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The Paleo Diet & Intermittent Fasting

Written by Mike

Paleo Diet is also known as the acveman’s diet.I believe that the Paleo Diet is one of the best for health and overall performance. This diet revolves around food that was available to our ancestors during the Paleolithic era – when they were hunter-gatherers before settling down with the discovery of agriculture. Proponents of paleo believe that we have not yet fully adapted to cereals, dairy products, and some legumes.

Different civilizations, however, reached the Neolithic era at different times. There’s evidence to suggest that the Chinese domesticated rice about 20,000 years ago, about the same time that the Mediterranean region began growing buckwheat and barley. This means that some of us had more time to adjust to our modern diet.

What is it exactly?

That means no processed foods, dairy products, or cereals. Please note that some Paleo diets include rice, buckwheat, and even spirulina. Though not entirely Paleo, these products are fine.

Having a Paleo diet in the 21st Century

It sounds really healthy, but it’s also extremely hard to do today. We do not hunt meat anymore, nor do we go out to gather fresh fruits. I suggest unprocessed products like organic and local ones. Avoid dairy and cereals as much as possible, and use traditional oils like olive, coconut, and avocado.

This diet can be extremely expensive, so I suggest trying it out and see how far you can comfortably go.

Why is this diet superior?

This diet only uses “Superfoods” that have exceptional nutritional value and health benefits. Examples include eggs, sweet potatoes, and green tea. Products like cereals (which contain gluten), dairy products (which cause digestive disorders due to lactose), and other things like white potatoes (known for their high toxicity) are excluded.

Let’s sum up:

A Paleo diet is one of the healthiest diets available. But it also means big changes in your lifestyle and your overall relationship with food.

Intermittent fasting

Intermittent fasting is not a diet, but a way of eating by avoiding macro-nutrients for 12 to 24 hours. But science has found that increasing that fasting time prolongs lifespan, improves organ health, and stimulates the production of main male hormones such as those for growth and testosterone (K Y Ho, 1988) (Bronwen Martin, 2006).

It won’t work if your diet is not already healthy. It’s a trick for dropping body fat faster and can help you save time since you don’t always have to think about food.

How to do it and when?

The most common way is to skip breakfast and use a 16-hour fasting window. If your last meal was at 9pm yesterday, then your first meal today should be at 1pm.

Some people have only one meal a day, but I’m strongly against fasting while training, so only train after at least one meal. Eating only every eight hours will cause brain fog and hunger, but almost everyone gets used to it.

Why does it work?

Proponents of intermittent fasting (such as the athlete, Big Brandon Carter) use it to control their fat gains, especially when they’re bulking. So it’s indeed possible to build muscle on an intermittent fasting protocol.

It’s also less stressful, as you can do it as soon as you get out of bed and can tackle your most important task of the day right away.

Let’s sum up:

If correctly done, intermittent fasting is a wonderful tool for reaching your objectives faster. Many studies prove that it’s good for health, and finally, it saves time for busy people.

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