Both of these diets are being touted by supporters as the safest way to lose weight and regain optimum health. Tyler explains what you can expect when you start either of these diets.
The latest research has shown that the vegan diet and the Paleo diet can help people lose weight, but there are pitfalls that follow both diets.
People starting on a vegan diet can develop vitamin B12 deficiencies and increase blood glucose levels that could lead to diabetes. Many vegans also have a problem of gaining weight by overindulging in carbohydrates, according to Tyler.
Tyler also stated that many people starting on a Paleo diet will develop a condition called "low carb flu" which includes headaches, lack of appetite, and an overall feeling of tiredness. This condition is brought on by the body being deprived of its main fuel of glucose and can last for weeks.
Other potential problems with the Paleo diet include stress on the kidneys and severe bouts of constipations. Tyler also warns of serious side effects from the condition called ketosis, which occurs in the body when the body is not getting enough glucose. This condition is especially serious for diabetics.
Another concern is excess protein consumption, since meats are a key part of the Paleo diet. Many studies have shown that people eating meat have higher risks of developing certain cancers.
The controversy over whether a diet consisting of plant-based foods is healthier than a diet consisting of meats and vegetables, but no grains, has led to supporters of the vegan diet and the Paleo diet claiming their diet is the only diet to help you lose weight and improve your health.
Tyler reviews both diets and explains what the research shows, citing numerous key studies.
Tyler does point out the good aspects of the vegan and Paleo diets. "There are a lot of people getting great results with the diets," noted Tyler. "You can give good arguments for both diets as far as weight loss and combating certain diseases," he added. But he noted that there needs to be long-term research on both diets.
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