You’ve heard good things about the Paleo diet: Some people feel they get stronger, others experience clearer skin, and some are saying sayonara to that second cup of joe because their energy is naturally through the roof. But is it a good diet for those who want to go low-carb and lose weight? Here are the answers.
The Paleo diet doesn’t explicitly limit carbs, but because it eliminates all grains, refined sugars, and processed foods, it does tend to significantly reduce carbohydrate consumption. The most common carb sources permitted on the Paleo diet are fruits and starchy vegetables like potatoes, sweet potatoes, and yams. It is absolutely possible to eat a moderate or even high-carb diet on Paleo (especially if you’re one of those make-dessert-every-night Paleo eaters), but because the focus is on high-quality animal protein, it’s likely that a Paleo dieter’s intake of carbs will be significantly reduced.
While the Paleo diet also isn’t a low-calorie diet or a diet that requires counting calories, because it restricts so many calorie-dense foods (bread, cereals, pastries, bagels, etc.), it may help you lose weight. The base of the diet is protein from meat, fat from nuts and oils, and fiber from fruits and vegetables—all three of which are very satiating, ideally leaving you comfortably full and satisfied after every meal. For this reason, depending on which foods you choose, you may end up naturally eating less without feeling hungry or counting calories. If weight loss is not your goal, be sure to include lots of calorie-dense foods like nuts, seeds, oils, and avocados in your meals.