What You Need to Know About the Paleo Diet

What Are the Benefits of the Paleo Diet?

If you are considering this diet, it's a good idea to look at the pros and cons. Let's start with some of the benefits that the Paleo diet may offer.
 
With this diet, there is no "counting calories." Also, because you are eating fiber-rich fruits and vegetables, they will help fill you up fast.
 
The carbohydrates consumed on this diet come from an unlimited supply of fresh fruits and veggies. Although fruits and veggies can contain natural sugars, they are still considered low-glycemic foods. This means they cause a slow and limited rise in blood sugar and insulin levels. When insulin and blood sugar levels become excessive, this may contribute to hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and obesity, just to name a few. However, because fruits and vegetables are of a low-glycemic index, they may help to prevent these types of complications.
 
Also, the Paleo diet claims that the fruits and vegetables consumed cause your body to become slightly alkaline (basic), which means that diseases believed to be caused by acid/base imbalances in the body, such as insomnia, osteoporosis, and strokes, may improve.
 
The Paleo diet is rich in soluble fiber, which may help improve gastrointestinal tract diseases. Also, the large amounts of omega-3 fatty acids eaten with this diet may help to improve inflammatory diseases.

There are allowances on this diet for cheating, particularly in the beginning. When you first start this plan, you can have three "open meals" a week, which means you can eat whatever you want. As you progress on this particular meal plan, open meals are reduced to just one (or none) per week.
 
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