Ever looked on the internet for the best weight loss diets? If you have, you’ve probably
read about the next best diet in the world called the Paleo Diet. But what exactly is
this Paleo Diet and what makes it better than all the other diets our there?
Paleo is short for Paleolithic, a prehistoric period of human development that existed over
two and a half million years ago. During this Paleolithic era, humans have yet to learn
about agriculture and animal domestication. This meant that humans only ate food that
were readily available to them in their surrounding environment . They then genetically adapted
to become stronger and healthier by consuming more of these foods. Advocators of the diet
argue that there has been too little of a time frame between the end of the Paleolithic
Era and modern day for the human body to adapt to today’s Western diet. The lack of adaptation
is supposedly responsible for the existence of modern diseases today such as diabetes
and obesity. This Paleo-type diet, also known as the caveman diet, involves food such as
grass-fed proteins, wild seafood, eggs, nuts, plant-based oils, fibrous vegetables, and
to a small degree, fruits. Fortunately, these are all great food choices that any diet can
benefit from since it stresses high fiber, high potassium, high nutrients, high omega
3-fatty acids, and low sodium intake. So far, the Paleo Diet seems to be a great idea! The
Paleo Diet also restricts food groups that theoretically prehistoric humans would not
have consumed since they were not readily accessible. This includes foods such as grains,
legumes, such as beans and peanuts, refined sugars, dairy, and salt. Luckily, these food
groups are typically ingredients for most of the unhealthy processed foods around the
world. On top of that, Paleo is great for individuals that are lactose intolerant since
it restricts dairy, and gluten-intolerant, since it restricts grain. All of these great
benefits as well as losing weight?! Paleo sounds pretty darn amazing!
But if you really look at the diet, it’s not as great as you might think. Although these
benefits from a Paleo Diet are true, it doesn’t make the Paleo Diet the best choice possible,
and there are three huge reasons for it. One, the Paleo Diet is expensive. Under the Paleo
Diet, the main sources of protein are from grass-fed animals and wild fish. In the United
States, for ten dollars, you’ll be able to get about three pounds of regular ground beef.
For the same amount, you will only be able to get a little more than a pound of grass-fed
ground beef. Wild Salmon can run you up to thirty dollars per pound, while farm-raised
salmon are often under ten dollars. These price differences can easily steer a lot of
people from trying a true Paleo Diet. Two, the Paleo Diet does not take into consideration
of portions and calories. Although the food choices in a Paleo Diet are healthy, there
is no limit to how much of it you can eat, which can lead to overeating. You can eat
as many paleo foods as you want, but if the calories are too much, you will still gain
weight. The good thing about paleo, though, is that you’re consuming high amounts of protein
and fiber, both which will make you feel more full while consuming fewer calories compared
to eating highly dense carbohydrates, such as bread, which are usually high in calories
and takes much more to fill you up. Regardless, with no set restrictions on calories, the
Paleo Diet might not be the best strategy for weight loss.
Three, the Paleo Diet is simply not practical. The Paleo Diet puts a ban on many food groups
that have become a large part of human society for hundreds of years. The most notable restrictions
are dairy, grains, and beans. Although one might be able to argue the healthiness of
these food groups, it doesn’t change the fact that human society has relied on them for
survival for centuries. Even more so, a lot of these choices have become a staple food
for many cultures all around the world. For people to simply stop eating foods such as
bread, rice, cheese, and beans is plainly unfeasible.
Although the Paleo Diet has a lot of great features and healthy food choices, the drawbacks
cannot easily be ignored. Have you ever tried the Paleo Diet? Let us know about your experience
in the comment section below!