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The Paleo Diet® December 2020 Digest – The Paleo Diet vs. Other Diets

By The Paleo Diet Team
December 31, 2020
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One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight, which motivates people to eat healthier and exercise more. Insert The Paleo Diet here.

Study after study has shown that following The Paleo Diet not only leads to weight loss, but it improves people’s sleep schedules, acne, mental health, and decreases their risk of chronic disease.

We believe, based on a large body of science, that a diet comprised of whole, natural foods like fruits, vegetables, and natural meats and void of cereal grains, dairy, legumes, and processed foods results in a healthier lifestyle.

However, many other diets and fads promise the same benefits. It leaves you wondering which is best for you, and asking who you should trust.

In order to help you take the right first step to a healthy life, The Paleo Diet® has dedicated December to researching several of the most popular diet trends. We compared the science of The Paleo Diet, Whole30®, Keto, and The South Beach Diet, and we also took a look at a new study on intermittent fasting.

We’re not here to attack those diets. We found many of them had benefits. However, we favor The Paleo Diet for its sustainability and because of both its short- and long-term health benefits.

We hope you enjoy!

-The Paleo Diet Team

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How the South Beach Diet Compares to Keto (and Why Paleo is Still Best)

By Aimee McNew

Many individuals turn to low-carb diets to help them lose weight. However, not all low-carb diets are the same. Here, we’ll break down the major differences between The Paleo Diet, the South Beach Diet, and the ketogenic diet.

December's Theme: The Paleo Diet verse Other Diets

Whole30® versus Paleo: Which Should You Choose

By Megan Patiry

Diet fatigue is a real thing. While it can be good to try different diets to see what works best for you, it can be tiresome. The latest dietary trend, Whole30, is similar to The Paleo Diet, but with key differences. Let us help you decide if it’s worth trying! (Hint: Depending on your health goals, it might not be right for you.)

Whole30 vs. Paleo, Part II: A Deeper Dive

By Dr. Mark J. Smith

Dr. Loren Cordain’s investigation of ancestral nutrition has always been about helping humanity improve its health, so any individual or organization that uses the fundamental principles of Paleolithic nutrition gets our approval. Whole30 follows many of the same principles as The Paleo Diet, but as a long term strategy, The Paleo Diet is more effective. See for yourself!

Stop Keto. Come Back to Paleo.

By Megan Patiry

Lifestyle writer Megan Patiry recounts what happened when she tried the keto diet after being a long-time follower of The Paleo Diet. For her, she experienced negative side effects and ultimately returned to The Paleo Diet. While keto can help treat some pre-existing conditions like epilepsy, our bodies weren’t meant to stay in ketosis forever.

I Tried The Paleo Diet for Seven Days. Here’s What Happened.

By Emily Rumsey

Even after a short time, Emily reported losing weight, sleeping better, and feeling more energized. The TruePaleo™ Challenge dares participants to eat 100-percent Paleo for a week in order to jump start their health goals (or New Year’s resolutions). Try it for yourself today!

A New Look At Intermittent Fasting Suggests a Multitude of Benefits

By Bill Manci

In September, Scientific American published new information about the benefits of intermittent fasting (IF). A long-standing body of research in mice and rats showed that IF resulted in lean bodies, fewer age-related diseases, and a longer lifespan. While less research has been conducted in humans, the current research appears promising.

Paleo: The Diet You Can Actually Stick With

By Aimee McNew

The Paleo Diet focuses on long-term health, not fast results (though there still are short-term benefits). It does not restrict calories, it is flexible with other diets like vegetarianism, and cheat foods aren’t harmful to your overall health.

January at The Paleo Diet: The Paleo Diet and Gut Health

Did you know the health of your gut can affect your whole body? Let us break it down for you:

Your digestive track is full of bacteria, most of which are good for you. The gut microbiome houses bacteria used by your digestive system to help break down food into absorbable nutrients. The good bacteria in your gut also helps keep the “bad” bacteria in check. If the good and bad bacteria are out of balance, this can result in Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and irritable bowel syndromes (IBS).

Gut bacteria is also linked to cholesterol and heart disease, kidney disease, and even how your brain functions.

Since your gut has such wide-reaching impacts and—spoiler alert—The Paleo Diet helps regulate your gut microbiome, gut health is The Paleo Diet’s® theme in January!

As always, our team appreciates your support of The Paleo Diet. We look forward to and encourage your feedback on our website and Facebook!


The Paleo Diet Team

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