The Paleo diet is based entirely around foods that Paleolithic humans, or cavemen, used to eat. The diet eliminates all foods that were not eaten during the Paleolithic era, like dairy, salt, processed foods, and refined sugar and grains. These foods are often linked to serious health problems like heart disease and diabetes.
The diet allows meat, seafood, fruits, and vegetables. Between 19 and 35 percent of the diet should consist of protein, between 35 and 45 percent should consist of non-starchy fruits and vegetables, and the remainder should consist of fats. Some popular Paleo foods include beef, chicken, salmon, tuna, eggs, avocados, bell peppers, lettuce, and sweet potatoes.
In order to lose weight, you must burn more calories than you consume. People who try popular low-fat and high-carb diets often go hungry. However, on the Paleo diet, you can fill up easily on the allowed foods without eating too many calories. Eating plenty of protein on the diet will also boost your metabolism to speed up weight loss. Eating a large amount of fruits and vegetables will lower your risk of osteoporosis, kidney stones, hypertension, and stroke.
Your weight loss on the Paleo diet will be most effective if you stay active throughout the day. Intense exercise is not necessary on the diet, but moving around more will speed up the weight loss process. If you do exercise regularly, increasing your carb intake may help your weight loss.
Listening to your body is also important while on the diet. Listen to your hunger cues and eat until full without worrying about counting calories. If you eat enough protein, you should feel full before you consume too many calories. If you have difficulty staying active during the day, try to get more sleep. Getting at least seven or eight hours of sleep every night will reduce your appetite and food cravings and increase your energy. Ultimately, paying attention to cues from your body will help you succeed in your weight loss on the Paleo diet.
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