Background

Loren Cordain is a nutrition expert, professor, and bestselling author.

Summary

The paleo diet looks at what we are genetically adapted to eat for optimal health, weight loss, and reduced risk of chronic disease.

Interesting Ideas

The paleo diet concept focuses on eating what we are genetically adapted to for optimal health based on what the hunter gatherers ate and focuses on moderating excessive insulin production. The first half of this book was on the paleo diet. The second half was recipes.

In its basic essence the paleo diet focuses on plants and animals, and avoids grains, legumes, dairy, refined sugars, refined oils, and processed foods. It is a high protein, moderate carbohydrate, moderate fat diet.

Protein increases your metabolism and also has the highest satiety value out of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.

Loren Cordain outlines 7 keys of the diet such as eating enough protein, eating good carbohydrates, and eating good fats. He also recommends to eat a diet with a net alkaline load and foods rich in plant phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Positives

Overall I like the idea of moderating excessive insulin production to quell cravings, be less hungry, and have more energy.

Some Criticisms

No major criticisms.

Check out his book, here: Amazon link


Bibliography

Cordain, Loren. The Paleo Diet Revised: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Foods You Were Designed to Eat. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011.


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