Living The Paleo Way 8
In this section we are going to go over some of the differences between the Paleo and a low carb diet so you can decide which is better.
This is a very popular question that is often asked by people who are trying to make sense of all the weight loss information floating around.
However it isn’t always an easy one to answer because it all depends on the personal preferences of the person implementing the diet.
In this issue we will go over some of the pros and cons of each diet and in the end, the ultimate decision on which one to follow is up to you.
As we have discussed before the paleo diet isn’t really about weight loss. It’s more about making healthy food choices.
Eating food that’s good for your body and avoiding food that is not is the core of the plan.
This makes it highly effective and as a result, people following it will lose weight and this gives the impression that the paleo diet is all about losing weight.
You will be eating lots of protein when living the paleo way.
This includes (grass fed) meats, eggs, healthy fats such as coconut oils and grass fed butter, etc.
You will not be allowed to eat anything containing sugar, grains or that is refined or processed products.
This cuts out prepackaged food including diet and sugar free products too.
This is extremely difficult for many people because they have to give up many of their favorite foods. It’s a huge sacrifice for some.
This makes the paleo diet much more difficult to adopt than the low carb diet.
However, if you conquer your cravings as we discussed in the last issue, you will lose weight, look better and be healthier long term.
You will also have fewer allergies, potential health issues and a much better relationship with food.
The cravings will disappear in about 2 to 3 months so it’s important to be patient especially during the beginning phase.
Another benefit of this lifestyle change is that your weight loss will be permanent and you will have a much lower chance of gaining weight since your blood sugar levels will remain stable and there won’t be any insulin spikes from high GI foods.
The low carb diet on the other hand, advocates a diet that is extremely low in carbs or even in some cases, no carbs are allowed as in the Atkins diet.
Unlike the paleo diet which recommends a certain amount of carbs from vegetables and fruit every day.
On a low carb diet you may mean consume carbs in small quantities. Many dieters make the mistake of consuming carbs such as whole wheat bread or ‘healthy’ cereals.
What they often don’t realize is that even small amounts of these types of carbs will cause insulin spikes which will provide an instant energy boost but when the spike drops it leaves most of us feeling lethargic, irritable and hunting more carbs for another fix.
To maintain energy the human body needs a certain amount of carbohydrates. If you consume too little, your metabolic rate drops and you feel tired and sluggish.
Unlike paleo which encourages the consumption of nutrient dense foods, which may make up for the lack of carbs, that the low carb diet doesn’t.
All too often, low carb dieters diet consume too few calories, which actually impedes fat loss progress by triggering your body’s natural response to store calories when it feels starved.
The biggest positive aspect of a low carb diet is that it has much more leeway in its food choices.
It’s not as hard to follow as paleo because there aren’t as many forbidden foods you just have to stay under your allotted number of for the day which will depend on your size and personal goals.
For anyone who has the discipline and determination, paleo is a great option because it is more of a lifestyle change than a temporary fix.
If you’re just looking for a short term way to drop a few extra pounds then the low carb diet will probably be a better option because won’t have to totally avoid your favorite foods.
However, it is important to remember that this is a short-term solution and eliminating carbs long term can cause unwanted side effects lead to health problems and cause you to gain more weight than you lost when you revert to your previous eating habits.
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