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Caveman Diet

If you thought you were old-fashioned, try this 40,000-year-old diet.

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The Caveman Diet relies on a method that's roughly 40,000 years old - a healthy, simplistic approach to eating.

The Caveman Diet also goes by the name of The Paleolithic Diet or the Stone Age Diet.

The concept of the Caveman Diet is really quite simple: If it wasn't available to the cavemen, then you don't eat it. So out are grains, breads, flour, refined sugars, dairy, legumes, processed oils or anything that was cultivated or grown following the development of agriculture.

The premise behind the diet is that our bodies are genetically and evolutionary adapted to eating the foods of our Paleolithic ancestors and since human genetics have not changed since the time period, this is the kind of eating that humans are best suited for.

Foods allowed are on the Caveman Diet are all meats, including organ meats, fish, poultry, eggs, vegetables, fruits, roots and nuts.

The diet has been met with controversy from some health and nutrition experts who find fault with its evolutionary logic as well as its claimed benefits of the diet's special composition.

Proponents of the Caveman Diet believe that it is the large carbohydrate load largely coming from grains, flour and sugar, of the modern or post-agricultural industry that has contributed to the increased rates of obesity and weight-dependent health conditions.

PRO
  • Diet is focused on whole, unprocessed and nutrient-rich foods
  • Will most likely result in weight loss
  • Gluten and casein free
  • Low in sodium
CON
  • Eliminates entire groups of food
  • Strict nature may not be a viable long-term eating plan
  • Inclusion of organ meats may detract potential followers
  • May have a low satiety factor despite the diet's fat content
  • Has a high saturated fat content if lots of pork and red meat are consumed
DIET and NUTRITION

The Caveman Diet removes carbs like bread and potatoes, beans, sugars and sodium and instead gives the green light to fish, chicken, meat, root veggies like parsnips and carrots, eggs and of course nuts and berries.

Ideally, you should consume 65 percent of your calories from animal sources and the remaining 35 percent from plant-based foods. Organic and additive-free meats are strongly encouraged as fillers and hormones are likely to change the nutrient content of the meats consumed.

Since the foods on the Caveman Diet are very nutrient-rich, you will easily fulfill your quotas for vitamins, minerals as well as fiber and protein.

A typical day on the Caveman Diet might look like this:

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs and bacon. Lunch: Green salad topped with grilled chicken breast and slivered almonds. Dinner: Lamb chops seasoned with herbs and spices, and roasted asparagus and parsnips. Snacks: Berries, fruit, crudites, lean cold cuts, hard-boiled eggs, raw nuts, raw seeds and avocados.

EXERCISE

Since the hunter and gatherers were always on the go, so is the modern person following the Caveman Diet. You should be as mobile as you can while following this diet. Walking as much as you can and doing any kind of physical activity is strongly encouraged.

CONCLUSION

Even though the Caveman Diet has labeled a fad diet by the National Health Service of England and the American Dietetic Association, it deserves credit for being incredibly nutrient-rich, unprocessed and clean. Plus, it's gluten-free and it encouragemes regular physical activity.

If you have the discipline to put your love of bread, ice cream and black beans aside, the Caveman Diet is sure to knock off pounds and may even boost your nutrition as long as you don't take the diet as a free pass to eat bacon, sausage and steak three meals a day.

Common Misspellings

Cavman diet, Caveman deit, Caveman plan, Paleo Diet


Related Diets: Makers Diet, Caveman Diet, Low-Carb Diet


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Richard k.

Remember this to all. If this diet is not working for you. Like I tell my friends. check your blood Type. This is the O Blood Type diet. I am already skinny have been allmy life and doind this diet and being O Blood Type I still lost wieght. I was 156 now I am 123.

posted Jan 21st, 2011 7:27 pm


Jeremy

I think this is one of the easiest diets to follow. There's nothing special or complicated about it. Just eat natural, unprocessed foods and you're good. I've only been on this diet for a week, took a day off it for a party and cheated a couple more times, and still lost 5lbs. Don't get ahead of me, this is still 85% of my food intake. I'm sure it's largely due to the fact it's so low in carbs. Honestly I feel healthier and even though I still average 5-6 hours sleep a night, I don't feel nearly as tired at work anymore. Surprising since I switched from Soda to water. I definately recommend this diet.

Only negative I would say is that you can expect to use the bathroom alot. This diet is not only high in fiber, but also between the water you're drinking and fruit/vegies, alot of liquid is moving through too. Seems to be leveling itself out though.

posted Aug 3rd, 2010 5:03 pm


bart Schrom

i hate it

posted Mar 25th, 2010 11:43 am


Matthew

3rd week, 2nd stage, 10 lbs off. I like this diet as a lifestyle choice. If we are not evolved to eat breads and milk, why eat it. There is a transition process, I had some stomache issues, but they seem to be gone now. In this 2nd stage, every day is like Yom Kippur (The only time I used to not eat during the day). Only, this is much easier, I have more energy, get more done (no meal breaks) am more focused, and don't have to go to the bathroom too often (As a teacher that's important). The way the diet is structured, I found it fairly easy to move to this more difficult stage, stage 3 is easier, so I have no worries. The one big question is, am I tough enough to stay with it? I miss the milk and bread. I like the name. I can't get excited about "dieting," but call it "living like a caveman" and I'm in. I think this is a good diet for men. "Real Men" like us cavemen. It's a sad but true fact that this kind of logic works on us even when we know its silly.

