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Why do people say that paleo diet is a fad diet?

Answered on August 25, 2014
Created August 01, 2014 at 10:30 AM

I just don't get why people say the paleo diet is a fad diet because I'm a firm believer that its far from a fad diet I mean after all our ancestors have eaten primal for eons. People also say that being paleo isn't sustainable? What? Well if its not sustainable then why am I so successful in following the diet? and why is this diet so popular? So it makes no sense to say its not sustainable and makes no sense to say that its a fad diet and this really annoys me.

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on August 24, 2014
at 11:26 AM

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on August 06, 2014
at 02:26 AM

If omega 3 worries people then they can always get sardines as they're quite cheap.

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on August 03, 2014
at 01:30 AM

I am Canadian, I do love The Hip and I know exactly what you mean by enjoying something selfishly for that same reason.

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on August 02, 2014
at 02:40 PM

It's a cute line -- but it is simply not true -- and you know that. Foods available today were not alive in the Paleolithic. Emulation is the closest we can get -- and that is not even necessarily optimal. PhD might be closer to optimal for most...

One of the issues with paleo (IMO) is that they try too hard to differentiate themselves. Eat whole, unprocessed foods. Focus on eating lots of fresh organic vegetables. -- no one can argue that is a fad.

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on August 02, 2014
at 02:25 PM

Sorry raydawg. 8 billion people in this world have a pony in the game. To be Paleo you have to have a grass-fed food budget. Most people don't. Be grateful you do.

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on August 02, 2014
at 12:40 PM

Try 2 million year old fad.

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on August 02, 2014
at 12:32 PM

Paleo needs critical mass but it's too diffuse a concept...it also needs foods most people can't afford...

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on August 02, 2014
at 12:29 PM

Not really...selection and adaptation have taken place...you can't wish away oral amylase and lactose tolerance...

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on August 02, 2014
at 01:14 AM

Doesn't being the standard diet until 10,000 years ago count as an extended clinical trial? ;-)

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on August 01, 2014
at 11:46 PM

Well I do restrict carbs but not completely, especially before and after going to the gym I'll either eat sweet potato or taro, sometimes I'll even eat foods that aren't paleo.

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96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on August 02, 2014
at 12:43 PM

The people who say it's a fad do so because they have a pony in the game - and they'd hate it if their lying pony loses. Besides, it makes for good sound bites for the media to use, along with images of cavemen dying in their 30s or being uncivilized. Follow the money and you'll find the truth.

Truth be told, it's a 2 million year old fad, while the SAD is 20 or 50 years old depending on whether you count the introduction of HFCS or industrial seed oils, or dwarf wheat. Gee, which is the fad? The 20 year old or the 2 million year old? Hmmm?

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on August 02, 2014
at 02:25 PM

Sorry raydawg. 8 billion people in this world have a pony in the game. To be Paleo you have to have a grass-fed food budget. Most people don't. Be grateful you do.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on August 02, 2014
at 02:40 PM

It's a cute line -- but it is simply not true -- and you know that. Foods available today were not alive in the Paleolithic. Emulation is the closest we can get -- and that is not even necessarily optimal. PhD might be closer to optimal for most...

One of the issues with paleo (IMO) is that they try too hard to differentiate themselves. Eat whole, unprocessed foods. Focus on eating lots of fresh organic vegetables. -- no one can argue that is a fad.

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on August 02, 2014
at 11:08 AM

Maybe the fad labelling is to do with the marketing, branding, identity construction that for many can go hand in hand with eating that standard diet, even if as you say the standard diet has been around for a long long time and is eaten by many people for whom the branding isn't relevant...

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on August 01, 2014
at 01:10 PM

FAD? oh..

Food

Authorities

Disagree

Anyone heard of a band called The Tragically Hip? No? Maybe? If you're Canadian, you know exactly who they are, and one of their songs is playing in your head currently...

Paleo to me is a lot like the band that I love, contained to one place, a secret that everyone likes to keep to stop them from becoming "main stream"...so part of me enjoys the fact that Paleo is looked upon as a FAD...is that selfish?

Truth.

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on August 03, 2014
at 01:30 AM

I am Canadian, I do love The Hip and I know exactly what you mean by enjoying something selfishly for that same reason.

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on August 01, 2014
at 12:40 PM

Because it has been popular for about 5 years.

Paleo Solution was 2010, Primal Blueprint was 2009, The Paleo Diet was 2003.

For a Fad diet to go from Fad to mainstream, it needs to have significant clinical trials (which paleo lacks -- although Dr. Lindeberg is starting them). Additionally it needs to get into the lexicon of nutritional sciences (which paleo lacks since there is no single definition of paleo) -- Paleo is a decade away from that.

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on August 02, 2014
at 12:29 PM

Not really...selection and adaptation have taken place...you can't wish away oral amylase and lactose tolerance...

00cd3b6f51530a6832fcda1712edbec3

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on August 02, 2014
at 01:14 AM

Doesn't being the standard diet until 10,000 years ago count as an extended clinical trial? ;-)

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on August 02, 2014
at 12:40 PM

Try 2 million year old fad.

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on August 01, 2014
at 11:23 AM

Just because you don't understand it doesn't mean it makes no sense and just because you believe something doesn't make it correct, remain skeptical!

People say that it's a fad diet because historically radical diets that promote significant change from the norm have ended up being short lived and unwise. Depending on how you define paleo then it may very well be a fad diet, a lot of people practice paleo ketogenicly and restrict themselves very hard on types of foods they can consume, it's quite possible that this ( or other ) forms of paleo will just fade out as people realize this is not feasible or not beneficial for the majority of the populous.

How I practice 'paleo', it could be confused with not paleo, as I don't really limit my variety, I pretty much just avoid processed foods and try to get variety/nutrient density. Is that even paleo? Is that different from the old adage, 'just eat in moderation'?

On sustainability, again if you look at it in the context of personal continuation, then radical changes in diet tend not to be sustainable in the long run. ( Tends to be either caloric or variety changes that people can not sustain )

Now if you look at it in the global context, which I would imagine whoever told you about the sustainability aspect was referring to, then they are right, it is completely unsustainable. Meat, a staple of the paleo diet is an extremely inefficient food to produce, if all of the X Billion people on earth consumed a paleo diet the world just could not support it, hense the diet is not sustainable for humans. Granted it may be sustainable for however many people are in your country....but, yeah, not sustainable. As a follow up I would say that a lot of country are coming out of poverty and as that happens meat consumption tends to rise, so I imagine you're going to see just how unsustainable meat products are. ( Or a innovative way to alleviate this issue )

Edit: This stat may be wrong or made up, but I think I recall hearing that the sustainable population for earth in a hunter/gatherer context is 100 million. We passed that one a long, long time ago. ( Not totally relevant but interesting )

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on August 01, 2014
at 11:46 PM

Well I do restrict carbs but not completely, especially before and after going to the gym I'll either eat sweet potato or taro, sometimes I'll even eat foods that aren't paleo.

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on August 02, 2014
at 12:32 PM

Paleo needs critical mass but it's too diffuse a concept...it also needs foods most people can't afford...

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