I think one of the most common mistakes made by many paleo followers is to assume that paleo is a "diet" as you could say for Atkins, South Beach or so. I mean some people perhaps being used to diets that prescribe "this many grams of meat, that many grams of protein, carbs, etc" are often looking for that in paleo and I believe, there is actually nothing like that in paleo. If you read well most of the paleo researchers, it is clear to me that paleo is a whole approach to eating, a new way to think about nutrition, where you elaborate about which foods are desirable, which ones should not be part of our diet and perhaps which ones are "in the border" to be had with caution. But there is no overall recipe for "this much of this, that much of that", on the contrary once a food source is deemed convenient you are left on your own to choose your satiation point. So I say we could easily elaborate over one weekend perhaps one hundred different "diets" just by playing around with amounts, proportions, etc, and in the end those 100 or so diets would all be "paleo" although they could be quite different from each other! Do you agree?
Paleo is a diet. It's the way I nourish myself, they way I eat. It's not the fault of the word "diet" that it's been understood recently in a very narrow way, often equaled with fad, crazy restrictive practices imposed to lose weight.
But still it's pretty common to use it in the original way, as in "gluten-free diet" or "Eastern European diet".
I understand the problem, as I feel strange to say I am on "Paleo diet", I often say "I eat according to the evolutionary science" to avoid the word.
"it is clear to me that paleo is a whole approach to eating, a new way to think about nutrition, where you elaborate about which foods are desirable, which ones should not be part of our diet and perhaps which ones are "in the border" to be had with caution."
I agree with the statement, as well as your other statements.
However, some people seem to start eating the Paleo way to lose weight, the other aspects of Paleo can be secondary to these folks. So, in this sense Paleo may well be a diet for these people. They may well adopt the Paleo way of eating once they lose what they want to, but the3y may go back to the SAD (how sad that is).
one thing I've noticed in the short time I've been reading about this paleo eating style is that there's a lot of different definitions of what it means to eat paleo. Like, you get folks on here who eat nothing but meat, and then other folks who eat dairy and even grains on a daily basis, but they all consider themselves paleo. I see a lot of statements like 'paleo is essentially a low-carb diet', or 'paleo isn't a low-carb diet, it's a high-fat diet!', but from the books I've read I've come to understand it more as a high-protein diet. So which is really correct?
I think the paleo diet is really hitting the mainstream more than ever now, and is attracting a lot of new folks (such as myself), all of whom are listening to different authorities. I wouldn't be surprised if 10, 20 years from now we end up with a lot of different splinter groups, because to me the all-meat eaters and the low-carbers are following drastically different diets than what I've been following: lots of lean meat with as much non-starchy fruits and vegetables that I want (can you tell I've been reading the work of Loren Cordain?).
Personally, I would like to have a different term to use than 'paleo-diet', because it implies I'm trying to lose weight, and I'm totally not. I love the idea of saying 'I eat according to the evolutionary science'! But I just know I'd be written off as a flake....
By definition of the word, yes. But, modern culture has effectively re-defined the word to mean an attempt at weight loss through nutritional change. True Paleo-esque diets are lifestyle changes, long term and beneficial for health.
Well, there are several definitions of diet, one of which is "habitual nourishment," and a lot of people I think use the term in that way, e.g., "My diet consists only of meat and veggies."
Also confusing the matter is that every single damn diet says "This isn't a diet, it's a way of life!" - so saying that Paleo "isn't a diet, it's a lifestyle!" sounds pretty familiar, and doesn't distinguish Paleo from Atkins or South Beach or Mediterranean or whatever.
And for some people Paleo is a diet, in the way I think you meant it (a way to lose weight) and diets don't always tell you how much to eat, but what to eat, and Paleo does that.
So no, I don't agree. :)
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