Paleo Diet: Hype or Hit?
With the paleo diet on everyone’s lips right now, we could not but wonder if science backs the hype. Is the paleo approach to weight loss and diabetes management, really the health saviour it portrays? The pale community of weight watchers and fitness enthusiasts seem to think so. A diet that consists mostly of meat, fish, veggies, and fruits. With no room for dairy products, grains, and processed foods.
According to the testimonies from people on the Dr. Loren Cordian’s website (Loren is the acclaimed founder of the paleo movement). The diet is credited with so many successes by paleo dieters and is touted as offering great health promises. Though as these claims are unverified, we set out to check the veracity and authenticity of the paleo diet. Here we will examine whether the paleo diet is a hit, or the whether the hype is just all there is to it.
It Appears the Science backs it Up So Far
A paper was published in Diabetologia in 2007 by S. Lindberg. The findings proved the paleo diet to be effective in improving glucose levels of people with heart disease. Abstinence from processed foods eliminates a number of nasty nutritional components such as artificial sweeteners, preservatives, and refined sugars.
These simple, paleolithic diets are also very rich in protein and healthy fats Omega 3 and 6. They help to balance hormones and control appetite, thereby eliminating the continuous need for calorie counting and weighing of meals. The Diabetologia findings showed that 45% of the studied group ate 451 fewer calories daily without even trying to restrict their calorie intake.
The simplicity of the diet really is key. Unprocessed meat, fish, veggies, poultry, fruits, nuts, and seeds all contain good levels of antioxidants, protein, natural sugars, fat, vitamins, and minerals. With every food group covered for a balanced, healthy lifestyle. It should be noted, that for diabetic dieters, especially those managing type 2 diabetes need to be more meticulous in their choice of a paleo diet. If you are affected by diabetes, you should consult your medical practitioner to check if it is the right diet for you.
But for everybody else, give it a try. You’re sure to be impressed with the results.
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