Paleo Diet Helps with Weight Loss and Health Improvements

Hop in a time machine and travel back to the Paleolithic period. It's a point in human history that dates from 10,000 to 2.5 million years ago. You'll be sans your smartphone, wifi connection, fast food, and TV-show binge watching. But that just might be a good thing. 

Why? In a new study presented at the Endocrine Society annual meeting, researchers identified some key health benefits of the eating habits of people who lived during the Paleolithic period. The eating habits of early humans have been popularized today by what's known as the Paleo Diet.

So what's so special about eating like a caveman? No fast food, sugar-sweetened sodas, chocolate candy bars, and mammoth-sized milkshakes, that's what. The Paleo Diet is based on eating like early humans which included foods such as lean meats, fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, and a very limited amount of dairy products, grains, and beans.

Going "Paleo" may seem like nothing more than a popular fad diet. But researchers have identified some specific benefits of eating this way. In a recent study, researchers tracked the eating habits of 35 obese women for two years, who committed to following the Paleo Diet. They found that going "Paleo" helped them lose weight, lower cholesterol, cut their risk for diabetes, and reduce their risk for heart disease.

And it's not that hard to understand why. Today's typical diet includes an excess of processed foods high in manufactured ingredients, sugar, sodium, and bad fats. Eating less processed foods and more whole foods like early humans is good for your overall health. Researchers did point out that a strict Paleo Diet long-term may not be ideal, because it lacks essential nutrients you need in your diet that come from low-fat dairy products, beans, and whole grains.

Some of the restricted foods include No Sugar or Artificial Sugar, No Junk Food or sweets, No Grains, including quinoa and brown rice,  No Legumes/Beans, No Dairy, and No Alcohol.That last one is a deal-breaker for those who love a glass of wine with dinner. But don't worry, you can still enjoy Portion Controlled meals. You won’t have to do any hunting, gathering, or cooking on an open fire. We’ve made these meals from fresh ingredients, and they can be ready to eat in just minutes. So go ahead, clean up your diet to lose weight and improve your health!