What You Need to Know About the Paleo Diet

How Does Paleo Compare to Other Diets?

Numerous studies have been done on various weight loss diets. A bulk of this evidence indicates that for those who want to lose weight, a slow and steady loss of one to two pounds a week is recommended.
 
In addition, a majority of the scientific reviews currently conclude that a diet of any composition will lead to weight loss if it sufficiently reduces calories. The bottom line -- the key to weight management is a balance between calories consumed and calories expended. In short, to lose weight, you must eat less and exercise more.
 
So how does the Paleo diet compare to other diets? Some research shows that protein has two to three times the thermic effect of either fat or carbohydrates, which means that it will speed up your metabolism and thus speed up weight loss. Protein is usually very satisfying, and you may be less likely to overeat.

In addition, some studies have shown that high-protein, low-glycemic-load diets such as the Paleo diet tend to be more effective than low-fat, high-carbohydrate diets for weight loss and keeping that weight off.
 
According to some research, diets that focus on reducing glycemic load rather than dietary fat may be more beneficial for maintaining weight loss and reducing the risk for cardiovascular disease. The low-glycemic plan also appears to be more effective than the other plans at burning calories and keeping energy expenditure at a higher rate after weight loss.
 
However, more research is needed to determine whether one diet is really better than another for maintaining weight loss.
 
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