The Coffee Diet

The Coffee Diet

Few can resist the aroma of a freshly brewed cup of coffee. The benefits of coffee in perking up the mind and awaking the senses are well known, and researchers are actually debating on the point of a few cups of coffee per day being good for health too. But seriously, are you aware of the fact that coffee can be a valuable aid in helping you lose weight?

Surprised? Well, news is that coffee can help you shed off your unwanted kilos. The weight loss industry has grown to be a multibillion dollar business these days with all sorts of fad diets, and pills hitting the market on a daily basis. People want to lose weight desperately either to look and feel good, or for health reasons. But unfortunately all these techniques of dieting that you read about everywhere just don’t seem to be effective enough. Moreover, the slimming pills and potions available in the market may be detrimental to your health too. This is where coffee wins.

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Paleo Diet: to be a Caveman or not

Paleo Diet: to be a Caveman or not

The Paleo Diet, also known as the “Caveman Diet,” is a nutritional plan that uses modern foods to emulate the diet of men and women who lived during the Paleolithic era. Developed by Dr. Loren Cordain, the theory behind this plan is that eliminating foods with little-to-no nutritional value will help the body work better. According to Dr. Cordain, “Our nutritional requirements remain almost identical to those requirements which were originally selected for Stone Age humans living before the advent of agriculture.”

The easiest way to remember how to follow the Paleo Diet is the rule, “If a caveman couldn’t eat it, you can’t eat it.”

There are certain fundamental characteristics of hunter-gatherer diets that followers of the plan believe will help to optimize their health, minimize their risk of chronic disease, and aid in weight loss. These include higher protein, potassium and fiber intakes, lower carbohydrate and sodium intakes, and a balance between net dietary alkaline and acid loads. The Paleo diet also calls for consuming more vitamins, minerals, and plant phytochemicals, as well as monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, Omega-3, and Omega-6 fats dominating your fat intake.

So what can someone following the Paleo diet eat? Here are some dos and don’ts:

Dos:
Quality, grass-fed meat
Seafood
Eggs, including the yolk
Healthy fats and oils
Vegetables
Fruit in moderation

Don’ts:
Processed foods
Legumes (green beans, peanuts, or sugar snap peas)
Grains
Starchy vegetables
Sugar
Alcohol
Dairy products
Vegetable and seed oils

Like with any diet, there are both pros and cons to going Paleo. Obviously, eliminating preservatives, chemicals, and additives will have a hugely positive effect on one’s health. Most of the health problems we face in the western world result from overindulgence of foods that our cavemen ancestors didn’t have, like grain-based desserts, soda, pizza, and alcohol.

On the other hand, cutting out foods like dairy and grains may result in a loss of the nutrients they provide. There’s also an issue of timeline accuracy. The entire premise of the Paleo plan is to eat like a caveman. Certified Nutritionist Brian St. Pierre points out, “A 2009 review revealed that not only did our Paleolithic ancestors eat legumes, these were actually an important part of their diet! Legumes have been found at Paleolithic sites all over the world, and in some cases were determined to be the dominant type of plant food available.”

Here are some other positives and negatives of the Paleo diet:

Pros:
Clean eating, free from processed foods
Feeling full between meals, thanks to the higher protein intake
Increased iron intake
Anti-inflammatory benefits from the nutrients in fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and oils
Weight loss due factors such as clean eating and being less likely to snack in between meals

Cons:
Cutting out dairy is not optimal for good bone health
Grains are good for energy and overall health
Not ideal for athletes, who need to eat enough carbohydrates for fuel
If you remove certain foods from your diet and don’t find a way to supplement the nutrients you would have gotten from them can cause a nutrient imbalance

If you’re interested in starting the Paleo diet, you can check out thepaleodiet.com for more information and recipes.  And try out these Paleo apps:

Paleo Superfood Recipes for Men

Paleo Red Meat Recipes


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