Statistical data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that more than 79 million people and this is approximately one-third of the adult population in the United States suffer from chronic ailments that include Type II diabetes, heart ailments, and obesity. As such, more and more people are turning to diet plans that will help them to shed those extra kilos and assist them in achieving the ideal BMI or the Body Mass Index.
In this write up, we will talk about the paleo diet, which is one of the diet plans that many people have turned to in order to lose extra weight. But how effective is this diet and few other essential aspects of the same has been discussed here.
Essence of paleo diet plan
This diet follows the concept of food consumption that was followed by the cavemen. It says that during the era of cavemen, they used to eat only that was found in nature and not food stuff that appeared as a result of agricultural processes or any human invented processes for food production. As such, it does not make sense in having man made food products now. So, you will not be able to consume dairy products and grains aside from few other food groups. This becomes extremely difficult for any dieting individual to follow as he will be deprived of the essential nutrients that are offered by these food groups. This will eventually lead to vitamin, nutrient, and mineral deficiency. However, as far as weight loss is concerned, you can at least try this and find out for yourself.
Fast facts on paleo diet plan
Given below are few thoughts and ideas expressed by experts on this diet plan.
- As per a study that was conducted on this diet plan, it was found that most of the participants lost as much as 5 pounds within a span of 3 weeks. However, this could not be empowered by concrete evidence.
- As per study report provided in the Cell Metabolism journal, 19 obese men and women were asked to embark upon a low-carb diet and low fat diet for a period of 14 days (2 weeks). It was found that the ones on low-carb diet lost more weight and the low fat dieting individuals shed more body fat.
- Although it might be a good diet plan for the ones that are planning to lose weight, however, experts are of the opinion that removing entire groups of food types like dairy and grains as mentioned above might deprive individuals of the nutrients, which will in turn lead to malnutrition or mineral and vitamin deficiency. Moreover, this type of diet is being considered not as safe.
An important factor that is applicable in case of all diet plans is that just following and making changes to food habits will not suffice, it is important to exercise regularly. In this case, brisk walking can help you to a great extent and you will be able to attain the ideal body weight over a period of time. But nutritionally you have to keep a tab on your dietary requirements.