Over the past several years, low-carb diets have been gaining traction, proving to be more effective for maintaining a healthy weight, more so than the low-fat diet that’s been emphasized for years.
And for all intents and purposes, this type of diet is ideal for those with type-2 diabetes, with evidence being corroborated by a study published in Diabetologia in 2007. The study, in which participants followed either a paleo diet, or a Mediterranean-type diet, found that “the blood sugar rise in response to carbohydrate intake was markedly lower after 12 weeks in the Paleolithic group (–26%), while it barely changed in the Mediterranean group (–7%). At the end of the study, all patients in the Paleolithic group had normal blood glucose.”
The tenets of the plan include eating lean proteins, fruits and vegetables, and healthy fats, and cutting out grains, dairy, and processed foods, and sweeteners. Lean proteins are akin to the building blocks: supporting strong muscles, healthy bones and proper immune function. As an added bonus, protein helps dieters feel satiated between meals. Fruits and vegetables contain an abundance of nutrients and antioxidants, some shown to decrease the likelihood of developing certain degenerative diseases.
Healthy fats are also essential in the plan, and come from foods like nuts and seeds, avocados, certain oils and grass-fed meat. According to paleo guru Robb Wolf, research has proven that diets rich in Monounsaturated and Omega-3 fats dramatically reduce the instances of obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and cognitive decline.
While the paleo approach has a number of detractors, the most important consideration is how a dieter feels when following a specific protocol. Many who follow the paleo approach report feeling healthier and stronger. And if the diet works and is manageable within one’s lifestyle—in addition to the possibility of reversing insulin resistance—it’s worth trying.
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