What You Should Know
The Paleo Diet is a book that was written by Dr. Loren Cordain. Dr. Cordain works in the Colorado State University’s Department of Health and Exercise Science. In this book, Cordain sites works and studies that were conducted by himself and his colleagues as proof why the human diet needs to revert to our prehistoric ancestors, and presents what went wrong with the human diet and how to correct it.
List of Ingredients
There are no ingredients.
The concept and premise behind the Paleo Diet is very simple. Cordain maintains that the diets enjoyed by our hunter-gatherer ancestors and those current hunter-gather cultures are much more conducive to the genetic makeup of our bodies. Cordain says that by reducing the number of complex carbs and high glycemic index foods with lean meats, sea food, and whole fruits and vegetables, we can do a great deal in solving the health problems such as heart disease that we are plagued with today.
For the first two weeks of this diet, exercise is not recommended. Overall, it seems that exercise does not play a major role in this diet, though it is not discouraged or overly encouraged. There are recommendations for those who participate in a regular exercise regimen.
The biggest critics of this diet point to the fact that the lifespan of the hunter-gatherer is not typically all that long, and that they led overly active lifestyles. Cordain responds saying that while the activity level may be true, as much as 10 to 20% of the hunter-gatherers lived to be 60 or older, did not have traditional medicine, and were still free from many of the chronic conditions the western world is faced with today.
- Encourages healthy eating.
- Very professional website that includes information on the book, the research that went into the book, and user testimonials.
- Does not address the genetic or hormonal issues related to weight gain.
- May not fully take into account the lifestyle of our prehistoric ancestors.
- May cause constipation. (See reader comments.)
This book is definitely backed by scientific research and user testimonials. The problem lies with a person’s ability to stay dedicated to a new eating habit because of cravings and the ease of obtaining the foods they are not supposed to have. Weight loss is a problem for many people, and the fact that there are so many diet scams out there only makes the problem worse as people try to lose weight and end up gaining it back plus some. The fact is, a healthy eating plan with a good amount of exercise must be followed no matter what. The addition of a supplement that contains proven ingredients to both suppress the appetite and burn fat will help a person along the way.