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The Paleo Diet: Just Another Fad?

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PS Counselling
PS CounsellingPsychologist and Director at PS Counselling and Think to Shrink, Author

Is the Paleo Diet really the answer to our dieting woes? The Paleo diet is just like any other diet where you restrict calories and foods and lose weight. The problem with this is that any restrictive diet can lead to feelings of deprivation. When this happens, the dieter is at risk of falling off the diet wagon and regaining the weight fairly quickly. Permanent weight loss has to be done differently.

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The Paleo Diet:
just another fad?
It’s all over the internet, books
about it are on the best seller lists,
and many people are trying it.
While there’s been some
controversy surrounding the diet,
many people are extolling it’s
virtues.
Everyone knows what
the Paleo diet is.
Image: Women’s Weekly Australia
Pete Evans is one.
He’s the Aussie chef
who has become
famous (infamous)
over his cookbooks
and his strong opinions
on this diet.
Whilst he looks a
million dollars (he says
it’s from following the
diet), is it the answer to
our dieting woes?
Image: Women’s Weekly Australia
There’s lots of information out there in internet land about the
western diet contributing to all of the diseases that are rampant in
our society:
diabetes, heart disease, etc.
...and the Paleo fans are saying that if we all start eating Paleo,
many of these will disappear.
While I agree that we could all clean up our eating to some extent …
is Paleo really the way to go?

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The Paleo Diet: Just Another Fad?

  • 1. The Paleo Diet: just another fad?
  • 2. It’s all over the internet, books about it are on the best seller lists, and many people are trying it. While there’s been some controversy surrounding the diet, many people are extolling it’s virtues. Everyone knows what the Paleo diet is.
  • 3. Image: Women’s Weekly Australia Pete Evans is one.
  • 4. He’s the Aussie chef who has become famous (infamous) over his cookbooks and his strong opinions on this diet. Whilst he looks a million dollars (he says it’s from following the diet), is it the answer to our dieting woes? Image: Women’s Weekly Australia
  • 5. There’s lots of information out there in internet land about the western diet contributing to all of the diseases that are rampant in our society: diabetes, heart disease, etc. ...and the Paleo fans are saying that if we all start eating Paleo, many of these will disappear.
  • 6. While I agree that we could all clean up our eating to some extent … is Paleo really the way to go?
  • 7. With 66% of us overweight and half considered obese, surely anything that gets the weight off us is great – yes? The Paleo diet considers the food consumed to be nutritious & filling and its fans say it’s the one diet where it’s virtually impossible to overeat.
  • 9. ...where you restrict calories and foods and lose weight. The problem with this is that any restrictive diet can lead to feelings of deprivation. The Paleo diet is just like any other diet…
  • 10. When this happens, the dieter is at risk of falling off the diet wagon and into the biggest vat of carbs available. Then, usually fairly quickly, regains the lost weight Image: Women’s Weekly Australia
  • 11. ...the hard part is keeping the weight off. As all dieters know, the hard part is not losing weight... And the danger time is when we finish a diet because most people will go back to eating what they did before.
  • 12. Many studies have shown… …that most dieters will regain all of their lost weight within 2-5years.
  • 14. So diets don’t work. Permanent weight loss has to be done differently.
  • 15. were a little more flexible and they allowed a few more foods that we know and love… …then people would be more likely to continue with them. If the Paleo diet, and diets in general, flexible
  • 16. But we suspect Paleo will be a fad diet just like the various high carb-low fat diets that have been around since the 80’s. Overweight and obesity rates went through the roof since these became popular. Image: Women’s Weekly Australia
  • 17. don’t work because people can’t stay on them for life… …we suspect one day Paleo will be in this category also So fad diets, (low calorie, restrictive diets)
  • 18. Image: News Corp Australia Sorry Pete.