Paleo Diet vs. Vegan Diet

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ice_revision (1)Are you familiar with the two most popular diets around?  Both the Paleo diet and the vegan diet have a large following and both sides claim their diet is the best diet for health and weight loss.  Research has shown that there are several positives to both diets but there are also some potential risks.  In my new book, Paleo Diet vs Vegan Diet, I go over the good and the bad for these popular diets.

If you are not familiar with the vegan diet, what you need to know is that this diet is a plant-based diet and there are no animal products allowed.  This means no meats, fish, eggs, or dairy products.  For many people, this is a tough sell because they are used to consuming animal products as part of their daily diet.  Having that burger, steak, or pizza is like second nature to them.

On the other end of the spectrum is the Paleo diet, which allows meat products, but no grains like wheat, rice, barley, corn, or oats.  This can also be a hard diet for many dieters because of their dependence on grains.  The supporters of the Paleo diet, or caveman diet, claim the Agricultural Revolution started a decline in the health of people because of the focusing of grains as the key part of a diet.amazon

 

So is one diet better than the other for improving your health and losing weight?  Actually, both diets have been shown to be great diets for losing weight, if you follow the guidelines of the diets.  Many people who fail to lose the weight they wanted, are often guilty of cheating on the diet and adding foods that keep them from losing those unwanted pounds.

You will probably see quicker results in weight loss with the Paleo diet because of the omission of carbohydrates.  Many studies have shown that the excess consumption of carbohydrates, especially processed ones, can lead to weight gain.

One side effect of avoiding carbohydrates is a condition called “low carb flu,” which affects many people who start on a Paleo diet or other low carb diets.  The loss of carbs as an energy source for your body can lead to symptoms of headaches and listlessness that can last for days or weeks as your body adjusts to using fat instead of sugar as a source of fuel.

The vegan diet right now is the most popular diet but the number of converts to the Paleo diet is rapidly rising, and this includes many world-class endurance athletes, who claim the Paleo diet has helped their performance results.

Vegans are very passionate about not eating any animal products and this can be seen in their strong support to animal rights programs.  Many scientific studies have shown that people on a vegan diet can reduce their risk of developing certain cancers, along with reducing their risk of heart disease.

It is predicted that in 30 to 50 years, the majority of the world’s population will be on a plant-based diet because of the lack of meat supplies in an ever-growing population.

You can find out more about these two amazing diets in the Paleo Diet vs Vegan Diet book.

 

 

6 Responses to “Paleo Diet vs. Vegan Diet”

  1. Aaron 2014-05-27

    I am a meat eater but I have been thinking about trying a vegan diet. I read the book and I think the vegan diet is probably right for me. At least I will give it a try.

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  2. Leslie 2014-06-30

    I read the book and you did add some great insights about possible problems with both diets. I am more a vegan but there are concerns about getting enough B12 and protein. Not sure if I want to jump into Paleo diet, but might cut back on carbs.

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