Diet, Losing Weight, and Your Health

Diet, Losing Weight, and Your Health | The Paleo Diet

Many researchers now consider diet to be the most important facet in maintaining a person’s health … and unless you’ve been camping out in the Gobi desert for the past decade, you probably know that Americans are the fattest group of people on the planet. Despite the myriad of new diets offered each calendar year, we’re getting even fatter. As a result, we are also considerably less healthy as a society.

The Paleo Diet (also sometimes referred to as the Hunter-Gatherer Diet, the Paleolithic Diet, the Caveman Diet) has introduced thousands of people to the concept that the healthiest diet is one based on the way our Paleolithic ancestors ate. If you are overweight, on this diet you will lose weight … and it will be long term, permanent weight loss. Dr. Jennie Brand-Miller (Professor of Human Nutrition, University of Sydney), when reviewing the book, The Paleo Diet, called it “the most nutritious diet on the planet.”

So, what the Paleo Diet is proposing is nothing less than the world’s healthiest diet … not only will you lose weight from this diet (read success stories»), but you will have many health benefits that you may not initially think are related to weight loss. All of our information is backed by peer-reviewed scientific research from Loren Cordain and other Ph.D researchers and medical doctors.

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The Paleo Diet TeamThe Paleo Diet, the world’s healthiest diet, is based upon the fundamental concept that the optimal diet is the one to which we are genetically adapted. The therapeutic effect of The Paleo Diet is supported by both randomized controlled human trials and real-life success stories.

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  3. I am a 67 year old female in very good health. I play doubles tennis twice a week and take my dog for long walks, sometimes ride a bike. I have been on the Paleo diet for two weeks and I think that it is very healthy and good for me. I have followed the diet faithfully except for one evening when I had two glasses of wine. I have friends who have had great success and I keep reading about all the people who have lost 10 pounds in two weeks. My problem is that I have been on the diet for two weeks and haven’t lost ANY weight. I am VERY discouraged but don’t want to give up. Can anybody HELP ME.

    • Julia, if it’s only been two weeks since you started The Paleo Diet, don’t be too discouraged — after eating a certain way for 67 years, it will take longer than two weeks for your body to ‘reset’ itself for this way of eating. One thing to be mindful of is your fat and carbohydrate intake; certain foods such as nuts or sweet potatoes have very high fat content in addition to lots of carbohydrates, which if eaten in large quantities won’t help weight loss. Another mistake people often make is overindulging in fruit–yes it’s part of a Paleo diet to eat fruit, but fruit is very high in natural sugars and should be eaten in moderation. If, after a month, you still don’t see any weight dropping off, re-evaluate your diet to make sure you’re focusing on nutrient-dense foods. Until then, be patient and let your body re-adjust to this lifestyle, it’s not the same for everyone – some people adjust overnight, for some, it takes weeks.

  4. Well, I have tried it all. I have Celiac Disease and Hashimoto's Thyroid Disease. I have struggled with weight for 14 years. After 5 days, I have lost 10 pounds. I feel great. I am eating more food than I have in ages. Pretty much a no brainer for me.

  5. I see that no starchy vegetables are permitted in the Paleo eating plan. Are tubers commonly eaten by many hunter/gatherer tribes. Could these not have been eaten after the discovery of fire? Could sweet potatoes be an exception to your rule?

    Thank you.

  6. I'd have to totaly agree. Diet is the most important factor in building and maintaining real health.

    Also, eating along hunter-gatherer guidelines doesn't just keep you at a high point health wise . . . it tastes great!

  7. I have been on the paleo diet for about 2 weeks and have been very true to the plan and I'm feeling great. About 3 days ago, I started having leg cramps and thought it may be related to lack of sodium from not ingesting salt. I really prefer not to use salt; however, the last two days I have added salt to my entrees and the cramping has improved. Any suggestions on an alternative to salt, or is this just a side effect of getting off processed foods and will eventually go away?

    • Hi Patti,

      What I have read is if you have too much fruit it can set off your potassium /sodium balance. There is more potassium in fruit, and it can swing your system over to crave salt / cramp etc ( the body knows what it needs! )

      Just a thought!

    • Breakfast is just a name,why should we eat something specific to that time of day. I have leftovers for breakfast often. I have veges from the night before cooked with 2 eggs and a slice of bacon, avacado on the side and some fermented veges. This keeps me going all day, sometimes i dont even need lunch. I also often add a side of leftover salad to this…It is awesome

  8. This week marks one month on the Paleo Diet, and it has changed my life. More energy, happier. I've lost 10 lbs, which puts me right around my ideal weight. And it hasn't been difficult. This is not a diet of deprivation. It's an adjustment that's pretty easy to make. I cheat a few times a week, but by and large it's meat, fish, fruit, veggies and nuts. Thank you!

    (I'm about to start the P90X workout plan. We'll see whether the diet provides me with enough fuel for the intense training…)

    • I am starting this diet this week and am currently doing the Insanity workout dvds (by the same people who make p90x, BeachBody). I am wondering how the two will work together as well.

      Let me know how you do!

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  10. I suffer from Hypothyroid and is very difficult for me to lose the last 15 pounds to get to my goal weight. I watch what I eat and have an OK workout routine, but still- no weight loss with in the last few months. Do you have a specific plan for thyroid patients?

    • you need to be euthyroid…if you are TRULY hypothyroid no diet will help…you need thyroid hormone…if you think you are hypothyroid and blood tests confirm normal thyroid hormone levels then look elsewhere

    • Hi Staceygirl,

      I too have recently suffered from hypothyroid, but feel the paleo diet has set me free – given I am off all grains and dairy ( not just gluten )

      Read the book by Datis Kharrazian –

      You will see how autoimmunity plays a big role in thyroid health ( i.e. this may be the cause of your thyroid issue)

      Best of luck! 🙂

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