Paleo, which is short for Paleolithic, is also referred to as the Caveman diet because it is modeled after the type of food that the cavemen ate, which was anything they could hunt and gather. While most diets focus on cutting calories or restricting carbohydrates, the Paleo diet focuses on eating lean meats, fish, fruits, vegetables and nuts.
- It may bring relief for those who suffer from food allergies. For example, some people are allergic to gluten or casein, which is found in processed foods, however Paleo foods do not contain either gluten or casein.
- It will naturally allow you to lose weight, increase your metabolism, and provide you with more energy.
- The food is so good, it doesn’t even seem like you are on a diet. There are also so many options with what you can cook you will never be bored with eating the same boring thing every day.
- It provides energy, aids muscle development, and increases fiber intake, while cutting out processed foods, junk foods, and dairy products.
At first it may seem like the Paleo diet is difficult to follow because it restricts a lot of foods you may be used to eating, like pasta, sweets and bread. But the Paleo diet offers alternatives to make your transition easier. For example, you can replace pasta with zucchini pasta or pancakes with banana protein pancakes, there are even recipes for Paleo friendly bread! It’s okay if you don’t go 100% Paleo at first, just gradually implement the diet. There are plenty of free resources out there for recipe ideas, such as nomnompaleo.com or stupideasypaleo.com – you can also check out Pinterest, which is a Paleo recipe Mecca!
Here at Total Fitness Revolution, we feel that the Paleo diet is really more of a lifestyle than a diet. Combined with an active fitness program, the Paleo diet can be extremely effective and can help you reach your fitness goals in no time.