Dr. Mehmet Oz and fitness expert Mark Sisson said the low carb Paleo diet can promote weight loss without deprivation, prevent disease and cure chronic pain on the Dec. 12 episode of the Dr. Oz Show. Sisson said the Paleo diet has been touted for producing rapid weight loss, but can also cure heartburn, arthritis and back pain.
Mark, a former Ironman triathlete, suffered from irritable bowel syndrome for 35 years and developed arthritis in his hands and feet at age 45. Within 30 days of adopting the Paleo diet, Sisson’s digestive issues and arthritis went away completely.
At 61, Sisson has the ripped physique of a super-fit man half his age, thanks to the gluten- and grain-free Paleo diet that he said is not only the fountain of youth, but the key to successful weight loss and optimal health.
The low carb Paleo diet is the most popular diet around today, and has a huge celebrity following, including Tim McGraw (who credits Paleo and CrossFit for his 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.
Sisson told Dr. Oz the best part of the Paleo diet is there’s no calorie counting or portion control. Research suggests the Paleo diet accelerates weight loss and prevents diabetes, cancer, heart disease, depression and even Alzheimer’s.
Mark, author of the bestseller, The Primal Blueprint, said the Paleo diet has made him fitter and healthier in every way. “The arthritis that I had in my fingers, that I thought was just a normal artifact of being in my forties, went away,” Sisson told NBC News in 2013.
“Lingering sinus issues that I had during hay-fever season — they went away. I stopped getting colds and flus almost entirely.”
Sisson said the cornerstone of the Paleo diet is eliminating foods that fuel inflammation, such as grains, dairy, and refined sugar. Inflammation causes aging, bloating, IBS, weight gain and promotes disease, Mark explained. Reducing inflammation is the key to weight loss and disease prevention, he said.
Sisson said contrary to popular belief, the Paleo diet isn’t meat-centric. He said your plate should consist mostly of non-starchy vegetables, some protein (about the size of your palm) and healthy fats such as coconut oil, olive oil and avocado oil.
Mark said Paleo-approved proteins include grass-fed beef, oily fish such as sardines and salmon and eggs from pastured hens. Sisson said spices are also important for preventing chronic pain because they have anti-inflammatory properties.
Sisson told Dr. Oz he believes in the 80/20 rule: If you eat right 80 percent of the time, it’s OK to cheat every once in a while so you don’t feel deprived. Mark said the Paleo diet can help you enjoy optimal health at all stages of your life, all while enjoying delicious food.