The Paleo Diet – if you’re like me, these words became synonymous with the latest diet trends America seems to be obsessed with. As I have with many of its predecessors, I assumed this “diet” was nothing more than slick marketing and exaggerated claims. How could following the Paleo diet actually alter my mind and body into the realm of genuine health and wellness? For years, I ignored the claims from friends, family and media outlets that switching to the Paleo lifestyle was actually making a positive difference.
That is until I noticed my health, energy and mood was declining at a rapid pace. With hesitation, I began researching the Paleo diet. I was shocked by my discoveries, and even more shocked after my body began to heal and alter once I started this transformative lifestyle plan. The Paleo diet is far more than a way to shed unwanted pounds. This scientifically-backed program repairs your body at the cellular level for true health and healing. Don’t believe me? Let’s look at what science has to say.
Paleo Benefit #1 – Weight Loss
Even though the Paleo group failed to fully stick to the guidelines, at six months this group lost 14.3 pounds while the low-fat group lost 5.7 pounds. At the halfway mark (12 months), the Paleo group lost an average of 19 pounds, compared to only 9.7 pounds by the low-fat group. Although both groups regained weight by the 24-month mark, the Paleo group maintained a 10.1 pound loss while the low-fat group maintained a 6.4 pound loss.
Paleo Benefit #2 – Cardiovascular System Health
This study found that after four months of consuming the Paleo diet, significantly lowered total cholesterol, LDL levels and tryglycerides while increasing healthy HDL cholesterol levels. Another study found the Paleo diet significantly improved cardiovascular health and decreased cardiovascular disease risk factors after only two weeks of following the diet.
Paleo Benefit #3 – Type 2 Diabetes
Even though diabetes treatments are effective at controlling this chronic disease, it’s still the seventh leading cause of death in America. The Paleo diet has shown to be vastly more efficient in controlling this disease and reducing its severity than any other diet.
The Paleo Diet – A Beginning to True Health
The Paleo diet is far more than a way to lose weight. This lifestyle plan holds the potential to creating a healthier, longer and happier life.
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