Fitness expert Mark Sisson said a low-carb Paleo diet has significant anti-aging health and weight loss benefits, and credits it for his age-defying physique at 62.
Sisson, a former Ironman triathlete, used to carb-load during his years as an endurance athlete, but actually got healthier with less exercise after switching to the Paleolithic diet, Examiner reported.
“I fell into the paradigm of eating complex carbs for fuel,” said Sisson, author of The Primal Blueprint. “I got fit, but my health declined. I was one of the top runners in the country but had many health ailments.”
Sisson now maintains his rippling six-pack abs without working out as hard as he used to when he was an Ironman triathlete.
“I actually work out less,” said Mark, whose 50-something wife Carrie is equally fit. “Thirty percent of your body composition is determined by how you eat.”
Sisson said he got fitter, stronger, and ripped to shreds by scaling back on “chronic cardio” exercise and resting more. Mark said people who go Paleo will notice health changes almost immediately, including weight loss, improved sleep, and more energy.
Sisson said the Caveman Diet enhances weight loss by turning your body into a fat-burning machine.
“Over time, you become good at burning off your own body fat for energy rather than depending on carbohydrates throughout the day,” said Sisson, who also wrote Primal Endurance.
“It takes about 21 days for your body to switch to this mode of fat-burning, and that’s when you’ll really start to see results.”
Sisson said changing his diet also improved his immune health and dramatically reduced his chronic joint pain.
“The arthritis that I had in my fingers, that I thought was just a normal artifact of being in my forties, went away,” said Sisson. “Lingering sinus issues that I had during hay-fever season — they went away. I stopped getting colds and flus almost entirely.”
The Paleolithic diet is the most popular diet around today, and has a huge celebrity following, including Tim McGraw (who credits Paleo and CrossFit for his unbelievable 40-pound weight loss), Megan Fox and Joe Manganiello.
The Paleo diet emphasizes high-quality animal proteins, healthy fats, non-starchy vegetables, and excludes gluten, sugar, dairy, legumes, alcohol, and processed foods.
Research suggests the Paleo diet accelerates weight loss, reduces blood pressure, and prevents cancer, diabetes, heart disease, depression, and even Alzheimer’s. TV star Jack Osbourne and singer Chad Vaccarino both use the Paleo diet to treat their multiple sclerosis.
A recent study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition indicates the Paleo diet is twice as effective as other diets for promoting weight loss and reducing belly fat.
“Clinical trials have shown the Paleo diet is the optimum diet that can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, blood pressure, markers of inflammation, help with weight loss, reduce acne, promote optimum health and athletic performance,” said Paleo Movement founder Dr. Loren Cordain, author of The Paleo Diet for Athletes and The Real Paleo Diet Cookbook.
Fitness expert Robb Wolf, a former biochemist, agrees. “This is the healthiest way you can eat because it is the only nutritional approach that works with your genetics to help you stay lean, strong and energetic,” said Wolf, author of The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet.
Meanwhile, a riveting documentary called The Perfect Human Diet concluded the Paleo diet is the best diet for natural weight loss and optimal health.
CJ Hunt, executive producer of “The Perfect Human Diet,” said we can solve the obesity crisis by embracing the original Paleolithic diet that helped humans evolve over millions of years.
“Scientifically, a diet emphasizing whole cuts of meat, wild plants and nuts, and eliminating grains, dairy, beans and potatoes is the perfect human diet,” said Hunt. “If this is a fad diet, then it’s a two-million-year-old fad.”