Caveman use spear. Caveman eat meat. Caveman have no time for planting wheat. Caveman eat berry instead. Caveman look good!
And boom, there's your diet plan! Not sure I want to see the take on a Paleo Relationship: Caveman see woman. Caveman grab woman's hair... ummm, no thanks. And plus it's not that simple, but could a diet be?
Paleo diets are based on what our ancient ancestors ate. Think Hunter and Gatherers, a few hundred generations back. The basics of a Paleo diet are made of lots of NOs. Here is what is on the NO LIST:
(Sugar is misleading, since naturally occurring sugars in fruits and vegetables are allowed.)
One thing I notice in the Paleo community is that the followers are very active and vocal about the benefits. It's Atkins, with an Attitude. I also see lots of athletes and incredibly fit people doing these plans, more for the health benefit and not strictly as a weight loss plan. Although I have read several weight loss stories as well. It is clearly more of a Way Of Life or Lifestyle and less of a diet plan though.
There are several variations of the Paleo diet. Some are extreme, to the point of consuming raw meat/eggs, eating bugs and intermittent fasting (eating once a day). Maybe I should have called it Atkins on Steroids. Some variations allow foods on the NO LIST in moderation or in extreme forms (raw milk, anyone?) There is controversy about the plans, just like there is about Atkins. But honestly, conventional dieting isn't working, so maybe a little controversy will get us somewhere.
One variation is the Primal Blueprint. The author Mark Sisson is a former top tri-athlete, and I was able to chat with him briefly about his book back in April. I found him to be a complete narcissist, but something tells he won't mind that description. He claims no exercise is necessary on his plan. Instead, he encourages lots of "playing". But Mark's version of play is my idea of a serious and strenuous workout! To each, his own. Maybe one day I'll find it fun to pull huge water bottles down the beach, while doing lunges. Or not. Mark's plan speaks of reprogramming your genes, turning genes on and off. Specifically he wants to turn your fat burning genes ON. Really interesting concept that I think we will be hearing a lot more about. You can check out Mark's website Mark's Daily Apple for more info. His message and site is very clear, concise and consistent. If you check it out, I'd love to hear your thoughts because I feel more drawn into it every time I visit.
The Fast Track is not as extreme as these plans, it is a more mild variation. Jorge's plan is easier to do for the average person, in my opinion. But a real Caveman wouldn't have it easy, now would he?