In 2013, the Paleo diet became the most searched-for weight loss plan. Dr. Mehmet Oz revealed how to customize the caveman diet to help you lose up to 75 pounds in six months on his Monday talk show.
Dr. Oz says that the Paleo diet can boost your energy level and prevent disease as well as switch your body into fat-burning mode. The secret to weight loss success: Personalize the plan based on your body type, based on the research of Chris Kresser, author of “Your Personal Paleo Code: The 3-Step Plan to Lose Weight, Reverse Disease, and Stay Fit and Healthy for Life.”
The Paleo diet is based on the theory that by eating what our caveman ancestors consumed, we can easily achieve our weight loss goals while improving our overall health. The diet focuses on unprocessed foods and requires eliminating dairy, sugar and grains.
What’s wrong with dairy and grains? Chris and other Paleo proponents say that our DNA has not changed significantly since the days of hunter-gatherers, who did not consume those food groups.
Therefore, by avoiding milk, cheese, wheat and other such foods, you can improve your well-being as well as lose weight. Foods to include include fish, eggs, chicken, turkey, bison, duck, fruits, vegetables, nuts and olive oil.
An ideal Paleo meal should consist of two-thirds vegetables and one-third protein with a serving of healthy fats such as avocado. Those choices should be all-natural rather than come from processed products.
Although Dr. Oz typically recommends legumes, dairy and whole grains, Paleo gurus say these foods are harmful because they can cause inflammation and bloating. By following Paleo diet guidelines 85 percent of the time, you can avoid those problems while still enjoying an occasional “cheat.”
What to eat: A sample breakfast features eggs and veggies, while lunch includes a salad and fish or poultry. For dinner, try meat and vegetables, and you can enjoy fruit for dessert.
Another expert, Nell Stephenson, told Dr. Oz that she emphasizes cooking up your own creations to provide variety and flavor. She is the author of “Paleoista: Gain Energy, Get Lean, and Feel Fabulous with the Diet You Were Born to Eat.”
With regard to supplements, Nell wrote in a recent blog: “The one supplement I feel comfortable recommending to nearly everyone is a high quality fish oil.” She suggests Nordic Naturals because they have the lowest levels of mercury.
The Paleo diet recently became popular among celebrities, including actress Eva La Rue. In a testimonial for Robb Wolf’s Web site, she wrote: I am a firm believer in ‘The Paleo Solution.’ Since adopting a Paleo way of eating I look and feel better, and I know that I am setting a good example for my daughter.”