The Paleo Diet or Paleolithic diet refers to the food eaten by Paleolithic humans. The diet comprises grass-fed raised meats, vegetables, eggs, fish, fruit, roots, fungi, and nuts. Dairy products, potatoes, grains, legumes, refined salt and sugar and processed oils are avoided in this diet. Following this diet can prove to be very healthy for all sorts of people, but there are a lot of misconceptions about this diet. We aim to rectify them in this article.
Number Nine: The Paleo Diet Is A Fad
Many people believe that the Paleo diet falls under the category of fad diets – those that last for a small period of time, are extreme and mostly unhealthy. This couldn’t be more wrong as the Paleo diet is more of a lifestyle than just a diet. It has helped many people treat diseases which were failed by conventional treatments.
Number Eight: It Mainly Involves Eating Meat
While meat may be a healthy option in the Paleo diet, it certainly isn’t the only one. There are a variety of fruits and vegetables to choose from, too.
Number Seven: This Diet Costs A Lot Of Money
While most ingredients to make a Paleo meal can be slightly expensive, they are certainly cheaper than having to live with the consequences of obesity and diabetes. Those include both financial and physical consequences.
Number Six: It Is Unhealthy
Many people believe that omitting an entire food group from the diet (like grains, dairy, legumes, etc) can cause deficiencies. This is not true since these food groups only entered our diet about 10,000 years ago and contain absolutely none of the essential amino acids, fatty acids or micronutrients we need. We thrived pretty well before they arrived, didn’t we?
Number Five: It Is A Low-Carb Diet
While many of the Paleo ingredients comprise starch-free veggies, meat, some fruits and wild seafood, if you are an active person, your diet plan will include carbohydrate-rich options too. It doesn’t have to be low-carb if you don’t want it to be.
Number Four: It Is More Suited To Men
Most of the Paleo champions are women, and, therefore, this diet can prove beneficial to both genders. Many people assume that men take up the diet because of the heavy concentration on meat; however, the diet is equally suited to men and women.
Number Three: It’s A One-Size-Fits-All Diet
There is no fixed recipe for Paleo meals. You can make your meals as per your body and activity requirements. The diet just follows some basic nutritional guidelines, but all in all, it is pretty flexible.
Number Two: It Guarantees Weight Loss
If you eat a pound of bacon a day, paired with sweet potatoes and handfuls of nuts, you will certainly not lose weight (but you will be practicing Paleo). Weight loss is a fringe benefit and not the main aim of this diet. The main goal is to be healthy.
Number One: It’s a High-Cholesterol Diet
It is a known fact now that fat doesn’t make you fat, thanks to the debunking of the lipid hypotheses. Also, a good meal on the Paleo diet will include four to eight ounces of meat, two servings of vegetables and an added good fat if your meat is lean. The diet focuses on balance, not just meat consumption. Thanks for reading!