What’s be­hind the pa­leo diet?

Also known as the “Cave­man Diet”, the Pa­leo diet takes the at­ti­tude that what our pre­de­ces­sors ate led to strong mus­cles, healthy bones and a great im­mune sys­tem, with lots of pro­tein.

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In short, if it’s nat­u­ral, you can eat it – think fruits, veg­eta­bles, lean meats, seafood, nuts, seeds and healthy fats.

That means that dairy, grains, pro­cessed foods, sug­ars, legumes, starches and al­co­hol are out.

The ben­e­fits of the diet are that it has stood the test of time, and goes hand in hand with the rise of HIIT (high-in­ten­sity in­ter­val train­ing) and Crossfit in re­cent years, as the diet is per­fect for build­ing mus­cle and giv­ing you en­ergy to burn.

The Pa­leo diet has been around since the 1970s but has be­come pop­u­lar again in the past few years thanks to sev­eral celebri­ties who swear by it.

Of course, when you’re a movie star it’s easy to get some­one to make your meals for you, but with a bit of plan­ning, the Pa­leo diet can work for you.

Books like The Pa­leo So­lu­tion by Robb Wolf and The Pri­mal Blue­print by Mark Sis­son have caused a surge in the amount of at­ten­tion paid to the Pa­leo diet and sim­i­lar eat­ing plans.

These pa­leo books are widely re­garded as the rea­sons for the Pa­leo diet’s new-found popularity. A SAM­PLE DAY OF THE PA­LEO DIET MAY LOOK LIKE THIS: Break­fast: Two eggs and ba­con Lunch: Chicken strips and as­para­gus Din­ner: Grilled tuna with cel­ery Snacks: Fruit salad, nuts, smoked salmon, beef jerky, salami

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