What is the Paleo diet?
The Paleo diet is as straightforward as can be. Basically, you eat anything that you could have eaten if you had been a caveman! This diet is based off of the ketogenic diet, but ketosis isn’t the desired result. The paleo diet is somewhat of an “all-natural” diet, but you can cook the foods in oil or on a grill.
Common foods for people doing paleo diet are…
- Land Animals
- Sea food
- Sea vegetables
- Fruits and Nuts
- Grain in any form (bread, rice, pasta, etc)
- Sugar (exception being fruit)
If your goal is to lose excess fat, the paleo diet can work great, but keto would be a better option. The reason is that the inclusion of carbs in the paleo diet can make it difficult to lose weight if you don’t possess the self control to only eat some fruits, and to not pig out on nuts or seeds. Many people who do paleo also avoid beans and potatoes, while they don’t break the actual “paleo” aspect of the diet, for those with the intention to lose weight, the complex carbohydrates make this difficult.
While the paleo diet may not be great for weight-loss, where it does shine is a diet to switch to after running keto and reaching your desired body fat %. If you are overweight, it is more likely than not due to a diet high in carbohydrates. The nature of the paleo diet limits your carbohydrate intake (without completely restricting them), and as a bonus, you are consuming foods that your body doesn’t have trouble extracting nutrients from. With the paleo diet, you can easily consume an adequate amount of fat and protein to build muscle, without needing to completely cut out carbs.
If you have any questions about this diet, first check the /r/paleo FAQ, as many asked questions have already been answered there, if you can’t find an answer there, feel free to ask in the comments.