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The main selling point of the Paleo Diet is that it cuts out grains, refined sugars and processed foods. It's based on what hunter-gatherers used to eat back in the days when everyone lived in caves. The diet is not as restrictive as you might think, and there are some good Paleo recipes if you know where to look. Here are a few of the benefits of the Paleo Diet.

1. Weight loss

When you follow the Paleo Diet, you will eat very few foods that cause weight gain. The carbohydrate content in grains is the main culprit in modern weight gain, particularly if you eat a lot of refined carbohydrates such as white bread, pasta, rice, cakes and baked goods. Once you cut the processed grains out, you start to burn excess weight and keep it off, so you can look forward to a leaner, healthier body. Don't worry about not getting enough energy from your food -- the Paleo Diet is protein-based, and the cavemen were energetic hunters!

2. Increased muscle mass

Proteins are the building blocks of the body. Bodybuilding enthusiasts rely on protein to increase the strength and size of their muscles. With the Paleo Diet, you get a lot of protein, mainly from animal sources. As you burn off excess fat, you build lean muscle mass, leading to a more efficient metabolism, which helps you to burn off fat even more quickly.

3. Healthy body

On the Paleo Diet, you eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. These provide the vitamins and minerals essential for a healthy body that can repair itself and fight off disease.

4. Improved digestion

Because the Paleo Diet is light on carbohydrates, you will feel less bloated and your digestive system will function more effectively. You will soon notice the difference as you eliminate processed foods and grains from your diet.

5. Anti-inflammatory

You may not know it, but there is a certain degree of internal inflammation in everyone. Inflammation inside the body is a leading cause of cardiovascular disease and other chronic conditions such as diabetes and arthritis. The Paleo Diet relies on natural inflammation-reducing foods, helping minimise the risk factors for heart disease, stroke and other chronic diseases.

6. Increased energy

Even though you cut out glucose and other sugars on the Paleo Diet, you will receive a nice boost to your energy levels from the high protein content. Many people on the Paleo Diet report feeling more energetic than ever.

7. Increased insulin sensitivity

When your body receives many processed and sugary foods, it stores them as fat cells. At this point, you have more energy than you can burn, but you continue loading useless energy into your body. Eventually, your body will not be able to recognize when it is full, so you will keep eating more food and gain weight. On the Paleo Diet, your eat lots of filling protein and fibre, and your body will tell you when it is full.

8. Reduced risk of disease

You reduce the risk of contracting several diseases will considerably if you follow the Paleo Diet, due to the high antioxidant content which helps your immune system protect you from some forms of cancer, as well as arthritis and diabetes. As noted before, there is also less chance of suffering from cardiovascular problems.

9. Improved sleep patterns

Many who follow the Paleo diet find that they are able to sleep much better at night and are less restless. That's because the diet is good for the digestive system, so there are no nighttime disturbances. Also, because there is no processed food in the diet, there are no artificial additives or chemicals to cause restlessness and compromise healthy sleep patterns.

10. Improved cognitive ability

The Paleo Diet relies heavily on fish and eggs packed with Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 is heart healthy and excellent brain food. Think less stress, improved concentration and better memory function and you'll see how much Omega-3 can boost your brain power.

The Paleo Diet is more a lifestyle choice than a short-term diet plan. You must be willing to change almost everything about the way you eat. If you can do that, then you can enjoy a natural, healthy eating plan that you can follow for the rest of your life. Unlike with some diets, you will not have to deprive yourself to lose weight -- if you are willing to put in the work, then you are in line to enjoy one of the healthiest lifestyles imaginable, as well as reducing any excess weight you may be carrying.

One way of starting a Paleo Diet is to utlize nutrition centers that provide customized food plans. Healthy food providers such as Keep It Simple, Slim N'Lite, Right Bite, and Lively create individual plans and deliver the food right to your doorstep. To save you time, we have collated list of service providers that can help with your diet change for Dubai and Abu Dhabi

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