The secret of a healthier diet is to focus on your whole body, and the parts of your body that make it more efficient and resilient, according to Dr. Stephen Sanger, a nutritionist and author of The Paleo Diet, which has been published in more than a dozen languages.
Dr. Sanger is also a certified health coach and a founder of the Food and Fitness Institute, a nonprofit organization that promotes and teaches healthy eating.
He says it’s possible to get away with eating only a handful of calories and keeping your food choices small and nutritious.
But, he adds, if you eat too many of the things you should, like processed meats, processed carbs, processed sugars, refined grains and added fat, your body may not be able to keep up with the demands of the world.
“If you’re eating a diet that’s not as high in the things that are good for you, then you’re doing a lot of things that may be detrimental to your health,” Dr. Sager said.
The Paleo Diet focuses on foods that are low in calories and high in plant-based proteins, and it includes all kinds of veggies and fruits.
But it also has lots of other ingredients like legumes, nuts, seeds, legumes from grains and legumes like chickpeas and beans.
Some of those components are packed with nutrients.
For example, the whole grain bread and cereal products Dr. Samples recommends are loaded with antioxidants and fiber, as well as omega-3 fatty acids, which are good to keep in the body.
“I’ve found the Paleo diet is a great way to eat whole grains, legume, nuts and seeds,” he said.
“When you start thinking about whole grains as a whole, you’ll notice that they’re packed with all sorts of things you can use as a supplement or as a replacement for what you’re already eating.”
For Dr. Thomas Schmitt, a professor of integrative and integrative medicine at Harvard Medical School, the Paleo Diet is not a one-size-fits-all approach.
He believes there are certain things that people who are more insulin resistant, who have type 2 diabetes, should avoid, and others who are diabetic and have elevated blood sugar may want to try it out.
“In terms of overall weight loss, it’s going to depend on your health and your diet, and how you’re responding to insulin, if at all,” Dr., Schmitt said.
He adds that there are plenty of other factors that can play into weight loss that can’t be determined with the Paleo approach.
For example, there are other people who can lose weight while being insulin resistant.
And some people are also able to gain weight while insulin resistant and have low levels of glucose in their blood.
If you have high blood sugar, your pancreas can produce insulin to help lower blood sugar levels.
That insulin helps lower your blood sugar and allows your body to burn more calories, while your body makes more fat and stores more body fat.
But that process is slower than what happens with the body using its own fat stores to burn off the extra calories.
“The body does the reverse of that process, it just needs more energy to burn the excess calories,” Dr, Schmitt added.
Dr Sanger agrees that it’s not uncommon for people who lose weight to gain it back over time.
“You might get off on the weight loss by a couple of months, and then the next time you go for a workout, it might take three or four months to regain that weight, because your body has become accustomed to the weight you lost,” Dr Sanger said.
While Dr. Schmitt says the Paleo Approach is not the “silver bullet” that is going to help everyone lose weight, he thinks it’s a worthwhile approach for people looking to shed the pounds that they are carrying around.
“There are a lot more reasons why you might be able, if the person is not insulin resistant or has high blood glucose levels, to get rid of that weight than just the one of weight loss,” Dr Schmitt explained.
“It’s not like you need to eat less of everything.”
For more information on the Paleo Plan, visit the Food Institute website at www.foodinstitute.org.
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