The Paleo diet is based on the diet of our ancestors. Several researchers assume, on the basis of research, that humans have not been genetically altered since the agricultural revolution. Researchers in the 1970s concluded that our bodies would therefore benefit from a similar diet from the Paleolithic period (2.5 million years – 10,000 years ago). The Paleolithic diet was popularised in the 1970s by gastroenterologist Walter L. Voegtlin.

After an explosive growth of refined products and sugars in our food, man has become massively thicker and unhealthier. Our health is deteriorating and people are literally eating themselves to death. Partly because of this, there is a movement that people go back to the basics. Something that you often see happen when people have gone beyond their means and have completely lost their way. The Paleo diet is a perfect match, partly because it is based on low-carbohydrate food. And the low-carbohydrate diets have been gaining in popularity for a number of years, not least because you can lose weight very quickly and permanently.

What do you eat with the Paleo diet?
The Paleo diet is based on primal food. As a rule, this is food that is not (too much) processed by machines or exposed to unnatural ingredients, such as sugars, colourings and flavourings. Basically, during the Paleo diet, you will eat the following:

  • Fish
  • Meat
  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Nuts
  • Roots

What you don’t eat anymore during the Paleo diet are the following food groups:

  • Cereals
  • Legumes
  • Dairy
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Processed oils

Assumed benefits of the Paleo diet
The Paleo diet itself is not investigated very often, but more and more medical studies are published that endorse the foundation on which the Paleo diet is based. In particular, issues such as the poor impact of carbohydrates on our bodies and the mess that the food industry throws through our food are recurring. This is a brief summary of the health benefits that the Paleo diet (or similar) would have:

Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease
Reduced risk of Type 2 diabetes (and fewer symptoms for people with Type 2 diabetes)
Fast and lasting weight loss (especially fat and no muscle)
Improved performance during exercise
Delaying and sometimes even improving effect on autoimmune diseases
Less charge of Acne
Better sleep and faster falling asleep
More libido
Improvement in concentration level
Lose weight with the Paleo diet
I also lost about 15 kilos in a short period of time due to a diet that is very similar to the Paleo diet. And although it’s different for every person, I can confirm that by following the Paleo diet I have experienced the following benefits myself… and still do it a bit less strict than the first three months:

I lost more than 15 KG within 3 months
I wasn’t hungry or dull at the time.
My sport performances remained (at least) the same
My concentration level improved after two weeks (I am ADD’er)
All in all, the Paleo diet is now my basis when it comes to nutrition. Of course there are days when I can get out of the way and enjoy everything that my diet abhors. But the next day I neatly fall back on the Paleo diet, without the need for sugars again.

The Paleo diet and children
In the beginning I kept the diet to myself. My son was 2 years old at the time and why should I blood him on some strange diet that I have to and will have to follow. Let the boy eat nice bread and potatoes… Strangely enough I am aware that we ourselves make our children addicted to those sugars and processed foods.

I never hear my son Finn ask for bread. I do ask for a slice of sausage, a piece of bacon, an apple, a banana, a piece of meat or fish. I find myself regularly urging my son to eat his bread. Or are potatoes… crazy now that I myself am convinced that this is not good for my health. And yet I still give him bread and potatoes… I think it’s because I’m afraid he’s going to run into restrictions when he goes to school… because yes… they also serve him ordinary bread. After all, it’s in the disc of 5.

And the food centre also stands firm, and the consumer sees them as an authority after all. In itself not very strange, given the fact that the big lender behind that website is a food producer. Whether I will ever get my son on the Paleo diet or not… no idea. I especially want him to have a good childhood and if everything around him works against him, he can eat a nice sandwich ;).

There is also a Paleo book for children. With ‘nice’ and healthy dishes.

Are there any disadvantages to the Paleo diet?
Of course! It is of course quite a lot… you have bread and nature all your life.

You have days when you just have to jump out of the band. Eating what you want, without feeling guilty about it. Easter, Christmas, New Year’s Eve… days like that. You have to give it to yourself as well. With the 5 tips from this article you not only limit the damage, but you also lose extra weight in the days after Easter.

Start your morning well

Easter is the perfect time for this. Start your day with a few eggs and some slices of bacon. And breakfast at the latest one hour after getting up. This will ensure that your fat burning is well underway. The bacon provides the fat burning, the eggs strengthen that effect and make sure you don’t completely lose your way by giving you a satiated feeling. For an even better effect, take a protein shake with your breakfast. You need about 20 grams of protein for an optimal effect.

One hour after breakfast

About an hour after breakfast you can have a glass of fresh juice or even better grapefruit juice. Citrus fruits reduce your GI index, so you will not suffer from insulin peaks later on. A small glass is enough.

Exercises

Several studies have shown that if you do a number of short, intensive exercises immediately before eating and one and a half hours after eating, your muscles will absorb the carbohydrates/sugars immediately. These sugars do not end up in the liver, so you prevent insulin peaks, do not store energy in the form of fat and most of the energy is burned directly.

Make 5 minutes before lunch and 90 minutes after lunch, 20 squads (lower your knees) and 25 push-ups (diagonally against a wall is sufficient).

Drink lots of green tea and coffee

Green tea and caffeine make your metabolism run faster. This means that all the ‘rubbish’ that eats during Easter will be worked off as soon as possible. So drink green tea and caffeine all day long. Don’t you drink coffee? Then buy these caffeine pills. It won’t bounce you off, but it does increase your metabolism. These green tea tablets also work great.

Eating a lot increases your metabolism

If you really lose 2 days of calories during Easter, your metabolism (and therefore your fat burning) will increase. This increase in your metabolism can go on for 48 hours. And your body will store less fat because of the large amount of food, because it assumes that you have enough food for the coming time. So you can use this increase in your metabolism to your advantage if you eat healthily in the days after Easter. For maximum effect you eat those days according to the protein diet. Chances are that 7 days later you weigh less than you did before Easter.

I hope these tips make sure you can enjoy all the goodies that come with Easter. Also read my article about how I eat 6000 kCal to lose weight.