The Paleo Diet: How To Lose Weight Like A Caveman

By Amir Khan on October 18, 2012 3:52 PM EDT

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The Paleo diet, a new nutritional program, is sweeping the nation, and causing more and more people to eschew highly processed food in favor of much simpler and more natural food. (Photo: Creative Commons)

The Paleo diet, a new nutritional program, is sweeping the nation, and causing more and more people to eschew highly processed food in favor of much simpler and more natural food.

The program is similar to the Atkins diet, as they both favor meat over carbs. The premise comes from the idea that humans are not adapted to the nutrition and lifestyle changes brought on by mass-produced and over-processed foods. Proponents suggest a return to a diet similar to hunter-gatherers, which means a diet rich in nuts, fruit, lean meat and vegetables.

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The Paleo Diet is becoming popular within the CrossFit community, which is how nutrition coach Amari Cheffer heard about the program.

"I am part of the CrossFit community and participated in a 30-day Paleo challenge with them," Cheffer said in a statement to Northwestern University.

However, critics argue that even experts are not entirely sure what humans ate during Paleolithic times, and say there is no proof that the diet works.

"The Paleo Brand is lacking formal research from independent sources like the National Institutes of Health," Beth Doerfler, an MS, RD and LDN at the Wellness Institute at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, said in a statement. "Any diet with a sense of deprivation will have deficiencies."

People are continuously flocking to the diet, however, and with communities such as reddit.com/r/paleo, curious would-be dieters have a place to turn for answers and recipes.

If you're interested in learning more about the Paleo Diet, you can read an FAQ on the diet here.

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