A relatively new breed of dieters out there are looking to lose weight and get in shape by sticking to a simple diet, similar to the kind embraced (by necessity) by the people living in the Paleolithic era.
It involves meat, fish, fruit, and vegetables — without the more modern creations of the kitchen, such as pastries and coffee.
It’s a regimen that restricts followers to a basic diet of meat, fish, fruits and vegetables while eliminating all grains, beans, salt, sugar and dairy.
Much as I did when I first found out about the so-called Atkins diet about ten or so years ago, my immediate reaction to reading about the Caveman diet was extreme skepticism. Let us not forget the sage words of David W. Boles, who only recently wrote that it is just a matter of time before pretty much everyone will be keeping a Vegan diet — it only makes sense.
If you have high cholesterol, changing to a Vegan diet is an easy way to lower your lipids into an acceptable range. I’m disappointed that so many people prefer to pop a pill like Lipitor instead of just eating more fruits and grains and vegetables — but I know the day will come with the high-fat American diet will lose favor as people finally realize, not too late we hope, that there is a better way to achieve better health, and the solution is as simple as the food in front of your face.
There’s also the issue that people during the Paleolithic era did not spend hours in front of the computer and were, in fact, burning hundreds of calories every hour from being constantly on the move during the day. Why would you eat like a swimmer, for example, if you were only going to be fiddling around on the computer all day long?
There are many diets out there and pretty much every single one of them is guaranteed to be a long term failure in the long run because the moment you step off of the guidelines of the diet for too long, you will go back to putting on weight and that means that you have failed. The only long term way to keep off excess weight is to not go on diets but rather to change the way you eat and are active during the day, and therefore not have to think about how many days are left on the diet — because it is not something that simply ends.