The Paleo diet is based on an old way of eating back when hunting and gathering were the sole ways to collect food. It is based on the diet of early humans and consists of meat, fish, fruits and vegetables. It’s essentially the cave man diet. This simpler approach to dieting is easy on the body and dismisses processed foods entirely. There are a few other foods you can’t eat as well. The diet cuts out cereal grains, legumes, potatoes, salt, refined sugar and refined vegetable oils.

Less strict diet

An obvious benefit of the Paleo diet is how much you can actually eat. Unlike many diets that say ‘no’ to most foods, this one says ‘yes.’ You aren’t limited to three foods each week or forced to cleanse. Eat real, delicious, filling foods all the time. Although, it may take some adjustment to say goodbye to all the processed food on your shopping list.

Perfect for those with diet restrictions

No grains and no dairy means this is a safe diet for those who are lactose intolerant or have celiac’s disease. The Paleo diet won’t further restrict your diet. If anything, it could inspire more meals you never thought of before.

Get energy without all the carbs

Bread, bagels, granola bars, and pasta are quick and easy meals and sources of energy. However the Paleo diet throws them out the window. Even a vegetarians go to energy source, beans, aren’t available. This is no reason to fret or ditch the diet. Eggs and nuts will provide ample energy to get through even the craziest of days.

Consume good fats

Despite what many people think, not all fat is bad. The Paleo diet calls for higher fat intake, but of good fats, meaning monounsaturated fats and omega-3 fats. These fats aren’t actually that bad for you, unlike trans fat which leads to high cholesterol. Trans fat most typically occur in processed foods. Type of fat is more important than quantity and this diet is higher in better fats.

Reduces health risks

The Paleo diet improves overall health not because of what you eat, but what you’re not eating. Cutting out processed foods, refined sugar, and salt does wonders for your body. Refined sugars can cause a spike in blood sugar which can lead to diabetes and other health risks. Not eating salt, or processed or frozen foods obviously lowers salt intake which reduces high blood pressure.

If you’re looking to lose weight, or just to live a healthier lifestyle without taking drastic measures, the Paleo diet is the answer. Embrace your inner caveman with this simple and effective diet.