Dr Oz: What Is the Paleo Diet?
Have you ever heard of the Paleo Diet? Have you ever wondered if it is the best diet for you? Dr. Oz is investigating the new diet and letting everyone know if is healthy or just hype. He is also going over the many health benefits behind the diet and how eating a high-protein diet can be good for you.
Dr Oz: Dr Loren Cordain – The Paleo Diet Review
Dr. Loren Cordain, author of The Paleo Diet, said all women should be on the diet because it is high in protein and low-glycemic. She said this is the best diet to lose weight with because it adds a lot of fruits and vegetables as well as omega-3 fatty acids and it will help bring down inflammation in the body.
Dr Oz: Paleo Diet vs Atkins Diet
Nell Stephenson, author of Paleoista, shared some of the foods in the diet but Dr. Oz was confused on what sets the diet apart from the other low-carb diets on the market. She told Dr. Oz this is not the Atkins Diet. She said on the Paleo Diet you are not walking around all day eating meat and cheese, but instead you are getting a great balance of food which includes produce at every meal.
Check out some of the foods you can eat while on the Paleo Diet:
- Grass-fed beef
- Wild salmon
- Healthy fats – coconut oil, avocados
- Raw nuts in moderation
Dr Oz: Paleo Diet Doesn’t Include Dairy Due To Inflammation
Dr. Oz said the Paleo Diet is similar to the type of diet Fred Flintstone would have consumed. Although the diet is more than just meat and vegetables, Dr. Oz questioned why there was no dairy in the diet. Stephenson explained dairy is not a part of the diet because the diet stays away from foods that cause inflammation and focuses more on eating whole foods that do not come in wrappers.
Besides dairy, check out the other foods you won’t be eating on the Paleo Diet:
- No dairy
- No grains
- No legumes
- No refined sugars
Dr Oz: Paleo Diet Helps With Weight Loss, Reduces Heart Disease
Dr. Oz has heard a lot of opinions about the Paleo Diet and many of those opinions have been formed from misconceptions.
Dr. Loren Cordain said one of the biggest misconceptions about the diet is that people think it is just another “fad diet.” She said this is not the case at all because people have been eating this way for thousands of years. She said the diet works so well it has been shown to reduce heart disease and help with weight loss.
While the pounds might start slipping off, Stephenson said it may take some time. She said it will be a healthy weight loss that will happen slowly over time which is ideal for long team success when dealing with weight loss.
Dr Oz: Paleo Diet Dinner Example
Nell Stephenson showed Dr. Oz what a Paleo Diet dinner would look like.
- 2/3 plate with fresh veggies
- Palm-size amount of protein
- Small amount of healthy fat, like avocado slices
- A handful of fruit
Dr Oz: No Calorie Counting On Paleo Diet
Nell Stephenson said there is no reason to count calorie on the diet. As long as you follow the rules when you create a Paleo Diet dish for every meal, you will be eating healthy all day with a steady amount of energy to keep you going throughout the day.
Stephenson also encouraged women to look at breakfast as if it were their dinner. She suggested eating the dinner leftovers from the night before as part of your breakfast because it will give you the energy you need to make it to the next meal.
Dr Oz: Three Cheat Meals a Week Allowed on Paleo Diet
Nell Stephenson asked her clients to give the Paleo Diet a try for 30 days before trying the foods you love. She said the diet may help you stop craving the unhealthy foods you enjoy now. She said if that is not possible, she suggested cheating three times a week. Twenty one healthy meals in a week is a lot to eat, so cheating once in a while will help you stay on the diet instead of binging on unhealthy foods and going back to eating the way you used to.