Diets are a dime a dozen. There’s such a plethora of information out there, much of it contradictory and confusing, that it’s hard to know how and what to eat these days. That’s why I dig the Paleo diet. It, presumably, takes us back to how humans ate prior to the modernization of food and agriculture. Before all these crazy diet tactics, eating was simple. Humans consumed the following foods: fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, and seafood. That’s all, folks.
Why should you give the Paleo plan a whirl?
- Fresh fruits, veggies, meats, and seafood are high in beneficial nutrients, including soluble fiber, antioxidant vitamins, phytochemicals, omega-3 and monounsaturated fats, and low-glycemic carbohydrates – all nutrients believed to promote solid health.
- Paleo foods are low in refined sugars and grains, trans fats, salt, high-glycemic carbohydrates, and processed foods – all foods believed to prompt weight gain, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and additional health issues.
- Health nuts, faddists, fitness extremists, etc. did not concoct the Paleo diet. This method of eating organically evolved as a response to nature. What nature provided, humans ate for generations for the purposes of fuel and survival. Our hunter-gatherer ancestors did not have the excess of processed and contrived food choices that we have today – choices that are corrupting human health.
- Many diets leave you feeling depleted of energy and chronically hungry. This is bad news for your workouts at the Pivotal Fitness Greenville gym. The Paleo plan is different! Being high in protein and healthy fats, you will definitely feel energized and sustained. Plus, high-protein, low-glycemic diets have proven more effective for weight loss and maintenance compared to the oh-so-popular low-fat, low-protein, and high-carbohydrate diets.
- The carbs (unlimited fruits and veggies) consumed on the Paleo plan are of a low-glycemic index, meaning that they cause slow and controlled increases in blood sugar and insulin levels. Most carbs consumed these days do the total opposite, creating excessive insulin and blood sugar levels responsible for obesity, hypertension, undesirable blood cholesterol and other blood lipid levels, Type 2 diabetes and gout. No good.
- Consuming unlimited low-glycemic carbs from fresh fruits and veggies will slightly alkalize your body. Diseases and disease symptoms of acid/base imbalance (osteoporosis, kidney stones, hypertension, stroke, asthma, insomnia, motion sickness, inner ear ringing, and exercise-induced asthma) may improve.
- The Paleo plan, being high in soluble fiber, has proven effective in improving digestion, diseases of the GI tract, and inflammatory bowel diseases.
- High-protein diets, such as the Paleo diet, have proven helpful in reducing symptoms of depression.
- Low in salt and high in soluble fiber, the Paleo diet reduces bloating. If you’re working on sculpting some flatter abs at the Pivotal Fitness Greenville gym, you might consider pairing your workouts with the Paleo plan.
- It’s a clean, simple way to eat. No need to check labels. No need to research and fret over the caloric intake of anything and everything you consume. This plan is all about sticking to the basics. The grocery store should be a much easier place to navigate on this plan.
So, what do you think? Worth a shot? I think so. Test it out for a few weeks to see if caveman eating complements and enhances your training at the Pivotal Fitness Greenville gym.