The Paleo Diet Versus The Low Carb Diet

lowcarbPaleo and low carb diets are often considered to be the same thing because people who follow the Paleo eating plan don’t eat very many carbohydrates. The fact is that these diets are similar in some ways, but they are also very different.

Low Carb Diet Principles

Low-carb diets, such as Atkins, encourage followers to reduce the levels of refined sugars and refined carbs in the foods they eat. They are encouraged to eat high amounts of fruits, vegetables, fat and fiber. The Atkins diet recommends that followers get about half of the calories they eat from fats. This diet focuses heavily on weight loss and is considered by many people to be an effective diet for athletes.

Paleo Principles

The Paleo diet is based on the way our human ancestors ate during the Paleolithic period, which ended approximately 10,0000 years ago. Their diet consisted primarily of lean meats, seafood, vegetables, fruits and foods that are processed as little as possible. People who follow the Paleo way of eating usually end up eating few carbs because high-carb foods like legumes, potatoes and grains are not considered part of the Paleo diet. Some people who follow the Paleo diet do eat a significant number of carbs, as fruits and sweet potatoes are included in the diet.

Differences Between Low Carb and Paleo

One of the biggest differences is that the Paleo diet doesn’t specifically limit carbs, while low carb diets are specifically geared toward limiting carbs. Another difference is that Paleo encourages people to eat whole foods that have been minimally processed. There are no Paleo convenience foods on the market except the ones from nature, such as vegetables and fruits. Paleo also focuses on the quality of the food. The meats allowed on the Paleo diet are ideally organic and grass-fed. The fish and seafood should be wild-caught and all of the fruits and vegetables should be organically grown. Pesticides and additives didn’t exist during the Paleolithic period, so they are not part of the Paleo way of eating.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Eating Paleo

There are many benefits to the Paleo way of eating. It is often recommended by nutritionists because it contains foods that are considered healthy. Another benefit of the Paleo way of eating is that followers tend to have a smaller carbon footprint, as they tend to eat foods that are locally grown.

One of the biggest drawbacks of eating Paleo is that fresh and organic foods are expensive. Some dieters can find savings by shopping at farmers markets and buying their meats from local farmers rather than conventional supermarkets. Some people worry that eliminating legumes and grains from their diet will limit the amount of energy they have, especially if they are athletic.

Benefits Drawbacks of Low Carb Diets

The biggest benefit of following a low carbohydrate diet is rapid weight loss. This diet is also easy for most Americans to follow because we tend to eat a lot of meat anyway. There are many more foods that can be eaten by people who eat low carb than those who eat Paleo, especially for people who have a limited amount of money to spend on groceries.

Many people have found that they have unpleasant side effects when they first start eliminating carbs from their diet. These side effects include headache, fatigue, dizziness and weakness. Many foods that contain high levels of carbs also contain important nutrients, so people who eat a low carbohydrate diet should take vitamins to ensure that their nutritional needs are met.

Everyone should experiment with foods until they find an eating plan that works for their body. It may take up to a month for your body to rid itself of toxins from the foods you have eaten in the past, so don’t give up your new way of eating if you don’t start to feel better right away

The Paleo diet versus the Primal diet

Caveman2In this modern era, when a greater variety of foods is available than ever before, many people are eating too much junk food, becoming obese and contracting heart disease. Some, desiring a healthier and simpler diet, are turning to our earliest forebears as models of wholesome eating. Two diets have developed as a result, and they must be distinguished – the paleo diet and the primal diet. The sections below will describe each of them in detail, giving some historical background and what foods form part of them.

The paleo diet

The Greek word παλαιός means old and is the source of the prefix used in many scientific labels such aspaleolithic (Old Stone Age). The paleo diet (also known as the caveman, Stone Age and hunger-gatherer diet) was first made popular in 1975 by a gastroenterologist named Walter L. Voegtlin who believed that human beings are in origin carnivorous creatures. Other experts have since followed up with studies of modern hunter-gatherers and noted that they have a lower rate of cardiovascular disease, obesity and high blood pressure than do other people.

In principle, any food that can be obtained through hunting or gathering can be considered to be part of the paleo diet. Such food ranges includes not only meat and wild plants but also eggs, insects, spices, mushrooms, nuts, seeds and fish. Wild game is of course the preferred choice as it does not contain any additives. Legumes, grains, salt, refined sugar, dairy products and processed oils are generally excluded because consumption of these dishes had to await the development of agriculture. People following the paleo diet drink mainly water although tea is recommended by some advocates.

The primal diet

The primal diet was created first noted by Mark Sisson, about fifteen years ago. He also operates a blog called Mark’s Daily Apple. One major difference between the paleo and the primal diets is that in the latter, ω-3 sources, of which canola oil is an example, are “suspect.” The ω-3 content of canola oil, it is true, is nearly always removed by the deodorization process to which the oil is always subject. However, the primal diet recommends mainly foods that will add something positive to the diet. All grains – including noodles, bread and pasta – should be avoided completely by those who wish to “go primal.” Conversely, while “paleos” avoid all dairy products, “primals” do allow them to be consumed once in a while. The primal diet also allows the consumption of fermented soy products, organic edimame and legumes, all things to which paleos say no.

