I recently wrote about the paleo diet, which essentially removes all processed foods, dairy and grains from your diet. It’s more than just a diet. It’s a lifestyle. And it’s hard to follow and commit to after years of the good ol’ American diet. I even wrote about taking the diet “paleo-lite” to help ease into it.
In keeping up with my research on the diet and nutrition, I found out “paleo-lite” is really a ketogenic, or very low carbohydrate, diet. This may be the ideal stepping stone for those who want to cut out the carbs and processed foods, but can’t quite go cold turkey (cold turkey, by the way, is very welcome in both diets).
A ketogenic or paleo diet makes the body to enter a state of ketosis. What happens is your body begins using fat for energy, rather than a heavy reliance on carbohydrates.
Yes, both diets are restrictive on what you can eat, but research has shown both have powerful effects when it comes to weight loss, lean muscle mass and even in dealing with diabetes or epilepsy. Protein is key for these diets. And so is a wide mix of fruits and leafy green vegetables. You also want to include plenty of healthy fats (nuts, salmon, coconut oil, olive oil). You’ll greatly cut back – or eliminate – starchy vegetables, beans, dairy, grains and processed foods.
Bottom line, you’re going back to eating how your ancestors and our cavemen ancestors ate. It’s the diet that helped build our genetic code. The rise of chronic diseases and cancers has skyrocketed in the last 100 years. So has the consumption of sugars, breads and processed foods.
Curious if this may work for you? Do a 30 day challenge. Clean out your kitchen and commit to following the paleo or ketogenic diet for four weeks. You’ll be very surprised on how you feel and what you see. Need some ideas on what to buy or cook? Check out these great sites and blogs:
Be sure to keep exercising and moving toward a healthy and active lifestyle. And afterward, you may be even more surprised on how your body reacts to processed foods.