The latest issue of Time has an article which asks if the Paleo Diet helps you lose weight. The skepticism derives from a study which took fecal samples (yes, that’s right) from humans and baboons and watched whether grass or potato (forbidden on paleo) produced more appetite suppressing hormones. The potato won out, which proves…..what? Not much, but it might sell magazines. In vitro studies like this one don’t prove much in the real world. A study which replaced grass with potato, calorie for calorie in a paleo diet in real people would be more relevant. Anyway, the author’s conclusion is pretty sensible: more soluble fiber, the type found in nuts and seeds, fruit, cucumbers, celery and carrots works the best to keep us satisfied.
Let me know what you think of the article and if you’re following a Paleo (or mostly Paleo) diet what’s keeping you from starving. I’m just a week in to a mostly Paleo diet after my month on the Ideal Protein plan and I’m keeping my weight stable but am hungry a lot.