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Paleo Diet Rules

Almost everyone nowadays is crazy about losing weight through dieting and exercise. The recent fad diet called Paleolithic diet or the Caveman’s diet earned both praises and criticisms from the public. The main idea of this diet is to mimic the diet of a caveman. Basically, it consists of anything that can be hunted such as lean meat, vegetables, fruits, fish or nuts. Some people are apprehensive about this diet because it is fatty and can be pretty expensive. The ingredients such as grass beef are hard to find.

Whether you’re planning to go on Paleo or you’re currently on it, here are Paleo Diet Guidelines that can be useful during your quest for a leaner, healthier body:

  • The caveman’s diet is not about counting calories or controlling portions. Food should be high in fat, low to moderate amount of carbohydrates is needed and there should be moderate animal protein.
  • The amount of saturated fat is not limited. You can eat as much coconut oil or butter as you want. Oil from olives, macadamia, and avocado are good fats that can be drizzled over salads but you can’t use them on frying. If ever you will choose beef tallow, the rendered form of beef or mutton fat, it should come from healthy and well-treated animals. These animals are mostly grass-fed and are raised in pastures.
  • You can eat moderate amounts of animal protein found in red meats, poultry, organs like liver, kidney or heart, eggs, shellfish and fishes caught in the wild.
  • Include fresh vegetables in your diet. You can either cook them or eat them raw. Non-toxic carbohydrates are found in starchy vegetables such as yam and sweet potatoes.  If possible always choose organic fruits and vegetables.
  • Eat low amounts of fruits and nuts. Fruits low in sugar and rich in antioxidants such as berries are good. Nuts should be high in omega-3 but low in polyunsaturated fats and omega-6. If you are trying to lose weight fast or if you have a digestive and autoimmune disease, we suggest that you limit your fruits and nuts intake.
  • Eliminate legumes and cereal grains such as black-eyed peas, wheat, rye, corn, brown rice, etc.
  • Stay away from hydrogenated/ partially hydrogenated and vegetable oils such as margarine, soybean, peanut, sunflower and canola oils.
  • Remove sugar. You can practice by visiting only the meat and poultry sections when you go to the grocery or supermarket.
  • Eliminate heavy creams. Instead, try using raw or fermented dairy.
  • Always eat when hungry and don’t worry if you have skipped one or two meals. You don’t have to eat 3 large meals a day.
  • Sleep at least 8 hours a day and stay stress-free as possible.
  • Don’t overdo your workout sessions. It is alright to keep them intense but make it short. Rest when tired.


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Is the Ice Cream Diet Real or Not?

Studies have shown that a lot of people are getting more and more involved in diets and in activities to lose those unwanted fats and extra pounds. Some are even desperate to lose weight and what they do is to skip meals. Finally, some people, in order to lose weight cut on certain foods like sweets and dairy products – they deprive themselves of the food that they usually love in order for them to attain the figure or the weight they desire. But recent research has shown that it is not really necessary for people to cut on food and skip meals to trim down fats. In fact, they can still eat most of their favorite foods, including ice cream which was believed to be one of the causes of weight gain. In the same research, they have also concluded that eating ice cream can actually make you lose weight faster than other methods possible. Even if the evidences are present, and even if there are claims from experts about this diet, the question still remains: is the ice cream diet real or not? Read below to find out.

 The Ice Cream Diet

 Based on research, when ice cream is incorporated as part of the daily diet, it can actually speed up the trimming of unwanted weight and fats. But before starting on this type of diet, one should follow certain guidelines such as getting an approval from one’s doctor before starting the program, disciplining one’s self not to skip any meals, drinking up to 8 glasses of water a day, abstaining from adding any fatty foods in any meals, and strictly adhering to the diet plan wherein the ice cream diet can only be incorporated three times a week. 

 Basically, when the diet plan is laid down, what one should do is to follow the recommended foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and the ice cream component should only be added during dinner time. After the third day of diet, one should return from his or her normal diet for the rest of the week.

 Does the Ice Cream Diet Work?

 The ice cream diet is based on some suggested foods that one can incorporate in their weekly diet for three days. The foods included in the ice cream diet is picked based on their nutritional information, and they are put together to complete the recommended daily nutrition needed by the body. Even if there is substantial evidence and study to prove the effectiveness of the said diet, the program is still not custom fit for everyone. This means, the most important thing to consider when taking this diet is the approval of the doctor. In addition, aside from strictly adhering to the diet plan, one should also incorporate other factors in order to speed up weight loss like regular simple exercises, drinking plenty of water and getting enough rest. The key in the ice cream diet is that the dairy product breaks up the nutrients inside your body, making its absorption and removal effective.

