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Whats wrong with “Diets” and Paleo for Dummies

What’s a “Diet”

The word “diet” to in today’s culture implies a restriction of caloric intake usually combined with a gimmicky plan to only eat some ridiculous unnatural combination of foods like the grapefruit diet.  The problem with this definition of  “diet ” is that it’s wrong.  There are thousands of weight loss “diets” out there today and the US population just keeps getting more overweight and obese.  The numbers are staggering. 27% of adults are obese and the number is expected to reach 41% by 2015.  Even more alarming is the direct causal link obesity has to chronic illness.   Did someone say health care crisis?  This is the real health care crisis.

From Wikipedia:

There has been an increase in obesity-related medical problems, including type II diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and disability.[18] In particular, diabetes has become the seventh leading cause of death in the United States,[19] with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimating in 2008 that fifty-seven million adults aged twenty and older were pre-diabetic, 23.6 million diabetic, with 90–95% of the latter being type 2-diabetic.[20]

Obesity has increased health care use and expenditures,[18][21][22][23] costing society an estimated $117 billion in direct (preventive, diagnostic, and treatment services related to weight) and indirect (absenteeism, loss of future earnings due to premature death) costs.[24] This exceeds health-care costs associated with smoking or problem drinking[23] and accounts for 6% to 12% of national health care expenditures in the Unites States.[25]The Medicare and Medicaid programs bear about half of this cost.[23]

The next time you hear the word “diet” think “the quality of what you eat not quantity”.

Paleo isn’t really a “diet” the way most people think of it.

zone-paleo-food-pyramid-300x248The Paleo diet refers to the type of foods our ancestors ate – a hunter gatherer diet. In fact, our bodies are programmed to eat a hunter gatherer diet. That means lean meat for protein, nuts and seeds for fat, and vegetables and fruit for carbs.   No sugar, starch, grain and dairy. We have been eating a hunter gatherer diet for about 2.5 million years – that’s what our bodies are adapted to thrive under.  About 10,000 years ago, the agricultural revolution changed our diet and brought us cereals, dairy products, and refined sugars.  It also brought the onslaught of autoimmune diseases, celiac disease, diabetes, etc. You can feed a lot of people with grain,  its cheap, doesn’t spoil quickly and when you put refined sugar on it and package it in a colorful box you can make some easy profit.

Food with real nutritional value is perishable.

Anything with an expiration date on it dated for next year is not food.  Real food spoils – quickly.  When food spoils, that means bacteria, algae etc. are eating it.  They eat it because its good.  Manufactured “food” that can sit on a shelf for months or years without spoiling means that even these microbial creatures won’t eat it.  You shouldn’t either.

Think of food as a drug.

80% of the expression of your genome is based on what you eat.   You can’t change the color of your eyes for example, but you can limit your genetic predisposition for heart disease or high blood pressure by altering your diet.  What’s that, your parents are fat and that’s why you are fat?  Well, actually your parents are fat because they eat a lot of refined carbs and you are fat because you eat like your parents.

Its really not about “Weight Loss”

It’s really about body composition – the ratio of lean body mass(muscle) to fat.    Eating less will help you lose weight (fat and muscle) for a period of time – you will gain it back because walking around hungry is a miserable way to live.   The key to a healthy body composition is eating quality food (that spoils) with more emphasis on protein and fat – that’s right, fat.    By balancing your protein, fat and good carb intake, your body’s hormonal response that regulates how energy is stored or released is altered.  Remember, food is a drug.  When you eat refined carbs like a donut (refined sugar & refined flour), your body sends out hormonal messages for your cells to store fat – yes, sugar converts to fat.   When you eat fat (Omega 3 and healthy fat from olive oil, walnuts, fish oil, avocado) your body releases fat from storage to use as energy.

By eating a hunter gatherer diet, your body adapts to get the bulk of its energy needs from fat.  This reduces insulin levels so you lose the cravings for sugar and the desire to overeat.  Your body also gets the nutritional content it needs. The Paleo food you eat is more nutrient dense and makes you feel fuller – you don’t walk around hungry.

Sounds Simple

The concepts here are proven and they really are simple.  However, making these changes in your diet can be difficult and does take discipline and usually at least 3-4 weeks to allow your body to adapt.  The payoff, however, is immense.  Increased energy, mental acuity, stamina, a more positive attitude, emotional stability, improved physical capacity and a better outlook on life in general. The list goes on and on. More importantly, the future outlook on your general health makes a huge shift toward a better direction. This alone is worth taking some short term pain to get the long term gain.

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