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The Paleo Diet

What Else You Should Know

Costs: Eating a lot of meat and fish can raise your grocery bill.

Support: You can do this diet on your own. If you want to connect to your fellow Paleos, there are Paleo Diet forums online.

What Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, Says:

Does It Work?

Eliminating all grains, dairy, processed foods, sugar, and more will most likely lead to weight loss, but it may be a tough plan to follow long term due to the dietary limitations and restrictions.

There are several studies on certain aspects of the Paleo Diet. While they may not support all the claims made in the book, they have found that a diet rich in lean protein and plant-based foods can make you feel fuller, control blood sugar levels, and help you lose weight.

Is It Good for Certain Conditions?

The author claims there are clinical trials that show a paleo diet can lower the risk of heart disease, blood pressure, and inflammation, plus lose weight, reduce acne, and promote optimum health and athletic performance.

Eliminating salt and processed foods makes this low-sodium diet good for people with high blood pressure.

Check with your doctor before starting on this plan.

The Final Word

If you’re able to spend the money buying more whole, unprocessed foods and are willing to dedicate the time in the kitchen to preparing them, then this plan may help you lose weight.

To fill in the nutrient gaps, supplement the plan with folate, B vitamins, calcium, and vitamin D.

If you prefer a more flexible approach to weight loss that’s less focused on meat and offers a wider variety of foods, look for another plan.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger, MD on December 01, 2013
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