The benefits of eating Paleo are similar to the benefits of eating healthier foods on any diet plan, with the added feature that it is generally simple to follow. The rules are outlined and the foods that are allowed for the diet should be the main focus. With a big question being, is this food that I want to eat something that was hunted by my ancestors back in the Paleolithic times? If the answer is yes, then go ahead and enjoy!
It has been determined that the average paleo follower starts to see initial benefits like more energy in the first few days, and then after a few weeks other benefits like weight loss and a leaner physique. After a month or more, greater feelings of wellness, and a feeling like your eating and meal planning is on autopilot and you don’t have to think about it anymore. With any new food plan, it is best to trial for 30 days, the time it takes to build healthy habits and really see results.
The top 10 health benefits reported of following a paleo diet for more than 30 days are listed below:
1. Increased energy
When you combine paleo-approved foods in the right way, you’re getting a well balanced meal with a balance of protein, carbohydrates, fat, vegetables, and fruit. And on top of that, these foods are coming from natural sources.
2. Balanced blood sugar levels
Since you are avoiding refined sugar, it is easier to avoid spikes in your blood glucose levels, and then in response, the dreaded sugar crash. If you are diabetic you will want to check with your doctor to see if they approve of this diet plan.
3. Leaner muscles and decreased body fat
Since this diet plan relies heavily on meat you’ll be getting a fair amount of protein to fuel your muscles, which helps to promote a leaner physique and lower body fat rates.
4. Increased consumption of fruits and vegetables
With a very simple shift we not only remove the foods that are at odds with our health (grains, legumes, and dairy) but we also increase our intake of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
5. Avoidance of counting calories
Unlike other diets that rely on a reduced amount of calories, the paleo diet allows you to eat until you feel full, and also to eat whenever you feel hungry, so you don’t run the risk of running low on fuel when you really need it. This tactic works because the high fiber diet with a balance of protein, carbohydrates, and fat will increase satiety, making it easier to let go of counting calories.
6. Could prevent disease
By following a paleo diet you are going to be eating more anti-inflammatory foods and cutting out a lot of foods that are known to cause inflammation. You are also eating more foods that contain antioxidants and phytonutrients- foods that are shown to prevent disease.
7. Improved sleep
By cutting out the chemicals and additives found in processed foods, you’ll find that your body naturally gets tired at night.
8. Cuts out junk food and the dangers associated
Out goes the junk food when you’re on paleo, and this alone means that you’re improving your health.
9. Keeps things simple
If you’re tired of always wondering what to eat, what to make for a meal, what is good for you and what is not, paleo can keep things really simple and make it so your whole life doesn’t revolve around food anymore.
10. Effortless weight loss
By doing nothing else but switching over to a paleo way of eating, many people will notice that the weight will start to come off. This is because in addition to eating a meal that is more natural, you’re cutting out a lot of foods that are unnatural.
This is a great list of reasons to give the paleo diet a try and see how your body responds. It is important to not judge too quickly, as it may take your body several weeks to get used to this new way of eating. The key is to stick it out for at least a month and then evaluate how you feel, any weight loss, and other noticeable health benefits listed above.