I am not sure if Paleo is healthier than any other diet. I do think it is healthier than what we ate to gain weight.
One thing everybody seems to be talking about is food restriction on low carb ( Paleo here ). This is just untrue. Most low carbers eat a greater variety of foods than they did before. Think about the meals that you have eaten in the past month. Did any of them repeat? How many different types of vegetables, cheeses, nuts, beans, and fruits did you eat? Most people tend to eat about 14 days worth of menus, with a few specialty meals thrown in for a treat ( like filet mignon ).
Every diet has restrictions on food. You can't eat Twinkies on ANY diet .. that I know of. Whether low fat, vegan or low carb you will have to cut out a list of " bad " foods, or severely restrict them.
Pick a plan that you think you will follow. If you like meat and vegetables.. try a form of low carb. If you like pasta/cereal.. try low fat. If vegetables are your favorite food.. try vegan.
The important thing is to stick to the diet, but also look at what you CAN eat on the diet, not what you CAN'T. If low carb, eat as many good carbs as you can, and try a wider variety. If you just think about what you are cutting, you will not have a lot of foods to eat, and will become bored. Read up on all types of vegetables, and fruits, and while a few of those may not be allowed.. hundreds of different fruits/veggies ARE allowed. If you focus on what you can eat, on whatever diet you choose to follow, you will increase the variety of healthy foods that you eat, and not feel restricted, or deprived.
The Paleo plan is great if you suffer from allergies. Being a Celiac I cannot eat any grains, dairy, gluten, corn, etc. This diet helps because it eliminates those while still providing the nutrient dense veggies I need to heal. I do limit my meat to no more than 4 oz at lunch and supper and eat a whole lot of veggies. If you do this counting calories isn't necessary.
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3,357 11/27/13 9:27 A
I believe in a customized Paleo diet for optimal health at this time.
11/27/13 9:10 A
You need to pick a plan that works with your lifestyle and your eating preferences. If most of the foods allowed on a plan are foods you don't enjoy, you won't have much success. Also, will preparing those types of foods fit in with your lifestyle?
When I started I looked at a lot of different plans; Atkins, Paleo, Low Carb, Low Fat, Slow Carb, Mini-Fasts.....you name it, I looked.
I found a plan that works for me, lets me eat foods that I enjoy, and is easy for me to follow. I took a little from here, I took a little from there...until I found what works for me.
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11/27/13 8:56 A
I am "mostly" following a Paleo-ish plan these days, but I absolutely refuse to give up the milk in my coffee or an occasional piece of cheese or lentils as a good, cheap source of protein now and then.
I do think it's healthier than just counting calories. You could be "within range" on calories by eating just twelve Nutri-Grain bars in a day. But would it be good for you? Hardly. A better plan is a good balance of the macronutrients gained through eating whole foods-- mostly as they come out of the ground or, in the case of animals, in their unadulterated state. The "problem" with a lot of grain-based foods and the newer vegetable oils like soybean and canola is the sheer amount of processing needed to make them edible. (Also they are highly likely to contain GMOs, which I avoid personally, since no one knows what eating spider genes actually does to us).
if you are going to follow a plan, i think that the best plan to choose is the one that you look at everything on the "eat" list and are amazed at how much you love those foods and you look at the "avoid" list and are happy that you're not supposed to be eating foods that you didn't like in the first place. or at least as close as you can get to that ideal. because the more a plan relies on foods you don't like and the more that same plan eliminates the foods you love, the less likely you are to be able to follow the plan and stick with it. and when you can't keep up with your plan you tend to go back to eating what got you where you are in the first place. it's so much easier to stick to something that you already like doing.
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11/26/13 9:19 P
I think that Paleo probably *is* better (by which I mean healthier) than just counting calories, if your idea when you say "counting calories" is simply to eat less of everything that a typical American likes to eat. For instance, Paleo would (or at least should) put a lot of emphasis on vegetables, and would not include soda or chips or Little Debby snack cakes, etc.
On the other hand, if by "counting calories" you mean to eat a lot less of those junk foody type things, a little less of most of the other things you eat, and a lot more of the super healthy vegetables and other things you like -- well then in my opinion it comes down to whatever you are most comfortable with. You can lose weight and get healthier either way. Do whatever you think you'll be happiest with for the long haul, and don't be afraid to change it up in the other direction (or even a completely different one) if it's not working out. You can lose weight doing all kinds of things. Just pick something comfortable and go with it and don't worry too much.
Would this be a temporary way to eat? Or would it be something you would do for the rest of your life?
I think its important to choose a lifestyle that you would do the rest of your life.
Personally I would "not" choose paleo. It is not sustainable for me. And the cave man didnt live very long. So I am not convinced that its a healthier way to eat. Personally I would choose Vegetarian over Paleo
Edited by: MANDIETERRIER1 at: 11/26/2013 (18:06)
11/26/13 1:44 P
I have been thinking about following the Paleo lifestyle. Does anybody have any advice or suggestions? Or recommendations? Is Paleo better than counting calories (which I would still do, but eliminates some foods).
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