The Paleo diet, a.k.a the caveman diet, is the latest weight-loss trend that everyone seems to be talking about – but what actually is it?
In brief it’s a nutritional plan based on the presumed diet of Paleolithic people.
Both the fossil record and studies of contemporary hunter-gatherer cultures suggest our paleolithic forebears enjoyed excellent health: they were lean, fit and apparently free from chronic disease. The benefits of mimicking their lifestyle are undeniable.
“Those who walk the Paleo road report near effortless weight loss, new-found vitality, and often miraculous resolution of the most dire health issues; however, even the most dedicated ‘Paleo purists’ hit a wall. Weight loss stalls. Symptoms persist. Energy flags. People tire of restrictive eating” he writes.