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How many paleo dieters are out there, you reckon?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 09, 2011 at 9:55 PM

Do you think there are half a million of us in the western world yet, or not yet? How many would you guess we are overall? And how many of us are in it for the lifestyle change and weight loss proportionally?

Ec7cb2a7a68655954a01f03e95be1383

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on November 22, 2011
at 07:34 PM

yeah, real paleo folks are rare in germany but more and more people get acquinted with this concept. Though, its still a minority and almost noone knows about grass-fed or the paleolithic diet concept in general.

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on November 22, 2011
at 07:31 PM

it is spreading around here. I think it will become the most accepted idea in the nutrition movement during the next 10 years due to the logical reasoning. For example, doctors in germany are being overwhelmed with patients concerns about gluten and more and more people are staying off it. There's actually counter propaganda made by mainstream media against gluten. I hope it won't lead to the same anti gluten-movement as in the US where millions are buying quinoa, corn, rice and other flour substitutes. Okay, of course, thats not likely...

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

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on September 10, 2011
at 10:42 AM

Yep I live in Kent in England and I know at least 6 people who eat Paleo, this shizzle is huge! Rightly so too.

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

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on September 10, 2011
at 10:41 AM

Urgh, that really aggravates me when the butcher has no idea what grassfed beef is "oh you mean organic?" No I bloody don't!! WTF?!

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

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on September 10, 2011
at 10:39 AM

@Katie, but that is only one website! I'm noot subscribed to it and I've been Paleo for a year. Robb Wolf gets thousands of emails EVERY DAY. This movement is HUGE.

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on September 10, 2011
at 02:48 AM

Oh and I live in the Canadian West… where we grow wheat and canola and people drive pickup trucks and get tattoos of hockey players.

9e975c86f483555ed19e59c5628488ca

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on September 10, 2011
at 02:47 AM

Half a million in North American means only only on in 1057 are doing it. It's way higher than that, I don't even go to a gym or have very many friends and I know a number of people who do Paleo. Given the massive numbers of people who go to gyms and the rate at which it's spread that isn't the case. But last but not least, multiple Paleo books have been Best Sellers… that pretty much means that they're selling A LOT of books.

9e975c86f483555ed19e59c5628488ca

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on September 10, 2011
at 02:44 AM

Yeah but I don't think Paleo is explicitly "low carb" the food quality and type makes it Paleo. Going low carb for most people means endless processed meats I think.

07154e6d8e42065f230d06249700fe5b

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on September 10, 2011
at 02:27 AM

70000 is still closer to a few thousand than it is to half a million :P

F3176aa8463fe7f416f4da0d04974c1d

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on September 09, 2011
at 11:45 PM

So true! I was Paleo for a year before I realized I was Paleo.

Be1dbd31e4a3fccd4394494aa5db256d

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on September 09, 2011
at 11:23 PM

Mark Sisson's forum has 70000 accounts. A lot of those probably aren't strict paleo, but it tells you there is certainly interest in it.

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on September 09, 2011
at 10:52 PM

I live in the Bay Area too. I don't know any Paleo dieter around except myself (started last week, and it already made me asymptomatic for my 10-year medical issue), although I'm guessing there might be some at Google since Googlers follow that stuff (my husband works there).

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on September 09, 2011
at 10:53 PM

I think more - lots of people are doing Paleo but don't realise it - I pick up a trashie mag in the drs rooms and all of Hollywood are on it - no carb grass fed meat and lots of fish no sugar. I had a friend on FB telling me they are a real gym junkie and are going high protein and no carb - bang they did not realise there was a movement dedicated to the diet! I think watch this space many many more people will come on board for lots of different reasons.

9e975c86f483555ed19e59c5628488ca

(823)

on September 10, 2011
at 02:44 AM

Yeah but I don't think Paleo is explicitly "low carb" the food quality and type makes it Paleo. Going low carb for most people means endless processed meats I think.

F3176aa8463fe7f416f4da0d04974c1d

(1392)

on September 09, 2011
at 11:45 PM

So true! I was Paleo for a year before I realized I was Paleo.

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on May 21, 2012
at 09:34 PM

I am surprised by all these people who say they know several people who are on the paleo diet. The first time I met another person who was eating paleo was when I went to a paleo meetup event a year after I first went paleo.

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on November 22, 2011
at 05:51 PM

I think the number of newbie questions here and at reddit/paleo is promising, but I'd caution there must be lots of overlap in the traffic at various websites. I visit a bunch every day and I notice many of the comments/answers are from people I recognize or who have other websites that I visit.

My sense is that the core community is still pretty small, with a rapidly growing number of casual or fringe ancestral eaters. Some people browse their way through and others put down roots.

