Perhaps you haven’t heard of this one, but there actually is a Paleolithic diet out there, a diet that focuses on the stuff that the people in the Paleolithic used to eat. It is also called the Caveman Diet, and it is believed that, by eating as our ancestors, we will avoid such diseases as diabetes, cancer, heart diseases, etc. This diet focuses on foods that are full of protein and fiber that can help us lose more weight without having to cut any calories.
The idea about this diet came in 1970’s to a gastroenterologist Walter Voegtlin. Later, this idea was further expanded by Stanley Boyd Eaton and Melvin Konner, but it was popularized the most by Loren Cordain with his book The Paleo Diet, which came out in 2002, which was extremely popular. However, this diet was described as just being one of the latest trends in a sea of books that deal with diet, but was one of the most searched-about diets in 2013, and has become even more popular since.
This particular diet focuses on several things, and they include more meat and protein, fewer carbohydrates and high fiber. By saying that there needs to be more protein and meat in the diet, the proponents of this diet claim that the hunter-gatherers used this type of food in about 27% of their diet. By saying that this diet should have more carbohydrates, the proponents of this diet claim that people should eat more non-starchy vegetables and fruits, which provided for around 40% of our ancestor’s diet. However, during the Paleolithic, there were no grains, but, we do have them nowadays, so whether they should be eaten is a bit of a gray area. On this web site you can see a review. And lastly, by saying that we should eat high fiber, the proponents of this diet claim that it should not be taken from the grains, but from vegetables and fruits that are non-starchy.
However, there are some exclusions and they include foods that were never eaten by our ancestors, but are allowed to be eaten when complying to this diet. These exclusions include dairy products; grains, such as rye, barley, canary seed, and wheat; legumes, such as beans and peanuts; processed oils; refined sugar; salt; as well as alcohol and coffee.
Some people agree that some of these claims do make sense, but that this type of a diet has been over passed, and is being seen as something from the past. However, they do not provide any evidence for that, and it is up to us to decide whether we should follow this diet or skip it. We need to learn a lot more about diets to know if this diet is good or bad, and only then can we decide if we should follow it or not. Perhaps we should do some research and look into other diets as well, in order to determine what we should do. Also, it is important to consult your doctor before starting this diet, in order to be safe at all times.