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The Paleo Diet : Eating Like Our Caveman Ancestors

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard the term, “eat like a caveman.” This hunter/gatherer approach to dieting is the foundation for the popular Paleo Diet. The Paleo Diet claims to be “the world’s healthiest diet.”

Experts of the Paleo Diet say that their diet plan is different from the average low carb diet. “Like others it is higher in protein, but it is premised firstly on a historical basis: because for millions of years our ancestors ate substantially less carbohydrates (i.e., less grains, refined sugars, starch, bread, processed carbs, etc.) than in the modern, western diet. In fact, they ate virtually none of the above foods. Then, the agricultural revolution came with cities, civilizations, and different foodstuffs.”

According to PaleoDietLifestyle.com the Paleo diet is high in animal fat and proteins and low in carbohydrates. “A Paleo diet, also known as Paleolithic diet or caveman diet is all about natural foods to help achieve great health and a perfect physique. The human body evolved for more than 2 million years with the food found in nature: game meat, fish, vegetables, wild fruits, eggs and nuts.”

Lou Cordain, Ph.D. one of the leading experts on the Paleo diet told RunnersWorld.com, that the Paleo diet is good source of fuel for athletes. “You'll likely increase your protein and fat consumption, while modestly lowering your carb intake. But since the carbs you do eat will come largely from fruits and veggies, you'll be swimming in healthful micronutrients. The protein will come from lean meats with low levels of saturated fats, and from fish with high levels of healthful omega-3 fats. You'll get more healthy, monounsaturated fats from canola oil, walnut oil, and olive oil. These fats won't raise your heart-attack risk; in fact, they'll probably lower it.”

He co-authored the book Paleo for Athletes with Joe Friel, a marathoner, cyclist and triathlete. In the book, Friel helps implement certain carbohydrates to help optimum performance. According to RunnersWorld.com, “He does this in great detail, explaining how to get the best carbs before, during, and after races and workouts.

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