ASK A TRAINER: “Should I Try the Paleo Diet?”

zzzzzzzz lift and bitch 033Hello Fitbabe, I am in desperate need to drop about 20lb. I have heard a lot about the Paleo Diet. What is this and do you think I should try it?  
Regards, Jordan

Hi Jordan,
The current buzz word “paleo” is really nothing new. The paleo diet dates back to at least ten thousand years ago, and its recent revival is based on an effort to replicate the pre-agricultural, hunter/gatherer, “caveman” diet from the paleolithic era. It features lean meat, fruits, vegetables, eggs and nuts, and has been deemed the only diet to follow by most CrossFitters.
 
Of course diets come and go: there’s the low carb diets, the low fat diets, the liquid diets, the protein diets, and so on. There are, however, only a few plans termed “diets” that actually stick around because they are less like diets and more like nutrition lifestyles. Just consider the Mediterranean diet. The paleo diet regime is actually pretty close to how the Mediterraneans eat, but is a bit more restrictive.
 
 I am not sure if the paleo diet is very good for long term results, or a permanent lifestyle change. The fact that you are supposed to stay away from grains, including all whole grains, makes it challenging for a person who has a hard time with carb restriction (like FFG) to follow. Keep in mind that there are healthy carbs that we should consume, especially when maintaining a healthy, fitness-active lifestyle. Since cavemen didn’t really bake (as far as we know), the paleo diet does not condone grains or anything requiring that cooking style. I personally believe we evolved from cavemen to become who we are today for a reason. But if you think that you can live a life without eating or cooking certain foods, and not regain the weight, then go for it!
 
Honsestly, though, it is best to stop waiting for a perfect diet to come along. Why not try avoiding those crap foods that do not produce desired results? Or how about eating less sugar, processed carbs, beer, high fat/sugar coffee drinks, and instead eat more fresh veggies, meats, nuts, and whole grains from the earth? Just an idea…
 
I hope this helps you, Jordan.
 
Fitbabe

Deanna Harder: Fitness Leadership Diploma, CSEP-CPT (Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology-Certified Personal Trainer), and Figure Competitor

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Deanna Harder is a college-certified, highly knowledgeable personal trainer, with over ten years of experience. In addition to running her own business in Edmonton, she has competed in four figure competitions, and is always stage ready. Fitness Leadership Diploma, CSEP-CPT (Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology-Certified Personal Trainer)

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