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If you are looking to shed some pounds and lessen your risk of conditions like cancer, diabetes, and heart disease, the Paleo diet may be just what the doctor ordered. The high-fiber diet focuses on plants, meats, and fish as main staples, which curbs your hunger and gives you much-needed energy.

Think about it: Our ancestors were not overweight. There were no cavemen with beer guts or love handles. Our prehistoric ancestors were trim, strong, and ready to hunt and gather their food. And they burned calories while doing so, which aided in maintaining their svelte bodies. Both men and women had exceptionally lean and muscular bodies because of their active lifestyle and healthy diet. It is possible for us modern humans to mimic this way of eating and moving in order to lose weight the right way—for good.

It’s all in our genes

Today, the human genome still has many of the genetic traits that our early ancestors had. There has been some genetic diversity as well as adaptations to various environments, but it makes sense from a scientific standpoint to eat a diet that our ancestral humans ate. Our evolutionary history makes it possible to eat a Paleo diet because we already have the genetic traits.

Our bodies are genetically designed to keep from getting fat, but a healthy weight is only possible to achieve when you combine the Paleo diet with primal exercise. When insulin levels are low, fat storage is virtually nonexistent, and this is how your body keeps fat from accumulating.

The Paleo diet can help you lose weight

Not only can you shed pounds with the Paleo diet, you can also keep them off. When whole, real food is metabolized, your hormones can work for you and not against you. In other words, they can work to help burn fat and keep excess weight off. A diet that is low in carbohydrates keeps insulin levels low in order to eliminate fat from being stored away instead of being used for fuel.

Many people are on a rollercoaster of hunger that involves a drop in blood sugar. When they eat carbs, sugar, and starches, their blood sugar rises again. But their insulin rises too, and this perpetuates fat storing and the need for more food for energy. The cycle continues and goes on and on. When you eat a Paleo diet, you eat more fat and protein. This affects your body differently by elevating your insulin levels minimally, leaving fat stores as fuel.

Commit to the Paleo diet

It is important that you commit to living the Paleo lifestyle and refrain from veering off track. You want to consistently eat low-carb, high-protein foods. This way, you can build momentum for more effortless weight loss. Stopping and starting will not give you the weight loss results that you are looking for.

Remember, in order to lose weight and keep it off you must also commit to an exercise program that you can live with. Mimicking the activity patterns and movements of our early ancestors will allow you to take advantage of your natural genetic ability to burn calories and stay fit.


James Christopher, Creative Writer