Diet Plan: Caveman Diet (Paleolithic) – based on the books “Neanderthin” by Ray Audette and “The Paleo Diet” by Loren Cordain
Diet Claim: This diet is based on the premise that during the Paleolithic period humans ate foods that were good for the body and promoted overall health. They were hunters and gatherers eating wild game and any vegetables and fruits that were available to them from the land. Continuing to eat this way will help with weight loss and return the body to a healthier state.
Diet Guidelines: How long do I follow this diet?
The diet is to be followed for an unspecified amount of time. Basically, start off slow and keep working with the diet until you can mimic all of the food guidelines that pertain to that period of time that lasted about 10,000 years over 2.5 million years ago. Paleontologists can pretty well ascertain what types of foods were available.
What can I eat?
Well, here is the tricky part. The only foods that are allowed are those that would have been consumed then. When it comes to meat, the two authors differ. Cordain believes that you can eat lean meats. On the other hand, Audette believes that lots of red meat can be eaten including those with a high fat content. Try to choose more organic foods that come from animals fed with grains as they would have eaten during that time period.
Those foods include: meat, vegetables (not starchy ones), eggs, fish and seafood that are native to the time period, fruits and nuts that can be eaten raw.
Diet Pros: What are the benefits?
The benefit is that you will be returning to a simpler way of eating according to the diet authors. They believe that advances in agriculture including the canning process, robbed food of its nutrients. In this way, it resembles those who advocate eating raw foods.
How much weight can I lose?
There are no specific recommendations for weight loss. It all depends on how well you adhere to the diet guidelines and which book you choose to follow as far as meat and fat rules. Presumably returning to raw foods will do the trick to help you lose weight.
Does the plan stress exercise of any kind?
This plan does talk about physical activity but no particular exercise. People at the time were quite active as they were always on the hunt. Since we don’t hunt for a living, you’d have to estimate yourself how much physical activity you need each day.
One of the downsides of this diet is the elimination of certain foods groups. Because animals could not be milked, any dairy products (cheese, yogurt, milk) are not allowed as well as whole grains, root vegetables and many legumes. The diet may be quite restrictive for some.
What does the diet plan cost?
There is the cost of the book and food. The most expensive thing you will probably buy is the cuts of meat. Vegetables and fruits are rather reasonable in season.