If you’ve ever Googled the words “diet” or “lose weight”, you’ll likely have come across several dietary trends that are being touted as the diet that can make a difference.
The two names that keep popping up are the paleo and keto diet, the latter of which counts celebrities Kourtney Kardashian and Halle Berry as fans.
What do these diets entail, and more significantly, what can you eat?
What is it?
The paleo diet advocates healthy, natural foods that have not been processed.
It’s also known as the “caveman” diet as it emulates the foods our ancestors ate during the Paleolithic era, before agriculture came along.
It stems from the belief that our digestive systems haven’t changed much since that time, so certain foods will put a strain on our gastrointestinal tract.
This means refined sugar and processed foods such as TV dinners, chips and breakfast cereal, are out.
Dairy, grains and legumes are also eliminated, along with root vegetables and alcohol.
What can you eat?
Lots of protein, so lean meat and fish will make up a major part of your meal, along with fruits, vegetables and healthy fats.
Is it effective?
A study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that people on the paleo diet lost three times more weight compared to those who ate very little fat.
Naturally low in calories and carbohydrates, the diet will help with weight loss but there are potential health consequences.