The diet typically includes eating fish, lean meats, fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts. These are the foods that could be obtained in the past by hunting and gathering. The diet limits the foods that became common when farming emerged about 10,000 years ago. The foods include dairy products, grains and legumes.
Studies suggest that the diet can lead to significant weight loss and improve your health without even cutting back on calories.
Other common names for the Paleo diet include the Paleolithic diet, stone age diet, caveman diet and the hunter-gatherer diet.
The aim of the diet
The diet aims at returning to the way of eating what humans in ancient times ate. The diet’s reasoning is that the human body is genetically mismatched to the modern diet that emerged with farming practices, an idea known as the discordance hypothesis.
Farming has changed what people ate and added dairy, grains and legumes as staples to the diet. This rapidly changed the diet and according to the hypothesis, outplaced the body’s ability to adapt. This mismatch is believed to be a contributing factor for increasing obesity, diabetes and heart disease in today’s life.
Here are some foods to eat and avoid while following the Paleo diet.
Foods to eat on a Paleo diet
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