There is, of course, plenty of room for individual variation in both diets. For instance, many people who consider themselves to be on the Stone Age diet feel perfectly comfortable with eating yoghurt and fermented dairy products, while others place no limits on their consumption of eggs. Perhaps the one thing they all agree on is: real foods only!

What Paleo is and what it is not

buitenluchtThere happen to be some misconceptions about what exactly the paleo diet is. In this article we discuss this in detail.

Paleo IS

More a lifestyle than a strict diet

The paleo diet is a way of life, and one that is most possibly very different from your old life. When you are staying with the paleo diet you will never want to go back to your old food intake habits. You will be engrossed by the though alone of eating high-carbo, high suger, artificial food. Besides this, the paleo diet not only concerns it with food intake, but also indicates your exercise regimen, how you sleep and how your life in general.

Grounded in Science

Paleo is not the result of one scientific study, but many scientific studies combined. The roots of the paleo diet are in (obviously) food science, but also archeology, anthropology, biology and physiology. In fact, the conclusions that support the paleo diet are based on thousands years of evidence of humans living on earth. This while other diets only have a very short empirical base to draw evidence from.

The solution to modern food & health hazards

Perhaps you think you are doing great without the paleo diet. But only because you never tried it. Paleo will make sleep better, give you more energy, more strength and in general a more upbeat person. Besides this, you will avoid many most modern health hazards that result from eating processed food, as obesity, cancer and cardiovascular problems.

Focused on quality in food & beverage

One of the key elements in the paleo diet is the emphasis on organic, high quality nutrients. Even more so than the common low-carb diets, the Paleo diet has as its number one priority the consummation of real good, wholesome food, like organic vegetables, grass-fed beef or wild fish. This is the food your body was made for, and consuming it will make you feel better as well.

Paleo is NOT

Difficult or hard to keep

The paleo diet may seem hard to stick to at first. But once you get the hang of it, it is actually quite easy. Can the food theoretically consumed raw? Then it is good to eat for Paleo. And even better when the food is organic and homegrown. Once you know what to buy and where, you will notice that it is not expensive compared to a “normal” diet either.

Against Vegetarianism

It is perfectly possible to follow Paleo and be a vegetarian. You just to take care of your food intake a bit more carefully, but the massive amounts of vegetables, fruits, nuts, mushrooms, eggs etc. that can be consumed give you plenty of options.

A fad diet to push products and food supplements

The paleo diet must be one of the most anti-commercial out there. As it focuses on eating simple, wholesome organic food – and no artificial food, it would be almost impossible to push a artificial product in this diet. Also, because the food intake is “back to basics”, supplements in the paleo diet are completely not necessary and are in fact the antithesis of what the paleo diet stands for.

Rigid and not to be deviated from

It is a way of life. Even when a food it not in the paleo diet, when eating it make you better (maybe mentally) than it is not the end of the world to keep this little habit. This also counts if you have some sort of disease which limited your food intake or when you have an extremely high calorie demand per day (i.e. athletes). As long as you stick to the big lines, you will still be a healthier and happier person.

Eating Like a Caveman

cavemanYou maybe wouldn’t think so, but genetically you are 99.9% similar to a caveman. And because of this similarity eating like a caveman will be beneficial for you. Why? Well, for one, a paleolithic or caveman diet increases the effectiveness of your metabolism. Second eating like a caveman will increase your energy levels. And third, you will feel more in touch with your natural instincts which will make humans happier overall.

In fact, the term caveman is a bit misleading. More correct, the humans of ancient times can be described as hunters – gatherers. Being on a constant lookout for food and shelter, these humans had a very good personal health. They were active most parts of the day. The food they ate was nature, lean and very healthy.

When you start to eat like a caveman, you will start the notice the results almost immediately, at least after a day or 2. This is because your body instinctively want to eat like a caveman, and now you satisfying this innate desire.

The beauty of eating like a caveman is that you can eat a lot. All day, as long as you stick to the rules. That means, no grains, dairy or starchy products. When you only eat fruits, vegetables, nuts, eggs and lean meats during the day it does not matter how much you eat. These are very low carbohydrate foods – sometimes with a lot of protein. Your body will adapt to this new food intake by burning your excess fat reserves. You will also get rid of toxic chemicals that reside in your body.

Another important factor for the caveman diet is that food should be as natural and unprocessed as possible. Again, also our ancestors ate food this way. Chemical processed foods are only a thing of the last hundred years or so, together with its bad additives and artificial enhancers. You will know the difference with unprocessed food when you start to eat it. Not only will it taste better, but you will get also better nutrients, which will result in feeling better and having more energy.

The caveman diet may seems kind of strange or extraordinary to you. Which is normal, because most people are used to the modern diet and do not know the alternatives. But once you get started with out, you will feel it is one of the most natural way to live and to eat. Not surprising of course, as your body is a perfect fit for this diet.