posted Mar 5th, 2010 11:24 am


Vince

I love this diet. I haven't lost any weight, nor do I want to. I do it because I hate the way processed foods make me feel; bloated and miserable is no way to go through life. I now treat food as clean burning fuel only. Very little of my protein is from Red Meat. Most of the time its chicken, fits, nuts, etc. I eat red meat MAYBE once a week. I DO HAVE A QUESTION THOUGH - why no beans on this diet? I've been eating alot of Garbanzo, Kidney and black beans. Aren't those good choices?

posted Jan 8th, 2010 2:50 pm


Blake

I have recently tried the caveman power diet. I started at 276 and tuesday will be eight weeks, and i am now at 236, I have lost forty lbs in almost eight weeks, I am 24 years old and i have had an issue the last week. I developed gout in my right foot. I have heard it could be from rapid weight loss or the protien i was taking in. but all in all, very pleased

posted Dec 6th, 2009 1:01 pm


Ted

Still on the diet Total lost in 10 weeks 40 lbs. I cheat on Sundays

posted Oct 26th, 2009 6:35 pm


Kim

Lack of antibiotics, large carnivorous wild animals, and constant warfare is the reason Paleolithic people only lived to be 30. I certainly wouldn't attribute their life expectancy to their diet (unlike now).

posted Oct 2nd, 2009 4:38 pm


Ted

44 yr old male been on the diet for about 4 weeks lost 20 lbs I feel great.The diet is very easy. I eat chicken and fish tons of fruits and veggies.

posted Sep 10th, 2009 6:53 pm


lightweightnow

Sept 2008: 14 st 8 lbs. Removed big carbs like bread, potato, rice, root vegetables, ALCOHOL, don't have a sweet tooth so don't care about sugar.

Feb 2009: 11 st 6 lls.

Age: 39

Height: 5'11"

Gender: Male

This is a great lifestyle choice and easy to follow. I eat greek yoghurt and a big handful of seeds for brekka. Meat and veg or salad for lunch and then have fish, meat or cheese and tomatoes or cucumber or celery for supper. If I get peckish I have cheese and celery and have recently got into berries and double cream!

Went for a meal with my wife and really fancied a pud.........so happily had one! It's not a 'diet' and it's not restrictive or guilt inducing. It's just sensible.

The greatest expense is the cost of the closthes that I have had to buy after going from a 38" waist to under 32".

Go for it!

posted Feb 13th, 2009 2:55 am


Sarah

I've already lost six pounds and I've been on this diet since friday the 23rd. I find myself feeling a lot better and healthier and i feel better about myself with the choices of what i eat, yes it's hard to limit myself so much to such little food, but in the end my lifestyle will be that much better.

posted Jan 26th, 2009 3:33 pm


Sarah

In just the first week I've already lost six pounds. My doctor put me on this diet for headache problems and it is really helping.

posted Jan 26th, 2009 3:25 pm


nikinoodle

I don't think this sounds like the atkins diet. It's of promise and I'm going to give it a go if only to purify my over-saturated christmas body!!! Can anyone out there remind of me of why caveman only lived until their mid-30's though? I'm in my mid-30's and wouldn't want to rush into anything terminal just yet! Cheers

posted Jan 3rd, 2009 11:50 am


Caveman

A common myth about the Caveman Diet is the notion that it's designed for weight loss.. it's not!
The caveman diet is about detoxifying you body, and getting into gear with your body's natural rhythms, and much more... I urge you to analyse it properly. Here is a good place to start; http://www.cavemanpower.com/

posted Oct 30th, 2008 7:00 pm


Illyria

I tried this diet, but I'm not the type who needs to lose much weight so the results were'nt extraordinary. At least they werent bad. Of course, I have had experience with the Atkins diet...but when I tried this one I found I was hungry most of the time. And it was expensive. But if I had more money for rich meats, more nuts ect., I probably would not have been that hungry. All in all its a good plan healthy and yummy (for my tastes anyway) but one thing I really missed was cheese and dairy.

posted Oct 30th, 2008 3:16 pm


Ilovegreens50

I found the choices here way too limiting and definitely couldn't see how eating these types of foods would help drop the weight. I'm trying to drop at least 40 pounds and after trying the food choices here I'm gonna give another diet a try.

posted Oct 5th, 2008 5:22 pm


Jack

Now this is what I call a diet. Give me T-bone steak and lets call it a day.

posted Oct 5th, 2008 5:14 pm


Lauren_C

This diet focuses way too much on eating meat and very highly saturated foods, which isnot going to get me shedding pounds.

posted Oct 5th, 2008 5:09 pm


Ausie gal

What was a caveman's life expectancy???

posted Aug 19th, 2008 9:06 am


Allison

To Yankee: studies show people 40,000 years ago were extremely healthy and strong with great bone density, no obesity, etc. the first signs of obesity and low bone density came with agriculture. our bodies weren't (apparently) evolved for processed foods. modern people (in certain countries) are far from healthy in caveman terms, with the wonderful exception of certain cultures with great food habits.

posted Jun 29th, 2008 5:47 pm



 

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