Later edit: I did this back in May 2014, and I’ve kept up a lot of the practices. I go back and do it hardcore every now and then. See the bottom of this post for how it went for me.
So I subscribe to a number of fitness podcasts – Abel James’ Fat Burning Man is one that I really like. The hot trend right now on the diet and fitness circuit is Paleo (pronounced Pail-E-O). I’m not sure whether it’s effective or another fad, so I figured, why not try it? And I think you should join me!
The Paleo Diet draws it’s name from Paleolithic people (which seems to be a fancy name for “cave men”) who lived in a time long before the agricultural era. As such, they didn’t eat things like grains and legumes because these things had to be processed in order to be edible, and they obviously didn’t have that type of technology. Therefore, they would hunt and gather things that were indigenous and seasonal to their environment.The idea is that they lived longer, healthier lives by only eating these more natural foods.
I can’t really decide if this is a fad since there’s so much hype around it right now. And if you think it sounds like a complete clone of the Atkins Diet, I can’t argue with you there. But I figure, what’s the harm of trying? If people love it so much, it must have some potential.
Also, the good thing about this diet is that it doesn’t involve any calorie tracking. We’re just limiting food, but you’re basically able to eat as much as you want. You want to avoid eating a ton of fruit and nuts because they’re high in calories, so around 1-2 servings each day. Everything else. Smash!
Rob Wolf has a ton of info about the Paleo diet on his site so you can read more it there. But you know the basics so give it a shot! I love to hear about people that are doing it, so send me an email or drop a comment if you decide to try it. I want to hear out how goes for you.
If you want to read how it went for me, check out this blog post.