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The Paleo Diet – Does It Really Work?


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The Paleo Diet – Does It Really Work?

A few months ago, I took up running. Started on a Couch 2 5K plan and after 9 weeks was easily running for 30 minutes. I can now run 15 km with relative easy. I found however, and this is not really a surprise, that my few kilos of excess weight was not really disappearing. The fitness industry rants on about how long aerobic sessions are the way to lose weight. It helps but resistance training and modifications to ones eating habits really do the trick.

I did some research on the web and came across Loren Cordain’s book, The Paleo Diet. Ordered a copy, liked what I read and duly started to follow the pattern.

I’ve always been interested in health, fitness and why modern humans succumb to so much illness, disease, obesity, allergies etc. It turns out that we are Stone-Age people living in a modern world of processed food, laziness, poor work environments etc. The human genome has only changed 0.02% in the last 40 thousand years. Those people, of which we are the offspring ate a diet consisting mainly of meat, vegetables, nuts and fruit. They may have eaten some grass seeds (of which wheat is a modern version), but only in very small quantities. Modern use of grains didn’t start until 10 thousand years ago with the first farms in the Middle East.

So, modern humans are eating foods that the human body has not evolved to eat. We’re poisoning ourselves and shortening our lives. Appreciated, ancient people probably had shorter lifespans, but they were lean and athletic, able to chase animals for long distances. We as modern humans should embrace the diet of old and take advantage of the modern developments in medicine to allow ourselves to live long healthy lives. It’s amazing how many people get into their late 60′s and for them life is nearly over. Their muscles waste, the stoop, their demeanor is that of a beaten person heading towards death. This is not the way it should be.

The Paleo diet revolves around eating lean meat, fruit and vegetables (not root or starchy veggies) with each meal. Eggs are allowed as are nuts and small amounts of dried fruit. Grains, pulse and dairy are all out. You can have a cheat meal or two per week, but if you have a lot of weight to lose, I’d restrict that to just one. Drink plenty of water. I’d advise using a program like Fitday (free) to monitor all you eat for a couple of weeks to make sure you are getting the calories and nutrients you need. After that just go with the flow.

I eat a lot of stir frys and love them, curries can be made easily. There is wealth of recipes available online, and the book also has plenty.

I will write another article soon going more into depth about how I eat, but I have lost 7 kg with ease over the last 3 months, I was only 7 my desired weight so it was easy. If you’re a lot bigger, the weight will shift with ease.

Take a look at the book, consult your doctor if you think you need to, and enjoy easy weight loss with out the hunger.

Steve has been writing articles for nearly 4 years and is passionate about health, fitness and travel.
Come visit his latest website over at http//24bathroomvanity.org which helps people find the best 24 Bathroom Vanity and information when remodelling a bathroom


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