Just to give you a little background. I have lost 21 pounds since August 1st by eating paleo and tracking my food consistently. I have been seeing an Integrative physician since July and she has been fantastic although she initially recommended I do the Mediterranean diet. When I told her I've dabbled with Paleo in the past and had great success (plus it made sense to me) and I wanted to go down that path again, she was very supportive. She recommended I meet with a dietician that is very open minded and not your "typical dietician" who also specializes in people with binge history (such as myself). I quite liked the dietician I met with yesterday in general, but there were a few things that she mentioned that bugged me a bit.
She saw my Fat/Carb/Protein percentages (I brought a detailed printout of all my intake since August 1st) and she made a comment that she didn't want me to eat like this long term for risk of heart attack. I was like wha-wha-what?! My average weekly ratio is around 60% fat/12% carb/28% protein... Also carbs are anywhere from 20-70 g per day.
She was concerned the lack of "whole grains" in my diet. She said I need to have 2 servings per day (paleo or not). I really don't feel the need to adjust what I am eating to be honest, it's working for me and I feel GREAT. I have always felt like CRAP when eating grains like oatmeal.
She doesn't think "paleo" is a long term diet but rather a "fad diet". She is concerned with any diet eliminating certain food groups (like grains/dairy/etc) especially with my binge history. I haven't felt the need to binge since July so I'm not sure why the issue there?
She mentioned she could easily find studies blowing paleo concepts out of the water. To this I countered with "I'm sure you can find studies to support your point of view one way or the other. And I think you would agree with me that there hasn't been extensive studies done longterm on those that have followed this diet."
I will give her credit that she said she is open minded and would like to see how Paleo works for me long term and did say if it's working for me don't change anything until I get closer to my weight loss goal (I have another 70 or so pounds to go).
- Is my fat/carb/protein percentage okay?
- Is the 2 grain serv per day really necessary?
- Do you consider paleo a fad diet?
- Are there studies that "blow paleo out of the water" or is that just hyperbole? Everything I have personally read as of late has been very complimentary, including the fact it just MAKES SENSE to eat real food.
I have felt so fantastic I am not planning on changing how I am eating at this time but would like a little insight and ammunition to provide when and if I meet with her again. Thank you!