Lifestyle — What Happens When You Go On The Paleo Diet

Whether or not you're interested in the next diet craze, going Paleo is an interesting concept.

You've probably heard of Paleo, but might not know what it entails.

Eating Paleo means trying to eat like we did way back in the day. It's why many refer to it as the "caveman diet."

Anything you can hunt -- like meats, greens, seeds and nuts -- you can eat on the Paleo diet. Foods like pasta, refined sugar, cereal, dairy products or anything processed doesn't count.

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Notably, it depletes grains like bread, rice and corn from your diet.

Grains are something our bodies have never really adjusted to eating, but their production in the US is overwhelming.

Overconsumption of grains in the US is a key factor in the fact much of the American population is obese.

Many argue going Paleo is a privilege, and it's easy to see why. The diet requires you to eat fresh foods for every meal. That requires access to fresh foods and the money it takes to buy those quality groceries.

For those living in food deserts, it's an almost impossible diet to follow.

Even when our species were hunters and gatherers, technically eating Paleo, the only reason they ate that way was because it was the ONLY option.

They literally ate whatever they could, whenever they could. They didn't diet.

Like every diet, Paleo affects each person differently. Depending on your health, there are positive and negative side effects that can occur on the diet.

Some side effects can happen as you transition to Paleo, while other side effects can take years of being on the diet to occur.

To learn more about the pros and cons of going Paleo, watch the video above. And remember, before starting any diet, you should always consult your doctor or a diet professional first.

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