Paleo is short for Paleolithic
Paleo is a concept for eating commonly called the “Paleo Diet” that avoids certain foods that are typical in our modern diet. The concept of Paleo is that our bodies haven’t had time to evolve to properly handle many of the foods we currently eat. The foods our bodies haven’t evolved to eat are grains, legumes, refined sugars, dairy products and salt.
There are variations on this diet and they are called variously the Paleo Diet, the Caveman Diet, the Stone Age diet, hunter-gatherer diet and the primal diet. There may be variations on what each of these diets allow but in general they are pretty close to the same.
What are the advantages of “going Paleo”?
Going Paleo is basically a decision to make a lifestyle change. It’s not something that should be approached as a typical diet is. The idea behind the Paleo lifestyle isn’t that you’ll make a temporary change and then change again in a few months once you’ve lost a little weight. The advantages of going Paleo are actually quite a few.
The first and best advantage for many people is weight loss. I personally had plateaued on my weight loss goals until I switched to a Paleo diet. The great thing about this diet is, in my experience, you can eat as much as you want. Basically any time I’m hungry I can eat. It’s what you eat that matters. When I’m hungry I’ll usually snack on vegetables or fruits. I like to keep a bag of carrots and a bag of broccoli and cauliflower around. If I’m hungry I just munch on those.
Another stated advantage of many people who have switched is better sleep. Eating things we are biologically wired to digest makes our bodies work more efficiently. Once your body is working more efficiently the likelihood you’ll rest better increases.
There are multiple claims the eating Paleo also helps with things like acne, depression, Celiac’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, type 2 diabetes and a few other ailments. I’ve found testimonies on various sites that back up these claims. I don’t personally suffer from any of these ailments so I can’t personally say.
The last advantage is for people who are lactose intolerant. Since eating Paleo excludes dairy products it’s a great diet for people who are lactose intolerant. I used to have a glass of milk shortly before bed and I’ve switched to a glass of Almond milk. It really hasn’t had an ill effect.
Does it work?
Every testimony I’ve seen from anyone who has seriously switched to Paleo indicates it does. I’ve personally had good success so far. I’ve lost an additional 10 pounds in 4 weeks by eating Paleo. In general I feel MUCH better and I have more energy on a daily basis.
So, what is Paleo? It’s a lifestyle change to a hunter gatherer diet. It’s a commitment to eat foods that are more natural and therefore healthier. It’s a means to alleviate many modern ailments that have recently started plaguing man. I encourage anyone who wants to lose weight or feel more energetic to at least give Paleo a try.