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on November 22, 2011
at 05:28 PM

I think 1 million at least in USA. The population of USA is about 307 million, and I believe more than 1 in 307 Americans are doing some version of Paleo whether they know it or not- Primal, Archevore, Perfect Health Diet, perhaps even WAPF, etc.!

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9e975c86f483555ed19e59c5628488ca

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on September 10, 2011
at 02:52 AM

Easily half a million.

Multiple Paleo/Primal books are best sellers.

Half a million in North American alone means only only on in 1057 are doing it. It's way higher than that. I'm not a very social guy, and at-least 6 of the people I know do some kind of primal/paleo gig. I know several others at my wife's office of around 200 do too.

I don't even move in health focused circles… heck I used to be 320lbs and wasn't even close to being the fattest guy I knew. I don't even have a gym membership.

If it's one in 400 that's still 1.3m in NA alone.

Go ahead and exclude Mexico and re-do the math if you like, it's still going to be over half a million.

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

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on September 10, 2011
at 10:42 AM

Yep I live in Kent in England and I know at least 6 people who eat Paleo, this shizzle is huge! Rightly so too.

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on September 09, 2011
at 10:36 PM

There seems to be quite the paleo pod here in the Bay Area. I think most of the folks here were mainly introduced through CrossFit gyms.

3eca93d2e56dfcd768197dc5a50944f2

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on September 09, 2011
at 10:52 PM

I live in the Bay Area too. I don't know any Paleo dieter around except myself (started last week, and it already made me asymptomatic for my 10-year medical issue), although I'm guessing there might be some at Google since Googlers follow that stuff (my husband works there).

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on September 09, 2011
at 10:29 PM

I haven't met many here in Germany, nor other countries I've been to in Europe. I know there are a few and I see their posts on here, but the concept doesn't seem to be too big over here yet. It's pretty telling when the butcher a couple of blocks away has no idea what grass-fed meat is. I even brought in a German friend to ask just in case my Deutsch wasn't up to snuff. I personally only know a handful of people (10 maybe?) that are totally committed to Paleo.

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

(4994)

on September 10, 2011
at 10:41 AM

Urgh, that really aggravates me when the butcher has no idea what grassfed beef is "oh you mean organic?" No I bloody don't!! WTF?!

Ec7cb2a7a68655954a01f03e95be1383

(1453)

on November 22, 2011
at 07:34 PM

yeah, real paleo folks are rare in germany but more and more people get acquinted with this concept. Though, its still a minority and almost noone knows about grass-fed or the paleolithic diet concept in general.

Ec7cb2a7a68655954a01f03e95be1383

(1453)

on November 22, 2011
at 07:31 PM

it is spreading around here. I think it will become the most accepted idea in the nutrition movement during the next 10 years due to the logical reasoning. For example, doctors in germany are being overwhelmed with patients concerns about gluten and more and more people are staying off it. There's actually counter propaganda made by mainstream media against gluten. I hope it won't lead to the same anti gluten-movement as in the US where millions are buying quinoa, corn, rice and other flour substitutes. Okay, of course, thats not likely...

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07154e6d8e42065f230d06249700fe5b

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on September 09, 2011
at 10:12 PM

Half a million? I wish... Maybe a few thousand.

9e975c86f483555ed19e59c5628488ca

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on September 10, 2011
at 02:48 AM

Oh and I live in the Canadian West… where we grow wheat and canola and people drive pickup trucks and get tattoos of hockey players.

Be1dbd31e4a3fccd4394494aa5db256d

(17969)

on September 09, 2011
at 11:23 PM

Mark Sisson's forum has 70000 accounts. A lot of those probably aren't strict paleo, but it tells you there is certainly interest in it.

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

(4994)

on September 10, 2011
at 10:39 AM

@Katie, but that is only one website! I'm noot subscribed to it and I've been Paleo for a year. Robb Wolf gets thousands of emails EVERY DAY. This movement is HUGE.

07154e6d8e42065f230d06249700fe5b

(2057)

on September 10, 2011
at 02:27 AM

70000 is still closer to a few thousand than it is to half a million :P

9e975c86f483555ed19e59c5628488ca

(823)

on September 10, 2011
at 02:47 AM

Half a million in North American means only only on in 1057 are doing it. It's way higher than that, I don't even go to a gym or have very many friends and I know a number of people who do Paleo. Given the massive numbers of people who go to gyms and the rate at which it's spread that isn't the case. But last but not least, multiple Paleo books have been Best Sellers… that pretty much means that they're selling A LOT of books.

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on September 09, 2011
at 10:06 PM

Perhaps we should all reply to be counted ;-)

I suppose we have to go by book sales and subscriber numbers of the most visible websites out there, like WAPF and MDA. Any book sellers out there with access to sales numbers?

I'm guessing that there's still not a whole lot of us. Certainly less than 1% here in Belgium. Almost everyone I talk to has never heard of it (but many like the concept).

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