • As a follow-up, the foods you can eat may get a bit boring after a while since it’s the same thing over and over. Variety is the spice of life, after all.
  • Because of foods and food groups being cut out, you need to eat more of the others to compensate. However, this can also backfire since you may end up way over the daily recommended intake of the foods you can eat.
  • This diet isn’t for everyone since it eliminates more foods than the keto diet, but for those with iron wills, it’s a good option. Just make sure you take supplements to ensure you’re getting the vitamins and nutrients you need every day.

If you’re curious about the paleo diet for weight loss, give us a call and we’ll be happy to go over the details! We love helping people reach the healthier versions of themselves and look forward to guiding you in your weight loss journey.