People looking for the best weight loss diet should give serious consideration to the high-protein program often referred to as the Paleo Diet or Cave Man Diet, a new study has revealed.
The School of Medicine at Nanjing University in China recently released the results of a research project led by Dr. Xinfeng Liu. The findings were summarized in a report by Samantha Chang, who writes about health and fitness for Examiner.com. Here are some highlights.
The Nanjing University study results bolsters the health claims of Paleo proponents, who say the Paleo diet prevents stroke, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, depression, and Alzheimer’s, in addition to enhancing weight loss.
The Paleo diet is the most popular diet around today, and boasts a huge celebrity following, including Tim McGraw, Matthew McConaughey, Kellan Lutz, Megan Fox, Jessica Biel, and supermodel Adriana Lima. Many Los Angeles Lakers stars are Paleos, as is Miami Heat guard Ray Allen.
The high-protein Paleo diet has been touted for its capacity to promote weight loss, but the diet’s creator, Dr. Loren Cordain, said the eating plan was intended to prevent disease.
“The idea we had had little to do with weight control,” said Dr. Cordain, author of The Paleo Answer. “We were more interested in cardiovascular effects, cancer, acne and myopia. It is a lifelong way of eating to reduce the risk of chronic disease.”
Dr. Cordain, who also wrote The Paleo Diet Cookbook, said marketing the Paleo diet as a weight-loss tool was his editor’s idea, to make the diet appeal to a larger audience. Despite his initial reluctance to push the Paleo diet as a weight loss plan, recent studies show it beats almost every other diet for weight loss.
Paleo Diet Proven Twice as Effective for Weight Loss
A new report published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that Paleo dieters lost more than twice as much weight as low-fat diets. A two-year study conducted by scientists at Cambridge University and Umeå University in Sweden tracked 70 overweight, post-menopausal women who either followed a low-fat diet or a lower-carb (and higher-fat) Paleo diet.
Study participants were measured for weight, cholesterol and blood sugars after six months on their respective diets, and again after two years. The results showed the Paleo dieters lost more than twice as much weight (14 pounds) as the low-fat dieters (5.7 pounds). In previous studies, the Paleo diet has routinely beaten low-fat diets at controlling cholesterol and diabetes.
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It has been our experience that because the Paleo diet recommends eating a lot of meat, people who want to follow a vegetarian or vegan diet are often quite frustrated. That is why we were so pleased to learn about the The Vegetarian Paleo Recipe Cookbook recently written by Jennifer Dawn and Michelle Tracy. With recipes not only for dinners, but also for breakfasts, lunches and desserts, it appears to provide a way for people who choose not to eat meat enjoy the benefits of a high-protein diet. Not only are their recipes meatless, but they also are free from dairy, soy, gluten, grains and refined sugar.