Going Caveman: Can the Paleo Diet Really Help You Lose Weight?

Detox Specialist
Food Allergies and Intolerances

One of the latest diet trends and the most talked about today is the Paleo diet, which is also known as the “caveman diet.” Despite its growing popularity, many are still curious to know whether or not this diet can really help them lose weight.

Here, we will answer all the questions that you have about the diet itself and how if it can help you shed the pounds.

What Is The Buzz All About?

Most of the advocates of this diet swear by it as it helps them reduce their risks of developing health issues. The paleo diet focuses on eating whole, unprocessed animal and plant food. It follows the “hunter” diet back in the Paleolithic time period when they only consume such food.

The diet restricts the consumption of sugar, processed food, dairy and grains.

What Sets It Apart From Other Modern Diets?

Let’s face it, when it comes to diet, we’re all about counting those calories! What sets Paleo apart from these diets is that it does not involve counting the calories as it doesn’t allow one to consume the major sources of calories commonly found in the modern diet.

Facts & Evidence

There have been plenty of studies that have reported that the diet can help achieve weight loss and improve one’s health.

One of them is the three-week study published on the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition (EJCN). The study found that the diet does help in reducing weight. It also showed lost BMI and waist circumference results among the participants that were a part of the study.

Another short study, which is also published on EJCN, shows a decrease in weight among the participants after the diet.

Protein High!

With the Paleo diet, it involves consuming protein-rich food. Protein is the most important when it comes to weight loss as it helps increase your metabolism, regulate your weight, and reduce your appetite.

Less Carbs

We all know that carbs is one of the reasons why you are gaining weight. With this diet and the food groups that you can only consume with this, you will reduce your carb intake. And by doing so, you get to reduce your calorie intake daily therefore helping you lose weight.

Goodbye Processed Food

As mentioned above, the Paleo diet restricts you from eating any processed food. This type of food contains high amounts of calories and it is very low in nutrients.

Getting Sugar From Natural Sources

The paleo diet doesn’t allow the intake of added sugar found in processed food. In fact, it encourages sugar intake through the most natural resources like fresh fruits and vegetables. At the same time, these also provide individuals with essential nutrients that help improve their health.

Real-Life Experience

Before trying on any diet, it is also a good idea to try to hear it from actual individuals who have tried it. A pizza-loving, weekend-alcohol-drinker woman from Women’s Health magazine divulged her 30-day Paleo diet journey. She detailed her progress and although she met quite a few road bumps, she concluded that she would try the diet again. It made her lose over 3 pounds within a month.

“I don’t think that Paleo is an easy fix for losing weight or a lifestyle change that anyone can make quickly, but at the end of my experiment, I lost 3.2 pounds and was able to pull on my jeans without having to shimmy around my room,” she said.

Here at The Health Sciences Academy, we continue to unravel the mysteries of the diet and how it contributes to weight loss through our scientific-based studies. Our team of researchers and scientists continue to learn everything that has to do with the diet itself to come up with the most accurate results.

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What If You Don’t Go To University

It’s August, which means it’s that time of the year again: A Level Results Day.

And whether it’s your friends or your grandma, there’s one question on everyone’s lips…

Are you going to university?

You might be heading back from college to the tune of ‘Did you get the grades?’

Or maybe you never wanted to go to uni in the first place.

Whichever boat you’re in; what happens when your friends are prepping for freshers’ week, but you’re not?

No fear – we’re here to help! The first thing you need to consider is:

Are you sure about your decision?

It’s difficult to aim for your goals if you don’t know what they are, or how to reach them. This means that if you have a particular career in mind, you might want to see a careers advisor or thoroughly research alternative routes into the field you’re passionate about before making a final decision.

But then what? Well, first, it’s important to know…

There are a ton of careers that don’t require a university degree

It’s true! You may have considered some of these options: hairdressing, beauty, personal training.

But those aren’t the only choices – many careers have a variety of pathways into them, from accountancy, to journalism, to nutritional therapy.

Read on to see what you can do instead of going to university:

Take a Gap Year

Fondly known as the ‘gap yah’ among millennials, many teens take a year out to decide what they want to do before continuing their education. This often takes the form of travelling, learning a language, and gaining lots of experience of different cultures – but it can also involve volunteering in a mix of industries to help you make a more informed decision about your future. While this kind of break provides a temporary solution, it’s common for people to head back to school once they complete their gap year, but many teens also open doors to careers they never knew existed!

(Pssst… Looking for the latest work experience opportunities? GoThinkBig is a good place to start).

Find an Apprenticeship

Becoming an apprentice is a great way to get straight into work AND gain a qualification while you earn. From farming, to hospitality, to law, you can choose your apprenticeship from a huge selection of fields and levels, from Level 2 (GCSE equivalent) right through to Level 6/7 (degree equivalent). Depending on the level, an apprenticeship can take between 1 and 5 years to complete, but you’ll be learning loads of job-specific skills along the way.

If you’re in the UK, you can click here to find an apprenticeship.

Get an Entry-Level Job

While a large number of entry-level jobs will attract applications from students and recent graduates, many employers offer roles aimed at school-leavers – including training schemes. The obvious benefit of heading straight into work is that you’ll be earning right away.

A great way to find entry-level jobs is to keep an eye on websites that advertise vacancies in specific fields. Mediargh is a great example for media-related careers (publishing, science – whatever).

Become an Entrepreneur

Ever wanted to start your own business? Now might be your chance! This can be an exciting option for those not looking to go to university, but it’s wise to first consider the funding, support, and advice you’ll need along the way. If you’re in the UK, check out these government guidelines for new businesses.

For an extra boost when it comes to marketing your business effectively, check out Google’s Digital Garage for free digital marketing training.

Study for an Online Diploma

A huge barrier for many prospective students is the possibility of getting in over £50,000 of debt for a qualification in an area they’re not entirely sure about, or wasn’t necessary for their preferred career.

Whether you’re looking to boost your entrepreneurial endeavours, or you want to get a feel for a subject before jumping into a degree, an online diploma can be a great way to go! Loads of platforms offer you the chance to study via the web and many don’t require specialist technology, so you can get going with just a laptop and a cup of tea.

If it’s nutrition you’re into, we at The Health Sciences Academy® have a whole host of certifications and short courses for you to explore.

Nutrition not your thing? Not to worry – there are loads of other great providers out there. Check out Coursera and Lynda for an array of online courses on a variety of subjects.

They’re called options for a reason…

It’s important to remember that choosing to not go to university isn’t something that sets your career in a permanent direction. You may try one of the above and decide you want to go to uni after all! Perhaps you want some work experience, maybe you’re looking to boost your know-how before embarking on a degree, or you might even decide to do both an online course and an apprenticeship – the point is: the sky’s the limit.

What you’re doing this September doesn’t necessarily define the rest of your life, but it CAN boost it. Do what’s best for you and remember: it’s quite natural to need a little bit of extra time to work out where you want your career to go.

The Health Sciences Academy® is the UK’s largest online educator in nutrition science.

We are home to a variety of Level 5 online diplomas, in addition to a range of accredited short courses in nutrition topics – ready to help you ignite your career.

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