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How Effective is the 7 Day Diet

There is yet another diet fad going around these days and it is called the “7 day diet” which promises to lose weight within 7 days if strictly followed. The 7 day diet comprises of eating particular foods each day for 7 days. Many health experts say that the diet is very unbalanced and might cause more harm.

The 7 day diet is summarized as follows.

Monday A person can eat as many fruits and fruit juices as he or she likes except bananas
Tuesday A person can eat as many vegetables or vegetable soups as he or she likes
Wednesday A combination of the Monday and Tuesday diet without bananas
Thursday A person can only eat 5 bananas and 5 glasses if whole milk
Friday 4 servings of meat either fish, beef or chicken of 3 ounces each with as many green vegetables as you like
Saturday 4 steaks of meat (3 ounce beef) with as many green vegetables as you like
Sunday 4 steaks of meat (3 ounce beef) with as many green vegetables as you like

The 7 day diet gives a person the chance to have as many servings of a particular food group each day. Every Mondays one can have as many fruits as they can. You may make fruit juices to add variations and texture to the fruits eaten. The following day you can have as many vegetables as you want either through green salads or vegetable soups. While for Wednesdays a combination of fruits and vegetables is allowed. These first 3 days of the week will not permit bananas on the diet but come Thursday you can only eat 5 bananas and 5 glasses of milk. And for the rest of the week you can indulge in meats with choices of beef, chicken or fish on Fridays.

Many argue that the 7 day diet is unbalanced and may cause a person to get weak and easily fatigued especially in the first 3 days of the week as there is no protein included in the diet. The probability of sticking to the 7 day diet is very unlikely for a person because he or she might not have the resources to sustain the diet of only fruits and vegetables for the first 3 days of the week. People who go to work will need more than fruits the whole day to be productive and active throughout the day. Without a doubt a person who will follow this 7 day diet will have some weight loss but the likelihood of maintaining the diet for a prolonged period will be minimal. People have cravings every once in a while and some may need more calories to fuel their activities on most days in which fruits alone cannot suffice to sustain the body to do such activities that demand high need for energy. The 7 day diet is still considered a fad diet by many nutritionist and health experts and should be used in caution.

A diet low in fat and calories but rich in whole wheat, fruits, vegetables and grains is still the best recommended diet by health experts. With enough regular exercise and avoidance of stress, a person can achieve optimum health and wellness.

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What You Can Expect on a Fad Diet

People will always find something to pick on. This specially applies to weight and these days, when weight is confronted, a significant number of population fall prey to the very tricky scheme of fad diets. While others are lured into the diets offering quick solutions, others discover that the hype is not exactly true as advertisements and muscled and curvy agents have promised. It is unfortunate that some individuals suffer a lot compromising what could have been healthy and fit bodies.

For starters, fad diets are absolutely popular. The ads say so. Millions of bucks are spent to help attract potential customers; from the models and actresses pleading the public that this is just the right solution despite several other products and services that have failed in the past to the huge billboards and endless ads promoting the diet. The popular diets are usually low in carbohydrate and fats which leave the dieter craving for more. Meal substitutes in the form of bars and shakes are perfect examples of these. As a resut, only a handful of disciplined persons are able to appreciate the results as most will have their plans backfiring. As one may not feel full, there is an increased chance of not being able to maintain a healthy body. With a focus in just one core food group, the rest of the basic food groups are compromised; bear in mind that all five, proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals are crucial to help facilitate efficient organ functioning.

If the important elements are not balanced, chances are, several ailments may develop. Apart from the psychological exhaustion that may lead to depression brought about by the false promises, physical symptoms may include anemia, low blood pressure, fatigue, malnutrition, diarrhea and even kidney problems. One should also expect that most fad diets do not exactly suggest exercise as part of the plan. When you engage in one  and knowing that you already have a chronic ailment, you might want to reconsider or to at least seek consultation. Your doctor will likely disagree but if you insist, will surely remind you of some important things to bear in mind when patronizing the fad diet; those who suffer from cardiovascular diseases are the ones who are greatly at risk.

Nonetheless, not everything points out to negativity with fad diets. These diets can sometimes really make you lose a whole lot in just a short amount of time, depending on how your body is able to react. So if you need to be in that dress in a couple of weeks or months, you may actually benefit from a particular fad diet. As a result of the weight loss, some people will actually remain motivated and after some time, may revert back to more nutritious schemes.

To conclude, there exists no magic formula or a quick fix solution to unwanted pounds. Be very wary of this fact. Adhering to a a healthy diet coupled with moderate exercise will help a lot. Remember to always have the patience, will and determination and everything will fall into place just as you’ve dreamed of.

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