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Is the Paleo Diet, just like Atkins or any other low carb diet?

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Is the Paleo Diet, just like Atkins or any other low carb diet?

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on September 10, 2013
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Paleo does not necesseraly have to be like Atkins. Atkins (if i understand correctly) was a high-fat, High-protein, low carb diet, but with Paleo you can make it as high or low carb as you want. Also, with Atkins, you can have artificial colors and flavors and sweeteners, with paleo, you focus mainly on "real" foods.

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on September 09, 2013
at 03:44 PM

For me Paleo is a guideline. It tells me to ignore 80% of the supermarket aisles and shop for highest quality meats, veggies that are closer to what you would have eaten prior to the industrial age. You don't really have to go back to Caveman for healthier living. My thoughts ignore the whole how do we know what the caveman ate, etc.

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on September 09, 2013
at 11:56 AM

I don't think of Paleo as a diet but more as a lifestyle that brings the best nutrients to my body. Tried Atkins years ago but tired of it quickly because it consisted of mostly protein. Where as Paleo simply eliminates added sugars, starches, legumes, and dairy. There are so many delicious Paleo meals to prepare without any of the crap.

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on September 08, 2013
at 07:03 AM

As unquantifiedself noted, paleo isn't a diet yet, for many, it is more than a way of eating. For example, a paleo "lifestyle" includes eating meat and fat, and veggies and fruit in season; lifting heavy things, sprinting, and getting good sleep.

Paleo, if you will, is akin to a basic white sauce: you can make it cheesy, bechamel, or chipped beef on toast. It's all up to you.

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on September 07, 2013
at 08:41 PM

Paleo is not a diet, it's a way of eating. People sometimes use it to lose weight, but to me that's not really the point. And it's certainly not low carb, although once again some people make it about eating fewer carbs.

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on September 07, 2013
at 06:30 PM

I was on the "Carb Addicts LifeSpan Program" (CALP) for almost a year and lost over 100#. That was 11 years ago, I've gained it all back, plus some. I really do suck at maintenance. CALP had a lot in common w/Atkins which I also tried for a while before settling into CALP. What I notice more than anything with Paleo is the abscense of dairy. I consumed A LOT of cheeses on CALP. It was the protien bomb I took to curb the carb monster. You can draw many lines between CALP/Atkins and Paleo, but the reality is that Paleo is looking to me to be far more sustainable for life. It truly focuses on a lifetime of health and good nutrition.

I'm taking steps to make Paleo a lifestyle for my remaining 30-40 years and I've been an advocate for "clean" eating for 25+ years. But I've ignored my body for too long and have been a very poor example.

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on September 07, 2013
at 06:17 PM

Not quite, it's very possible to do high(er) carb paleo.

The point of the paleo diet is to remove toxins and antinutrients, and provide optimal nutrition, not just in the macronutrients, but especially in the micronutrients by attempting to eat and live like our ancestors without a historical re-enactment. (i.e. we don't dress up like cavemen.)

What Atkins (re)discovered was that High Fat Low Carb diets cause fat loss. Probably the earliest recorded version of that was that of William Banting.

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