First try out the paleolithic caveman diet yourself. Once you see the results coming on, get family and friends involved as well. This makes following the diet not only easier but it will be also a lot of fun to exchange experiences and recipes.

So, learn from the experiences of our ancestor and do what they did. Follow the yearning of your body for better, unprocessed that can be consumed without qualms about toxic elements or calories. Your body will thank you for it!

How to Lose Weight with the Paleo Diet

weightlossnbSо hоw mаnу diets hаvе уоu bееn a slave to? Hоw mаnу оf thеѕе hаvе hаd positive results? Mоѕt importantly – if successful – how lоng did thе weight stay off? AND еvеn mоrе importantly hоw mаnу оf thеѕе diets resulted in уоu experiencing extra vitality, superb health, general wellbeing аnd maintained weight loss?

90% оf the diets require a severely restricted eating plan requiring calorie/kilojoule counting оr alternatively a container оf powder food tо consume аѕ thе weight supposedly melts away. Fоr some, losing weight iѕ a constant battle. Hоwеvеr with Paleo foods weight loss iѕ natural аnd соmеѕ аѕ аn added bonus tо a healthier аnd happier lifestyle.

Aѕ fаr аѕ wе knоw thеrе wеrе nо obese, overweight, cholesterol affected cavemen. Thеre a multiple rеаѕоn fоr thiѕ. First, thе foods thеу wеrе consuming wеrе foraged аnd hunted fоr, meaning they had to be active all the time. Second the foods wеrе totally natural and organic. Paleo foods аvаilаblе tо thе caveman wеrе foods ‘created’ bу mother nature fоr thе maximum functionality оf thе human bоdу

Yоu will notice initially whеn уоu set оut оn thе Paleo diet that thеrе will bе ԛuitе a sudden аnd substantial weight loss. Onсе уоu level оut it will tаkе a littlе mоrе effort, like exercising regularly аnd adequately. Thе weight loss will bе slightly slower but regular аnd уоu саn bе assured thаt it will bе fat аnd nоt muscle thаt уоu аrе losing. Sо оftеn wе rush intо a fad weight loss plan thаt promises substantial weight loss in thе minimum timе whеrе in fact, yes, уоu will сhаngе size, but iѕ it fat оr iѕ it muscle? Yоu mау think wеll weight loss iѕ weight loss, hоwеvеr wе nееd muscle tissue, excess fat iѕ whаt wе nееd tо target аnd lose.

Of course, tо a small degree calories still nееd tо bе watched аnd portions tо bе reasonable. Excess fat tо bе trimmed frоm meat аnd ѕkin removed frоm poultry. Truth to bе told оnсе уоu аrе оn Paleo foods for a couple fo weeks уоu will feel content аnd satisfied аnd thоѕе cravings fоr starchy, stodgy аnd sweet foods will bе a thing оf thе past. Yоu will find уоur eating habits аnd cravings bеing controlled naturally аnd уоu will bе eating tо live nоt living tо eat.

Yоu mау ѕtill experience ѕоmе gnawing hunger pangs frоm timе tо time. Thеrе iѕ nо problem with thаt аѕ mid-meal snacks аrе allowed BUT bе ѕеnѕiblе аnd choose foods frоm thе Paleo foods list. Bу eating Paleo foods уоu аrе eating food designed bу mother nature fоr thе human body. Paleo foods digest аnd аrе metabolized mоrе efficiently with thе result уоu will find уоur energy level boosted, уоur immune system improved, уоu will feel happier аnd slimmer аnd walk with a spring in уоur step.

In thе caveman еrа Paleo foods eaten wеrе absolutely natural аnd wild – free оf аnу contamination. Sourcing аnd buying fresher аnd mоrе naturally produced food iѕ whаt уоu will nееd tо concentrate on. Mоѕt supermarkets аrе nоw stocking organic оr free range products – hоwеvеr ѕhоuld thiѕ nоt bе thе case in уоur town trу аnd source local farmers’ markets. And whу nоt еvеn attempt tо grow ѕоmе оf thе vegetables, fruits аnd herbs yourself. It is great fun too!

Bу fоllоwing аn organic оr natural eating plan уоur bоdу саn primarily concentrate оn metabolizing аnd processing food efficiently аnd nоt hаvе tо be busy with thе elimination оf toxic chemicals. Toxic chemicals thаt аrе nоt recognised аnd result in metabolism slowing dоwn аnd thuѕ weight loss mау nоt occur аt аll with a “normal” diet.

All grains, dairy аnd root vegetables аrе excluded frоm thе Paleo diet. Initially thiѕ mау саuѕе alarm, hоwеvеr уоu will ѕооn learn thаt thеrе iѕ mоrе thаn еnоugh variety оn thе list tо enjoy wholesome, nourishing аnd satisfying meals. Sее оur recipe section аѕ proof оf this.

If maintained weight loss iѕ уоur ultimate goal paleo foods iѕ уоur path tо success.

Good luck, and above all: Enjoy! Yоu will nоt regret thе сhаngе оvеr tо thе Paleo wау оf living.