“It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.”
The following is a guest post by none other than Rafi Bar-Lev, a former combat medic and founder of the community fitness site, Passionate Fitness. If you haven’t yet checked out Rafi’s site, by all means do so.
Now, if you’re a regular here at TTP, you probably won’t need to be convinced of the efficacy of a Paleo lifestyle. Still, though, it’s good to step back now and again to reassess just why it is we do what we do. None of us wants to fall into “sheeple” mode – my man TJ wouldn’t stand for that – and neither should you. So, without further ado, here’s Rafi. And don’t forget to head on over to Passionate Fitness when you’re done to say “hey” to my man RB-L 🙂
If you’re reading Keith’s amazing blog, chances are you’ve already subscribed to the whole primal thing. Still, there may be a few of you, who like me, are undecided. (I’m one of the few people who needs carbs so I don’t lose weight.)
To help you make your decision, here are 5 reasons you should go primal:
1. It’s essentially a low carb diet. There’s a reason that the low carb diet that really took off with the Atkins diet is tremendously popular among those trying to lose weight. Why? Because it works. The paleo diet is possibly the best version of the low carb diet because it makes it simple (if cave man ate it, eat it, if not, don’t), and reinforces the idea of eating healthy and sticking to real foods.
2. It’s enjoyable. You’ve probably noticed that unlike other people on a diet, primal people look forward to dieting. Why? Because they have a precise goal, know exactly what they’re doing to achieve it, and the reasoning behind what they’re doing. The sense of purpose and fun in eating like a cave man puts a whole new dimension on dieting.
3. It’s a diet and exercise program rolled up in one. A huge advantage to going primal is you have an exercise and workout program automatically rolled up in one, encouraging you to live a healthy lifestyle. Instead of just having a diet or just being a workout program, primal living says eat and live like the cave man. Well, the cave man ate healthy and the cave man lifted heavy stuff and the cave man sprinted, so right away you’re throwing yourself into an active lifestyle.
4. It’s contrarian. The primal lifestyle often questions conventional wisdom (although often it agrees), and let’s face it, it’s a lot of fun to be contrarian. True, sometimes the advice gets you some looks in public like advising you that walking barefoot is better, but more often than not the things being preached (eat healthy, stay active, walk a lot) are things that are more than accepted, but for some reason it’s still contrarian when labeled the “cave-man” lifestyle.
5.The community. If you’re reading this blog, you know how great the primal community can be, in both discussing recent health trends and encouraging each other to live healthily and keep to their diets. This is almost reason enough in itself to subscribe to the primal lifestyle.
Good combo, Keith and Rafi
“The Community” is coalescing nicely!
It’s an epistemocracy.
It’s definitely a great community Brent. Thanks again Keith. You have a great blog here!
6. And it’s so easy a cave-man… oh, nevermind… 🙂
Hehe, there’s quite a bit of truth to that, though 🙂 I mean, I don’t think I posses the upper-level math skills to pull of the Zone diet 😉
LOL both of these comments made my day.
7. Because you know what you are eating in nature’s most unrefined forms, uncorrupted by additives, preservatives, etc. that account for much of today’s Franken-foods.
Yeah, that’s definitely a huge plus Andy. 🙂
if only Jefferson had followed his own advice he would not have died owing millions of dollars (current value) to his creditors.
Sometimes one must traverse the abyss to really “know” the abyss.
(I’m one of the few people who needs carbs so I don’t lose weight.)
Could you elaborate?
I’ve been paleo for 3 years and have too much weight loss issues.
I can’t gain weight after losing 50 lbs and probably 10 lbs underweight now. I’ve lost lean muscle mass as well as most of my bodyfat. I am eating 2,500 calories+ per day. Strictly paleo with EVOO as my main source of fat.
Could you link me to your reasoning? I’m not happy about increasing carbs. What would our ancestors have done with this problem?
Our ancestors wouldn’t have given a rat’s ass 🙂 But I agree that muscle volume may be increased via additional carb intake (sarcoplasmic increase), but this “benefit” must be weighed against the resultant additional (if any) athletic performance and the hit (increased insulin/inflammation levels) to overall health. Everything comes at a price, and each must make their own cost/benefit determinations.