Two weeks ago Jason started the Paleo Diet.
He even bought the book.
I THOUGHT I knew what the diet was about (not eating processed foods-lower carb, no dairy) but my friend Melissa has been following the diet and she said I had no idea what I was talking about and it was so much more!
I decided to read the book. Partly because I thought it was a bit kooky, (like Adkins) and because I wanted to know what the heck diet Jason was buying groceries for.
So I've read the book and I still think it's a bit kooky. From what I've gathered, the Paleo Diet cuts out ALL grains, dairy, and most legumes.
Clearly by cutting out grains and dairy there is weight loss due to lowering the carb intake to about 20-75 grams of carbs. This is the lower end of Adkins in the 2nd phase. But the diseases prevention seems to come from the statements that grains degrade your intestinal lining which can create compromised barriers and result in autoimmune issues. Same with legumes. The author also wants to create Insulin Sensitivity and feels these foods get in the way.
So far that's what I get from the book. To be honest it feels like the author has found studies and sections that they have interpreted to suite their needs. I really didn't like how there were NO citations through out the book, although the Index seems very user friendly.
Guess what I get to do now?
Yep. Look up the studies and figure out if they actually say what he says they say as well as decide if they are unbiased. The first one I looked up looks pretty biased so we'll see.