Dr Oz: Paleo Diet Review & What Foods Can You Eat On the Paleo Diet?

By on April 22, 2013

Dr Oz: Paleo vs Atkins Diet

Dr. Oz is ready to explain the Paleo Diet craze so you can decide if it is right for you! Learn which foods to eat and which ones to avoid as well the many health benefits that come from eating this high-protein diet.

Dr Oz: The Paleo Diet Review

Dr Oz: Paleo Diet Review & What Foods Can You Eat On the Paleo Diet?

Dr Oz talked to Dr. Loren Cordain and Nell Stephenson about what foods to eat and which ones to avoid on the Paleo Diet.

Dr. Loren Cordain, author of The Paleo Diet, says every woman should be on the Paleo Diet because it is not only high in protein, but also low-glycemic. Dr. Cordain says this type of diet is the best way to lose weight and keep it off, especially since it also includes a high amount of fruits and vegetables as well as Omega-3 fatty acids, which help to bring down inflammation in the body.

Dr Oz: Paleo Diet Foods

Nell Stephenson, author of Paleoista, shared examples of foods that are part of the Paleo Diet, but Dr. Oz questioned how it is different from the several other “low-carb” diets out there. Nell responded by first explaining the Paleo Diet is definitely not the Atkins Diet because you do not walk around all day eating meat and chunks of cheese. Instead, she says you are getting a great balance of foods that includes local produce in every meal.

  • Free-poulry
  • Grass-fed beef
  • Wild salmon
  • Fruits/veggies
  • Healthy fats – coconut oil, avocados
  • Raw nuts in moderation

Dr Oz: Paleo Diet Elminate Inflammatory Foods

Dr. Oz says he believed the Paleo Diet to be something Fred Flintstone would have consumed, but he now realizes there is more to it than just meat, however he questions why it does not include any dairy products. Nell Stephenson explained the Paleo Diet does not include dairy or any other foods that cause inflammation in the body because it is focused on eating whole foods that do not come in a wrapper.

  • No dairy
  • No grains
  • No legumes
  • No refined sugars

Dr Oz: Paleo Diet Misconceptions

Dr. Oz says he has heard several opinions about the Paleo Diet, many of which are due to misconceptions. Dr. Loren Cordain explained the biggest misconception about the Paleo Diet is probably that people believe it to be just another “fad” diet. He says this is not the case at all, especially since it is how people have been eating for thousands of years. Dr. Cordain argues the Paleo Diet will even reduce heart disease and help with weight loss. Nell Stephenson says the weight loss benefits vary from person to person, but you will shed pounds at a slow and steady pace which is ideal for long-term success.

Dr Oz: Paleo Diet Rules

Nell Stephenson showed Dr. Oz what a Paleo Diet plate of food should like, including which foods and how much of each you should consume at every meal.

  • 2/3 plate with fresh veggies
  • Palm-size amount of protein
  • Small amount of healthy fat, like avocado slices
  • A handful of fruit

Dr Oz: Paleo Diet Calorie Counting

Nell Stephenson says she does not want you to count calories while on the Paleo Diet. She explained if you simply follow the rules and create the “Paleo Plate” at every meal, you will eat healthy all day long with steady energy instead of experiencing spikes and drops in your blood sugar, which could cause you to reach for something unhealthy.

Paleo Diet: Eat Dinner For Breakfast

Nell Stephenson encourages women to look at breakfast as if it were their dinner. She highly recommends eating leftover meat from dinner the night before as part of your breakfast every day because it will give your energy the boost it needs to sustain you until lunch.

Dr Oz: Paleo Diet Three Cheat Meals Per Week

Nell Stephenson asks her clients to give the Paleo Diet a try for 30 days before eating the foods they used to love because at that point they might not even taste as good to you anymore. She recommends eating three “cheat” meals per week since 21 healthy meals in seven days is a lot and it is better to cheat every now and then than it is to binge and go back to your old way of eating unhealthy all the time.

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Comments to Dr Oz: Paleo Diet Review & What Foods Can You Eat On the Paleo Diet?

  1. due to a health issue I have been laid up for over a year. The Dr Oz show is one way I keep my sanity. Also, I had worked in a store where health food products were sold so I watched your show for several post Opra. It seems to me that there have been many, many diets that all may or may not work. Super foods that will improve health, etc. The problem is the lack of any real follow up or any controlled syudies. (not research, but we put XX ladies on this and XX using this or that and compared. The Paleo diet is like that.
    There are some good points, as in all diets, but no follow up. So my point is why not have 20 people do each diet. Say 5 diets and 100 people for 6 months and see which diet does best. Pick a goal: reduce diabetes,or other ways to measure the effectiveness. Have the subjests get a blood panel before and after and see which did best. .

  2. I have been following the Paleo lifestyle for almost two months now and I have lost 17 lbs and feel great. My biggest weaknesses were always chocolate and chips and before I started I thought it would be extremely hard to follow but surprisingly it wasn’t! I can have dark chocolate as a treat (or use cacao in a paleo brownie) and all of my cravings for chips and sweets have gone away. My sister’s husband started me thinking about it – he lost 80 lbs in the last year. I can honestly say i have never eaten better and have never cooked such good food. Also, my stepfather went on it and has not needed to take his diabetes medication since he started.

  3. “Paleo Diet is definitely not the Atkins Diet because you do not walk around all day eating meat and chunks of cheese. Instead, she says you are getting a great balance of foods that includes local produce in every meal.”

    Once again, someone with a failure to KNOW the workings of the Atkins diet spouts the common misconception. Atkins is NOT all meat/all cheese all day. There are plenty of fruits and vegetables in the lists of recommended foods. It is only during the Induction phase, 2 weeks, that SWEET tasting fruits are limited or eliminated. That does help jump start the weight loss, but it also helps eliminate the cravings for sweets. In induction you are allowed the following fruits – tomato, olives, avocado. That is just off the top of my head, so the list may actually be longer. You are also allowed many green vegetables – asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, lettuces, green beans. Of course, if the only “expert” you listen to is Oz or his annointed ones, you won’t know this.

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