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What’s the Verdict? DietDemand Explores Prehistoric Paleo Diet: Benefits vs. Drawbacks

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Charleston, WV, March 04, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- What is the Paleo Diet?

The Paleo Diet is a popular option that offers a relatively moderate way to reduce excess body fat and lead a healthier lifestyle. The Paleo or Prehistoric Diet is based on the premise that a dietary plan based on what our ancestors ate back on the Paleolithic era well before the advent of refined carbohydrates and processed foods can shed fat and eliminate a wide-range of common health problems. The proponents of paleo suggest that consuming foods is key to restoring health. Here’s a short list of foods consumed by early humans:

  • Large amounts of lean meats and oily fish like salmon, mackerel, and albacore tuna
  • Relatively large amounts of fruit and vegetables
  • Significant portions of nuts and seeds
  • Moderate to high use of heart-healthy oils such as olive or walnut
  • Complete exclusion of dairy, grain products and processed food

What are its benefits? 

The Paleo Diet has been shown to decrease inflammation along with oxidative stress while alleviating many other common health issues, including:

  • Heart disease and other health issues like diabetes and stroke
  • Elevated triglycerides (and poor lipid balance in general)
  • Elevated blood pressure and fasting glucose
  • Excess body fat

Many diets like the Paleo diet are, in fact, beneficial and help millions of people maintain a healthy weight while battling obesity. More than sixty percent of Americans are overweight or obese with health issues like heart disease, type 2 diabetes and hypertension. Dealing with busy lifestyles and engaging in minimal physical activity has only aggravated these problems.

What are its drawbacks?

The Paleo Diet has been praised by many individuals for its health benefits and relative flexibility. It must be noted, however, that it can also cause adverse effects due to extremely high levels of saturated fat and protein and deficiencies in Vitamin D and calcium intake. Diets like the Paleo diet can be beneficial and help millions of people maintain a healthy weight while battling obesity. However, because dieting involves major lifestyle changes and continuous reduction of calories consumed, doctor supervision is strongly advised.

What’s the verdict on Paleo?

DietDemand’s medical director notes that the Paleo Diet in many ways has changed over the last five years as much research that has revealed that there really is no one paleo diet since our ancestors ate dramatically different diets depending on where in the world they lived. Eating as our ancestors ate simply boils down to eliminating the consumption processed foods, simple sugars and carbs.

While the Paleo diet has various health benefits and works for many individuals, it is not ideally suited for all. Besides high levels of dedication, the Paleo diet requires consistency on a daily basis. In addition, some parts of the Paleo diet are not supported by the American Diabetes Association’s dietary recommendations or leading medical professionals.

VERDICT: Despite its health benefits, the Paleo diet is not an ideal diet because it is not customized for individuals’ specific needs.

What does DietDemand offer?

DietDemand programs, in contrast, provides a doctor-supervised diet plan that is custom-created for all patients. Instead of forcing patients to adopt potentially harmful dietary practices, DietDemand helps develop a personalized diet plan to achieve a healthy lifestyle. While the blueprint for eating from the paleo diet is can work in theory, DietDemand recommends foods from the same groups while helping patients eliminating the obvious unhealthy processed foods in our diets. The Paleo Diet can be extremely vague in terms of how much of each macronutrient people should consume and part of that reason is the variety in the historical record. Some groups of humans ate large amounts of meat, while others ate a large amount of vegetable fiber and both seemed to fare the same. What we can take from the paleo diet is stressing what not to eat (which are the processed products of our modern food industry). DietDemand builds diets and patients macronutrients needs based on body metrics and activity level which is universal regardless of ancestry or diet philosophy. 

Upon consultation, patients receive a detailed weight loss plan based on their nutritional needs and medical history. Losing weight with DietDemand is safe, simple and affordable. Nutrition plans, exercise guidance, motivational support, and dietary supplements are all part of the comprehensive package.

About the Company:

DietDemand is the nation's leader in medical, weight loss offering a full line of prescription medication, doctor, nurse and nutritional coaching support.  For over a decade, DietDemand has produced a sophisticated, doctor designed weight loss program that addresses each individual specific health need to promote fast, safe and long-term weight loss.   

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