So you are still thinking about taking the plunge and going paleo however, you’ve a few nagging questions in your mind. Trust me, I know there is a lot of confusion and conflicting information out there when it comes to the Paleo diet. I mean lets face it with dozens of self-proclaimed experts, and hundreds of interpretations of what it means to eat Paleo, it’s only natural that this would happen. So here is an attempt to answer and clear-up some of the confusion.
Q: What makes Paleo different from any other diet?
Paleo, unlike most fad diets, is sustainable over long periods of time and promotes health, well-being and longevity. A lot of diets focus on a specific goal like weight loss, athletic performance or disease management. Unlike those diets, Paleo promotes positive gene expression, hormonal balance, and homeostasis, which lead to ideal general health, well-being, body composition, and athletic performance.
Q: Is Paleo better than Atkins?
For many, the Atkins diet will provide results in the short term, but as far as long-term stability goes the Paleo diet seems to be more effective. It has a strong focus on bringing your eating back to a simpler time and using high quality ingredients. For that reason, in regards to sustained weight management and health, Paleo comes out on top.
Q: Is Paleo the same as gluten free?
Paleo is inherently gluten-free because it is grain free, and that includes wheat. It’s possible to eat a gluten-free diet that isn’t Paleo, because dairy, legumes, and other foods are gluten-free but not allowed on the Paleo diet.
Q: Can I shop at my local grocery store for the paleo diet or do I need a Whole Foods-esque store?
Q: Is it gonna be a easy switch to the paleo diet?
Q: If I go out to eat is it going to be difficult to order something and stay strictly on the paleo diet?
Q: Can I still drink a beer on the paleo diet?
Q: What are the most common foods I can’t eat on the paleo diet?