#MotivationMonday: Paleolithic Diet (ft. What Does Science Say?)

Happy Monday All!

I hope you are enjoying your second Monday of 2019! In the midst of transforming to be healthier, you may wonder what diet you should follow in order to reach your goals. There are tons of diets out there–Paleo, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Keto, Blood Type, etc. It seems impossible to  know which one is the one is right for you!

After receiving a few emails encouraging me to convert to Paleolithic (paleo) Diet, I decided to look into the diet’s benefits!

The paleo diet requires you to eat less processed foods and eat more protein, mono- and ployunsaturated fats, and carbohydrates with low glycemic indexes. Basically, paleo diet followers consume mostly fruits, veggies, lean protein, and nuts. This diet is based off the human diet during the pre-historic times.

Current research shows that the paleo diet may improve fat mass, insulin sensitivity (hormone that controls glucose levels), glycemic control (blood sugar level control) , and leptin (hormone that regulates appetite) levels in individuals with Type 2 Diabetes. A randomized control trial from 2017 followed 32 patients with type 2 diabetes who followed a Paleo diet for 12 weeks. The 32 patients were then split into two groups: one with exercise recommendations and the other with an hour exercise session three times per week. The researchers found that both groups decreased their fat mass (more so in the exercise group), improved their insulin sensitivity, glycemic index control, and leptin levels.

Of course, this is merely one study and looks specifically at individuals with diabetes. However, it seems the paleo diet can be beneficial!

Want to read the study yourself? Click here.

Do you follow a special type of diet?

Talk soon!

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