Monday, January 28, 2019

The Cro-Magnon Weight-Loss Diet (Neolithic Diet)

Roughly 10,000 years ago the last Ice Age finished. Within a couple thousands of years of the ice sheet retreating, farming started up again and new foods evolved to be the mainstay they are in today’s weight loss diet. This new weight loss diet, called Neolithic, had an immediate effect on individual health.

The Neolithic era brought forth the agricultural revolution. During this period, humans began domesticating plants such as wheat, barley, lentils, flax and, eventually, all crops grown in today's society. Neolithic humans also domesticated sheep, cattle, pigs and goats as convenient food sources. Most unprocessed, whole foods logically fit in the Neolithic diet. Think whole grains, beans, legumes, fruits, vegetables, dairy, and meats. Processed foods made from refined grains and loaded with sugar, however, were not found in the Neolithic age and thus do not fit in the diet. Ultimately, the Neolithic diet closely mirrors common modern recommendations for a healthful diet.

Skeletons of Neolithic farmers show poor nourishment compared to the previous generations of Neanderthals. They expired younger, were of less stature, had more holes in their smaller amount of teeth and showed the first indication of fatness in need of weight loss.

The problem with the new weight loss diet of the Neolithic period was that we didn’t advance to gobble those new foods. The diminutive person's digestive territory is exclusive among primates. We have no more than one stomach and a comparatively short large intestine. We are more well-matched to digesting and extracting nutrients from animal protein, fruit, nuts, and some vegetables.

Early civilizations also were more active. By running and lifting heavy objects every day you will build muscle and lose weight. Today we call this exercising vs just surviving in those days.

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