(Closed) Plant Based Diet vs. Paleo

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
  • poll: Which is best for weight Loss
    Plant Based Diet : (13 votes)
    42 %
    Paleo : (18 votes)
    58 %
  • Post # 3
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    I have never heard of Paleo until your post so I did some research on Paleo vs. Vegan (Plant based diet) http://experiencelife.com/article/paleo-vs-vegan/

    I can only speak on the vegan diet:

    My Fiance and I just started the plant based diet one month ago after watching Fork Over Knives (basically meaning food over medicine) and love it.  My Fiance has weight and some potential healthy issues and he was the one to make the change after doing tons of research.  Basically, he has found that any nutrients you receive from meat can be found in the plant based diet.  The guys from the film created a cookbook that we really enjoy. My Fiance has lost about 5lbs and he wants to lose about 30lbs but more than anything he cares about his health– he went to the doctor for blood test right before he started the diet and he’s curious to see a change in his health.  I know that isn’t much help but I definitely think being healthy (not just “getting” healthy like it’s a short term goal) should take priority over weight which is more of a “cosmetic issue”. Best of luck to you!

    Post # 5
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2018

    I would go plant-based, personally, because you can incorporate beans as your primary protein source. They’re cheap and versatile and lower in cholesterol than meat. 

    Post # 6
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    @bestbuddies:  Hi, have you gained wieght by stopping meat? I recently became pescatarian (amaybe more flexitarian as I very occaionally had had meat), I thought I would lose some weight but havent, but I havent gained any.  Is it from more carbs in your diet?  I havent tried paleo but looked into it.

    Post # 8
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Just make sure you get plenty of protein. You would probably have to eat a LOT of beans if that is your only real source of protein. My Darling Husband and I have both been losing weight and we eat a good bit of lean chicken.

    Post # 9
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    @bestbuddies:  oh yes, I cant drink milk and dont eat ice cream or yoghurt as they make me feel sick but I love sour cream & all types of cheese.  I read a very interesting article about how milk products are addictive becuase cows naturaly produce a chemical similar to morphone which triggers the pleasure receptors in our brains and makes us crave more.  I couldn’t find the exact one but this is similar http://www.care2.com/greenliving/cheese-contains-morphine.html 

    Post # 11
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    Paleo is the best diet we could possibly have as humans…it is strictly what we were always meant to eat. We were never meant to bake bread or can ravioli, or process chicken…it is the #1 healthiest diet for you, and I try to follow it whenever I can. As far as weight loss goes, I don’t have any idea.

    Post # 12
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    Busy bee

    @Ms Flamenco:  Would you happen to have a link to Amazon for the book? I absolutely loved Forks Over Knives but am SUCH a picky eater that I don’t know that I could give up bread/pasta or chicken. Looking through recipes would be helpful!

    Post # 14
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

    I am on a mostly paleo diet for medical reasons, but honestly– even if I didn’t have the medical stuff, I’d probably be doing it anyway. 

    The problem with a vegan/plant based diet is that while there are alternitive sources of nutrients such as protein (like beans, whole grains, nuts, & seeds) these forms of protein aren’t as easily digested by the body.  And there are a lot of other nutritional deficiencies such as B12, D, Iron, & Calcium, just to name a few; which are a lot harder to replace without artificial supplements.  Again, there are natural sources of these items in a plant based diet, but the body simply isn’t equipped to absorb these nutrients from their plant sources. 

    I’m not saying it can’t be done– but it’s REALLY hard! And most people aren’t successful. 

    In my opinion, Paleo is a more nutritionally balanced diet plan which gives you the freedom to maintain a healthy and active life without the risk of nutritional deficiencies that are often common among vegans. 

    Post # 15
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

    In terms of weight loss, Paleo can help a lot with that because since these foods are in their “natural” state– it’s much easier for your brain to help regulate your calorie consumption.  Often times, on a TRUE Paleo diet, people find themselves eating their correct number of calories without scales or measurements because the body is naturally satisfied at the right times; unlike with processed foods which are often times WAY more calorie dense & nutritionally poor so we end up eating more and feeling less satisfied and getting far less vitamins and minerals to boot. 

    Post # 16
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I do Paleo only because I heard of it through my CrossFit gym.  You don’t eat beans on Paleo.  It’s more protien that the average person eats (but key for the exercise we do) and eats a lot of kitchen prep to do right.

     

    They are just so different than I think a mere internet vote is not really enough!

     

    Are you going to add meats back into your diet then?  If you weren’t accustomed to meats and poultry for a while, it might be a bit much for your system.

     

    ETA: I don’t thnk there is any ONE right diet.  They all have some benefits.

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