The Paleo Problem: Examining the Pros and Cons of the Paleo Diet
Each week I review articles in four categories: fat loss, nutrition, strength training and health and wellness, giving you the Just Go Tips from each article to save you time and help you take action.
The Paleo Problem: Examining the Pros and Cons of the Paleo Diet by Brian St. Pierre
If you have no idea what the Paleo diet is here are the basics on what it includes:
- Animals and animal products (Things like meat, fish and eggs)
- Fruits and veggies
- Nuts and seeds
When talking about a typical strict Paleo diet the foods above are all you’ll be eating.
In this article by Brian St. Pierre of Precision Nutrition he discusses the evidence behind this primal way of eating and how it relates to us as modern human beings. Does the Paleo diet have some benefits? Yup, but it also has some flaws.
You can go directly to the article by clicking here. My Just Go Tips from the article as well as my thoughts about it can be found below.
Just Go Tips
- Emphasize eating whole foods in your diet. Whether you are following the Paleo diet or just looking to eat healthier this always applies. Incorporating more lean proteins, veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds and healthy fats into your diet will do your body good.
- The Paleo diet could be an upgrade to your current diet, but be careful using strict rules for how you eat. In trying to achieve long term success, these lists of foods you can and can’t eat can hurt you.
- Keep things simple. Don’t try to over-complicate your diet by following hundreds of rules on what you can and can’t eat. Focus on sound principles most of the time, allow some wiggle room and don’t worry about being perfect.
The best quote from this entire article is below:
Because in the end, moderation, sanity and your personal preferences are more important than any specific food list, anti-nutrient avoidance, or evolutionary theory.
I couldn’t agree more with this statement and if more people took this to heart then they’d be eating better and enjoying themselves more.
Should you follow the Paleo diet? Potentially.
There really is no correct answer to that.
If the you try the Paleo diet and it works for you then great!
But if it doesn’t work for you, no worries, just utilize a way of eating that does. After all, your eating has to fit your lifestyle and should be based on the goals you want to achieve.
What should you do next? Just go!
Choose something you can apply to your life and take action. What have you got to lose?
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