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What is your opinion on the paleo diet?


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i mean its been working for me but theres a lot of foods that arent paleo that i didnt know, like sweet potatos, corn (i guess its a grain...idk), and pb (didnt know that was a bean!!!!)  

 

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it's quite restrictive and doesn't work for everyone. I could not do 100% Paleo so I do a modified version. I'd say I eat Paleo-approved (ie: WHOLE, natural) foods 80% of the time, though I include some dairy, legumes and quinoa/buckwheat and the occassional bit of wheat (on special occassions).

Unless you have severe digestive issues, there's no reason for you to go 100% Paleo. Just relax and enjoy foods. Focus on the healthful stuff, leave room for occassional indulgence.

My opinion of every "special" diet from the cabbage soup diet to the Paleo diet is that for a normal healthy person none of them need to be followed.  Unless a person has some sort of food allergen to some aspect of a "normal" diet, just eating healthy is the only diet to which one needs to adhere.

These are examples of the basics, I feel, the normal person could include in his/her diet:

  • legumes (beans, peas, peanuts, etc)
  • multi-grains (grains, breads, wraps, etc)
  • fruits
  • vegetables
  • lean meats
  • fish/shell fish (salmon, halibut, sardines, shrimp, oysters)
  • dairy (skim milk, cheese, etc)
  • natural sweeteners like maple syrup and honey
  • nuts like almonds and walnuts
  • seeds like flax, pumpkin, and sunflower
  • whole wheat (pasta, pizza crust, flour, etc)

If the average or normal healthy person eats a good balance of proteins, fats, and carbs from the list above, he/she needs not, in my opinion, follow any "fad" diet: including diets such as South Beach, Adkins, Foodism, etc.

 

Paleo diet is MAGIC

It's not restrictive at all, and it does not have to be low carb. It's only restrictive to those who are so used to eating processed and unnatural foods that made them fat and unhealthy in the first place. 

Too many people want the easy way out, and be able to just eat "less" of the same crap that they've always eaten and lose weight. News flash people, that only works for the first stages of dieting-- especially if you have a lot of weight to lose. The closer you get to your goal weight the cleaner you have to eat. 

 

I dont find it too restrictive I like it a lot actually. I was just a little broken hearted about peanut butter. I had like a "last day of pb" "party" and ate way too much and have no cals for dinner. Good thing I'm doing core! 

I don't know why anyone would voluntarily adopt a diet that didn't allow them to eat the foods that they like.

I'm just one example of a person that was able to reach my goal weight (BMI 22.5) by losing 60 lbs and not change what I eat at all.  I eat less and do more and that is the key to my success.  I have been maintaining in a healthy range for five years now. 

But it's your choice.  Eat the way you want to eat.  If that is following someone else's guidelines then do that, but there is no magic.

I don't buy the you need to eat clean. I usually eat a pretty healthy diet, but I spent a week and a half on vacation and it was another week before I got to the store. I spent a week eating chinese food, wendy's and fried chicken and I lost 1 pound that week.

I eat healthy food because I like it, but I see no reason to permanently swear off anything that I like.
Original Post by carmenxox:

It's not restrictive at all, and it does not have to be low carb. It's only restrictive to those who are so used to eating processed and unnatural foods that made them fat and unhealthy in the first place. 

Too many people want the easy way out, and be able to just eat "less" of the same crap that they've always eaten and lose weight. News flash people, that only works for the first stages of dieting-- especially if you have a lot of weight to lose. The closer you get to your goal weight the cleaner you have to eat. 

 

I lost a lot of weight, and have maintained the loss for 2 years, eating quite a few "processed and unnatural" foods. My macro-ratios are healthy, and I'm in good shape.

Who are you to judge the foods that others eat?

OP: I would recommend counting calories to lose weight. Eat lots of proteins and healthy fats, but allow yourself foods you love on occasion. Losing weight and keeping it off is about making changes you can sustain - can you really refrain from non-paleo foods from now on?

Paleo is just another diet fad. 

 

 

Everyone has different food preferences and their bodies respond differently to different diets/eating plans. I think the key is to find the diet/eating plan that works best for you...both in your weight loss goals and in being satisfying and do-able for you. 

I don't see anything wrong with modifying an eating plan so it works for you and becomes a permanent way of eating instead of just a short term diet where you feel deprived and miserable.  When I tried Paleo I found it very restrictive if I followed it closely because I choose not to limit my fruit as much as they say you should. 

I like paleo mostly. I like the feeling of eating healthy. Hell I dont care what I can or cant eat as long as I lose! Im not picky i love all kinds of food!!! 

