The Paleo diet has become popular, almost everywhere you look it seems like people are talking about the Paleo diet. Several celebrities have adopted the Paleo diet, giving it additional media attention. But the popularity of the diet has also caused some people to question if the Paleo diet is any good. In several surveys of diets, doctors, dietitians and nutritionists have ranked the Paleo diet close to the bottom.
Many diets are controversial, Paleo is just one of several diets which has many enthusiastic followers who swear by it while the so-called experts say that there are plenty of better diets. But the Paleo diet has become one of the most discussed diets, making the controversy bigger.
You can find plenty of people who say that the Paleo diet has changed their life, helping them to lose weight and improve their health and well being. But a lot of people are questioning the efficiency of the Paleo diet. Let’s go through some of the main controversies about the Paleo diet.
First it is worth pointing out that despite being a popular diet, not many large studies have been done about the Paleo diet. Many experts simply classify it as a fad which will soon be replaced by something else.
A lot of experts have rated the Paleo diet as poor diet for losing weight. This is not really a big surprise since the Paleo diet is not primarily a weight loss diet. It is possible to lose weight but this requires that you burn more calories than you eat. It is not so much a question of diet as eating less and exercise more. If you want to lose weight by following the Paleo diet, you should combine this with regular exercise. Not just relaying on the diet.
A lot of experts say that the Paleo diet is difficult to follow. Although the Paleo diet includes a lot of various foods, it excludes for example refined sugar, dairy, legumes and grains. This often creates practical problems. Going out dining with friends can turn out to be a nightmare, far from all restaurants serve Paleo food. Another thing to be aware is that if you are going to adopt a strict Paleo diet, you have to be prepared to spend a fair bit of extra money on healthy Paleo food.
For many, the biggest problem is the exclusion of dairy products and grains. It is difficult to avoid such food unless you plan your meals very well. This is also a reason why many versions of the Paleo diet allow for some exceptions. Following a strict Paleo diet quickly turns out be a tough exercise. On the other hand, very few experts have labelled the Paleo diet as unhealthy or dangerous. Just be aware that you may not get enough calcium and try to eat lean meat to avoid consuming too much fat.
One hot topic is Paleo diet and children. A book with Paleo recipes for babies and toddlers caused a controversy in Australia. Some government officials feared that the food promoted in the book could be harmful for babies and toddlers. No research is available about Paleo diet and small children but it can be prudent to not let young children adopt the Paleo diet, just to be on the safe side.