With increasing health consciousness amongst people, everyone’s trying to get fit and stay fit. An increased consciousness amongst people has led to numerous dietary plans and options coming up. Amongst the most common Diet regimes suggested by nutritionists are the Keto Diet, Intermittent Fasting, The Paleo Diet and the 8-to-8 Diet.
Known by any of the following names, the Paleo Diet is gaining increasing popularity. The Paleolithic Diet, Caveman Diet or Stone-Age Diet is a modern diet that is based on the notion of eating only those foods which were available to humanity during the Paleolithic Era.
What is the Paleo Diet?
The Paleo Diet has been designed to imitate the food lifestyle of hunters and gatherers from the Paleolithic Era. Although an exact food list cannot be obtained, research shows that their diet mainly focused on whole foods while avoiding processed foods.
The Paleo Diet typically includes a diet focused on lean meats, fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. These are all foods that were easily available to humans in the Paleolithic Era to be obtained by hunting and gathering activities. The diet also limits farmer-foods such as dairy products, legumes and grains.
What can you eat?
Some of the more common foods allowed under the Paleo Diet are - Lean Meats, Fish, Eggs, Vegetables, Fruits, Nuts, Seeds, Herbs, Spices, Vegetables, Healthy fats and oils.
What foods should you avoid?
Foods that are avoided under this diet include - Processed foods, refined sugars, artificial sweeteners, soft drinks, grains (including wheat, oats and barley), most dairy products, legumes (including beans, lentils, peas and peanuts), artificial sweeteners, vegetable oils, margarine, low-fat or diet products and trans fat (such as hydrogenated oils).
What all effects can you achieve from the Paleo Diet?
Although the most common known effect of the Paleo Diet is its weight-loss power, it does not come without its side-effects, too!
Some of the most common side-effects of the Caveman Diet include:
Low Blood Sugar or Hypoglycemia (Especially in those cases when you are consuming certain glucose lowering medications)
A drop in energy levels (Increased lethargy)
Irregularity in bowel movements
You run the risk of missing out on Key Nutrients (Eg. The diet can lead to lower levels of calcium and Vitamin D)
Increased risk of developing Osteoporosis and Rickets
Increased risk of heart disease due to a stronger inclination towards meats