There are many different types of diets out there that have helped people to lose weight or look a certain way, but few of them have been as rooted in our past and the evolution of human beings as the Paleo diet.
As one might expect, the diet revolves around providing food in the form that is closest to what our Paleolithic ancestors might have had. This is done in order to create an environment that is closer to what our bodies are able to handle. Nonetheless, it is important to see whether the Paleo diet is actually right for you.
What is the Paleo Diet?
The first thing to understand when contemplating any kind of diet is whether or not the diet is for you. If you find that is actually not worthwhile after finding out the specifics of the diet, that is better than trying to do something that makes you miserable. To understand the basics of the Paleo diet, you cannot eat anything that a hunter-gatherer would not have been able to find. This means that you will predominantly eat meat and vegetables with a decent amount of healthy fats as well.
Foods that are on the Paleo diet are typically higher in protein and fat and lower in carbohydrates. To get a lot of calories on this diet, you have to overeat by a lot or just have excessive meat. In most cases, it is not easy to get a lot of carbohydrates while on the Paleo diet unless you are eating dates, sweet potatoes, or bananas all day long. Most Paleo dieters do not even eat the bananas for this reason.
Trying Paleo Yourself
If you want to try Paleo yourself, it is important that you take the time to understand what it entails and give the proper chance it deserves. That means you should go to the store with a list of ingredients, buy all the food that you need, and see whether it is something you can handle. Give it a short period of time, such as a month with the Whole 30 phenomenon, and decide afterwards whether it is good for you.
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