One is complaining to the other, "Something's just not right – our air is clean, our water is pure, we all get plenty of exercise, everything we eat is organic and free range, and yet nobody lives past 30." It's the image that springs to mind every time I hear of another celeb who has signed up for the so-called Paleo diet.Cricketer Andrew Flintoff and Welsh balladeer Tom Jones are both reported to have lost pounds on the regime, while Miley Cyrus is another devotee – and whatever you think of her, she has an enviably lithe figure.The Paleo diet is so called after the Paleolithic era, the "Old Stone Age", which started about 2.6 million years ago and finished in roughly 8,000 BC, before arable farming began.
The New Yorker once published a cartoon of two jutting-jawed, low-browed cavemen.
“The concern,” Devries adds, “is the meat emphasis.
Large amounts of red meat should not be encouraged, given associated increased heart-disease and cancer risks.” But there’s another reason you might want to hit pause on a pure Paleo lifestyle. D., Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at NYU.
Foods Wilma and Fred didn't scarf down are forbidden for dieters following their foragers' path—meaning nix all dairy, legumes (low-fat, protein-packed, fiber-full beans and lentils and healthy-fat peanuts), grains (including wheat, oats, corn, rice, and quinoa) and starchy tubers (including phytochemical-rich potatoes and beta-carotene-packed sweet potatoes). Elimination of food groups can also be hard to maintain long-term.
“I can't think of any nutritional reason why such foods should be prohibited,” says Marion Nestle, M. “The basic principles of healthful eating are simple and easy-to-follow: Vary unprocessed foods. Nestle puts it: “Health is about where the calories come from.” Bottom line: It may be best to try to incorporate the diet’s best principles (like the focus on whole foods ) into your life—without holding yourself to its extremes.This, advocates claim, is what we have evolved to eat, and what is best for us.