Weight Loss Advice For Beginners The Paleo Way.

Weight loss the Paleo way
The Paleolithic era was approximately 2.6 million years ago and during this time thePaleo Meat Meal
foods that were consumed would have been local to the population’s environment
and eaten in season. The Paleo diet would solely consist of meat and fish, fruits, vegetables and nuts, there were no grains or dairy available until much later. It is thought that as a result there were fewer incidences of degenerative diseases such as arthritis, cancer, osteoporosis and heart disease.

The introduction of agriculture as a means to grow food irrevocably changed the diet of the human species ended the Paleolithic way of life.

Paleo Diet benefits

The Paleo diet is also known as the ‘hunter gather diet’, ‘stone age diet’ and ‘cave
man diet’. It encourages one to replace dairy and grain products with fresh fruits,
vegetables, lean meat and fish. These foods are more nutritious and higher in
beneficial nutrients such as fiber, antioxidant vitamins (A, E & C), omega-3 and
monounsaturated fatty acids and low-glycemic index carbohydrates. Studies in
animals and small-scale human studies using the Paleo diet principles have found
positive correlations with improvement of insulin sensitivity, blood pressure and lipid
metabolism which points towards a promising therapeutic effect of the diet for weight
loss, preventing and managing cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other chronic
conditions. Our ancestors were likely to be consuming more calories and double the
amount of essential polyunsaturated fats and protein in comparison to what the
average person in the developed world consumes today. They were leaner, fitter and
skeletal evidence shows they had stronger bones and teeth. They also got more exercise too, find out how to exercise the Paleo way here.

A Paleolithic Diet shopping list includes:paleo meats

  • Meat ,including game meat & poultry
  • Vegetables (usually excluding corn and white potato and possibly sweet potato)
  • Fruits (usually in a limited quantity)
  • Nuts & Seeds
  • Water, coconut water and green or herbal teas.

 

Paleo Breakfast Ideas

Several ideas that will keep your blood sugar levels, energy and mood stable till lunchtime.

  • Bacon, eggs, avocado, mushrooms & tomato
  • An omelet with your choice of meat, vegetables, egg yolks as well as whites
  • Make a frittata with your favorite veggies and a little meat.

Paleo nutsNutrition Tips – Grains and Dairy

Grains such as wheat, oats, barley, quinoa and rice were not part of the Palaeolithic diet.
Neither were potatoes or legumes such as peanuts and beans. Grains and legumes contain a variety of anti-nutritional components such as lectins, saponins, and phytic acid. Lectins are like sugar-binding proteins that can irritate the lining of the gastrointestinal tract which then interferes with digestion and nutrient absorption. They are not broken down properly and leave large intact proteins in the gut. When these large, protein molecules enter our bloodstream, they are easily mistaken as foreign invaders like bacteria, viruses or parasites. When this happens, the immune system mounts an attack on those foreign proteins and makes antibodies against them. Thus creating inflammation at the cellular level and promoting health problems including autoimmune diseases. Quinoa, barley, buckwheat and spelt are better tolerated than gluten-containing grains such as wheat and rye so for those individuals that thrive better on grains may want to keep these in their diet. Dairy foods have been in our diet for around 7000 years. Milk has a protein called casein which is broken down in the digestive system to Casomorphin which has been linked to both diabetes and autism so reducing the amount of dairy we consume is probably a good thing.

Summary

The Paleo diet is not without controversy. Some health experts argue that humans have adapted to a broader diet and should include whole grains, dairy, and legumes. Others argue that human nutritional metabolism is not perfectly fine-tuned for these recently introduced staple foods, such as cereals, dairy products, salt and refined fats and sugar. What we do know is that as we migrated to different counties and continents our cultures and diets changed considerably. So including even 80% of the Paleo diet and getting back to our roots is still a positive move towards optimum health. The popularity of the Paleo diet does suggest that it’s successful at helping many people to lose weight and making them feel healthier.

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