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Paleo Diet

Chances are you’ve heard the term Paleo (or Paleo Diet) before, and likely used in close association with Cross Fit. Paleo, short for Paleolithic, is a term that refers to a specific type of diet or eating style. The Paleolithic era, also known as the Stone Age, was a time in which primitive people (cave men) lived as hunters and gatherers. Their diets consisted of whatever animals they could kill or food they could gather. So this essentially means any foods that are in their rawest or truest form and available in nature.

Think back to history class and images of cavemen- lean, athletic, muscular. I think it’s safe to say if cave men sat around eating Oreos off of golden trays, their bodies would be more like what we see in the general population in our world today. So there’s got to be something about what they were doing that worked, right? This is where Paleo diet advocators derive their argument for why it works. They believe our bodies were physiologically created to be able to properly digest and derive energy from the original foods our ancestors ate. But with the incorporation of farming and agriculture, grains were now being grown in abundance and disease risks increased along with the crop. The work required to obtain food has diminished incredibly over the past hundreds of thousands of years.

Paleo Diet FoodsThis “diet” isn’t ‘just for people looking to shed some pounds- it’s for anyone who just wants to feel and operate better. Those who practice the Paleo diet see a plethora of health benefits as a result.

  • Increased vitamin, mineral & antioxidant consumption
  • Improved blood sugar control
  • Improvements in cardiovascular health (triglycerides, cholesterol, blood pressure)
  • Natural detox for the body
  • Better sleep
  • Weight loss

For those of you who are not fans of calorie counting or macro tracking, the Paleo diet has an advantage. While you certainly can track these things if you wish, they aren’t essential for weight loss. If you eat only Paleo-approved (nuts, fruits, eggs, grass-fed meats, healthy oils, vegetables), you are constantly putting healthy and nourishing foods into your body. These foods aren’t the ones causing our worldwide obesity and disease-ridden epidemic- processed foods (read: sugar) are.

Whether you think the Paleo diet sounds great or not, it’s hard to argue against eating natural, unprocessed foods. After all, our world wasn’t slowly killing itself until we started walking down supermarket aisles through barrages of processed goods. There’s a saying that history repeats itself. Perhaps this time we ought to listen.

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Foods To Stay Away From

To maintain your cholesterol and in turn your fitness, here are the foods you can avoid.

  • Saturated fats and oils: Stay away from butter, coconut oil, palm oil. Instead, you can use margarine or even vegetable oils like olive oil.
  • Trans fats: Try avoiding trans fats. These are hydrogenated vegetable oils which have been made hard chemically. These is especially bad for your fitness as they help increase the LDL cholesterol.
  • Limit fatty meat: Especially bacon, beef, sausages and hot dogs. Limit your intake of these if you wish to stick to your fitness frenzy.
  • Egg yolk: Egg yolk is bad for people with high LDL. Avoid this to normalise the situation.
  • Dairy Products: Like cheese and milk. Limit your intake of those dairy products whose milk fat content is more than 1%.
  • Avoid fast foods: A sound advice for nearly everyone. To help you with your fitness, avoid fast foods and snacks covered in cheese and mayonnaise.
We have all heard about the harmful effects of cholesterol on our health. And one of the effects of fitness that one must keep in mind is to check the level of cholesterol.

For that, we must know the basics about cholesterol and the foods we need to stay away from to maintain levels of cholesterol.

Bad Cholesterol And Its Effects

First of all, not all cholesterol is bad. In fact, it is a necessary fat for the cells in your body. It is just the LDL which is bad. It is known as the bad cholesterol.

The most dangerous effect of a high level of LDL cholesterol is the risk of heart attacks. Heart attacks are caused by a combination of factors no doubt. But the high level of bad cholesterol is one of them.

What Can You Do To Maintain Cholesterol And Fitness?

To stay fit, you must lower your LDL cholesterol. And to have this done, you must banish a few food items from your diet chart. This way, your fitness schedule stays intact. You stay healthy.

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