Being in the health and weight loss business for over a decade – I often get asked my opinion on several diets. Of recent, I am receiving many e-mail inquiries about the Paleo diet and if it is indeed a good approach for health and weight loss.
The Paleo diet is referred to as such because it is from the Paleolithic era – the diet of our ancestors. The diet is based on a hunter-gatherer approach and includes no grains or dairy.
Examples of foods that are included on the Paleo diet are:
- Tart fruits
- Wild meats
- Coconut oil
Examples of foods that are excluded on the Paleo diet are:
- Refined and processed foods
- Sugars and candy
- Grains, breads, beans and GMO foods
Should you go Paleo?
Grains are in fact a relatively “new food” in our diet and were only introduced approximately 10,000 years ago. I truly believe that the refinement of grains and sugars are a core issue when it comes to the obesity epidemic we are facing. In short – too many grains and sugars results in the following reaction;
Grains/sugar ⇒ over secretion of insulin ⇒ fat around belly
My books and private practice are based on the scientific approach of hormonal weight loss – a.k.a. blood sugar balancing weight loss. The metabolic boosting effects which I have experienced with thousands of clients are due to helping regulate insulin response which in turn burns fat. My programs do eliminate all refined grains from the diet, however, do allow 1 selection of high quality whole grains per day (the grain has to be prior to dinner time… that is one rule I am strict on!). The approach, of hormonal weight loss also includes a modest amount of high quality dairy products (goat’s cheese) and a variety of fruits.
While I live a fairly grain free life myself – I still do enjoy a small amount of brown rice, amaranth or quinoa. The balance between protein each meal, vegetables, good fats and a modest amount of grain strikes the perfect approach for a long term approach. In short;
- Most people do enjoy eating 1 grain per day. Going grain free is far too radical an approach for most. This is why we optimize healthier more digestible options such as sprouted grain bread, brown rice, quinoa or amaranth which will not cause weight gain.
- When putting someone on a nutritional program– you need to combine health and wellness with an ability to follow the program for life. In other words…they need to be able to make the shift. If it is not realistic for them (i.e. dairy free, grain free, elimination of tropical fruits), it will not have long lasting effects.
- Not all grains have to be the “bad guys”. In fact, there is a lot of good, high quality whole grains offered which include fiber, B vitamins and iron. Whole grains have been shown to aid in the prevention of high cholesterol, constipation and weight management.
- In addition to offering a good source of calcium, a modest amount of goat’s dairy products will offer flavor and variety to your daily meals and snacks.
If you are interested in following a hormonally balanced weight loss program, simply sign up to www.drjoey.com for my healthy starter kit!