The Paleo Diet has become very popular among health enthusiasts in recent years. Despite the diet itself being thousands of years old, there still remain various misconceptions about the diet.
If you’re considering starting the Paleo diet, you’ll want these misconceptions cleared up before you make your final decision. Also, you might be interested to know more about various aspects of the diet that can help you make a well-informed decision.
Paleo Is More of a Lifestyle Than a Diet
Many people presume that the Paleo Diet is much like other fad diets that come and go. The truth is, the Paleo Diet is not a fad diet at all. In fact, it’s much more of a lifestyle change.
Because the Paleo diet isn’t overly restrictive and hard to implement, it’s often considered a more sustainable diet that’s easier to adhere to than other popular diets. Along with being easier to follow and implement, there are no strict meal plans on the Paleo Diet.
Instead, the diet encourages individuals to consume foods that were around and available during the Paleolithic era and to avoid dairy products, grains, and processed foods that were introduced during the Agricultural revolution or later. The idea is that bringing diets back to what humans ate for thousands of years will help optimize health and prevent some modern diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and more.
Another aspect of the Paleo lifestyle includes going back to moving like Paleolithic humans. Because they were largely hunter-gatherers, they moved and exercised extensively throughout the day to hunt and look for food. Along with this, they spent the majority of their time outdoors.
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Because of this, an important part of the Paleo lifestyle includes increased exercise and time spent outdoors breathing Paleo Air. If you can’t get outside because of a busy schedule, the beneficial plant secondary metabolites found in Paleo Air can also be experienced aromatically through using essential oils in a room or personal diffusers.
Extensive Studies Back the Paleo Diet
Previously, it might have been difficult to find a lot of research indicating whether or not the Paleo Diet is effective. Today, however, you’ll be able to find all kinds of scientific studies that testify to the effectiveness of the Paleo Diet.
For example, one study that shows that the Paleo Diet can effectively improve glucose tolerance more than a Mediterranean-like diet for individuals suffering from ischemic heart disease.1
There is also evidence that shows that implementation of the Paleo Diet can have many favorable short-term effects on healthy individuals.2 The healthy subjects in this study experienced weight loss, body mass index reduction, and other favorable results.
Another study has also concluded that the Paleo Diet can have beneficial effects on type 2 diabetes patients by effectively reducing cardiovascular risk factors.3
Paleo Isn’t a High-Fat Diet
One of the main misconceptions about the Paleo Diet is that it’s strictly a high-fat diet. While it is true that you’ll consume a lot more fat on the Paleo Diet than the standard American diet, it doesn’t necessarily encourage too much fat intake. Because there are no specific macronutrient requirements to follow while you’re on the Paleo Diet, you can change your fat consumption to whatever you feel comfortable with.
Paleo Doesn’t Restrict Calories
While you are likely to lose weight on the Paleo Diet, you are not going to be dealing with restrictions like you’re probably used to when you’re implementing fad diets to achieve weight loss. Weight loss is more of a positive consequence of the Paleo diet than the primary goal.
The main reason you’re going to experience weight loss by switching to a Paleo diet is that you’ll be tasked with avoiding processed foods, sugary foods and beverages, and dairy. However, despite cutting out these food groups, the diet doesn’t advocate for calorie restriction, meaning you’ll be able to eat as much as you’d like until you’re full.
Because you’ll be eating largely whole foods full of natural and healthy nutrients, you’re not going to feel the need to overeat and experience fewer cravings than usual.
Paleo Doesn’t Have to Break the Bank
Another misconception about the Paleo diet is that the diet itself is inherently expensive compared to other diets. However, there are plenty of ways to cut down on the total amount of money that you end up having to spend if you’re going to Paleo.
For instance, you can begin to shop at local farmer’s markets or online marketplaces selling natural products at wholesale prices. Another good way to save money when following the Paleo Diet is to purchase your food in bulk as much as possible.
Additionally, it’s okay to purchase non-organic foods to save money when it makes sense to do so. However, some of the foods that you should spend extra money to ensure its organic are strawberries, spinach, apples, grapes, cherries, peaches, pears, celery, potatoes, and nectarines.4
Improvement Takes Time
One important thing to note about the Paleo Diet and lifestyle going into it is the amount of time that it might take for your body to adjust to it. If your body is completely trained to use carbohydrates as your primary fuel source, you might find it more difficult to adjust to the lack of carbohydrates in your diet. This period is typically referred to as the Keto flu or Carb flu.5
Luckily, your body will begin to adapt to getting fewer carbohydrates, and your natural genetics will kick in. This will allow you to begin to feel much better while following the diet and lifestyle over time.
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