The Paleo Diet is a relatively new entrant in a saturated market where fad diets are all the rage. But what marks the Paleo Diet out from other diets is that it is actually pretty healthy.
Instead of drastically limiting calorific intake or subsisting on a limited number of weird and wonderful foods, you can eat a range of healthy ingredients that will aid weight loss and improve your health. So what is the Paleo Diet and what can you eat if you decide to follow it?
Meat and Veggies
If you want a healthy diet, eating Paleo is the way to do it. How it works is simple: you just need to think like a Stone Age person. Way back in the Stone Age, man didn’t have access to KFC, Starbucks or supermarkets. Their diet consisted mostly of meat, vegetables, some fruit and seeds. Nobody except babies and very young children had milk and cereals were not a significant part of the daily diet. So in other words, the Paleo diet is very different to our modern 21st century carbohydrate, dairy, cereal and processed food laden diet.
Cut Out the Carbs
To go Paleo, you need to rethink what you eat. Most of us rely much too heavily on bread, refined carbohydrates, dairy and processed food. We love to eat pasta, potatoes, bread, cakes, cheese and cereal. Unfortunately, these things are not all that healthy. Our body is not designed to cope with large amounts of milk and dairy and as much as 50% of the population is intolerant to gluten, a protein found in grains and cereals such as wheat, barley, and rye.
Cutting out all of these things and reverting to a Paleo diet can help you lose weight and improve your health. It might be difficult to start with, especially if you are addicted to sugar and refined carbohydrates, but in a very short time you will feel so much better.
What Can I Eat?
Meat, fish, and vegetables are the staple ingredients on a Paleo Diet. So you can eat smoked meat Montreal with a green salad and some fresh fruit, but you can’t have it with bread and biscuits, and you will have to forgo your milky coffee and stick to a glass of water instead.
Try and have a good source of protein with each meal. This could be eggs or meat – whichever one you prefer. So a typical healthy Paleo meal would be a portion of meat such as steak, with a side of freshly cooked vegetables or salad. Since it can be hard to include enough calories if you are trying to avoid losing too much weight, add in some avocado and a handful of nuts. Fats are considered to be good in this diet, but stick to healthy fats such as coconut oil, olive oil or almond butter, etc.
You don’t have to count calories on the Paleo Diet.
Instead, eat when you feel hungry. Give it a try and see how you get on – and if it works for you, stick with it!