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My opinion is that the Paleo diet is a good way to eat, it's not as restrictive as some people think....and there ARE some beneifts. Mainly those benefits are from your lack of not being able to eat generally junky stuff...however there IS Paleo junk food.

Personally, I don't eat Paleo. I wouldn't be able to survive. I can't have gluten, and I'm fine with that. But, I love the grains I'm allowed :p

If you eat Paleo, it's your choice. I have nothing against it at all. Same for vegetarians and vegans. It's food.

Paleo junk food?? Explain. 

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Paleo baking Laughing

I can make a not-in-any-way good for you cake from ground almonds, honey, and eggs and some other ingredients that'll pop a button.

Also, there are paleo biscuits, puddings, pies, cakes, and other quite nice things which are sweet treats....not something one would eat every day, though nice for a treat.

Original Post by carmenxox:

Paleo diet is MAGIC

ABRA-CADABRA!! Ha Ha Ha!!!

Too lazy to waste time recreating dessert anyway. I'm sticking paleo, but I just want other peoples opinions. Maybe even a debate. Who knows.

Tbh I wouldn't call my diet Paleo - I just massively restricted wheat products and refined sugar and lessened dairy products - I have lost 26.5 kgs it worked for me.  I eat a protein and complex carbs heavy diet.  I like fruit so I eat it and dont get stressed out about carbs in fruits and vege.  But if using Paleo works for you more power to you - eat whole food, avoid refined food and lift heavy things :p

The average person would probably get healthier and leaner by switching to a 'paleo' diet.  But that same person would probably get pretty much the same results from switching to any number of fad diets (atkins, south beach, Mediterranean, etc). 

All of these diets have differences that don't matter (whether or not you eat dairy, or whole grains, or peanuts).  They all have similarities that do matter like not eating tons of chips and cookies and soda.

The Paleo diet itself can be good. However, too many people take it to the extreme, going insanely low carb and even cutting out things like dairy and tubers. 

I've tried going low carb paleo(low STARCH, actually. I ate plenty of fruit and veggies, but only a few starches) and it made me feel AWFUL. I had less energy for workouts, I experienced gas, bloating, and stomach pains nearly every other day, and I haven't had my period in a few months, since at the time I was eating more grains and other carbs. My body was having trouble soaking up all of the fat in my diet without carbs, and the slow digestion of protein just made things sit in my stomach even longer, giving me stomachaches that lasted for hours. Finally realizing how bad this diet is for me, just yesterday I've decided to go back to eating more potatoes and grains. So far I've already experienced a HUGE rise in energy :D

 Also, just think about when people ate a paleolithic diet, eons ago. Sure, we were supposedly in leaner and in better shape, but men often had more than 1 woman, because it was such a common thing for a lot of them to be infertile.(in fact, the eskimos in the Arctic Circle have practically no carbs in their paleolithic diet, therefore they're unable to reproduce unless they eat the thyroid gland of male moose during mating season) Once we adopted agriculture, not only did we become more fertile, but our BRAIN CAPACITIES grew as well. Of course, if your diet is nothing but grains and dairy, you'll have poor health, but having some as an addition to your diet can really help, as long as you're not allergic to these products.

Anyway, like I said, the paleo diet has many good aspects, as it is very whole and unprocessed. But, going all the way on it can actually be bad for some people's health, such as myself. I'm still going to sort of be eating Paleo, but go heavier in the carbs and include more grains.

Original Post by zombers:

I dont find it too restrictive I like it a lot actually. I was just a little broken hearted about peanut butter. I had like a "last day of pb" "party" and ate way too much and have no cals for dinner. Good thing I'm doing core! 

Zombers, this is not really a diet suitable for a growing 14 year old child - particularly not one who has had problems with EDs as recently as you have...

Less than a year ago, you wrote this:

"I'm slipping back into ED. Ed says no snacking, no eating carbs besides fruit for breakfast, no junk food, etc."

Being absolutely honest with yourself, can you see that perhaps this paleo thiing might be at least in part to satisfy your still-present ED voice? (And we've all done it - I was a vegetarian for YEARS so I could refuse 'fattening' foods and pretend it was for ethical reasons, and it was a long, long time before I even realisied what i was doing...)

Also, the British Heart Foundation have stated they disagree with it entirely, as it can lead to heart disease and high cholestrol (as reported in the Sunday telegraph - sorry, not sure which week), and recommend people who care about their heart health to eat a whole range of foods including carbs, fat, and protein.

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