There’s no shortage of trendy diets out there. The sheer volume of weight loss methods makes it difficult to keep track, let alone tell which ones are legit and which ones are bogus. On the surface, the Keto diet and the Paleo diet, two of the most popular diets out there, seem pretty similar. But there are some important differences between the two diets that you should know, so you can figure out if either of them are right for you. To help you sort out the nuances of each diet, we chatted with registered dietitian Kristen Kizer, M. The Paleo Diet focuses on foods that are high in protein and rich with fiber. There’s a strong emphasis on meat, fruits, and vegetables — basically, anything our ancestors would have consumed more than 10, years ago during the Paleolithic era.
Finding yourself confused by the seemingly endless promotion of weight-loss strategies and diet plans? In this series, we take a look at some popular diets—and review the research behind them. Paleo proponents state that because our genetics and anatomy have changed very little since the Stone Age, we should eat foods available during that time to promote good health. Our predecessors used simple stone tools that were not advanced enough to grow and cultivate plants, so they hunted, fished, and gathered wild plants for food. If they lived long enough, they were believed to experience less modern-day diseases like diabetes, cancer, and heart disease because of a consistent diet of lean meats and plant foods along with a high level of physical activity from intensive hunting. However, the life expectancy of our predecessors was only a fraction of that of people today. The Paleo diet, also referred to as the caveman or Stone-Age diet, includes lean meats, fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds.
The paleo diet is an eating plan that mimics how prehistoric humans may have eaten. It involves eating whole foods that people could theoretically hunt or gather. Advocates of the paleo diet reject modern diets that are full of processed foods. They believe that returning to how hunter-gatherers ate may cause fewer health problems. The paleo diet is not safe for everyone.