Strong Back-up Studies Of Paleo Diet’s Effectiveness
Is The Paleo Diet Effective?
The Paleo diet has been getting a lot of press lately. The diet program is getting its fair share of flak and accolades because there have been proponents and critics that equally throw in their two cents worth of opinion.
However there have been studies conducted recently that would attest to the effectiveness of low-carbohydrate diets such as Paleo.
Paleo is considered a low-carbohydrate diet just like Atkins™ and also South Beach. The main concept of Paleo is to eat only the allowed foods and stay away from the foods that were never eaten by the caveman.
Eating like a caveman means eating no simple sugars, dairy, processed foods and refined foods that have been wreaking havoc on the health prospects of the modern man. Check out my favorite company, Paleohacks for many wonderful cookbooks and resources to help you with your Paleo journey.
In the issue of Obesity Reviews that came out in November of 2012, researchers found out that there are no cardiovascular risk factors coming from low-carbohydrate diets. It seems that low-carbohydrate diets are effective in reducing weight. There was a meta-analysis done on the data coming from more than a thousand obese test subjects which showed that there is significant weight loss observed in patients who observed a low-carbohydrate diet plan. The total body mass index, the belly fat and circumference and even the blood pressure all showed some normalcy and were reduced.
In the same study there were significantly lower insulin levels including blood sugar levels observed. However the creatinine and the low-density lipoprotein did not change as there were limited data concerning uric acid contents in the blood.
When you eat Paleo, remember to buy, organic, grass-fed meat, wild-caught fish, cage-free poultry and eggs, coconut or almond milk and flours and grass-fed butter. There are some wonderful recipes from a company call Wellness Bakery for some real yummy baked goods and how about a nice indoor grill from Hamilton Beach to cook your meats, poultry and fish on!
Conclusions of These Studies
The conclusion of this recent study is that adhering to a low-carbohydrate diet such as the Paleo may have beneficial effects to the body weight and could lower cardiovascular risks. However, there is a need for further study on long-term health issues. Also, the low-carbohydrate study did not measure the increase in fat and protein content as part of the shift in the macronutrients consumption as a result of the lowered carbohydrate absorption.
On the other hand, researchers from the John Hopkins Medical Center reported in November 2012 in a scientific session that a low-carbohydrate diet can help the body reduce inflammation. This is the first study that validated the claim of the Paleo diet that it can reduce inflammation which is the reason for the modern diseases.
An increase in inflammation in the body can lead to increased risks of strokes and heart disease. The increased ability of forming blood clots can interfere with normal blood flow which can lead to injuries and possibly death.
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
The study that was funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute showed that a diet that is high in fat or protein does not interfere with the ability of the body to lower inflammation as long as there is weight loss.
Low-carb diet participants reported a greater drop in the body mass index and better reduction in belly fat and better aerobic fitness including more significant weight loss. The group also participated in an exercise program three times a week. We still have to move. The Cavemen were hunters and gatherers and moved in search of food and shelter to keep their families safe, warm and fed.
The two recent studies prove that there is sense in eating fewer carbohydrates and to let fats take over the macronutrient needs of the body. This is consistent with the idea of eating the foods that the body is meant to eat. It is becoming more and more well known that fats are good for the body and aid in losing weight. High fat is the basis of the Keto diet which is now making the rounds.
After all, it worked for our ancestors why will it not work for us?
Low-carb diets have been around for awhile. This article names a few of the more popular ones, Atkins and South Beach. Paleo diet’s effectiveness is backed up by scientific studies and, is in my opinion an easier way to go. You eat real food and not packaged food that has preservatives and whatever else. Sooner or later, you will stop buying the packaged foods and will need to translate what you eat into real food. The Paleo diet is already real food. There are several food charts and even grocery store chart in my other posts for you to use as a guideline. Good Luck on you Paleo journey.
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