Avoid These Common Paleo No-No’s

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The Paleo diet is also known as the Caveman diet, and it strives to mirror the dieting preferences of our ancient ancestors. Paleo diets argue that the diets of ancient civilizations were free from processed foods and yet allowed the human race to thrive in relative health, hence making the case for reverting to nutritional habits more in line with these ancient humans.

Paleo Diet No-No’s

Most professionals will agree on the beneficial consequence of indulging in the regimen. Yet most success stories around this craze are almost always countered by anecdotes warning against the negative consequences that the diet has elicited, most such warnings not always emanating from accurate portrayals of the adverse effects of Paleo diets, but rather consequences of mistakes befallen by those individuals that undertake this dieting endeavor without proper education on the matter, those most common Paleo diet mistakes including the following:

Unhealthy fruit intake: Most people that undertake a Paleo diet regimen will almost always replace their junk food menus with a deluge of fruit, swapping toxic sugars with life giving fruit products; a seemingly sound plan until one realizes that not all those smoothies and fruit salads are resulting in the positive impact you might be expecting, especially when consuming fructose rich fruit items, which will elicit fat storage, inflammation and even rising blood sugar levels. In other words not all fruit is good for you, especially when consumed without moderation.

Having unrealistic goals: Too many people expect too much from the Paleo diet too quickly, many such individuals disappointed by the lack of a sudden and immediate loss in weight; a Paleo diet is more lifestyle than temporal superficial change, one that will require time, in the months and years, to achieve the most optimum results, especially with regards to health.

Eating junk food: This is a term is an oxymoron in itself, the idea of stepping away from processed foods and replacing them with their Paleo equivalents; the odd health conscious packaged food item that you might locate on a supermarket shelf doesn’t change the fact that there is no substituting properly prepared home cooked meals, with specifically chosen ingredients. This “have your cake and eat it too” situation isn’t plausible with Paleo diets and anyone that seeks this path isn’t likely to achieve desired results.

Not adhering to portion control: The healthy nature of Paleo diet related foods has been known to draw individuals into a false sense of security with regards to consumption levels. It isn’t true to assume that you can eat whatever and whenever you want within the confines of a Paleo diet, because an over consumption of the right foods can prove to be just as disastrous as eating the wrong foods. You are certainly not going to lose any weight without calorie counting and eating the right portions.

Not exercising: Another misconception among Paleo dieters is the importance of exercise; eating the right foods is only one facet of living healthy. Too many individuals have been known to harbor the false idea that following a Paleo diet in its strictest sense will bring about desired results with little assistance from additional aids. Exercise is still crucial and should complement any diet.


James Christopher, Creative Writer