Paleo Diet Opinion Essay

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For several years now, people have been on the Paleo diet. Opinions still vary as to its status as a "fad diet" or not. The Paleo diet's core idea is sound, but its practices are iffy at best. Moreover, each year you'll find some new variant of the diet. It's because changes are constantly being made on the diet and these changes are based on the fads that happen to be popular at the time. But the diet remains true to its core. It mimics what some people think humans during the Paleolithic era might have eaten. If you're wondering if the Paleo diet is something you can use for weight loss, below are some facts.

A gastroenterologist named Walter L. Voegtlin is said to be the inventor of the Paleo diet. It was in 1975 when Voegtlin wrote and published a book titled, The Stone Age Diet. Voegtlin argued that man is a carnivore. He argued that the early humans dating as far back as the Paleolithic era had a diet that was high in meat. He further stated that our original diet was mostly high in protein and fat, and minimal carbohydrates. Voegtlin made this conclusion based on what he saw on his own treatment of a variety of dietary ailments (e.g., IBS, Crohn's disease). You should know, however, that Voegtlin is not an archaeologist or a historian.
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Sure, if people follow this diet's general principles, they will be healthier. People on this diet tend to lose weight, not to mention reduce their risk of diabetes and heart disease. Still, if you are taking on this diet because you believe it is historically accurate, you are sadly mistaken. This is a diet that has been built upon for almost forty years -- by dieticians. And here's another truth: those dieticians do that so they can sell books and profit from the

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