The Paleo diet is a method of dieting that has its users eat like they used to back in the caveman days or more accurately the Paleolithic era. The thinking behind this is that humans during this era were in better shape and the blame lies in the food industry and that if dieters only ate foods and drinks that were around during this time they will lose weight and live a healthier life.
The diet allows fruits, vegetables, lean meats, seafood, nuts & seeds, and healthy fats. It does not allow dairy, grains, processed food & sugars, legumes, starches, and alcohol. While this is a healthy alternative; although to actually follow the diet in this day and age is near impossible, there is actually no weight loss associated with this diet. A 2011 ranking by U.S. News & World Report, involving a panel of 22 experts, ranked the Paleo diet lowest of the 20 diets evaluated based on factors including health, weight-loss, and ease of following. These results were repeated in the 2012 survey, where the diet placed 24th out of 24, stating that their experts “took issue with the diet on every measure”. However, one expert involved in the ranking stated that a “true Paleo diet might be a great option: very lean, pure meats, lots of wild plants. The modern approximations… are far from it.” He quickly added that “duplicating such a regimen in modern times would be difficult.”
The revival of the Paleo diet is somewhat confusing as far as weight loss goes as it has no value in the contribution losing weight. There are many diets that offer a more legitimate solution for your weight loss needs.