Can emulating our cavemen ancestors prove to be the key to achieving weight loss in our modern age? A new study says yes, with research indicating that the Paleolithic diet is twice as effective for weight loss than other diets, reported the UK Telegraph on April 1.
The Swedish scientists who conducted the study discovered that women following a Paleo diet shed twice as many pounds in six months. In addition, they lost more inches around their waist.
The group who followed the caveman diet ate vegetables, fruit and lean meat. They avoided grains, refined sugars, salt and dairy. The other group consumed a Nordic diet that included grains, low-fat dairy, fish, fruit and beans.
What precisely does the Paleo diet include? Dr. Loren Cordain, a leading expert on the evolutionary basis of diet and disease, offers this list of foods to eat:
- Grass-produced meats
- Fresh fruits and veggies
- Nuts and seeds
- Healthful oils (Olive, walnut, flaxseed, macadamia, avocado, coconut)
Dr. Cordain authored “The Paleo Diet Revised: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Foods You Were Designed to Eat” (click for details) and “The Paleo Answer: 7 Days to Lose Weight, Feel Great, Stay Young.” He emphasizes that when it comes to the do’s and don’ts of the Paleo lifestyle, avoiding processed foods is critical for health and weight loss success.
In addition, this list of food is on the “avoid” side of the scale for Paleo dieters, says Dr. Cordain:
- Cereal grains
- Legumes (including peanuts)
- Refined sugar
- Processed foods
- Refined vegetable oils
When it comes to questions about the Paleo diet, the issue of why dairy is on the “avoid” list frequently arises. Dr. Cordain explains: Read more