"Should I go paleo?" Is a question I hear ALL the time as a trainer. More and more clients are trying out the paleo diet. Some are hoping for easier weight loss or maintenance; others are hoping for health benefits.
If you've been wondering whether or not you should go paleo, this article will help!
Paleo involves eating what our ancestors supposedly ate:
meats, fruits, nuts, vegetables, and that's pretty much it. Some include
potatoes in various forms. However, grains, beans and legumes, sugars, and
dairy are not allowed (unless it's completely raw).
There are many benefits to eating this way.
1. The diet naturally reduces inflammation. When
inflammation gets out of control, disease, illness and pain tend to follow.
2. It is difficult to overeat on this diet. Because of the
nature of the foods allowed, counting calories tends to not be necessary.
3. This diet is very rich in nutrients.
4. It's fairly easy to eat out on this diet, as long as you
order wisely, asking for substitutions when necessary.
5. It's not a complicated diet to follow. You don't have to
count calories or fat grams.
There are also a few challenges to "going paleo."
1. Typical foods that are eaten socially from time to time
such as birthday cake or pizza are strictly off limits.
2. Alcohol is off limits.
3. Almost all processed foods are out of the question, which
entails either purchasing special paleo-approved bars etc, or simply always
eating fresh food, which isn't always convenient.
4. The diet can be expensive, since consuming more produce
and more meat costs more than consuming a lot of grain-based foods.
5. It may be difficult to obtain sufficient calories and
carbohydrates for your activity level. Sometimes unwanted weight loss occurs.