You’ve probably heard about the "paleo diet" by now. It’s all the rage — and for good reason.

Also known as the caveman diet, the paleo diet focuses on real, unprocessed, non-packaged food.

On it, you’re allowed to eat:

  • Meat
  • Eggs
  • Vegetables
  • Fruit and nuts

But you cannot eat:

  • Grains
  • Dairy
  • Processed food
  • Sugar

Stay green, stay lean

Essentially, the paleo diet is a high-protein, high-fiber eating plan that promises you can lose weight without cutting or counting calories. Here’s a list of acceptable foods:

Meat

  • Steak
  • Beef
  • Ribs
  • Pork
  • Chicken breast
  • Chicken legs
  • Chicken wings
  • Lamb
  • Turkey
  • Salmon
  • Tilapia
  • Seafood
  • Crab
  • Clams
  • Bass
  • Goat
  • Rabbit
  • Bacon
  • Venison
  • Boar
  • Jerky

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Vegetables

  • Broccoli
  • Kale
  • Cauliflower
  • Carrots
  • Peppers
  • Asparagus
  • Spinach
  • Parsley
  • Cabbage
  • Zucchini

Fruit

  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Raspberries
  • Avocado
  • Watermelon
  • Apples

Nuts

  • Almonds
  • Pistachios
  • Walnuts
  • Brazil nuts
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Coconuts
  • Hazelnuts

You may also eat eggs.

No way these are paleo

Food to stay away from include:

  • Cereal grains
  • Legumes
  • Dairy such as cheese, milk, butter, yogurt, etc.
  • Refined sugar (maple syrup, honey, brown and white sugar, etc.)
  • Potatoes (regular and sweet)
  • Processed foods
  • Salty foods
  • Refined vegetable oils like corn oil
  • Candy and junk/processed foods

No meat? No problem

If you’re a vegetarian, you can still follow a paleo diet, as long as you cut out dairy, grains, and legumes. That being said, you can still eat eggs, and even sprouted beans and legumes (sprouting lowers their glycemic index).

Of course, you have to make sure you get enough protein in your diet. (And please remember to check with your doctor before starting a new diet plan.)

Kick your weight loss into high gear

If you notice that exercise and diet aren’t producing noticeable results, then you may need a little extra help getting the body you’ve always wanted.

 

References

  1. "Everything You Need to Know About the Paleo Diet," Health, February 12, 2014.
  2. "Should You Try the Paleo Diet?," Women's Health, March 4, 2013.
  3. "The Pros and Cons of the Paleo Diet," The Huffington Post, November 17, 2014.
  4. "What Are the Benefits of the Paleo Diet?," Livestrong, June 27, 2015.

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