A MORBIDLY obese woman who loved fast food so much she’d eat kebabs for breakfast has swapped her fast food habit for a caveman diet, and shed an amazing 55kg.
Elora Harre, 23, from Perth, was a size 24 at her biggest thanks to a solid diet of convenience foods including pizza, burgers and kebabs every day for brekkie.
But after developing headaches and sore eyes, she discovered she was pre-diabetic as a result of her eating habits, and was forced to ditch them once and for all.
Now Elora has shrunk from a size 24 to a size 12 after swapping her greasy take away food for the paleo diet, and eating meals consisting purely of natural foods.
She’s been so successful in her transformation, that she has amassed a huge online following and has just launched her own book chronicling her journey, called The Shrinking Violet — How to Lose Weight and Get Fit the paleo Way.
All this is based on the opinions of the infamous researcher Sof Andrikopoulos. Yes, the same one who “proved” Paleo diets cause diabetes and obesity in humans, by feeding mice sugar and canola oil.
So how can you prove that humans are harmed by Paleo, by feeding mice something that is not Paleo? Beats me. You’ll have to ask Andrikopoulos, because it makes zero sense to me.
Anyway, now Andrikopoulos is again claiming Paleo is bad, as it does not have enough long-term evidence for a positive effect in diabetes type 2. And obviously more scientific backing would be great. But conventional treatment does not just lack the same evidence, what evidence there is shows it works really badly, and the track record is abysmal.
Crohn’s disease is regarded as having no curative treatment. Previous reports on dietary therapy of Crohn’s disease indicate no major success. Case Report: Here we report a severe case of Crohn’s disease where we successfully applied the paleolithic ketogenic diet. Dietary therapy resulted in resolution of symptoms, normalized laboratory parameters as well as gradual normalization of bowel inflammation as evidenced by imaging data and normalization of intestinal permeability as shown by the polyethylene glycol (PEG 400) challenge test. The patient was able to discontinue medication within two weeks. Currently he is on the diet for 15 months and is free of symptoms as well as side effects. Conclusion: We conclude that the paleolithic ketogenic diet was feasible, effective and safe in the present case.
Letter to the Editor – Nutrition & Diabetes (2016)
Some studies of the twentieth-century hunter–gatherer diets have found them to be low in carbohydrates and high in fat, relative to the Department of Agriculture’s dietary guidelines. Although there is a disagreement regarding the carbohydrate content of the ancestral human diet,advocates of Paleolithic diets who hold that high-carbohydrate foods were not frequently eaten by our pre-agricultural ancestors have recommended low-carbohydrate high-fat diets (LCHFDs) as a way to possibly prevent obesity and ameliorate some diseases, including diabetes.
Around 6 million years ago, primates started moving from tropical forests into the savannahs. Unlike today, these prehistoric expanses were humid and probably provided a year-round supply of fruit and vegetables. But then, some 3 million years ago, the climate changed and the savannahs — along with their plentiful food supply — dried up.
Many mammals, including some primates, went extinct, but others adapted. Archaeologists working at sites in modern Ethiopia have discovered animal remains that date back almost 2.6 million years. The telltale cut marks on their bones are almost certainly signs of butchery1, says Manuel Domínguez-Rodrigo, a palaeoanthropologist at Complutense University in Madrid.
Only two types of primate survived the climate catastrophe, says Domínguez-Rodrigo. There was a “plant-processing machine on the one hand and a meat-eating machine on the other hand”, he says. “The meat-eating machine evolved a bigger brain.”
The popular diet, known as the Paleo diet, is more effective for weight loss than following the recommended Australian dietary guidelines, research has found.
“While both groups lost weight over the period, the Paleo group lost an average of 4.3 per cent of their body weight over the testing period, compared to 1.6 per cent for the recommended dietary guidelines group,” she said.