A Paleo (and other Low-carb diets) Primer

So, you’ve heard a bunch about Paleo and Low-carb.  You have been counting calories and cutting portions but it hasn’t worked in weight loss.  You are finally ready to plunge into the Paleo and low-carb lifestyle.  But where do you start?

A very nice overview is by DietDoctor.  Go straight here if you want to get started on the low-carb lifestyle.


Here’s some other good websites and their corresponding books to get started.  There are specific nuances with each type of program, but essentially they are similar.


1. Paleo

website: thepaleodiet.com

Website  www.whole9life.com

Book:  The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf  (robbwolf.com)

There’s been tons of information on Paleo.  I won’t go into it too much here.  Another post will go into the nuances and differences of the low-carb diets.

2. Primal Eating-Primal Blueprint 101Image

Website: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/#axzz305M8YCvw

Gives really good info for those Type A personalities looking to count SOMETHING.  Has tons of information, but you will need some time to really digest into the material.

Go straight to the “Primal Blueprint Sample Menu” if you just want to get started.

3. Low-Carb/highFat (Banting/Tim Noakes)



Tim Noakes is one of my heroes in medicine.  He takes on belief systems engrained in medicine and challenges them.  He was essential in showing that water can kill people if they drink too much of it during exercise (exertional hyponatremia) and now he’s tackling the nutritional dogma about counting calories and low fat diets.

He published a book called “Real Meal Revolution” and it has become literally the best-selling book in South Africa, ever.  I wish I could tell you more, since I don’t have his book. His book is only available in South Africa for now.  I suspect it will hit the U.S. soon.

In the meantime, you can check out the two websites above.  However, since his book is so new, the website is currently being developed fully.  Right now the information is there but not fully.

Watch this nice interview explaining the genesis of this revolutionary book.

4.  South Beach Diet   south-beach-diet

Website: http://www.southbeachdiet.com/diet/

Book:  The South Beach Diet

What?  South beach is so OLD!  Yes, this was a diet popularized in the 1990’s.  However, I still exert that Dr. Arthur Agatston (a world renowned cardiologist) South Beach diet is one of the most sensible diets for weight loss and cardiovascular health published!  Basically his initial induction phase is very low-carb.  Then you can start adding in healthy grains 1 week at a time in Phase 2.

Phase 3 is maintnenance phase, where you live a healthy carb lifestyle.  The cool thing about the South Beach diet is that if you are really phobic about the fat and eating bacon all day, South Beach tempers that part of other diets.

South Beach, in my opinion, is a perfect blend of Mediterannean-low carb, things that most cardiologist wouldn’t be afraid of.  Lean meats is recommended in this diet.

So for those of you fat-phobic, and want to please 90% of your doctors who espouses low-fat still, consider South Beach.


Final Thoughts

I don’t have enough time to go into the differences of each but is based on similar principles of lower carb, higher fat/protein for weight loss.  This will be a topic of another post.  Enjoy!


Posted on April 27, 2014, in Nutrition and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. This page really has all of the information I needed concerning this subject and didn’t know who to


  2. I just came across this post and it is very interesting. I have a FB friend who lives with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (as does my husband). My friend has always been an athlete and at age about 70 he moved into the senior athlete catagory (heavy duty runner, swimmer) – only to be diagnosed with IPF (confirmed by biopsy) and told he’d be dead in three to five years. Fast forward to today…about five years since diagnosis and he’s in better shape now than pre-diagnosis. And after taking his health into his own hands…he started the paleo diet and has dropped all meds (mainly Lipitor, Prilosec), is back to running about four miles and/or swimming a couple miles daily. He has thrived on the diet and encourages others to get on it too. His PFT’s improved (not to within normal limits though) and doctors at National Jewish are shocked but encouraged by his success. Paleo certainly isn’t a cure (there isn’t one) for IPF but the diet has improved my friend’s quality of life. I’m trying to get my husband to go for it too by using myself as the excuse to start the paleo diet (type 2 and 10 pounds overweight, excellent blood glucose control, and moderate exercise levels).


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