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The Paleo Diet: Can Eating Like a Hunter-Gatherer Lead to Weight Loss?

The Paleo Diet: Can Eating Like a Hunter-Gatherer Lead to Weight Loss?

It is believed that our ancestors from the Paleolithic period that was between two and a half million to ten thousand years ago lived as hunter-gatherers. They spent their days picking berries from bushes, chasing mammals until one or the other reached the point of exhaustion, recovering meat, fat and organs from animals that they had slaughtered, fishing with lines and hooks and hunting with spears, nets, bows and arrows. Followers of the popular diet trend, the “Paleo Diet” attempt to mimic the dietary habits of our hunter-gatherer ancestors from the Paleolithic Period. What does this translate to in practical terms? Paleo Dieters essentially follow the following rules:

Eat These Foods on Paleo Diet:
1) Meat
2) Fish & Seafood
3) Eggs
4) Fruit
5) Tubers
6) Vegetables
7) Healthy Fats & Oils
8) Nuts & Seeds

Avoid These Foods on Paleo Diet:
1) Grains, Legumes and GMO foods
2) Sugar & High Fructose Corn Syrup
3) Dairy & Trans Fats
4) Vegetable Oils

As most Paleo dieters have 9 to 5 jobs, they don’t spend a lot of their time fishing in the Colorado River or chasing deer with a spear in Northern New Jersey.  As a result, Paleo dieters in 2017 are defined by what they do not consume.  Processed grains of any kind are off the table as humans did not invent these foods until well after the Paleolithic period.  Peanuts, lentils, beans, peas and other legumes are also off the table as well.  Proponents of the Paleo Diet also argue that our anatomy has not fundamentally changed much since the Paleolithic period and that diseases such as obesity, heart disease, cancer and many other “modern” diseases are the result of the incompatibility between our ‘Paleo anatomy’ and our 21st century style of eating. One benefit that the Paleo Diet provides that most nutritionists agree with is that it cuts flour products, artificial cheese, certain cold cuts and packaged meats, potato chips, and sugary cereals.  The aforementioned processed foods typically offer less protein, fiber and iron in comparison to their unprocessed analogues while many are loaded with sodium and preservatives that raise the risk of heart disease and certain cancers.  

Fortetropin® is a fertilized egg yolk derived product contained in a line of functional food products called Qurr (www.qurr.com). Eggs are an integral component of the Paleo Diet and are a rich source of protein.  Eating raw eggs as Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) did in the award-winning sports drama from 1976, Rocky is not such a great idea due to the risk of infection from pathogens such as Salmonella andLysteria. During the manufacturing process of Fortetropin®, fertilized egg yolk is pasteurized using high pressures that greatly exceed the pressures that one would experience standing at the bottom of deepest part of the Pacific Ocean, the Mariana Trench.  This circumvents the need for heat during the pasteurization process. This technology, referred to as “high pressure pasteurization” (HPP) helps to better retain the wealth of nutrients that are present in egg yolk. The pasteurized egg yolk then undergoes a process known as freeze-drying which is a cold drying process that also circumvents the need for heat.  Although Fortetropin® technically does undergo processing, the processing is minimal and is an alternative to processing of egg yolk with heat that occurs during the traditional cooking process.  This form of processing that is used to manufacture Fortetropin® makes it ideal for Paleo Dieters. For many decades, consumers avoided eating egg yolk due to fears that eating eggs would increase levels of serum cholesterol along with the risk of heart disease.  New research findings have shown that eating one egg per day is safe for most people [1-2]. Fortetropin® confers one major benefit to Paleo Dieters: it helps people build lean muscle mass. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study conducted at the University of Tampa [3], subjects that consumed Fortetropin® on a daily basis managed to gain more muscle mass over 12 weeks relative to subjects that received a macronutrient-matched control while performing moderate resistance training. Muscle mass has very high glucose requirements. Therefore, gaining muscle mass will help Paleo Dieters reduce the conversion of excess glucose into body fat. Building muscle on the Paleo Diet is an excellent strategy to lose fat and stabilize blood sugar levels while deriving multiple additional benefits.

[1] Hu, Frank B., et al. "A prospective study of egg consumption and risk of cardiovascular disease in men and women." Journal of the American Medical Association 281.15 (1999): 1387-1394.

[2] Rong, Ying, et al. "Egg consumption and risk of coronary heart disease and stroke: dose-response meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies." Bmj 346 (2013): e8539. 

[3] Sharp, Matthew H., et al. "The Effects of Fortetropin Supplementation on Body Composition, Strength, and Power in Humans and Mechanism of Action in a Rodent Model." Journal of the American College of Nutrition 35.8 (2016): 679-691.

 

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