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7 Cookbooks for Getting Started with A Paleo Diet

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    Nmg Link
    This is somewhat off-topic, but...why would one want to start a Paleo diet anyways? Isn't it just the defunct Atkins diet respun for the modern era?

    This is somewhat off-topic, but...why would one want to start a Paleo diet anyways? Isn't it just the defunct Atkins diet respun for the modern era?

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      cfabbro Link Parent
      Quite a few of my friends who really struggled with their weight over the years went paleo and lost pretty significant amounts of weight impressively quickly as a result... but most importantly...

      Quite a few of my friends who really struggled with their weight over the years went paleo and lost pretty significant amounts of weight impressively quickly as a result... but most importantly for them, have actually kept it off even all these years later staying on the diet. So while I can't speak to the science behind it, nor speak to how healthy it is long-term (I suspect it's pretty unhealthy, TBH), there does at least seem to be a decent amount of anecdotal evidence of its effectiveness.

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      1. Nmg (edited ) Link Parent
        Anecdotally, I lost 30 pounds on a plant-based diet, and I didn't even particularly intend to do so, nor was I particularly overweight. I made sure it is a diet sustainable long-term...e.g. I...

        Anecdotally, I lost 30 pounds on a plant-based diet, and I didn't even particularly intend to do so, nor was I particularly overweight.

        I made sure it is a diet sustainable long-term...e.g. I ensure I get enough Omega-3s through flax and chia seeds, as well as algal oil, considering I do not eat fish (which eat algae that contain Omega-3s).

        I also benefit from a lower LDL cholesterol (55 mg/dL), which according to medical literature, makes it nearly impossible for me to have a heart attack (the leading cause of death in the USA).

        I'm not perfect about my diet, and I am not saying my diet is the ideal one for everyone, but I do try and make sure it is as healthy for me as far as my understanding of nutrition goes, and I think that is something everyone should do. Granted, the dairy industry bombarding kids with a 'Got milk' campaign and tricking everyone into thinking that milk prevents bone fractures is a hard message to overcome...

        I just think it's such a shame that people are willing to commit to a diet, that, maybe it loses them the pounds, but is undoubtedly terrible for you in the process, and may not even be what it claims to be, considering paleolithic peoples likely gathered a whole lot more than they hunted...

        Note: made some edits

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      2. arghdos Link Parent
        I was involuntarily (my love for bread, and related products cannot be overstated :P) put on a paleo diet to combat lyme disease over the summer, and I lost a ton of weight (which I didn't need or...

        I was involuntarily (my love for bread, and related products cannot be overstated :P) put on a paleo diet to combat lyme disease over the summer, and I lost a ton of weight (which I didn't need or even particularly want to lose, at that). It's insane how much carbs and sugars contribute to your overall calorie count. After awhile, I actually started to feel pretty good on a strict paleo diet though it was a long struggle to get to that point with all the antibiotics I was taking. If nothing else, it gave me a much better appreciation for the amount of carbs I was ingesting for no good reason, and ways to avoid them when possible, which I find valuable even now when I'm not very strict with the diet anymore.

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        piedpiper Link Parent
        It probably works because they are eating less calories.

        It probably works because they are eating less calories.

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        1. cfabbro (edited ) Link Parent
          Well, no shit... but the effectiveness of diets is about far more than just consuming less calories. A green bean diet would be incredibly calorie light, but the chances of someone actually being...

          Well, no shit... but the effectiveness of diets is about far more than just consuming less calories. A green bean diet would be incredibly calorie light, but the chances of someone actually being able to stay on it for years is pretty slim. Whereas the paleo diet seems to be an easy one for people to transition to, allows people to lose weight pretty rapidly while still feeling satiated (i.e. none of my paleo friends complained of ever feeling hungry, unlike many others I know who have tried ones like Weight Watchers), and moreover they actually seem to be able to maintain it for years.

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    2. Rocket_Man Link Parent
      You wouldn't really want to. But people are desperate and will pretty much try anything.

      You wouldn't really want to. But people are desperate and will pretty much try anything.