caveman diet

  1. Don't go low-cal to fight diabetes

    I can't think of any good reason to ever starve yourself on purpose -- but researchers keep pushing ultra-low calorie diets for everything from longevity to disease prevention.

    The latest: A new push to brand these extreme and dangerous diets as a "cure" for diabetes.

    Over the summer, researchers claimed that three months of 600 calories a day -- mostly in the form of diet shakes -- "cured" the disease in seven out of 11 patients.

    And now, in a dangerous game of "how low can you go," a different group of researchers claimed they were able to cure the disease on a diet of just 500 calories a day.

    This time, it took four months as researchers put 15 patients with type 2 diabetes onto the strict lifestyle, again based on meal replacement shakes. After the very first day, none of the patients needed insulin -- and after 16 weeks, they all lost weight, gained blood sugar control, and had improvements in their overall cardiovascular health.

    By some miracle, all 15 dieters managed to stay with the study -- and even 14 months after the four months of pure hell, most of the improvements remained (although many of the dieters regained at least some of their weight, of course).

    So is there something to all this? Maybe -- but why bother with it when there's a much better way?

    After all, you can beat and even cure your diabetes, starting today, and not have to count a single calorie or even surrender all hope of ever eating anything delicious again.

    Diets extremely low in carbohydrates have been shown to prevent, slow, stop and even reverse both diabetes and pre-diabetes to the point where even people who were once completely reliant on drugs and insulin no longer need their meds.

    And instead of hearing their stomachs growl all day, they get to enjoy grilled steaks, pork chops, chicken wings, real butter and more.

    Just last month, I told you how one version of the low-carb diet -- an all-natural diet called the "paleo" or "caveman" diet because it's based on what our ancient ancestors ate -- reversed pre-diabetes.

    So forget counting calories, diet shakes and any other gimmick that comes along. If you want to "cure" your diabetes -- or simply want to slash your risk of getting it in the first place -- cut down on the carbs instead.

  2. Unleash your inner caveman

    You don't need to hunt wooly mammoths to be a "caveman" these days. In fact, you don't even need a cave.

    The "caveman" diet is more about what you eat than where you live -- and if you can stick to a 100-percent natural lifestyle of fresh meats and vegetables with no processed foods, congratulations.

    You're officially a caveman.

    It's hard to find anything wrong with this diet, and science now confirms what should have been obvious all along: Eating only fresh foods can help put you in the best shape of your life and slash your risk of illness and disease.

    Researchers at the University of California San Francisco asked a group of unhealthy people to stick to a "caveman" diet high in healthy fats and proteins from meats, fish, and nuts as well as generous amounts of fresh fruits and veggies.

    After just two weeks, everyone's blood pressure and cholesterol levels plunged -- with triglycerides alone falling by an average of 30 points.

    "That's the kind of drop you get by taking statins for six months," Dr. Linda Frasettom, who led the research, told Medical News Today.

    I'd almost agree -- except statins come with a risk of severe muscle pain, liver problems and kidney damage. A diet of fresh natural foods will do none of those things to you.

    Statins can even increase your risk of diabetes -- but a diet with no added sugars and zero processed foods will practically guarantee that you'll never get the disease.

    Dr. Robert Lustig, an endocrinologist at the university, says diabetics who've tried this back-to-basics approach have seen a reversal of the condition -- and some have actually been cured.

    That's right. The "c" word -- and while most of the media is of course only too happy to trash the diet and even mock the people who follow it, one reporter got an up-close and highly personal look at just how well it works.

    Dr. Kim Mulvihill of the CBS station in San Francisco had been battling a weight problem and pre-diabetes when she volunteered for the UCSF study. In just 10 days, she saw dramatic changes to her cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels as well as a boost in energy.

    She eventually lost 30 pounds, and after seven weeks was no longer considered a pre-diabetic -- causing her own doctors to tell her to stick to the diet permanently.

    If you're facing your own battle with disease -- or simply want to avoid ever having to worry about one -- maybe it's time to go caveman yourself.

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