Pros and Cons of the Paleo Diet
The Paleo diet has become one of the most popular diets and with good reason as it has shown to be one of the most effective diets for fat loss and there are plenty of health benefits. But as with any diet, there are some downsides to the Paleo diet.
The fact of the matter is that there is no such thing is a “perfect diet” for every person. Many people do quite well on the Paleo diet as it eliminates many of the foods that are thought to cause weight gain, such as most starches and grains. However, it may not work well for some people, such as athletes, who need a higher carbohydrate intake.
The Paleo diet is pretty straightforward; you can eat pretty much “everything that a caveman could find”. This includes every protein, fruit, nuts, eggs, plant based oils, seeds, and nonstarchy vegetables. Legumes, starchy vegetables, grains, dairy, processed foods, and any food with sugars are avoided altogether. Some versions of the Paleo diet allow for dairy for those who do not have a problem with dairy, and there are other modifications that allow certain other foods.
The diet involves following basic eating guidelines, but it usually does not specify the quantities of these foods that should be eaten. This can be a problem because eating large quantities of healthy foods can definitely lead to weight gain.
The benefit of the diet is that you will definitely be eating a much cleaner and healthier diet than most. You will also get the various health benefits of the fruits and vegetables that the diet recommends, and in general it should lead to weight loss or at least the maintenance of a healthy weight.
The problem with the diet is that some people may be able to eat grains and some starches without weight gain, as there are different genetic types among people who can eat carbs without weight gain. Generally speaking, athletes should probably not use the Paleo diet because it does not provide enough energy in the form of simple carbohydrates; athletes may need to modify the diet to include some simple carbs. Also, it can be a pricey eating plan since many of the foods on the Paleo diet are more expensive than grain products.