There has been a lot of debates on what works in terms of helping people lose weight with the majority of the talk focused on eat less and move more.
The Primal Lifestyle is based on the premise that humans evolved as hunter gatherers during the last 2 million years. Around 10,000 years ago we become agriculturalists, settling, collecting seeds and growing cereal grains, domesticating animals and drinking their milk. The theory goes that since this is such a short time from an evolutionary perspective we have not adapted to digest and deactivate the proteins and anti-nutrients in these foods. As well, grains are high in starch leading to excessive amounts of carbohydrates in our diet. We have become sicker as a species with a growing list of health issues such as gut inflammation, obesity, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
The evolutionary discordance has increased even further in the last 100 years as we have added increasingly larger amounts of highly processed foods, sugar, synthetic additives, and chemically extracted vegetable oils, which relegate natural whole hunter gatherer type foods to a smaller and smaller percentage of our diet.
A modern primal diet is one which uses the principles from evolutionary biology and designs a diet by asking the question – what is the healthiest diet for humans using modern foods? How can we mimic the hunter gatherer diet, using foods available from our own environment? Modern nutrition science is not neglected and we use that to further modify the diet to reach one that is as healthy as possible.
Eating real food and staying away for processed food, sugar and grains will allow you to lose weight at first, but then maintain is with ease.