Yosef Rozsansky

What is the Paleo Diet?

According to the nutritionist Yosef Rozsansky, the paleo diet is based on the eating habits of the people during the Paleolithic era (from approx. 2.5 million to 10,000 years ago). This diet includes the foods that have been eaten by our ancestors. The fans of this diet aim to eat as naturally possible. They opt for lean meats, an abundance of fruits and vegetables and other whole foods, like nuts and seeds. Those are the foods that our ancestors obtained by hunting and gathering. The paleo diet discards the foods that became common when the farming emerged, about 10,000 years ago. This goods include dairy products, legumes and grains.

As Rozsansky shares with us, the main goal of this diet is to return the way of eating of the early humans. The paleo diet’s reasoning is that the human body is genetically predisposed to eat those foods that have been obtained with hunting and gathering and is mismatched to the foods that are obtained with farming practices. This idea is also known as the discordance hypothesis.
Farming changed people eating habits, with establishing dairy, grains and legumes as additional staples in the human diet. As some of the Rozsansky’s researches have shown, this was relatively rapid change in diet, so the human body couldn’t adapt properly. There is a hypothesis that this mismatch is a contributing factor to the prevalence of obesity, diabetes and heart disease today.

What to eat on a paleo diet?

What to NOT eat on a paleo diet?

Some researches have shown that this diet has many benefits when compared with other diets. According to Rozsansky, these benefits include:This diet is rich in vegetables, fruits and nuts. As Yosef claims, these are all elements of a healthy diet. The main difference between the paleo and the other diets is the absence of whole grains and legumes, which are good source of dietary fibers, vitamins and other nutrients. The dairy products, which are good sources of protein and calcium are also absent from the diet.
The above mentioned foods are considered to be healthy, but they are also more affordable compared to the paleo diet foods like, grass-feed animals, wild game and nuts. This diet can be too expensive for some people.

“The paleo diet may help you achieve the goal of losing of maintaining weight. It may also provide other beneficial health effects. However, there are no long-term clinical studies about the benefits and potential risks of this diet” - says Yosef Rozsansky on his LinkedIn profile.
Yosef also highlights that you must combine the diet with enough exercise.

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