What is the Paleo Diet?
Paleo or the Paleolithic Diet, also referred to as the caveman diet or hunter-gather diet, is a modern nutritional plan based on the presumed ancient diet of wild plants and animals consumed during the Paleolithic era. The modern version of this diet consists of fish, grass-fed meats, vegetables, fruit, fungi, roots, seeds and nuts. Excluded are grains, legumes, dairy products (except eggs), refined salt and sugar and processed oils.
The exclusion of all high sugar and processed foods is what makes this diet so successful. Removing high sugar foods results in lower and more balanced blood glucose levels which decreases insulin response and makes you less likely to store excess carbs as fat. Research shows that diets high in refined grains are positively associated with higher fasting blood glucose concentrations and a higher prevalence of the metabolic syndrome — a group of health problems that increase your risk of heart attack, stroke and diabetes. The Paleolithic Diet effectively addresses these types of issues.
How Do You Use the Paleo Diet?
The Paleo Diet breaks down as follows: 56-65% of energy from animal foods and 36-45% from plant foods. The recommendation is that you opt for macronutrient ratios high in protein (19-35%), low in carbohydrates (22-40%), with a moderate to high fat intake (28-58%). Because of the restrictions on dairy and grains, this diet can be a bit more challenging to keep up with then other diets. The Paleo Diet means that easy protein sources like whey and yogurt and carb options like oatmeal are off the table. It takes planning and, for some, supplementation to get all the nutrients your body requires.
What Can You Expect?
The Paleo Diet has a similar macronutrient ratio to most diets that result in fat loss and muscle-building–high in protein and low in carbs. Research supports the use of low carbohydrate, high protein diets to stimulate fat loss, reduce cravings, induce satiety and lower the insulin response while also maintaining lean muscle. The restrictions of this diet can result in more prep work than you might be used to, but the result is rapid fat-burning and weight loss.
What Supplements Should I Use on a Paleo Diet?
Because it can be difficult to get all the nutrients your body needs while on the Paleo Diet, we recommend incorporating a complete source of protein like VEGAN FREAK. VEGAN FREAK also includes a superfood support blend to fuel energy production and overall health. If you’ve struggled with this type of restrictive diet in the path, VEGAN FREAK can be the key to sticking to your resolutions and reaching your goals this time around!