As early as the 1970s, some medical professionals and nutritionists have been advocating the Paleo Diet not only as a means to lose weight, but also to improve a person’s overall health. However, this diet program was not attractive to the weight watching public primarily because of the many restrictions in the diet and the not-so-palatable foods that they are required to eat.
After numerous research, Dr. Loren Cordain and Robb Wolf made many improvements and revisions in the original Paleo Diet plan, which was released in September of 2010 as “The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet”.
Unlike other diet plans that require major reductions in calorie intake, both the Paleo Diet and Paleo Solution focus more on eating the right foods, in this case, foods that were once eaten by prehistoric man. It includes the consumption of lean meats, vegetables, eggs, fruits, nuts and fish. Prohibited from this diet are salt, sugar, vinegar, dairy products, legumes, cereals, grains and processed foods. However, the Paleo Solution also includes an exercise regimen that was not previously a part of the Paleo Diet.
Let us take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of this new and improved Paleo Solution Diet Program…
Advantages Paleo Solution Diet Program
The Paleo Solution retains most of the qualities that made the original Paleo Diet very popular. It discourages the consumption of unhealthy processed foods. It also emphasizes the need to eat lean meats, particularly those that do not have the “marble effect” (meats with streaks of fats). This makes this diet ideal for people with heart conditions, diabetes, and gastrointestinal ailments. Best of all, the Paleo Solution also includes an exercise plan, so that you lose weight and attain overall good health.
Disadvantages Paleo Solution Diet Program
The major disadvantage of the Paleo Solution is that it is a 30-day program. People need to follow this program strictly if they wish to achieve the desired results. Unfortunately, because of the restrictive diet, most people will have difficulty in adjusting to this program in such a short period of time. The Paleo Solution demands a complete lifestyle change, and not everyone has the time or effort to devote to such a drastic transformation. Another disadvantage of the Paleo Solutions is that it is not vegan or vegetarian friendly because of its recommendation to eat large servings of lean meats.
Cordain and the other developers of the Paleo Solution have been touting the diet’s effectiveness in preventing chronic illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes, as well as cancer and neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease. Unfortunately, these are all just unproven claims based on testimonials from people who have tried out the diet. No long-term research studies have been done to determine the impact the Paleo Diet and the Paleo Solution have on disease and health.
If you are considering trying out either the Paleo Diet or the Paleo Solution, it is best that you consult first with your doctor if these diet plans would best address your weight loss problems and/or improve your overall health. In most cases, you will only need to switch to a healthy balanced diet and exercise more. But if you think you can cope with the many restrictions of the Paleo Solution, you might be able to attain the benefits that are being claimed by its diehard proponents.
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