Living The Paleo Way 3
Even though the paleo diet has been around for a while and has thousands of followers, there are many misconceptions about this diet. These misconceptions arise through false information, a negative image of the lifestyle and even marketing attempts by other fad diets to discredit it.
As we know the paleo diet somewhat resembles the way our early ancestors ate and the coined reference to the caveman diet has caused one of the biggest misconceptions about the lifestyle.
- Firstly, many people think it is all about gorging yourself on meat
The paleo diet is about eating nutrient rich foods that don’t contain harmful substances and disagree with our bodies. It isn’t a reenactment of how the actual cavemen ate. Paleo dieters don’t go out hunting for boars or deer and roast the meat over an open flame.
The diet is about eating the correct foods and excluding the bad ones. Grains, sugar, processed foods, etc. aren’t allowed. This is due to the fact that these foods are neither natural nor healthy.
There are millions of people who have problems with grain based foods. So, the diet isn’t only about meat. Vegetables, healthy fats and fruit may be consumed too.
- Secondly, is that Paleo dieting is only meant for fat loss.
Fat loss is one of the benefits of a paleo diet but it isn’t the goal. Unlike the Atkins diet or other low carb diets, the paleo followers aren’t overly concerned about weight loss. The idea is to consume wholesome, healthy food and stop eating junk that can be detrimental to your health.
Once this is achieved, weight loss naturally follows. Obesity is a growing trend around the world and it’s reaching epidemic proportions.
That’s because of poor food choices. The paleo diet is a healthy way to eat and live. It’s more than just fat loss.
- The paleo diet isn’t practical
The paleo diet does require some effort and preparation. That doesn’t make it impractical. You just need to find ways to make it easier for you.
Cooking your food for a few days at a time, pre-packing it in containers for ease, it a great way to stay on track. If you are truly dedicated, you will find a way.
- The paleo diet is expensive.
No, it’s not. You are encouraged to buy your meat and vegetables from farmers’ markets and other suppliers. Since you will be doing your own cooking, you’ll be spending less on food.
In addition, since you won’t be consuming as much processed junk food, so you won’t be spending as much on the usual comforts foods which means it could actually be cheaper.
- The paleo diet isn’t for women.
There are many arguments for this, stating that women need more carbohydrates and less protein then men, which may be true.
However, in cases like this, a paleo eating plan is actually better because if the woman feels lethargic, she can consume more carbs in the form of vegetables, which is more beneficial.
The paleo diet doesn’t have to be rigid. You can mix and match to suit your schedule and your taste buds.
These are only a few of the more common misconceptions. There are many more but don’t let them stop you.
The best way to know if this lifestyle is for you is to is to try it for 3 weeks or a month. If you start looking and feeling better, stay on.
If not, you can always go back to your previous way of eating but chances are good that once you go paleo, you’ll never go back.
You can learn more here in my online guide about how to start Paleo Diet
to make sure you get a good start to a healthy diet.
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