The Paleo Diet by Loren Cordain is a very interesting and easy to read book. The basic idea of the Paleo diet is to go back to the original diet that man ate – before the time of highly processed foods. Walk through any supermarket or even still open up your pantry and you will see what I am talking about. Man wasn’t designed to eat this s#!t and simply if you wish to lose weight and or body fat you need to stop eating processed foods – follow the rules that are set out in this book.
The book covers a lot of the same principles that I have written about on this blog for the last 2 years – today’s average diet consists of too many carbohydrates, way too many grains, too much sugar and highly processed (non foods). The science is the same, when you eat these foods blood sugar levels rise quickly and insulin is released by the pancreas to bring them down. Your blood sugar goes from too high to too low – then you find yourself searching for something sweet again and the evil yoyo cycle continues. This evil yoyo cycle if continued for an extended period of time lead to more serious diseases such as; diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease – you also know it as fat around your belly and thighs.
The Paleo diet is a high protein diet – in terms of Metobolic Typing it would fall between a Mixed Type (50% Protein and Fat 50% Carbs) and Protein Type (70% Protein & Fat 30% Carbs). Cordain explains the multitude of benefits of a high protein diet and sites many references and studies that back these points up.
Basically there are 6 key rules to the Paleo Diet and here they are:
1 All the lean meat, fish and seafood you can eat
2 All the fruit and non starchy vegetables you can eat
3 No cereals
4 No legumes
5 No Dairy
6 No Processed foods
It sounds tough I mean no café latte? Haha there are actually 3 levels of the Paleo diet an easier version with a few cheat meals in it, the middle slightly harder but ideal level and finally the hardcore level for those who just want to go all out.
I really like this book – I don’t 100% agree with all of it but for the most part this book / diet is spot on and you will get amazing results if you followed it.
4 out of 5 Stars.