Are you planning to go on a Paleo diet? Here’s everything you need to know

Updated on Oct 24, 2019 12:19 PM IST  |  1.4M
food and lifestyle,diet plan,Health & Fitness,Paleo diet

A paleo diet is a dietary plan inspired by the idea of what must have been eaten by humans during the Paleolithic era. This diet aims to replicate out dietary habits from almost 10,000 years ago. A typical paleo diet typically will have generous portions of lean meats, fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. This diet rejects dairy products, legumes and grains. You may also know paleo diet as hunter-gatherer diet or caveman diet.

The aim of a paleo diet is to return to a way of eating that is considered more in tune with what early humans ate. The diet reasons that the human body is genetically mismatched to the modern diet that emerged with farming practices - and our body is more likely to stay healthier on a paleo diet. The diet may come especially handy for those who want to maintain a healthy diet, fight obesity and heart diseases and plan their meals.


What you can and cannot eat on a Paleo Diet



If you were to follow a diet, your typical meal would consist of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, lean meats, fish and oils derived from fruits or seeds. While on the other hand food items such as refined sugar, salt, potatoes, grains (rice, wheat, oats) and legumes (peanuts, lentils, beans) would be completely absent. You will have to drink plenty of water and stay physically active at least for some time everyday.


Pros of Paleo Diet



Low fat meals and the absence of carbohydrates means you will see a significant loss in body weight. There will also be better glucose tolerance and improved blood pressure levels. Since you will be having really proportional meals, your appetite management will improve. This diet can work diabetics and those looking to lose weight quickly.


Cons of Paleo Diet



Although paleo diet is rich in fruits, vegetables and nuts, yet your body would be denied of fiber, vitamins and other essential nutrients. Grains provide our body with fiber which is mandatory for a smooth bowel movement, some people who are on paleo diet often experience irritable bowel syndrome. The long term absence of dairy products in our meals might result to deficiency of proteins and calcium.