Paleo Diet and Multiple Sclerosis
I've been on this diet since Xmas day 2015 (25-12-2015) I've lost about 11 kilograms in weight (as at time of writing 5-3-2016) and am walking about 4 kilometres a day, I have MS and have never felt better since being diagnosed. I seem to have lessened my Multiple Sclerosis symptom severity and my general well being is excellent, my sleep patterns and length of sleep have improved a lot, no more sleeping pills. I now have heaps of energy instead of the constant MS fatigue and the afternoon MS crash is now virtually non existent.
If you fail...on the Paleo Diet, the chances are you are not following it correctly or you're just a cheat! To really see results you need to follow the Paleo Diet strictly for two months at least before you see the benefits, I now plan on making it a lifestyle change, my Neurologist and GP are happy with the results :) Btw, I was previously confined to a wheelchair for about three months which I did overcome with steroids, but my legs never fully recovered, with the exercise/walking I'm hoping to improve in that area, so far, so good!
So easy to follow
I was actually put on this diet by my doctor. I not only found it easy to follow but lost 10 kilos in a month. I also felt healthier while on it - had more energy, tended to need less sleep, seemed to be more clear headed. I still follow it but not as stringently as when I started ( I cheat every now and then) so the weight loss has slowed but I'm still losing it!!
All foods I like, easy to follow, never felt hungry
The diet that makes sense
I stumbled upon the Paleo Diet after injuring myself from running too much and looking for a better, more sustainable fat burning technique. I came across the "Fat Burning Man" podcast and a show called "What is the Paleo Diet", naturally, I was like "well what the heck is the paleo diet" so I listened to it.
This is the diet that makes sense, as soon as you hear it or read the books on it "The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf" you can't help but think "oh yeah, that's obvious". This stuff resonates with me and I have had great results from it. I...am a martial artist, so was naturally slim and strong but couldn't get rid of that last bit of tummy fat. Anyway, I smashed that, got my abs, but found that it wasn't all about that. I am now healthier, injured less, have less issues with energy levels. I am now a fat burning machine. Essentially, the diet centres around eating what our ancestors ate (during the paleolithic perdio around 10,000 years ago) before man discovered agriculture and the government decided making money from grains and wheat would be easier if they included it in the food pyramid. This diet will not work for you if you don't know how to research (ie if you think saturated fats and cholesterol are going to kill you because that is all you have heard your entire life) even though you don't know where you got that information from in the first place. Anyway, before you try this diet I would recommend reading up on it. Either Robb Wolf, Mark Sisson or Loren Cordain's books. Give it a good try, at least a month. It actually takes some time to switch the body from a carbohydrate hungry machine to a fat burning machine. If you follow through you will find yourself satisfied for hours after every meal, sleeping better, jumping higher, running faster and burning fat the way man was designed to burn fat. It makes sense, it isn't your standard calorie cutting diet, it makes you healthier, it is sustainable
I agree, that not everyone was tall and lean in hunter gatherer groups, but that is not what the author says - the statement is they are SLIM... you can be tall and slim, or short and slim.. and the context here being lacking excess body fat, you may have stronger musculature.
It is also NOT true that hunter gathers did more work than us. It is true that hunter gatherers expended lots of energy hunting, but gathering is no more strenuous than walking and also hunter-gather societies have MORE leisure time than modern man (we have been conne...d)... with studies showing they live a life of thirds, 1/3 sleeping, 1/3 resting/play and 1/3 hunter-gathering (i.e. working)... how many of us would like a life like that? Fact is energy expenditure is irrelevant if you do not exceed the energy you expend in consumption! The basis of this diet is to eat foods and in nutrient ratios that we evolved in, which switches on the metabolic pathways that reduce the storage of fat and promote the burning of fats as fuels. The biggest factor is avoiding insulin spikes, which is the hormone that drives your body to store fat in fat cells. This is a metabolic fact - ask any endocrinologist! To disregard this diet based on the fact we are no longer living the lifestyle of hunter gatherers is short sighted. It doesn't change the fact that the diet is based on scientific and metabolic fact.
Paleolithic man had very differnet dietary needs to modern mans. They required a diet much higher in fats and carbohydrates than modern man, due to the long distances they had to travel to trade, hunt and gather. In fact, paleolithic man hunted animals and always took the FATTIEST parts of the meat, not the lean and subsisted mostly on animal products. They needed this for energy for all the extreme physical work they had to do. Obviously, in this day and age, with our more sedentary lifestyles, we do not have the same dietary requirements as d...id our forebearers, so this diets claims are superfluous to modern man. Also, genetically, we have mixed up many different races and body types, so to claim that paleolithic man was always tall and lean is a bit ridiculous. For example, Native Southern Americans tended to be shorter and stockier, whilst Native Northern Americans were usually taller and more slender. And that's just in one place!!! A fairly well balanced diet which isn't hard to stick to. The claims are a little outrageous.
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