Paleo is NOT a “fad diet”. It’s a healthy eating lifestyle.
I eat mostly Primal, which is basically Paleo + dairy. I don’t do it for weight loss (I’m technically underweight by my BMI), I do it because in my reading about nutrition, it seems to be the healthiest way to eat. I used to get horrible migraines, I haven’t had one in about 2 years now. My cholesterol levels were never “bad”, but they have moved further into the “good” zone; my HDL (good cholesterol) has nearly doubled! And I don’t get ravenous and shaky anymore like I used to a few hours after eating when I was eating a whole-grain based diet.
Paleo/Primal is about eating real food, eliminating junk, and getting as many nutrients as possible packed into what you eat. The main thing paleo/primal does is eliminate (or greatly reduce) the amount of grain-based carbs you eat.
Grains turn to sugar in the body, and spike your insulin levels. These insulin spikes affect the way your body moves and stores fat. Insulin spikes prompt your body to store fat, rather than move it around.
Here’s an example of what I may eat for a few days eating Primal, you’ll see there’s nothing “extreme” or “fad-diet” about it! In fact, if I wouldn’t have mentioned it was Primal, you probably wouldn’t even have thought to categorize it as such!
Breakfast: 2 eggs, sauteed mixture of potato, tomato, artichoke, and onion
Lunch: fish fillet, kale sauteed with onion, cottage cheese topped with dulsa seaweed
Dinner: steak topped with guacamole, sweet potato
Breakfast: cup of organic full-fat yogurt, blueberries
Lunch: shrimp stir fry, served over either quinoa, rice, or cauliflower rice
Dinner: pork chop, broccoli, pineapple
Breakfast: 2 eggs, 2-3 kiwi
Lunch: mixed-greens salad, butternut squash soup (butternut squash, apples, bacon)
Dinner: chicken thighs, potato, green beans
I eat a moderate-carb paleo diet because I’m not trying to lose weight; if you are aiming for weight loss you will want to try to eat a bit fewer carbs than this. Easily done by eating lower-carb veggies and not a lot of potatoes, and opting for fruit such as berries instead of carby fruits like bananas.
You can still enjoy most of your favorite grain-based foods with a little creativity. For example, instead of wheat spaghetti noodles, I cut zucchini and yellow squash into stripes, blanch or sautee them, and then top with spaghetti sauce and shrimp or ground beef/venison.
A few of my favorite paleo/primal websites:
Mark’s Daily Apple