The Paleo diet is the most ancient diet. People have used this diet tens of thousands of years and have not had overweight problems. It should be noted that most of people who used the Paleo diet were not even aware that they were on a diet.
It is not a secret that a balanced diet is a basis of healthy lifestyle and beautiful figure. Therefore, the Paleo diet is one of the most effective and popular ways to lose weight in Australia. The Paleo diet involves consumption of food products that were available to people living in the Paleolithic era.
Recent studies of DNA of ancient skeletal remains of people have determined that physiology of modern people has little changed from the physiology of people who lived at the end of Paleolithic era (about 20 thousand years ago). The needs of modern man in nutrition are the same as that of people lived in prehistoric societies.
Optimal nutrition program is integrated in DNA of modern person that makes us slim, healthy and energetic. We can say that the Paleo diet activates this program and is:
- The key to rapid weight loss, which is designed by nature itself
- Symbiosis of the basic principles of our Hunter-Gatherers ancestors and modern knowledge
Some Australians think the Paleo diet is rough food and ugly dishes that do not meet modern trends in nutrition, however this opinion differs from Pete Evans opinion.
Chef Pete Evans is a TV presenter of the most popular Australian cooking show «My Kitchen Rules» and supporter of the Paleo diet. Books by Pete Evans will discover the secrets of more than 100 recipes of the Paleo diet dishes.
To the Paleo diet helps to lose weight, it is necessary to perform some simple recommendations when choosing food products and cooking. In addition, do not forget about physical activity. Hunter-Gatherers were active and modern man is recommended too.
Meat and fats in the Paleo diet
Proteins and useful fats were a basis of nutrition of our Paleolithic ancestors. Meat – is the best combination of natural fats, proteins, and one of the main parts of the Paleo diet.
Australian nutrition experts talked about harm of red meat to human health for over 50 years. Today, nutritionists recommend consumption of red meat or other meat even people who want to lose weight.
Wild animal meat consists of 20% fats and 80% proteins. Fresh, dried or smoked meat of wild animals can be hardly found in every store, so the Paleo diet involves the consumption of meat with a little fat.
Over the last 20 thousand years, new species of animals have not appeared, so the Paleo diet involves consumption of dishes made from:
- Bear meat
- Grass-fed beef
Unlike many other popular Australian diets, the Paleo diet allows consumption of a small amount of bacon. This diet also includes eggs of chicken, ducks or geese.
Vegetables, fruits and nuts in the Paleo diet
Being on the Paleo diet, Australians can eat any amount of:
- artichoke hearts,
- brussels sprouts,
- green onions,
*Consumption of potatoes and vegetables high in starch should be limited.
It should be noted that consumption of vegetables should exceed the consumption of fruits during the Paleo diet. Every day, you can eat 1-3 servings of oranges, avocados, apples, plums, lemons, peaches or other fruits. Consumption of bananas or other fruits high in simple carbs should be restricted.
Nut consumption is recommended, but it should be restricted. If to eat frequently a jar of walnut butter, it will be difficult to reduce waist circumference. It is best to consume whole walnuts, pumpkin seeds, pine nuts, hazelnuts and almonds.
What food products are not used during the Paleo diet?
The main dietary guidelines for people on the Paleo diet include a restriction or complete refusal of food products that were unavailable in the Paleolithic. A list of these products includes sweet soft drinks, dairy products, fruit juices, sweets and any foods from grain.