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How the Paleo (Caveman) Diet Works
The Paleo Diet is designed to take participants back to the Paleolithic age of the caveman. Basically, if the caveman didn’t have access to it then you aren’t supposed to allow yourself access to it either. That means no more refined sugars of any kind, no dairy products, no grains, and no legumes.
What you can have is plenty of meat, fish, poultry, vegetables, and fruits. However, there is no specific guide as to how much of the caveman food you are supposed to eat on a daily basis. Instead, the Paleo Diet allows participants to mold their own diet plans according to their specific goals.
Do Dieters Lose Weight on the Paleo Diet?
Much like other high protein diets, dieters on the Paleo Diet tend to have most of their weight loss success up front. However, the long term weight loss success is subject to debate. Unfortunately, the Paleo Diet is still somewhat new and doesn’t have many studies that have been conducted on it. However, one study in particular shows only moderate weight loss in the first three weeks (about five pounds) with no weight loss and/or weight gain after eight weeks.
Additionally, exercise is highly recommended with the Paleo Diet. So, the weight loss that did occur is even more suspect as anyone who goes from no exercise to even moderate exercise will likely lose some weight in the short term regardless of their diet.
Is the Paleo Diet Easy to Follow?
For the Paleo Diet to be considered “easy” to follow you have to have a tremendous amount of willpower. Because you are restricted greatly in what you can and can’t have while on the Paleo Diet your urges will likely be kicking in full force. It might sound great to say you can eat all the steak and chicken your body can handle, but that can get old in a hurry and leave you with the urge to have a sugary treat that is simply not allowed.
You also have to get used to eating in a different way. Breadless burgers for example are something that will take some getting used to and for some that just isn’t worth the aggravation.
Not only is the Paleo Diet a hard one to follow, but it is also a pricey one too. The fact that you have to come up with your own meal plans kind of makes the whole thing a big hassle and having to buy lots of meats and produce is not going to be easy on your food budget. The Paleo Diet is one that likely died with the cavemen for a reason.