The Paleo Diet: The Basics

The Paleo diet is one of the most recent crazes to sweep the health world. You may have heard of it. You may have tried it. Most of us are still learning about it. So, here is a crash course to teach you the basics.

caveman paleo dietThe Paleo Diet: What is it?

The Paleo diet is also known as the “hunter-gatherer diet”, the “caveman diet” or the “stone age diet”. It is a modern diet whose diet plan is based on the presumption that the hominid species (during the Paleolithic era) had a diet of wild plants and animals.

The Diet of Cavemen

This Paleo diet weight loss program mimics this ancestral diet, in that it copies the diets of our Stone Age ancestors during the caveman days.

During this historical period, grains and agriculture had not yet been discovered. The agriculture revolution had an impact on diet and human beings became more dependent on agriculture and mostly grains (which constitute pasta, corn, rice, bread corn etc.). The diet presumes that between the Stone Age and the current time, humans have become more prone to disease and weight gain because of grains and processed foods.

The problem with grains

The Paleo diet asserts that grains are not beneficial in a diet, and that modern day obesity is fueled by having grains in our diet. Some grains are composed of carbohydrates. When eaten, the carbohydrates turn to glucose (which is a source of energy to enable body functions). However, if the glucose is in excess, it is converted and stored as body fat.

In addition, the diet insinuates that some grains cause medical snags. These grains contain gluten and lectins. Glutens can develop medical conditions such as joint pain, acid reflux, dermatitis and reproductive problems. Lectins on the other hand are natural toxins that can be harmful to the gastrointestinal tract when consumed. They stop the tract from healing and repairing itself from tear and wear.

Next Time: Paleo Details

Now that we’ve explained the basics of the Paleo Diet, check out our next post to see what foods are a part of it. We’ll show you why people take on the diet filled with fruits, vegetables and protein. See how this diet benefits your health and how it can help you lose weight.

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